Tagged: exotica

Quiet Village


Mike Cooper
White Shadows In The South Seas

Research wise – I’ll readily admit to falling ass over tip, when it comes to the career of a certain Mike Cooper. I thought that it was pretty damn unlikely that the highly regarded English avant guitarist/composer and Recedent could be one and the same guy who was behind a slew of very fine prog blues elpees back in the late sixties/early-to-mid seventies like the fabulously named Trout Steel (Dawn Records) and Life and Death in Paradise on the Fresh Air imprint. That would entail a really radical change of direction over some time admittedly… but one and the same person it surely is… mea maxima culpa and curse these blindspots!!

With a twenty-year love of all things south seas-related, Mike has gradually honed a particularly singular technique in merging experimental string bending styles/tonalities with the tiki bar ambience/birdcall-populated soundstage of lounge exotica. Souvenirs of a plastic Hawaii peopled by the likes of Arthur Lyman, duplicious first lieutenant to one of the genre’s originators: Martin Denny (read Incredibly Strange Music, Volume One for the whole story…).

White Shadows in the South Seas (c.d.) comes as a rather belated successor to the Rayon Hula 10 inch vinyl set and for about a third of the journey (by outrigger naturally), it’s all plain sailing with “Dr. Derelict” and the stellar lap steel figures of “Night Flower Tapu” easily functioning as moderne travelogue soundtracks. But further on, things get incrementally darker, with snaking tendrils and sundry foliage proving too much for the sun’s rays. Those early suggestions of Jon Hassel’s ‘Fourth World’ series and Pyrolator’s sampler-based “Wunderland” have clearly faded away and instead cuts like “Lung Collapse” and the brassy reverberations of “Tapu Lifted” (irrespective of mother nature-derived loopery) inch closer to the more foreboding area of the industrial tone poem. It’s like being so caught up in the lushness of these idyllic surroundings has made the intrepid voyagers completely oblivious to the leeches syphoning precious fluids from their flesh. Very rarely has anything from the contempo exotica subgenre flagged up this number of ‘Danger in Paradise!’ warnings.


Early Sumac vinyl

Here’s a lovely Yma Sumac 10-incher (CORAL CRL 56058) which I just received today from a dealer in Athens. I just had to have a copy ever since September this year, when I went to a record fair and saw a copy disappearing under my nose and beard into the hands of a German collector who got to the right box just seconds before me. I had never seen it before. Besides it being an item by my beloved Yma which was unfamiliar, I also fell in love with its yellow, orange and green cover design, and looked it up online. Turns out to be a collection of early recordings made in 1943, recorded some years before her famous debut on Capitol Records, but only issued in America in 1952 to cash in on her popularity after the phenomenal success of Voice of the Xtabay and Legend of the Sun Virgin. This was all news to me. And I call myself an Yma Sumac fan!!

The arrival of this fine item happily coincides with my reading of Yma Sumac: The Art Behind the Legend (NEW YORK YBK PUBLISHERS), a book by Nicholas E. Limansky. I’m just up to p 177 as I wrote these lines, and have learned the definitive tale behind her 1971 rock LP Miracles (another release which surprised me mightily when I saw an ex-library copy at a record fair one time and instantly snarfed it up). Limansky’s book is probably the best text on the subject you’ll ever read. He works very hard to give a balanced and nuanced account of this highly tangled tale, and gives fair dues to all the protagonists. I’ve already learned more about some of the key players who have been somewhat overlooked in the fan-accolades that are usually dished out to Yma, Les Baxter, and Moises Vivanco, such as the flautist Hernán Braña, the dancer Cholita Rivero, and of course Elisabeth Waldo whose Rites of the Pagan LP I have heard, but didn’t realise she also played violin on the Sumac stage tours. Limansky’s achievement in this book is to carefully and respectfully debunk all the nonsense and myths about Sumac (including all the self-made ones) and still leave the essential charm of her music completely Inca-Taqui intact. I can seriously recommend this excellent, thoroughly-researched tome to all hard-core Sumac fans.

