“The Best Album on the Market”

OrcaQ: What do killer whales, boxing legends, watered down martini drinking international spies, and the greatest science fiction story ever told all have in common you ask?

A: Why, this compilation of disco-fied movie themes from the late 70s, of course!

LabelI mean, let’s be honest. What kid doesn’t want to hear the Marty Gold Orchestra perform the main theme from The Deep? I know for damn certain this here kid does! A self-proclaiming “Stupendous!” “Far out!” and “Exhilarating!” collection straight out of Newark, New Jersey, Themes from the Movies combines the disco fever that made the decade of brown and orange famous, with the silver screen classics that made film executives filthy rich… but, you know, marketed to kids via Peter Pan Industries. Nothing says kid-friendly-jams quite like a disco version of the Theme from Orca, am I right?

Orca BackAs “a galaxy of celestial delights,” Themes from the Movies is certainly one of those niche records (AKA “best album on the market” as the back cover exclaims) that is better left on the shelf at the record store.

2 thoughts on ““The Best Album on the Market”

    • Oh, man! That’s a tall order. Right off the top of my head I’d say Emergency & I by The Dismemberment Plan, Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys, The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused, The Lost Paramount Tapes by James Booker, Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen, Village Green by The Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies by The Kinks, and possibly …For the Whole World to See by Death. As I read over this list, it’s painfully obvious that these albums don’t necessarily meet all three expletives (Stupendous! Far Out! and Exhilarating!), but for one reason or another are the first to pop to mind. This question you pose is certainly one for the ages.

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