Episode 019

This week’s track “Amour, Vacances et Baroque” was sampled by recording artist Beck for his song “Walls,” which he performed with Cat Power on the album “Modern Guilt.” 

Here it is so you can compare with the original:

The 1983 track “Progress Chaser” featured this week was sampled by Philly-based hip hop artist Reef The Lost Cauze in his track “Trigger Talk."

Check it out here:

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TRACK LISTING

01. May We Introduce, Franck Pourcel, Otto Sieben, & Jean-Claude Madonne; 00:24 (APM)

02. Pop-up, Roger Webb; 04:35 (De Wolfe)

03. Vodka Time, Ernst August Quelle; 07:32 (Megatrax)

04. Progress Chaser, Roger Jackson; 11:28 (De Wolfe)

05. Amour, Vacances et Baroque, Paul Guiot & Paul Piot; 13:57 (Firstcom)

06. Carnival for Strings, Pierre Duclos & Maurice Helison; 18:17 (Firstcom)

07. Stickman, Sam Spence; 20:12 (APM)

08. Two Time, Syd Dale; 21:43 (APM)

09. Dream Street, Ernst August Quelle; 24:52 (Megatrax)

10. Rosebud Joe, Reg Tilsley; 29:27 (De Wolfe)

Episode 018

This week’s vintage production music tracks include Nick Ingman’s “Tense Preparation,” which served as the base sample for the Handsome Boy Modeling School song “Magnetizing,” performed by Del The Funky Homosapien and produced by legendary hip hop producer Prince Paul and Dan the Automator. Check out how the track was used here:

We also feature two tracks by prolific production music composer Syd Dale, including one that was used in the title sequence for the 1974 film Murder on the Midnight Express:

…as well as the track “Roadwalk,” which was the longtime theme song for BBC News Review:

 

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TRACK LISTING

01. Danger Musicians At Work, Syd Dale; 00:23 (APM)

02. Riding My Bike, Frank McDonald & Chris Rae; 03:45 (De Wolfe)

03. Kinematix, Roger Jackson; 05:37 (De Wolfe)

04. Portrait of a Flirt, Robert Farnon; 09:31 (Firstcom)

05. Jane, Simon Haseley; 12:24 (De Wolfe)

06. Sugar Beat, Gordon Franks; 16:07 (Firstcom)

07. Fog City Chase, Hans Posegga; 17:51 (Megatrax)

08. Tense Preparation, Nick Ingman; 19:01 (APM)

09. Romance for Sad Girls, Ernst August Quelle; 22:05 (Megatrax)

10. Roadwalk, Syd Dale; 27:16 (APM)

Episode 017

This week’s vintage production music tracks include Keith Mansfield’s 2008 track “Junior Jet Set,” which was sampled by soul duo Gnarls Barkley in their song “Run (I’m A Natural Disaster).” Here’s that song, with its Justin Timberlake-starring video.

Longtime listeners of the show know how fond we are of the work of Barbara Moore, who we hear this week with the gorgeous “His Name Was.” Here is a recent interview with Ms. Moore herself, in which she discusses her beginnings as a composer and arranger, and her legendary “Vocal Shades and Tones.”

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TRACK LISTING

01. Preacher’s Club, Jack Arel & Pierre Dutour; 00:22 (Chappell)

02. Light Traveller, John Renbourn; 04:12 (APM)

03. Going Places, Philip Lane; 07:35 (APM)

04. Scamp, Simon Park; 11:14 (De Wolfe)

05. Junior Jet Set, Keith Mansfield; 14:16 (APM)

06. Miss Belly Button, Gert Wilden; 17:44 (Megatrax)

07. Schluf, Schluf, Schluf, arr. Gert Wilden; 18:53 (Megatrax)

08. His Name Was, Barbara Moore; 20:49 (De Wolfe)

09. Always, Roger Webb; 24:48 (De Wolfe)

10. Bubble Ballet, Robert Farnon; 29:02 (Firstcom)

 

Episode 016

This week’s vintage production music tracks include the relatively well-known intro track to the British detective series “Van Der Valk.”

The piece, “Eye Level” by composer Jack Trombey, was also used by KLM Airlines in their ad campaigns. The track spent four weeks at #1 on the UK charts in 1973.

Here’s a live version on Top of the Pops from that same year, because come on, how can you resist this?

 

We also feature a great collection of tracks that includes "Hyperdrive (A)," which served as the intro music for WOR-TV’s sporting events at Madison Square Garden, heard on Channel 9 in the New York area before Knicks and Rangers games.

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TRACK LISTING

01. Tobago Girls, Ernst August Quelle; 00:21 (Megatrax)

02. Hyperdrive (A), M. Ironton & Francis Monkman; 03:53 (APM)

03. Little Imp, Jack Trombey; 06:54 (De Wolfe)

04. Tomorrow’s World, Johnny Hawksworth & Roger Webb; 10:21 (De Wolfe)

05. The Huckle-Buckle, Robert Farnon; 14:03 (Firstcom)

06. Head Start, Kenny Wheeler; 18:00 (APM)

07. Nebulae, Jay Berliner; 19:26 (Firstcom)

08. Bossa Baboon, Hans Posegga; 20:20 (Megatrax)

09. Eye Level, Jack Trombey; 24:07 (De Wolfe)

10. Once Upon A Holiday, James Clarke; 27:30 (APM)

Episode 015

This week’s vintage production music library tracks include a song by composer Richard Harvey (“Sun Giver”), a founding member of the prog rock band Gryphon, who make heavy use of Renaissance instrumentation. Here's a clip of the band’s recent reunion tour (Harvey is on the right playing keys & other instruments).

