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Gil Evans, Jerry Dammers, & OthersAbsolute Beginners ... LP
Virgin/EMI, 1986. Near Mint- .... $0.99
A great snapshot of jazzy London in the years before the acid jazz explosion of the late 80s – and a surprisingly great soundtrack that's stood the test of time much more than the actual film! The music here represents a jazz-based undercurrent of the London scene that was already turning its ears back in time – to a pre-mod era of the late 50s, which is the setting for Colin McInnes original novel used for the film – portrayed here in a pastiche of vocal and instrumental songs that often have a fair bit of classic touches! Gil Evans was brought in for most of the instrumentals, and turns out some really sparkling charts that have all the charm of his best work of the 50s – and other contemporary artists do a pretty great job themselves – at least on the more jazz-based numbers. Evans numbers include "Va Va Voom" – and the better jazzy tunes includes the excellent "Killer Blow" by Sade, plus "Have You Ever Had It Blue" by The Style Council, "That's Motivation" and "Absolute Beginners" by David Bowie, "Rodrigo Bay" by Working Week, "Selling Out" by Slim Gallard, and "Riot City" by Jerry Dammers. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
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John BarryPetulia ... LP
Warner, 1968. Very Good+ .... $6.99
A pretty compelling John Barry score – written for this strange semi-comedy which starred George C Scott and Julie Christie, and which was directed by Richard Lester. The music is a mixture of groovy themes and slower numbers that still have a modulated groovy approach – strings gliding with a gentle submerged groove, in a warm easy fashion, but not as dramatic as more conventional soundtracks. There's plenty of great moments on the set – and the soundtrack's a good example of the way that Barry increasingly began to explore space within his compositions as the 60s went on. Titles include "Eat Topless", "Comprehendo", "Petulia", "Motel", "Highway 101", and "Friends Of The Evergreen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splash staining, and some discoloration from age.)

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Paul Glass/The ZombiesBunny Lake Is Missing ... LP
RCA, 1965. Very Good+ .... $33.99
Paul Glass did the score for this obscure Otto Preminger film that starrred Lawrence Olivier, Carol Lynley, and Noel Coward, and the music is mostly orchestral, with fairly complicated twists and turns, in a sort of 20th century classical way. The real treat on here, though, are the tracks written and performed by The Zombies, who are also in the film! The cuts, which include "Nothing's Changed", "Just Out Of Reach", and "Remember You", are some of their best middle-period tracks, and have a sound that approaches some of their classic work on Odyssey & Oracle. The record's a tough one to find, and is a real treasure if you're a Zombies fan (like us!) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has light wear, tape on the spine, and WGN marker on back.)