Friday, January 14, 2011

CRIME JAZZ!

CRIME JAZZ!

TWO GREAT DOWNLOAD COLLECTIONS FROM MR. CRAIG’S FUNKY FROLIC BLOG . . . THESE ARE FANTASTIC RENDITIONS OF ALL THE USUAL SUPECTS, PLUS SOME ESOTERIC THEMES MIXED IN . . .

T.V. LAND CRIME STOPPERS ~ COP THEMES

An all killer, no filler compilation of cop show themes that features all the old favourites plus a few slightly more exotic inclusions. Some of the less well known highlights include the 60 second delight that is "Theme From Police Woman" and the blaxploitation tinged "The Rookies". Cop show themes aside, this is a quality set of music that any funk or soundtrack fan would be pleased to have in their collection.

TRACKLIST:

1 - Dragnet / Ray Anthony
2 - The Mod Squad / Earle Hagen
3 - Ironside / Quincey Jones
4 - Hawaii 5-O / Mort Stevens
5 - The Streets Of San Francisco / Pat Williams Orchestra
6 - Theme From SWAT / Rhythm Heritage
7 - Gotcha (Theme From Starsky And Hutch) / Tom Scott
8 - Baretta's Theme / Sammy Davis Jr.
9 - CHiPs / Corniche
10 - Theme From Hill Street Blues / Mike Post
11 - Cop Rock (Under The Gun) / Randy Newman
12 - Theme From Police Woman / Mort Stevens
13 - Crime Story / Del Shannon
14 - The Rookies / Elmer Bernstein
15 - Theme From NYPD / Johnny "Hammond" Smith
16 - Cagney and Lace / Bill Conti
17 - Miami Vice Theme / Jan Hammer
18 - Kojak Theme / Willie Bobo

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T.V. LAND CRIME STOPPERS ~ P.I. THEMES

The private eye t.v show was a staple in the United States for much of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's and this explains why there is such a wealth of music available to be collected. The nature of the genre lent itself to theme songs packed with excitement, drama and intrigue and these are the qualities that make many of the songs here timeless. Their impact has reached far and wide, for instance my first exposure to "Peter Gunn" was through the Commodore 64 game Spyhunter.

The mainstays of the soundtrack biz are here in the form of Schifrin, Mancini and Post. The highlights from the other composers include the driving funk of "Vegas", the swinging "Wild Honey" and the wacky voice overs from "Charlies Angels" and "Hart To Hart". There is plenty for everybody on this excellent compilation.

TRACKLIST:

1 - The Rockford Files / Mike Post
2 - Mannix / Lalo Schifrin
3 - Charlie's Angels / Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson
4 - 77 Sunset Strip / Warren Barker
5 - Vegas / Dominic Frontiere
6 - Peter Gunn / Henry Mancini
7 - Cannon / John Parker
8 - Hart To Hart / Mark Snow
9 - Remington Steele / Henry Mancini
10 - Wild Honey / Alfred Perry
11 - Hawaiian Eye / Warren Barker
12 - Spenser For Hire / Steve Dorff
13 - Harry O / John Gregory Orchestra
14 - Checkmate / Johnny Williams
15 - Tenspeed and Brown Shoe / Mike Post
16 - Magnum P.I / Mike Post

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COCKTAIL NATION #156 ~ KOOP IS BACK!

COCKTAIL NATION #156 ~ KOOP IS BACK!

Koop Kooper is back with a brand new Cocktail Nation show for 2011.

On the show this week there is a brand new segment of Swank Advice, news of a Cocktail Nation book, plus some beatnik poetry.

All the regular segments, like Ask Koop and our look at the world of swank, are back, and we willl kick off the show with Brad Parker from Tiki Shark.

