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Spy-Fi - Music For: Spies, Thighs and Private Eyes Volume Twodotdotdot
artworkVolume two of the series is just as cool as volume one, but with less lounge and more rock. A few surf licks and a couple of classic surf covers give it more surf interest. Simply cool instrumental music.
Picks: Slingshot, Zombo Shuffle, Dragnet / 007, A Shot In The Dark, Get Smart, Stampede, Beach Police, Zambezi, Pipeline, Munsters / Hawaii Five-0, Mission Impossible, Lullaby Of Walk Don't Gunn

Track by Track Review


Slingshot dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Slingshot" is an almost surf structured song with a fine riff and great drums. The bass and organ play their support roles very well, and the four together create a near surf track with lots of energy. Spunky and fun, with great tone and clarity.

Zombo Shuffle dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

An entire horn section aped to create a spy jazz sound. A quirky melody line and choppy beat finish the sounds. Very much living up to the implication of the band's name.

Dragnet / 007 dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

Thick drama, a keyboard horn section, and all the pomp and circumstance that Jack Webb could want out of the "Dragnet" theme. Once they get to the spy sounds of "007," it's a different story. Glissandoes and spies and screwy arranging combine to create an intriguing sound. Pretty cool!

A Shot In The Dark dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

Soft fuzz and vibes-like keys, like maybe a cross between Jimmy Smith and Henry Mancini. The dry damped guitar chops in the middle are very cool. A dozen version and yet it always comes out different.

Get Smart dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

Maxwell Smart was - well - a dummy. His theme implied that well. here, the pomp of the drums and the helicopter keys give in a surreal sound that recreates it into something new. Yikes, I actually like it!

Stampede dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

"Stampede" is a basic rock instro with a touch of spy thrown in via the chords. A tasteful instro with a gutty sound. No, it's not the Scarlets' classic romp.

Beach Police dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

"Beach Police" is a fifties kinda thing well suited for a jazz combo with organ lead and a Jimmy Smith feel, accented by edgy guitar.

Zambezi dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

"Zambezi" features a haunting organ and subdues fuzz guitar. The effect of the two together is a kind of soft flow with a bit of edge. makes you wanna rock back and forth in yur retirement rocker waiting for Phil Collins to stop singing. Nifty.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

This is an unusual rendering of the Chantays' ultra-classic "Pipeline." Wholly reinvented aurally, while retaining the song's integrity. haunted keys and modern guitar, with a solid rhythm section.

Munsters / Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

Tweaky, yet cool, Spy-Fi make the odd little theme to the Munsters TV show their own. It segues right nicely into the theme to Jack Lord's second TV series, and perhaps one of the most familiar sorta-surf themes on the tube. Both are done in the Spy-Fi mold such that they stand apart from the crowd.

Mission Impossible dotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

This may be the version that best captures the cheese of this TV theme. Nope, I still don't care for this song at all.

Lullaby Of Walk Don't Gunn dotdotdotdot
Spy World (Instrumental)

This is a splendid and interesting medley of "Lullaby of the Leaves," "Walk Don't Run," and "Peter Gunn." the guitar is a Ventures correct, while the keys are spacy in a seventies prog sorta way. It's both quirky and cool.