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 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

“Matt Helm” was a fictional US counterintelligence agent created by author, Donald Hamilton. “Helm” appeared in about 27 novels by Hamilton and was a contemporary of the original “James Bond” by Ian Fleming. Four of the books were made into films, each starring Dean Martin, who took a more comedic approach to the Helm character, and the films played loosely with the novels. The films always featured bevies of beautiful women, and swinging music of the time. The four films were “The Ambushers”; “The Silencers”; “Murderers’ Row” and “The Wrecking Crew”.

Lp soundtracks were released for “The Silencers” ( Elmer Bernstein){RCA LSO-1120/LOC-1120} and “Murderers’ Row” (Lalo Schifrin) {Colgems COSO-5003/COMO-5003} (see photo below). Of the two, it has been “Murderers Row” which has become the more sought after collectible, especially as I believe it has not seen legitimate CD release yet.

As the typical Sixties’ liner notes say:
“It’s touch-and-go-gos!
It’s hit-and-misses!
It’s an honest-to-badness sky-high game of swing-and-slay!”

Mike

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

How does this compare to, say, Lalo's UNCLE and Mission Impossible music?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

How does this compare to, say, Lalo's UNCLE and Mission Impossible music?

It's jazzier,if that's possible,and similar in style to Mission Impossible moreso than U.N.C.L.E. I think. It's Lalo at his best. My favorite cue is the last one on the album; "I'm Not the Marrying Kind" which is rather laid back
compared with the other cues,and suits the Matt Helm character perfectly. In fact,it suits the Dean Martin character
perfectly. Wonderful album.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Mmm... interesting one, this. Because over here in the U.K., MURDERERS' ROW was released on RCA Victor; thus I had always assumed that it had been an RCA record in the U.S. - hadn't known that it was on the Colgems label.
RCA released the album in the U.K. in stereo (SF 7843) and mono (RD 7843).

Unlike THE SILENCERS, which was never given a stereo release in this country - only in mono (RCA Victor RD 7792).

Incidentally, THE SILENCERS has never yet been issued on CD so far either.

- James.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

I love this score...I'm hoping Lalo's Aleph label will someday get around to releasing it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

None of the Matt Helm soundtracks have been released on cd, with the exception of "Dean Martin sings the songs of The Silencers". I'm hoping that, at some point, all the music will be released on cd.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2007 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

None of the Matt Helm soundtracks have been released on cd, with the exception of "Dean Martin sings the songs of The Silencers". I'm hoping that, at some point, all the music will be released on cd.

When was that released and on what label?
I never heard of a release on cd,let alone seen it on any websites or brick and mortar stores.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



And it's on ceedee via:



... cool

 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

I just recently got a LP transfer of Murderer's Row. What a great score, an expanded re-release would be wonderful.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   stevieD   (Member)

I just recently got a LP transfer of Murderer's Row. What a great score, an expanded re-release would be wonderful.

if you want the other vocal track from the movie "if You're Thinking What I'm Thinking" played in the night club sequence by Dino, Desi & Billy, it's available on the Best Of Dino, Desi & Bily CD, released by Sundazed(SC11034), I got one at Amazon.com

also there was a single of Dino's, I'm not The Marrying Kind, which appeared to be the same mix as the film, minus the orchestral bit when he finds the woman's body in the fridge,


Steve

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)

Dino's recording of "I'm Not the Marrying Kind" can be found via the "Happiness is Dean Martin" reissue on this CD ...

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Almost 7 years on and still no CD release. Will it happen within our lifetimes? smile

 
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