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Les Aventures De Rabbi Jacob Vladimir Cosma Polydor 2393 069, 1974
Les Aventures De Rabbi Jacob album cover

Issued in the USA as 'The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob' on London records, here's the original French issue on Polydor. Vladimir Cosma is not necessarily a composer you'd associate with funk, but this album's a good one. Lots of big band, choppy wah wah funk with a big, bold, brassy sound. The quieter atmospheric moments are reminiscent of Diamonds. The sound is lush and full - there's obviously a large budget, and a large orchestra involved here. There are all sorts of pastiches here - French accordian tunes, Jewish numbers, all with a great tongue-in-cheek feel. Check out 'Crazy soldiers' for a wicked midtempo brassy funk tune, and the short 'La cadillac en folie' for some hard wah action. Easy fans will dig the excellent uptempo organ groover on the flip. Good stuff.

Overall Rating: 4

Track listing:

Rabbi Jacob (theme principal) | Coup de foudre | Crazy soldiers | Slimane et les maramouches | Fete rue des rosiers | Mariage noir et blanc | La police avec nous | Hannah la rousse | La cadillac en folie | La danse des jeunes hassidiques | Motocross rue de Rvioli | Un poltron dans la nuit | Tzipe, la gentille marieuse | Bagarre dans le chewing gum | Rabbi Jacob et sa famille | C'est ca la France | Epilogue |

 

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