PLAYLIST:

Spy Fi ~ Shot In The Dark
Martini Kings ~ Baby Elephant Walk.
Tiki Joe's Ocean ~ Moonlight Moods
Royal Crown Revue ~ Brazil
Ernestine Anderson ~ Black Moonlight
Jack Jones ~ Wives and Lovers
HugoMontenegro ~ HeatWave
Tiki Cowboys ~ Feel So Good
John Barry ~ Beat For Beatniks
Lucas Vigor ~ The Straight Dope
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 ~ Mas Que Nada
Billy May ~ Ping Pong
Orchestrotica ~ Thors Arrival
Frank Sinatra ~ Call Me Irresponsible

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KAYO BOOKS ~ HEAVEN ON EARTH!

KAYO BOOKS ~ HEAVEN ON EARTH!

I think I just spent the last two hours in Heaven, or at least as close as a fanatic paperback collector can get . . . Kayo Books in San Francisco has the largest collection I've ever come across for sale in one place of pulps, '50s slease, TV tie-in novels, and vast numbers of men's adventure series from The Executioner to the Destroyer and every rip-off series in between.

I was actually gobsmacked by the number of titles and their relatively good condition. Having been open in the Bay area for 16 years, Kayo Books is a must stop destination for anyone who loves paperback fiction from the '50s to the '80s.

WOW!

A BIG TIP OF THE FEDORA TO FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENT  JASON WHITON OF SPY VIBE FOR THE INFO

ALMOST READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, MR. DEVILLE!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS!

PETER LOVESEY

When Peter Lovesey’s first Victorian detective series featuring Sergeant Cribb – he of agile mind and bushy side burns – and his hale and hearty sidekick, Thackery were originally published, they verged on creating a new form of English cozy – forgoing old lady or titled detectives in favor of middle class long suffering constables.

Lovesey lovingly recreated the Victorian England of the masses while sharply focusing on specific, yet unexplored, Victoria pursuits – marathon walkers, bare knuckle – raw ‘uns – pugilists, etc.

Since I love a good boxing novel, I’ve chosen the second Cribb novel, The Detective Wore Silk Drawers, for this post because of its brilliant recreation of Victorian prize fighting.

Bare knuckle boxing (no gloves, no rounds, spiked shoes for stomping, throws o.k., etc.) was forbidden by law in late Victorian England, but Cribb discovers evidence that it continues in secret, confirmed by a headless body in the Thames whose hands were pickled for fighting. A young constable called Henry Jago is chosen to infiltrate the gang and he has to submit to a rigorous program of purging, pickling, and training. With lives on the line, it is up to Cribb to intervene at the crucial time to prevent young Jago from being battered to death.

THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS

The second Sergeant Cribb mystery is set in the world of Victorian bare-fisted pugilism—an illegal sport. Constable Jago is sent, undercover, to Radstock Hall by Sergeant Cribb, who suspects that when fighters who train there lose, they are murdered.

Cribb and Thackery rate as high with me as Lovesey’s later, more acclaimed, detective creation Peter Diamond. All of the Cribb books, along with their pitch perfect television adaption are worthy of your time.

VINTAGE COVERS: THE DAED DON'T CARE!

JAZZ CORNER: LET’S FALL IN LOVE!

JAZZ CORNER: LET’S FALL IN LOVE!

BETTY CARTER

KNOWN AS THE GREATEST BOP VOCALISTS, CARTER’S VOICE AND IMPROVISATIONAL STYLE ARE A REVELATION . . .

TRACKLIST:


1. Let's Fall in Love
2. Social Call
3. Run Away
4. Frenesi
5. Moonlight in Vermont
6. Thou Swell
7. I Could Write a Book
8. Tell Him I Said Hello
9. Gone with the Wind
10. The Way You Look Tonight
11. Can't We Be Friends
12. For You
13. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
14. Remember
15. At Sundown
16. Mean to Me
17. I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire
18. On the Alamo
19. Jazz (Ain't Nothing But Soul)
20. There's No You
21. Stormy Weather
22. My Reverie
23. Don't Weep for the Lady
24. Sneaking Around
25. Old Devil Moon
26. Willow Weep for Me
27. What Is This Thing Called Love
28. Threesome
29. No Moon at All

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THE CAT'S MEOW!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

HAT TIP TO WIN SCOTT ECKERT

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: DEATH AND THE RUNNING PATTERER!

