Sunday, January 27, 2019

Pain Set To Music

Pain Set To Music


Original release before the ABC-Paramount release in February 1962.  On the flip side is Last Blast Of The Blasted Bugler.  Both tracks on the original are notably longer (and currently unavailable on YT or anywhere on the net)

According to Fred at 45cat:
This release coincides with the release of the movie, SERGEANTS 3, which is the only movie to feature the entire Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop). The movie was released February 10, 1962.

The premise of the movie was basically an updated re-write of the 1939 classic, GUNGA DIN. The 1939 movie (released February 17, 1939) was about 3 British Sergeants (played by Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) sent on a mission to defeat a Thugee uprising that took place in 19th Century British-India. Sam Jaffe played the title character, loosely based on the Rudyard Kipling poem.

In the 1962 movie, Sinatra, Martin, and Lawford were the three Calvary Seargents involved in a similar situation, only this one taking place in the 1870's American West. Sammy Davis Jr. played the trumpeter this time around who meets the same fate as Jaffe did in the original.

While the extent of the recording far outlives either movie showing of the situation, it more befits a later movie tribute played by Peter Sellers in the opening shot of THE PARTY, released April 4, 1968.

The SERGEANTS 3 connection is solidified by the review of this record in Billboard on February 24, 1962, and even moreso by a similar spoof recorded on MR. PEACOCK Records by Lord Didd, "Gunga Didn't" being reviewed in that very same issue. It was revealed in that same issue (or later) that Lord Didd was in fact NY DJ (at the time), Pete Meyers, otherwise known as "Mad Daddy".
For reasons that have been lost to history, Frank Sinatra rerecorded The Last Blast Of The Blasted Bugler on June 10, 1966, adding his own voice to the brief introductory narration and using the sound effects from the 1962 single.  Was Sinatra considering some sort of dramatic or sopken-word series for Reprise?  The track has only been issued on two very rare semiprivate, collectors-only CDs, Frankly Different and Sinatra Unreleased [*]

Philip Cammarata, the producer, has been art director for True Police Cases, Startling Detective and other (pulp) magazines and has published five books of photographs with humorous (?) captions.

Photo from Who F*arted This Time?, a Phil Cammarata (hilarious?) book
Are you still there? If so, please find below a link to a zip of both original tracks

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