Regular readers may or may not care much about my personal Sumac passion, which oddly enough began in 1981 when a friend Pete Woodin purchased the Sun Virgin LP on one of our regular shopping trips to a jazz & blues record shop in Birmingham (and if anyone remembers anything about this shop, run by two brothers named Ray and Alan, please get in touch). My friend plucked it out of the racks on the strength of the cover alone. The man behind the counter made a face, and played us a track in an attempt to bring us to our senses. Needless to say it had the opposite effect, and Pete bought the item on the spot. Soon after this, his hipster friend Pete Thompson found a magazine article about “exotica” LPs and sent us a photocopy. It made the connection between Les Baxter and Yma, and seared the image of the front cover of Baxter’s Jewels of the Sea into my brain. I guess a vinyl original of that item is my next eBay purchase. After that point my obsession truly began. Some indication of where it led me can be deduced in this fannish 1988 article I wrote for John Bagnall’s music zine Hairy Hi-Fi.

Having spun Presenting Yma Sumac on my Bermuda Dansette, I’m not only delighted to have this missing piece of the jigsaw in my hands, but also find the music is wonderful too, even if it’s quite some way from Baxter’s amazing orchestral confections from 1952. It’s basically Peruvian folk music presented in a popular style, but enhanced by her lively and youthful vocal trills. I particularly recommend her rendition of a song called ‘Indian Love’ which is packed with drama and dynamics. Unusual also to hear Yma singing actual words, instead of wordlessly vocalising in such ways as to show off her range – but I’ll leave that sort of analysis to Mr. Limansky. I just hope that German record collector is deriving as much enjoyment from his purchase as I am!

Mombasa Love Songs

Just spun this delicious dose of 1950s exotica this afternoon, while dozing on the armchair and half-watching a Star Trek movie. Like many of these Righteous releases, it packs two half-hour LPs onto a single CD, but the skilled curators at work on this series do their themed pairings with considerably more care than some crutty budget label trying to save costs by cramming unrelated tracks together. Exotic Dreamers (RIGHTEOUS PSALM 23:39) starts off with an album of songs by Ethel Azama, originally released as Exotic Dream by Liberty in 1958. The story of it is that this Hawaiian singer was talent-spotted by exotica royalty Martin Denny, who set up a session for her with Paul Conrad, one of his arrangers. Although Azama, who is a very competent singer but not exactly in the same league as Julie London, Peggy Lee et al, would eventually settle into a career releasing albums of jazz / cabaret songs and standards, this debut LP is uncharacteristic, and stands out as a fine mix where jazz singing meets exotica orchestration – with sexy results! With numerous songs about colourful songbirds, typical “jungle” landscapes (‘Friendly Island’, ‘Green Fire’ and ‘Mountain High Valley Low’), one Arthur Lyman cover and of course an inevitable version of a chestnut from South Pacific, this is a heart-warming delight as irresistible as a coconut cream cocktail with spiced rum. ‘Shady Lady Bird’, a shoping-list ditty where the chanteuse likens her sexual wiles and charms to an assortment of avian specimens, is a particularly affecting belt of retro-sassiness.

Other half of this release is Mganga! by Tak Shindo, a composer who I never heard before but this little gem gives some serious competition to Tamboo! and Ritual of the Savage. In the 1960s Shindo became a major TV composer, but this 1950s album is like the above another suitably “jungle” themed piece of exotica folderol, with its flawless arrangements, bamboo flutes, chanting natives, pseudo-tribal drumming and evocative titles that would give heart failure to any serious student of anthropology. Its scattered references to African culture (Mombasa, Kenya and Mwanza are all namechecked) are ever so slightly undercut by the penultimate track, ‘Watusi Drum Dance’, which yokes ethnic musical impressions to this short-lived American dance craze of the early 1960s. There’s also ‘Port Of Trinkitat’, a tune which somehow avoided release on the classic Les Baxter travelogue LP Ports Of Pleasure. “Listen to the shifting, whispering sounds of these imagined neverlands” is the advice of Dave Henderson’s sleeve note. You see, Pablo Picasso wasn’t the only artist to have been influenced by African masks…and there’s an essay waiting to be written right there!

