Thursday, July 10, 2014

For the LAST TIME: MA-53 - More Themes from U.N.C.L.E.

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My first assemblage of U.N.C.L.E. themes, MA-01 - The Themes from U.N.C.L.E. (variations on Jerry Goldsmith's epochal melody) can be found here.

This is my second compilation, with two more to go.  Here's what's in this baby:

01. TV Classic Themes 25th Anniversary - The Men from U.N.C.L.E. Speak (0:17)
02. Jerry Goldsmith & Studio Orchestra - The U.N.C.L.E. Theme from "Solo" (1:19)
03. Brian Fahey Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:40)
04. Television's Greatest Hits (Tee Vee Toons) - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:24)
05. Cult TV Themes (Hallmark Collection) - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:38)
06. Jerry Goldsmith & Studio Orchestra - Meet Mr Solo (Nat-King-Cole Style) from "Solo" (3:06)
07. The Film Studio Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:10)
08. The Revengers - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:08)
09. The Clee-Shays - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:54)
10. David Lloyd & His London Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:05)
11. Hugo Montenegro - Meet Mr Solo (2:24)
12. Newton Wayland & Houston Symphony - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:18)
13. Groove Machine - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:33)
14. The Montague Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:45)
15. The Revengers - Meet Mr Solo (2:13)
16. Ulterior Motive Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:05)
17. Frank Chacksfield & Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:41)
18. Dick Dia - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:10)
19. Tilsley Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:24)
20. The Agents - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (3:13)
21. The Reg Guest Syndicate - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:46)
22. Jerry Goldsmith & Studio Orchestra - Meet Mr Solo (Samba Style) from "Solo" (2:06)
23. Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:18)
24. Parris Mitchell Strings with Brass - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:32)
25. Wade Denning & The Port Washingtons - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:46)
26. Ray Martin & His Orchestra - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:36)
27. American TV Dramas - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:05)
28. The Kaos Killers - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:51)
29. The Gallants - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:57)
30. Daniel Caine - Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (2:45)
31. The Revengers - The Man from THRUSH (2:44)
32. Jerry Goldsmith & Philharmonia - Man from U.N.C.L.E. Theme (1:16)
33. Jerry Goldsmith & Studio Orchestra - Meet Mr Solo and End Credits from "Solo" (2:23)
34. Original TV Soundtrack - U.N.C.L.E. Pen sound (0:14)
35. Original TV Soundtrack - U.N.C.L.E. HQ alarm (0:16)

There is extensive PDF of historical/liner notes enclosed also.

I was also thrilled to hear from Bob Short, the designer of such cool things as the superhero suit for the 1990 The Flash TV series, and graphics guy for the reunion movie The Fifteen Years Later Affair. Bob said that he liked the way I adapted his TV-movie logo design for my CD art.  High encouragement!

Open Channel MA-53!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Disclaimers for Daydreams

That's the name of one of the discussion panels I "presided over" at SoonerCon 23 just over a week ago.  Here's the summary:

Come up with warning labels for fantasy or SF things.  What kind of consumer warning would the One Ring, or a phaser, require?  How about a love potion or time machine?

 And, to get things rolling, I suggested this list of things to riff on:

What kind of Warning Label for …
·         witches’ brooms
·         fairy tale happy endings
·         mind-control helmet
·         super hearing
·         love potion
·         teleportation device
·         “the power to cloud men’s minds”
·         villain’s ultimate weapon
·         magic sword
·         glasses that see in the dark
·         helicopter hat (Inspector Gadget)
·         time machine
·         a goose that lays golden eggs
·         selective amnesia device (Men in Black Neuralizer)
·         super-speed
·         disintegrator ray
·         mind-reading cap
·         the sword in the stone
·         hover-board (a la Back to the Future)
·         phaser/ray gun
·         a prince that’s been turned into a frog
·         a magic wand
·         a black hole
·         thinking cap
·         a sentient (self-aware) computer
·         holodeck
·         light saber
·         silver bullets
·         precognition
·         tactile telekinesis
·         seven league boots
·         x-ray spectacles
·         invisibility cloak
·         invulnerability
·         a Green Lantern ring
·         replicator (such as Star Trek)
ability to talk to the animals

The six or eight in the audience had loads of fun with Lou AntonelliJimmy HollamanSherri DeanMike Kennedy   and me and we suggested that x-ray glasses might require the warning, "Objects under clothing may be smaller than they appear," or that a teleportation device might need the disclaimer, "Warranty void if subject materializes within a wall."

As an audiovisual aide, I made up a few silly signs to scatter around the room to help folks get into the mood.  And since this was the final hour of discussion panels, the signs were quick to hand as we made our way to Closing Ceremonies, so I tossed them up onto the head table.

Our Guest of Honor Glen Cook (and  here ) was bemused by the signs, and as Toastmaster Selina Rosen  was trying to bring things to a semi-dignified (ha!) conclusion, he kept up a running silent commentary by holding up various and sundry of these signs.

Here are those "warning signs."

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