I think this is my favorite version of 'Miserlou'. A really scintillating one, backed by Edmundo Ros's band, with a lot of bongos and an extra little 'Ba Ba Ba' rhythm added in. I believe the US pressing of this superb LP is called 'Fire and Frenzy', but my copy, oddly, is Brazilian, bought in Holland, so I'm entering the title as it was on the record. To me, the album is quite the best thing I have by either Caterina or Edmundo, and I'm quite a Caterina fan, so that's saying something.....
22 Sep 01 ·audiocarp: well, you know what we do with "collaborators"... 08 May 04 ·masayo: Yeah, I agree with you. I do love this tune's chord changes. They are unexpected but dramatic. For me, So Kind To Me is my most favorite track in this soundtrack, especially the last overlapped chorus is terrific. Anyway, Love American Style, Girl, Love Boat...the more I know about Charles Fox's works, the more I think he is a genius. 07 Dec 05 ·Swinging London: This is really, really nice. So typical of late '60's American soundtrack music.
There was another film out at the same time called 'April Fools' and it had a very similar sound. Lovely horns!
I heard this track again recently and it had an almost chemical effect on me. Why? It's hard to say. I can't claim to be especially moved by the lyrics, but the song captures a certain mood which makes me want to shake around. The track has a nice balance of instrumentation - New Order trademarks like strong, crisp drums and prominent bass, and a melody played on the melodica.
The other highlight of the song for me is the manically strummed guitar break near the end - a great moment. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but this track still has a lot of power for me.
A classic 60s girl pop vocal, produced by the legendary Joe Meek. It's a heartbreaking tale of infidelity with a typical 60s pop-orchestral backing. Apparently this song never even charted, which is astonishing in view of how catchy and generally wonderful it is.
from the single Something I've Got To Tell You (Pye) available on CD - It's hard to believe it - The Amazing World Of Joe Meek (Razor & Tie)
20 Feb 04 ·jeanette: One of the most astonishing records ever, simply took my heart when I first heard it. 29 Mar 06 ·leonthedog: An anthem - I love the backing vocals, and listen for the cameo by the horn section! Google for the old WFMU program that will let you hear the whole thing. My 6-year-old daughter loves to dance to this one.
This wild track from Les Baxter's superb 'Jungle Jazz' album wouldn't be out of place in a David Lynch movie. In fact, it sounds very like some of the work Angelo Badalamenti did for the 1992 movie 'Fire (walk with me)'. It's really wickedly over the top, with a walking bass, wailing horns, and some incredible tenor saxophone work from legendary session player Plas Johnson. The overall effect is cinematic and disturbing.
from Jungle Jazz (Capitol) available on CD - The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter (Capitol)