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Voices from a Photograph – Mood music for gloomy days

Written by Chris Alm • April 5th, 2007
Voices from a Photograph – Mood music for gloomy days

Voices from a Photograph – Mood music for gloomy days. I have been working on this compilation for quite some time, almost a year in the making. It took time to find songs that fitted both the mood and title of it.

The theme for the compilation is mood music for rainy Sundays – meaning melancholic, dreamy vocal pop mixed with instrumental music and songs from movies from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s.

I am pretty sure you will recognize some of them – especially if you are a movie buff. The compilation clocks in at about 60 minutes worth of dreams.


01. Scott Walker – It’s Raining Today
02. Nick de Caro & Orchestra – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
03. Dominic Frontiere – When Were Your Dreams Worth Remembering
04. Dino, Desi & Billy – Thru Spray Colored Glasses
05. Elmer Bernstein – Nearing East Proctor
06. The Velvet Underground & Nico – Sunday Morning
07. Michel Legrand – Theme From The Thomas Crown Affair
08. The Hollyridge Strings – Scarborough Fair
09. Scott Walker – Rosemary
10. Henry Mancini – Natasha In Venice
11. The Cyrkle – It’s a Lovely Game Louise
12. Michael Legrand – Main Title from Pretty Polly
13. Jerry Goldsmith – Claudie’s Stockings
14. Brian Bennett – Thoughtful
15. The Free Design – My Brother Woody
16. The Velvet Underground & Nico – Femme Fatale
17. John Barry – The Man on a Scooter
18. Quincy Jones – On Days Like These
19. Scott Walker – Copenhagen
20. Richard R. Bennett – Anya
21. Marvin Hamlisch – Lovely Hair
22. Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent – Gotta Get Away
23. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning
24. Dennis Farnon – Lonely Promenade

This mix brings back memories from the springs of the mid-1970’s, when as a child I remember the rides back to boarding school after a weekend at home. Staring out the rain streaked window sitting in the back seat of my parents’ Simca. Not talking, just watching the wet road rush past, listening to Scott Walker sing on the radio and hoping the rain would hide my boyhood tears…

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Chris 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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