Sloop John B - Wild Wild West - Michael Dunn and Phoebe Dorin

Sloop John B…On The Wild Wild West?!

Now don’t get me wrong, friends. I certainly know that with the song Sloop John B, the Beach Boys didn’t create it. Indeed, it has been at least credited as far back as 1916. It is of course assumed to be far, far older than that. In fact the original song wasn’t known as Sloop John B. The tune originated in the Bahamas and was known as The John B. Sails.

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Naturally more than a few singers and bands have tried their hand at the song. One of my favorites happens to be by The Kingston Trio. The band was quite known for their folk and pop music ballads. Including a 1958 recording of The John B. Sails version under The Wreck of the John B.. Moreover it has been said that Al Jardine had heard the song and actually took it to the rest of the Beach Boys.
Sloop John B - Beach Boys

Which is how the band ended up writing and singing Sloop John B on Pet Sounds in 1966. While it was Brian Wilson who would alter some of the original songs lyrics. Al Jardine is credited with changing the chord progression of the song. Furthermore in The Pet Sounds Sessions: “The Making of Pet Sounds”, Jardine has stated about demonstration the song to Wilson:

“So I put some minor changes in there, and it stretched out the possibilities from a vocal point of view. Anyway, I played it, walked away from the piano and we went back to work. The very next day, I got a phone call to come down to the studio. Brian played the song for me, and I was blown away. The idea stage to the completed track took less than 24 hours.”

Now then, that leads us to how Sloop John B landed on The Wild Wild West. Pet Sounds was released in March of 1966. With the episode of the western sci-fi series airing on September 30th of the same year.

Not very hard to see why the show wouldn’t add a little nod to theBeach Boys. Especially considering they had both Michael Dunn and Phoebe Dorin to sing the song. While both played villains on The Wild Wild West as Miguelito Loveless and Antoinette. In real life they had become a singing duo thanks to Roddy McDowall. Who after seeing them perform suggested they become a nightclub act.
Sloop John B - Michael Dunn - Phoebe Dorin

Ready to be charmed by Dunn and Dorin’s version of the Sloop John B?


You will notice they use both the Beach Boys lyrics mixed with The John B. Sails version.

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But wait, friends. Did you also know that Bil Mumy and Marta Kristen also tackled The John B. Sails in an episode of Lost in Space?

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Lost In Space Soundtrack - christopher Lennertz - Lakeshore Records

Lost In Space Soundtrack Released By Lakeshore Records!

Friends, last week we had exciting news with the upcoming 3-CD release of The Storyteller. That excitement builds to a new level as Lakeshore Records has released Christopher Lennertz’s Lost in Space soundtrack too. My spoiler free review of the first episode was quick to praise the acting and effects. I would add that Netflix’s worthy reboot of the original ’60s TV show shines brightly with the score as well. Showrunner Zack Estrin chose wisely when picking Christopher Lennertz to compose the Lost in Space soundtrack!

Lost in Space Soundtrack - Christopher Lennertz - IMDB

Image courtesy of IMDB.

Lennertz is no stranger to composing stunning music for films and television. At this moment he has a staggering 123 credits to his name. Some notable projects from his career include The Horde, Horrible Bosses, Agent Carter, 176 episodes of Supernatural as well as the spinoff Ghostfacers. I certainly feel it is safe to say he knows his way around all manner of genres.

At the end of the review for that first episode. I made a small comment about hoping the score would be worthy of the 1998 feature film. After having watched the series and Lakeshore Records kindly letting me review the Lost in Space soundtrack itself. I can in all honesty say that Christopher has exceeded the wonderful work by Bruce Broughton. Furthermore Lennertz has crafted a score that manages to convey the emotional gist of the series.
Lost in Space Soundtrack - Robot and Will Robinson

The heroic swell heard in Main Titles, naturally builds off John Williams original theme. Parts of that iconic theme plays throughout the score for the Lost in Space soundtrack. While William’s original theme might have inspired the composer. Lennertz is solely responsible for delivering an exceptionally moving and exciting score. Friends, he deserves accolades and awards on this!

