Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Robert Reynall Way - The Wonderful World of Music (1965)

Here's an album I've been looking for, for a few years. I finally got it from someone on Soulseek. About 5 years ago I heard two of these songs for the first time on APM's site when they were first coming online (see Carlin library - Archive series). The songs were "On the Air" (reissued as "The Wireless Age") and "Account Exec's' (reissued as "Traffic Movement"). I really liked the chord changes in those 2 songs. So I was delighted to hear that every song on this album is a different variation on these same chord progressions. It wasn't until I moved to South Carolina in 2008 that I realized Robert Way actually lives right down the street from where I was living! (in Boxford Massachusetts) Would it have made a difference? Probably not, except maybe I would've asked for his autograph. Oh well. I will say this, he's one of the few remaining great composers from the golden age of light music. One can only hope record companies will someday reissue stuff like this on CD (although I wouldn't hold my breath). This is one of those albums that was never intended for the general public. Anyhow, hope you enjoy it as much as I do. PLAY SAMPLES: See comments for track listings (and more music!). RAPIDSHARE DOWNLOAD LINK


totalrod2 said...

1- The Wonderful World of Music
2- Windows on the Square
3- It's Easy
4- Boutonierre
5- The Good Doctor
6- News Room
7- The Man in the Blue Blazer
8- Park Square
9- On the Air!
10- Nightwatch
11- Account Exec's
12- The Irsihman

litlgrey said...

I assert forthwith, that I am... the obtainer: Obtaining files with barely mitigated glee!

Pokey said... last some more music...Yeah, CARLIN has a lot of stuff Gumby and Pokey trotted around to [Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin, Cadkin now with [online] Phillip Green, or Jack Cookerly, and with Bill Loose, and also Roger Roger and more recently Harry Lubin with a WHOLE MESS of stuff just by him, and [as with the Robert Way stuff you mention] series [plural] of similiar sounding songs, and a whole bnunch on main series by Phil Green agian, all recognizable from Quick Draw gtrilogy-Quick Draw, Super SNooper, and Augie Doggie. As Well as Gumby and a few Warner Bros.short sin 1958. Jack Shaindlin has stuff on Cinemusic/APM. However, another major similiar site, the audition PLAY PRODUCTION music, alas, only has CARLIN among this. APM has BRUTON, which had some music from Gumby--as I mentioned elsewhere, in the "Joys of Western Living" thread, "Cinnamon Stick' by "Frank Sterling"[actually Berry and one of the Crombies] is used on that one Gumby, on YouTube from 1967, where Pokey winds up [as a result of Gumby's ditzy chatterbox aunt,] narclopeic, and then sleepwalks and drives! [A favorite epsidoe, it's "Gabby Auntie", Cinnmaon Stick used at the opening. M.-Max-Saunders "Capering Clowns" [not on any of the albums uplaoded though the composer's "Lazy Serenade" is-] is heard when Gumby and his "ecccentric" aunt crash in the tree, and Roger Roger's "Chase me Chester", is the chase cue, both on that BRUTON VOL.2-BR356BROV21, "cinnamon Stick", is on there but in another Bruton CD.

All of them well known for their own stuff. also heard under Augie Doggie bringing Snagglepuss home to Doggie Daddy, Donna Stone fixing milk and cookies, various characters in epohermal films running aorund,etc.

BTW I was just listening to the pulled "Joys of Western Living:--the two hostess songs ["Perfect},Allan Gray and "Nightclub"Len Stevens], "Lazy Serenade" {Max Saunders], and "Jolly Times"[George Chase].

Now that the LP is downloaded, byte..!

Steve C.

totalrod2 said...

Steve, I got some more William Loose stuff you might be interested in. This is from the Sam Fox library:

Yowp said...

Sorry to get off subject of Mr. Way, Bryan, but thanks for the Sam Fox link. I'm listening to them now. They're great! I could listen to these for hours. You can pick out the Loose stuff in about two notes.

Was this library issued in the early 60s? Some cues sound from that period but others sound earlier.


totalrod2 said...

Sorry, but I've tried to find out more info about the Sam Fox library, but there's just nothing online! Judging by the catalog numbers, I'd say they all came out around the same time. Take the newest sounding tracks (circa late 60's?) and I think that gives you a general idea of when the albums were released.

litlgrey said...