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: DEATH AND THE RUNNING PATTERER!

A CURIOUS MURDER MYSTERY

ROBIN ADAIR

1828: Sydney is a city built on the backs of exiled convicts. But in a colony of criminals, how do you narrow down the list of suspects when a murderer is on the rampage?

Nicodemus Dunne was a London policeman. After being deported on trumped up charges of assault, he now makes his living in New South Wales as a running patterer, spreading the news of the day by word of mouth. Confronted with a series of gruesome and horribly inventive murders, the governor seeks out Dunne for his investigative skills and his ability to infiltrate all levels of society.

With each mutilated body, the murderer has left clues for Dunne to decipher. Can he put the pieces of the puzzle together and catch his elusive quarry without becoming prey himself?

FANTASY CORNER: SASHA ~ TRIAL OF BLOOD AND STEEL!

FANTASY CORNER: SASHA ~ TRIAL OF BLOOD AND STEEL!

JOEL SHEPHERD

Sasha turns her back on her regal heritage, forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom, and trains instead to be a powerful warrior, fighting for the good of the people her father commands. Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before.

Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit--the Synnich--who will unite them.

But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully. When the Udalyn people--the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage--are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing.

How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be?

PULP NOW: COMMANDER X ADVENTURES!

PULP NOW: COMMANDER X ADVENTURES!

ISSUE 3 OF JAY PISCOPO’S COMMANDER X ADVENTURES IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE ONLINE . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

BISH'S BEAT!

BISH'S BEAT!

THE BEAT WILL BE A QUIETER THAN NORMAL FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AS I THROW MYSELF INTO ANOTHER PROJECT.  I'LL STILL BE CHECKING WINDOWS AND SHAKING DOORKNOBS, JUST NOT WITH MY USUAL FREQUENCY . . .

JOE GORES ~ R.I.P.

JOE GORES ~ R.I.P.

A VERY NICE GUY AND A HECK OF A MYSTERY WRITER . . .

PER MYSTERY FANFARE:

Joe Gores was a three-time winner of the Edgar Award, won the Maltese Falcon Award (Japan's highest award in the mystery field), and was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.


Gores worked as a logger, a carnie, a teacher at a boys' school in Kenya, and for twelve years, as a detective. Gores' novels and stories about detective agency Daniel Kearney Associates (KDA) were based on his own experiences as a San Francisco private eye.

Gores also wrote scripts for Kojak, Columbo, Magnum P.I., Mike Hammer, Remington Steele, and other television series. Francis Ford Coppola produced a movie based on Gores' novel Hammett. Gores wrote Spade & Archer, the authorized prequel to The Maltese Falcon.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: HAVANA FEVER!

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: HAVANA FEVER!

LEONARDO PADURA

THIS ONE HAD ME AT THE COVER . . .

Mario Conde has retired from the police force and makes a living trading in antique books. Havana is now flooded with dollars, populated by pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and other hunters of the night. In the book collection of a rich Cuban who fled after the fall of Batista, Conde discovers an article about Violeta del Rio, a beautiful bolero singer of the 1950s who disappeared mysteriously.

A murder soon follows. This is a crime story set in today’s darker Cuba, but it is also an evocation of the Havana of Batista, the city of a hundred night clubs where the paths of Marlon Brando and Meyer Lansky crossed.

Probably Leonardo Padura’s best book, Havana Fever is many things: a suspenseful crime novel, a cruel family saga, and an ode to literature and his beloved, ravaged island.

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VINTAGE COVERS: WESTERN PULP!

ULTRA LOUNGE VOL. 7: THE CRIME SCENE!

ULTRA LOUNGE VOL. 7: THE CRIME SCENE!

I’VE HAD THIS CD FOR YEARS AND STILL ENJOY SPINNING IT. NOW MR. CRAIG SPOTLIGHTS THE COOLNESS THAT IS ULTRA LOUNGE VOL. 7 ON HIS FUNKY FROLIC BLOG . . .

