All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

161

Peter Thomas: Moonflowers & Mini Skirts

Douglas Payne By

Sign in to view read count


Peter Thomas (b. 1925) is a German film and television composer who's known for his scores to Chariot of the Gods?, the 1965-68 series of Jerry Cotton films (German James Bond knock-offs, now available on a 2-CD set from Crippled Dick), 18 Edgar Wallace horror films and German TV hits like Raumpatroille (or Space Patrol, a German Star Trek series with a soundtrack out now on Caroline).

The German maestro has now retired on his forward-seeking laurels. But his brand of "Future music" - explored on countless "Sound Orchestra" recordings — is now receiving deserved worldwide recognition on the German compilations Filmmuzik (Polydor) and Easy Loungin' (Polygram) and the even better and easier to find American collection, Futuremuzik (Scamp).

Thomas was always reaching for unusual sounds: exploring synthesizers well before everyone else; taking familiar jazz and rock formulas and bending them to his whim; and discovering talent that went on to make history in their own right: Klaus Doldinger, Jan Hammer and an array of vocalists including Donna Summer (who appears here on "Black Power," her 1969 vocal debut).

Moonflowers& Mini Skirts is the greatest - and grooviest - Peter Thomas collection yet. Taking 19 themes devised between the late 1960s and early 1970s, compilers Stefan Kassel (owner of Marina Records and designer of Moonflower 's smart packaging) and Matthias Kunnecke (an exceptional production man at Germany's progressive Motor Records and a devout Thomas expert) have crafted a collection of unusual, exciting music that is cool, sometimes corny, sometimes jazzy, sometimes funky, sometimes kitschy and quite often brilliant.

Much of the music here is "library music," used as cues in films and television, and never before available on CD. Set highlights include the Thus Spoke Z funk of "Opium" (destined to be a dance classic), the loping disco of "Milky Way," the driving "Under Control," the colorful "Rockin' Computer" and the Lalo Schifrin-esque "Beige Turtleneck." The remaining tracks are seasoned with the tasty variety found in more imaginative composers like America's Henry Mancini or Lalo Schifrin, Britain's Tony Hatch or Roy Budd or even Italy's Piero Umiliani or Pierro Picconi.

Totally wild. Put on Moonflowers& Mini Skirts if you want some fun (and funk) in your music.

Songs:Opium; Multi-Kolored Mini-Skirts; Black Power (vocal: Donna Summer); 11 Uhr 20 (Main Theme); Pozzolico; Milky Way; Under Control; Moonflower Q 70; Vergiss' Mich, Wenn Du Kannst (vocal: Senta Berger); Rockin' Computer; Power Boost; Spiral Angst; Meeting palermo; Flash Point; Mein Wochenende (vocal: Uschi Glas); Happening In White (main theme); Beige Turtleneck; Malaparte Sinus; Minoti on the Run.

Available at Dusty Groove (www.dustygroove.com) or from Marina Records (www.marina.com)


Title: Moonflowers & Mini Skirts | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: Marina-Germany

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Der Dichter Spricht CD/LP/Track Review
Der Dichter Spricht
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 26, 2018
Read Piano Works CD/LP/Track Review
Piano Works
by John Sharpe
Published: April 26, 2018
Read Throw Tomatoes CD/LP/Track Review
Throw Tomatoes
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 26, 2018
Read Reflections 2 CD/LP/Track Review
Reflections 2
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 26, 2018
Read Making Other Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Making Other Arrangements
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Charlie & Paul CD/LP/Track Review
Charlie & Paul
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 25, 2018
Read "Port Of Call" CD/LP/Track Review Port Of Call
by John Sharpe
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "Latin Lover" CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "What Time Is It?" CD/LP/Track Review What Time Is It?
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 6, 2017
Read "For Those About To Jazz / Rock We Salute You" CD/LP/Track Review For Those About To Jazz / Rock We Salute You
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 11, 2017
Read "That Doesn't Even Look Like You" CD/LP/Track Review That Doesn't Even Look Like You
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 6, 2017
Read "No Mundo Dos Sons" CD/LP/Track Review No Mundo Dos Sons
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: October 12, 2017