The Best Of Spiral

20 Nov

A lot of time has elapsed since I finished up Spiral 2 in December 2011. That’s 10 years ago now. So I thought it would be good to look back on those days and compile a virtual CD (in the form of a Spotify playlist) consisting of my favourite tracks off the some of the featured albums. This contains selections from LPs I wrote about on Spiral and Spiral 2 between 2009 and 2011. Hope you enjoy it.

The Best Of Spiral
01 Percy Faith – First Light
02 Henry Mancini – Police Woman
03 Max Greger & His Orchestra – Love Is Blue
04 Enoch Light & The Light Brigade – Hot Pants
05 Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra – Aquarius
06 Barney Kessel – Be-In (Hare Krishna)
07 John Keating – I Feel The Earth Move
08 Roundtable – Spinning Wheel
09 Mongo Santamaria – Shotgun
10 Brian Bennett – In The Heat Of The Night
11 Hugo Montenegro – Superstar
12 José Feliciano – Golden Lady
13 Bert Kaempfert – Andorinha Preta
14 Dudley Moore Trio – Amalgam
15 Baden Powell – Canto
16 Claude Denjean – Everybody’s Talkin’
17 Peter Nero – The Windmills Of Your Mind
18 Cal Tjader – Gary’s Theme
19 Koichi Oki – Another Day
20 Mort Garson – Plantasia
21 Electronic Concept Orchestra – Atlantis
22 David Fanshawe – The Lord’s Prayer

And as a bonus, here’s a companion playlist of influences and inspirations.

The Spirit Of Spiral
01 James Last – Ain’t Got No
02 John Sangster – Hair
03 The Alan Caddy Orchestra – Heaven On Their Minds
04 Mike Sammes Singers & The Ted Taylor Organ Sound – He Who Would Valiant Be
05 Ray Davies & His Orchestra – Something’s Coming
06 Bernard Ebbinghouse Orchestra – A Walkin’ Beat
07 Norrie Paramor & His Orchestra – The Frightened City
08 Nelson Riddle – Lamento
09 Certain Lions & Tigers – Fever
10 Dick Hyman – Topless Dancers Of Corfu
11 Roland Shaw & His Orchestra – Casino Royale
12 Les Reed & His Orchestra – Spinning Wheel
13 Paraffin Jack Flash – Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
14 Trini Lopez – Sunshine Superman / Cry Like A Baby
15 Chico Arnez – Would I
16 Denny Wright & The Hustlers – Shout About Pepsi
17 Sounds Orchestral – Superstition
18 Botticelli & His Orchestra – T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
19 Nick Ingman – American Pie
20 Geoff Love & His Orchestra – Three Days Of The Condor
21 Mike Post Coalition – Afternoon Of The Rhino
22 John Gregory – Jetstream
23 Mandingo – Chant Of The Virgins
24 Jack Parnell & His Orchestra – Enter The Dragon
25 Tony Hatch & The Satin Brass – Sounds Of The Seventies
26 Mike Vickers – On The Brink
27 Alan Moorhouse Orchestra – Stop Press

Spiral 2 – The Top 5 (updated once more)

12 May

As of 12 May 2020 the top 5 LPs featured on Spiral 2 are:

01 Various – Top BBC TV Themes Volume 4
02 Derek Griffiths – Heads And Tails
03 Simon Park – Venus Fly Trap
04 Elizabeth Parker – The Living Planet: A Portrait Of The Earth
05 Sandy Brown and His Gentlemen! Friends – Hair At Its Hairiest

Spiral 2 – The Top 5 (updated)

5 Nov

As of 5 November 2017 the top 5 LPs featured on Spiral 2 are:

01 Elizabeth Parker – The Living Planet: A Portrait Of The Earth
02 Various – Top BBC TV Themes Volume 4
03 Derek Griffiths – Heads And Tails
04 Simon Park – Venus Fly Trap
05 Sandy Brown and His Gentlemen! Friends – Hair At Its Hairiest

Spiral 2 – The Top 5

18 Jul

As of 18 July 2014 the top 5 LPs featured on Spiral 2 are:

01 Various – Top BBC TV Themes Volume 4
02 Derek Griffiths – Heads and Tails
03 Norrie Paramor and The Midland Radio Orchestra – Radio 2 Top Tunes Volume 2
04 Sandy Brown and His Gentlemen! Friends – Hair At Its Hairiest
05 George Martin and His Orchestra – Beatles to Bond and Bach

