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77 Sunset Strip Soundtrack Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (January 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: October 10, 1958
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0002LO7C4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 77 Sunset Strip
2. Late At Bailey's Pad
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. Cleo's Theme
5. Caper At The Coffee House
6. You Took Advantage Of Me
7. 77 Sunset Strip Cha Cha
8. Kookie's Caper
9. The Stu Bailey Blues
10. Lover Come Back To Me
11. Blue Night On The Strip
12. If I Could Be With You
13. Swingin' On The Strip

Editorial Reviews

Although Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (Stu Bailey), Ed Burns (Gerald Lloyd Kookson III) and Roger Smith (Jeff Spencer) are prominently displayed on the outer jacket artwork, they don't actually appear on this album, which consists of Warren Barker-led orchestrations. Likewise worth mentioning is that the original soundtrack to 77 Sunset Strip doesn't include Burns' million-selling solo hit "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)," either. Featured within are a baker's dozen of atmospheric instrumentals and moody melodies that aided in giving the show its unmistakable and highly stylized persona. In addition to the finger-snappin' theme song -- which is discernibly different here from the broadcast version -- Jerry Livingston and Mack David penned the provocative "77 Sunset Strip Cha Cha" and the cool -- if not nuevo-hip -- up-tempo bopper "Swingin' on the Strip." Alex North's ambience-heavy "Late at Bailey's Pad," and the surreptitiously jazzy "Cleo's Theme" most accurately capture the darker edginess of the unfolding on-screen drama. The cover tunes are given fitting personas, such as the space-age-bachelor-pad kitsch of Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You," as well as Rodgers & Hart's laid-back ultra-serene "You Took Advantage of Me." Similarly, the breadth of the score turns up a frisky "Lover Come Back to Me" and the bluesy "If I Could Be With You," the latter previously being a selection of note for Kay Starr and Helen Humes. While 77 Sunset Strip has been available on pricey German and Japanese import CDs for several years, in 2004 Collectors' Choice Music issued a domestic pressing with an exclusive liner essay. ~ Lindsay Planer, Rovi

Customer Reviews

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The instruments sound crisp and detailed.
Brent Butler
This music will make you feel young, sexy and sophisticated all at once!
Linda G. Chronister
For fans of the TV show, it brings back very fond memories!
Paul Dietrich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Linda G. Chronister on February 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ladies: put on your cocktail dresses and men: your white sports coats and black bowties! Turn the lights low, get out your pink elephant swizzle sticks and silver bullet cocktail shakers!

When I saw this CD online from yesteryear's "77 Sunset Strip" series, I just had to listen! I did, and knew I had to have it. This is one suave, fun, upbeat collection with awesome orchestral arrangements! (Vibraphones; oboes; horns; flutes; drums; piano, etc.) This music will make you feel young, sexy and sophisticated all at once! It personally took me back to my teenage crushes on Roger Moore and that Kaa-razy Kool Kookie Kharacter!

This musical mood-journey appropriately begins with the original finger-poppin' `77' theme, which put an immediate smile on my face with its familiar chorus/chant and waa-waa saxophone. The theme is repeated three more times: the second, in a catchy cha-cha version with great horns; the third time, the melody slinks out of "Blue Night On The Strip" like a sex kitten from her boudoir, then... STRUTS out its finale in Swinging on The Strip!

My personal other favorites: "Late At Bailey's Pad": sneaky, seductive and upbeat; the carefree "I Get A Kick Out Of You": great piano, bongos; "Caper At The Coffee House": another finger-popper with a mischievous sleuthing edge to it; "You Took Advantage Of Me": An old-fashioned ditty that puts you right at the `piano bar' and makes you want to grab a `mike' and sing (or at least tap your foot!); "Stu Bailey's Blues" - not so `blue'! I find it exciting.

My final word? This CD is cool background music for the `bachelor or bachelorette pad', cocktail/retro parties, and on-the-road listening entertainment!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is outstanding. West Coast cool jazz performed by Warren Barker and a group of uncredited but highly talented musicians. I have always wondered why the musicians have never been identified because there is some excellent piano, vibes and horn work on this album. The German CD reissue has excellent sound quality. I was listening to this album in 1959 and still listen to it in 2004. Henry Mancini created the private eye jazz style ("Peter Gunn") but Warren Barker added greatly to it with this album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2003
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77 Sunset Strip was the first and best of the Warner Bros. 50's detective shows. The cast was above average, the stories, which were copied for the other shows that followed, were well written. After listening to this cd, you realize this album could have stood for it's self and not just background music. I highly recommend this hard to find cd if you are a fan of 50's big band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent Butler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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This first thing I like to know about an MP3 album is how it compares to physical media. No worries on that account here ... this album sounds great on MP3. The instruments sound crisp and detailed. The range is excellent, there is no distortion at the higher and lower ends. The stereo separation is pleasing.

How about the music itself? It's cool jazz, arranged to fit the style and the mood of late 50s - early 60s TV ... and TV jazz in those days was very fine indeed. The skill of the musicians in these numbers is top notch. The notes on the horns are pure and the piano play had a light and adroit touch. You'd swear the bass was across the room from you.

Of course this album isn't really a soundtrack. The classic theme from the show is reinterpreted here, not recreated. This is a studio album of music that might have appeared in the show, but arranged for these studio performances as full bodied jazz ... not the light background versions that would have accompanied the action on film.

On one point I was a bit conflicted about whether to be disappointed or smug. One of the TV shows had a jazz combo at Dino's (next door to the agency's office) doing a unique turn on the theme song as a full musical number. The WB shows of that day were relaxed enough to do that, for example every Hawaiian Eye had a full musical number sung by Connie Stevens. I happened to record that 77 Sunset Strip show years ago when it played on the then "Good Life TV Network", and eventually managed to transfer it to my computer. There probably aren't many people with a recording of that number. I was halfway expecting it to be on this album (when I thought it might be a soundtrack).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mat on January 22, 2011
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This album was a surprise for me from the days when the TV show was running and my mother gave it to me. I was a kid, but I listened to it often and being able to listen to it again after five decades was quite nice. What is surprising that it sounds to my ear as a pretty good jazz album. I have always liked the extensive use of bass clarinet on it. The album includes several settings of some standards as well as the TV show theme and two different variations on it. It is definately a product of its time. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Carlson on March 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
One of my all time favorite TV shows. I stil have the record album,but it won't fit in the CD Player. I can't wait for the DVD collection to come out.
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