PUFNSTUFF OST Jack Wild Mama Cass Psych Fantasy Hear!
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Sold Date: 05/08/2011
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isnw_ecp Condition of Jacket/Cover: VG, ring and surface wear Condition of Vinyl Record: VG++Web review of the CD reissue Filled with bulbous friendly dragons, talking flutes, and vindictive witches, Sid & Marty Kroft's Pufnstuf was pretty trippy on the television screen, so it's not a surprise that on record it was also quite psychedelic -- not the heavy kind of psychedelia, the kind with fuzzed-out guitars and acid nightmares, but the kind of breezy, sunny psychedelic pop that wormed its way into the mainstream toward the end of the '60s. The curious thing about the soundtrack to Pufnstuf is that it's halfway between the slick sunshine pop coming out of Hollywood and the quirky, precious British variation -- and not just because star Jack Wild had a cockney accent straight out of Oliver! There's a lot of twee elements -- flutes and trumpets, skipping acoustic guitars, odes to love and friendship -- which are all the better to capture the magical fantastical elements of the Living Island, but the album really plays like a fantasia of many of the pop trends of the early '70s. It's a garishly colored, florid mélange of bubblegum, TV tunes, psychedelia, and soft pop tempered with a little bit of Californian folk-rock (after all, the one true music star here is Mama Cass Elliot, who sings "Different") and a bit of splashy Hollywood incidental music, a heady brew that effortlessly evokes its time. Which ultimately means that this soundtrack is indeed a soundtrack, music that creates and sustains a particular mood: the atmosphere of the album is more memorable than the tunes themselves, which all seem to fade as soon as they're played. But even if this soundtrack isn't particularly memorable as a collection of songs -- particularly because the show's deliriously catchy theme song is nowhere to be heard (it wasn't even added as a bonus track to the 2006 CD reissue) -- it nevertheless captures its era perfectly, evoking memories of the TV show and its time, which is why it's worthwhile for anybody who has a serious fascination or love for Sid & Marty Kroft's enduring series, which only seems to grow stranger with each passing year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine The soundtrack to the film version of Sid & Marty Kroffts gigantic children's TV hit HR Pufnstuf, the program that introduced psychedelia into the diet of English and American children in the late 60's early 70's. The soundtrack, written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel (Barbarella, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley) is a remarkable amalgam of bubblegum, psychedelic instrumentation and joyful knockabout songs including 'Zap The World', and the fine solo number 'Different' which is exclusive to this record. Punfstuf is full of great, clever, funny songs sung by Jack Wild, Cass Elliot, Witchiepoo and the cast. I offer very low combined Shipping and Handling charges, US media rate for up to three 12" records is $2.98 USD, To Canada for up to three 12" records is $7.50 USD, World wide rate for up to three 12" records is $14.00 USD. Please Note that all images and sound samples are taken from the actual listed item unless otherwise noted. The sound samples are digitized MP3 files taken from the original analog vinyl recording , some loss in fidelity will occur. Typically there are several songs included in each sound sample, there are tools in the sound player which control volume and allow you to move from song to song for quicker sampling. Upon request digitized rapidshare downloads will be made available to the winning bidder.
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