Jazzy & E-Z Xmas Special

The Sound Projector Radio Show 17th December 2010

  1. Lalo Schifrin, ‘Dragonfly’ (1976)
    From Black Widow, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT ZK 65128 CD (1997)
  2. Som Psicodelico, ‘Watermelon Man’
    From Mondo Bossa, SML 307.3169 CD
  3. Modern Jazz Quartet, ‘Variations on a Christmas Theme’ (1972)
    From Plastic Dreams, ATLANTIC MASTERS 8122747022 CD
  4. The Mike Westbrook Concert Band, ‘Waltz (For Joanna)’ (1969)
    From Marching Song Vol 1 & 2, UK RIGHTEOUS PSALM 23:12 2 x CD (2009)
  5. Stan Kenton, ‘Painted Rhythm’ (1956)
    From Kenton In Hi-Fi, CAPITOL JAZZ CDP 7 98451 2 CD
  6. Count Basie, ‘Duet’ (1957)
    From Atomic Mr Basie, NOT NOW MUSIC NOT2CD343 CD (2010)
  7. Lalo Schifrin, ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’
    From Talkin’ Verve, VERVE 547 185-2 CD (1999)
  8. Lalo Schifrin, ‘Most Wanted Theme’ (1977)
    From Towering Toccata, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT 5127982 CD (2003)
  9. Quincy Jones, ‘Chega De Saudade’ (1962)
    From Bossa Nova, VERVE 557 913-2 CD
  10. Duke Ellington / John Coltrane, ‘Stevie’ (1962)
    From Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, IMPULSE! 0602517486270 CD (2007)
  11. Stan Kenton / Bob Graettinger, ‘A Trumpet’ (1953)
    From City Of Glass, CAPITOL JAZZ 7243 8 32084 2 5 CD (1995)
  12. Morton Gould, ‘Manhattan Serenade’
    From Manhattan Moods, UK RIGHTEOUS PSALM 23:43 CD (2010)
  13. Kenyon Hopkins, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Manhattan’
    From Rooms / The Sound Of New York, UK RIGHTEOUS PSALM 23:25 CD (2010)
  14. Gordon Jenkins, ‘Happiness Cocktail’
    From Manhattan Moods, op cit.
  15. Bob Dorough, ‘The Dreamkeeper’
    From Jazz Canto Vol 1, UK RIGHTEOUS PSALM 23:4 CD (2009)
  16. Lalo Schifrin, ‘Troubadour’ (1966)
    From The Dissection and Reconstruction of music…, VERVE ELITE EDITION 314 537 751-2 CD (1997)
  17. Esquivel, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ (1958)
    From Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi, BMG MUSIC SPAIN 74321478712 CD (1997)
  18. Modern Jazz Quartet, ‘England’s Carol’
    From Plastic Dreams, op cit.
  19. Count Basie, ‘Quince’ (1958)
    From One More Time, NOT NOW MUSIC NOT2CD343 CD (2010)

Dreams of New York

I’ve had a lot of fun with this superb compilation CD New York City: Manhattan Moods (RIGHTEOUS PSALM 23:43), the latest from the UK Righteous label and another revelation in terms of orchestral easy-listening hidden treasures from the US which are new to this listener. The CD compiles three items, starting off with the Moondog eight-track release On The Streets Of New York, which I think probably came out as a ten-inch LP originally. Already quite familiar with this early piece from the life of the famed blind composer who liked to be out on the streets, and it’s got the glorious mix of his stark percussion music with traffic sounds and the hooters of river boats. Slightly odd of course to find this “art music” in mixed company with short LPs from Gordon Jenkins and Morton Gould, but given the New York theme it makes perfect sense. Jenkins’ Views From The Manhattan Tower (original on Capitol records, 1956) is another one of those quasi-cinematic LPs, blending songs, spoken words by actors and actresses, and instrumental portraits of the Manhattan cocktail-party high-life. Its narrative ambition is truly something that boggles the mind, as the listener is swept from one vignette to another in these fast-moving miniatures, depicting a whirlwind romance that even a modern speed-dater couldn’t hope to match. Six tracks by Morton Gould from his Manhattan Moods (Columbia, c. 1950 we suspect) LP close down the record, offering us that perfect syrupy dose of instrumental music that is both cloyingly sentimental and strangely moving, what with its ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Park Avenue Fantasy’ titles suggestive of tinted postcards from an urban paradise now all but vanished. Personally I always trip out on the rich and amplified sound of the orchestras on these 1950s records, and the infidel inside me sometimes wonders why classical music records can’t emulate this very full and ample surface, but I suspect it’s because it’s too “popular” and too “processed”.

