Return of the Au Go Go Mixes!

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Iron Leg Digital Trip Number Five – The Party

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1 Henry Mancini (The Party OST) – The Party (vocal) (RCA)
2 Keith Mansfield – Boogaloo (CBS)
3 Enoch Light – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
4 Moe Koffman – Dr Swahili (Jubilee)
5 Mr Jamo – Shake What You Brought With You Pt1 (SSS Intl)
6 Dick Hyman – The Liquidators (Command)
7 Walter Wanderley – Kee Ka Roo (Verve)
8 Sweet Charity OST – The Pompeii Club (Rich Man’s Frug) (Decca)
9 John Philip Soul & his Stone Marching Band – That Memphis Thing (Pepper)
10 Andre Brasseur – The Duck (Palette)
11 Tony Newman – Soul Thing (Parrot)
12 Jimmy Caravan – Look Into the Flower (Vault)
13 Vic Mizzy (Don’t Make Waves OST) – Vox Box (MGM)
14 New London Rhythm & Blues Band – Soul Stream (Vocalion)
15 Dave Grusin (Candy OST) – Ascension to Virginity (ABC)
16 Henry Mancini (the Party OST) – The Party (instr) (RCA)

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Iron Leg Digital Trip #32 – A Not Unpleasing Splash of Colour

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Keith Mansfield – Soul Thing (Pronit)
101 Strings – Jesus Christ Superstar (edit) (Alshire)
Jimmy Smith – The Cat (45 edit) (Verve)
Enoch Light – C’Mon and Swim (Command)
Living Strings – Out and About (Camden)
Mariano and the Unbelievables – Sunshine Superman (Capitol)
Lady Nelson and the Lords – Soho Strut (Dunhill)
Louis Bellson – The Eel (Project 3)
Quincy Jones – Mohair Sam (Mercury)
Lloyd Green – Steel Blue (Chart)
Mike Sharpe – Spook A Lou (Liberty)
Dave Pike Set – You’ve Got the Feeling (Wagram)
Vic Mizzy – Daybreak In Malibu (MGM)
Andre Brasseur – Pow Pow (MFP)
Virtues – Meditation of the Soul (Andee)
Enoch Light – Bond Street (Project 3)
New London Rhythm and Blues Band – Soul Mate (Vocalion)
Freddie Scott and the Seven Steps – It’s Not Unusual (Marlin)
101 Strings – Spinning Wheel (Alshire)
Mohawks – Baby Hold On Pt2 (Cotillion)
Moe Koffman – Funky Monkey (Jubilee)
US Air Force Academy Falconaires – Day Tripper (USAFA)
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare (KPM)

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Greetings all.

This week sees the return (by special request) of two of my favorite Iron Leg Digital Trip mixes, #5 and #32, aka The Au Go Go Mixes.

The yearly Funky16Corners Pledge Drive is underway, and since Iron Leg is an important part of the Funky16Corners Blogcasting Network, and depends on the same paid storage space in which to function, I thought it made sense to tie this blog in with the goings on at that (blog).

If you dig what we do here (or there,or in both places) fall by Funky16Corners, click on the Paypal button and drop a coin (or two) in the jukebox (as it were).

It will be greatly appreciated.

Iron Leg Digital Trips numbers 5 and 32 really do belong together, with the latter being intended as a sequel to the former.
They are my take on the Au Go Go vibe of the swinging 60s, with all manner of groovy stuff stitched together from soundtracks, library music, jazz, pop, soul, funk and kitsch.

You can read the original manifesto here.

So mix yourselves up a cocktail, pull down the ones and zeros and I’ll be back next week with some garage punk.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #37

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Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Bobby Fuller Four – Gallancamps Shoes Commercial
Bobby Fuller Four – Let Her Dance (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – Another Sad and Lonely Night (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – KHJ Big Kahuna Theme
Bobby Fuller Four – Take My Word (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – Never To Be Forgotten (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – KRLA King of the Wheels Theme

Free Design – 2002 a Hit Song (Project 3)
Free Design – Kites are Fun (Project 3)
Free Design – Butterflies are Free (Project 3)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Free Design – California Dreaming (Project 3)
Free Design – Eleanor Rigby (Project 3)
Free Design – Kije’s Ouija (Project 3)
Free Design – Where Do I Go (Project 3)
Free Design – My Brother Woody (Project 3)
Free Design – Stay Another Season (Project 3)
Free Design – Windows of the World (Project 3)
Free Design – I Found Love (Project 3)
Free Design – Jack In the Box Commercial

