This Just In: Spy Against Spy

When I was a kid I wanted to be a spy. My dad used to fill our evenings and weekends with spy, thriller and horror movies (many not appropriate for kids). Hell, sometimes he’d let me stay home “sick” to watch movies. My mom had no idea. I became obsessed with stealthy trickery, evil schemes and “bad guys,” and wanted to live in that world. He bought me all this kids spy gear, toy weapons and other accessories (candy cigarettes were a favorite). We would also listen to music from movies we watched and sing along to “Secret Agent Man” when ever it came on the radio.  My dad always told me the song was really about him and that I had to keep his secret. Of course I grew up and learned that wasn’t true, but I felt cool as a kid thinking my dad was a super spy. Okay, so what’s the point of this? Well, Soul Jazz has a new compilation out featuring rare spy music! It’s a ton of stuff most people haven’t heard since much of it was commissioned for TV and film, but was never used. It also comes with a 60-page graphic novel appropriately dealing with “corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals.” Another brilliant package from Soul Jazz which hopefully won’t self-destruct after you listen to it.

Various – Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music And Imaginary Thrillers 2LP:
“Soul Jazz Records’ Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers  is a unique  2LP (and 2CD) release + an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham).

The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, super-catchy mod themes, imaginary super-charged orchestral soundtracks and more.

These tracks are put together from British library music companies (DeWolfe, KPM, Conroy, Amphonic) all of whom supplied music regularly to television and films around the world during this period, often for use in detective and spy programmes, series and films.

Created as work for hire in anticipation of television or film usage, many were never broadcast and have thus remained unheard, stored in the vaults for many years. Other tracks featured were used as incidental or title music in long-forgotten 1960s detective and cult programs.

And whilst the names of the artists and composers featured on this album have remained relatively obscure (Syd Dale, Reg Tilsley, Johnny Pearson, Barry Stoller etc), the music they created is in fact some of the most well known and highly accessible music in the world – due to its widespread usage on these detective and thriller (and many other genre) television shows and films during this period.

In the 1960s and 1970s, these British music libraries used to promote these recordings to television and film productions on limited-run vinyl pressings (usually housed in generic sleeves). Mostly pressed in runs of less than 1000 copies, the best and rarest of these original records are today highly sought after items and included here is a fine selection of some of these rare, collectible and very groovy tracks.

To accompany this unique album, Soul Jazz have also commissioned the creation of a special 60-page graphic novel which features the stunning artwork of the elusive illustrator John C. Patterson in partnership with the celebrated 1960s pulp fiction cult novelist Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham. The graphic novel is set in the imaginary seedy streets of East London in the 1960s in a world full of corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals.”


I spy new releases, reissues and restocks…
311 – Stereolithic 2LP
Addison Groove – Presents James Grieve 2LP
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues LP
Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit LP
Alsarah & The Nubatones – Silt LP
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion 2LP; Strawberry Jam LP
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP; Suburbs 2LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
Beatles – Abbey Road LP; Let It Be LP; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP
Billie Holiday – 3 Classic Albums 3LP
Boards Of Canada – Twoism EP 12”; Trans Canada Highway EP 12”; Campfire Headphase 2LP; Geogaddi 3LP
Bob Marley – Catch A Fire LP; Legend LP
Bonobo – Black Sands 2LP
Burial – Rival Dealer 12”
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming LP; Victim Of Love LP
Charles Mingus – Mingus Revisited LP
Consular – Allapattah Blues LP
Crystal Castles – s/t LP
Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love 2LP
Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion LP
Disclosure – The Singles 12”
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing 2LP
Dr. Dre – The Chronic LP
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below 2LP
Elliott Smith – s/t LP; From A Basement On The Hill 2LP; New Moon 2LP; Roman Candle LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach LP
Grizzly Bear – Shields LP
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors LP
Iron & Wine – Ghost On Ghost LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze 7”
John Coltrane – The Believer LP; Jazz Way Out LP; A Love Supreme LP; Stardust LP
John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads LP
Johnny Cash – The Fabulous Johnny Cash LP; She Used To Love Me A Lot 7”
Joy Division – Let The Movie Begin 2LP; Closer LP; Unknown Pleasures LP
Kanye West – College Dropout 2LP; Late Registration 2LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
Kid Koala – 12 Bit Blues 2LP
King Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader 2LP
Krzysztof Komeda – Dance Of The Vampires OST LP+CD
LFO – Frequencies 2LP
Marvin Gaye – The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye LP
Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly LP
Michael Jackson – Thriller 25th Anniversary Picture Disc LP
Miles Davis – Round About Midnight LP
My Morning Jacket – Z 2LP
Neneh Cherry – Blank Project 2LP
New Order – Brotherhood LP
Nick Waterhouse – Holly LP
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York LP; Nevermind LP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven LP
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP; ATLiens 2LP; Stankonia 2LP
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake LP
Portishead – s/t LP
Radiohead – In Rainbows LP
Ramones – Ramones Mania LP
Red Fang – s/t LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2LP
Slayer – Reign In Blood LP
Souljazz Orchestra – Inner Fire LP+CD
Stan Getz – Big Band Bossa Nova LP; Focus LP
Strokes – Angles LP; Room On Fire LP
Sublime – s/t 2LP
Tame Impala – Lonerism 2LP
TNGHT – s/t 12”
Various – Bossa Nova Vol. 1 2LP; Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Chicago Soul 2LP
Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2LP
Various – Tropicalia 2LP
Wanda Jackson – s/t LP
Weezer – s/t LP

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