Monday, August 01, 2005

The Lively Set: The Pomona Drags/Turbine Montage (Decca 31678)

Bobby Darin goes hot roddin'.

In his short time on earth, Bobby Darin had his hands full in more ways than one, and I don't mean with Sandra Dee. He sang big hits, he wrote or co-wrote songs, he acted in films....and he even composed film scores. This 45 features two selections from one of those scores, a 1964 Universal release called (you guessed it) "The Lively Set." Don't ask me about the movie: I never saw it and I only know that James Darren starred in it and that it's supposed to contain an appearance by The Surfaris doing "Boss Barracuda." And I know that both sides of this record contain revved-up motor sounds peppered in throughout. But just as you think it's going to be guitar-oriented hot rod rock, what you get instead is brassy jazz. Not that that's a bad thing. As a matter of fact, "The Pomona Drags" is quite the lively instrumental with loud, driving drums and bold brass blasting out among all those hot rod engines. A pretty good one for driving down the highways at 90 m.p.h to. "Turbine Montage" is a bit more in the smooth jazz vein ,but not in the kind of stuff they call smooth jazz today. No Kenny G stuff, just good 60s cocktail lounge jazz good for those hours off the track when you're trying to hit on the Festival Queen. Something like that anyway. So there you have it: another side of Mr. Mack The Knife.

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