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Errol's Pick

"Inner City Beat: Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers" is the title of a unique CD that our music columnist Errol Nazareth says appealed to him on a personal and musical level:

I fondly recall when my kids ran around the house playing good guys and bad guys, and I imagined how much more fun it would have been if the compilation I brought in was playing on the system. When listening to it, I pictured my boys chasing each other with imaginary swords and me keeping my sanity by blasting this perfect soundtrack to their games. The music on Inner City Beat is a mix of rare funky, jazzy instrumentals from the 60s and 70s. These tracks were sourced from British library music companies which supplied title themes and incidental music to television and films around the world during that time. Created as work for hire in anticipation of TV or film usage, many of these tunes were never broadcast and so have never been heard until now. Some of them, though, were used in long-forgotten detective and cult programs in the 60s. "Inner City Beat" was released by England's Soul Jazz Records, a hip label that was founded by Stuart Baker. He told me the first music he ever remembers hearing was music on television programs and he especially liked the music on detective or police dramas. He said (quote) "I like the aesthetics of large orchestras making dynamic action music but I have no wish to indulge my memories and inflict that on other people". Soul Jazz, Baker says, has always been about introducing us to unfamiliar music rather than indulging any kind of warm, cuddly feeling from looking backwards.

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