The same day I spun this it so happens I also watched On The Town on Film Four, which likewise spins a delirious dream of life in New York City and also has a very lush orchestrated soundtrack, courtesy of the great Leonard Bernstein, although not all of his original music was used in this 1949 Hollywood version of the Broadway success. Without being able to pinpoint exactly why, I find some connections between the music here and that on the Morton Gould LP – there’s the same wistful longing and gorgeous stirring chords, particularly during the movie’s wordless ‘A Day In New York’ ballet fantasy sequence. I always enjoy On The Town (along with Singing in the Rain and An American In Paris of course) and have long wondered why this all-time American classic has never been cleaned up and remastered for a proper DVD release, particularly as the vibrant colours are starting to look a bit washed out on the print we normally see on TV. While I love the energy, the sassy characters, the dancing and the songs, I also gotta admit it’s not really a great storyline and half the time the narrative doesn’t really know where to put itself. This viewing however I was struck by a singular image of the three sailors and their dates on top of the Empire State building, with the camera filming them from below and showing a sharp perspective of the tower behind them, doubtless arrived at by studio composite methods. Yet it’s beautiful – a masterpiece of artificial lighting and colours, and it’s got the same unreal and dreamy qualities you can hear on the above CD.

Three Righteous Blows

NovGohh 001
These are three tempting reissue items from the UK Righteous label, which arrived here around August this year…they feature original sleeve art (back and front) reproduced in virtually unadulterated form, scholarly notes from Dave Henderson of Mojo magazine, and I think they are distributed by Cherry Red in the UK. All for sale on Amazon last time we looked! I suppose Astro-Sounds from Beyond The Year 2000 (PSALM 23:8) recorded by 101 Strings has the most immediate appeal to all connoisseurs of sophisticated easy-listening and lounge music. Operating in the mid-1960s, 101 Strings were a jobbing European orchestra who would perform just about any task (soundtracks, cover versions) assigned to them by Al Sherman in the USA, who originally issued this LP on his Alshire Records label. This particular confection has the added appeal of a Sun Ra-styled theme, sitar playing on some tracks, and a groovy go-go dancing girl on the front cover. The lush production sound, pop beats, phasing effects, crisp reverbed guitars and electronic organ all make this a fairly irresistible package of commercial kitsch candyfloss genius, which has only improved with the passage of time. As this is well outside my area of expertise, I’m in two minds as to whether I should start investigating further. I imagine there must be underground nightclub scenes in Brighton or London where you can hear music like this by the cartload. If there aren’t such venues, there ought to be.

The Mike Westbrook Concert Band recorded Marching Songs (PSALM 23:12) in 1969, released by Deram as two separate LPs. The sleeve notes inform us, with a world-weary sigh, that original vinyls of these records now command prices of £50 each (or more). On these assured big-band pieces (there’s enough brass in the combo to equip a small power station with circuit boards for two years), conductor and composer Westbrook leads an unbelievably stellar crew of UK jazzmen, including Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, John Surman and Mike Osborne. The entire set is a thinly-veiled protest LP, commenting on the American presence in Vietnam. While the cover art implies much ‘violence’, you won’t find a great deal of outright chaotic noise on these tightly-structured workouts, rather a large range of emotions including mournful introspection, grave melancholia, and a sort of indignant slow-burning anger. In this, you have to admit that Westbrook (and British Jazz in general) was skilled at creating articulate and intelligent music out of these ethically-motivated passions; and it’s worth comparing his approach to American free jazz and the contributions of Afro-American jazzmen to similar areas of political debate. This welcome reissue also reminds us that it’s about time Westbrook, a true unsung British maestro of jazz, had a dedicated reissue programme for his early rare works.

Jazz Canto Vol 1 (PSALM 23:4) is a true curio, originally issued on World Pacific Records in 1958. A wonderful relic arriving at the tail end of the beatnik era, it features the poetry of such scribes as Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Ferlinghetti, William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes, recited by Bob Dorough, Hoagy Carmichael and (most notably) the actor John Carradine. They do this over laid-back, stark and subtle jazz settings from Chico Hamilton, the Bob Dorough Quintet, Ralph Penna, Fred Katz, and the Jazz Canto Ensemble. An astonishing record which blends a distinctly American approach to writing (and reading) poetry with the all-American musical form of jazz, to create an exciting and unusual hybrid; one of the many things that comes across is the utter conviction and seriousness of the performances. The importance of this record is such that it has, I think, been recently revealed (by Kevin Courrier in his book in the 33 1/3 series) as a specific influence on Captain Beefheart and the making of Trout Mask Replica. Now, who can resist that?

