• With the rise of all aspects of British arts culture in the early 1960s, it was inevitable that film and television would increasingly provide a platform for pop music.
• With the advent of Beatlemania, this culminated in Richard Lester's 1964 film hit, A Hard Day's Night. It could be argued that such was the popularity of the Beatles at that time, almost anything they had chosen to do would have been successful, but Lester was special, he had shrewdly borrowed from the techniques of television advertising and the photography of David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Anthony Armstrong-Jones to develop a style that would blow away the prevailing middle-aged industry attitudes and come to exemplify The Swinging Sixties.
• Pop Goes the Easel is a two-cd set that for the most part explores British film's preparations for the extraordinary decade ahead; music from early films by Richard Lester (It's Trad Dad) and those of such young contemporaries as Ken Russell (Pop Goes the Easel), Michael Winner (Play It Cool) and Joan Littlewood (Sparrows Can't Sing, a vehicle for Barbara Windsor, set in the authentic East End of London).
• These pieces along with Anthony Newley's British pop star gets drafted comedy, Idol on Parade, and two very different films that are the work of the Ealing veteran Basil Dearden, Victim, where then matinee idol Dirk Bogarde put his career on the line to take the lid off homosexual London and a novel jazz version of Othello, starring a certain Patrick McGoohan, as an Iagoesque drummer, a tough little film with rare musical contributions by Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus and Johnny Dankworth.
• Dankworth also contributes the original theme for the first 1961 series of The Avengers.
Pre Emma Peel and Cathy Gayle, it features Patrick MacNee and a superb Ian Hendry.
And then for many, the artistic high point of television drama, The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan's
enigmatic political allegory that left a deep impression on audiences in 1967. The music underscores the
final, controversial episode, Fall Out, Carmen Miranda's Yi Yi Yi and (for the first time anywhere on
compact disc) The Four Lads version of, Dry Bones, used to great effect by Number 6 and Number 48,
POP GOES THE EASEL
1. JAMES DARREN - HER ROYAL MAJESTY
2. JAMES DARREN - GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD
3. THE FOUR PREPS - GOT A GIRL
4. BOBBY TIMMONS - THIS HERE
5. BUDDY HOLLY - EVERYDAY
6. CLAY COLE TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK
7. JOHNNY DANKWORTH - THE AVENGERS THEME
IDOL ON PARADE
8. ANTHONY NEWLEY - IDLE ON PARADE
9. ANTHONY NEWLEY - SAT'DAY NIGHT ROCK-A-BOOGIE
10. ANTHONY NEWLEY - I'VE WAITED SO LONG
11. ANTHONY NEWLEY - IDLE ROCK-A-BOOGI
1. BILLY FURY - PLAY IT COOL
2. BILLY FURY - ONCE UPON A DREAM
3. BILLY FURY - TWIST KID
4. BILLY FURY - LET'S PAINT THE TOWN
5. BILLY FURY - YOU'RE SWELL
6. BOBBY VEE - AT A TIME LIKE THIS
7. SHANE FENTON & THE FENTONES - IT'S GONNA TAKE MAGIC
8. SHANE FENTON & THE FENTONES - WHY LITTLE GIRL
9. HELEN SHAPIRO - CRY MY HEART OUT
10. HELEN SHAPIRO - BUT I DON'T CARE
IT'S TRAD DAD
11. TERRY LIGHTFOOT – TAVERN IN THE TOWN
12. JOHN LEYTON - LONELY CITY
13. GENE MCDANIELS - ANOTHER TEAR FALLS
14. ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND - IN A PERSIAN MARKET
HELEN SHAPIRO - LET'S
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