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Pop Goes the Easel

What made the swinging sixties swing?  Cherry Red’s él label continues to explore the various corners of early 1960s pop music with a trio of releases that, in large part, offer answers to that very question.  Pop Goes the Easel: The Start of the Swinging Sixties takes its name from maverick director Ken Russell’s 1962 documentary film, and over two eclectic CDs, boasts 65 tracks from thirteen different films and television programs.  Artists range from Buddy Holly to Anthony Newley.  A fine companion disc is Bowler Hats and Leather Boots: Personalities Go Pop Art.  If Pop Goes the Easel shows how music infiltrated cinema, Bowler Hats shows how silver-screen personalities infiltrated music.  Hence, you’ll hear songs from such offbeat singing stars as Oliver Reed, Anthony Perkins and even Orson Welles.  Lastly, Modernism and Bossa Nova offers a heaping helping of songs with lyrics by the poet Vinicius de Moraes, frequent collaborator of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the co-writer of “The Girl from Ipanema.”  The 29 tracks on this anthology laid the foundation of bossa nova, which set the musical tone for countless swinging bachelor pads!

Ken Russell’s BBC documentary Pop Goes the Easel introduced the British public to four “pop artists” –Peter Philips, Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and future Sgt. Pepper cover artist Peter Blake.  Pop Goes the Easel: The Start of the Swinging Sixties looks at the musical soundtracks to many of the films and television shows that bade farewell to the 1950s and ushered in the 1960s.  James Darren, Buddy Holly and Clay Cole tunes populated Russell’s film.  For 1959’s Elvis-inspired Idle on Parade (also known as Idol on Parade), Anthony Newley played the titular idol and supplied songs with titles like “Sat’day Night Rock-a-Boogie” and “Idle Rock-a-Boogie.”  1962’s drama All Night Long was a hip jazz take on Shakespeare’s Othello, and its soundtrack (included here in full) featured performances from Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus and John Dankworth.  The same year, Play It Cool starred real-life pop idol Billy Fury; five songs are heard here from its soundtrack including Fury’s hit “Once Upon a Dream.”

Future A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester helmed It’s Trad, Dad! from that pivotal year of 1962, a youth-oriented comedy about two teens fighting the local establishment over their right to enjoy the new jazz!  Stars Helen Shapiro and Craig Douglas are heard on the soundtrack here, performing their own songs from the film.  Chubby Checker, Gene McDaniels, Del Shannon and The Paris Sisters are also featured.  On the television side, Pop Goes the Easel features songs heard in The Avengers and The Prisoner.  This slipcased anthology also features early works from composers John Barry (“The Lolly Theme,” from The Amorous Prawn) and Lionel Bart (“Sparrows Can’t Sing,” from Joan Littlewood’s movie of the same name).

After the jump, we’ll dive into Bowler Hat and Leather Boots: Personalities Go Pop Art and Modernism and Bossa Nova.  Plus: full track listings and order links for all three titles!

Bowler Hat and Leather BootsBowler Hat and Leather Boots: Personalities Go Pop Art isn’t quite a lost volume of Golden Throats, but nonetheless offers surprising musical turns, most from the turn of the 1960s.  Some of the choices aren’t off-the-wall, such as Hayley Mills’ performance of The Sherman Brothers’ “Let’s Get Together” from 1961’s Walt Disney production The Parent Trap.  Others are more off the beaten path, like bombshell Elke Sommer’s playful “Be Not ‘Notty’” from 1961’s Don’t Bother to Knock, or four sides from the notorious hellraiser/actor Oliver Reed including songs like Dave Clark and Ron Ryan’s “Sometimes” and Phil Spector and Doc Pomus’ “Ecstasy.”  Matinee idol Dirk Bogarde croons three standards (“Where or When,” “You Go to My Head,” “Just One of Those Things”) from 1960.  Anthony Newley returns with the novelty song “That Noise,” from 1962, co-written with Leslie Bricusse (his collaborator on musicals such as Stop the World – I Want to Get Off! and The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd).  Robert Mitchum and George Sanders get into the act with “What is This Generation Coming To?” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”  Stranger still is Orson Welles’ “You Made Me Love You” from his 1942 radio show as sung to Lana Turner!  Tom Courtenay is represented with the original version of “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” later a smash hit for Herman’s Hermits.  Dramatic recitations from David Niven and Vincent Price round out the pop culture treasure trove.

