After their superb release of THE KNACK, Quartet Records continues to go shagging in the ’60’s with this double-hander release of Burt Bacharach and Lalo Schifrin, both doing their swinging thing for the love revolution for WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT and its sequel PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU.

Where John Barry brought a fun, smooth jazz sophistication to Soho, these scores are all about pure, playful lechery. Next to turn Woody Allen into an unlikely woman killer with the aid of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass for CASINO ROYALE, Burt Bacharach is fully on his own for his first score here, throwing all of his joyous kitsch into Allen’s first screen part. Topped off with inimitable Gallic-waltz sauciness of Tom Jones’ theme song, Bacharach swings between French and Italian chases, vocalese better suited for a beer hall, player piano shtick and Hammond organ randiness, though things manage to lushly calm down in the sax and string boudoir. Austin Powers would be in seventh heaven here (and indeed was a couple of decades later) with Bacharach’s inimitably hep-pop talents.

When the song became the sequel title, fellow jazz master Lalo Schifrin leaped into the fleshpot fray, not only having his way with Bacharach’s theme, but also putting an even rawer brass and hippy fuzz guitar vibe into the proceedings- the difference between a bubbly gin fizz and a straight up counter-culture martini. I LOVE YOU is more cartoonish, with Schifrin romping from Indian powwow stuff to spy suspense that wouldn’t be out of place in a gonzo MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE episode.

Indeed, the all-over-the-place approach here even manages to throw in the composer’s most famous theme. For those who only really know Schifrin for his 60’s spy antics, I LOVE YOU is a hilarious revelation at his burlesque chops (though one of its nicest bits is his own smooth, seductive theme). Beyond re-issuing both PUSSYCAT and its sequel with audiophile sound, Quartet also includes the original score tracks in addition to its LP ones, giving you a great double helping of fun sexiness to slip on your bachelor pad’s quadraphonic stereo system.

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