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Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Plays Lost TV Themesdot
artworkIt may be trendy to spoof seventies TV, and lounge/exotica may well be at all the poshest parties, but underdeveloped minimal-to-no melody organ stuff just isn't my cup of tea. I found this to be boring, shallow, and completely almost forgettable. Mostly a lot of hooey! Sorry to say that, but I have to tell it like I hear it. If your into this sort of thing, get the Civil Tones CD. If you're into surf, it ain't here.
Picks: The Bossa Nova Squad, Funky Planet (From Space Mission Nr. 12), Korla Rides Again, The Case (From The Bossa Nova Squad), Space Mission Number 12, Theme From The Organizer, Black Cat Mystery (From Follow The Duke), Shark Surfin' Girl, Revenge Of The Belly Dancer (From Korla Rides Again), Enter The Tiger, Follow The Duke, Blues For The Organizer

Track by Track Review


The Bossa Nova Squad dotdotdot
Whammy Bar Surf (Instrumental)

A whammy note bender, pretty surfy, but with little that could pass for a melody. The whammy is "Peter Gunn"-ish, and the organ is suitably subdued.

Funky Planet (From Space Mission Nr. 12) dot
Organ Go Go (Instrumental)

Organ go-go mung.

Korla Rides Again dotdotdot
Fat Free Korla Pandit (Instrumental)

The Korla Pandit tribute is obvious enough, but the style is really not that close to the turban meister who once lived in Ben Lomond, California. It's cool, and Middle eastern sounding, but no surf at all.

The Case (From The Bossa Nova Squad) dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bongo sleaze, seventies soul guitar, and no melody. Just ambiance, and that doesn't hold my attention for long.

Space Mission Number 12 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy fuzz guitar lead line, again without much melody. Still, this one seems to work better than the others. Maybe it's the stinging whammy accents.

Theme From The Organizer dot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bad seventies TV theme nuisance.

Black Cat Mystery (From Follow The Duke) dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cutesy Henry Mancini-ish ho-hum.

Shark Surfin' Girl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This semi hot surfish number almost has a melody. It's worth a few spins, but won't last long.

Revenge Of The Belly Dancer (From Korla Rides Again) dot
Surf (Instrumental)

I retained nothing after listening to this TV theme incidental music.

Enter The Tiger dot
Surf (Instrumental)

It left me with no impression at all.

Follow The Duke dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Faster paced British TV spy theme styles number.

Blues For The Organizer dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Atmospheric, and so what. Just background filler.