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Mary (Elektra)
Dave Clark Five – All Night Long (Epic)
Glen Campbell – Bowling Green (Capitol)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – These Days (Liberty)
Donovan – Tangerine Puppet (Hickory)
Jake Thackray – The Black Swan (Philips)
The Beach Boys – Feel Flow (Brother/WB)
The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (Brother/WB)
The Beach Boys – Til I Die (Brother/WB)

 

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 37 – 172MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month you get a set of groovers by the Bobby Fuller Four, a look at the sounds of one of my favorite pop groups, the Free Design as well as a set of new arrivals.

I hope you dig it all, and if you’re new to the Iron Leg Radio Show, take a dip in the archive.

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #36

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Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Candymen – Ways (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Aggravation (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Turtles – She’s My Girl (White Whale)
Emmit Rhodes- Really Wanted You (ABC)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)

British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Changing Tymes – Free Spirit (She Comes On) (Bell)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Day (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Fun and Games – Elephant Candy (White Whale)
Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl In the World (White Whale)
Jimmie Haskell – Prelude (ABC)
Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (ABC)
The Love Generation – The Love In Me (Imperial)

The Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Cowsills – River Blue (MGM)
Eternity’s Children – Mrs Bluebird (Tower)
Chris and Peter Allen – Just Friends (Mercury)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Joyride – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Thom McCan Commercial

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 36 – 160MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month I was in the mood for some hooks and jangle, so I dipped into the archives and pulled out a bunch of groovy stuff. You get a grip of Curt Boettcher-associated material (songs, productions, arrangements), some soft pop, sunshine, bubblegum and even a bit of freakbeat.

Wait for a sunny day and play this one while you fly a kite (cuz kites are fun!).

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #35

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Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Artie Schroeck Implosion – Six O’Clock (Verve)
Bud Shank – Coconut Grove (World Pacific)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Tony Hatch – Black Is Black (WB)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Billy Vaughn – Time of the Season (Dot)

Gary McFarland – Get Back (Skye)
Bobby Bryant – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (World Pacific Jazz)
Don Randi – Tomorrow Never Knows (Reprise)
Cal Tjader – Lady Madonna (Skye)
Count Basie – Come Together (Tiger)
Freddy McCoy – I Am a Walrus (Prestige)
Living Guitars – Baby You’re Rich Man (Camden)
Mike Melvoin – Paperback Writer (Liberty)

Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva)
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
Ronnie Aldrich – Ride My Seesaw (London)
Helmut Zacharias – Hurdy Gurdy Man (Capitol)
Mariano and the Unbeleivables – Sunshine Superman (Capitol)
Living Guitars – San Franciscan Nights (Camden)

Freddy McCoy – Pet Sounds (Prestige)
Liberace – Suite Judy Blue Eyes (WB)
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Paul Horn – Eight Miles High (RCA)
Living Guitars – Out and About (Camden)
Roger Coulam – Dizzy (Contour)
101 Strings – Spinning Wheel (Alshire)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 35 – 191MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I know I said last week that I would be posting some Dave Van Ronk stuff this week, but I forgot that I already had this month’s podcast in the can, so Dave and his pals will be along next week.

This month, the Iron Leg Radio Show is dedicated completely to instrumental covers of 60s pop and rock tunes from all ends of the instro spectrum. There are jazzers, easy listening, Moog, pop orchestras, you name it, there’s something here for everyone.

It is a groovy collection, and I hope you dig it.

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Two Servings of Electric Tommy

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Electric Tommy

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Listen/Download – Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey

Listen/Download – Electric Tommy – Sparks

Greetings all.

I thought I’d bring you something this week in which you might soak your ears.

A while back, I was taking myself a a stroll through a recently discovered Discogs store on-line, and grabbed a bunch of interesting looking (and best of all, CHEAP) stuff.

One of the discs I procured you see before you today, the throbbing Moog-fest known as ‘Electric Tommy’.

If the title isn’t self-explanatory enough for you, it should suffice to say that what you have here is a synthesized take on the tunes from the Who’s ‘Tommy’.

