Tag Archives: 60s soundtracks

Girl On A Motorcycle And Modesty Blaise

Turntabling has a copy of the vinyl LP the soundtrack for Girl on a Motorcycle for sale. It is first come, first served.

This film is about a woman, a man, the countryside, and a leather suit with a unique zipper. The music is sultry and romantic at times and reflect the freedom of the road at other times. How could this movie do wrong?

Turntabling also has a copy of the vinyl LP of the soundtrack to Modesty Blaise for sale.  The soundtrack globe hops like the main character and has some exciting melodies. It’s the clear vinyl remastered limited edition version that we have –first come, first served.

Both movies have dream casts, great directors (Jack Cardiff for Girl on a Motorcycle and Joseph Losey for Modesty Blaise) and stunning locations.  Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t enough.

As full movies, I find them impossible to tolerate more that once (That first time-what a chore!). The characters in each were nice to look at (check out the casts in the trailers above , they’re all superstars of the ’60s), but the dialogue came across as stilted.

Maybe there was some behind the scenes problems for those in front of the camera. I’ve seen most of the actors do fine jobs in other films (Marianne Faithful, I’ve only seen as  God on AbFab). For both films I’d rather turn the sound down and enjoy each with the soundtracks on the turntable.

What went wrong with these two films? Perhaps it was the pacing and the passage of time. Perhaps their story lines are dated to my internal story preferences. Thankfully, the soundtracks are fantastic and I heard those first.

Jen Kilzer

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Agente Speciale LK – Operazione Re Mida Vinyl LP for Sale

Friday is a day for dancing, for most of us. And for others, everyday should be a day to dance. Today, we’re shaking the hips to the soundtrack to Agente Speciale LK – Operazione Re Mida A.K.A Lucky, El Intrépido. Here’s hoping all the references to ‘Lucky’ will soak into our general moods. Oh, and the pretty dancer in the credits improves our mood too.

We’ve only seen clips of this action film so far. We hope that Bruno Nicolai’s globe hopping soundtrack mirrors some of the action we have yet to experience. The music is quite addictive.


The following is a Carnival clip we’ve found of the film. Being a Jess Franco movie, we hope to see a restored version someday. Note the great tune in the background. That’s a swinging Nicolai song to get the feet moving. Like Carnival (or any great party), it’s overflows with energy.


Turntabling has a copy of Agente Speciale LK – Operazione Re Mida Vinyl LP for sale on Discogs–first come, first served. It’s a Dragored sealed vinyl copy of the 1999 pressing of the film’s soundtrack. For the new year, it has Lucky written all over it!

Agente Speciale LK - Operazione Re Mida Vinyl LP for Sale

Kriminal Soundtrack 12- Inch Vinyl Picture Disc LP

A treat for eyes and ears is the stylish picture disc of the soundtrack to the Italian/Spanish criminal mastermind thriller Kriminal.  Directed by Umberto  Lenzi in 1967 , the film is based on a comic book character with a crafty ideas for eluding and terrorizing the law enforcers assigned to stop him. To complete his capers, Kriminal is often dressed in a black and yellow skeleton suit. Other times, he is a well-dressed fellow as he pursues a cache of diamonds across Europe and Asia.

This partnership of composers Roberto Pregadio and Romano Mussolini is more than up to the task of highlighting Kriminal’s globe-trotting exploits. This soundtrack is a perfect example of 60s Jazz, sure to get the hips moving and toes tapping.

Released in 2009, the picture disc LP of Kriminal features the mysterious protagonist in the skeleton outfit overlooking a beautiful woman. Side one is the film’s poster of the couple close up. Kriminal’s mask looks like a glowing greenish yellow skull near the woman’s face.  His eyes and the rest of his features fade into the darkness. Side two has the two characters in a film long shot and a cartoon sketch . It is apparent that Kriminal has surprised this woman in her bedroom. Who is the lovely lady? Does she need to fear Kriminal?  You’ll have to see the film to find out.

The spooky picture disc would compliment the wall of any soundtrack fan. But, one listen, and you’ll want the soundtrack to continue spinning on your turntable, enticing dancers to the floor, even more!

Turntabling has a copy of the limited edition Kriminal 12-Inch vinyl picture disc for sale on Discogs. It is first come, first served.

Kriminal Soundtrack 12-Inch Picture Disc for sale

An Amusing Story About Two Great Soundtracks

Danny Baker shares an anecdote on the television show Q.I. (Quite Interesting) from the superstar Anthony Newley about the soundtrack for the James Bond film, Goldfinger. Stephen Fry provides a brief description of Anthony Newley. Jeremy Clarkson mistakes him for the film’s writer.  Bill Bailey and Alan Davies listen in.

Further investigation has revealed, though the two songs are alike, most of this story is not correct on many levels.  The Goldfinger soundtrack did not win the statue for either soundtrack or song at the 1965 awards show.

Perhaps these events happened when  Newley was holding the Oscar for a friend.  He was nominated for a song in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1972, but not the winner that year.

Apparently, the connection between two songs is an open secret. How long did Henry Mancini know about this and his choice of action is lost to time.

Anthony Newley was quite a character, known for his energy as an all around (stage/screen/music) entertainer.  Look at the delight Newley’s  mention brings  the two (Stephen Fry and Danny Baker). One of my favorite performances from him is in the film The Cockleshell Heroes, an underrated war film from the mid ’50s.

The soundtrack for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) was almost three years old by the time the song Goldfinger came on the scene. Mancini looks like a class act in this situation.

Both soundtracks are classics among collectors.

Turntabling loves to hear great music and soundtrack yarns. Unfortunately, they aren’t always true!

Jen Kilzer