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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Red Velvet - Stanley Black

Red Velvet
Stanley Black And His Orchestra
Featuring Stanley Black at the piano
London Records LL 1592

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art and cover notes.

A beautiful piano driven mood set for the period.

From the back cover: London born, Stanley developed his musical ability at an early age and studied piano at the Matthay School Of Music

As the piano lessons went by, his aptitude for music developed and it soon became apparent that Stanley Black was destined to do big things in the music world. However the days of big headlines in the show columns were still a far way off during his youth. First had to come the basic grounding so essential to the successful musician.

Stanley was only twenty-three when he wrote a contribution to the score of the 1936 film "Rhythm Racketeers" and started off on a screen association which has lasted right up to the present day. Nearly thirty-five important British films have received the "Black Magic" touch and the outstanding ones that come immediately to mind are "Top Secret," "Laughter In Paradise" and "An Alligator Named Daisy."

His film work was temporarily interrupted at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 when he spent the early years of conflict in R.A.F. blue. Here too he helped to entertain his fellow servicemen through the Entertainment Branch.

It didn't take Stanley long to find his civilian feet after leaving the service and in 1944, after some freelance work, he was appointed conductor of the B.B.B. Dance Orchestra – a post he held until 1952.

It was during this spell with the B.B.C. that Stanley became as well known as the stars on such shows as "Hi Gang," "Much Binding in the Marsh," " Forces All Star Bill," etc. and his now "Black Magic," "Top Score" and "Tropical Magic" programs ran up a huge following.

The B.B.C. also made full use of Stanley's facility in composing original music. He wrote many scores for documentary broadcasts and signature tunes for programs like "Double Top" and "The Goon Show," in addition to the attractive familiar Light Program interval music.

Considered an authority on Latin American style music, Stanley is a member of the advisory board for the publication "Who's Who In Music." Naturally, all his talent is not concentrated on that particular brand of music as you read this will undoubtedly know.

His work with the B.B.C. was recognized officially and publicly in 1951 when it was announced that Stanley would front his orchestra at the Royal Command Variety Show. This followed close on the heels of Stanley receiving another honor – he was elected a member of that famous theatrical organization, the Grand Order Of Water Rats.

Despite his numerous commitments, Stanley still finds time to write may popular ballads and dance tunes. Two examples of his flair from the Latin American idiom, both as composer and executant, are to be found on his recent London album, "Cuban Moonlight: (LL 1166) their titles are Nostalgia and Hold Me Close Tonight, and both demonstrate his melodic gifts in a typical authentic setting.

Commercial television was quick to appreciate his talents. The short ear-catching jingles which we hear whilst looking at the advertisements on the screen must make a lasting impression on our minds if we are to remember the particular commodity, and Stanley has produced several little tunes which do just that.

In the comparatively new television medium Stanley was and is a prominent performing artist. He featured a 35-piece orchestra in the first of the highly successful "Off The Record" shows and conducted an orchestra for the equally popular "Hit Parade" series which ended its run recently. Jimmy Watson

Isn't It Romantic
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Kiss Me Again
Lovely To Look At
You Leave Me Breathless
I'm Falling In Love With Someone
They Say It's Wonderful
Isn't It Heavenly
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
The "Moulin Rouge" Theme
Red Velvet
Sophisticated Lady
May I?
Would You?

The Impossible Dream - The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra

Get On Board
The Impossible Dream
The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra
Somerset SF-33100

Super budget set that features tracks that sound as though they may have been borrowed from a  conservative "101 Strings" orchestral set. Then Somerset filled out this LP with three funky organ tracks that they robbed from some other project. What a bizarre mix...

The Impossible Dream
Evening Star
Get On Board
I Want To Be Ready
The Quiet Hours
Nobody Knows The Trouble I See
Slow With Soul
Serenade (Schubert)
Swing Low, Sweet Truth
And The Meek

The Big Sound - Heart Of Hawaii

Red Sails In The Sunset
The Big Sound
Heart Of Hawaii
Pirouette FM 34

A very nice space-age set of "island-flavored" big orchestral mood pieces spiced with vocal passages.