Modernism and Bossa NovaThe él label returns to the bossa nova songbook (previously represented on Festival of Bossa Nova and individual releases by Joao Gilberto and Joao Donato, among others) with Modernism and Bossa Nova celebrating Vinicius de Moraes.  The Brazilian poet and diplomat (1913-1980) was one of the first songwriters to work in the bossa nova idiom, teaming with Antonio Carlos Jobim for Elizete Cardoso’s groundbreaking 1958 album Canção do Amor Demais.  The next year, de Moraes and Jobim’s songs for the movie Black Orpheus helped popularize the Brazilian sound around the world, but Black Orpheus was actually based on de Moraes’ own 1956 play – for which he and Jobim had written the lyrics and music, respectively.  The él collection begins with seven de Moraes/Jobim songs from the original 1956 Black Orpheus performed by Jobim, Roberto Paiva and Luis Bonfá (including “Someone to Light Up My Life” from that production, later recorded by Frank Sinatra) before presenting an anthology of de Moraes lyrics recorded by artists like Jon Hendricks, Carlos Lyra, Joao Gilberto, Cardoso, Bonfá and de Moraes himself.  Future jazz/bossa standards “Agua de Beber (Water to Drink),” “How Insensitive” and “The Girl from Ipanema” can all be sampled here in their original Portuguese.  All but five songs here were written by the team of Jobim and de Moraes, making this collection a tribute to the enduring music of both men.

All three titles from él are made possible by current U.K. public domain laws, and all feature booklets with historical liner notes that add background to the subjects but don’t comment directly upon the songs featured.  (The 16-page booklets for Pop Goes the Easel and Bowler Hat are particularly extensive; each of the booklets also features numerous illustrations and photos.)  You can order these titles below!

Various Artists, Pop Goes the Easel: The Start of the Swinging Sixties (él ACMEMD264CD, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1

  1. Her Royal Majesty – James Darren
  2. Goodbye Cruel World – James Darren
  3. Brigitte Bardot – Achilles and His Heels
  4. Got a Girl – The Four Preps
  5. This ere – Bobby Timmons
  6. Everyday – Buddy Holly
  7. Twist Around the Clock – Clay Cole
  8. The Avengers Theme – Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra
  9. Idle on Parade – Anthony Newley
  10. Sat’day Night Rock-a-Boogie – Anthony Newley
  11. I’ve Waited So Long – Anthony Newley
  12. Idle Rock-a-Boogie – Anthony Newley
  13. Overture from All Night Long
  14. Noodlin’ – Charles Mingus, bass
  15. Sapphire
  16. Scott Free
  17. It’s a Raggy Waltz – Dave Brubeck, piano
  18. Blue Shadows in the Street – Dave Brubeck, piano
  19. Fall Guy – Johnny Dankworth, alto saxophone
  20. Wingate’s Spot
  21. Muy Rapido
  22. Dedication to Johnny Hodges
  23. Skin Fever
  24. Sax Reference
  25. The Chase
  26. Frenzy
  27. Finale
  28. Long Stringy Baby – Jimmy Crawford
  29. A Painted Smile – Craig Douglas
  30. Another You – Craig Douglas
  31. The Lolly Theme – The John Barry Seven and Orchestra

CD 2

  1. Whistle Down the Wind – The Wayfarers
  2. Play It Cool – Billy Fury
  3. Once Upon a Dream – Billy Fury
  4. Twist Kid – Billy Fury
  5. Let’s Paint the Town – Billy Fury
  6. You’re Swell – Billy Fury
  7. It’s Gonna Take Some Magic – Shane Fenton and the Fentones
  8. Hey Little Girl – Shane Fenton and the Fentones
  9. Cry My Heart Out – Helen Shapiro
  10. I Don’t Care – Helen Shapiro
  11. At a Time Like This – Bobby Vee
  12. Tavern in the Town – Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen
  13. Lonely City – John Leyton
  14. Another Tear Falls – Gene McDaniels
  15. In a Persian Market – Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band
  16. Let’s Talk About Love – Helen Shapiro
  17. Down by the Riverside – Ottilie Patterson & Chris Barber and His Jazz Band
  18. Ring-a-Ding – Craig Douglas
  19. Spaceship to Mars – Gene Vincent
  20. Everybody Loves My Baby – The Temperance Seven
  21. Dream Away – The Temperance Seven
  22. Rainbows – Craig Douglas
  23. Frankie and Johnny – Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band
  24. The Lose-Your-Inhibitions Twist – Chubby Checker
  25. Sometime Yesterday – Helen Shapiro
  26. When the Saints Go Marching In – Ottilie Patterson & Chris Barber and His Jazz Band
  27. What Am I to Do – The Paris Sisters
  28. You Never Talked About Me – Del Shannon
  29. The Man from Nowhere – Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
  30. My Bonnie – The Spotnicks
  31. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes – Bobby Vee
  32. Sparrows Can’t Sing – Barbara Windsor
  33. I Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) – Carmen Miranda
  34. Dry Bones – The Four Lads

