James Sedlar

Movie Hits of '66

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Despite its numerous spy themes, Movie Hits of '66 is more in the general mod vein. Sedlar plays trumpet, and the band includes light strings, voice (wordless chorus), and guitar. But mostly the sound is big beat and horns. "Ascot" really dates the album, and it's not until the final three tracks that Sedlar seems to hit his stride and surpass the original versions. The wordless chorus and overall punchiness impart a crass accessibility that each tune seems to withstand. There's nothing really essential about the record -- just a few nice alternates for the mod brass completist.

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