No, that's just not quite possible. While I admit that information about the activities of Production Library labels is disasterously hard to come by (think CBS EZ, Capitol Hi-Q, Major, Peer Southern with its NYC office, Thomas J. Valentino, and of course Sam Fox), they had to have existed for a longer period than you believe. My sense is more that they were active from the 1950s to the 1970s, gradually closing up shop.

I have several Sam Fox or Synchro-Foxes in my file shares which make it clear that they offered a complete pastiche, with anyone from Bill Loose to Roger Roger to Syd Dale turning up. It can't all be late 1960s.

At least a couple of the Major Records LPs I have were dated, and include contributions from Walter Murphy - future disco composer, and current stalwart for "Family Guy."

Yowp said...

Some Sam Fox cues were part of the Capitol Hi-Q library and you can hear a few of them in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the late 50s.

I'd certainly like to find more of them from that era.


totalrod2 said...

I never said the Sam Fox library only exsisted in the late 60's. Actually, the info I WAS able to find says the library was around during the silent film era and their main composer was JS Zamecnik. But I can't seem to find any information about their later years.

litlgrey said...

Ain't it infuriating having SO little information available, knowing they were around for years and years?

I mean, like, how is it even possible?

Do you know what MOST Google search results for Sam Fox point to? The fact that Jean Michel Jarre's first solo LP was SF 1029. That's it. Screw eveything else.

totalrod2 said...

Anyone who enjoyed the Robert Way album please post your comments here. And remember, he's still making music, so if you really want to show your support, drop by his site and pick up one of his new discs. His new music is soooo relaxing.

Pokey said...

BTW #6, "Man in the Blue Blazer", has some trombone passages at 0:35 [the track is only 1:46] that are a lot like later "Gilligan's Island" score [when Morton Stevens started replacing Gerald Fried in the music credits; example the "Lord Admiral Gilligan" one where Gilligan's dreaming his wya onto his own big ship and is fighting pirates.

Great stuff.
"Boutonierre" by R.R.Way is playing.Some other stuff there sounds familiar. btw Some of the "Sam Fox" stuff sounds also very familiar!

Gumby's pony pal Pokey

andyjamesuk said...

The Sam Fox library was represented in the UK until late 70s and I worked briefly for te company that took over from the firm of solicitors (!) who were running it. I left to set up my own Loose Records and Crucial Music
I can remember that the library consisted of the Jean Michel Jarre disc as you state (but this was a very late addition as SF1029 was nearly the last catalogue number) Earlier discs featured excerpts from Man of La Mancha and Brigadoon (which Sam Fox published)Other composers were Syd Dale,Malcolm Lochyer, Ronnie Hazelhurst,Andrew Arvin,Alan Roper, Joe Sherman, William Goldstein & Mario Nascimbene There may be others so I will check through my papers and report back
Hard to find any reference to it online but Movietone Film News made extensive use of it and one Jarre track was used in a TV commercial but I am not sure which
Record Collector make no mention to it in the price guide book I have -even the very collectable Jarre disc which has been heavily bootlegged
Let me know if you want me to research!

litlgrey said...

Everything you've said and offered is awesomely useful! Thank you!

Andrew J Titcombe said...

Thanks ........and with such a response I should start work now!
Will some weekend research in my attic and report back to this space

totalrod2 said...

Can't wait...Thanks Andrew!

Reza said...

Sublime music many thanks and the Sam Fox stuff
Sorry can't help with your DeWolfe requests even though I have many

Andrew J Titcombe said...

Still working on the Sam Fox story -trying to contact the guy I worked for who can tell more Sorry for delay - still on the case

litlgrey said...

It's all appreciated, man. Check in when you can - and thanks again!

Brad said...

Dr. Way has just released his excellent 1967 Christmas LP on CD. Lots of the same fantastic chord structures and harmonies.

Pokey said...

Reza, which DeWolfe? The one who was the famous character funnyman [ties in with the Jimmy Durante topic, if you recall the Rankin-Bass classic Frosty] or the sotck library?:wink: Just kidding.

Hey, the Bill Loose stuff has some mutal soundalike-ness with especially those "Shoppers World" and "happy Tourist"-Gad, they sound too similiar to each other.;/

KL from NYC said...

I LOVE this!
And I've bookmarked his site so I can go through it later.
Thank you.

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