Brought to you by well-known Philly composer/arranger/guitarist  Joe Renzetti, and keyboardist Tony Luisi, ‘Electric Tommy’ was recorded and released in 1971 on Snuff Garrett’s Viva label.

As mentioned in this space before, while I’m not a Moog fanatic, I am always on the lookout for records like this, since when they are done well they are quite groovy, and when they are done not-so-well, they are still worth listening to, if only for comic relief.

Fortunately, ‘Electric Tommy’ is actually pretty cool.

The two tracks I bring you today are synthesizer versions of my two favorite tunes from ‘Tommy’, ‘Amazing Journey’ and ‘Sparks’, which also happen to run together on the original LP.

Though I dig the Who very much, I still have a hard time grappling with any rock musician willing calling anything they’ve done an “opera”.

Call it a suite, a song cycle, even a musical, but going from ‘I hope I die before I get old’ to “here’s my opera” in the space of a few short years is a little much.

That said, there were a lot good songs (some great) in ‘Tommy’, and for a variety of reasons – foremost their melodies – these two songs hold up quite well to this kind of treatment.

Some of the success has to do with the way the syths are used, i.e. more musically and less as a novelty, and Renzetti and Luisi were up to the task.

This is “head” music, in all senses of the word.

It should fit well should you become intoxicated and wish to feed something through your earholes into your cranium. There are enough swoops and swishes, wrapped in and around Townshend’s melodies to take your brain for a ride.

I would suggest listening to these tracks, especially ‘Sparks’ at fairly high volume to get the full effect. Renzetti and Luisi manage to approximate the power and texture of the rhythm guitar as well as finding some musicality in the sythesizers that many of their contemporaries could not.

Nothing earthshaking, but an interesting listen nonetheless.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week with a new episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #27

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Alan Parker – Action Scene (KPM)
The Daily Flash – Jack Of Diamonds (Parrot)
The Daily Flash – Queen Jane Approximately (Parrot)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Don’t Lose The Girl (HBR)
Unrelated Segments – It’s Gonna Rain (Liberty)
Limey and the Yanks – Gather Your Things and Go (Loma)
The Knack – I’m Aware (Capitol)
The Gas Co – Blow Your Mind (Mirwood)
New Colony Six – I Lie Awake (Sentar)
The Cryan Shames – Ben Franklin’s Almanac (Destination)
Cryan Shames Record Ad

Cannibal and the Headhunters – Land of 1000 Dances (Rampart)
The Atlantics – Beaver Shot (Rampart)
Giant Crab – I Enjoy Being the Boy (UNI)
Giant Crab – Hi Ho Silver Lining (UNI)
The Action – Never Ever (Capitol)
3s a Crowd – Wasn’t It You (Dunhill)
Brewer and Shipley – Truly Right (A&M)
Clover – Wade In the Water (Liberty)
Eyes of Blue – Apache 69 (Mercury)
Carnation Instant Breakfast Spot

Micky Dolenz – Don’t Do It (Challenge)
Danny Hutton – Big Bright Eyes (HBR)
New Life – Canterbury Road (Epic) 
Bhagavad-Gita – Long Hair Soulful (Philips) 
Avant Garde – Yellow Beads (Columbia)
Avant Garde – Honey and Gall (Columbia) 
Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva) 
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Brenda Patterson – This Wheel’s On Fire (Epic)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 27 – 185MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month we have lots of groovy new arrivals in the crates, some of that groovy East LA stuff and a closing set with some moog/easy action as well.

Pay special attention to the demented square/brain melt of the Avant Garde, and the gospel meets the Avalon Ballroom ish of Clover, as well as the PNW garage folk of the Daily Flash, a long-time want list item satified.

All in all you get to stuff your ears with an hour and forty minutes worth of quality sounds, all jumping off of the wax and changing magically into the ones and zeros of your dreams.

I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Baker Street Philharmonic – Tycho

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Mike Vickers, between two Beatles…

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A groovy picture sleeve (I do not own…)

Listen/Download – The Baker Street Philharmonic – Tycho

Greetings all.

I hope everyone had a chance to dig into this month’s edition of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

The tune I bring you today was one of those happy accidents that makes record digging so rewarding.

I was out in Pittsburgh a while back, and pulled the 45 you see before you out of a box. The group name caught my eye, but it was when I saw the name Mike Vickers on the label, the record moved into my keeper pile immediately.

