LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOUND vol 137
In The Trashcan
| 1. jupiter's pop music - peter thomas
Three songs from this 1966 5-track EP on Philips.
They all were taken from the television series
"Raumpatrouille" (aka "Space-Patrol Orion" aka "Commando
Spatial") about the fantastic adventures of the
spacecraft Orion. If you ever want to visit Jupiter,
first listen to this space-age instrumental.
| 9. lancet bossa nova - peter
The best track on this EP is of course
"Space-patrol" that can be found on many compilations.
But not this spacey bossa nova instrumental.
| 2. top of the strip - david whitaker
Fabulous four-track EP by the orchestra led by Englishman Whitaker. All songs were written by Louis Gasté. In the 80s he composed several movie soundtracks.
| 10. strip poker at caesar's
palace - david whitaker
This jerk instro is simply fantastic. He had three more EP's with Louis Gasté songs, all on Jockey Records between 1967 and 1970.
| 3. the cleopatra kid - jack lundy
Great exotic popcorn instrumental on a split single with Gay Jamison's "Some dues to pay", another popcorn rarity. Released on Surface.
| 11. scootin' along - the
B-side of "Shindig". Great guitar instrumental with an organ and a sax as well and a cheering audience. All four songs ("Station break" and "The mummy walk" too) appear on the 1964 album "Based on the ABC TV Shindig". Writer is Johnny Pate, known for his "Swinging shepherd blues" from 1957.
| 4. armen's theme - marino marini
Starting his career in the mid-50s in Italy he released more than 100 singles in ten years time. He brought the twist to Istanbul and the cha-cha to Beirut and was famous all over the world. "Armen's theme" is also known as "Armour perdu", written in 1957 by Rostom Bagdasarian... who? Also known as David Seville (yes, the Chipmunks guy).
| 12. on the rocks - the
Without The Wailers, no Sonics! Buck Ormsy and Kent Morrill founded Etiquette Records and discovered the raw talent of The Sonics in 1964. They had some garage rock classics in 1965 and 1966, inspired by The Sonics themselves, but in the beginning they were mainly an instrumental band. This "On the rocks" is one of their best efforts, next to "Tall cool one" and the incredible "Mashi", the flipside of this 1964 release on Audition. See also vol 195.
| 5. take sex - peter thomas
A waltz rhythm in a galactic mambo mix. I imagine Commander McLane having sex with the alien frogs.
| 13. beatle teen beat -
What an amazing guitar instrumental from 1964 this is! The flipside is another stunner: "Going up", already on the "Strummin' mental" compilation. I assume this was his sole release. A Parkway Records release.
| 6. la poupee dans la vitrine - david whitaker
Do the monkey with "La poupée dans la vitrine", another Gasté instrumental. On this 1967 EP there's one song that is even better.
| 14. bongo - preston epps
This reminds me of Duane Eddy's "Lost island" from 1959, which was the inspiration for The Cramps' "Kizmiaz". This 1960 B-side of "Bongo boogie" shows Epps' great percussive talent.
| 7. pow wow - grace tennessee & the
Completely unknown singer and band on WLS Records from Shreveport, Louisiana. Fabulous guitar instrumental about a native Indian Pow Wow. I assume it's from around 1960.
| 15. butterfly - charlie
An instrumental boppin' tune on Moonglow, a Belgian label, but originally released on Cameo, also in 1957. Charles Graci was only 21 years old. See also vol 138 for the flipside.
| 8. let's go everybody - ricky
Seven singles have been issued. And this was probably the last by this Belgian artist. Instrumental guitar beat from 1968 on Polydor… five years too late.
| 16. mon oncle - jacques tati
EP from the best Jacques Tati movie "Mon oncle". As Monsieur Hulot Jacques Tati became world famous (to those who like to watch French movies). It is 1958 and it's like Charlie Chaplin has become a Frenchman, but it's a composition of Frank Barcellini. An accordeon and a piano exquisitely create this Parisian art nouveau feeling. Close your eyes and you'll see the tall and slim Monsieur Hulot walking by, ignoring the high-tech world his sister is living in.