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Bob Thompson

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.
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Artist: Bob Thompson
Format: LP