Label: Bar/None Records - AHAON-056 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Latin, Pop • Style: Space-Age, Big Band, Latin Jazz, Easy Listening
By then, Vegas had become the focus of his activities. Esquivel also wrote for TV during and after his studio period. He composed theme songs and soundtracks for several TV series, including "The Bob Cummings Show," but his greatest legacy has been a huge library of incidental music written mostly for Universal Studios under Stanley Wilson's leadership that's been sampled on over different series, from "McHale's Navy" to "Kojak.
He led the live band for 12 years, but by the end, his audience had begun to dwindle, and his indulgence in drink and drugs led to the end of his contract. His belongings, including many of his compositions, were hauled off when he fell in arrears on his rent. In , he returned to Mexio and composed for a children's series called "Burbujas. Beginning with his interview in Incredibly Strange Music, Vol.
Indeed, it could be argued that he was more famous after he was "rediscovered" than when he was at the height of his creativity. But eight years later, things have come round a bit. Thanks to the popular acceptance of such angry women screamers as Love and Polly Harvey , "Nemesisters" might be dropping into a market much more prepared to hear it. Ironically, now that screaming bloody murder is actually in, Bjelland -- the original punk Medusa -- has softened up somewhat.
Although the new songs are as lyrically impassioned and bitter as previous work, Bjelland has toned down the thrash element and the witchy vocal theatrics. The result is a musical atmosphere that seethes rather than burns, a sustained bottom-heavy, midtempo moan.
But despite its measured intensity, this is not the Babes' finest moment. There are some nice bits on the disc: "Hello," "Killer on the Road," an eerie and somewhat touching cover of Eric Carmen 's "All by Myself" and a more conventional cover of Sister Sledge 's "We Are Family," which hints at the Babes' undeniable live power. But there's nothing as violently convincing as "Bruise Violet" or "Bluebell. As bright and light as a Swedish blonde and as sturdy as a Volvo , but not taken more seriously than Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, ABBA has grown in stature over the years.
The band's music is the highlight of the sound track to the recent film "Muriel's Wedding," techno-popsters Erasure recorded a tribute album of ABBA songs and the immensely successful international pop group now has been accorded the ultimate testament of respect in today's recording industry -- a four-disc boxed set.
Cheery, upbeat, almost unbearably melodic, the songs of ABBA have come to represent the sunny optimism of the era -- a kind of pop Esperanto that swept a world that barely understood the English lyrics.
What the detailed boxed set lays bare is the extraordinary command and craft with which those durable records were made. Esquivel's use of stereo recording was notable, and he occasionally employed two bands recording simultaneously in separate studios, such as on his album Latin-Esque That album's song " Mucha Muchacha " makes unusual use of stereo separation, with the chorus and brass rapidly alternating in the left and right audio channels.
His concerts featured elaborate light shows years before such effects became popular in live music. He performed in Las Vegas on several occasions, often as the opening act for Frank Sinatra. He frequently performed at the Stardust casino lounge circa Several compilations of Esquivel's music were issued on compact disc starting with Space Age Bachelor Pad Music in The apparent success of these releases led to reissues of several of Esquivel's albums.
The last recording on which Esquivel worked was Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad in , for which he did a voiceover on a track by the band Combustible Edison. Similar Artists Play all. Trending Tracks 1. Features Exploring the local sounds and scenes at Noise Pop Fest. Albums of the latest and loved, and the ones to look out for discover By okspud1 15 Feb , am. All Things Hyped: Last. Love this track. More Love this track Set track as current obsession Get track Loading.
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I never heard it in that way. Q: When you made your original recordings, you pushed the boundaries of technology. Do you look forward to doing that again? A: You know what I wonder now? If I can sit down at a desk with all the technology we have nowadays. In my time we didn't have synthesizers around, nothing like that. So I wonder what the audience is going to say when they listen to what I have in my mind now. I want to use the synthesizers, but my way. Synthesizers are such a beautiful thing.
With all due respect, I think the arrangers nowadays haven't taken full advantage of the synthesizers. The only limit you have is your imagination. You can write whatever you like.
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