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Requiem: 820 Latham  performed by Mel Torme  1970
Composed by Jimmy Webb

Great version of a singular break-up song. The original by the Fifth Dimension is driven along by a thumping snare drum - Mel’s take on it is more leisurely, a middle aged guy reflecting on a break-up in heat-hazy late 60s LA. From an LP on which Mel also delivers other “definitive versions of today’s outstanding songs.”

from Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head


The Girl From UNCLE  performed by Teddy Randazzo  1966

Instrumental version of the US spy series with a widely sampled intro. Breezy melody carried by sax, strings and ‘do-do-do’ wordless vocals. Mood music by which to follow the planes I see from my apartment window, heading towards London’s main airport on summer evenings.


available on CD - Espresso Espresso



  24 Jan 03 ·konsu: Yeah! Just amazing stuff, huh? The entire LP is a masterpiece of banging soundtrack wizardry, Totally worth pursuing. Someone better bootleg this or i'm gonna do it!
  24 Jan 03 ·delicado: I agree, this is a great track. Dimitri from Paris seems to have helped himself to plenty of chunks from the album, as well as this song (for 'une very stylish fille'). Incredibly, the LP can be had for around $10 on ebay, and is well worth it.
Town I Live In  performed by Jackie Lee  1966
Composed by Geoff Stephens

From the singer better-known for the TV theme, White Horses, a fast-paced beat-girl song with a cynical edge about living in a dreary place where “nothing very much ever happens”. Surely one of the few uses of “Etc etc” as part of a chorus.


available on CD - Dream Babes: Vol One


David  performed by Creation of Sunlight  1968

From a legendary pop-psyche LP in the Strawberry Alarm Clock vein ("the Sound of Young Ambition" according to the sleevenotes) about a small boy’s world of make believe, propelled by swirling keyboards. Sunny without being drippy.


available on CD - Creation of Sunlight


Cecil Beaton’s Scrapbook  performed by Would Be Goods  1985


The finest moment of a legendary 80s UK indie label which fused a post-punk spirit with the best elements of 60s pop style - bossa nova, light psychedelia, girl groups. And pre-empted the lounge/easy listening revival by about 10 years. The Would Be-Goods were two sisters, Jessica and Miranda, who couldn’t sing and did so beautifully. The él catalogue is being re-issued on CD by Cherry Red Records. Well worth checking out.


from The Camera Loves Me, available on CD (él)


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