CD 1, Tracks 1-7 from Pop Goes the Easel (1962)
CD 1, Track 8 from The Avengers (1961)
CD 1, Tracks 9-12 from Idle on Parade (1959)
CD 1, Tracks 13-27 from All Night Long (1962)
CD 1, Track 28 from Victim (1961)
CD 1, Tracks 29-30 from The Painted Smile (1962)
CD 1, Track 31 from The Amorous Prawn (1962)
CD 2, Track 1 from Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
CD 2, Tracks 2-11 from Play It Cool (1962)
CD 2, Tracks 12-28 from It’s Trad Dad! (1962)
CD 2, Tracks 29-31 from Just for Fun (1963)
CD 2, Track 32 from Sparrows Can’t Sing (1962)
CD 2, Tracks 33-34 featured in The Prisoner Episode 17 (1967-1968)

Various Artists, Bowler Hat and Leather Boots: Personalities Go Pop Art (él ACMEM261CD, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. Sounds That Saved My Life – George Melly
  2. Let’s Get Together – Hayley Mills
  3. Johnny Jingo – Hayley Mills
  4. The Navy Lark – Leslie Phillips
  5. Be Not “Notty” – Elke Sommer
  6. The Wild One – Oliver Reed
  7. Lonely for a Girl – Oliver Reed
  8. Sometimes – Oliver Reed
  9. Ecstasy – Oliver Reed
  10. Just One of Those Things – Dirk Bogarde
  11. You Go to My Head – Dirk Bogarde
  12. Where or When – Dirk Bogarde
  13. Yer Gotta Get Aht – Norman Wisdom
  14. That Noise – Anthony Newley
  15. Gurney Slade – Maz Harris
  16. Lost Art – Kenneth Williams
  17. Peace – Kenneth Williams
  18. What is This Generation Coming To – Robert Mitchum
  19. The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel – John Betjeman
  20. Bangers and Mash – Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
  21. Bing! Bang! Bong! – Sophia Loren
  22. Lemon Twist – Ian Carmichael
  23. All’s Going Well (My Lady Montmorency) – Frankie Howerd and Margaret Rutherford
  24. Strictly for the Birds – The Dudley Moore Trio
  25. Bollard – The Cast of Beyond the Fringe
  26. TVPM – Peter Cook
  27. Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter – Tom Courtenay
  28. Stop the Music for a Moment – Quentin Crisp
  29. St. Trinians’ School Song – Malcolm Arnold
  30. Love Letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn – David Niven
  31. Try a Little Tenderness – George Sanders
  32. Ozymandias – Vincent Price
  33. Music, When Soft Voices Die – Vincent Price
  34. Moonlight Swim – Anthony Perkins
  35. You Made Me Love You – Orson Welles
  36. Dali Paints a Picture – Salvador Dali

Vinicius de Moraes, Modernism and Bossa Nova (él ACMEM265CD, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. Overture – Antonio Carlos Jobim
  2. Monologo de Orfeu (Orfeu Da Conceicao) – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes
  3. Um nome mulher (A Woman’s Name) – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Paiva
  4. Se todas fossem iguias a voce (Someone to Light Up My Life) – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Paiva
  5. Mulher, sempre, mulher (Always a Woman) – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Paiva
  6. Eu e o meu amor (My Love and I) – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Paiva
  7. Lamento no morro (Lament on the Hill) – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Paiva
  8. Agua de Beber (Water to Drink) – Ana Lucia
  9. Amor em paz (Love In Peace) – Agostinho Dos Santos
  10. A Felicidade (Happiness) – Agostinho Dos Santos and Roberto Menescal
  11. Samba em preludio – Agostinho Dos Santos and Rosana Toledo
  12. Sem voce (Without You) – Alaide Costa and Baden Powell
  13. Primiera Namorada (First Girlfriend) – Carlos Lyra
  14. Valsa de Euridice – Lenita Bruno
  15. 15.   Canção do amor demasis (Song for an Excessive Love) – Lenita Bruno
  16. 16.   Lamento no morro (Lament on the Hill) – Lucio Alves
  17. Lamento no morro (Lament on the Hill) – Luis Bonfá
  18. O que tinha de ser (What Has to Be) – Sylvia Telles
  19. Canta canta mais (Sing, Sing Some More) – Sylvia Telles
  20. Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) – Os Cariocas
  21. Valsa do amor de nos dois – Elza Laranjeira
  22. Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema) – Pery Ribiero
  23. Luciana – Elizete Cardoso
  24. Insensatez (How Insensitive) – Joao Gilberto
  25. Voce e eu (You and I) – Maysa
  26. You and I – Jon Hendricks
  27. Love and Peace – Jon Hendricks
  28. Eu nao existo sem voce (I Don’t Exist Without You) – Sylvia Telles and Lucio Alves
  29. Pelz luz dos olhos teus (By the Light in Your Eyes) – Vinicius de Moraes

Tracks 1-7 from Orpheus of the Carnival, 1956

All songs written by Jobim/de Moraes except Track 11 by Powell/de Moraes, Tracks 13, 25 & 26 by Lyra/de Moraes and Track 29 by de Moraes

Written by Joe Marchese

March 13, 2014 at 13:17

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