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The Cyrkle - The Minx [Soundtrack]dotdot
artworkMostly, this is a really boring soundtrack album. However, there are a couple of surf related numbers and one very cool psychedelic swirl. This was recorded in 1967, released as the soundtrack to the porno film in 1969.
Picks: The Rigging, The Party, Nicole, On The Road, Walter's Riff, The Chase, Terry's Theme, Something Special, Kites, Nicole, Baxter's Dangerous Game, Terry's Escape

Track by Track Review


The Rigging dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"The Rigging" is a guitar progression thing with some nifty near-surf noodleage in places. The chorus is cheesy and the song cutesy-bouncy, yet the watery riffage keeps it interesting.

The Party dotdot
Film Music (Instrumental)

Relaxed and lazy, "The Party" moves very slowly in a directionless progression. There's a chorus that hides the reverbed guitar lines that could have been way up front in the mix, in which place it would have been a decent Sandals-like intro.

Nicole dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

"Nicole" is an intriguing psychedelic intro with eastern drones and reverbed chops, mixing surf and India in a drug haze. There are a couple of vocal lines, but mostly this is a swirly psych exercise. It's quite hypnotic and groovy Following insane sustained screams, it comes to a reverb tank crash ending.

On The Road dotdot
Film Music (Instrumental)

No, it's not the Canned Heat song. "On The Road" is a kind of goofy road song with an interesting melody line, but too cheesy a mix to take very seriously.

Walter's Riff dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very cool. Rich surf guitar shimmering with reverb and tremolo rides above a pedestrian rock backtrack. Cowboy shouts add a kind of silly fun to this track. It's really pretty cool as it sneaks into your grin side.

The Chase dot
Film Music (Instrumental)

Really destined for a soundtrack, this "song" uses odd and contrived concoctions and fake drama like cheesy films of Hollywood's' never ending misunderstanding of anything "cool."

Terry's Theme dotdot
Film Music (Instrumental)

This is a soft semi-jazzy number that reminds me a little of Getz-Gilberto's "Girl From Ipanema." It's certainly no more serious than that.

Something Special dot
Film Music (Instrumental)

Not really much more than a backtrack, the "alternate instrumental" version of "Something Special" just fills space.

Kites dotdotdot
Film Music (Instrumental)

"Kites" is fairly nondescript, like much of the Creed Taylor productions of the early seventies. The electric piano shimmers and the bongos create an exotic edge. It would be very nice on a sad rainy afternoon. Very gentle, yet dramatic.

Nicole dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

This is the same track, just in mono. The psychedelic swirl is less effective all narrowed down.

Baxter's Dangerous Game
Film Music (Instrumental)

Almost half of "Baxter's Dangerous Game" is bongos alone. Then, in comes some stiff noodling and haunted keys in swirly Leslie. In some ways, it's like a toned down version of the music from The Prisoner.

Terry's Escape
Film Music (Instrumental)

This is another really unimportant track in the Prisoner vein.