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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Teen Beat Discotheque - Living Guitars

Teen Beat (Al Caiola)
Teen Beat Discotheque
Living Guitars
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
RCA Camden CAS-804

Very good "Living Guitars" set featuring classic Space-Age sounding arrangements.

Do The Clam
The Watusi
Lemon Tree
Teen Beat
The "In" Crowd
The Jerk
All Day And All Of The Night

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Favorite Show Tunes Volume 2 - The Sorkin Strings

Sophisticated Lady
Favorite Show Tunes
Volume 2
The Sorkin Stings
Concert-Disc CS-37

Comin' Through The Rye
Sophisticated Lady
I'll Follow My Secret Heart
When You Wish Upon A Star
Bye Bye Blues
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
Somewhere Over The Rain Bow
Oh! What A Beautiful Morning
Long Ago And Far Away
I Got Rhythm

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing - Richard Hayman

I'll Cry Tomorrow
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Richard Hayman And His Orchestra

From the back cover: Richard Hayman – whose brilliant harmonica solo work is a dramatic mainstay of this film-theme package – is himself a graduate of Hollywood's musical movie field. During the forties, the composer-conductor received most of his early training at the studios.

He worked as a soloist and with his own harmonica group on such hit Betty Grable musicals as "Coney Island" and "Sweet Rosie O'Grady," and as arranger and performer in many great MGM musical clicks, including "Meet Me In St. Louis," "As Thousands Cheer," and "Girl Crazy." His arrangement credits at 20th-Century Fox include the memorable musical version of "State Fair" with score, of course, by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Sadie Thompson's Song
Eyes Of Blue
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
I'll Cry Tomorrow
Terry's Theme
Vera Cruz
Joey's Theme
The High And The Mighty

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sweet Swingin' Chariot Pop Gospel

Didn't It Rain
Sweet Swingin' Chariot
Pop Gospel Hits With Soul
Somerset SF-20400

Recorded live by the Sensational New Messengers Of Happiness - The Pearls Of Joy - The Jordan Couriers - The Booker T. Jackson Singers - Doc Bagby And His Moving Hammond Organ And Band

Swing Low Sweet Chariot
That's All Right
Down By The Riverside
Dry Bones
Move In The Room
I Got Shoes
Saints Go Marching In
Didn't It Rain
Joshua Fit The Battle
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Every Time I Feel The Spirit
When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jazz Festival

Sid's Mark
Jazz Festival
With Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry, Teddy Wilson, Rufus Jones
Wyncote W 9031 Stereo

Various artist set featuring tracks that compliment each other. Nice budget release from Wyncote.

Bossa Nove De Funk - Maynard Ferguson
Rollin' - Rufus Jones
Sid's Mark - Clary Terry
Just About That Time - Rufus Jones
Tread Ye Lightly - Clark Terry
Sidney's Soliloquy - Teddy Wilson
Danny Boy - Maynard Ferguson
Aluminum Baby - Rufus Jones

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Only Have Eyes For You - Tony Motttola

A Stranger In Town
I Only Have Eyes For You
America's Greatest Popular Guitarist
Tony Mottola
Producer: Enoch Light
Associate Producers: Tony Mottola and Jeff Hest
Arrangements: Tony Mottola
Project 3 PR 5094SD

Budget set released after Enoch Light retired from the music business in 1974. Cheaply produced jacket with a sticker pasted over and replacing the Total Sound address on the back cover with the name and address of the "new" manufacture and distributor: "Seagull Enterprises".

Even though the entire project is "budget-minded" small combo lounge pop you are still treated to Mottola's amazingly clean, rich-sounding guitar work.

I Only Have Eyes For You
Send In The Clowns
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
What I Did For Love
Jelly Belly
Our day Will Come
Time In A Bottle
The Most Beautiful Girl
A Stranger In Town
Love Won't Let Me Wait

Jequibau - Mario Albanese

No Balanco Do Jequibau
Mario Albanese
His Piano And Orchestra
Epic LN 24192

From the back cover: Jequibau was created by pianist-composure Mario Albanese and Ciro Pereira, and it has been hailed by Brazil's most celebrated musicians and composers as one of the most exciting and important rhythms they've ever heard. Noted conductor Luis Arruda Paes cites the unusual 5/4 beat as "a fluent melodic sound, which one can hear and follow in a natural way, without contriving any strong beat."

Tarde Quente
O Fim
Foi Assim
No Balanco Do Jequibau
Se Nao
Experando O Sol

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely - Morgana King

Tomorrow Never Knows
I Know How It Feels to Be Lonely
Morgana King
Produced by Pete Spargo
Arranged and Conducted by Jimmie Hazard
Verve V6-5061

Unique arrangements combined with King's strong vocal interpretation makes for a number of interesting covers.

From the back cover: Morgana King sings motto voice but her impact registers on the seismograph at Cal Tel. She is, as the French say, "a friend of the heart."

Tomorrow Never Knows
Since I Fell For You
Sunshine Superman
Warm Eyes And Bright
Didn't We
Feelin' Groovy
I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely
Eleanor Rigby
I Can Do A Trick
Where Am I Going
Got To Get You Into My Life
Only Know I Loved You

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hal March Conducts

Hal March Conducts
Hamilton HLP 101

This package is a bit dated when compared to other current 1960 "mood" releases. None-the-less, Hamilton created a very good budget priced mood set that was made special by the addition of Paul Horn's sexy woodwind solos.

From the back cover: Paul Horn is an extremely talented young artist with virtuoso ability in the entire family of woodwind instruments. A serious student of music (with a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College, and a Master's from the Manhattan School of Music). Paul is equally adept as a jazz soloist, having performed with distinction in the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra and with the Chico Hamilton Quintet. Woodwind solos by Paul Horn.

From Billboard - March 14, 1960: Good mood album with Hal Match's name value possibly accounting for some additional business. Lush string sound is applied to the likes of "I'll Be Around," "Moonlight Becomes You," "Please" and "Don't Blame Me." Arrangements are relatively simple, and tho not especially varied do make the disk suitable for background use.

I'll Be Around
But Beautiful
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Moonlight Becomes You
I'll Buy That Dream
Sunday, Monday, Or Aways
It Could Happen To You
Don't Blame Me
Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac time

Thursday, June 9, 2016

12 String Guitar - Floyd Robinson

12 String Boogie
12 String Guitar
Floyd Robinson
Diplomat DS - 2306

From the back cover: Floyd Robinson, plays something that is a cross between the blue grass music and the rock and roll beat. Floyd plays a 12 string guitar – the newest fad since the Beatles. But this is really more than a fad, it's a whole trend in music that will soon come into its own.

Walk Right In
12 String Bossa Nova
High Born Lady
Under The Double Eagle
12 String Boogie
Arkansas Traveler
Red Wing
Wildwood Flowers
Grandfather's Clock
Fingers On Fire
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Billy In The Low Ground