Listen to an hour of the jazzy background music from 1967 Spider-Man cartoon

Dan Colman of Open Culture came across this video featuring an hour of excellent music from the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon.

Ray Ellis had a six-decade career as a producer, arranger, and jazz composer. And while he’s best known for arranging music for Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin (1958), he also enjoyed a long career orchestrating music for television. Working under a pseudonym “Yvette Blais” (his wife’s name), Ellis composed background music for the cartoon studio Filmation between 1968 and 1982. And, during the late 60s, he notably created the background and incidental music for the original Spider-Man cartoons.

It reminds me a bit of Jack Nitzsche's great score for the 1965 dud, Village of the Giants:

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  1. Wait. Don't tell me: Stan Lee wrote bad lyrics to every note of it so he could keep half the royalties?

  2. And according to IMDB he did Fantastic Voyage and Star Trek: The Animated Series. He and Les Szarvas wrote the soundtrack to childhood Saturday Mornings.

  3. Those giants absolutely belong in a Star Trek episode! Dig that velour toga/singlet!

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