TRACKLIST:

1 - Dragnet Room 43 / Ray Anthony
2 - I Spy / Earle Hagen
3 - Thinking Of Baby / Elmer Bernstein
4 - From Russia With Love / Count Basie
5 - Big Town / Laurindo Almeida
6 - Man With The Golden Arm / Billy May
7 - The Untouchables / Nelson Riddle
8 - The James Bond Theme / Leroy Hadidi
9 - Mission Impossible / Billy May
10 - Harlem Nocturne / Spike Jones' New Band
11 - Walk On The Wild Side / Si Zentner
12 - Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang / Elliott Fisher
13 - The Wild Ones / Lou Busch
14 - Staccato's Theme / Elmer Bernstein
15 - Search For Vulcan / Leroy Hadidi
16 - Peter Gunn Suite / Ray Anthony
17 - The Silences / Vicki Carr
18 - Music To Be Murdered By / Alfred Hitchcock and Jeff Alexander
19 - Untitled / Rezno Cesana

FOR MR. CRAIG’S FULL POST OR TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK: SPY KILLER!

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK: SPY KILLER!

L. RON HUBBARD

Falsely accused of murder and grand larceny, Kurt Reid flees to Shanghai. After rescuing a White Russian spy, he's captured by the Chinese and forced into the cloak-and-dagger world of espionage and intrigue, where everything and everyone are not what they appear to be.

AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON, THIS OFFER MAY BE OF A LIMITED NATURE . . .

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Monday, January 10, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE!

HAT TIP TO BEAR ALLEY

VINTAGE COVERS: NUDE CROQUET!

REALLY?

VINTAGE COVERS: CASINO ROYAL ~ ALTERNATE TITLE!

FANTASY CORNER: THE AFFAIR OF THE WOODEN BOY!

FANTASY CORNER: THE AFFAIR OF THE WOODEN BOY!

IAN DOYLE

E-BOOK ~ $1.99

In Drummond, James Stark and his pretty wife Mina run a discreet inquiry agency. The city is rife with dark creatures, great monsters and men who are beasts.

When a puppet knocks on their door in the dead of night claiming to be a real boy who has had his body stolen through black magic, James cannot resist his curiosity. Mina accompanies her husband and soon finds their lives are in peril . . .

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THE PERFECT AIRPORT SECURITY SYSTEM!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

VINTAGE COVERS: YOU'LL GET YOURS!

SPIN-O-RAMA EPISODE #88!

SPIN-O-RAMA EPISODE #88!

Spinning the songs of yesteryear... an hour long spin-o-rama of lounge, exotica, easy listening, space-age pop, celebrity vocals, soundtrack cuts, big band, legendary singers, and other music that will take you back to a time when vinyl was king.

PLAYLIST:

1. Hambone - The Kirby Stone Four
2. The Major Alone (from "The Big Country") - Jerome Moross
3. That's My Desire - Frankie Laine
4. Hava Nagilah - Joe Quijano and His Orchestra
5. Jazz Dramatic - Det Moor Orchestra
6. Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
7. Kaimana Hila-Kalena Kai - Sam Makia and The Makapuu Beach Boys
8. Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel
9. Cha Cha Cha: Amor - Pepe Jaramillo
10. The Sweetest Sounds - Gene Barry
11. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - The Weavers
12. I'm Telling You Now - Discotheque
13. Siempre Manana - Sandy Warner
14. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Mystic Moods Orchestra
15. Charade - Bobby Darin
16. Solo Busanova - Hugo Montenegro
17. Adios Mariquita Linda - 101 Strings
18. Wives and Lovers - Burt Bacharach
19. That Darn Cat - Bobby Troup
20. James Bond Theme - Ferrante and Teicher
21. Tarzan - Ray Martin and His Orchestra
22. Riverboat Theme - Buddy Morrow
23. "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" Vintage Commercial

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MODCAST #187 ~OUT OF SIGHT!

MODCAST #187 ~OUT OF SIGHT!

