Fifty-year-old Music Sequences from the Movie "FEELIN' GOOD" Spark Interest in Travis Edward Pike's 2016 Product Catalog

November 22, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
November 22, 2016 - On Monday, November 7th, The Perlich Post Blogspot claimed "The best music video of 2016 was actually shot in 1966." In fact, Travis Pike's "Watch Out Woman" and the other songs from the 1966 movie "FEELIN' GOOD" are making waves on Youtube and creating interest in his current music CD releases.

When we looked on Sunday morning, "Watch Out Woman" had more than 2,500 Youtube views, and the Montclairs performance of Pike's "FEELIN' GOOD" title song had been viewed over 1,000 times. That's outstanding performance for clips from a movie that has not been screened publicly for nearly 50 years, and was never released to the home video market.

Now, Otherworld Cottage has a page, listing all the video clips from "FEELIN' GOOD," that allows viewers to go directly to the song of their choice, and even view the newsreel clip from the world premiere of "FEELIN' GOOD" in downtown Boston, October 26th, 1966.

For good measure, Otherworld posted the theatrical trailer for "DEMO DERBY," the little film that earned the seed money for the big movie, when it played on thousands of screens across the USA with the Beatles "HARD DAY'S NIGHT." Otherworld Cottage released their DVD of the 50th Anniversary Edition of "DEMO DERBY" in 2014.

Sadly, there will be no such release for "FEELIN' GOOD." No extant prints of the feature have been located, and what has been restored and posted on Youtube shows only six of the twelve songs from the movie. Travis Pike wrote ten songs for the film, including the "FEELIN' GOOD" title song and "Come Back Home" performed on-screen by the Montclairs, winners of the first Massachusetts Jaycees Battle of the Bands. They also perform their arrangement of Gerschwin's "Summertime."

Travis' sequences have him singing "Watch Out Woman," and "The Way That I Need You" on the Charles River Esplanade, and "I Beg Your Pardon" on one of the swan boats in Boston's Public Garden. In 2013 and 2014, when it was still believed that all the tunes recorded for the movie were lost, Travis and his brother, Adam Pike, recorded "FEELIN' BETTER," a CD album released in 2014 containing seven of the eight songs he sang in "FEELIN' GOOD" and four additional original songs from his back catalog.

Although he wrote "Feelin' Good" and "Come Back Home," Travis did not record them for the new album. "I wrote those songs for the Montclairs," he says. "They performed both brilliantly. If they are released, they should be the recordings by the Montclairs."

It may sound far-fetched, but we're told that if there is sufficient interest, a two-sided vinyl 45 rpm for the Montclairs, and another featuring the two songs Travis sang on the Esplanade are possibilities. The optical mono soundtracks have held up far better than the motion picture images.

Watch for the Winter 2016-17 issue of UGLY THINGS Magazine, featuring Harvey Kubernik's in-depth pictorial interview with Travis Pike, and reviews of Pike's works currently in release.

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