Albums TV Related


As part of my ongoing mission to collect every dire TV theme record ever made in the 1970s, I present another three examples…




Brass Strings and Beautiful Things

A selection of stuff from the awesome Telefunken label – picked it up for the Klaus Wunderlich track due to the use of a Moog – all the other numerous Wunderlich Lps I own (and there are far too many) – all have him tinkling along on standard organ – this one sees him laying down some phat-moog-bass before sprikling it with drums and organ – niiicceee,

The rest of the LP is to put it mildly a very mixed bag – including a rather creepy ‘Greensleeves’ where for some unkown reason the bass player thinks it is funk-track whilst everyone else sticks to smulch !!

Also contains a couple rather pitiful Beatles covers – but a rather rousing ‘ Day by Day’ (orchestral-stylee).. !!


Strings For Pleasure Play The Music Of John, Paul, George & Ringo


Another MFP release from 1975 (and another David Wharin sleeve) recorded at Abbey Road, appropriately enough. I wouldn’t have paid the original 87p for it, but 25p in 2010 is just fine.

I was expecting a total soft-orchestral bland-out, but the rhythm section is surprisingly full-bodied. Big-up arranger Denny Wright. Surprising also to find that it encompasses a few post-Beatles numbers, like “Imagine” (Lennon), “My Love” (McCartney) and “Photograph” (Starkey/Harrison).

It is amusing also to read Roger St. Pierre’s sleeve notes, which provide a cautiously optimistic slant on the Beatles’ legacy from a mid-seventies viewpoint…

“…it’s a chastening thought that many teenagers today are not even barely aware of just who the Beatles were…they have become somewhat dated in their content but the strength of those superb melodies has lived on…the passage of time has enabled us to re-guage their importance in a more dispassionate manner…their material will probably become as permanent a part of the musical scene as the works of Beethoven and his peers”


Joe Loss – Non-Stop Big Band Bossa


Having been beaten to the post by my colleague with the Pepe Jaramillo record, I thought I’d better get this one blogged before he finds it too!

Charity shops around here are typically littered with Joe Loss records, but this is the first time I’ve come across this one, another in MFP’s ‘Non-Stop’ series, and another typical David Wharin sleeve design. The model looks a little like a seventies floosy version of Carol Vorderman.

I had long-assumed that the market for budget bossa records (established back in the early ’60s) had peaked and finally died in 1973, but this one came out in ’75 – a final, desperate throw of the dice for a dying genre?


Sweet Sounds of Bert Weedon’s Guitar

It’s Bert Weedon innit….   Back in the heady pre-punk days us struggling guitarist fell into two learning-camps – those who used the Beatles Complete to later become wimpy-wristed rhythm guitarists – or those who had the Learn-in-a-Day Bert-W books to become neck-shredding metal-riffing monsters ….   I had the Beatles book  – go figure !!

This supa-smooth disc with the eye-catching sleeve on the mighty CONTOUR label give a romantic trawl through some slickly-played classics – who can’t help but get all watery eyed to six-string-versions of such classics a ‘Love Story’, ‘Lauras Theme’ not to mention the earth-shaking ‘Its Impossible’.

All tunes on the LP specially chosen by Bert due to being the most popular form his cabaret and theatrical appearances…   slammin (in a smoochy sort of way) !

Remember kids – we own this stuff – so you don’t have to …!


The City Of Westminster String Band – Latin Escapade


From 1970. Slightly disappointing selection produced by John ‘Sounds Orchestral’ Schroeder. The sports car on the sleeve is a Marcos 1600.


RCA Demonstration And Sound Effects Record


From 1970. Side 1 features a selection of stereophonic musical excerpts with irritating descriptive interjections by American narrator. Side 2 is a grab-bag of field recordings – sports cars, fire engines, subway trains, canons, etc…


Les Sons Exotiques D’Arthur Lyman


French collection from exotic vibraphonist and former Martin Denny sideman, Arthur Lyman.


The Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini


Well I wouldn’t want anyone thinking I was only listening to ‘serious’ latin jazz all of a sudden.


Non Stop Pepsi Party


Of course, it was sheer morbid curiosity, coupled with a weakness for ’70s cheese and brand-exploitation that compelled me to shell-out on this little MFP ‘beauty’. It’s from 1974, and features Denny Wright and the Hustlers murdering glam-stomp classics like Suzi Quatro’s “Can The Can” and Slade’s “Gudbuy T’Jane” although they sound far more confident when tackling the latin repertoire, and the instrumental version of “Something” is, for some inexplicable reason, quite listenable. And it really is ‘non stop’, no gaps between songs..except the bit in the middle where you have to turn the record over, naturally.

And if the sleeve design looks a bit familiar, its because it was pasted-up by the same chap, one David Wharlin.  When will Dave be acknowledged for his distinctive contribution to the world of ’70s vinyl sleeve design..?