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Sputniks Thema by The Sputniks (1964)

This cut is off of a CD I picked up at Rhino Records in L.A. in April '99 called "Surfbeat Behind the Iron Curtain" (AIP Records AIPCD 1057). It is an anthology of mid-60's "surf music" recorded by bands from the Eastern Bloc (i.e., former Communist countries in Eastern Europe, for all you Gen X-ers :) ). According to the liner notes:

"An early R&R band from East Berlin, they jumped on the beat train in 1964 when rock was young in the Eastern sector. Due to the permanent censorship of those days they tried to copy their idols as best they could and got signed by E. G.'s only label. They got a chance to appear on the only and most legendary album compilation of East Germany, "Big Beat Vol. 1", which features 5 tracks by them. Later, they cut at least four 45s on their own, also accompanied by (mostly) female solo-performers. They split up when the Communist government banned them from all stages."

Surf's up, Comrades!

Run Like The Wind was originally written by Mike Batt for the film Watership Down, but was never used. This recording is by Barbara Dickson, who was to be the singing voice of Hyzenthlay in the film. This song is from her album All For a Song. (Information courtesy of The Real Watership Down Page).

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