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Hugo Montenegro – Lady in Cement (1968)

Written by Christopher Alm • June 22nd, 2006
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 – but you get to see some interesting locations. Such as the same great looking hotel that was featured in the James Bond movie Goldfinger made four years earlier.

The music is mostly upbeat with some groovy guitars and bass lines, but there are also some laid back lounge type songs such as “The Shark” and “Again”. The sound quality on the original vinyl was dull and had alot of pops and clicks. So I took the time to clean up all the songs and remastered all of them all in crisp, clear digital sound.

01) Lady in Cement
02) Jilly’s Joint
03) Kit
04) Love is a many – Splendored Thing
05) Yales Pool Room
06) The Shark
07) Tony’s Theme
08) Give Me the Simple Life
09) Rubys Burlesque
10) Again
11) Sugar Seymour

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

    Läcker blog! Hit kommer jag definitivt åter. Utmärkt layout. En hel del Jacques Tati över det hela.

  • Chris

    Tackar, alltid kul när folk uppskattar det man gör!

  • Anonymous

    This soundtrack is awesome but didn’t care for the movie so much. The first movie “Tony Rome” is much much better but there was no soundtrack. The setting is the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. They did use “background footage” of this hotel in Goldfinger. Here is a link for the hotel it was recently renovated so it’s lost its 50’s look. It was designed by the great architect Morris Lapidus and built in 1954.


  • Evil Jonny

    Bare for fedt. Thanks, I’m rockin’ out in my Palm Springs pad now thanks to you! – Jon (http://www.desertmodernism.com/blacklagoon/)

  • RangeRaver

    an excellent album chris, please visit me as I’ve got some rather choice retro music too.

    Regards, George

  • Marble River

    My girlfriend in high school had a cameo in “Lady in Cement”. She was a girl in a phone booth. Her father ran the sound system for some of Sinatra’s shows in Las Vegas. I never got to meet Sinatra, but we did get free tickets to a few rock concerts.

    Nice blog! The views of Sweden are facsinating to me.

    Marble River

  • freqazoidiac

    thanks for sharing this great soundtrack by a master Montenegro! :) Anyone know who plays in the band on this album? Like the searing guitar lines???

  • C.K. Dexter Haven

    A big “Thank You” for providing this album! As someone who lives just a few short miles north of the Fontainebleau Hotel, I will admit that both “Lady in Cement” and “Tony Rome” are two of my all-time favorite movies. It’s fascinating to catch a glimpse of Miami as it was at the tail end of its glory years. I was born in 1971, so much of what the city looked like was largely intact, though many of the landmarks as seen in Lady in Cement are no more, I’m glad I can pop in the DVD and see the Magic City, circa 1967-68.

  • BuLLDoSer

    This article should be put in the category “oldies, but goldies”… I have such a directory on my computer where I keep all the most important classics:))
    Concrete Screed

  • I keep all the most important classics. A big “Thank You” for providing this album! This soundtrack is awesome.

  • Oh it was a pleasure to visit this site..visit again soon.Liked it !Thank You!!

  • very good site.like to visit it again.

  • Music: Hugo Montenegro – Lady in Cement (1968)!

  • If you ask what is the meaning of music then I would say it is ethereal ecstasy…but still you fail to define it specifically!

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