MIKE SAMMES & THE MIKE SAMMES SINGERS
Music for Biscuits

[Trunk Records, www.trunkrecords.com]

Few years back, Trunk honcho Jonny Trunk was invited to rummage through the house of the just deceased Mike Sammes.  Crooner / composer, Sammes along with his Mike Sammes Singers were the back-up vocal orchestra for people such as Sammy Davis, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Burt Bacharach. What's more, they even sing on "The White Album" and provide vocal harmonies on Krzysztof Komeda's "Rosemary's Baby" soundtrack.  No doubt about it, Sammes had a real knack for sweet harmonies and pastry vocals.  This album - subtitled "Lost Advertising & Rare Film Sounds" - is a gem in that it was saved from the books of history by Jonny Trunk himself.  He was given a crate of old reels that contained advertising jingles.  Through meticulous work and a great mastering job, these short, snappy tunes take on a new life of their own.  When you think of Sammes' music, it's best to keep people like Love Unlimited Orchestra and surf music circa Hawaii 5-0 in mind.  With no attitude and skylarking vocalizing to spare, these guys take on everything the marketing people pushed their way.  "TUC" is a snazzy ad for a "crispy" wafer.  "Timex" is obviously a medium tempo tune for a watch, while "Heineken" is a blasting good ad for a "world famous flavour" beer. Even shampoo "Loxene" sounds so fresh and exciting in their world.  At no extra charge, Trunk included the soundtrack to an independent film soundtrack titled "Youth".  Jazz oriented, with a big emphasis on easy-listening, lounge side of pop, these tunes are so addictive, you're assured to be singing these before the record is completely spun for the first time.  Fun, joyful and without a care in the world, this band is so damn snazzy they could probably make the Middle East conflict sound like a sandbox fight.  I only hope Sammes is enjoying the efforts Jonny Trunk had to go through to release this gem.  Satisfaction guaranteed!

- Tom Sekowski


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