Author Topic: Various (Jacky Giordano/Francis Personne/Serge d'Usson/Yan d'Ys) - Philopsis  (Read 2087 times)


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A fantastic session from Jacky Giordano and friends, originally released on the Freesound label, reissued for the first time. Wonderful funk, jazz workouts.

"In the vast world of Library Music, Philopsis with its enigmatic cover artwork stands as an exception.

Philopsis was released in 1978 on Freesound – a sub-division label dedicated to French composers of the UK based publisher Ambient Music.

At the source of the project - which has gained cult status in recent years - there is Jacky Giordano, a mysterious musician whose name rhymes with excitement to any of those who have heard his productions on mythical labels such as Montparnasse 2000, l’Illustration Musicale, Musax, Sonimage, Timing.

Very little is known about this French musician and producer, who remained mostly in the shadow: once an accountant and later a label boss, Jacky Giordano produced and co-signed many titles under many pseudonyms. For a period of time he was the conductor for the Crazy Horse revue. He also composed for maverick film director Jean-Pierre Mocky. He is even co-credited on Bernard Fèvre’s masterpiece: Black Devil Disco Club.

Later on, his setbacks with the justice in the late 2000s revealed a darker side of the persona, yet Jacky Giordano remains one of the most fascinating creators of the golden age of Library music. Among all of his confidential discography, Philopsis is undoubtedly his masterpiece.

Library Music has its detractors: some will say it is uninspired music for documentaries, radio jingles or erotic productions but it is unlikely that Giordano had in mind to illustrate this kind of productions while recording Philopsis, an album of an astonishing coherence.

Accompanied by Yan dY's - probably Yan Tregger (an alias for Edouard Scotto Di Suoccio, another forgotten hero of Library Music) and by Francis Personne - an obscure musician who later worked as a sound engineer on many zouk productions of the 80s - Jacky Giordano experimented a lot: the result is an airy and rough jazz-funk with clear inspirations from the musics by Lalo Schiffrin, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Ennio Morricone, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Nino-Nardini and even Brian Eno.

Confidentially distributed at the time of its release, original copies are now almost invisible, and market price have reached crazy amounts in recent years. Making Philopsis available again sounded like an evidence. Digger's Digest and Listen! Record Store team up to offer you a strictly limited reissue of one of the cornerstone of Library Music, rehabilitating at the same time the work of one of the most intriguing desperados of the French music industry.

Limited to 500 copies / High Quality Tip-On Sleeve / Remastered"


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Nice! I agree, this has one of the most mysteriously appealing sleeves in library. And what does the title mean?

It annoys me that these reissue producers don't bother (or choose not) to do a simple google search when typing up the liner notes. Yan d'Ys is not Yan Tregger, but one Jean Baptiste Fiacre.


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Quality reissue with very good sound (can't compare, I don't own an OG copy).


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Just picked up the Dynamite Cuts reissue (2x45) of this. Incredible sounds and the only affordable way to own it on vinyl. And what a sleeve!