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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Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Original TV Themes

Kiddies, you can't get any manlier than this!

As to the cover art, it's copied from other places.  I cannot find the source pose for the Green Hornet's slugfest as shown here, but I DID immediately recognize the slightly a-kilter depictions of Tarzan and our friends from U.N.C.L.E.

Here's an ad for Aurora's model kit for the character, released to tie into the 1966-1968 NBC-TV show starring Ron Ely.  It is the obvious template for the center panel of the album art.

The right-hand panel's art was also cobbled together from model kit box art.  Notice how Solo is standing in an odd position?  He's kneeing some bad guy in the chin whilst one arm holds his gun and the other is held straight down at his side?

That's because in Aurora's model, Solo is leaping over a wall!  On the other hand, Illya's pose from the box looks more natural to the position he's drawn in, on the LP cover.

Here're views of the completed models.

And here are the breathless liner notes from the back of the album.  I leave it to various fanfic writers to continue with the image of these guys "all under one cover."

Of course, most of these selections are generic "filler" given relevant-sounding names.  For example, Track 2, "Britt Reid Revenge," is actually an arrangement of Debussy's "Claire de Lune."

01 - Green Hornet Theme
02 - Britt Reid Revenge (“Claire de Lune”)
03 - Kato's Warning
04 - The Black Beauty
05 - Theme From Tarzan
06 - Jungle Bongo
07 - Cheetah Do
08- Theme From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
09- The Thrush Tune
10 - Illya's Walk

Text Box: The unbelievable has happened!  Wyncote Records has captured in this one fantastic recording the three most powerful beings in creation.

Just think of it. . . . The Green Hornet, Tarzan, and the Man from U.N.C.L.E., all under one cover.  The savage power of the jungle, the authority of the law, and the bravery and spirit of the Secret Service are all trapped under this cover.

This album is dynamite, please handle it with care … BOOOOOOOM ! ! !
Now you too can do the Illya Walk!

Here ... use the stick.


Monday, May 26, 2014

RE-POST: MA-01 - The Themes from U.N.C.L.E.

Due to having to dump two free file hosters and switching to a paid service, a lot of links from only a year ago are kaput.

Here is my first compilation, to quote the original post ....

Here's the first in a series of compilations of versions of Jery Goldsmith's classic theme to The Man from U.N.C.L.E., along with songs ABOUT the show, and songs reflecting its popularity an influence in pop culture from the 1960s to today.

These are the tracks:
1          First Season Main Title revised           Original television score          0:55
2          First Season End Title Original television score          1:14
3          Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Roland Shaw and His Orchestra        2:36
4          “The Deadly Decoy Affair” Main Title          Original television score          1:13
5          The Man from Thrush Lalo Schifrin   2:55
6          Roulette Rhumba        Lalo Schifrin   2:06
7          Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Dick Hyman    2:29
8          To Trap a Spy -  Meet Mr. Solo-End Title      Original film score      1:54
9          Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Other TV Themes     1:43
10        Illya     The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Other TV Themes     2:30
11        Night People   The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Other TV Themes     2:37
12        Second Season Main Title (arr Lalo Schifrin) Original television score          0:36
13        Second Season End Title (arr Lalo Schifrin)  Original television score          0:48
14        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme New Original TV Themes       3:09
15        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Hugo Montenegro       1:59
16        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Al Caiola         2:00
17        One of Our Spies Is Missing Main Title         Original film score      3:07
18        Third Season Main Title (arr Gerald Fried)    Original television score          0:30
19        Third Season End Title (arr Gerald Fried)      Original television score          0:38
20        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Teddy Randazzo         1:33
21        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme The Challengers          1:38
22        One Spy Too Many  Main Title          Original film score      2:49
23        “The Candidate’s Wife Affair” Main Title     Original television score          0:28
24        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme The Jazz All-Stars       2:07
25        The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Main Title            Original television score          0:33
26        The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. End Title  Original television score          0:39
27        The Spy in the Green Hat Main Title  Original film score      2:08
28        “The Five Daughters Affair” Main Title         Original television score          0:41
29        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Billy Strange   2:28
30        Fourth Season Main Title        Original television score          0:31
31        Fourth Season End Title         Original television score          0:36
32        The Karate Killers Main Title Original film score      0:29
33        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Swingin' Themes for Secret Agents    2:21
34        The Helicopter Spies Main Title         Original film score      2:02
35        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme The Man from UNCLE Cult TV Classics      2:41
36        Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Main Title        Original film score      1:17
37        Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme Man or Astro-Man?    1:31
38        Love Ya Illya  Alma Cogan    2:27
39        Man from Uncle          Moskow          3:30
This first compilation tried to collect most (if not all) of the various on-air versions of the theme.  As an example, there were at least two versions of the sax riff in the third-season's opening credits.

