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Retro Shopping Volume 2 – Shopping Spree

Written by Christopher Alm • June 17th, 2007
Retro Shopping Volume 2 – Shopping Spree

It is summer and hot again. Why not return to the nice temperature controlled environment inside the malls one more time? Browse all the exotic goods from all over the world, walking up and down the isles in a dreamy waltz while the soft music echoes through the muzak system and then grab a bite to eat at one of the convenient placed coffee shops.

This compilation is the continuation of my Retro Shopping series. The first one was released in July last year and became very popular among the Ultra Swank visitors. The second one features the same kind of happy, cheerful, instrumental easy going music that was played in malls during the 50s and 60s.

As a bonus I have included a special montage with shopping related jingles and commercials, just to help you get in the mood. Grab it while supplies last! Feedback is as always appreciated.

Thank you Keith from Malls of America for use of the postcards.


01. K. Palmer – Shopping Spree
02. Laurie Johnson – Happy-Go-Lucky
03. The Metro Strings – Party Time
04. Walter Stott – Rotten Row
05. J. Beaver – Workaday World
06. Anthony Mawer – Countrywide
07. Billy May – Brassmen’s Holiday
08. John Seeley & William Loose – Light Movement #1
09. Roger Roger – En Carriole
10. The World’s Fair 1964 – Background Music #1
11. The Metro Strings – Travel
12. Bob Cobert – To Tell The Truth
13. K. Palmer – Holiday Playtime
14. Ivor Slaney – Highlight
15. Walter Scharf – Rita
16. K. Palmer – Hackney Carriage
17. Unknown Artist – Music For Children’s Activities
18. Peter Yorke – Micrometer
19. Ivor Slaney – Dresden Blue
20. Robert Farnon – Sophistication Waltz
21. Anthony Mawer – Painted Carousels
22. Robert Farnon – Mr. Punch
23. Roger Roger – Pleasure Drive
24. Philip Green – Miami Beach
25. Bonus Track – Attention All Shoppers

Listen to the compilation:

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Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks mucho!

  • Anonymous

    Love your compilations. Thanks!

  • Lee

    Downloaded it instantly and instantly loved it!

  • Anonymous

    Do you happen to have any more tracks that were used in Ren and Stimpy? A few of the songs on this latest compilation were used in the show, and it would be cool to have more of those.


    How I wish my grandparents were still alive… they would have loved this music…
    my grandmother shopping… my grandfather “soft-shoeing-it” in the aisles.

    THANK YOU!!!

    Luv and Kizzes,


  • Chris

    Thank you all for your swell comments, glad you like the compilation!

    To answer the question about the Ren & Stimpy music, I am not sure. Have not seen that show in many years and don’t remember what music they used. I probably have most of the songs they used in the show though. Got any track names for me to search for?

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately no. There were some tracks that were lifted from the Capitol Records Hi-Q library, but I don’t know their names. There was a bouncy tune used in “A Yard Too Far” when Ren is using the baboon puppet and is unknowingly fed maggots instead of candy. Do you have that one?

    There’s also a track heard in “The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball” when Ren and Stimpy begin hairball production on the assembly line. It’s an industry-type piece, busy-sounding. I could see that playing in the mall, too.

  • Chris

    Not sure about those tracks, I would have to watch the episodes first before I can say. If they are available online somewhere please post the url here.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t find the episodes online but here are three tracks from the show that I uploaded to MegaUpload: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M4KZUAFO . If you have any of these, I’d be very grateful if you uploaded them. :)

  • The Cranky Cataloger


    I love all your compilations. A Ren and Stimpy collection may still be available at Secret Fun Blog (http://secretfunspot.blogspot.com/)
    The first posting was back in Nov.

  • john

    Thanks a lot for Vol. 2! I loved Vol. 1 and love this one too!


  • Chris

    Thank you all for your swell comments!

    Anonymous, I don’t recognize any of those ‘Ren & Stimpy’ songs, don’t think I have any of them. But I am sure they are out there somewhere if you look hard enough. Sorry.

  • Lasse

    Hej Chris!

    Jaha, så har du gjort det igen. Jolly good work. Den passade så perfekt in bland de andra plattorna du har gjort och som pryder sin plats i min “hembränningshylla”, svårt or om är är lite dragen ha ha. Tack ska du ha.