Yma Sumac RIP (TSP radio 07/11/08)

    Yma Sumac:

  1. ‘Xtabay’ (1950)
    From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, UK REV-OLA CREV034CD (1995)
  2. ‘Kon-Tiki’ (1955)
    From Legend of The Sun Virgin, USA CAPITOL RECORDS SM-299 LP
  3. ‘Five Bottles Mambo’ (1956)
    From Mambo!, FRANCE CAPITOL 4832692 CD (1995)
  4. ‘Jivaro’ (1957)
    From Legend of The Jivaro, FRANCE CAPITOL RECORDS 1552981 LP (1984)
  5. ‘Indian Carnival’
    From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, op cit.
  6. ‘Cumbe Majita’ (1953)
    From Inca Taqui – Chants of the Incans, FRANCE CAPITOL RECORDS W 684 LP (1985)
  7. ‘Goomba Boomba’
    From Mambo!, op cit.
  8. ‘Kuyawa’
    From Legend of The Sun Virgin, op cit.
  9. ‘Karibe Taci’
    From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, op cit.
  10. ‘Whip Dance’
    From Legend of The Jivaro, op cit.
  11. Les Baxter:

  12. ‘Sunken City’
    From Jewels of the Sea, original issue CAPITOL RECORDS T-1537 (1960)
  13. ‘Quiet Village’
    From Les Baxter’s Original Quiet Village, USA CAPITOL RECORDS ST 1846 LP (1963)
  14. ‘Busy Port’
    From The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 8 37025 2 7 2 x CD (1996)
  15. ‘Sophisticated Savage’
    From Ritual of the Savage, USA CAPITOL RECORDS T288 LP (1952)
  16. ‘Stars in the Sand’
    From Jewels of the Sea, op cit.
  17. Yma Sumac, ‘Remember’
    From Miracles, UK LONDON RECORDS SHU 8431 LP (1972)
  18. The Residents, ‘Spotted Pinto Bean’ (1972)
    From Meet The Residents, EU TORSO RECORDS TORSO CD 416 (1988)
  19. Yma Sumac, ‘Medicine Man’ From Miracles, op cit.
  20. ‘La Molina’ (1959)
    From Fuego del Ande, HOLLAND CAPITOL RECORDS T 1169 LP
  21. ‘Forest Creatures’
    From Inca Taqui, op cit.
  22. Neal Hefti:

  23. ‘Oh Dad, Poor Dad (Main Title)’
  24. ‘The Odd Couple (Main Title)’
  25. ‘Honorable Batman’
  26. ‘Cartoon Capers’
  27. ‘Bash Brannigan’
  28. Yma Sumac, ‘Xtabay (Boy and Girl Version)’
    From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, op cit.

The Sound Projector radio show,
originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM

May we recommend:
Yma Sumac Official website
Yma Sumac Fan Pages

The Sound Projector Lush Christmas Show 2006 (TSP radio show 22/12/06)

