Saturday, December 31, 2011


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Track 1 - Opening
Track 2 - Designing
Track 3 - Corvette
Track 4 - Cameo
Track 5 - Vega
Track 6 - Proving
Track 7 - Monte Carlo
Track 8 - Nova
Track 9 - Chevelle
Track 10 - Building
Track 11 - Trucks
Track 12 - Caprice
Track 13 - Impala
Track 14 - Selling It's A Better Way

Being New Year's Eve and my 365th post for 2011 I thought I would pull something out of the top draw. I found this wonderful record at the non-library music blog Franklin Mint late last year and have been sitting on it ever since in the knowledge that many of you would be blown away. To be honest I don't think the guy who runs FM quite realised just how desirable this music would be to library fanatics like us ( he could probably sell it for, well, a mint ).

The album is a collection of music that featured in the promotional film "Building A Better Way" which was used to launch the 1974 Chevy product line. Having long since fallen in love with "Ford Taunus" by Christian Bruhn ( see "Popshopping Vol.1" ) I was well aware of just how funky auto related library music could get and these 14 tracks do not disappoint. Having said that, there is a heavy dose of orchestral easy listening and even a few electronic touches here and there but when things get funky they get SERIOUSLY funky! "Designing" and "Building" are mind boggling in their cinematic lushness with wah wah and blasting horns that rival anything that blaxploitation has thrown up. "Corvette" is a more straight ahead 60 seconds of blissful, pure funk while "Proving" evokes images of a high performance Chevy blasting around the race track.

On the easy side of things, "Impala" sounds like an off cut from "The Sound Gallery Vol.2", "Vega" and "Nova" both have irresistible pop charms and "Caprice" speaks for itself. The collection is wrapped up with a wonderfully corny vocal number espousing the qualities of Chevrolet. I have no idea who composed this music but they certainly knew what they were doing, every note is purposeful and self assured.

As you can tell, I absolutely love this record and I have no doubt you will too. It's been a fun and funky year, play safe tonight and I hope to see you all on the other side. Cheers!


DonHo57 said...

Good stuff, Mr. Craig. Excellent good stuff. My dad worked fo a pretty large insurance agency in the sixties and early seventies and handled business with local car dealers, and while I don't remember this LP in particular, he always seemed to come home with stuff like this for he and Mom to listen to. I scored an occasional scale model of a new or upcoming model, especially Fords.

So...many thanks for all you've shared this year, and this one in particular. Happy funky new year wishes to you!

lastofthegoodwins said...

Whoa!!! Awesome album, wouldn't be surprised if these were well known musicians making a quick buck doing production soundtrack work.

HeySuchAndSuch said...

If you say it's funky, that's good enough for me.

Thanks for 365 awesome posts, and looking forward to many more to come....keep up the good work!

Tex said...

A top-notch way to end the year, Mr.C!

I enjoyed the audiophonic wonders you unearthed for us all in 2011, and am looking forward to more of your GREAT work in 2012.

May all your frolics be funky!

(see ya next year)

Holly said...

Happy New Year!

Simon666 said...

Nice one, thanks for this!

Américo said...

This is a GEM!

Anonymous said...

A jillion thanks for the re-up, Mr. C!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Ronn Roxx said...

Looks awesome. Sadly the link is not working now. If you can reupload this one I would love to give it a listen!
Thanks for the great blog!

Mr. Craig said...

Done for you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this! What a gem! Who would have heard of this stuff if it weren't for music blogs like this one.