We also feature a listener request for the title track of the long-running UK kids’ show “Grange Hill,” written by prolific production music composer Alan Hawkshaw. Hear the title track (“Chicken Man”) in context here:

 

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TRACK LISTING

01. Red Carpet Ride, John Shakespeare; 00:22 (APM)

02. Air Stream, Roger Webb; 04:39 (De Wolfe)

03. Sabre, Simon Park; 07:10 (De Wolfe

04. Sun Giver, Richard Harvey; 10:56 (APM)

05. Reve Pour Un Beatle, Paul Piot; 14:00 (Firstcom)

06. Alarm Call, Syd Dale; 18:48 (APM)

07. Jungle Jazz, Nino Nardini; 20:54 (Firstcom)

08. Wah Wah Wow, Ernst August Quelle; 22:55 (Megatrax)

09. Stewardess Natasha, Ernst August Quelle; 26:00 (Megatrax)

10. Chicken Man, Alan Hawkshaw; 31:01 (APM)

Episode 014

 

This week’s collection of vintage production music tracks includes several selections by alumni of some big-name acts. Anthony Phillips (“Incentives”) was the founding guitarist of prog greats Genesis, while Mike Vickers (“Superman”) was an original member of the band Manfred Mann. 

Guitarist Alan Parker (“Choctaw”) recorded with David Bowie, notably on the song “1984" from the Diamond Dogs album:

 

Frank McDonald & Chris Rae (“The Professionals”) are the songwriting team behind Dionne Warwick’s 1977 hit “Do You Believe In Love At First Sight."

 

The Alan Hawkshaw classic “Girl in a Sportscar” was featured in the “My Fifteen Minutes” episode of the sitcom Scrubs. (Hulu link to the episode)

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TRACK LISTING

01. Calaloo, Ernst August Quelle; 00:21 (Megatrax)

02. Bright Sunny Days, David Fanshawe; 04:15 (Firstcom)

03. Incentives, Anthony Phillips; 07:01 (De Wolfe

04. Tour of Duty, Don Jackson; 10:29 (APM)

05. Girl in a Sportscar, Alan Hawkshaw; 12:24 (APM)

06. On A Spring Note, Robert Farnon; 18:14 (Firstcom)

07. Cha Cha Tropicana, Gert Wilden; 15:53 (Megatrax)

08. Superman, Mike Vickers; 20:15 (APM)

09. The Professionals, Frank McDonald & Chris Rae; 24:02 (De Wolfe)

10. Honolulu Wedding Song, Al Blakins; 27:35 (Firstcom)

Episode 013

This week’s vintage production music tracks include music by Mike Ratledge and Karl Jenkins, members of pioneering prog rock band Soft Machine, and the Firstcom track “The Killer,” which is the end title track to FX's hit animated comedy Archer. Plus lots more!

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TRACK LISTING

01. Orion, Roger Webb; 00:24 (De Wolfe)

02. Children of the Sun, Robert Lueben; 04:26 (APM)

03. Game Day, Leslie Searle; 07:43 (APM)

04. Penny-Farthing, Karl Jenkins & Mike Ratledge; 10:33 (De Wolfe)

05. The Killer, Mel Young; 14:09 (Firstcom)

06. On A Spring Note, Robert Farnon; 18:14 (Firstcom)

07. The Superficial Smile, Syd Dale; 21:08 (APM)

08. Modern Madrigal, Reg Tilsley; 22:27 (De Wolfe)

09. Playing at the Lake, Ernst August Quelle; 25:59 (Megatrax)

10. Love Is Everywhere, Gert Wilden; 31:28 (Megatrax)

Episode 012

This week’s vintage production music tracks include the song “Warlock” by Reg Tilsley, a song that has been sampled numerous times by hip hop producers, including usages in Drake’s “We Made It"

and KRS-One's "AZTECHNICAL"

As is often the case on our program, we also feature music by German composer Ernst August Quelle. Here is a link to a recent German interview of Quelle. (Non-German speakers like me can use the auto-translate subtitle option on YouTube, which does a… somewhat decent job). 

 

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TRACK LISTING

01. Sportsday, Larry Ashmore; 00:23 (APM)

02. Anyone Home?, Simon Haseley; 04:02 (De Wolfe)

03. It’s Grooving Time, Gert Wilden; 06:41 (Megatrax)  

04. Visit to Florida, Jack Arel & Jean-Claude Petit; 10:00 (Firstcom)

05. Mirrors, Peter Milray; 12:50 (De Wolfe)

06. Javache, Henri Betti & Paul Bonneau; 15:50 (Firstcom)

07. In Danger, Brian Bennett; 17:46 (APM)

08. The Gambler, Ernst August Quelle; 19:56 (Megatrax)

09. Warlock, Reg Tilsley; 23:50 (De Wolfe)

10. Floating, Roger Roger; 28:09 (Firstcom)