Saturday, July 21, 2012
Go Greyhound...and Leave the Driving to Us (1963)
A nice copy of this 1963 advertising disc, sent to employees of Greyhound. One buck on eBay.
Sample narration: "The music, the instruments, the voices, the slogan--all wrapped up in a pleasant parcel of power-packed sell." Good grief. Jingle writing is presented as an exacting process of trial and error, with simplicity and singability the goal. Then why is the finished jingle so syncopated (and, with the samba-like backing riffs, so polyrhythmic)? Anyway, a fun disc--and doesn't the main narrator sound like Peter Graves, sort of?
If you want to play along, it's in C Major. In fact, it's in C Major even if you don't want to play along. Dunno if Raymond Scott wrote this as well as arranged. I kind of, sort of remember this, though I was only six in 1963.
A pop or two, but otherwise I've MAGIX-ed out what little noise there was. I combined both sides.
Leave the driving to Greyhound: Go Greyhound--Raymond Scott Orch., Quartet (1963).