  1. Marcel, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’
    From Heavy Christmas, GERMANY SECOND BATTLE SB043 CD (1997)
    Original issue GERMANY PILZ 1971
  2. The Residents, ‘Fire’ [Santa Dog] (1972)
    From Meet The Residents, EUROPE TORSO CD 416 (1988)
  3. Magical Power Mako, ‘Blue Dot’
    From Blue Dot, JAPAN BELLE ANTIQUE 95131 CD (1995)
  4. Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, ‘Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy’ (1975)
    From Bongo Fury, UK ZAPPA RECORDS CDZAP 15 (1989)
  5. Les Baxter, ‘Quiet Village’ + ‘Jungle River Boat’
    From The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 8 37025 2 7 2 x CD (1995)
  6. Lalo Schifrin, ‘Quiet Village’ (1976)
    From Black Widow, USA SONY MUSIC LEGACY ZK 65128 CD (1997)
  7. The Residents, ‘N-er-gee (Crisis Blues)’ (fade)
    From Meet The Residents, op cit.
  8. Yma Sumac, ‘Lament’
    From Voice of the Xtabay and other exotic delights, UK REV-OLA CREV034 CD (1995)
  9. Popol Vuh, ‘Der Winter ist Vorbei’ (1975)
    From Das Hohelied Salomos, FRANCE SPALAX 14211 CD (1992)
  10. Popol Vuh, ‘Selig sind, die da hier weinen’ (1973)
    From Seligspreisung, GERMANY SPV RECORDINGS SPV 085-70132 CD (2004)
  11. Kate Bush, ‘Hello Earth’ (1985)
    From Hounds of Love, UK EMI RECORDS 7243 5 25239 2 4 CD (1997)
  12. Elisabeth Waldo and her concert orchestra, ‘Festival of Texcatlipoca’ (fade)
    From Rites of the Pagan, original issue USA GNP/CRESCENDO GNPS 601 LP (195?)
  13. Van Dyke Parks, ‘Ode To Tobago’ (1972)
    From Discover America, USA RYKODISC RCD 10453 CD (1999)
  14. Kate Bush, ‘Under Ice’
    From Hounds of Love, op cit.
  15. The Residents, ‘Seasoned Greetings’
    From Meet The Residents, op cit.
  16. Van Dyke Parks, ‘On the Rollin’ Sea when Jesus Speaks to Me’ (1970)
    From Discover America, op cit.
  17. Jarboe, ‘Troll Lullaby’
    From Sacrificial Cake, USA YOUNG GOD RECORDS YGCD8 CD (1995)
  18. Popol Vuh, ‘Morgengruss’ (1974)
    From Einsjager & Siebenjager, GERMANY SPV RECORDINGS SPV 085-70152 CD (2004)
  19. Virus, ‘X-Mas Submarine’
    From Heavy Christmas, op cit.
  20. Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra, ‘Journey Through the Outer Darkness’ (1970)
    From Black Myth / Out in Space, GERMANY MOTOR MUSIC 557 656-2 2 x CD (1998)

The Sound Projector radio show,
originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM

Space Soon (TSP radio show 08/09/06)

Special 2-hour show on a pre-determined Resonance 104.4 FM theme

  1. The B-52′s, ‘Planet Claire’
    From The B-52′s, UK ISLAND RECORDS ILPS 9580 LP (1979)
  2. Comets On Fire, ‘Ghost of the Cosmos’
    From Comets On Fire, USA ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES VIRUS 301 CD (2003)
  3. Spacemen 3, ‘Suicide’
    From Losing Touch With Your Mind, BOOTLEG LP [MR011] (1991)
  4. Mars, ‘Tunnel’
    From LP, USA IMPORTANT RECORDS imprec047 LP (2005)
  5. Merzbow, ‘Space Metalizer Pt 1′ (fade)
    From Space Metalizer, CANADA ALIEN8 RECORDINGS ALIENCD4 CD (1997)
  6. Hawkwind, ‘Space is Deep’ (1972)
    From Doremi Fasol Latido, UK UNITED ARTISTS / LIBERTY (EMI RECORDS LTD) UAG 29364 LP
  7. Stevie Wonder, ‘Saturn’
    From Songs in the Key of Life, UK TAMLA MOTOWN / EMI RECORDS LTD TMSP 6002 2 x LP (1976)
  8. John Coltrane (with Rashied Ali), ‘Saturn’ (1967)
    From Interstellar Space, USA IMPULSE! (MCA RECORDS INC) GRD-110 CD (1991)
  9. Mouse On Mars, ‘Chromantic’
    From Instrumentals, GERMANY SONIG 01 LP (1997)
  10. Iancu Dumitrescu, ‘Galaxy’
    From Iancu Dumitrescu, FRANCE EDITION MODERN ED.MN.1005 CD (1993)
  11. George Russell, ‘Waltz From Outer Space’ (1960)
    From New York NY / Jazz in The Space Age, USA MCA RECORDS INC MCA2-4017 2 x LP (1973)
  12. Trevor Wishart, extract from ‘Journey’
    From Journey Into Space, UK PARADIGM DISCS PD 18 CD (2002)
  13. Ornette Coleman, ‘Space Flight’
    From The Music of Ornette Coleman, UK RCA VICTOR SF 7844 LP (1968)
  14. Joe Meek and The Blue Men, ‘Orbit Around the Moon’ + ‘Love Dance of the Saroos’ (1960)
    From I Hear a New World. An outer space fantasy, UK RPM RECORDS 103 CD (1991)
  15. Scientist, ‘Supernova Explosion’
    From Scientist Meets the Space Invaders, UK GREENSLEEVES RECORDS GREL 19 LP (1981)
  16. lightyears away, ‘Windows of Limited Time / The Astral Navigator’ + ‘Yesterday’ (1970)
    From Astral Navigations, UK BACKGROUND HBG 122/1 CD (1992)
  17. Robert Ashley, ‘Flying Saucer Dialogue’
    From Music From Mills, USA MILLS COLLEGE MC 001 3 x LP (1986)
  18. Attilio Mineo, ‘Around the World’ (1951)
    From Man in Space with Sounds, USA SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS / JACK DIAMOND MUSIC SUBCD-4 CD (1998)
  19. Peter Thomas Sound-Orchester, ‘Bolero on the Moon Rocks’ (1966)
    From Raumpatrouille / Space Patrol, GERMANY BUNGALOW BUNG 009 CD (1996)
  20. The B-52′s, ‘There’s a Moon in the Sky (called The Moon)’
    From The B-52′s, op cit.
  21. Kawabata Makoto, ‘Love on the Galactic Railroad’
    From Your Voice From The Moon, POLAND VIVO RECORDS vivo2005018CD (2005)
    Simultaneous playback with:
    Spaceman, ‘Insalubrity’
    From Space Is No Place Volume 2, USA PSYCH-O-PATH RECORDS cdpsp-7 CD (2004)

