Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures

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1970s London Comes Alive in ‘Follow Me’

One of my all time favorite John Barry scores is the one from British movie Follow Me! (also known as The Public Eye). Released in 1972 and set in London, it portrays the story of a wealthy jealous banker hiring a eccentric and strange private detective played by Topol to follow his wife, played by Mia Farrow around London in a cat and mouse type...

Shaynee Rainbolt Leads a Charmed Life – Featuring Russell Garcia

American jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt contacted me a while back having seen one of my compilations which features songs by legendary musician and composer Russell Garcia. It turns out that she is not only a fellow fan of his but also worked with him on her latest album entitled Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia. Russell, now 92 years old have been living on...

Beautiful End Titles
Written by Chris Alm in Film

Beautiful End Titles

Stumbled upon these fabulous end titles from various classic mid-century movies. They don’t make them like this anymore. You can see stills from My Fair Lady directed by George Cukor, How To Murder Your Wife, Destination Moon and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her from Jean-Luc Godard amoung many others. It seems that these kind of end titles are a long lost art...

Gamine Revives Noir Jazz
Written by Chris Alm in Music

Gamine Revives Noir Jazz

Although based in London, pianist and composer Ian Williams and singer Claudia Barton outputs music that instantly transports you to a smoky, noir jazz club in 1960’s Paris. One of those clubs with a sole spotlight focusing on the elegant and voluptuous female singer. Gamine’s music is not something you would listen to on a sunny and warm day – if you would, everything that...

Fly Eastern – With Bossa Legend Astrud Gilberto

Here in Sweden we just skipped spring, summer and autumn and went directly back to winter again, so what could be better than taking a trip to the sun with glamorous Eastern Airlines? “The Music of Eastern” is a collection with six one-minute vintage commercials with none other than Brazilian bossa legend Astrud Gilberto on vocals. The jingles were recorded in the late 1960s and...

Movie Recommendations – Part 2
Written by Chris Alm in Film

Movie Recommendations – Part 2

Been a while since I recommended any movies, so I think we are due for some new ones. Any movie buffs out there have probably seen most of them already, but if you haven’t you have missed out on some great movies. Blowup (1966) Classic British movie about a swinging photographer in London who discovers he has captured a murder of a woman on a...

Hugo Montenegro – Lady in Cement (1968)

Time for another album share here at Ultra Swank, this time featuring the groovy beats and melodies of Hugo Montenegro. This is the original soundtrack to the movie Lady in Cement starring Frank Sinatra as a private eye working in the swank (and not so swank) settings of Miami, Florida in the late 1960s. The movie is pretty nice, not a very original story –...

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