Come Spy with Us: The Secret Agent Handbook

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Such a brilliant idea for a compilation, it's a wonder it hasn't been done before, Ace's 2014 set Come Spy with Us: The Secret Agent Handbook collects 25 secretive swingers from the '60s, splitting the difference between pop tunes and cinematic espionage. Impressively, the entire affair avoids both James Bond and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" aside from covers (the signature Bond theme is handled by Johnny & the Hurricanes, while Al Caiola serves up an instrumental of the Rivers staple). Usually, compiler Tony Rounce -- who does give thanks to Matthew Jones -- prefers splashy arrangements built on bold brass and sweeping strings, but there are certainly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Such a brilliant idea for a compilation, it's a wonder it hasn't been done before, Ace's 2014 set Come Spy with Us: The Secret Agent Handbook collects 25 secretive swingers from the '60s, splitting the difference between pop tunes and cinematic espionage. Impressively, the entire affair avoids both James Bond and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" aside from covers (the signature Bond theme is handled by Johnny & the Hurricanes, while Al Caiola serves up an instrumental of the Rivers staple). Usually, compiler Tony Rounce -- who does give thanks to Matthew Jones -- prefers splashy arrangements built on bold brass and sweeping strings, but there are certainly a lot of echoing guitars and splashes of exotica, all suggesting danger and adventure. Naturally, novelties take up a fair amount of space here -- the best might be the Supremes' go-go parody "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" -- but most of this occupies a similar territory as Nancy Sinatra's "The Last of the Secret Agents," which is delivered with a straight face and a wink. Even during this secret agent peak, which ran roughly from 1965 to 1967, plenty of musicians were ready to good-naturedly send up spies and that mischievous humor keeps things lively, while the craft of the composers and songwriters give this music heft. John Barry, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and Lalo Schifrin are responsible for those grand cinematic peaks, providing the context for Scott Walker ("Deadlier Than The Male," a classic Walker Brothers hit) and Smokey Robinson ("Come Spy with Me," the theme to a lost 1967 flick) to play with on their tunes. It's all fun but it's not really campy: it's a well-rounded portrait of a '60s fad that turned into a pop culture touchstone, a touchstone that is splendidly heard here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 029667058421
  • Catalog Number: 1161674
  • Sales rank: 24,257

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Man Alone (Theme From The Ipcress File) - John Barry & His Orchestra (2:29)
  2. 2 Deadlier Than the Male - The Walker Brothers (2:31)
  3. 3 Arabesque - The Ventures (2:30)
  4. 4 The Look of Love (Theme From Casino Royale) - Dusty Springfield (3:31)
  5. 5 Theme From Danger Man - The Red Price Combo (2:07)
  6. 6 The Silencers - Vikki Carr (2:57)
  7. 7 Secret Agent Man - Al Caiola (2:26)
  8. 8 Who Needs Forever (Theme From the Deadly Affair) - Astrud Gilberto (2:49)
  9. 9 Theme From the Man From U.N.C.L.E. - The Challengers (1:50)
  10. 10 The Last of the Secret Agents - Nancy Sinatra (2:45)
  11. 11 Mission: Impossible - Lalo Schifrin Orchestra (2:33)
  12. 12 Dr. Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine - The Supremes (2:21)
  13. 13 Our Man Flint - Billy Strange (2:06)
  14. 14 Wednesday's Child (Theme From The Quiller Memorandum) - Matt Monro (2:36)
  15. 15 Theme From Get Smart - Don Adams (1:54)
  16. 16 We Should've (Theme From Modesty Blaise) - Ray Ellington (2:54)
  17. 17 The James Bond Theme (Dr. No) - Johnny & the Hurricanes (2:14)
  18. 18 Burke's Law Theme - Wynton Kelly (2:10)
  19. 19 Where the Bullets Fly - Susan Maughan (2:30)
  20. 20 High Wire (Theme From Danger Man) - Brian Fahey Orchestra (2:18)
  21. 21 Bye Bye (Theme From Peter Gunn) - Sarah Vaughan (1:52)
  22. 22 Theme From Where the Spies Are - Jimmy Smith (2:55)
  23. 23 The Liquidator - Shirley Bassey (2:19)
  24. 24 I Spy - Roland Shaw & His Orchestra (2:12)
  25. 25 Come Spy With Me - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:55)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
John Barry Composer
Peter Callander Composer
John Dankworth Composer
Scott Engel Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Guy Hemric Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Monty Norman Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Jerry Styner Composer
William Robinson Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Records
Ernie Sheldon Composer
John Franz Composer
Eddie Jones Composer
Mario Nascimbene Composer
Malcolm Baumgart Records
Irving Szathmary Composer
Edwin Astley Composer
Mack David Composer
Steve Bari Composer
Vicki Fox Memorabilia, Records
Herschel Burke Gilbert Composer
Philip Sloan Composer
Robert Kingston Composer
Lee Hazelwood Composer
Colm O'Brien Sheet Music
Lars Nilsson Records
Bernard Green Composer
Earle Hagen Composer
Ronald Bridges Composer
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