Tinkling In Space
:: Ferrante & Teicher - Theme from Star Trek ::
Dueling pianists, Ferrante & Teicher, were doing some pretty interesting things in the 1950's, releasing several albums where they modified their pianos to produce bizarre, new sounds. Glass, paper, rubber, metal - a whole variety of found objects would be attached to their piano string beds to achieve those sounds, making the duo popular with hi-fi and space age pop fans. Alas, our selection today is not from one of those innovative records, but instead from one of the many easy listening offerings that made up their output during the course of the 1960's and '70's. Star Wars, from 1978, has the two Muzak men cashing in on the movie craze by including only songs that have loose associations with outer space in their titles. We get renditions of “Stars Fell on Alabama,” When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Moonlight Sonata,” as well as the main title theme from Star Wars. To give the record a thicker coating of cheese, they added a sanitized disco beat to all of the songs on Side One, which you’ll hear in “Theme from Star Trek.” Then, for Side Two, they return to blander pastures with straight, classical interpretations.