Vickers was a woodwind player (flute and sax) who took up the guitar when Manfred Mann needed an axeman. He played and recorded with the band (on all three instruments) before exiting in 1965.

He went on to conduct the orchestra on the live satellite broadcast of the Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ and record in a variety of solo settings.

One of them was the Baker Street Philharmonic.

They were not a one-45 outfit. There were – between 1969 and the mid-70s – a number of LPs released under that name, in a variety of pop instrumental styles.

There are purely “easy” selections, library-style efforts, Moog synthesizer features and more adventurous cuts, like the track I bring you today, ‘Tycho’.

‘Tycho’, marked by heavy guitar, organ and sweeping strings was a 45-only release, backed with a retitled version of Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Je T’aime’ called ‘Love at First Sight’.

While I’m not sure, it seems that ‘Tycho’ may have at one time been a part of what has been referred to as the ‘moon suite’ from the first Baker Street Philharmonic LP. This was a tribute to the moon landing that included tracks like ‘Ocean of Storms’ and ‘Sea of Tranquility’ (Tycho being a major crater on the surface of the moon).

‘Tycho’ is in turns poppy and atmospheric, especially when the strings come in.

It has an almost cinematic feel, as if it were composed as a TV or movie theme, which is fitting as Vickers went on to compose pieces that would be used for the TV game show ‘Jackpot’ and ‘The Week In Baseball’.

It is a very interesting piece of music, as well as a look into the diverse, post-Manfreds career of Vickers.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #23

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Playlist

Opener – Action Scene – Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield (KPM)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – Trying to Get To You (Columbia)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – When He’s Home (Columbia)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
Kidds – Straighten Up and Fly Right (Big Beat)
Motifs – If I Gave You Love (Selsom)
Kit and the Outlaws – Don’t Tread On Me (Black Knight)
Darelycks – Bad Trip (Fine)
Blue Things – Orange Rooftop of Your Mind (RCA)
Kingsmen – Little Sally Tease (Wand)
Rationals – Danby’s Mens Wear Commercial

Mindbenders – It’s Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Mindbenders – Off and Running (Fontana)
Lesley Gore – Off and Running (Mercury)
Dave Berry – The Crying Game (London)
Brenda Lee – The Crying Game (Decca)
Ian and the Zodiacs – The Crying Game (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Na Na Na Na Na (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Why Can’t It Be Me (Philips)
The Cake – Baby That’s Me (Decca)
Dick Hyman – The Liquidators (Command)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Hondells Honda Commercial

Rainy Day Friends – Not Like Before (World Pacific)
Group Therapy – Bad News (Canterbury)
Holy Mackerel – Wildflowers (Reprise)
Francoise Hardy – Ce Petit Couer (4 Corners)
3’s a Crowd – Bird Without Wings (Dunhill)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brady Bunch – I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Paramount)
Apple – Buffalo Billycan (Page One)
Cat Stevens – Baby Get Your Head Screwed On (Deram)
Dead Sea Fruit – Kensington High Street (Atco)
Equals – The Guy That Made Her a Star (RCA)
Donovan – Museum (Epic)
Donovan – Pied Piper Movie Spot

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 23 – 177MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to another episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month you get some groovy new arrivals, a set of garage fuzz, some interesting covers laid end-to-end and a nice long pop/freakbeat set.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #19

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Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Intro/Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Byrds – Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll – Save Me (Polydor)
Captain Beefheart – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (A&M)
Chris Farlowe – Out of Time (Immediate)
Chris Farlowe – Baby Make It Soon (Immediate)
The Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
The Hassles – You Got Me Hummin’ (UA)
Standells – Why Did You Hurt Me (Tower)
The Yardbirds – No Excess Baggage (Epic)
Yardbirds – Great Shakes Commercial

Hardy Boys – Here Come the Hardys (RCA/Dunwich)
Tradewinds – Mind Excursion (Kama Sutra)
Small Circle of Friends – Kind of Wasted Without You (A&M)
Pleasure Faire – Morning Glory Days (UNI)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
James Griffin – Miracle Worker (Viva)
Fun and Games – Don’t Worry Baby (White Whale)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
Grin – White Lies (Spindizzy)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
I Love You Alice B Toklas Movie Promo

Beaver and Krause – People’s Park 45 (WB)
Ananda Shankar – Light My Fire (Reprise)
The Fire Escape – The Trip (GNP Crescendo)
Cher – Hey Joe (Imperial)
Holy Mackerel – Scorpio Red (Reprise)
Living Strings – San Francisco Nights (Camden)
Mickey Newbury – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (RCA)
Peggy Lipton – The Lady of the Lake (Ode)
Mars Bonfire – Lady Moonwalker (UNI)
Scott Walker – Mrs Murphy (Philips)
Terry Reid – Stay With Me (Epic)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 19 – 176MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 19!

