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, February 18, 2016

1960s Covers of Spy & Action Tunes

Arrangements  by this group appeared on two LPs, with several duplications.  This CD assemblage features both LP covers.

Thunderball is the one I first came across.  You could tell that the blond guy was supposed to represent Illya Kuryakin.  The frogman might have been supposed to stand for the SCUBA scenes in Thunderball.  Note that the bombs on the floor are labeled S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and T.H.R.U.S.H.  The arrangements are hep-cat, establishment-versions-of-cool, with little attempt to imitate the sound of originals ot Small or big screen.

A few years later I came across the second LP, Mission: Impossible & Other Action Themes.  When I played it, some of the tracks were identical.  This led me to the inescapable conclusion that "The Jazz All-Stars" and "The Secret Agents" must be the same guys.  They must be a bunch of studio musicians assembled to make bucks recording some cover themes and banging out some "originals."

The players took different names for their "group," so that some of the same songs could appear on both LPs.

This assemblage contains the entire Thunderball LP, and the tracks from the Mission: Impossible LP that aren't duplications:

1  - Thunderball
2  -  From Russia With Love
3  -  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
4  -  Win, Lose or Spy
5  -  Under Cover Agent Theme
6  -  I Spy
7  -  Ipcress File Theme
8  -  Theme from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
9 - The Saboteur
10 - Majorca Express

(as “The Secret Agents”)

11 - Mission Impossible
12 - Theme from Star Trek
13 - Theme from Mannix

Come to the cover side!

See you Monday.

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