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Sunday, August 9, 2020

This Is Chet Atkins

Lady Madonna
This Is Chet Atkins
Remastered by Don Miller
RCA Victor STEREO VPS-6030

From Billboard - October 24, 1970: A winner from the first guitar string plucked. Chet Akins, America's answer to just about every guitar player in the rest of the world, has here "Mrs. Robinson," "Lady Madonna," "Yakety Axe," and "Yellow Bird," plus several tunes with the Boston Pops. This repackaging is elite; a superb series; Chet's the latest and bound toward big sales.

Mrs. Robinson (Arranged by Cam Mullins)
Three Little Words
Blue Angel
Hawaiian Wedding Song (Arranged by Bill McElhiney)
Music To Watch The Girls Walk By

Freight Train
Lady Madonna (Arranged and Conducted by Bill Walker)
Copper Kettle
Lara's Theme (from the MGM film "Doctor Zhivago")
Country Gentleman (Arranged by Richard Hyman)

Yakety Axe
Both Sides Now
Charlie Brown
Django's Castle (Manoir de mes reves)
Ode To Billy Joe (Arranged by Richard Hyman)

Steeplechase Lane
From Nashville With Love
Yellow Bird
Windy And Warm (Arranged by Richard Hyman)

A Little On The Lonely Side - Eddy Arnold

A Little On The Lonely Side
A Little On The Lonely Side
Eddy Arnold
Orchestra Conducted by Charles Grean
RCA Victor LPM-1377

From the back cover: Eddy is a country singer in the sense that he was born on a farm in Henderson, Tennessee; in the sense that a great number of the more than thirty-two million records he has sold were bought by folks who live in rural areas of our land; in the sense that some of his million-record sellers, like Bouquet Of Roses and Anytime, were considered "country" songs.

But in the years since he left the farm, in the decade during which he has been singing professionally, Eddy has played in virtually every metropolitan city in the nation, as well as in literally hundreds of small towns. He has appeared before the most sophisticated of city night club audiences, and in tobacco warehouses in small Souther towns. And in country or city he has been equally well received.

He has had his own network television shows on ABC-TC and the NBC-TC networks. His syndicated TV-film series, "Eddy Arnold Time," is programmed in large and small cities throughout the country. Recently he concluded a network radio show for CBS. On all of these shows Eddy sang popular as well as country songs. – Joseph Csida

From Billboard - February 9, 1957: In recent years c.&w. singer Eddy Arnold has been broadening how material and style in order to include the pop market. This development reaches a peak in this package, which contains such tunes as "I Cried For You," "That Old Feeling," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "September Song" and other tender love songs. The orchestral directions is by Charles Grean. It is distinctly pop-oriented, altho the arrangements retain the emotional and tender quality of c.&w. Jocks will find this a very interesting album, illustrative of the overlapping of categories in today's music business.

Don't Take Your Love From Me
It Had To Be You
That Old Feeling
The Very Thought Of You
A Little On The Lonely Side
I Don't Know Why
I Cried For You
You'll Never Know
September Song
I Only Have Eyes For You
The Way You Look Tonight

Stars In Our Eyes - The Four Freshmen

Green Fields
Stars In Our Eyes
The Four Freshmen
Sing Tributes To Great Songs And To The Outstanding Vocal Groups That Originally Recorded Them
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Reynolds
Vocal Arrangements by Dick Reynolds and Ken Albers
Produced by Bill Miller
Capitol Records ST 1682

From the back cover: And as usual, the versatile Freshmen add a little something extra to the intricate harmonizing by participating instrumentally too. While Ross Barbour and Bill Comstock stick strictly to the vocal end of things, Freshmen Ken Albers (trumpet) and Bob Flanigan (trombone) take time-out from their singing chores to contribute several tastefully improvised solos that highlight arranger Dick Reynold's inventive backing.

Shangri-La (The Four Coins)
Sentimental Me (The Ames Brothers)
Standing On The Corner (The Four Lads)
The Lamplighter's Serenade (The Modernaires)
Teach Me Tonight (The DeCastros)
Tom Dooley (The Kingston Trio)
Opus One (The Mills Brothers)
I Thought About You (The Hi-Los)
Green Fields (The Brothers Four)
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (The Four Aces)
In Apple Blossom Time (The Andrew Sisters)
Imagination (The King Sisters)

Friday, August 7, 2020

An Evening With Lerner & Loewe - Stradivari Strings

I Could Have Danced All Night 
An Evening With Lerner & Loewe
Stradivari Strings
Parade Records SP 263

They Call The Wind Maria
Thank Heaven For Little Girls
I Could Have Danced All Night
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Waltz At Maxim's
I Talk To The Trees
Wouldn't It Be Loverly
On the Street Where You Live
The Night They Invented Champagne

Songs I Love To Sing - Brook Benton

Moonlight In Vermont
Songs I Love To Sing
Brook Benton
Custom High Fidelity
Mercury Records MG 20602

From Billboard - September 26, 1960: This is one of the classist albums ever released with Brook Benton. It features the singer in lovely performances of famous standards, from "It's Been A Long Long Time," to "Why Try To Change Me Now." The backings are lush and tasteful, and Benton handles them all in style. This could be a strong seller.

Moonlight In Vermont
It's Been A Long Long Time
Lover Come Back To Me
If You Are But A Dream
Why Try To Change Me
September Song
Oh! What It Seemed To Be
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
They Can't Take That A Way From Me
I'll Be Around
I Don't Know Enough About You
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)

Politely! - Keely Smith

Lullaby Of The Leaves
Keely Smith
With Billy May and His Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
Producer: Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records T1073

From Billboard - October 20, 1958: Miss Smith really has a way with a song. Accompanied by excellent ork settings from Billy May, she runs thru a fine program of standards in most appealing style. Her ballads are lush and lovely, and she swings on the up-tempo tunes. Selections include "I'll Get By," "All The Way" and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street." Attractive cover drawing of the chick will attract.

