John Leach – Arabia

John Leach - Arabia LP front cover
John Leach - Arabia LP back cover
John Leach - Arabia LP side A

Another library music oddity, this time credited to John Leach – of which I posted another LP before and one of the pillars of the De Wolfe catalogue–, “Arabia” is a collection of Middle Eastern sound vignettes alternating between fake ethnic music and vaguely exotic orchestral mood music ala Cecil B. DeMille. The 30+ tracks are remarkably written and immaculately interpreted by Leach himself, at ease with strings and percussion, as wel as santur, flute or tambourine. Another evidence library music – an amorphous genre if ever there was one– can be anything you want it to be.

33 tracks
Total time 46:40

LP released by Music de Wolfe, ref DW/LP 3190, London, UK, 1971

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6 Responses to “John Leach – Arabia”


  1. 1 [(Sub)] August 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Wow Many thanks for these rare De Wolfe!
    Great work

  2. 2 newname August 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you on the unknown (for me) DeWolfe album.I’m found a nice tracks.

  3. 3 gilhodges August 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Yah yah, great stuff. Thanks!

  4. 4 continuo August 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for your comments, guys.

  5. 5 alfred venison September 1, 2012 at 1:48 am

    dear friend
    thanks for this. to me this is exceedingly rare and lovely quirky music as you said it would be; i’m enjoying it immensely. you share a lot a great stuff at this site with nicely written commentary, too. its too bad the companion post to this one has been deleted from the server; i would have liked to follow john leach a little further
    yours sincerely
    alfred venison

  6. 6 continuo September 1, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Thank you, Alfred. Better to download quickly, these days.


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