From the pulse pounding start of To The Chariot that deftly slides into a softer touch before returning to a thrilling score. Without being jarring of course. Or the absolutely moving combination of strings and piano at the beginning of The Waterfall, which in turn becomes mysterious and threatening. Lennertz with the Philharmonia Orchestra, have delivered a rousing and beautiful soundtrack. While I am indeed attempting to avoid spoilers with the names of the tracks. I will go on record stating that Will and the Robot as well as Flowers-Father And Son are two of my favorites.
Lost in Space soundtrack - John and Will Robinson

With all due respect to Lakeshore Records, I think that Zack Estrin says it better than I could. This is courtesy of the liner notes for the soundtrack:
“Much like the Robinsons themselves, there’s an underlying sense of hope to the music here. It’s a sonic rollercoaster full of fun and heart…”
Lost In Space Soundtrack - Chariot

Now the great news is Lakeshore Records have already released the soundtrack. It actually debuted at the same time as the Netflix series went live. Now you can of course hop on over to the Lakeshore’s official site and purchase it in any number of ways. I would however suggest you go the iTunes route. Why? That is because you will indeed get more than the standard 22 tracks. By going through iTunes you will get 7 more bonus tracks!

Are you ready to hear a medley of Christopher Lennert’s Lost in Space soundtrack?

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New Lost in Space - Jupiter 2 - Netflix

Netflix Is In No Danger With New Lost In Space!

Friends, having had to work until the wee hours of the morning. It was indeed a pleasant treat to find that by the time I had gotten home, Netflix released it’s new Lost in Space series. While I have only had the opportunity to view the first episode, entitled Impact. I can truthfully say that I have a very, very good feeling where this new Lost in Space show is headed!
New Lost in Space - Title Card

For the first episode from Netflix and Legendary Television, it’s hard to go wrong when you have Executive Producer Neil Marshall directing. Marshall is a fantastic choice as well as being the guy responsible for some wonderful genre films. Such as Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday, and the upcoming Hellboy remake.

Obviously this new Lost in Space is based on the original ’60s television series. While it keeps the basic premise of that show as well as the 1998 big budget film adaptation. It boldly and masterfully tells a different story of the Robinsons. Just like in the source material, this new show appears that it too will focus on the strength of Family. However since it in fact is an updated version, we see that this is in no way a squeaky clean family unit. Far from it as the first episode reveals by way of flashbacks. Naturally this helps to make the Robinson Family quite relatable, in my opinion.

With a first episode title like Impact…well…it wastes no time in throwing the Robinsons in danger. Being one of many colonization teams, determined to escape a dying Earth. It hammers home the point of just how dangerous exploring strange new planets could be. The peril feels incredibly real and quite honestly, very stressful.

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The filmmakers have most assuredly picked a great cast. In particular I was impressed with Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson. As well as Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson. The Robinsons we know have been altered a little. What I mean is Will, played by Maxwell Jenkins, is rightfully hesitant about adventure. Where in the orignal series he was all too eager to go out and investigate the mysteries of the universe. Or John Robinson, played in this new Lost in Space series by Toby Stephens – in this incarnation he is an absentee Father struggling with his role. Based off just one episode, Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson is closest to the original role.
New Lost in Space - The Robinsons

Another big change is in regards to Doctor Smith, played by Parker Posey. Not to dip my toes too far into spoiler territory but she is barely in the first episode. Then there is the mysterious character that would fit the role of Robot. This new ‘companion’ to Will Robinson appears to be some kind of biomechanical being. I am most assuredly looking forward to learning more about the character.
New Lost in Space - Robot

I have no doubt that Netflix and Legendary Television have spent a pretty penny on this show. Judging by that first episode, this show is going to be a wild ride to say the very least. An enjoyable one to boot, one that I feel is quite worthy of your precious time.

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The score by Christoper Lennertz is so far amazing. However we will need to see if the new Lost in Space soundtrack can match the 1998 film version!

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Sci-Fi Sunday: Lost In Space – The Animated Series Pilot (1973)

SciFi Sunday
Welcome back to another episode of Sci-Fi Sunday and while what we are sharing today might not be quite as awesome as The Mini-Munsters from the last Saturday Frights, we still think it’s pretty special. It’s the 1973 offering from the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, the pilot in fact for the Lost in Space animated series! This pilot differs a little from the original live action series in a few key ways. Dr. Smith (The only returning member of the original TV show cast) is aboard the ship as a passenger and not in an effort to sabotage the voyage and kill the Robinson family. While the Robot is present it is named Robon and is used as a flight control for the Jupiter 2 instead of tagging along with the crew. The crew itself is different as we now have Craig Robinson and his younger brother Link along with a geologist named Deena Carmichael who is on board because she is headed to the Saturn space station.

So pop up some popcorn and grab your favorite beverage as we take in a viewing of the Lost In Space animated series pilot here on Sci-Fi Sunday. The show is split into 7 parts so just follow the link to watch the rest of it!
http://youtu.be/ze83qnNyDSY
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