Howdy Folks! Check out my Atomic Age Vinyl Finds! If there are copyright issues or a problem with any post, just contact me and I will make corrections. I'm here to have fun and hope you will share in my process of discovery!
Seven Golden Men
Music By Armando Trovajoli
United Artists UAS 5193
This is a French film that premiered in New York in 1969 (which is how I dated the album release). The film was distributed by Warner Bros – Seven Arts. However, other sources list the actual release date as 1964 (original foreign release).
I haven't seen the movie, but apparently the movie is a "James Bond" styled heist caper.
The music is a blend of spy/secret agent whackiand light 60s pop. It has a distinct "European" sound. The LP audio is simulated stereo. The recording plays a lot more like a straight album then a sound track. The record is a hell of a lot of fun.
I could only find several CDs (import) copies available online. They are hard to find. There were a number of vinyl copies on ebay when I searched today. Since my copy isn't perfect and CDs are all but impossible to fine, I'll post a short sample.
The Fortune Tellers
Song Of The Nairobio Trio
Kapp Medallion ML-7534
Here's a terrific space age LP. The music reminds me a touch of The Three Suns but with a big helping of light pop humor.
The main character behind The Fortune Tellers is Robert Maxwell. He wrote many of the tunes found on this album, including the sample I've posted above and the Song Of The Nairobi Trio that Ernie Kovacs used as the theme for his television show.
He may be best known as an innovative harpist. I've blogged a number of his albums here in The Atomic Attic. He used some of the same experimental techniques pioneered by Ferrante and Teicher in their early work. At least one song on this album reflects that sound. For his nightclub act, in the late 50s, Maxwell wired his harp to a light display that changed in synchronization with his playing.
Allegro Royale was a total budget label. So much so that I dang near stopped purchasing examples. Allegro pressed whatever they could beg, barrow or steal. Recordings and pressings are usually pretty awful. However... I couldn't pass up the chance that the cover of Swamp Fire might be interesting. And it is... not bad.
This is probably the most decent Allegro album I've stumbled across. As you can tell for the sample, there is some life found in the track(s) even though the small band isn't razor sharp.
That's side one... side two... sounds like filler Allegro found on the shelf. Amazing (and not in a good way). And the pressing leaves something to be desired. I swear... this is the last Allegro I bring home.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Arranged And Conducted By Hugo Montenegro
RCA Victor LSP-3475
This is another outstanding space age recording from one of my favorite arrangers, Hugo Montenegro. Montenegro understood the sound that made the 60s campy, fun and cool. Solo On A Raft is a particularly haunting track found on side one.
Ironically, Montenegro never worked on the series. Jerry Goldsmith, Walter Scharf, Lalo Schifrin, Gerald Fried, Robert Drasnin, Nelson Riddle and Richard Shores did the actual work on the series which lasted for three seasons.
The album is available on CD so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry!
Caterina Valente and Silvio Francesco
London LL 3471
This album is available on CD, so I won't be posting a sample. Sorry!
Good stuff from a sister/brother act. Valente made an absolute pile of records, releasing albums in many countries. For exotica fans there is a nice cover of Brasil (that is how it is spelled on the back cover).
The songs are performed in Spanish and Portuguese. The overall vibe is a nice loose almost lounge feel with a touch of 60s light pop. A nice addition to the Atomic Attic Collection.
Music For Instruments & Electronic Sounds
In No Strange Land
Nonesuch Records H 71223
Terrific electronic album that does an excellent job of blending real instruments with the synth generated sounds.
I'm sure other, more knowledgeable folks on the web, can better describe the details. I just like to say that if you sit back and close your eyes... music like this can help create a movie in your mind. Reconnaissance is one continuous track that could help you visit a barren, but fantastic planet. You float slowly along, just above the ground, past amazing rock formations marked with deep shadows. You are fascinated with the flashes of light thrown off by the occasional crystalline structures laying half buried in the rippled sand. Is that something watching you from the shadows?
Side two, In No Strange Land, continues the journey in 4 movements. The trip is a bit more "fractured" than side one. I'll post a sample from that side, because side two is broken into 4 movements which makes the sample a little smaller and easier to post.
Come On Everybody Let's Twist!
Steven Garrick And His Party Twisters
Golden Tone C 4092
Terrific low budget record. Rudimentary recording bubbling over with energy.
Songs are credited to Sanford Bellini. Steven Garrick is credited for piano, organ, celeste, vibraphone and conducting and arranging. Seymour Salzberg is credited for drums and percussion. Louis Messana for solo guitar. Larry Lucie for rhythm guitar. Abie Baker for bass and Paul Gaglio for saxaphone.
I can only comment on side one... because the pressing on side two is so crappy... that the needle simply slides across the record half way through the first track. I've never seen such a thing... basically the grooves on side two aren't deep enough to hold the needle! LOL!
Command RS 811 SD
Nice Charles E. Murphy/S. Neil Fujita cover.
This is a pretty straight forward Command release for 1960. The album is a mix of Enoch Light's brand of "light pop" as expected from the album title and surprisingly conventional approaches. Rare uneven approach to content from Command.
Jazz In The Space Age
George Russell And His Orchestra
Featuring Bill Evans At The Piano
Decca Records DL 9219
This could be one recording that I would consider purchasing on CD. If only because vinyl copies are so expensive and with good reason. The original recording is fabulous, historically influential and therefore, collectible.
Hey, I'm no jazz buff. I admit that I bought this album for the "space age" look of the cover. There are more insightful reviews to be found online. I can say this album sounds timeless to me. And that you will be instantly hooked and stay in the groove from the beginning of your trip through space until the last moment of the fantastic journey Russell leads you on.