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Laurie Productions feat. Jean​-​Jacques Perrey - Visa to the Stars (commercial arrangement)

from Jean​-​Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline by Jean-Jacques Perrey

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The first release of ‘Visa to the Stars’ – different to the recording presented here - appeared on the seminal Perrey & Kingsley album The In Sound from Way Out. Recorded for Vanguard Records in 1965, the song closed out that LP’s second side with its galloping guitar and wistful cowboys-in-space melody.

Perrey composed the tune with Angelo Badalamenti - at the time writing and arranging under the name Andy Badale - following work they’d done together making original music for television’s Captain Kangaroo. The two were first introduced in New York by Carroll Bratman, a seasoned percussionist who owned and operated one of New York’s biggest musical instrument rental companies. Bratman was Perrey’s sponsor in the USA and had a business interest in the distribution of the Ondioline.

The version of ‘Visa to the Stars’ you hear on this compilation was produced in the late 1960s under the aegis of Laurie Productions, an independent production arm of Laurie Records that was set up by John Mack and Dave Mullaney to focus on music specifically for commercials.

Working under Laurie Productions, Perrey found great success in the advertising world, winning a Clio Award for his theme for No-Cal soda, itself a rearrangement of the Perrey & Kingsley number ‘The Savers’.

The largest audience for ‘Visa to the Stars’ probably came with the use of this commercial arrangement in advertisements for Esso. Perrey tells the story that when the tune was presented to the CEO of Esso, the man’s immediate and explosive response was “this is the best piece of music I’ve ever heard!”

Pacier than the In Sound from Way Out version, the arrangement of ‘Visa To The Stars’ presented here showcases a more spirited performance from Perrey on the beautiful lead Ondioline melody. It was transcribed and restored from a rare Laurie Productions 7” sampler.


from Jean​-​Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline, track released January 1, 1969
Jean-Jacques Perrey - Ondioline, composer
Dave Mullaney for Laurie Productions - producer


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Jean-Jacques Perrey (1929-2016) was an alternative pop visionary, pioneer of rhythmic tape-edit sampling techniques, and virtuoso of the rare French electronic musical instrument, the Ondioline.

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