Red Sails In The Sunset
Moon Of Manakoora
Beyond The Reef
Maoris Farewell
Hawaiian War Chant
Sweet Leilani
Drousy Waters
Blue Hawaii
Dark Dawn

One More Time - Sounds Orchestra

One More Time
Sounds Orchestra
Produced and Directed by John Schroeder
Album Coordination: Dorothy Schwartz
Production Coordinator: Bob Scerbo
Album Cover Design: The Graffiteria
Engineer: Ray Prickett
Janus Records JLS 3014

Johnny Pearson - Piano
Kenny Clare - Drums
Frank Clark - Bass
Dennis Lopez - L.A. Percussion
Tony Carr - L.A. Percussion

Good Morning Starshine
Louie Louie
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Je T'aime Moi Non Plus
Classical Gas
Half As Nice
Love In The Shadows
Love And The World Loves With You
So Long My Love

Adventures In Paradise - Volume 3

Isle Of Adventure
Adventures In Paradise
Volume 3
Featuring Alfred Apaka
Roy Smeck
Terorotua And His Tahitians
The Islanders
Producer: Sid Feller
Cover Design: Frank Gauna
Photo: Juliana Wang
Liner Notes: Joe Lebow
ABC-Paramount ABCS-414

This set is preceded by Volume 1 and 2 (ABC-329 and ABC-358)

From Billboard - August 28, 1962: The combination that worked so well on two pervious packages is again blended in a mixture that has the aroma of sales about it. The late tenor Alfred Apaka, guitarist Roy Smeck, the instrumental group called the Islanders, and the colorful Tahitian combo headed by Terrorotus all get solo turns in the spotlight, and each fares very well in turn. It all totals up to one of the more attractive packages of island music.

Alfred Apaka - Sunset In Hawaii
Roy Smeck - Moonlight Bay
The Islanders - Hawaiian Wedding Song
Terorotua And His Tahitians- To To To E
Alfred Apaka - The Palm Trees Sings Aloha
The Islanders - Isle Of Adventure
The Islanders - Love Island
Roy Smeck - Drifting And Dreaming
Alfred Apaka - Song Of Old Hawaii
The Islanders - Francesca
Roy Smeck - Honolulu Shuffle
Terorotua And His Tahitians - Tehaupoo

Friday, February 16, 2018

But You've Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos - Don Ralke

But You've Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos
Don Ralke And His Orchestra
Cover Photo by George Jerman/Photography 2
Warner Bros. WS 1360

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

Gershwin never sounded better! Super Space Age set!

Fascinating Rhythm
How Long Has This Been Going On
Clap Yo Hands
Love Is Here To Stay
My One And Only
They All Laughed
Love Is Here To Stay
They Can't Take That Away From Me
A Foggy Day
I Got Rhythm

Holding Hands At Midnight - Dinah Shore

Holding Hands At Midnight
Dinah Shore
RCA Victory LPM 1154

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art.

From the back cover: Dinah Shore graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in sociology, a branch of science she has practiced ever since. Here is a very personal voice, one that on records or on radio or on television seems to be directed at you exclusively.

From Billboard - January 28, 1956: Tho Miss Shore has had troubles getting single record hits, this album should have its own healthy share of attention. First, the cover pictures the gal at her best. Then the disk follows thru with a fine selection of well-paced material. "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Easy To Love," " Had To Be You" and "I Concentrate On You" are a good cross section.

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Easy To Love
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Once In A While
It Had To Be You
You're Driving Me Crazy!
That Great Come-And-Get-It Day
Moanin' In The Morning
Under A Blanket Of Blue
Taking A Chance On Love
I Concentrate On You

You're My Everything - Les Brown

You're My Everything
Favorite Songs About Your Favorite
Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
Coral (10-inch) CRL 56046

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and bio information.

From the back cover: Born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1912, Les Brown was nurtured on music from the start. His father, a baker, was a music-lover and saw to it that Les began taking piano lessons when the boy was eight. Unfortunately, not much progress was made on the keyboard. Then one day Les watched his father and three uncles play an amateur sax quartet. Les got hold of his Dad's curved soprano sax and suddenly showed real interest in music. That interest never cooled. Through his high school years Les studies and practiced and, by the time he entered the Conservatory of Music in Ithaca, New York, in 1926, he was way ahead of the other students who played sax. Here Les got his first real taste of harmony, arranging, composing, and other technical subjects which proved so valuable to him. From Ithaca he went to Cornwall, New York, as a student at the New York Military Academy. Then came Duke University.