The Sound Projector radio show,
originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM

Songs with Strings (TSP radio show 07/01/05)

  1. Scott Walker, ‘It’s Raining Today’ (1969)
    From Scott 3, UK FONTANA 510 881-2 CD (1992)
  2. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, ‘Down from Dover’
    From Did You Ever, UK RCA VICTOR SF8240 LP (1971)
  3. Nico, ‘Little Sister’
    From Chelsea Girl, UK MGM RECORDS MGM SELECT 2353 025 LP (1971)
  4. Kate Bush, ‘The Infant Kiss’
    From Never for ever, UK EMI RECORDS EMA 794 LP (1980)
  5. Colin Blunstone, ‘Misty Roses’ (1971)
    From One Year, UK SONY MUSIC / REWIND 491694 2 CD (ND)
  6. Nina Simone, ‘The Last Rose of Summer’
    From Night Song (compilation), POLYGRAM RECORDS 543 251-2 CD (2000)
  7. Scott Walker, ‘Rosemary’
    From Scott 3, op cit
  8. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, ‘Some Velvet Morning’ (1967)
    From Nancy and Lee, UK REPRISE RSLP 6273 LP (ND)
  9. Nico, ‘I’ll Keep it With Mine’
    From Chelsea Girl, op cit
  10. Van Dyke Parks, ‘Vine Street’
    From Song Cycle, USA WARNER BROS WS 1727 LP (1968)
  11. Randy Newman, ‘He gives us all his love’
    From Sail Away, USA REPRISE RECORDS MS 2064 LP (1972)
  12. Peter Case, ‘Small Town Spree’
    From Peter Case, USA GEFFEN RECORDS 924 105-1 LP (1986)
  13. T-Bone Burnett, ‘Image’
    From The Talking Animals, USA COLUMBIA / CBS RECORDS BFC 40792 LP (1988)
  14. Phil Ochs, ‘Pleasures of the Harbour’
    From Pleasures of the Harbour, CANADA A&M RECORDS INC SP 4133 LP (ND)
  15. Van Dyke Parks, ‘The Attic’
    From Song Cycle, op cit
  16. David Bowie, ’1984′
    From Diamond Dogs, UK RCA APLI-0576 LP (1974)
  17. Sparks, ‘Under the table with her’
    From Indiscreet, UK ISLAND RECORDS ILPS 9345 LP (1975)
  18. The Beatles, ‘Eleanor Rigby (strings only)’
    From Anthology 2, UK EMI RECORDS / APPLE 7243 8 34448 2 3 2 x CD (1996)
  19. Paul and Linda McCartney, ‘The back seat of my car’
    From Ram, UK EMI RECORDS / APPLE PAS 10003 LP (1971)
  20. Yma Sumac:
    a. ‘Kuyawa (Inca Love Song)’
    b. ‘Kaibe Taci’
    From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, UK REV-OLA CREV034 CD (1995)
  21. William S Burroughs, ‘Apocalypse’
    From Dead City Radio, USA ISLAND RECORDS 422-846 264-2 CD (1990)

The Sound Projector radio show,
originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM