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Movie Recommendations – Part 2
Written by Christopher 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)
Written by Christopher Alm in Music

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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Les Baxter is Thinking of You
Written by Christopher Alm in Music

Les Baxter is Thinking of You

As promised here is my first of (hopefully) many more vinyl shares. First up is a real classic by Les Baxter. Found it on a auction site here in Sweden for about $6 – what a bargain! Although this isn’t a exotica record per se, it is still very recognizable if you have heard Les Baxter’s work before. Most of the songs on it are...

Movie Recommendations – Part 1
Written by Christopher Alm in Film

Movie Recommendations – Part 1

I have a keen movie interest (don’t we all?). As we all know some of the best and most memorable movies were made in around the 50s, 60s and 70s. I like to watch movies that make me feel good, movies that has a certain feel to them. And that is all that counts. So without further ado, here goes. The Best of Everything Very...

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Written by Christopher Alm in Film

Dentist on the Job

This British movie from 1961 can actually be found on the DVD version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Well, okay not really. Before the actual movie begins, you are presented with about two minutes of the opening titles from Dentist on the Job. A voice from the projectionist is then heard, that it’s the wrong movie, and then the Holy Grail begins. I...

All American Taschen Books
Written by Christopher Alm in Readable

All American Taschen Books

I’m a big fan of Taschen’s books. So far I have purchased their two advertising books from the 1950s and 1960s. The 50s book is the newer edition with only some 350 pages, the first edition had over 900 pages, but it seams that it is out of print now. I was lucky to find the 60s book at the swank department store Harrods in...

Les Baxter plays with Sand Pebbles
Written by Christopher Alm in Music

Les Baxter plays with Sand Pebbles

This Les Baxter piece was released circa 1966-1967 around the same time as the press book for the movie “The Sand Pebbles” was published. Although it isn’t a official song from the soundtrack (which Jerry Goldsmith produced), it was released as a promo 45 RPM vinyl by Crescendo (GNP Crescendo 382) with Balan Samba (Bandeira) from Brazil Now (GNP Crescendo 2036) on the back side,...

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