Friday, June 4, 2010

John Shakespeare Orchestra - "Number One Theme" (1969)




  TRACK OF THE DAY

John Shakespeare Orchestra - "Number One Theme" b/w "Fade Out" (1969), arranged by Quincy Jones, promo for BEA airlines in the UK.

Spotted for $1 at the market around the corner a few weeks back, grabbed this 45 immediately for Crap Jazz Covers, then saw Quincy Jones' name. "Number One Theme" is full of his harpsichord lines, lush strings, hammond solo, "do do-do-dooo" vocals, speedy summertimes at 100 mph ..... and all the not-so-hidden meanings are explained on the back cover above.




 The B-Side "Fade Out" is the title theme from a TV episode of "ITV Saturday Night Theatre" starring Stanley Baker. Similar feel, instrumental with an energetic sax solo. Can't find a synopsis of the TV episode, but here's a pic :


Fade Out

People seem to want about 30 pounds for this single, so damn it, we'll give it away for free and throw in a free bikini wax, even for the guys above. Hope you enjoy it (the music, that is).

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23 comments:

CJS said...

Major find.
Well done Simon

funkishbass

CJS said...

Groove city!
Can't wait for the album.
This is seriously funky 60's soundstageorama.
If I was there I woulda grabbed it too.
It sounds almost unplayed!
Great rip.

funkishbass

merkur said...

Music to watch planes by. Got enough material to put together a compilation of ad music from the 60s (not just library stuff but the more upmarket isht)?

Jazzjet said...

It was the free bikini wax that sold it for me. Thanks!

Andy H. said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Two great tracks and completely unknown (to me, anyway ;-)

taro nombei said...

listening to the excerpt, definitely groovy, great score SImon! cheers...

Becky, Bubblegum & Other Delights said...

I'm going to listen to this cheery tune every time I fly the "friendly skies" from now on--regardless of what brand of crappy, cramped, overpriced, under-maintained chariot with wings gets me to my destination (late, of course.) At least I can pretend air travel is still glamorous. Thank you!

Gianni aka Cesare Barbetta said...

I love these sounds!!!
thank you Simon

taro nombei said...

…and that's an all-time classic cover!

Simon666 said...

Certainly is Taro :)
Thanks for the comments guys, glad people are enjoying this.

carlinhosdeipanema said...

Thanks for this music, so rich and melodic.

LYSERGICFUNK said...

Very Nice !
Many Thanks

andy64 said...

Wonderful stuff!
Bring back BEA.
Bring back BOAC.
Bring back Shakespeare!

e-n said...

Sick sick sick. Kind of what I want to play these days... Thanks!

Argonaut said...

Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Simon

Robert said...

Only took a few seconds of streaming and I'm happily downloading this,thank you Simon!!

Mistah tOE said...

Thanking you.......

joshforbesisawesome said...

holy moley! so great!

OldHippieRick said...

Wow Just Way [0oL thanks ☮ldhippierick

Martooni said...

Thank you. Very nice..

Been encouraging people who like this music to joint the Exotica music mailing list:

http://mailman.xmission.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/exotica

Hope you and your friends take a look.

litlgrey said...

My word, what a tasty find.

laidbackinbethlehem said...

Fantastic. So evocative of a time when flying was glamorous and exciting. Thanks for posting this classic.