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Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Johnny Pearson – The Big Beat / Speed And Excitemen [KPM Scores 1968-1970]

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More TV shows & film music scores produced by the British KPM company. Excellent library music from the legendary KPM label with lots of fuzz guitar and organ in addition to the famous drum breaks. Funky primo library music. Two of the best KPM albums + ’68 bonus. Say… Dig!!!

 

 

MUSIC FOR TV DINNERS – The 60’s

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Music for TV Dinners is a compilation of music composed by artists working for KPM, a British firm that developed a niche for providing music scores for commercial and industrial films during the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

“These sixteen production library compositions, used variously in educational shorts, commercials, television shows and feature films, constitute some of the most invisible, yet best remembered, musical melodies in American culture. Even stranger is that most of this music was produced by the British KPM company. Further examples (including EMI and Pye’s contributions to the canon) can be found on UK anthologies such as “The Sound Gallery” and “The Sound Spectrum.” The collected composers and arrangers construct brilliantly memorable productions whose purpose is to serve as musical beds beneath narration or to signal mood and plot shifts in films and television programs.

Though not designed as firmly for the background as true Muzak [tm], there is still an unnerving contextual shift in compiling these tracks for foreground listening. Though originally used in more subliminal contexts, these tunes have been drawn on in recent years as a simple way to evoke nostalgic moods, with or without irony in mind. In addition to appearances on boomer throwbacks like Nick at Night and Ren & Stimpy, these titles also appear in films like “The Hudsucker Proxy” and “Natural Born Killers.” The most recognizable tune (at least, for 1960’s television viewers) will be Wilfred Burns’ “Stop Gap,” which served as the theme to “Truth or Consequences.” You can’t help but feel that Bob Barker will step out in front of the curtain at any moment.

As calculated as this music may be, its composition, arrangement and performance hold tremendous charms. This is more mood music than easy listening, in that its purpose is to attract your attention and shape your experience, rather than provide any sort of sedation. Many of the musical cues will haunt you with inscrutably faint memories of products like Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion and Midol. This is an excellent volume for listening or for adding unique musical cues to your home video.”

“For, ahem, more mature listeners such as myself, the tunes will absolutely remind you of your childhood shopping trips to Sears/JC Penneys to buy school clothes, and of the game shows on the old black-and-white teevee. The tunes are perfect for vacuuming/ironing/washing dishes to.”

“Better Title: Music For Happy Shoppers!”
“Wrap my World in Foil and Heat It Up”
“Yeah, Baby, Yeah!”

 

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MAX FROST & THE TROOPERS – Shape of Things to Come [1968] + Bonus Trax

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”There’s a new sun rising up angry in the sky
There’s a new voice crying but not afraid to die
Let the old world make believe it’s blind and deaf and dumb
But nothing can change the shape of things to come…”

“Max Frost and the Troopers were a fictional rock music group created for the exploitation film Wild in the Streets, released in 1968. The film featured Christopher Jones as the highly influential singer Max Frost. The songs performed by Frost and his band, a group that was never formally named in the film, were credited to Max Frost and the Troopers in the subsequent singles and album. The band name “Troopers” is based on the term “troops,” the designation Frost used in the film to refer to his friends and followers.

A studio group appeared on the soundtrack album for the film, along with incidental music penned by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and composed by Les Baxter; however, the songs were not originally credited to Max Frost and the Troopers, but rather to The 13th Power.

Owing to the success of the song “Shape of Things To Come” as a single, an accompanying album by Max Frost and The Troopers, Shape of Things to Come, was issued on the Tower record label in 1968. Musicians playing on the album are believed to include members of Davie Allan and The Arrows (who also released the “Shapes of Things to Come” without lyrics) with lead vocals by Paul Wibier (who also wrote a majority of the songs on the album). The music is high-energy rock with some psychedelic touches.

The group was produced by Harley Hatcher and Eddie Beram for Mike Curb Productions. Their first single was recorded with Curb’s Tower subsidiary Sidewalk Records. Subsequent singles were taken from their album.” [wiki]

 

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Garage-heads are already familiar with the title track but there are more real cool garage/psych tunes on this great LP as Lonely Man, Shine it on, A Change Is Gonna Come, Captain Hassel, Let Your Mind Run Free… + 9 bonus trax. Fourteen Or Fight… Dig!!!

 

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SURFADELIC SAFARI ! vol.3 – Adventures In Paradise

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Surf’s up! Brothers and sisters

 

Summer time’s here kitties and it’s time for ”Adventures In Paradise”, 3rd volume of Surfadelic Safari series, the most surfin’ one to date.  Oh boy, I really enjoyed making this compilation while I was watching ‘Shark Month’ on TV.  ‘Blue water White death’, ‘Golden Breed’, ‘Big Wednesday’ and stuff, so I got pretty inspired alright!. 🙂 Anyways, I hope you gonna like it. Here you gotta deal with classic 60’s surf/hot rod bands as The Atlantics, Jim Messina & The Jesters, The Buddies, Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars, The Hondells, Jerry Cole And His Spacemen, Dick Dale & His Deltones, Aki Aleong And The Nobles, Takeshi Terauchi & His Blue Jeans, The Super Stocks, The Ventures, The Tornados, The Avengers VI, Davie Allan & The Arrows and some lounge/score acts like The Dave Myers Effect, Jimmie Haskell, Harry Beatinger Formation, Hollywood Persuaders, Luis Enriquez & His Electronic Men, The Eliminators and The Back-Wash Rhythm Band [actually Davie Allan with other studio musicians]. Interesting is there are some early 70’s recordings by Takeshi Terauchi from his ”Manatsu No Umi Wo Buttobase!!” 1972′ LP and Harry Beatinger Formation ’73 lp and they fits very well with 60’s tunes.  Most of this stuff I’ve alredy posted here and on my old blog so some of you are familiar with it but others ain’t. So surfers, I wanna know what ya think about it alright?! Check some favorites down there and do da Dig!!!

 

‘Surfin’ is the only life, the only way for me…”

 

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MEGA

 

 

SURFADELIC SAFARI ! vol.2

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More 60’s instro action in volume 2 of Surfadelic Safari. Again we have some rare rockin’ & surfin’ instrumentals, this time from all over the world, USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Peru, Japan, Canada … Many of these are my favorite instros so ya better watch out! Dont miss it. ”Let’s go surfin’ now. Everybody’s learning how, come on and safari with me” Dig!!!

 

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MEGA

THUNDER ALLEY [1967. Soundtrack] Vinyl Rip!

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Thunder Alley is American International car racing movie featuring 60’s teen idols Fabian and Anette. As on the most Sidewalk soundtracks here you got Davie Allan & the Arrows under the pseudonym The Sidewalk Sounds with couple of cool fuzzed-out instros ”Pete’s Orgy” and ”Theme From Thunder Alley”, which are the best trax on this soundtrack beside Eddie Beram’s ”Riot In Thunder Alley” and The Band Without A Name [later turned into The American Revolution] two garage tunes ”Time After Time” and ”Theme From Thunder Alley” [vocal version]. Also there are couple of songs by Anette. Say… Dig!

 

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SURFADELIC SAFARI ! [60’s Rock & Surf Instros]

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This is brand new Surfadelic collection, an instrumental safari with 30 trax of mostly rare 60’s and some late 50’s rockin’ & surfin’ instros. Some of these tunes you can find on other comps but many are rare and uncomped, so instro freaks you better watch out! Check the favs down below and… do the Dig!!!

 

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