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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Cinemaphonic: Soul Punch

Sample some music library soundtracks for the B-movie double-feature in your mind.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Think of every cheesy movie you saw in the ’70s — every stupid spy flick, every cheap cop pic, every abysmal adventure.

Now think of all the cheesy music you heard in them — the low-rent orchestrations, the shoddy knockoffs of hits of the day, the noodling jazz-rock jams. You think it was all scored for those films? No way. Chances are a lot of it came from music libraries — Muzak-style factories and clearing houses for soundtracks. Many of their creations have been lost to the ages. But not all; the Cinemaphonic series resurrects these often-anonymous efforts from obscurity, cleans them up and gives them their due. Soul Punch, the second volume, focuses on funky crime-movie fare full of breathy flute solos, conga-drum patter and punchy horns that sound like James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and Quincy Jones — but not close enough to litigate over. Think of it as the soundtrack for the B-movie double-feature in your mind.