Pick Yourself Up!!! This Is Roy Budd - Roy Budd

Betcha know a Roy Budd tune. You say ‘no, you don’t’. What about the theme to Get Carter! That’s Mister Budd. Anyway, here’s were it started for Roy, with this Tony Hatch produced LP from 1966. There’s a 1967 version, with the French windows - the original issue has Roy at the piano, looking out at us with a wary grin. He was 19 when he recorded Pick Yourself Up, you can hear it in the Jerry Lee Lewis ivory thumping, staccato you’d call it, and it’s there in the track names. ‘The Girl from Southend-on-Sea’, ‘Bluesette’. It’s jazz, proper, but there’s that Public Bar, brown ale, steak&kidney and upright Joanna twankle to it, the stuff of being British in the 60s & 70s. Roy wasn’t rehashing what seeped across the Pond, nor was he satisfied with the beards&berets of Ronnie Scott’s: naw, he might look square, old before anyone’s time, but Roy was being true to the streets he walked. He plays piano the way Keith Moon played drums. He drums the keys, his fingers are sticks and brushes.
keys, his fingers are sticks and brushes.

The tune you can play above is ‘The Girl from Southend-on-Sea’. If you like, the album’s for download to your left. All the LPs featured on Kolumboo’s ‘Starless, Bible-Bible Vinyl’ pages are, yup, vinyl rips. Ripped, run through Soundsoap 2, encoded as MP3s at 320 (VBR). The albums aren’t available as CDs or itunes downloads. And, a copy of this album on vinyl will set you back at least £28 to £100 smackers
Pick Yourself Up!!!http://bit.ly/c4DihBshapeimage_3_link_0
To download the album click the link above, and enjoy
vinyl will set you back at least £28 to £100 smackers. (By the way, vinyl-junkies note, that’s not a pic of my copy - mine is NM, the disc is VG+).

Budd became a mainman in the OST department, he wrote a fuck load of themes. Get Carter wasn’t released as an OST on vinyl, pity (if I’m wrong, sweet please, let me know). I’m hunting for a copy of ‘Soldier Blue’ from 1970, I’ve not had the readies for any auctioned on Ebay. May the Lord Char Ityshop answer me ‘umble prayers. Or, may His Reverence Carbo Otsale bless me with a find.

You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me it's a full time job. Now behave yourself.
Batman Theme!http://bit.ly/ax4so3shapeimage_7_link_0
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Batman Theme! & Other Bat Songs - Maxwell Davis

A cash-in album from 1966, the sleeve designed to be tricksy - yeah, Neal Hefti wrote the Batman Theme, but he ain’t anything but far, far sidesman on this platter. I imagined Ember put this out at comic book prices, to snatch some candy off the kids. But, boy, it ain’t anywhere as atrocious as the artwork suggests (though you got to love it’s sumptuous crappiness), the album is one heck of a humdinger. Maxwell Davis, no slouch, has penned 9 numbers riffing on the whole Batman vibe - they’re high octane burners, well matching Hefti’s inspirational theme. Gawd, they must’ve enjoyed making this, easy money, fat sounds.

This LP was an early find, a charity shop in Cosham, a box of vinyl tucked down low under the hems of some dresses. It’s fairly rare, and this one is in VG+ (again, the image isn’t mine - I’ll get around to photographing them). It was going to be m
a rule that I don’t feature albums available as CDs etc., I’m reneging already. Maxwell Davis compositions, the Other Bat Songs, have only existed on vinyl until this year, now you can buy them on CD (here). And do so, though the three extra tracks are incongruous. I want to share them, the vinyl guts of them, off the flimsy vinyl disc some twelve year old got for his birthday in 66, played once or twice before moving on, the the Beatles did release Sgt Pepper in 67!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Other-Themes-Maxwell-Davis/dp/B000E6ENXA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1267730345&sr=8-1shapeimage_10_link_0
Sgt. Pepper in 67!

Of Maxwell Davis, I know little. He was a journeyman arranger through the 50s & 60s, involved in R&B and jazz. He was black and played the tenor sax. He played with T-Bone Walker, which is darn sweet, by me.
Found this great Batman rip-off comic from Vietnam, guessing it was inspired by the tv series as the alternative cover depicts Adam West on the bat-phone to Commissioner Gordon. Click any of the images to view the whole comic, could’ve been drawn by the LPs cover artist.
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