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 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 3:46 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I just discovered that a new label imprint called “Jazz In the Movies” released eight old jazz film score LPs on CD late last year, on four double-LP CDs. A few of the LPs have had prior releases, but each of the CDs contains at least one LP that is new to CD. The label imprint seems to be associated with Fresh Sound Records, which has also released jazz scores on CD. If you believe the CD packaging, these CDs are “24-bit digitally remastered,” but most likely they are still taken from LPs as their source. Here is a run down of the new releases, which are available on Amazon and some non-U.S. outlets (perhaps more inexpensively).

CRIME IN THE STREETS (Franz Waxman) / DINO (Gerald Fried) [JM 1001]
CRIME IN THE STREETS was previously issued by Varese Sarabande in October 2009, and is still available.





COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL (Dean Elliott) / SYNANON (Neal Hefti) [JM 1002]
SYNANON was previously released by Kritzerland (paired with Quincy Jones' ENTER LAUGHING) from the LP master tapes in December 2011, and is still available.





HOT ROD RUMBLE (Alexander Courage) / MURDER INC. (Frank DeVol) [JM 1003]





THE INTERNS (Leith Stevens) / HELL TO ETERNITY (Leith Stevens) [JM 1004]


 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Awesome, thanks for the heads up! I'm still kicking myself for passing up an LP of Hot Rod Rumble years ago.

I wonder if this is the same label that does the Jazz on Film box sets. I have the second of three boxes and it's a gem. It includes "Crime in the Streets."

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Yeah, thanks Bob! I just ordered Hot Rod Rumble/Murder Inc. Sounds like a real gas.

Samples at amazon.de:

Hot Rod Rumble/Murder Inc. - http://www.amazon.de/Hot-Rod-Rumble-Murder-Inc/dp/B00GSWL1FM

Crime in the Streets/Dino - http://www.amazon.de/Crime-Street-Dino-Ost/dp/B00GSZ507O

College Confidential/Synanon - http://www.amazon.de/College-Confidential-Synanon-Ost/dp/B00GSWL148

The Interns/Hell to Eternity - http://www.amazon.de/Interns-Hello-Eternity-Ost/dp/B00GSWL0WQ

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Awesome, thanks for the heads up! I'm still kicking myself for passing up an LP of Hot Rod Rumble years ago.

I wonder if this is the same label that does the Jazz on Film box sets. I have the second of three boxes and it's a gem. It includes "Crime in the Streets."


The Jazz on Film box sets are from the Moochin' About label.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

These are some neat jazz scores to films. I have them all on LPs.

Does anyone have them? Are they taken from master tapes or right off the LPs? Sound quality? Booklets? They are on Amazon in the USA.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Terrific finds! Thanks a heap!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Cool! There are definitely some titles I would go for here if I didn't already have them in some format.

CRIME IN THE STREETS is wonderful, as are the great THREE SKETCHES (all taken from music for three different female characters in 1953's I, THE JURY). However, as has been noted, you can still find the Varese CD of it.

Stevens' HELL TO ETERNITY is mostly big band source music, although a couple of score cues sneak in. Still, it's a rather rare stereo curiosity, and a nice addition to the all-too-sparse Stevens catalog. I will say though that this CD has apparently been taken from the LP reissue from Spain (1980s?) which used some really heavy-handed noise-reduction to bring down the surface noise, as they apparantly dubbed it from an original Warwick LP. Listen to track 24 in the samples, you'll see what I mean.

COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL... just O.K. as far as I'm concerned. Mostly kind of middling jazz stuff. However, you do have to look at the rarity of the original LP and think, "Hmmm... is this something I should pick up?"

HOT ROD RUMBLE: Get it! A wonderful soundtrack full of '50s jazz and semi-rock, plus a few orchestral score cues. (By the way, one of the cues, "Hot Rod Rock" was later used as the main title music for HOT ROD GIRL, made by a different studio.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Whoa!!!! Stop the presses! I just listened to the samples for HOT ROD RUMBLE. They're STEREO! As far as I know, the original Liberty LP, as well as the 1985 reissue from Spain, was released only in mono, so this is a first-time stereo release of these tracks. What an excellent added enticement. I've ordered one.
Yippeeeeee!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Whoa!!!! Stop the presses! I just listened to the samples for HOT ROD RUMBLE. They're STEREO! As far as I know, the original Liberty LP was released only in mono, so this is a first-time stereo release of these tracks. What an excellent added enticement. I've ordered one.
Yippeeeeee!



It could be that someone has applied some electronic wizardry to the music to get some stereo spread. Maybe that's what comes of the "24 bit digital remastering."

