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Spies and Private Eyes

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Spy carumba!

“Senor 007”   Ray Barretto   United Artists   (1965)   One of our favorite Ray Barretto albums of the 60s — a real gem from the pre-Latin Soul years! The album’s a clear attempt to cash in on the James Bond craze of the time — issued by United Artists, who were releasing the Bond films, but also had Ray under contract during the period too. But despite that simple gimmick, it’s a great little set — with a quality level that goes way beyond Bond soundtracks, or the usual from Barretto at the time! The tracks are all hard and groovy, with an excellent jazz feel — and some killer arranging from Ray that’s right up there with the work he did for his legendary Charanga Moderna album! You may recognize the song titles — but their versions here are superb, and the album’s filled with many many wonderful moments that step out with mad rhythms and great jazzy touches. Titles include “Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, “OO7”, “Search For Vulcan”, “Thunderball”, and “Goldfinger”. Nice “spy” shot of Ray on the cover, too!   — Dusty Groove

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Cold war hottie

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Thunderball, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. & Other Secret Agent. Design Records.

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Spy diving

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A French ep of early James Bond soundtrack music. Pye Records.

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Armed and dangerous

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“Bang! Bang! Bang!” “Thunderball and Other Secret Agent Themes” Eliott fisher and His Orchestra.   Capitol Records.

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Chinatown

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Chinatown (1974). One of the greatest movies ever made! And great poster and soundtrack cover art . Original music by Jerry Goldsmith.   Regarding the music:

Chinatown is a 1974 Robert Evans production, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunway and directed by Roman Polanski. Resulting in Goldsmith’s 7th Academy Award nomination, the incredible score was spotted, written, and recorded in only ten days!

Robert Evans had fallen in love with the Bunny Berigan recording of “I Can’t Get Started” and, as a result, used it as source music. While Evans felt that the entire score should have this flavor he was quickly talked out of it by Goldsmith, who created one of his finest compositions ever. The trumpet based theme Goldsmith created is a true classic.

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Agent 007

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Sixties hits on Korean (thanks Andy!) album with cool James Bond cover art.

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Royale with cheese

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Aside from being a cool 60’s soundtrack with great art, this recording was picked up by audiophiles about 20 years ago as having exemplary stereo sound. It was highly collectible – only the Stereo version — during the lp era’s last gasp.

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Cold Warriors

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“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (And Other TV Themes). David McCallum (l) and Robert Vaughn (r), the stars of the hit sixties tv spy series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” The show ran for four seasons (1964-68). A spin-off, “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.” aired one season (1966) and starred Stephanie Powers. I just learned (or was reminded) that the acronym stands for “United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.”! Cool.

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Get Smart

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Get Smart writers included Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. There’s currently a feature film scheduled with Steve Carrell as Max.

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Cloak and dagger

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Like a pulp magazine or dimestore paperback illustration, this cover tells the story of the music dramatically. “Spanish Spy” on the small Rep Records label.

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