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The Robert Cobert Orchestra - Dark Shadows [Soundtrack]dotdotdot
artworkOne of the more inventive soap operas was the ABC series Dark Shadows, which first aired in 1966 and took the usual soap drama into the underbelly of horror and slime in the late 1800's. Werewolves, vampires, and sleeping around. What more could you ask! Well, if you asked for a surf tune or two, and you'd not be disappointed. Amazingly, one is even quite credible. All composed and conducted by Robert Cobert in 1969, this album is mostly made up of the tweaky Theramin soundtrack fare, and is augmented with two aquatic wonders. This CD is a reissue of the original '69 LP (Philips PHS-600-314) with two bonus tracks.
Picks: No. 1 At The Blue Whale, Back At The Blue Whale

Track by Track Review


No. 1 At The Blue Whale dotdotdot
Last Dance Surf (Instrumental)

A soft guitar stroll, like a prom night plinker, with piano and guitar romantically floating on a sea of last dance pomp. The guitar sports vibrato shimmer in an almost Sandals kinda romantic ocean interlude.

Back At The Blue Whale dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Credibly surfable, with big surf guitar relentlessly delivering a simple riff. Slushy orchestral fare eventually yields to a reverbed guitar, though it's not from springs, but rather sounds like acoustic chamber 'verb. Still, "Back At The Blue Whale" is quite an adventure in daytime TV surfability. It may be more riffy than melodic, but it flows and rolls with charm and an attractive gate. A nice find.