Songs from the Vault

Songs from the Vault is one of my favourite things about this blog.  It’s great to be able to share what I think are great tunes with readers, especially when those tunes may not be well known.  Anyway, this time round there’s a combination of both.  I’m reminded of a hair commercial (I can’t remember the one), where it ends with someone saying, ‘just great looking hair’.  Well this is the point of SFTV – just great sounding tunes!  Enjoy.

First up is a tune I first heard on a David Holmes Essential Mix album from 1998.  Percy Faith and his Orchestra are in the easy listening camp and you’ve probably heard his music before but didn’t know it: check out Theme from a Summer Place.  Anyway, my first serving is a bit funkier than that.  First Light is the last track on Corazon (1973).  I’m not familiar with the album or Bill Mays, who plays the keyboard on First Light but the solo and arrangement are the epitome of cool.  For some reason this album has only just appeared on Spotify and can only be downloaded off of Amazon (which I’ve already done).  At least it’s out there now.

I’m going to stay in the easy listening vein and bring to your attention a tune which kicked-off the Thievery Corporation’s 1999 DJ Kicks album.  Tropicando is featured on Que Mango, a 1970 album by Les Baxter, who appears to have been quite a controversial character.  Baxter apparently carved out his own space in the easy listening genre – Exotica – which nicely sums up Tropicando.

And now for something completely different but equally cool.  Suicide (named after a Ghost Rider comic) were an influential US duo from the late 70s and 80s.  Dream Baby Dream was released as a single in 1979 and sounds fresh and contemporary almost 40 years later.

I was going to pick another Roxy Music track (but that can wait for a future SFTV) but Dance Away (1979) coincidentally and nicely kicks-off with the same rhythm as Dream Baby Dream.  So without further ado…

This edition of SFTV is going out with a bang.  L7 rode the grunge wave despite their Los Angeles roots. Their 1992 album Bricks are Heavy featured Shitlist, which was included on the soundtrack to the movie Natural Born Killers a couple of years later.  A match made in heaven, I think you’ll agree.

That’s it for this edition.  See you next time round.