Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Marketts - Out of Limits (LP) 1963-64

The Marketts' biggest hit was originally entitled "Outer Limits", named after the television program of the same name; however, the title was changed to "Out of Limits"; it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Its rhythm is similar to the theme of The Twilight Zone.

"Out of Limits" is a 1963 surf rock instrumental piece written by Michael Z. Gordon and performed by The Marketts.

While on tour with a band called the Routers, Gordon wrote the Marketts’ first release on the Warner Bros. label and their biggest hit, an instrumental called “Outer Limits”. First pressings were issued as "Outer Limits", named and surf-styled after the television program of the same name. However, Rod Serling sued the Marketts for quoting the four note motif from his television show, The Twilight Zone, without his approval, which resulted in the change of the title to "Out of Limits". The record has been described as "an intriguing up-beat disc with a galloping rhythm".

The song peaked at #3 in February 1964 on the Hot 100 for two weeks and on Cashbox for one week. It stayed on both the Hot 100 and Cashbox for 14 weeks. The song sold over a million copies globally, topped the charts on many U.S. radio stations, and earned Gordon a BMI award. It brought the studio group national prominence, and many radio, nightclub and personal appearances.

The Ventures also had a very popular version of the song that was included on their 1964 album The Ventures In Space.

“Out of Limits” is a popular choice for television and film soundtracks; it can be heard in Pulp Fiction (1994), Slayground (1983), The Outsiders (1983) and Mafioso: The Father, the Son (2004). It is also available on the compilations Billboard Top Rock'n'Roll Hits: 1964, Elvira Presents Haunted Hits and Classic Rock (Time-Life Music)


A1 Out Of Limits
Written-By – Michael Z. Gordon
A2 Love 1985
Written-By – P. Vegas*
A3 Collision Course
Written-By – Usher*, Christian*
A4 Hyper-Space
Written-By – D. Howe*
A5 Other Limits
Written-By – Michael Z. Gordon
A6 Bell Star
Written-By – Saraceno*, Pohlman*
B1 Twilight City
Written-By – Joe Saraceno
B2 Borealis
Written-By – Motola*, Page*
B3 Bella Dalena
Written-By – Saraceno*, Pohlman*
B4 Limits Beyond
Written-By – L. & R. Duncan*
B5 Saturn
Written-By – P. Vegas*
B6 Re-Entry
Written-By – P. Vegas*


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