Back the late sixties, any time you'd see the likes of a Fonda, Nicholson, Sutherland or Redford up on the screen, chances are you'd also be hearing such "exciting" new artists as the Association, the Sandpipers, Simon & Garfunkel or B.J. Thomas on the accompanying soundtrack. This no doubt helped fuel interest in other members of the "now generation," such as Neil Diamond, Glen Campbell, Three Dog Night or Blood Sweat & Tears. In fact, it's probably safe to say that a whole generation was first exposed to the "now sound" at the movies.
Albums like arranger Joe Scott's ""Motion Pictures: The NOW Generation" also brought added grease to the wheels, helping to point Middle America down unfamiliar roads and smoothing the path at the same time. Appropriately lush and stately-of-pace, with just a touch of electric grit, Joe's album offers listener a nice pat on the back for being so musically adventurous. Which is to say, the whole thing goes down like the average late-sixties nightly network news broadcast theme.
The album kicks off with a glossy reading of The Band's "The Weight," and includes driving, uptempo detective-show takes on "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and "Mrs. Robinson. The rest of the album is filled with alternately shimmering and brooding big orchestra arrangements of such "now" filler as "Midnight Cowboy," "Goodbye Columbus" and "Come Saturday Morning." My personal favorite track is a version of "Born To Be Wild" that's just dying to be carved up into dope samples.
I don't know much about this album or Joe Scott. The internet has not been much help either, telling me only that the album can be purchased for collectors prices and that the name "Joe Scott" is quite common. Fair enough. I can't do anything about the latter, but as to the former, I might be able to save you 35 bucks. That is, provided you don't mind that my rip is from a non-shrink-wrapped copy.