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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Disko Hits

Dance The Kung Fu
Disko Hits
Pickwick SPC-3514

Studio covers by the "Disko Band".

Dance The Kung Fu
Pick Up The Pieces
Do It (Til You're Satisfied)
Rock The Boat
Shame, Shame, Shame
Kung Fu Fighting
Get Dancin'
Rock The Boat

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Night Pastor And Seven Friends Play Chicago Jazz

The Night Pastor And Seven Friends Play Chicago Jazz
Claremont Record Company - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Produced by Castle Productions
Artwork: Richard Rush
Notes: The Night Pastor and the trombone player

Here's a gem of an obscurity. This surprisingly good oddity blends a little ministry with jazz. I think that you might agree that if anyone could minister wayward Chicago club scene entertainment workers and patrons it would be Owen.

Not only is the music top shelf, the engineering is absolutely impressive.

From the back cover: With the permission of the Right Reverend Gerald Francis Burrill, Bishop of Chicago, an Episcopal Priest works in one of the entertainment areas of Chicago, ministering to the spiritual needs of the people who work or play there. The Reverend Robert H. Owen is known as the Night Pastor to the musicians, bartenders, waiters, waitresses, singers, dancers and others who work or play in the Rush Street - Old Town Areas of Chicago during the late evening hours. A piano-player himself, Father Owen understands many of the problems of the "Night People" who do much of their work while the rest of the world plays or sleeps.

Who's Who On The Album:

Bob Cousins plays the drums. A winner on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scout Show in the early fifties, Bob helped form the Salt City Five. Very active in Chicago Jazz both traditional and modern, he has been featured with the Pieces of Eight, Jack Teagarden, Bill Reindardt's Jazz Ltd. Band, and has played in many of the better society bands.

Jerry Fuller on clarinet and tenor sax, has played with Matty Matlock, Jack Teagarden, and many others including his own band. Currently he is featured with the Dukes Of Dixieland. This record is his first excursion as a tenor saxophonist. Let's hope it's not his last.

Andy Johnson is an excellent single jazz pianist and a good band man. He has worked with Georg Brunis, had his own trio in the east, played at Jazz Ltd., and does much work with Dave Remington at various spots in the midwest.

Joe Levinson has played bass fiddle with Wild Bill Davidson, at Nick's and at Condon's in New York City. He has worked with Woody Herman, and for several years had his own trio at the Hotel Pierre in New York.

Norman Murphy, trumpet, has been featured with Gene Krupa, and traveled with the Saints and Sinners Band which featured Vic Dickinson and Buster Bailey. He also played at Jazz Ltd., and is now a prominent Chicago Jazz Band Leader, playing at the Gas Light Club.

Johhny Porazzo, guitar and banjo, has appeared with Louis Armstrong, Vaughn Monroe and Wayne King. Working with singer Toni Lee Scott, he also travels with the Dave Remington band throughout the mid-west.

Trombonist and Leader of the band, Dave Remington worked with Jazz Ltd. Band and has had his own band for seven years. He worked with Joe Marsala, Rex Stewart, Serge Chaloff, Tex Benecke and Dukes Of Dixieland, and currently is jobbing in the Chicago area.

Beale St. Blues
Black And Blue
In A Little Spanish Town
Tin Roof Blues (Night Pastor on Piano)
Tiger Rag
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
St. Louis Blues (Night Pastor on Piano)
Exactly Like You

Owen's 1970 Chicago Tribune Obituary

Monday, January 19, 2015

On Tour Through Motortown - The New Christy Minstrels

Reach Out
Stop In The Name Of Love
On Tour Through Motortown
The New Christy Minstrels
Produced by George Greif and Sid Garris
Arranged and Conducted by Chuck Sagle
Columbia CS 9616

From the back cover: Looking for new worlds to conquer – salute, the Minstrels have chosen here that exciting area that has given so much to the pop music scene: Motortown, U.S.A. That's Dee-troit City, often called Motown, and it has spawned some of the most exciting sounds and groups on the music scene today. As anyone knows who has been near a radio the past few years, the Motown Sound has a groove all its own – full of soul, and with a hard-nosed beat that walks right up your spine.

In this album the Minstrels don't try to imitate the Motown Sound – rather, they take some of the very big numbers from Motown and do their own thing – which is meant as a tribute to the original. These are great songs, full of great power. They are performed here with the bright, rousing sound the Minstrels are so noted for.

For more amazing covers fun check out:  Positively 4th Street And Other Message Folk Songs - Living Voices

Dancing In The Streets
Where Did Our Love Go
Reach Out (I'll Be There)
Stop In The Name Of Love
Ain't Gonna Waste My Life Loving You
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
My Girl
A Place In The Sun
Just Look At Her Now

Chicken Twist Vol. 2

Full Album
Chicken Twist Vol. 2
Paul Livert And The Loins
Product of MGM
M/MS 318

Two 20 minute tracks… or basically… one 40 minute budget twist. The band receives an A+ for  stamina!

