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Spy-Fi - Live Radiodotdotdot
artworkThis cassette is a radio show recorded on WAPS FM 91.3 (91-3 The Summit) in Akron, Ohio on May 16, 1999. The show was brought up live before sound check was complete, and the mix is very weak, but there are some great moments here.
Picks: 007 / Goldfinger, Secret Agent Man, Penetration, Town Without Pity, Perry Mason, Experiment In Terror, Beach Police, Shot In The Dark, Mission Impossible, Munsters Theme, Hawaii 5-0, Telstar

Track by Track Review

007 / Goldfinger dotdotdot
Film Theme (Instrumental)

This is just as cool as the rehearsal tape. Less edgie, more fluid. The band is showing their articulate playing here. Some tasty variations and inventions. This is from the sound check.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)

You can almost see Patrick Magoohan running from the evil empire's henchmen. Edgier than the Johnny Rivers theme to the US distribution of the British series Danger Man, this holds up well, rendering a timeless accounting of the stealth world of spies and mysterious goings on. Phil Sloane's TV theme is done with less lounge and more of a country-rock sound.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nearly as big as the demo... The shortcoming is the radio mix with too much drums, but the performance is powerful.

Town Without Pity dotdotdot
Teen Pop Surf (Instrumental)

What a cool tune to do instrumentally. The lead is lost in the mix under too much keyboard, but the idea is brilliant. It finally gets up some in the mix 'bout halfway through. The noodling filigrees on lead make this even cheesier than it is... great!

Perry Mason dotdotdot
TV Theme (Instrumental)

Just fun... pass the cheese plate, mama, the TV's in black and white and Hamilton Burger is losing another case to PM! Great piano work, and very jazzy guitar. Suave and debonair.

Experiment In Terror dotdotdot
Film Theme (Instrumental)

Semi rockin' slightly cheese ball interpretation of this classic Mancini tune. Both suave and gutsy. Aside from too much drums and not enough guitar, this is a fun track.

Beach Police dotdotdot
Beach Jazz (Instrumental)

Not sure of the title... this is a fifties jazzy combo piece with organ lead and a Jimmy Smith feel.

Shot In The Dark dotdotdot
Film Theme (Instrumental)

Ultra cheesy organ interpretation of the film theme. The vibes (keyboards) sound very cool... loungie and martini inspired.

Mission Impossible dotdotdot
TV Theme (Instrumental)

Relatively accurate portrayal of the spy show theme... bouncy and fun without pretense.

Munsters Theme dotdotdot
TV Theme (Instrumental)

Vic Mizzy's monster tune done with guitar lead in a modern style. The duet with the organ is kinda cool... it's a short arrangement that seques into "Hawaii 5-0."

Hawaii 5-0 dotdotdot
TV Theme (Instrumental)

Nothing like the show theme, and unlike the Ventures hit as well. It does have a TV theme feel and sound. Fun.

Telstar dotdotdot
Space Jazz (Instrumental)

Cheesy to the max... not thick like the Tornadoes, but with the organ lead, it certainly has the feel... The jazzy guitar adds a sense of proper society to this classic Joe Meek tune.