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Crouching tiger

Japanese animation soundtrack on King Records

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Elvis cover lover

Elvis covers Dylan: The soundtrack to “Spinout”   Elvis Presley’s 22nd movie.   RCA Records (1966)   Dylan once said that Presley’s cover of “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” was “the one recording I treasure the most.”   The song originally appeared on the album, Spinout. According to Ernst Jorgensen’s book, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music – The Complete Recording Sessions, it was recorded at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville, in late May, 1966.

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According to  Jorgensen’s’ book,    Presley got into  the song via  Charlie McCoy, who had previously  participated in the  Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde sessions.   McCoy played the album Odetta Sings Dylan before an Elvis session, and Presley “had become taken with ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’.” Although it had been covered  by other artists, Dylan had not yet released a version.

Scotty Moore, Chip Young, and McCoy  grabbed their acoustic guitars, while Bob Moore played electric bass.    A tambourine was then added. “By take three, they had completed a gorgeous – and for Elvis, extraordinarily long – five-minute master.

“Elvis’ discography also includes covers of these Dylan songs ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘I Shall Be Released’.

“When I first heard Elvis’s voice, I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody, and nobody was going to be my boss … Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail. I thank God for Elvis Presley.” -Bob Dylan

Dylan had this to say about Presley’s death:

It was so sad. I had a breakdown! I broke down… one of the very few times I went over my whole life. I went over my whole childhood. I didn’t talk to anyone for a week after Elvis died. If it wasn’t   for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn’t be doing what I do today.

“My mouth feels like Bob Dylan’s been sleeping in it.”   -Elvis Presley

On his recovery from a serious 1997 illness Dylan told the world, ‘I really thought I’d be seeing Elvis soon.

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Sweet assassin

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Polo anyone?

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Ennio Morricone “Vamos A Matar, Companeros”   (Italy)     Inspiration for “Maggot Brain”?

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Secret Asian man

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Bond, Mat Bond!   Music from a 1967 movie spoof from Singapore   (“Casino Royale” came out the same year in the U.S.)

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Serial life

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The Official Adventures of Flash Gordon Starring Buster Crabbe   (Astonishing tales on the Planet Mongo!) Leo Records   Not to be confused with Flesh Gordon the X-rated, 1974 remake.

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Basketball Jones

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Some of you may remember the Saturday morning animated cartoon series The Harlem Globetrotters as I surely do.   (1970-1972 on CBS)   Hanna-Barbera meets Meadowlark Lemon and “Curley” Reese and the high-flyin’, high-fivin’, slam-dunkin’est squad ever to cross 125th street!   And don’t forget their fictional bus driver and manager Granny, and Dribbles, their dog mascot.   Josie and the Pussycats, Hanna-Barbera’s other 1970 series, premiered 30 minutes earlier on the same day and network.  

This soundtrack album, The Globetrotters, was produced by Jeff Barry and released in 1970 by Kirshner Records.   It includes tunes heard in episodes of the series (during the basketball game sequences). Don Kirschener served as music supervisor for both the series and the record. Globetrotter frontman Meadowlark Lemon was the only member of the team to be actually involved with the project, adding occasional background vocals to some tracks.   Among those actors also providing voices for the series are Scatman Crothers, Stu gilliam and Eddie (“Rochester”) Anderson.

Check out the cartoon series here!

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“Hurrah for Santy Claus”

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“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” Kapp Records Mexico   From the 1964 Film.     With music by Milton DeLugg.

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Today’s sports page headline?

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The Tiger Tamer Monitor Records (1958) The Georgian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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It’s a Revolution Mother

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “It’s A Revolution Mother”   “Recorded on the scene where the action is”   An Entertainment Systems, Inc. Release   Here’s an odd but nonetheless fascinating time capsule of late- Sixties social unrest filtered through the mind of Florida-based sexploitation producer-director HARRY KERWIN. Yup, the man who made Strange Rampage, My Third Wife George, and Girls Come Too.   But lacking the funds to make something along the lines of an Easy Rider or a Wild in the Streets, Kerwin blissfully dispensed with both fiction and actors and, instead, went out and filmed The Real Thing. Combining (rough, raw) authentic footage of bikers, peace protestors, and the crowd at a rock festival, he created the mondoesque It’s a Revolution Mother! a self-described “Documentary of Love” tied together with an exuberant (and often hilarious) anti-government-anti establishment-anti-Vietnam-war-pro-rebel lion rant delivered by an uncredited narrator who sounds like an AM disk jockey on speed. THE ALIENS are a biker gang who let Kerwin photograph them on the highway, inside their squalid headquarters, at a weekend beach party, and a clubhouse. “They candidly discuss their lifestyle (“I’d say Jesus died so we could ride'”); order drugs (“An ounce of speed and 200 trips'”); bitch about hassles with the cops, the courts, and their landlord; and explain the difference between “mamas and old ladies.” One of’ em even pisses in a beer can for us. “Don’t let it snap your mind. You’ve got to groove with the biker crowd to know where it’s really at'” – Something Weird

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