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This modcast is mod and then some, which means that you are definitely starting your year off right. Make a resolution right now to listen to every modcast this year. Beat's working out or cutting back on whiskey or whatever other silly ideas you have about making your life better.

So 2011 is upon us. 2010 is dusty, though the music is still bright and shining. And shining bright on last week's modcast was my list of top albums of the year which you can still dig up if you wanna. And, you know you wanna. Besides, it's currently my most recommended modcast of the year.

In the meantime you can dig on some old and some new with this modcast, which if I do say so myself, is out of sight!

PLAYLIST:

Baby Lemonade -- Please Consider Us (1993)
Galileo 7 -- Never Go Back (2011)
The Game -- Gonna Get Me Someone (1966)
The Untouchables -- Dancebeat (1982)
Beggar -- Broadway Show (1979)
Thee Mighty Uptight -- Take Take Take (2002)
Mr. Day -- Tears Of Joy (2010)
The Crooks -- The Beat Goes On (1979)
The Moons -- Let It Go (2010)
The Mods -- Out Of Sight (1980)

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INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK!

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK!

ERNESTO MALLO

Superintendent Lascano is a detective working under the shadow of military rule in Buenos Aires in the late 1970s. Sent to investigate a double murder, he arrives at the crime scene to find three bodies. Two are clearly the work of the Junta's death squads, murders he is forced to ignore; the other one seems different.

The trail leads Lascano through a decadent Argentina, a country poisoned to its core by the tyranny of the regime. The third corpse turns out to be that of Biterman, moneylender and Auschwitz survivor. When Lascano digs too deep, he must confront Giribaldi, an army major, quick to help old friends but ruthless in dealing with dissenters such as Eva, the young militant with whom Lascano is falling in love.

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VINTAGE COVERS: WESTERN PULP!

VINTAGE COVERS: THE VIXENS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . MYSTERY!

SIN AND VENGEANCE

C. J. WEST

When his knee shatters on the playing field, Charlie Marston is plunged into turmoil. The fallen college superstar joins the family winemaking business, but working alongside his parents is not the future he had planned. He escapes work whenever he can and soon finds a new friend named Randy Black – part stunt-pilot, part Casanova, and part drunken Pied Piper.

Randy introduces Charlie to Deirdre Deudon, the provocative wife of a French farmer. They come together in an ill-conceived stunt that explodes into consequences that chase Charlie and Randy back home to Massachusetts and change Deirdre's life forever.

The after-effects of this tragic mistake bind the three of them together and threaten everything they hold dear.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

ROGUE ANGEL: RESTLESS SOUL!

ROGUE ANGEL: RESTLESS SOUL!

ALEX ARCHER

In 1966, a group of battle-weary American GIs trekked through the Vietnamese jungle knowing each step could mean facing the enemy's guns. But instead of ambush, they stumbled upon a hidden treasure beyond their wildest dreams. It was a discovery that exacted a terrible cost.

A vacation spot picked at random, Thailand is intended to provide relaxation time for globe-trotting archaeologist Annja Creed. Yet the irresistible pull of the country's legendary Spirit Cave lures Annja and her companions deep within a network of underground chambers—nearly to their deaths.

The ancient burial sites have slumbered through the ages. Yet no rest is found there—just the voices of the dead. When the dead speak, will they help Annja uncover the perplexing past of a remarkable find or will they call her to join them?

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FANTASY CORNER: THE LOST GATE!

FANTASY CORNER: THE LOST GATE!

MITHER MAGES BOOK 1

ORSON SCOTT CARD

This contemporary urban fantasy introduces the North family, a clan of mages in exile in our world, and their enemies who will do anything to keep them locked here.

Growing up in a family compound in Virginia, Dan North knew from early childhood that his family was different and that the differences were secrets that could never be told. He believed that he alone of his family had no magical power. But he was wrong. Kidnapped from his high school by a rival family, he learns that he has the power to reopen the gates between Earth and the world of Westil.

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MICHAEL JACKSON'S BEAT IT FEATURING THE CHINESE RED ARMY!

VINTAGE COVERS: TRACKED DOWN!