Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Star Trek Will Go for ... about 77 Minutes

Well, here is the latest in obsessively anthologizing music.
Definitely no soundtracks here -- except for James Horner's "The Search for Spock" which was originally featured as Side Three of the ST III soundtrack LP (with a blank Side 4).
TREKonometry has 24 tracks. Some versions of Trek themes are OK and even -- um, fascinating, like the Phil Woods Quintet's long jazz riff on the TV theme.
There's plenty of disco represented here, from The Galactic Force Band to Gene Page. There're odd arrangements, like the fuzz guitar by Chris Holland or the cheesy roller-skate-rink organics of the Schnauzer Radio Orchestra.
And just for fun, the last couple of tracks are kinda silly.
Let me know what you think!
Here's the link:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Breathless with Excitement and Horror!

I just finished this jewel of a book. It's a 1970 paperback original full of brief (one-to-two pages) accounts of scary critters that are hairy and smelly.
I don't know what's more fun -- the absolutely smashing (that's a pun) cover art, or the blurb on the back cover.
I think I know at least a FEW of the World's Weirdest Sub-Humans ....
Another music download at the end of the week, with a Sci-Fi slant this time..."Fascinating."

Sunday, December 13, 2009

David McCallum Conducted

Yes, it was sort of a vanity project. But instead of hollering for a Tambourine Man, U.N.C.L.E. agent David McCallum put his fame to use by commandeering a recording studio, an arranger, and an orchestra, so that he might conduct some of the pop hits of the day.

So here we have instrumental versions of songs like "Michelle," "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," and many more, along with a few originals.

Yes, for many of you, this stuff is the musical equivalent of the creme filling in a Twinkie, but the selections are also inoffensive and make fine background music for reading or conversation.

Here's the link, including the music, CD disc art, and CD inserts:

Let me know if you like it!
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