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 Posted:   Jan 26, 2018 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Our friend Doug Schwartz of Mulholland Music (mastering engineer for most of the FSM catalog) has released a CD of a 1962 album by the great jazz guitarist Bob Bain, "The Phantom Guitar," featuring some of the top-flight session players of the day:

It's mostly film themes—check it out!


 Posted:   Jan 27, 2018 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   William Mulholland   (Member)

Lukas, thanks! Bob is an amazing guitarist, and person. I feel so fortunate to know him, and even more, I can honestly say "Bob's my uncle". He's as sharp as a tack and has incredible stories of working with just about every composer of note of the gold and silver ages at very least. Here's a _partial_ list of credits that was published in Vintage Guitar magazine back in '97:

A Few of the Hundreds of Motion Pictures Bob Played On
Airport ’75
Alvarez Kelly
Baby The Rain Must Fall
Blazing Saddles
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Bye Bye Birdie
Cape Fear (Original ’62 Version)
Cat Ballou
Cincinnati Kid
Days Of Wine And Roses
Doctor Dolittle
Dr. Zhivago
Escape From The Planet of Apes
Finians Rainbow
Gidget Goes To Rome
Hello Dolly
High Plains Drifter
How The West Was Won
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
In Harms Way
It’s A Mad Mad World
Lillies Of The Field
Love Story
Madame X
Magnificent Seven
Ode To Billy Joe
Omega Man
Our Man Flint
Paint Your Wagon
Play It Again Sam
Ride The Wild Surf
Rosemary’s Baby
Sand Pebbles
Silver Streak
State Fair
The Dirty Dozen
The Green Berets
The Longest Yard
The Pink Panther
The Sting II
Thomas Crown Affair
Tom Sawyer
Tora Tora Tora
Under The Yum Yum Tree
Valley Of The Dolls
Wait Until Dark
Walking Tall
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Yes Giorgio

Some of the Hundreds of Artists Bob Recorded With
Nat King Cole…. Unforgettable”
Frank Sinatra…. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
Rosemary Clooney…. “Come On A My House”
Doris Day…. “Que Sera Sera”
Henry Mancini…. “Peter Gunn”, “Pink Panther”
Tommy Dorsey…. “Opus One”
Dave Rose…. “The Stripper”
Nelson Riddle…. “Lisbon Antigua”
Percy Faith…. “The Summer Wind”
Peggy Lee…. “What’s New”

Other Artists Include
Elvis Presley
Barbara Striesand
Tony Bennett
Perry Como
Kennny Rogers
Lou Rawls
Linda Ronstadt
Ella Fitzgerald
Quincy Jones
Sarah Vaughn
Glen Campbell
Vicki Carr
Four Freshman
Hoyt Axton
Roger Miller
Ray Charles
John Williams
Andy Williams
Sammy Davis Jr.
Doris Day
Shelly Mann
Bill Conti
Lani Hall
John Mandell
Petula Clark
Nelson Riddle
Michel Legrande
Dionne Warwick
Sam Cooke
Bobby Darin
Connie Francis
Ricky Nelson
Mamas & The Papas
Nancy Sinatra
Tom Jones
Anita Kerr

Some of the Television Shows Bob Played On
“Medical Center”
“Academy Awards”
“Happy Days”
“Incredible Hulk”
“Starsky & Hutch”
“Bob Newhart”
“Laverne & Shirley”
“Carol Burnett”
“Ozzie & Harriet”
“Bionic Woman”
“Mary Tyler Moore”
“Hart To Hart”
“Barnaby Jones”
“Charlies Angels”
“The Fugitive”
“Mission Impossible”
“Peter Gunn”
“Mr. Lucky”
“The Deputy”
“Lou Grant”
“Wonder Woman”
“Six Million Dollar Man”
“My Three Sons”
“Trapper John M.D.”
“The Munsters”
“Fantasy Island”
“Adam 12”
“Rockford Files”
“Wild Wild West”
“Adam’s Family”
“Andy Griffith”
“Beverly Hillbillies”
“Highway To Heaven”
“McMillan And Wife”
“Get Smart”
“Twilight Zone”
“Little House On The Prairie”
“Alfred Hitchcock”
“Lawrence Welk”
“Mr. Belvedere”

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2018 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

I think they're actually ALL film themes. Isn't 'Ruby' from 'Ruby Gentry'?

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2018 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I think they're actually ALL film themes. Isn't 'Ruby' from 'Ruby Gentry'?

Mr. Lucky is Mancini's TV music. Bob Bain played on so many of Mancini's early RCA albums.

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   William Mulholland   (Member)

I think they're actually ALL film themes. Isn't 'Ruby' from 'Ruby Gentry'?

That's right, Ruby Gentry! Bob told me "I met Heinz Roemheld when I was still in high school!" He went to Hamilton High here in Los Angeles.

There is one outlier here, a theme that was not in a film or television production but is instead an original based on a classical composition...

 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

Thanks for the heads-up about this one, Lukas.

Certainly, Bob Bain has made an important contribution to many of the film scores we hold dear—it’s hard to think of the “Peter Gunn Theme” without recalling Bob Bain’s brilliant performance.

The samples for this re-release have that wonderful acoustic that I associate with albums from that era—proximate and minimalist miking with wide panning.

Anything with Doug’s name on it is worth a listen! Outside of being a great engineer, he’s also a fine gentleman which makes him extra special.


 Posted:   Feb 4, 2018 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

I think they're actually ALL film themes. Isn't 'Ruby' from 'Ruby Gentry'?

Yes. And "Delilah Jones" is Elmer Bernstein's theme from The Man With the Golden Arm. ("Delilah Jones" being the unfortunate character in a lyric that Sylvia Fine attached to the tune...)

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