Spring 1968

Dig That Bass

Library music (aka production or stock music) is music recorded in a multitude of contexts and styles by work-for-hire musicians, owned by music-library labels, and lent out to commercial enterprises in TV, radio, and film. So there’s a good chance you’ve heard this somewhere. Thought I’d give credit to the guys responsible…guitar – Colin Pincott. bass – Don Gillies. drums – Peter Trout. organ / composer – Mike Lease. Library music is fascinating because if there’s such a thing as ephemeral music this is it—recordings that were meant for a certain moment then filed away when that moment has passed, with the general public unable to purchase it at the time. They give us a picture of the way day-to-day music sounded decades ago, outside either the bounds of pop-chart aspirations or the critically-acclaimed underground. This particular piece screams “use me in the most sleazy way!”

Ludwig’s The Man

My first classical music posting and its one of the big guns. Art has certain high aims: to sublimate, to uplift, to expand the human consciousness, and to create harmony and certainty. And if this doesn’t do the trick, nothing will. Modern “music”, eat your heart out!

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The above stat is pretty respectable for You Tube. Yours truly should have pitched in and made it 29 but I couldn’t be bothered signing in. Sting gives you a catchy tune, a great bass riff, lines that rhyme, some political-metaphysical speculations. And if you had five bucks and wanted to buy this single back in 1982, you’d even get some change. Now that’s value for $.

White Man’s Reggae

Not Bad For A 69 Year Old

Yes, all the clichés are present and correct for a man born in 1947. This is a cross between “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” and “Free As A Bird” (which he produced) with maybe bits of other Beatle-esque flavours swirling around. But its quite remarkable such an old geezer can still release a very concise, new (well, 2015 is ‘new’ enough for highteadreams) recording with a voice that could pass for a guy in his 40s. (As well as playing all the instruments himself)

A Pretty Tune

Still Better Than The “Film”

A Nice Elevator Piece

An Avant-garde Symphony

The most quirky, off- beat soundtrack in film history. Jerry Goldsmith achieved everything with this score. It even has a simian personality, with all those high pitched animal-like sounds. Its tribal. Its loose and tight. It gets into the listener’s spine. Unsettling. If any soundtrack sums up the upside down, surreal 1960s it is Planet Of The Apes. A soundtrack worth experiencing under the influence of class A drugs. So influential was this album that even rock musicians borrowed elements from it (Pink Floyd’s “Time” from the “Dark Side of the Moon” LP in 1973). The keyboard and percussive rythmns are chaotic and startling.

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