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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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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I MARC 4 – The Psych Jazzy Beat Of I Marc 4 [Italian 60’s/70’s Lounge]

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“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.”

 

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INSIDE THE VAULT OF MR. ASTRO [60’s Instros covered by Man Or Astroman?]

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Somethin’ like ”Songs Man Or Astroman Taught Us”. This unofficial collection gathered 60’s instumentals, mostly surf/sci-fi with few movies/tv series themes [as Edwin Astley ”High Wire”[Danger Man], The Jetsons Theme , Jerry Goldsmith ”The Man From U.N.C.L.E” , Jack Marshall’s ”The Munsters Theme”, and John Barry’s ”Goldfinger’‘]. Here you got classic surf acts as The Ventures, Dick Dale, Link Wray, The Markettes, The Original Surfaris, The Revels, Eddie & The Showmen, The Chantays and others. Loads of interplanetary, outer-space surfin’ action! Say… Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents: THE HELL SURFERS !!!

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…Kinda like a “Hells Angels on surfboards” or “Surfin’ Angels on Hellboards” or… whatever. Anyways it’s another Surfadelic production, a soundtrack for secret Tarantino/Rodriguez movie project that never existed. So it shoulda be fuzzed-out instro action, mean mutha that’ll leave you brathless. Gathered here are some of Surfadelic alltime favs from 60’s biker and other rare exploatation lps as well from surfin’/hot rod field. You gotta check those evil muthas yourself. As Blues [Peter Fonda] once said “Oh no, Preach, not children of God – but Hells Angels”. Hoka hey! Dig!!!

 

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They’re Coming to Take You Away, Ha-Ha!

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SERGE GAINSBOURG – Les Années Psychédéliques: 1966-1971

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”All the freaky, funky Serge Gainsbourg you could ever want — served up in a single set! The package pulls together some of the grooviest tracks by Serge from a host of late 60s and early 70s albums — including some of his super-rare French soundtrack work — from movies that include Le Pacha, Anna, Ce Sacre Grand-Pere, Cannabis, and Manon 70! The double-length set is overflowing with great grooves — tracks done with that subtly funky style that Serge cooked up with arrangers Michel Colombier and Jean-Claude Vannier, all topped with that breathy, nearly-spoken style that made Gainsbourg so great back in the day. A few of the most break-heavy cuts are even presented with special bonus beats”. [Dusty Groove]

”This collection stands as the definitive survey of Gainsbourg�s psychedelic years, featuring all collabs with Jean-Claude Vannier and Michel Colombier. Taking its music from rare vinyl and master tapes and utilizing tasteful restoration and remastering, with bonus beats to boot.” Funky french psychedelic, Dig!!!

 

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THE HELLCATS / BORN LOSERS [1967. Soundtracks w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

TONIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE

Both on Tower Records, Capitol’s sub-label ‘notorious’ for 60’s biker flick soundtracks as “The Wild Angels”, “Devil’s Angels”, ”Angels From Hell” and other rockin’ teenage rebellion exploitation stuff as ”Riot On The Sunset Strip”, ”Wild In The Streets”, ”The Trip”, “Psych-Out”, “Mondo Hollywood”, “Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs”… Again we got Davie Allan & The Arrows ridin’ the fuzz on few trax like ”Hellcats” or ”The Angry Mob” and under the name The Sidewalk Sounds on tunes as ”The Loser’s Bar” and ”The Born Loser’s Theme”. There’s an interesting appearance of mysterious band Davy Jones & The Dolphins doin’ some garage pop tunes on The Hellcats lp. Duophonic vinyl rips. Dig!!!

 

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TEENAGE REBELLION [1967. Soundtrack w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

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”Today’s teenagers are up to no good…”

“Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to a rhythm that seems to reach back in time. It’s called the beat.”

”A quickie documentary, originally paired on a drive-in double bill with “Mondo Mod,” claims to provide the lowdown on crazy teenage goings-on around the globe. We are shown glimpses of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip teen riots, The Paris student revolt, and the English mods and rockers running wild in Brighton. Things soon wind down to such critical issues of the day as go-go dancing, striped hip huggers, bikers, and surfing, all of which are seen to have worldwide popularity.”

TEENAGE REBELLION usually played under the title MONDO TEENO

Another ‘colaboration’ of Davie Allan and Mike Curb on this interesting lp with some funny spoken word stuff by Burt Topper on prostitution, drugs, young homosexuals and cool tunes as title track, The Young World [aka ”Fuzz Theme”], ”The French Kiss” [aka ”Diana’s Theme”] or ”Make Love Not War” [version of ”Action On The Street”]. Vinyl rip in Mono & Stereo. Dig!!

 

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MARY JANE [1968. Soundtrack w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

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This isn’t one of those 60’s biker flicks soundtracks but nevertheless it’s cool and includes involvement of Davie Allan & The Arrows as session musicians. You can hear ’em on fine rumblin’ tunes as The Fun Zone, Pursuit or Bay City Boys [known as ”Grogs Hog” from ”Cycle-Delic Sounds Of” LP]. Movie is a drama about teacher trying to break up a local drug ring who is framed and arrested for possession of marijuana, featuring teen idol Fabian. ”Fabian plays a high school art teacher who is framed and busted while trying to convince the school principal that grass isn’t such a bad thing. Diane McBain plays a fellow teacher who has her own problems to deal with. The rebellious students are about as threatening as a teenage root beer bust.” Album produced by Mike Curb and Lawrence Brown, Mary Jane music score by Mike Curb and Lawrence Brown. Duophonic vinyl rip, Dig!!!