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Moon Guitar  performed by The Rangoons  1961
Recommended by bobbyspacetroup [profile]

A Burt Bacharach-penned instro produced in a Joe Meek style. The melody reminds me strongly of the Bacharach-David song "Forgive Me (For Giving You Such A Bad Time)" that was recorded by Babs Tino a year later.

Mama Blues  performed by Alvino Rey  1961
Recommended by delicado [profile]

From an excellent early hi-fi album, this is a hilarious slow blues number in which Alvino makes his steel guitar talk. In fact, he has a conversation with it. In spite of what you might think, this actually stands up to repeated listening, unlike the 'Talking Guitar' records made later in the sixties by Pete Drake, which I find harder to handle. Incidentally, I've never heard an Alvino Rey record I wasn't astounded by.

from His Greatest Hits (Dot DLP 3391)

Titelmusik - DAS GEHEIMNIS DER SCHWARZEN KOFFER  performed by Gert Wilden  1961
Recommended by bobbyspacetroup [profile]

A colorful "crime jazz" soundtrack piece that is considerably different from the "Schoolgirl Report" scores for which Wilden is better known. Wilden makes great use of the Harpsichord here pitting against electric guitar.

available on CD - Deutsche Filmkomponisten, Folge 2 (Bear Family)

So um amor  performed by Shorty Rogers and his Giants  1961
Recommended by delicado [profile]

A short, but astoundingly catchy instrumental in the bossa nova style. This is led by guitar and bass, with subtle stabs from the horn section. It's hard to put into words how clean, yet edgy and catchy the sound is. Somehow, in spite of all the instrumentation, there is a lot of space in the mix. This is from an LP on reprise called simply 'Bossa Nova', with a generic looking sleeve that is also used for a much less bossa-inspired Barney Kessell LP.

from Bossa Nova (Reprise R-6050)

Image - Part 1  performed by Hank Levine Orchestra  1961
Recommended by standish [profile]

Slow-burn, easy-listening intrumental. (Harder to find are the later UK versions by Alan Haven and 'The Now Sound of Vic Templar & His Mood Orchestra'.)

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