Come Spy With Us:secret Agent Songboo CD (2014)

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Product Overview


Label Ace
SKU 262050983
UPC 029667058421
UPC 14 00029667058421
Format CD
Release Date 4/8/2014
Technical Info
CatalogID CDCHD 1392
Lable Name Ace (Label)
Released 03/31/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 44s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00029667058421
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.
Such a brilliant idea for a compilation, it's a wonder it hasn't been done before, Ace's 2014 set Come Spy with Us: The Secret Agent Handbook collects 25 secretive swingers from the '60s, splitting the difference between pop tunes and cinematic espionage. Impressively, the entire affair avoids both James Bond and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" aside from covers (the signature Bond theme is handled by Johnny & the Hurricanes, while Al Caiola serves up an instrumental of the Rivers staple). Usually, compiler Tony Rounce -- who does give thanks to Matthew Jones -- prefers splashy arrangements built on bold brass and sweeping strings, but there are certainly a lot of echoing guitars and splashes of exotica, all suggesting danger and adventure. Naturally, novelties take up a fair amount of space here -- the best might be the Supremes' go-go parody "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" -- but most of this occupies a similar territory as Nancy Sinatra's "The Last of the Secret Agents," which is delivered with a straight face and a wink. Even during this secret agent peak, which ran roughly from 1965 to 1967, plenty of musicians were ready to good-naturedly send up spies and that mischievous humor keeps things lively, while the craft of the composers and songwriters give this music heft. John Barry, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and Lalo Schifrin are responsible for those grand cinematic peaks, providing the context for Scott Walker ("Deadlier Than The Male," a classic Walker Brothers hit) and Smokey Robinson ("Come Spy with Me," the theme to a lost 1967 flick) to play with on their tunes. It's all fun but it's not really campy: it's a well-rounded portrait of a '60s fad that turned into a pop culture touchstone, a touchstone that is splendidly heard here. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Man Alone, A (Theme From The Ipcress File)
2 Deadlier Than the Male
3 Arabesque
4 Look of Love, The (Theme From Casino Royale)
5 Theme From Danger Man
6 Silencers, The
7 Secret Agent Man
8 Who Needs Forever (Theme From the Deadly Affair)
9 Theme From the Man From U.N.C.L.E.
10 Last of the Secret Agents, The
11 Mission: Impossible
12 Dr. Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine
13 Our Man Flint
14 Wednesday's Child (Theme From The Quiller Memorandum)
15 Theme From Get Smart
16 We Should've (Theme From Modesty Blaise)
17 James Bond Theme, The (Dr. No)
18 Burke's Law Theme
19 Where the Bullets Fly
20 High Wire (Theme From Danger Man)
21 Bye Bye (Theme From Peter Gunn) [Vocal Version]
22 Theme From Where the Spies Are
23 Liquidator, The
24 I Spy
25 Come Spy With Me
Product Attributes
Label Ace
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