Today we’re taking another journey back to the 1950s and 1960s, when home audio was new and excitingly futuristic… with Hits In Hi-Fi. And later on, there’s a new episode of The MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track,
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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

Hits In Hi-Fi

Today we’re taking another journey back to the 1950s and 1960s, when home audio was new and excitingly futuristic… with Hits In Hi-Fi. And later on, there’s a new episode of The MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track, featuring great music from movies and TV series from the 50s, 60s and beyond.

In the early days of stereo, a significant number of albums were released that were designed especially to show off the wonders of this new way of presenting musical entertainment. Sounds “ping-ponged” across the stereo soundstage; instruments appeared hard on one side and then hard on the other… and there were a lot of space references, bloops and bleeps starting and ending the pieces — and once the Moog Synthesiser became available, that was included in the mix too.

A selection of these albums forms the core of our music today. Often the tracks consist of instrumental arrangements of popular songs, but there are also plenty of original tunes too. Aimed at the imagined bachelor in his pad, inviting his friends around to blow them away with the latest stereophonic sounds, the genre is sometimes called “Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music” or “SABPM”; later “Jet Set Pop”; or more broadly, “Space Age Pop”.

We have a bunch of original hits from the 50s and 60s in today’s programme alongside the instrumental re-workings that both characterise the “Easy Listening” genre of the era.

It’s The MOST

MOSTAnd then at 11am and 7pm Pacific time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK, don’t miss Susannah with the latest episode of The MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track, our monthly opportunity to delve into the lost (or sometimes classic) movie and TV soundtracks of the 50s and 60s and beyond — and to discover something of the story behind them.

October’s show includes classic crime jazz from the TV series M Squad and Mike Hammer; Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtracks from the Flint movies, The Green Slime and much more. Don’t miss it!


Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are tuning in from Canada or the United States, please click here. Otherwise, click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. 

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Allan Arrington October 1, 2014 at 21:17

Love your stuff Sussanah 🙂

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