CD 12.18: Don’t Make It Work – Our Failed Pop 1980 – 1987

4 Mar

01 Garda Patrol – The Statistics Keep Growing
02 The Atrix – Treasure On The Wasteland
03 The Fountainhead – The Rhythm Method
04 TV Gaga – Interlude
05 Microdisney – Helicopter Of The Holy Ghost
06 Those Nervous Animals – The Business Enterprise
07 Disaffected Youth – Look At The Charts
08 Les Enfants – Slipaway
09 Minor Detail – Canvas Of Life
10 Josephine Maxi – Wagtails In O’Connell Street
11 Auto Da Fé – November November
12 In Tua Nua – Coming Thru’
13 Complete Spanner – Individual Sound
14 Blue In Heaven – Across My Heart
15 Tuesday Blue – Tunnel Vision
16 Liam Mackey vs Anonymous – Telephone Thing
17 Light A Big Fire – Mr Twilight
18 The Blades – Ghost Of A Chance
19 Nothing To It – Emigration Interrogation
20 Brush Shiels – Old Pal

My latest compilation.

LP 295: Various – Top BBC TV Themes Volume 4 (BBC, 1981)

18 Dec

Side 1
01 Derek Goom – Juliet Bravo
02 Daryl Runswick – Theme From Maybury (Sky Crying Rain)
03 The Harry South Orchestra – Chinese Detective
04 Paul Shane and The Yellowcoats – Hi De Hi (Holiday Rock)
05 The Nic Rowley Group – Not The Nine O’Clock News
06 Roger Chapman – Speak For Yourself
07 Vangelis – Theme From Cosmos (Heaven And Hell 3rd Movement)

Side 2
08 Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai
09 The Anthony Isaac Orchestra with Eric Hill – Mackenzie
10 The Great Hossack Orchestra – Nanny
11 Daryl Runswick – We The Accused
12 The Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marcus Doda – Poldark
13 The Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marcus Doda – I Claudius
14 The Leon Young Orchestra – Goodbye Darling

Here’s one I made earlier. And seeing as it is Christmas…

Volume 4 of the BBC’s Top TV Themes is easily the weakest volume in the series – unsurprising seeing as we had moved to 1981 and a more rigid approach to television theme composition was now being taken. Nevertheless there are a few surprises that make it worth a purchase.

#1 Derek Goom’s driving and upbeat Juliet Bravo theme. I preferred Stephanie Turner and have just finished watching the second series on DVD.

#2 Harry South Orchestra – Chinese Detective. Atmospheric and groovy with deadly strings.

#3 Vangelis shooting the moon with the stirring Theme From Cosmos.

Side 2 is comprised of relaxed yet serious pieces – no breaks – so very much an acquired taste.

That’s it from me for this year. Who knows what 2012 will bring ?

To all readers – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

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CD 11.17: The World We Knew

11 Dec

01 Graham Walker Sound – Crossroads (Saga LP)
02 The In-Keepers – Stirrup Cup (Morgan LP)
03 Zack Laurence Orchestra – Son Of A Preacher Man (DJM LP)
04 Franck Pourcel – Francais, Francais (Studio 2 Stereo LP)
05 Bernard Cribbins – One Man Band (Parlophone LP)
06 Sakkarin – Sugar Sugar (RCA 45)
07 Cliff Richard – Take Action (Columbia LP)
08 Julie Felix – Mad John’s Escape (Fontana LP)
09 Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent – Gotta Get Away (Columbia LP)
10 Sounds Orchestral – Shackled (Pye LP)
11 Guitars Unlimited – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (Decca Phase 4 Stereo LP)
12 James Clarke + Sounds – One Morning (Aristocrat LP)
13 Unknown – The Italian Theme (Music For Pleasure LP)
14 Cilla Black – Faded Images (Parlophone LP)
15 Brian Abbs and Nola York – Mystery Man (Longman LP)
16 Paddy Kingsland – Wombulator Rock (Studio 2 Stereo LP)
17 Sir John Betjeman – Lenten Thoughts (Charisma LP)
18 Norman Percival Orchestra – The World We Knew (Readers Digest LP)
19 José Pirata – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (Deram LP)
20 Kenny Everett – And Now For Another Train Number (Deram 45)

This is my entry in the Very Good Plus Christmas CD Swap for 2011.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

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