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 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!”
Cool compilation with 18 organ driven instros for your lounge listening pleasure. Cinematic, Funky & Groovie. Dig!!!
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…”
This is brand new volume of 60’s rockin’ instrumental fun made by my dear friend Jose from Spain [Tommentonenlacuadra blogspot]. As you know, this now a classic series has real high quality standards, so you can expect some kick ass instro stuff from surf and hot rod to garage rock, r&b and lounge genres. It’s a non stop hot instro action featuring The Catalinas, The Swanks, T he East Side Kids, Thee Midniters, Don & The Goodtimes, Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars, The Rumblers, The Beachcombers, The Crossfires, Adams Boys, The Underground Set, The Beatstalkers, The Velvetones… 20 trax of upbeat 60’s instrumental fun for your next wyld r’n’r party! Check some favs down below! You gotta dance dance dance, you gotta dig dig DIG!!!
Holidays in Serbia Vol.6
Past volumes available:
Rare Italian electro lounge with twangin’ guitar from Luis Enriquez Bacalov (famous for his soundtracks ). Interesting all-instro slab with some vintage electronic effects, clavichord, organs and surfin’ guitars mostly evident on cool trax like ”Fender With Anger”, great covers of classics ”Walk Don’t Run” and ”Tequila”, ”Riguel 1” and ”Montemario By Night”. Euro-Electro-Twang, check it out!
“Italian soundtracks from the late 60s to mid 70s are practically a genre to themselves and have long been a treasure trove for those who seek unique jazzy psychedelic beats. The Psych Jazzy Beat of I Marc 4, features the music of one of the top recording quartets of Italian soundtracks, I Marc 4. The members of this quartet all came from a jazz background and originally grouped together in the mid-60s with the purpose of supporting various high profile vocalists. The backing band to the most admired composers of the ’70s, from Ennio Morricone to Piero Umiliani, I Marc 4 had a unique “Italian soundtrack” style. I Marc 4 recorded several albums on their Nelson label between 1970 and 1976, featuring Antonello Vannucchi‘s incredible use of his Hammond C3, Roberto Podio‘s kicking rhythm section, and the legendary Maurizio Maiorana on bass, not to forget the real soul of the band, their guitar player, Carlo Pes. In the late 60s they moved on to being soundtrack composers whose instrumental works would then be collected and released on LPs. Psychedelic rock, soul jazz, brassy Herb Alpert style numbers, spacey exotic lounge music, goofy country funk, proto-progressive rock are the easily recognizable genres coexisting in this retrospective of one of the most hidden treasures of the Italian psych-jazz scene.”
Hmmm… You certenly know something ’bout 60’s instros but this Arf! collection gathered some real wyld & weird sides. That means fuzzz, feedback, backmasking, acid and other psychedelic effects to warp your mind. Comparing to ”Buzz Buzz Buzzzzzz” instro comps, this one is more on psych/lounge side ’67-’69 stuff. Anyways there are some ’66 ”b-sides” as feedback drenched Oxford Circle”Mind Destruction”, Vaqueros ”69”, Dantes ‘’80-06”, The Executioners ”I Want The Rain”… Question Mark [& Mysterians] ”Hang In” is actually instro cover of The Squires “Going All The Way” but my favorite trax are The Mussies ”12 O’clock, July” a great garage-fuzz rip-off the Link Wray’s ”Jack the Ripper”, fuzzed-out ”Ballot Bachs” by The Shades, psychedelizied Pinocchio & His Puppets ”Fusion”, The American Dream ”Tioga”, Front Office ”Wow” it’s really Wah-Wah alright! Then Hal Blaine ”Love In (December)”, The Arrows [Davie Allan] ‘‘Make Love Not War” and three cuts from ”Astro-Sounds: From Beyond the Year 2000” Lp by 101 Strings.
All trax were transferred from original records and rare 45’s so I have to do some cleaning that means… Sound check by Mr.Eliminator [himself] = Real Cool. Dig!!!
The California Poppy Pickers were one of several relatively anonymous studio projects assembled by Alshire label head Al Sherman to record budget-priced copycat LPs of ’60’s pop hits. Virtually all of the groups in question — Fats and the Chessmen, Los Norte Americanos, and the Bakersfield Five, among them — were helmed by producer and songwriter Gary Paxton, best-known for composing the novelty smash “The Monster Mash.” In 1965, Paxton founded his own Hollywood recording studio, assembling a session crew and the group released three 1969 LPs — Sounds of ’69, Hair/Aquarius, and Today’s Chart Busters comprised primarily of covers and thinly-veiled rewrites. [Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide]
‘Sounds of ’69’ is solid exploito album with some cool fuzz instros as Bun Buster, Happy Organ, Do Ya, Do Ya and Wipe Out ’69 [included in Surfadelic “The Hell Surfers” soundtrack] and unfortunately few lame shitty vocal tunes as horrible cover of Blowin’ In The Wind and Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.
The Projection Company lp is another 60’s exploatation slab that includes involvement of famous studio musician Jerry Cole and his crew. Some songs featured on this album are alternate versions of tracks found on his project “The inner sound of the ID” originally recorded for RCA records [Boil The Kettle, Wild Times, Don’t Think Twice]. Here you got some fine psych/lounge instrumental trax as Kimeaa, Our Man Hendrix, Tune Out Of Place, What Else…