"The producer of "Satan", Leonard Burton, decided for the most part that he wanted a jazz score. Some of the pieces are jazz pieces, but I tried to be very careful in the arrangements because there is one thing that automatically kills jazz: the moment the music written is tense, jazz "will not happen." Jazz ideas are like good conversation, the moment a conversation becomes tense, talk is difficult. However, there has to be a certain intensity to create excitement. I hope I've accomplished this."
Total time: 30:42 min.
01. Satan in High Heels 3:24
02. Montage 2:11
03. The Lost and the Lonely 3:38
04. East Side Drive 2:48
05. Coffee, Coffee 3:27
06. Lake in the Woods 3:30
07. From Mundy On 3:27
08. The Long Knife 2:22
09. Blues for a Stripper 3:27
10. Pattern of Evil 2:26
All compositions written by Mundell Lowe
Originally issued on Charlie Parker Records as PLP-406S
Later reissued as PLP-822
Personnel on tracks #1-5:
Mundell Lowe (g), Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (tp), James Buffington (fh), Urbie Green, George Buster Cooper (tb), Walter Levinsky, Ray Beckenstein (as), Al Klink, Al Cohn (ts), Sol Schlinger (bs), Eddie Costa (p,vb), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d).
Personnel on tracks #6-10:
Mundell Lowe (g), Clark Terry, Bernie Glow, Doc Severinsen, Ernie Royal (tp), Jimmy Cleveland, George Buster Cooper (tb), Walter Levinsky (as,fl), Oliver Nelson, Al Cohn (ts), gene Allen (bs), Barry Galbraith (g), Eddie Costa (p,vb), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d).
Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, in New York, on November 30, 1961 [#1-5] and December 22, 1961 [#6-10]
Original soundtrack produced and directed by Aubrey L. Mayhew
Recording engineer: Bob Simpson (RCA Studios)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Note: The original soundtrack from the motion picture "Satan in High Heels", was the first issued on LP in 1961 by Charlie Parker Records PLP-406S. Only a year later the same recordings, but in a different track order, were reissued also on LP under the title "Blues for a Stripper", Charlie Parker Records PLP-822. Now, this memorable music composed and conducted by Mundell Lowe appears on CD.
"Mundell Lowe's score for the exploitation flick Satan in High Heels is an immensely enjoyable collection of exaggeratedly cinematic jazz. Lowe runs through all sorts of styles, from swinging big band to cool jazz, from laid-back hard-bop to driving bop. He pulls it off because his big band is comprised of musicians as skilled as Oliver Nelson, Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Urbie Green, Joe Newman and Clark Terry. They help give the music the extra kick it needs, and Satan in High Heels winds up as a terrific set of humorous and sleazy, but well-played, mainstream jazz."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine -All Music Guide