Münchener Studioorchester – Twilights Of Bali (1979)



Holy Grail in superb condition. Great shape, carefully stored for decades … maybe never played. Vinyl comes in very strong NM condition plays great. You can pre-listen via YouTube below. The cover looks also like made last week. Only on the backside are some storage signs to discover. Contains original 3,- Deutsche Mark price sticker. To find a better one of the 200 copies is impossible!

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Münchener Studioorchester

Sound-Star-Ton ‎– SST 0141

Obviously an obscure record. The idea goes in the same direction as the Folklore-Serie from the SELECTED SOUND Library Music label. Some talented white European Jazz dudes reinterpret music from exotic countries where they probably never have been. In this case traditional Indonesian Folk from Bali. Pacific World Jazz with an admixture of solid European Funk. Written by Library Music composer Heribert Thusek, Freddie Brocksieper, Hans Van Der Sys and Milan Pilar, bass player and composer, native of Czech Republic which has also performed in formations like Charly Antolini’s Power Dozen, Catch Up or Niagara.

The holy grail of Kraut Exotica

Released is this Exotica gem on the small Sound-Star-Ton label from Southern Germany. The label Sound Voyage shares that only 200 LP´s were ever pressed and it’s called a holy grail of Kraut Exotica.

That the edition was very small makes absolute sense when you see that there has somebody made a name correction (Freddie Brocksieper) manually. Paste over a xeroxed piece of paper on all of the record covers. Much work for 200 copies is but it’s possible … for much more, I don’t think so.

Exotic, headstrong and obscure is also the cover artwork by itself. The design was made by Weckner Fotosatz GmbH from Göttingen and it looks really not like state-of-the-art 1979. This cheesy flowered cartoon lettering and also this duotone printed black and white photography let it look like a much much older record from decades before. Maybe was for this niche product no budget left for edgy graphic design and so they decided to use an economical design recycling of something that had worked well in the early sixties. How knows?

Nice Price 3,- Deutsche Mark

On the original 3,- Deutsche Mark price sticker let us reconstruct that it was more a shopkeeper. Inflation, when you compare this with today’s offers when it rarely pops up anywhere for sale.

This Sound Voyage vinyl reissue, available at bandcamp.com, is also an option to get the this Indonesia Island feeling on you turntable at home. Although not the original holy grail of Kraut Exotica but surely a good option to enjoy this unique Balinese-European-Jazz-Funk sounds and safe a lot of money. For example to build up the budget for a trip to Bali.

A2Mari Bersampan
A3Terang Bulan
A4Twilight In Besaici
A5Ajam Sabungan
A8Salamat Malan
B2Salut To Bali
B3Gunung Batu
B4Swinging Bali
B8Hatikuben Rindu
  • Conductor- Hans Lang
  • Recording Supervisor- Frederic Lupini
  • Recording Supervisor- Pit van Bergen
  • Technician- Frank-M. Worbs