This time around we have a great one for you, with three long sets of very groovy music.

We get things started with a bunch of garage and other rock, roll on into a set of sunshine and lighter fare, and close things out with a long, trippy grouping of sounds.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something cool.

Peace

Larry

 

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Mike Stoller and the Stoller System – Silver Sea Horse / Numero Uno

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Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber

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Listen/Download – Mike Stoller and the Stoller System – Silver Sea Horse

Listen/Download – Mike Stoller and the Stoller System – Numero Uno

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Once in a great while, in the midst of music acquisition, one stumbles upon a record that seems to have become wedged in a forgotten fold of the universe, that when shaken free reveals itself to be a forgotten gem.

The records I bring you today are that, and then some.

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon ‘Silver Sea Horse’, but I suspect that it was during a routine browse through a list of records for sale that had been brought to my attention.

Though I consider myself a huge fan of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and someone who has plumbed the depths of the less obvious catacombs of their ouvre, I had never heard of the Stoller System.

Once I saw the record (it only cost three bucks) I pulled the trigger and awaited its arrival in the old mail slot eagerly, not expecting a whole lot, yet knowing that when it came, no matter what it sounded like it would slip another leaf into great book of Leiber & Stoller-iana.

So, the disc shows up, and I slip it under the needle, and within a few short seconds, it became immediately obvious that this was one of those rare discs that seemed to have been engineered with a map of the pleasure centers of my brain at hand.

There, in just hair over three minutes, was a forgotten (unjustly) slice of a musical zeitgeist so wonderful, so able to bring to mind the very essence of a very specific time, that I was transported, listening to it over and over again at least half a dozen times.

The likelihood that the Stoller System was anything more specific than a group of studio musicians put together by Leiber and Stoller to bring this music to life is very slim.

There were two singles released under than name on the Amy label in 1968, comprising a total of four songs, all instrumentals.

Other than that, there is little to no information out there on the project, other than listings in Leiber/Stoller discographies.

The material I’ve heard (my 45 of Silver Sea Horse is a two-sided, mono/stereo disc) is all interesting, falling into the wide category of mood music with a leaning – at least to my ears – toward what one might expect to find on a TV or movie soundtrack of the day.

‘Silver Sea Horse’ is – in a word – magical.

Credited to ‘Mike Stoller and the Stoller System’, with arrangement by Stoller and production by Leiber and Stoller, ‘Silver Sea Horse’ sounds like the result of dream session in which Burt Bacharach, Vince Guaraldi and Herb Alpert came together.

Featuring a wonderful, hook-laden melody, delivered with smooth brass, electric harpsichord and subtle Latin percussion (dig the cuica!) it’s not too far off the mark from Bacharach pieces like ‘Pacific Coast Highway’ or ‘Nikki’, or some of the later, non-Peanuts instrumental music that Guaraldi was doing for Warner Brothers.

The second track I bring you – ‘Numero Uno’ – comes from the only other Stoller System 45. This track is also – perhaps to a slightly lessert extent – a pastiche of spy/suspense themes, also sampling liberally from the bushel basket of musical signifiers, including booming timpani, martial snares, piccolo trumpet (or something like it) wrapped in an upbeat, mod theme.

Standing side by side with ‘Silver Sea Horse’ it almost sounds as if someone had challenged Stoller to come up with these themes to purposely emulate the sounds mentioned. He (and Leiber) clearly had an “ear” for such things, so good in fact that both of the tunes posted here manage to conjure up their respective “worlds” without sounding kitschy or parodic.

I don’t know if any of the four tracks were just a small, ‘vanity’ exercise for Stoller, or if they were perhaps repurposed from some forgotten project. If anyone knows, please pass along the information.

I hope you dig them as much as I do.

See you next week

Peace

Larry

 

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