Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Button-Down Brass (1968)




















There are a bit of vocals which I'm not usually too keen on, but a great album all the same.  Some nice keys from Harry Stoneham too.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Buddy Cole - Ingenuity In Sound (1962)





















Great little album this though curiously it's a mono version.  This was posted elsewhere but I thought it deserved a wider audience.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Barry Gray - UFO - Original Television Soundtrack (1969)




















You know the old chesnut; your house is on fire and you can only rescue one object, what would it be?  Well, for me it would be this little beauty.  The 2004 Trunk soundtrack release of Gerry Anderson's first live-action series, UFO.  Set far in the future, 1980.  All the cars were sleek with gull-wing doors (eat your heart out Delorean) and all the girls had purple wigs and wore silver boots.

The musical formula will be familiar to Supermarionation fans, indeed some of the cues sound like they were nicked from Captain Scarlet.  The Main Titles are obviously the highlight with some sterling work from Harry Stoneham.

Ed Bishop who starred in this actually lived in the village next to me when I was a kid and his daughter went to my school.  You used to see him driving around town in his Hillman Imp.   I said hello to him a couple of times in the Co-Op and the Post Office, but always went bright red so as I got older I just worshipped him from a distance.

There is only one scan here too as the rear of the sleeve is blank.  Still, it's the music that counts.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Friday, 9 July 2010

Pete Moore Orchestra - Lively and Latin (1972)




















A truly sensational album.  Includes the great self-penned Black Water and the brilliant version of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Franck Pourcel and his Orchestra - The Franck Pourcel Sound (1968)




















This album includes the best version of the Days Of Pearly Spencer that I've ever heard.  If you know of a better version then I'd love to hear it!

Geoff Love and his Orchestra - Play Your Top TV Themes (1972)




















One of the seemingly hundreds of albums released in the early 70s that gave us lots of TV themes.  Usually with the same kind of cover.  This is a great little album.  Geoff's version of Strange Report is top notch.  This album includes the self-penned theme to Bless This House.  Did he write anything else?

He released a similar album; Plays Your Favourite TV Themes.  I'll dig that one out sometime.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Roy Budd - Pick Yourself Up (1967)




















Nice little album produced by Tony Hatch.  Includes an early version of The Girl From Southend-on-Sea.  There's a superior version on Budd 'n' Bossa.