September 16, 2010

Jungalero and I have been texting back and forth about the James Last track on an earlier post here at Music on a Stick. It’s really quite a remarkable track – I love that it starts with a very lush orchestral movement – my favorite moment in the pastoral part is the deeply rich woody tone from 1:10 to 1:11 that could be the sound of an old wood door pushed open by the pressure of sunlight on a windless day. Aaaahhh. Then suddenly the guitar jangles, the horns swing into action and the electric keys take on a kaleidoscope of groovy patterns. This ‘sneak attack’ type song that was around much in the seventies is a favorite subset of music for me. These tracks are so steamy and so swanky they could hardly be considered cheese, in my book. Unfortunately these same musicians did in fact record some REALLY unbearably cheesy tracks and released them on the same records as these swanky numbers. Oh well.

Michel Polnareff has an exceptionally good ‘Sneak Attack Swank Track” (it’s SASTY) that certainly comes across like a film score. Enjoy: (There’s no video, just audio)

I love the organ, the jazzy piano, the horns, the chorus, the cowbell, the strings, the “WOW!” flourishes on the organ…. oh luscious track.

Less of a Sneak Attack Swank Track, but just damn OOOOOzing with funk, is the Changing Rooms theme by Lalo Schifrin. It’s a cross between a horror/suspense soundtrack and a dirty Italian soft core soundtrack in all the right ways. Listen to this loud. (It’s an audio link with really basic slideshow)

All the horns mutate into night creatures on this track, the strings are classic horror strains, the drums, bass and electric keys are pure swanky funk.

And to round out this set is Deodado, who Jungalero introduced me to, with a nice blend of lush orchestra and swanky funk and this one actually had video footage. ENJOY!!!