Angela Morley – Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)

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While the film received a poor 5.4 rating on IMDB, the soundtrack itself is a golden nugget. A mixture of different classical periods (classical, romantic, impressionist) and sounds of the day in 1969. I doubt whether any other composer could have grasped the underwater atmosphere better than she did – it’s amazing what you can express with music. In 2009, Film Score Monthly published the score apparently for the the first time, at 1,500 copies. Those went of course out of print, however, and today copies of the score fetch high prices.

01. Main Title
02. Underwater

Angela Morley on Wikipedia

Welcome aboard!

Henry Mancini – Visions Of Eight (1973)

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Mancini’s soundtrack to a 1973 documentary showing the Munich Olympic Games 1972 from the perspective of eight different directors. Mancini uses different musical styles throughout the album, ranging from easy listening (2,4,8) to futuristic (3) as well as classical sounds (5).

01. Ludmilla’s Theme
02. Pretty Girls
03. Spaced Out
04. Warm Up
05. Soft Flight
06. The Race
07. Salute To The Olympians
08. Olympic Village
09. Ludmilla’s Theme (Reprise)
10. Hurdles And Girdles
11. Theme For The Losers
12. Salute To The Olympians (Finale)

Ready, steady, GO!

Johnny Keating – Hotel (1967)

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01. Theme from Hotel (Main Title)
02. Airport
03. Love Theme
04. Key Case
05. This Year
06. Bourbon Street
07. Hotel Lobby
08. Duke and Duchess
09. Hotel
10. Elevator
11. Jeanne and Pete
12. End Title

One of the few, but refined and slick soundtracks of Johnny Keating. This album features some classy jazz tracks, evoking a noble, James Bond -like atmosphere. The track »Key Case« reminds me of the »Incredibles« soundtrack by Michael Giacchino. »This Year« features a performance by singer Carmen McRae.
Mr. Keating’s orchestra has the typical clean, brassy signature sound here as well, a sound some may have become familiar with by his other soundtrack from the same year, Robbery.

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George Garvarentz – They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1969)

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Fetched this from an unknown blog years ago (now down). Crime jazz record with cool mod rhythms, and at times jamesbondy and austinpowersy sounds. Huge orchestra and many stylistic turns in the arrangement, switching back and forth from cheerful pop to suspense. A detailed analysis in Spanish. An extended version of The Worldless Song can be found on YouTube.

01. Inspector Douglas’ Trick
02. Last Trip Of The Truck
03. Attack Of The Truck
04. End Of The Attack
05. Effervescence
06. The Wordless Song
07. View On San Francisco
08. Chase In San Francisco
09. ‘Cosa Nostra’ From Mexico
10. In The Streets Of Las Vegas
11. Las Vegas Can Can
12. Ann & Tony

Good enough for me!

Barbara Moore – Voices in Latin (1968)

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Repost from In-Flight Entertainment. A very solidly crafted album. Cheerful scatting jazz-pop so typical of the late 1960s, spiced with catchy latin rhythms. Very nice echo in the recording. The backside says “Arrangements by Barbara Moore” and “Musical arrangements by Duncan Lamont”. Question being, what on earth the difference is.
Learn more about Barbara Moore in this interview.

01. Sunshine Superman
02. Hideaway
03. Bidin’ My Time
04. Busy
05. I’ve Walked Alone
06. Sunny
07. Tea For Three
08. How Do You Know
09. The Look Of Love
10. Sara

I dig it!

Lucien Lavoute et le Travelling Orchestra vol.7

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Library album from the French Epervier label. As the album is called vol.7, there are other parts of the series (see Discogs). The first track, Dimension Futur, is imho the best and most »librarily« track of all. The second track, Zero Zero Smart, sounds like a Neil Hefti track from the early 1960s. The rest is a mixture of old-style big band music and more typical library tracks. More background info. And what a great, typical, dreamy cover by the way.

Lucien Lavoute? Avec plaisir!

Candeias – Candeias (1976)

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Managua

A repost from lascintas.livejournal.com (link is down). Recorded in 1975 in the Argentinian Buenos Aires, and composed by Argentinian Guillermo Reuter, this sounds 110 % Brazilian. The album was published in 1976 on the French Disques Espérance label. It received a reissue in 1999 on the French Dare-Dare label. This album with its lush bossa fusion is one of the best Brazil grooves I have ever come across. The guitar player, Agustin Pereyra Lucena, is responsible for another great album with a similar sound, Ese Día Va A Llegar (1975).

Right down my alley!

Addy Flor and his Orchestra – Days Of Summer (1975)

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Alles geht im Kreis

This is a very solid easy listening album showing strong composing skills and featuring groovy lounge sounds. Addy (actually Arno) Flor (1925-2008) is one of the most obscure, and in my opinion, most neglected names of German easy listening. Flor delivers sophisticated cheese like Heinz Kiessling, and that says a lot. There’s very little information available about him. As the German Wikipedia states, from 1948 onwards, he worked for the RIAS-Tanzorchester in Berlin under Werner Müller. From 1954 he worked as a freelance musician for people such as Franz Thon, Erwin Lehn and Robert Stolz. In 1969, he co-authored with Pete Jacques the MPS album Twilight Mood. He also wrote the backup music for several female singers, and the Dutch Greetje Kauffeld is the one on this album. In recent years, some of his tracks resurfaced on CD compilations such as Like A Breeze and Holiday In Brazil, using music from the Brillant-Musik library label.

You are reading my mind.