Yes, that is Spock in the headphones. The year was 1979. These are some of my LPs, themed compilations, and the like.


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Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The first "official" album.  All tracks on this LP did appear in the show, except for Lalo Schifrin's "The Man from Thrush," which sounds as if it should have.

The arranger, Hugo Montenegro, worked hard on some of these, I guess.  The track "Solo on a Raft,"  which takes a couple of minutes on the album, is based on a snippet from the episode "The Shark Affair," which on-air lasted only mayb 20-30 seconds.

Other tracks, such as "Wild Bike," are fairly well developed in the episodes ("Bike" is from "The Double Affair" / The Spy with My Face).

Here is the tracklist:
1. Theme from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
2. Meet Mr. Solo
3. A Martini Built for Two
4. Wild Bike
5. Solo on a Raft
6. Fiddlesticks
7. The Man from Thrush
8. Illya
9. The Invaders
10. Solo's Samba
11. Bye, Bye Jill
12. Watch Out!

Now that we can buy the ORIGINAL original scores from Film Score Monthly, I find myself enjoying Montenegro's albums more.  They're more like a DC "Imaginary" tale, since we now have access to the original.

Does ANYBODY ELSE remember that a TV commercial for Pine-Sol used a jingle that was VERY SIMILAR to Jerry Goldsmith's "Meet Mr Solo"?  As I recall it, you would hear the first melodic line played instrumentally, then a chorus singing, "Pine-Sol," in the break before the second melodic line would start.

Here is the album.

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