It's hard to believe that the producers of such a low-budget film would have sprung for a stereo recording of the score. But if the album is a re-recording, then maybe Liberty would have invested in stereo. In looking at a Liberty discography, I see that a number of albums recorded by them in 1957 were issued in mono in 1957, then reissued in stereo (real or rechanneled) in 1958 or 1959. But not all of them were reissued. Perhaps it depended upon the sales of the mono version. DRANGO was another Liberty soundtrack issued in mono in 1957, but never reissued in stereo.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 2:21 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

The Fresh Sounds CDs I've bought in the past are all very good. So if these are part of the same group, that bodes well.
Still, I'll wait until some kind person volunteers to be our guinea pig and gets some of the actual CDs and reports back for us.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Hot Rod Rumble" was indeed recorded in stereo, or at least multi-track, as you can split hairs over how you would characterize "true stereo."

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Hot Rod Rumble" was indeed recorded in stereo, or at least multi-track, as you can split hairs over how you would characterize "true stereo."

If that's what we're hearing on this CD, that would mean that Jazz In the Movies is mastering from Liberty tapes, and not from an LP.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

I think it might be a different case for each LP, depending on what was available. As I noted above, HELL TO ETERNITY sounds like a bad LP dub (just like the Spain reissue LP, which was manufactured by Fresh Sounds by the way), yet HOT ROD RUMBLE is really stereo, not some faked trickery.

Anybody out there have the original 1960 stereo Warwick LP of HELL TO ETERNITY? How does it sound compared to the new samples?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


I guess my LP of Hot Rod Rumble is mono. Liberty LRP 3048

But ...... it is recorded in "Spectra-Sonic-Sound ...... the Ultimate in High Fidelity!"

Wow! I didn't know I had such a super LP! smile

Oh yea, as a bonus a pretty hot babe on the cover! smile

Always liked "Arny's Blues." Guess Arny is the Elvis look-alike on the cover?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 11:53 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)


Stevens' HELL TO ETERNITY is mostly big band source music, although a couple of score cues sneak in. Still, it's a rather rare stereo curiosity, and a nice addition to the all-too-sparse Stevens catalog. I will say though that this CD has apparently been taken from the LP reissue from Spain (1980s?) which used some really heavy-handed noise-reduction to bring down the surface noise, as they apparantly dubbed it from an original Warwick LP. Listen to track 24 in the samples, you'll see what I mean.


Other than that last track of HELL TO ETERNITY, the rest sounds OK to me--on a par with the other transfers in this collection. That last track definitely sounds like a soundtrack suspense cue, and may well have sounded just as bad on the original LP release.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2014 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



If that's what we're hearing on this CD, that would mean that Jazz In the Movies is mastering from Liberty tapes, and not from an LP.


But "Hot Rod Rumble" was released on LP in both mono and stereo, so they could be using an LP. Who knows.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

OnyaBirri, where did you find out that HOT ROD RUMBLE was released in stereo on LP? Every source and every photo I've seen mentions only a mono pressing.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I'm listening to the Hot Rod Rumble/Murder Inc. disc right now on my home stereo system, and it sounds pretty darn good. It's definitely mono, but it sounds like they "spread out" the sound a bit to give it a stereo effect. I'm referring specifically to the Hot Rod Rumble tracks, incidentally; I've haven't gotten as far as the Murder Inc. tracks yet.

The liner notes are replicated from their respective original LP releases. There is no new information provided in the booklet regarding these CD reissues, so no mention of the sources used for the transfers. If they were mastered from LPs, they did a pretty good job in my opinion. In fact, the sound quality is even better than I expected it to be based on the online samples. Not perfect, but very listenable.

Oh yeah, the music? It's a gas, man! I'd definitely recommend picking this up if you're a fan of these films and/or swinging, instrumental '50s jazz/blues/rock. Really fun stuff. Makes me wanna dance.


EDIT: The Murder Inc. tracks are almost on par with Hot Rod Rumble, sound quality-wise. A bit more treble and a bit less bass on Murder, but otherwise comparable. Whereas Hot Rod is pure groove and 100% instrumental, Murder has several passages with more traditional, dramatic scoring and a few tracks with vocals. I could do without the vocal tracks, since they're not really my bag, but it's very enjoyable overall and features some pretty intense crime jazz cues.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

double post

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

To Josh Mitcell:

I haven't received the actual CD yet, but I will say that the sound samples on HOT ROD RUMBLE are definitely NOT spread-out mono. I am an audio engineer by profession and solemnly swear that, without a doubt, the sound samples on the links noted at the top of this thread are STEREO. I will have to withhold judgment on the CD itself until it arrives. If you have any doubt, put on headphones and listen to the samples.

 
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