From the back cover: What we've done in this record was to understand the true spirit of twisting and create an opportunity to get the kinks out, start swinging' and then really get in the groove. So, move back the furniture, push back the walls and everybody do the Chicken Flickin' - Cotton Pickin' - Twenty Minute Twist.

Country Western Folk Songs - George & Anton Husak

I'm Surfing
Full Album
George's Album
Country Western Folk Songs
George & Anton Husak
Arrangements & Engineering by George W. Husak
Windjammer Record Co. ST-465
San Francisco, Ca.

Image and audio files from a sealed copy I found recently.

From the back cover: George was born in a small town in Southern Texas, near the Gulf Coast. He was 1 of 9 children. He started playing the guitar at the age of 8 and singing Country and Western Songs. All of his brothers were musical also and played various musical instruments.

George played the guitar at house parties and dahces (dances), entertained military troops, sometimes as many as 10,000 in one group. He also did some radio work at different stations with different groups in various states.

He lived on the Gulf Coast until he was 20 years of age. He then answered the call of his country and served in the Armed Forces.

George also writes the lyrics and music for songs under the name of Dwight Music Company. He has written such songs as "My Golden Gate Love", I'm Surfing", "And Then I'll Know", "Sailing Windjammer" and "Call Me On The Telephone".

Anton was born on the Gulf Coast in Southern Texas. He stared playing the guitar at a very young age. He also played the mandolin and violin. He did various radio work, singing and playing the guitar. He also entertained at house parties and did other entertaining.

Anton answered the call for his Country and served in the U.S. Air Force and had a military career, retiring as a Major.

Some of the songs he has written are: "Heartbreak and Teardrops", "Indianola", "Let's Have at the Bottle", "I'm Walking the Floor Each Night", and other songs

Anton is a very good writer. His songs are as good as you can find anywhere in the Country.

Golden Gate Love
Heartbreak And Teardrops
Call Me On The Telephone
The Last Letter
San Antonio Rose
Mother The Queen Of My Heart
I Walk The Floor Each Night
Let's Have A Look At The Bottle
I'm Surfing
Cold, Cold Heart
I'm Sorry If That's The Way You Feel

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hit Randolph 1970 - Boots Randolph

Without Love
Hit Boots 1970
Boots Randolph
Producer: Fred Foster
Arranger: Tommy Strong
Cover Art: Paula Coe
Monument Record Corporation MC6612

Those Were The Days
Proud Mary
Both Sides Now
Aquarius - Let The Sun Shine In
Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Bridge Over Trouble Water
Rainy Night In Georgia
Love's Been Good To Me
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
Without Love

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Harmonica & Percussion - Boris Draper

Chiri Biri Bin
Harmonica & Percussion
Boris Draper
Coronet Records

The title and cover art on this budget project don't do much to sell this space age set. The percussion, as you might expect if you listened to a few of these budget "ping-pong" LPs, is a bit "tacked-on". With that said, the "percussion" manages to blend into the body of the songs which generally play through as a nice lounge set with occasional surprisingly cool jazz passages (as heard in the example above).

Old Devil Moon
Wish You Were Here
Chiri Biri Bin (this is now the title is spelled on the back cover)
Nellie Blye
La Paloma
In The Still Of The Night
September Song
Slaughter On 10th Ave.
Yellow Rose Of Texas

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bossa Nova! - Rene Touzet

Theme From "Lawrence Of Arabia"
Bossa Nova!
Brazil To Hollywood
Rene Touzet And His Orchestra
Gene Norman Presents
GNP Crescendo Records
GNP 87

From the back cover: Rene Touzet, in his twelfth album appearance for GNP-Crescendo Records, endows this "new wave" with new ideas of his own; retaining the irresistible flavor of genuine Brazillian music, but creating at the same time a subtle new feeling of his own. The tempos are designed for dancing; the arrangements are ripe with the Touzet melodic magic – and it all adds up to the next best things to being in Brazil!

The "dance step" insert is credited to the Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

This is another super Touzet/Space Age/Bossa/Jazz blend.

Samba Bossa
Theme From "Lawrence Of Arabia"
Bossa Nova Holiday
Little Bird
Days Of Wine And Roses
One Note Samba
Watermelon Man
Theme From "Dime With A Halo"
Bossa Nova Di Qualquiera

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cry Me A River - House Party - The Big Hits

Cry Me A River
The Big Hits
House Party Series
Columbia - CL2574

10 inch disc featuring an obscure and sex cover of Cry My A River by Jill Corey.

M*A*S*H - Al De Lory

Al De Lory Plays The Song From M*A*S*H
Arrangements Al De Lory, Mort Garson and Benny Golson
Produced by Phil Wright
Capitol ST-477

From Billboard - July 25, 1970: Al DeLory has been getting wide exposure with his single, "Song From M*A*S*H." It's the leadoff item in this package, a strong start for any LP, but this keyboard lead on "Rainy Night In Georgia," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Everything Is Beautiful." "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "The Letter" are instrumental gems, too.

Song From M*A*S*H
Evil Ways
Rainy Night In Georgia
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Feeling Of Love
The Letter
Everything Is Beautiful
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Hey There Lonely Girl