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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent Soundtrack
Featuring 25 spy-themed tracks from the cinema and TV of the Sixties when the world was obsessed with the very real threat presented by the Cold War, this is first class compilation from Ace Records. Given that it's not genre themed in a music sense, there are are many different styles of music on offer. From the seductive pop of Dusty Springfield's 'The Look of Love'...
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I was nobbut a lad when the first wave of spies hit screens in the sixties, I missed out on watching but remember being caught up in the residual excitement - the glossy 'Man From UNCLE' annual at the bottom of my christmas shopping. I got the same sense of childish glee when this CD dropped through my door - it's beautifully packaged and presented with extensive sleeve...
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Review Will Self Destruct in Five Seconds..., 10 Aug. 2014
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Mr. T. Sturrock "timsturrock" (Bradford, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was nobbut a lad when the first wave of spies hit screens in the sixties, I missed out on watching but remember being caught up in the residual excitement - the glossy 'Man From UNCLE' annual at the bottom of my christmas shopping. I got the same sense of childish glee when this CD dropped through my door - it's beautifully packaged and presented with extensive sleeve notes. But the content left me feeling disappointed and here's why. 'High Wire' (Theme from 'Danger Man') and the 'Man From UNCLE' theme here are not the originals. No big deal I suppose but the originals sounded so much better - likewise the James Bond theme is by 'Johnny and the Hurricanes' who get the twangy guitar intro right but when the brass section is meant to explode into the main theme, the band here attempt to play it on what sounds like a Stylophone. Which is just wrong. And it doesn't mention anything on the track listing that these aren't originals - I impulsively went with the purchase without checking. On the plus side we do get the original of the 'Mission Impossible' theme which can still send chills down my spine. And John Barry is featured elsewhere on the theme from the 'Ipcress File' which sounds effortlessly cool and a great choice for intro. 'The Look of Love' is another positive, as the sleeve notes point out from the film 'Casino Royale' (the first one) which was famously bad but the music was great. Which makes me think why not include the Bacharach 'Theme from Casino Royale' here as well which would have been fantastic. There are other great sixties spy themes missing which would have been worth an extra star if they'd been included, such as The Saint, Man in a Suitcase and The Avengers (possibly The Champions, Joe 90 and The Prisoner although it's a matter of opinion whether they were 'spies'). 'Wednesdays Child' (theme from 'Quiller Memordandum' is a pretty tune but the lyrics are fairly morose and not really much to do with spying. Matt Munro's girlfriend has left him so he moans he's 'Wednesday's child - full of woe - born to be alone' which won't get him any sympathy down the pub. The Supreme's 'Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine' is apparently the theme from a movie I don't remember seeing but it sounds hysterical and right up my street. According to the lyrics Dr. Goldfoot is a kind of mad scientist who has invented a machine which can make attractive bikini-clad girls out of nowhere. "The cutest girl in the whole wide world - and she behaves - just like a slave!" The Supremes refused to appear on stage at the Palladium with the Black + White Minstrels back in the sixties - they clearly didn't have the same principles about feminism. The rest of the CD appears mainly about whimsy (the theme from 'Get Smart' I assume is meant to be amusing but out of context sounds odd), and Shirley Bassey impersonators (Bassey impersonates herself on 'The Liquidator' and Susan Vaughan unwisely and clumsily tries to crowbar lyrics onto the 'Peter Gunn' theme). 25 tracks is good value and it does recapture the spirit and glamour of the spy genre's birth, but it could have been so much better.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent Soundtrack, 4 April 2014
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Featuring 25 spy-themed tracks from the cinema and TV of the Sixties when the world was obsessed with the very real threat presented by the Cold War, this is first class compilation from Ace Records. Given that it's not genre themed in a music sense, there are are many different styles of music on offer. From the seductive pop of Dusty Springfield's 'The Look of Love' to the icy cool of John Barry's 'A Man Alone' via a couple of Motown cuts from The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and some big orchestral and easy listening tracks (and a healthy helping of kitsch!), there really is something for everyone. Perfectly sequenced and featuring extensive liner notes with reproduction images of film posters and record covers, it's an enjoyable and memorable 62 minute mission.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Enjoyable Blast!, 28 April 2014
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I brought this cd not knowing the majority of tracks on it but more than this the ones I did know I thought I hated, so why did I by it? Is it because it has great front cover artwork and design, is it because you’re always guaranteed fantastic sound quality with any ‘Ace’ release and a great accompanying booklet. The answer is yes to both of those and what’s life without a gamble or two.
This compilation is the most ‘enjoyable’- not the best, greatest or musically world changing, just simply enjoyable. Packed with Themes/instrumentals which I normally hate but the ones included here are truly fantastic, which I had forgotten. The theme tunes to ‘Mission: Impossible’ and the ‘Bond’ theme are outstanding of course. Many of the vocal tracks are equally enjoyable – ‘Last of the secret agents’ by Nancy Sinatra, ‘Where the bullets fly’ by Susan Maughan, ‘The silencers’ by Vicki Carr (although I do prefer Patti Seymour’s version). Two really enjoyable tracks from Motown’s finest – ‘Dr. Goldfoot…’ by The Supremes and the title track by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Others from The Walker Bros the ever great Matt Monro are also very good. Overall, the compilation flows very well from one track to another, put it on and simply enjoy. Highly recommended (a surprise indeed) 10/10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memory, 17 July 2014
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Mr. R. D. Watchus (Charente, France) - See all my reviews
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Memories prompted this purchase as I had an LP Vinyl of similar tracks. Most of the tracks were very good and matched my memories if the old LP. A good purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 July 2014
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A different compilation but well worth adding to your collection.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC CD IN GREAT SOUND, 28 April 2014
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TONY ROUNCE NEEDS TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR COMPILING THIS WONDERFUL CD OVER AN HOUR OF 25 GREAT TRACKS FRM 60S IN GREAT SOUND.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 10/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 July 2014
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very good music
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