The early â€˜60s was a golden age of opportunistic cross-marketing, as television executives collaborated with the music industry to expand the brands of their shows. Record albums from the casts (or in many cases, only the producers and talent commissioned by the programâ€™s licensors) hit the market for Bonanza, Get Smart, Gomer Pyle, the Man From U.N.C.L.E., the Addams Family and numerous other classic television programs. Many of these, including theÂ recently reissued Munsters album, were lightweight novelties meant to quickly cash in on a showâ€™s popularity. But a few were professionally arranged and conducted albums of orchestral pop, and such is this effort from composer, arranger and bandleader Milton Delugg. Which isnâ€™t to suggest there was no intention to quickly cash in, but Deluggâ€™s talent elevates the album well beyond that initial motivation.
Gathered here are snappy new arrangements of the theme songs from televisionâ€™s The Munsters, The Addams Family, Bewitched, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The Outer Limits. Each is cleverly orchestrated and performed, adding new sizzle to the easily recognized themes.Â Thereâ€™s Duane Eddy-styled twang, harpsichord, horns and full-kit drumming for the Munsters, a march that turns into jazzy flute and muted horns for the Addams Family, and dramatic horns and discordant xylophone for the Outer Limits. These are great tunes, professionally rendered in inventive new arrangements that will please fans of the TV originals, as well as fans of 1960s orchestral pop.
The album is filled out by seven original monster-themed instrumentals that are as lively as the TV tunes. â€œCreature from Under the Seaâ€ is an uptempo waltz filled with mystery, pathos and danger, â€œFrankensteinâ€ has has a kinetic flavor that would have worked nicely in a spy film, â€œGhoul Meets Ghoulâ€ makes a slinky nod to the Pink Panther theme, and a heavy Latin beat and horn accents for â€œThe Mummy.â€ With the original 1964 vinyl selling for big dollars, itâ€™s great to have this enjoyable collectable back in print, if only briefly for this ghoulish green vinyl limited edition. Hopefully someone can get the digital rights and reissue as a CD or download for analog-deficient listeners! [Â©2020 Hyperbolium]