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Angelo Badalamenti & Jean​-​Jacques Perrey - Danielle of Amsterdam

from Jean​-​Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline by Jean-Jacques Perrey

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Written around 1969, when Badalamenti was arranging and producing The Amazing New Electronic Pop Sound of Jean-Jacques Perrey - the first solo album Perrey made for Vanguard Records after splitting with collaborator Gershon Kingsley - this delightfully carnivalesque tune was named after a girlfriend of Perrey’s.

Years later Badalamenti adapted the theme to score his first feature film, with Perrey reprising the catchy lead melody on a variety of Ondioline timbres. The film, Law and Disorder, starred Ernest Borgnine and Carroll O'Connor as two 1970s New York residents fed up with the city’s escalating crime problem, who decide to create an auxiliary police force in their Lower Manhattan neighbourhood. The difficult jump between comedy and drama that the film attempts is sometimes bridged by the inflected interpretations of Badalamenti’s theme, the melody somehow managing to underscore both absurd situations and more dramatic moments later in the story.

Released here for the first time, this “pop” arrangement of ‘Danielle of Amsterdam’ is a memorable meeting point of Perrey’s expressive Ondioline playing - the “la”-like singing sound achieved by adjusting one of the instrument’s filters just after each note’s attack - and the then-in-vogue sound of the Moog. The version presented here was transcribed and restored from an acetate from Perrey’s personal archive.


from Jean​-​Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline, track released January 1, 1969
Angelo Badalamenti - composer, arranger, producer
Jean-Jacques Perrey - Ondioline, Moog


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Jean-Jacques Perrey (1929-2016) was an alternative pop visionary, pioneer of rhythmic tape-edit sampling techniques, and virtuoso of the rare French electronic musical instrument, the Ondioline.

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