Included are liner notes.

Open Channel D!

Link January 2015

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Re-Post: Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits

Her is a post from last year, but now with AN ACTIVE LINK.  It's a great album of film music by John Morris, for some great movies.

As you can tell by the cover, the release of High Anxiety in 1977 was the reason (or excuse, or prompting, etc) for this record's existence.  Side One was music from that film, and all the other selections, on Side Two of the LP, were from other Brooks movies.

If I remember correctly, Side One clocked in at around 14 minutes, while the music on Side Two was closer to 30 minutes!

High Anxiety

1   Main Title  3:01 
2   High Anxiety  2:32 
3   Anxious Theme  2:55 
4   If You Love Me Baby, Tell Me Loud  1:33 
5   End Title  2:38 

The Producers
6   Springtime For Hitler  3:24 
7   Prisoners Of Love  2:25 

The Twelve Chairs
8   Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst  2:38 
9   Vorobyaninov's Theme (The Walk Through Russia)  3:15 

Blazing Saddles
10   Blazing Saddles  2:20 
11   The French Mistake  0:31 
12   I'm Tired  4:36 

Young Frankenstein
13   Main Title  2:54 
14   Puttin' On The Ritz  3:34 

Silent Movie
15   Burt Reynold's House  2:16 
16   Silent Movie March  2:58  


 If you love me, baby, tell me LOUDER!   Or at least leave a comment.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Berühmte Ouvertüren I

I hope that   "Berühmte Ouvertüren I"  means "Famous Overtures #1.  Otherwise it sounds like an antidote for diarrhea!

Another pawn shop find, here are the contents:

1)  William Tell Overture - Rossini
2)  The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture - Nicolai
3)  Tannhauser Overture - Wagner
4)  The Bat Overture - Strauss Jr

And you really can't go wrong with any of these fun pieces!



Thursday, May 15, 2014

MA-19 - Records from Regulus

Another instalment in my conglomeration of songs about the space program, outer space, and other unworldly topics.

1      Man from Mars         Ferrante and Teicher             1955
2      Those Funny Little Saucers in the Sky   Dr Danny Hart of the Church of Soul-Truth           1958
3      Take Me to Your Leader Cha Cha Cha         Sam Space and the Cadettes       1958
4 What Do You Hear from the Red Planet Conried-Pearce   1959
5 The Girl from the Fourth Dimension Sheldon Allman     1960
6 Space Mice Walter Brennan    1960
7 Sky Men Geoff Goddard      1963
8 Hootenanny on Mars Randy Starr and the Merry Martians 1964
9 You Came from Outer Space The Kirby Stone Four 1964
10 Mr Spaceman The Byrds 1966
11 The Invaders Are Here Mike Adkins   1967
12 Urban Spaceman Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 1968
13 Space Oddity    David Bowie     1969
14 It Came Out of the Sky Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970
15 Space Buggy    Asleep At The Wheel 1973
16 I've Seen the Saucers Elton John 1974
17 Flying Saucer Attack The Rezillos    1977
18 The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver Red Simpson 1979
19 Thing from Another World Marlin Wallace    1981
20 Rocket Ship Kathy McCarty   1988
21 I Saw Elvis in a U.F.O. Ray Stevens   1989
22 Humans From Earth T-Bone Burnett 1991
23 Background   Background   2000
24 I Want an Alien for Christmas Fountains of Wayne 2005
25 Heck, I'd Go Maria Muldaur     2006
26 Flying Saucer U F O  with  Dee Dee Bridgewater 2006

Zoom Zippedee Dee!

Man, every time I hear it, "Background" (Track 23) is stuck in my head for a couple of days ...