    Apple (juice) eller Lasse i HBG

  • CBlack

    This collection fits well with the aesthetic of your blog. I’ve always loved this kind of music, especially when accompanied by images of swiftly moving cars, sunny afternoons, swaying palms, and modern architecture.
    Thanks very much.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing another great assortment of beautiful background music! I especially enjoyed track #25, “Attention All Shoppers”. I would very much enjoy being able to download some of these types of commercials sometime, if you ever decide to upload them individually (without the reverb effects). These really take me back to when I was a kid in the 60’s!….Tom

  • Shantanu Kulkarny

    Hi Chris,

    This is an awesome blog and i’m devouring your compilations! this is excellent! I’m a huge fan of instrumentals..have a lot of old LPs from my dad’s collection like Frank Pourcel, Mantovani, etc. and I absolutely adore it.

    keep it coming! :)

  • Shantanu Kulkarny

    Hey again,

    A few days ago I saw this movie of Morecambe & Wise the comedians, The Riviera Touch and the music is by Ron Goodwin..

  • baikinange

    Maybe your readers would like my collection of 1960s Capitol Production music I posted on my blog a while back. They are recordings made for radio & TV stations to use as music beds in commercials and TV show opens.


  • Chris

    Thank you all for your comments! I might upload the jingles separately sometime. The idea of the bonus track was to make some kind of college that sounded like it was recorded in a mall, with the reverb, delay and lo-fi quality.

    Thank you baikinange for your tip, I will definitely check out that Captiol record, I have something similar in my archive, but for entertaining guests.

  • Anonymous

    Oh! Simply lovely :)

  • MissGoogie

    Wonderful wonderful compilations. I can’t wait to listen to them on my next trip to Palm Springs. Thank you very much Chris for this artful selection

  • Chris

    Thank you Miss Googie! Can I come with you on your next trip to Palm Springs? :D

  • Lee

    I feel like the music would sound even better if I were driving a 62-66 Thunderbird to the Yacht Club at the Salton Sea. This music absolutely changes the year a person is in. Of course I was only 5 in 1966 and the Yacht Club was cool. Now I’m 46 and the Salton Sea is an ecological disaster. Chris, you have an absolute knack not only to impress when you post a compilation but to make it one that people keep listening to. I can honestly say I have never grown tired of any of your compilations.


  • Chris Sobieniak

    The final track says it most! Only a shame I couldn’t be there when it was like that in my parents’ generation.

    This reminds me of the “Westgate Villiage Shopping Center” in town that has currently been gutted and replaced by a couple lousy buildings with no real variety besides the addition of a Costco.
    (the pic on the top right is what it used to look last year)

  • Reza

    Hi just want to thank you for your two retro shopping comps absolutely fantastic !!!!!

    If I could recommend this in a similar vein from my friend fauxteurs blog , I’m sure you’ll love it :)


  • Bryan Lord

    Great selection. Thanks Chris! By the way, track #17 is “Housewives Choice” by Harry Bluestone & Emil Cadkin (from the Carlin library).

  • Anonymous

    Many thanks from Seattle. You have a well-tuned ear for exactly what I like. I have the two TV Dinners collections and the entire Ultra Lounge series and have wished for more. Your compilations make a superb supplement.


  • Kim

    Hello! I was wondering where else I can download it? It seems that your links are dead… =( Please let me know! I LOVED Volume 1!

  • Steve Carras

    I downloaded it over three months ago, “Music for Childrfens Activities” is discussed on Malls of America as a Seely-Loose Peirce from Capitl — specifically it is by Hal Bluestone and Emil Cadkin for Capitol. A Light Activity was by Goerdie Hormel, also from Capitol/Seely. Phil Green, Spencer Moore, Ed Lund, Jack Shaindlin, Roger Roger,jack Meakin, David Meakin, Jack Cookerly, and Bill Loose contributed.:-)

  • Steve Carras

    And thanks to Bryan lord..that track 17 is EXACTLY the Bluestone-Cadkin/Calrin cue I refer to!:-)

  • Eric

    Hi! Retro Shopping vol 1 was awesome, too sad I can’t get vol. 2… I hope Kim has found a new link ; ) Good job for the excellent compilations!!

  • Awoell

    I love this site! I just got all of the compilations. My favorite is the shopping one. I really want this album. Please tell me someone has it that can give it to me!

  • gregmaletic

    Is it possible to download this music, rather than stream it? Thanks.

  • Sorry Greg, it is not possible to download this compilation the moment.

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