December 13, 2017

FAB CHRISTMAS

Back in an era when The Beatles recorded and released a new single every three months, a new album every six months, and made countless appearances on radio, stage, and television, the group also took time out each year to record holiday greetings to be sent on flexi-discs to fan club members. The band created seven recordings between 1963 and 1970. The approach was a bit freeform and steeped in humor (Rather Goon-like, I think), as John, Paul, George, and Ringo improvised funny songs and messages, and joked from the studio. One of the highlights for me: the lads convince Ringo to sing Good King Wenceslas like a nightclub singer, after which George quips, "Thank you, Ringo. We'll phone you." Although the recordings have appeared over the years on bootlegs (and one on the official Anthology), a complete collection has never been released- until this week! A new 7-record box set hits the stores on Thursday, and fans will have a chance to peer into the studio with The Beatles and catch the vibe of those creative (and culture-shifting!) times. Christmas time is here again! From the press release: "The Beatles’ Festive Fan Club Holiday Recordings are coming on seven colored vinyl singles with original artwork – out December 15th. The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as “Beatle People.” Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set, to be released worldwide on December 15." More info at Amazon and The Beatles. Enjoy!


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December 11, 2017

DIMENSION 5

New release: Dimension 5. Kino Lorber has been adding great spy films and cliffhanger serials to their Blu-ray roster over there past couple of years. What at first seemed to be a mere expansion of their attention to classic silent films, with the release of early French crime serials Fantomas and Les Vampires, Kino has been moving into serials like Captain Marvel and, to the delight of Spy Vibers, Cold War espionage titles like the OSS 117 series (a must-have box set). In September, Kino released Dimension 5, a time-traveling spy yarn from 1966 starring Jeffrey Hunter (Star Trek), Grace Nuyen (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I Spy), and Harold Sakata (Goldfinger, The Poppy is Also a Flower). From the press release: "Newly Re-mastered from a 4K Scan by Paramount Pictures Archives! From the depths of the fifth dimension comes one of the most amazing spy thrillers of all time! Justin Power (Jeffrey Hunter, A Kiss Before Dying), an American intelligence agent, aided by Kitty (France Nuyen, Diamond Head), a Chinese-American female agent is in a desperate race against time to save Los Angeles from atomic destruction. Using a time-traveling belt, the duo battles an evil organization lead by Big Buddha (Harold Sakata, Oddjob of Goldfinger) with plans to import the bomb and destroy the city of angels. Franklin Adreon (Cyborg 2087) directed this one-of-a-kind Sci-Fi thriller written by Arthur C. Pierce (The Navy vs. the Night Monsters) and wonderfully shot by Alan Stensvold (Thunder Road)." Check out Hank Reineke's review of the film at Cinema Retro. More info at AmazonIn other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy!


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December 9, 2017

CASINO ROYALE 50TH CD

New release: Casino Royale: 50th Anniversary edition Soundtrack. This original film soundtrack has been a special favorite among LP collectors and fans of spy movie soundtracks, and now a 50th Anniversary Edition will be released on CD in a limited run of 2,000. Long before Daniel Craig starred as James Bind in Casino Royale, the story was adapted as a comedy romp in the 1960s. Starring David Niven and Peter Sellers as just two of the Bonds (Woody Allen as 007's nephew, Jimmy), and Ursula Andress (Doctor No, The 10th Victim), the project also included many writers and directors. The results were understandably uneven, but there were enough sequences that worked- as well as some stunning set and costume design- to guarantee the film's status as an interesting time capsule of sixties sensibilities. From the press release: "Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a very special new edition of Burt Bacharach’s timeless classic soundtrack for the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The infectious main theme performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is just the starting point of an epic comedy ride that includes such highlights as the unforgettable “The Look of Love,” sung by Dusty Springfield, or the epic fight music at the end of the film. Produced by record industry legend Phil Ramone, the original soundtrack LP offered selected highlights, expertly edited to showcase the best parts of the entire score. Thanks to the legendary sound quality of the stereo copies, this record became one of the most highly sought-after collectibles in the industry. Previously released on CD by several labels, including us (twice, both now out of print), this edition is an important landmark for this legendary score, and we can proudly say that it now sounds better than ever. This new edition has been produced, restored and mastered by wizard engineer Chris Malone, rebuilding the score from the ground up. Malone’s work has focused on addressing unintended technical anomalies (such as filling dropouts and covering analogue splices) rather than broadly applying a modern sound palette. He has eschewed dynamic range compression and retained the brilliance of the original recording. Because the LP program derived from the original film recordings (with some edits made for a more pleasure listening), we have included it on our CD and added all the music composed by Bacharach that was not on the LP to make a 77-minute CD. The bonus tracks are in mono (music stems are still the only available source to date), but Chris has worked them in a very different mood from our previous edition, respecting the mono without adding any stereo reverb and carefully restoring each track in a very warm way. We can say the sound is day and night compared with our previous edition. Live and learn. This release includes a bonus track making its CD debut: the promo-single version by Mike Redway, and arranged by Bacharach, of the song “Have No Fear, Bond Is Here.” The CD also showcases all-new, exclusive liner notes from film music writer Jeff Bond, and new art design by Nacho B. Govantes in a 20-page full-color booklet." These limited CDs can get pretty pricey once they go out of print, so I encourage Spy Vibers to pick it up if you're interested. More info at Screen Archives Entertainment. Check out my interview with historian Mike Richardson about his book, The Making of Casino RoyaleRelated posts: Avengers Interview: Mike RichardsonUK Satire/Surrealism: Sellers to LennonFear and FashionAgent WoodyIn other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy!


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