Based on the success of the 1968 hit movie Oliver! and his starring role in Sid and Marty Krofft's NBC-TV Saturday morning series HR Pufnstuf, Academy Award nominated actor/entertainer/dancer Jack Wild was offered a recording contract with Capitol Records. His debut release, The Jack Wild Album, was produced by Brian Lane and was an exceptionally good album for a first effort that included a Billboard-charting single, "Some Beautiful."
Wild's peppy cover of the Archies' "Sugar and Spice" has double-time hand claps, hot percussion, jangly guitars, and punchy horns. The snappy "Early in the Morning" gells with choral-like vocals (background) and prominent clarinet runs. Wild's theater background comes into play on "Fish and Chips" from the musical Charlie's Girl. Its dozy-dough feel brings to mind the crowded street scene in which Wild sang "Consider Yourself" in Oliver!The second single, the somewhat funky "Some Beautiful," was written by Billy Page, brother of veteran arranger Gene Page who does arrangements on the album. "Picture of You," the B-side of "Some Beautiful," has an upbeat, lurching country feel to it. The upbeat first single, "Wait for the Summer," has a kind of charm that can only come from '60s pop and Wild seems really comfortable on the track. The same could be said of the scrumptious "Melody," which may have been the title track of the movie Wild co-starred in with Oliver!'s Mark Lester. The album has two oom-pah laced Lennon and McCartney covers, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "When I'm Sixty Four." Excellent horn and string arrangements from Page, Don Gould, and John Cameron and a wide-sounding overall LP mix and top musicianship make The Jack Wild Album a treat.
Other Jack Wild recordings include the HR Pufnstuf soundtrack offered through the TV show's sponsor, Kellogg's Cereals, from Capitol Special Products, and the marvelous Pufnstuf movie soundtrack with songs by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. The Fox-produced soundtrack was released by Capitol Records. Jack Wild appeared in a "Where Are They Now" feature in the June 10-16, 2000, issue of TV Guide.