Through our “Music + Travel” guides and music-related posts here on the blog, we’re used to connecting sound and travel in ways that bring you the best in emerging and longstanding scenes from all around the world. Well, the reissuing of famed conceptual pop composer Bob Thompson’s “The Sound of Speed” wraps all that up for us in a single, delightful package. Despite what you may assume from the title, we’re not dealing with the latest in techno from Berlin (as you’ll find in “Music + Travel”) or the latest thrash metal out of Florida. “The Sound of Speed” is a charming 1960 concept album featuring the recordings of planes, trains, and even jaunty Vespas as they ferry their passengers around the world, all set to bright, orchestral tunes straight from the era of the three-martini lunch. Now available in a new, lush vinyl pressing, the years have added a patina of camp value to Thompson’s work, but his remarkable talent as a composer with an ear for the sound of the Jet Age remains intact. More than mere novelty music, “The Sound of Speed” is a fun addition to the iPods and record collections of globetrotters headed off to parts unknown.
“Bob Thompson’s ‘The Sound of Speed’ LP Re-issue” [BoingBoing]
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