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Monday, July 13, 2015

Fly My Love - Arthur Prysock


Arthur Prysock
Fly My Love
Arrangements and Orchestra Direction by Bill McElhiney
King KS 1088

Secret Love
More Than You Know
Didn't We
I'll Get Along Tomorrow
How Do I Tell Her
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
I Want To Talk About You
Go Ahead And Fly
Our Day Will Come

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Elvis We Still Love You - Song Poem

In Memory Of Elvis
From Tupelo To Fame
Elvis We Still Love You
Country Creations/Royal Master Records

SMILE - The Funnies

Do You Know What Time It Is

You've Got A Friend
Sung And Played By The Funnies

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Some Like It Modern - The Three Sounds

Caesar And Cleopatra
Some Like It Modern
The Three Sounds
Mercury Records
MG-20839 (Broadcast Promotional Copy)

From the back cover: Gene Harris, Andrew Simpkins and Dill Dowdy are good musicians who enjoy playing together. The feelings and moods which they express musically are projected to their audiences with an ease and assurance that could only come from seven years of rehearsing, working, and paying dues together. Their repertory is wide, varied and flexible enough to make them equally at home in a "soulful jazz cellar" as in a sophisticated eastside type restaurant or night club.

Lazy River
Sentimental Journey
There's Something Nice About The Rain
Let's Dance
Elbows And Armpits
Caesar And Cleopatra
After Hours
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Mr. Lucky
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Rat Down Front

Friday, June 12, 2015

Modern Sound 1026

Dr. Feel Good
Modern Sound
MS 1026

Modern Sound MS 1020

Day Tripper
Modern Sound
MS 1020

The Johnny Hamlin Quintet featuring Marci Miller

Why Was I Born
The Johnny Hamlin Quintet
Featuring Marci Miller
Argo LP 4001
Recorded in June 1960, at Ter-Mar Recording Studios, Chicago.
Personnel: Johnny Hamlin, accordion and piano; Art Mooshagian, trumpet and trombone; Charlie McFadden, tenor and baritone saxophones and flut; Bob Saravia, bass; Gary Frommer, drums.
Cover: Don Bronstein
Engineer: Ron Malo
Supervision: Jack Tracy

From the back cover: I first heard Johnny Hamlin about eight years ago when he was playing a gig at the Pla-Bowl, a night spot way south of Chicago's Loop. The Pla-Bowl was the place where Stan Kenton discovered the Four Freshmen, and was always a nice booking for small, integrated groups who appealed to young moderns. I'll always remember Johnny's first album for some small midwest company which was cut, of all places, in a bowling alley in Des Plaines! Some engineer had boasted of the acoustics in the lanes, and the session had come off quite well. Of course, the recording started after the last bowling fanatic and pinsetter had left for the night. – Mike Rapchak - Station WCFL, Chicago

Just Squeeze Me
Jumpin' Jack
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Mighty Mike
I'm Shooting High
Li'l Darlin'
All Of You
Serenade In Blue
Why Was I Born
Strike Up The Band

Monday, June 1, 2015

And So To Sleep - Hugo Peretti

And So To Sleep
The Music Of Harry Revel
Arranged and Conducted by Hugo Peretti
Mercury Records 20179

From the back cover: The song, Voices In The Night, features the soothing solo voice of June Winters. Phil Bodner plays the moving clarinet solo on While The City Sleeps, and the Whistling Of Dawn comes from the puckered lips of Dick Kuhn.

Solid "concept-mood" set. I think the copy I found came from a disco jockey's collection. The DJ made notations on the back to help him remember certain aspects of the set including "mood music" and "good sound - a la David Rose". The DJ also thought the tracks titled "Counting Sheep" and "The Milkman Cometh" were "out of place".

After Midnight
While The City Sleeps
Counting Sheep
Smoke Another Cigarette
Voice In The Night
Girl On My Mind
Revel's Nocturne
Whistling At Dawn
The Milkman Cometh
And So To Sleep

Saturday, May 30, 2015

White Heat - Henri Rene

White Heat
White Heat
Henri Rene´ and his Orchestra
IR Imperial LP 12021

From the back cover: So there's your title (White Heat). It has many diversified meanings as definitions in the dictionary and probably will mean as many things to as many different people. If you get the message, slip your manicured finger or tattooed hand, whichever the case may be, along the protective, germ-free cellophane cover-all. It's as simple as opening a pack of filter tips… and less controversial. Try it. – Henri Rene´

From Billboard - June 15, 1959: Henry Rene has put together a very bright package of instrumentals here. Instrumentation and arrangements are most unusual, being modern, creative; and packed with style.

A bridge between the more "exotic" albums that were hitting the market at the time and big band mood. Like many of Jackie Gleason's excellent albums, this set looks and sounds like a concept project rather than just a collection of tunes.

Isn't It Romantic
Lullaby Of Birdland
Hot Gavotte
White Heat
Runnin' Wild
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
I Know That You Know
Syncopated Clock
Lazy Bones
Limehouse Blues
Woody Woodpecker