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