Bob Thompson The Sound of Speed LP
Overlooked Gem On Vinyl LP!
Remastered by Sundazed Vengali Bob Irwin In Wide-Angle Stereo!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the July 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
In the days of Esquivel's Space Age Bachelor Pad Music prime, orchestra
leader / composer / arranger Bob Thompson (a long-admired Hollywood music figure
who worked with Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Duane Eddy, and Bing Crosby,
among others) was his stylistic counterpart. They recorded for the same label
(RCA/Victor), employed many of the same musicians and vocalists, and
experimented with sound in the same L.A. studios.
Originally recorded for the Dot label, The Sound of Speed is Thompson's 1960
'concept' LP. Each composition evokes a different mode of modern transport, from
Vespa scooters to Le Mans racers to rocket ships and each is book-ended by
authentic sound effects, with vivid stereo motion.
The Sound of Speed has been high on the list of overlooked gems from a bygone
era of orchestral elegance that connoisseurs of sophisticated sounds have been
clamoring to see reissued on vinyl. Its highlights have been a staple of
production music for decades.
Mastered in wide-angle stereo and pressed on 180g vinyl, The Sound of Speed is
your ticket to explore the universe - not in coach, with a bag of salted nuts,
but in First Class. Cocktail?
"The arrangements are colorful, playful, evocative, and brimming with the optimism of the times—unlike today." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 7/10
• 180g Vinyl
1. Super Chief (diesel train)
2. Midnight Sailing (ocean liner)
3. La Vespa (motor scooter)
4. Sub-Manhattan Blues (subway train)
5. Three-Wheeler Waltz (tricycle)
6. Count Down (missile)
7. Star Fire (jet plane)
8. Surrey Serenade (horse & buggy)
9. Le Mans (sports cars)
10. Streetcar Named Irving (streetcar)
11. Sea-Spray (speed boats)
12. Early-Bird Whirly-Bird (helicopter)