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Spies and Dolls & TV.. Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Vocalion
  • ASIN: B002VKRMZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lovers of funky 1970s big band sounds are in for a real treat with this Vocalion release, as it contains two of the very best albums by Chaquito - an alias of British arranger-composer-conductor John Gregory. This powerhouse big band was comprised of many of the players from the great Ted Heath Orchestra, and this fact allied with Gregory's brilliant arrangements made the Chaquito Big Band a force to be reckoned with. Both 'Spies and Dolls' and 'TV Thrillers' feature the very best in late 1960s and early '70s film and TV music, represented by composers of the calibre of Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Isaac Hayes, Wally Stott and Dave Grusin. John Gregory creates stunning, electrifying versions of famous themes such as Mission Impossible, The French Connection, They Call Me Mister Tibbs, The Anderson Tapes, Hawaii 5-0 and A Man Called Ironside, all of which contain plenty of solo space for the virtuoso skills of the Chaquito band personnel. As well as Gregory's own Spies and Dolls, among the lesser-known but equally superb themes on offer are The Name of the Game, It Takes a Thief and The Spy's Wife. Remastered fron the original analague stereo tapes. First time on CD.

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Of all the TV/Film interpreter/arrangers that were fronting a big band, John Gregory was undoubtedly one of the funkiest. This twofer release from The Vocalion label collects 2 of Gregory's finest sets recorded in 1972 for the Mercury label. Players include the legendary trumpeter Ray Davies, the hammond organist Harry Stoneham and surely one of the finest percussionists of all times Ronnie Verrell.

On 'Spies & Dolls' Gregory interprets 11 movie themes from the 60's & 70's - the Chaquito band are in blistering form on well known urban funkers like They Call Me Mr. Tibbs (Quincy Jones), The French Connection (Don Ellis) and Bullit (Lalo Schifrin). They cool their heels on rarer themes like the jazzy theme from 'The Looking Glass War' (Wally Stott aka Angela Morley), and the quirky 'The Spy With A Cold Nose (Riz Ortolani). Gregory also includes his own funky composition from which the album takes it's title.

T.V. Thrillers is in the same funky vein and includes a fabulous take of Mission Impossible (Lalo Schifrin), the drum heavy Hawaii 5-0 (Morton Stevens) that is unquestionably superior to the original and the icy theme from 'Callan' (Jack Trombey) which I was surprised to find started out life as a humble library track.

Sound quality is superb, you won't hear better re-mastering, and retains much of the warmth that is sadly absent in the digital age. Sleeve notes are informative but the design is a tad amateurish. A nice touch would have been to see both sleeve designs reproduced in full on seperate pages.

Word of warning most of TV Thrillers has been re-issued before on Mercury's John Gregory retrospective 'Mission: Impossible' - it was missing 'F.B.I', 'Callan', and 'The Troubleshooters'.

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1 They Call Me Mister Tibbs (Theme from They Call Me Mister Tibbs 2:40
2 Bullitt (Theme from Bullitt Schifrin 2:54
3 The Anderson Tapes (Theme from The Anderson Tapes 5:32
4 Spies and Dolls Chaquito 2:34
5 The Looking Glass War (Themefrom The Looking Glass War 2:15
6 The French Connection (Themefrom The French Connection 4:02
7 When Eight Bells Toll (Themefrom When Eight Bells Toll 2:46
8 The Spy's Wife (Theme from The Spy's Wife 2:24
9 Money Is (Theme from The Heist 3:17
10 Our Man Flint (Theme from Our Man Flint 3:34
11 The Spy With A Cold Nose (Theme from The Spy With A Cold Nose 2:47
12 Shaft (Theme from Shaft 4:22
13 Hawaii 5-0 2:20
14 The Name of the Game Grusin 2:19
15 It Takes a Thief Grusin 3:03
16 A Man Called Ironside 3:04
17 Mission Impossible Schifrin 2:12
18 Softly Softly 3:19
19 The Troubleshooters 2:19
20 I Spy 2:35
21 Mannix Schifrin 2:30
22 The Untouchables 2:35
23 Callan Trombey 2:47
24 F.B.I. 2:32
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the scores on this cd are a mixed bag -i got this for the theme to where eight bells toll-ironside-hawaii 5.0 all sound good
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Not quite like the vinyl records we used to have in the 70's. but near enough.
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