While a student at Duke, Les and an enthusiastic group of collegians determined to make their mark in the music world by forming a band, Les played sax and started arranging for the newly formed group. It was this combination which he took North in 1936 to play at Budd Lake in New Jersey, for the summer. The band was tagged the "Blue Devils" and under the moniker made some records. Things didn't go too well for the group, and the "Blue Devils" broke up in September 1937.

Les became a much sought-after arranger. He did some outstanding arrangements for many of the top bands of the day and for music publishers. Although he was doing well financially, he still yearned to wave the baton again. So, in the summer of 1938, he formed a new band. The boys had a tough time for a while, but the turning point came when they were booked into Mike Todd's Theatre-Cafe in Chicago for four weeks. The band did so well that they were held over for four months. Then came the Log Cabin in Armonk, New York, and the Blackhawk in Chicago, the Palladium in Los Angeles, the Astor Roof in New York, and the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Each stay extended for beyond an accepted name in the music business – a name that was synonymous with fine music.

Les also stepped out as a major songwriter with "Sentimental Journey." Featured on the Bob Hope radio program, Les achieved national fame – a position which he continues to hold.

From Billboard - March 1, 1952: Like his first "Over The Rainbow" album for Coral, this package is built on a central theme – the anonymous "you". Tunes are all of a tried and true type and they are played wonderfully well by the crack Brown crew. Excellent dance music for those who prefer their terping set to a swinging beat. Wherever the "Rainbow" set had meaning, this one is bound to accumulate sales. The "you" theme allows for all types of merchandising gimmicks, too.

You're My Everything
You Are My Sunshine
You're Driving Me Crazy
You're The Cream In My Coffee
You're A Sweetheart
You're The Top
You're Blasé
You're An Old Smoothie

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hi-Fireworks - Art Ferrante and Lou Teicher

Art Ferrante and Lou Teicher Duo-Pianists
Camerage by Strimban... Willig
Columbia Records CL 573

From the back cover: Although it might be felt that Ferrante and Teicher harbor some dark grudge against the piano for not being able to sound like a full orchestra, they are in fact devoted to the instrument and both are virtuosi at the keyboard. Although this collection is devoted to their knock-about approach, they have also recorded works in a charming and lyrical vein, notably their meddles of music from Can Can and Me and Juliet and a musical salute to Europe in Continental Holiday, and are well-known as serious concert artists. They met when both were students at New York's Juilliard School of Music, when they were six years old. Both were prodigies and were two of the youngest students ever accepted by that august institution. Almost from the beginning, they began playing together and eventually combined their efforts to work together under ensemble teachers.

After graduation, they made a brief concert tour together, and then returned to Juilliard as members of the faculty, where they combined teaching with a modified concert schedule. In 1947, they began a series of cross-country tours presenting programs that ranged from pre-Bach composers up to and including present-day popular masters. So successful were these programs that the following year they were booked for 139 concerts, and since that time they have become one of the most popular piano duos in the country. Appearances with the Philharmonic-Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and many others followed, and they have been heard on many radio programs, including Piano Playhouse and Percy Faith's program.

Oye Negra
Falling In Love With You
Susanna's Last Stand
Blue Moon
Semper Fidelis
The Old Black Magic
I've Got You Under My Skin
Flight Of The Bumble Bee

Goldfinger - John Barry

Original Motion Picture Sound Track
Music Composed and Conducted by John Barry
Except Side 1, Band 1 which is written by (Bricusse - Newley - Barry)
Published by Unart Music Corporation
United Artist Records UAS 5117

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art.

Perhaps one of the best "secret agent/spy" music sets one can collect.

Main Title - Goldfinger (Sung by Shirley Bassey) Into Miami
Alpine Drive
Oddjob's Pressing Engagement
Bond Back In Action Again
Teasing The Korean
Gassing The Gangsters
Goldfinger (instrumental Version)
Dawn Raid On Fort Knox
The Arrival Of The Bomb And Count Down
The Death Of Goldfinger - End Titles