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Collection: Wilson Chance - The Sound Of Danger [Soundtrack]dotdotdot
artworkThis soundtrack in the works for a film project features a fine selection of organ dominated instros, most of which are not too closely related to surf. However, if you enjoy sounds like John Barry used to produce, you might really enjoy this CD. I found it to be very enjoyable and very cool. There's one vocal, Vic Flick's song about the main character "Take A Chance."
Picks: The Sound Of Danger, Chasin' Chance, Last Chance, Greased On Delta Street, A Spy In The Ointment, Krambambuli '67, Tinker, Tailor, Surfer, Spy (Prelude), Copacabinsky , Tinker, Tailor, Surfer, Spy, Wilson Chance Theme, Muchimoo Boogaloo, Chance In Mexico , Soul Hunter, Souvenir De Macon, Deliquesced By Devonshire, Kitty's Rendezvous, Targets, The Lunar Sea (Part 2)

Track by Track Review


The Sound Of Danger dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Sequenced espionage, keys and bass, then big organ thunder and spy guitar. Swirly console organ and twang set the stage with mondo suave. Some guitar licks verge on surf, and the overall affect of the track is really rather seductive.

Chasin' Chance dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Jazzy circular riffs and organ pumps a la Jimmy Smith raid the soul kitchen for a midnight rendezvous. Not particularly melodic, more a jam session, yet not dismissible as that usually means.

Last Chance dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

"Last Chance" is a groovy track with damped surf guitar providing the rhythm pattern while the organ swims and swirls. The main melody comes from the guitars, one surf left, one dry right. Could be more melodic, but still this is a very cool track!

Greased On Delta Street dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

The Link Quartet knock around the organ while the guitar dry-chops jazzy rhythms and wah-wah grooves. Like a funk jam with a liquid groove, "Greased On Delta Street" is a splendid example of how it all can work miles from the center. It's not really surf at all, yet it's easy to see how it would run well behind a surf video. Great stuff!

A Spy In The Ointment dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Fuzz guitar buzzes out a spy lick with biker tendencies. The swirly effects are cool, and the track works pretty well. If you made Davie Allan play in a more subdued fashion, pumped up the bass, blended in sub-techno swirl, and then let it go where it had a mind to, it might be like this. Very fun.

Krambambuli '67 dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Again, I'm reminded a bit of Jimmy Smith when he's in a pumping mood. "Krambambuli '67" is a soulful groove with a subtle catchiness about it. It doesn't reach right out and grab you, but soon enough you realize you're enjoying it.

Tinker, Tailor, Surfer, Spy (Prelude) dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Dark fuzz and dangerous, almost ghostly ambiance. It reminds me of the way Quiet Sun opened their stellar album. Definitely a scene piece and not a song, but very hard to ignore nonetheless.

Copacabinsky dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Slinky subversive sultry sexual funky rhythms and exotic percussion, steel drums, flute, and voodoo mystique. "Copacabinsky " is a fine track with a very cool sound. Rhythmically, it recalls the days of the big Cuban bands at the Copa Cabana, yet it's quite modern. Suave and way cool!

Tinker, Tailor, Surfer, Spy dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Bongos, gently concerned piano, a walking bass line, and a real smoky bar jazz feel. "Tinker, Tailor, Surfer, Spy" is just a nice piece of music with a beatnik feel and big fuzz overlay. The blend of genres here is quite cool.

Wilson Chance Theme dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

The Special Agents make a very secret agent jazz sound on "Wilson Chance Theme." Haunting near-surf guitar in the James Bond mold, spy organ, and a great bass and drum track. Brings images of buxom women and fast cars to mind as the credits roll.

Muchimoo Boogaloo dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Stereo vibrato vibes, cheesy horns, squanking honkin', guitar playfulness. Very fifties bachelor pad! While it's entirely fun, it's just way too cheesy for me.

Chance In Mexico dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Vic Flick's acoustic guitar plays a sad solo Spanish melody. Very pretty in a sullen way, and very nicely played.

Soul Hunter dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Pumpin' rhythms, horn section like you might here if Santana circa 1968 was a funk band. Playful, soulful, circular, and fun.

Souvenir De Macon dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Dirty fuzz, churning organ, solid bass... "Souvenir De Macon" is not really very far from some of the cooler jazz organ instros that graced early sixties R&B station playlists in the US. I'm reminded of a great single called "Monkey Hips and Rice" (wish I could recall who did it!), only updated with fuzz guitar added into the mix.

Deliquesced By Devonshire dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

"Deliquesced By Devonshire" is a smoother, more fluid track, with a round riff and big organ drama and showoff licks. Really fun!

Kitty's Rendezvous dotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Soulful organ slushies all around. Jammy, yet very interesting. Mike Painter's work here is nicely done.

Targets dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

Heavy surf guitars lay out a "Beat Goes On" riff, and then move into a rich and divergent surf based swirl of strange and unusual arranging. Tweaky, groovy, surf laden, and very unique.

The Lunar Sea (Part 2) dotdotdotdot
Secret Agent (Instrumental)

This is a bass-heavy mood piece with a haunting swirl to it. It may be riff driven at times, but it's quite a monster. It has the kind of sensual bass soul that slow reggae instros can develop. Very cool!