Sweet And Lovely
Cocktails For Two
The Song Is You
I'll Get By
Lullaby Of The Leaves
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
I Can't Get Started
I'll Never Smile Again
East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
All The Way
I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody)

The Music Of Irving Berlin - Stanley Black

Cheek To Cheek
The Music Of Irving Berlin
Stanley Black Conducting The Kingsway Promenade Orchestra
London Records LL 811

From the back cover: Slightly built, dark haired, unassuming – Stanley Black scarcely gives the impression of being one of Britain's most active men of popular music. Yet this diffidence – or seeming diffidence, allied to keen understanding of his fellow musicians, is probably what makes this soft-spoken authoritarian so effective a figure on the podium. And were he not endowed with these unique characteristics, it is unlikely that he could keep pace with the many demands on his services.

Since 1945 he has held down the exacting post of Musical Director to the BBC Dance Orchestra, which, under the Black baton, has become one of the most brilliant all-round outfits to be heard on the British air-waves. So frequently does this orchestra broadcast that the knowledgeable listener must often wonder how Stanley manages to fit his active career as a writer and conductor of film music – a sphere in which he is gaining prestige every day. And all this aside from his recording work – both as an accompanist of vocalists (a field wherein he is almost without equal) and as a band-leader in his own right, as on the present records.

As an arranger Stanley Black is one of the most sought-after in British music business. Indeed, a Black arrangement is practically a warranty of success.

Born in London in 1914, Stanley Black commenced music studies at the tender age of 7, taking lessons on a pianoforte from the eminent concert pianist, Rae Robertson. His first professional engagement came when he was scarcely in his teens – the piano stool in the pit band of the local vaudeville house. At 17, he entered and won, a nationally organized arranging contest. From then on he threw all his energies into dance music, and in the star-spangled years which followed; played piano and arranged for such famous British orchestras as Ambrose's Lew Stone's and Ray Noble's. At one period he was the virtuoso half of Harry Roy's famed two-piano team of "Black & Whit," and when Colema
n Hawkins visited England in 1934 the great saxophonist selected Stanley Black as his accompanist.

Say It With Music
A Couple Of Swells
Cheek To Cheek
They Say It's Wonderful
No Strings
Say It Isn't So
The Piccolino
Heat Wave
How Deep Is The Ocean
Play A Simple Melody
The Song Is Ended
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
There's No Business Like Show Business

My Last Night In Rome - Buddy Greco

It Had Better Be Tonight
My Last Night In Rome
Buddy Greco
Arranged and Conducted by Marty Manning
Produced by Bobby Gregg
Cover Photo: Henry Parker
Epic LN 24088

From Billboard - April 18, 1964: Here the brash, bouncing Buddy is evenly balanced by the sentimental, romantic Greco in an album that already is associated with three hits: "More" from "Mondo Can"; "I Had Better Be Tonight" from "Pink Panther," and "Ciumachella," from "Rugatino." Wide gamut of songs makes this available to most programming.

It Had Better Be Tonight
Anema E Core
Mala Femmina
Ciao, Ciao, Bambina
My Last Night In Rome
Sempre Amore
Autumn In Rome

The Young Frankie Avalon

The Young Frankie Avalon
Produced by Peter DeAngelis
Cover Photo: Globe Photos, New York
Liner Photos: Arsene Studios, New York
Chancellor CHL-5002
Distributed by Am-Par Record Corp.

From the back cover: Here's your favorite "Shy Guy" making his second appearance in packaged form, all wrapped up in charm and personality.

Following the phenomenal success of his first album ("Frankie Avalon" – CHL-5001), so many fans of the fast-rising singing star took the time and trouble to suggest certain standard songs which you would like to hear him sing. Such great selections as I Can't Begin To Tell You, Hold Me, Undecided, Pretty Eyed Baby, etc. were recommended to the handsome young pro, and his mentors, Bob Marcucci and Peter DeAngelis, agreed that these would make perfect backdrops for the Avalon talents.

In addition, after his appearance on The Perry Como Show (where he astounded televiewers with his trumpet virtuosity), so many of you expressed interest in having him record a horn number that Frankie has included a "bonus" selection in this set. – Natt Hale

Pretty Eyed Baby
Too Young To Love
I Can't Begin To Tell You
Trumpet Instrumental (Bella Del Mondo)
Hallelujah I Love Her So
The One I Love
Teach Me Tonight
Shy Guy
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Hold Me

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Salute To The Smooth Bands - Freddy Martin

Blue Serenade
Salute To The Smooth Bands
A Tribute in Hi-Fi by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh
Capitol Records T1116


Leader: Freddy Martin
Saxophones: Bill Ainsworth, Roger DeWitt, Roger Andrews, Bill Hitz, Michael Paige, John Sebar
Trombones: George Faye, John Cochran, Joe Howard
Trumpets: Sam Heydenfeldt, Woody Falser, Ralph Tancredi, Shorty Sherock
Tuba: Clarence Karella
Piano: Dave Leonard, Bob Hunter
Bass: Aba Siegel
Guitar: Joe Gibbons
Drums: Sam Goldstein
Violins: Wilbure Nuttycombe, Sebastian Mercurio, Lewis Sherman, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Jacques Gasselin

From the back cover: Remember the old Lucky Strike Magic Carpet radio show, with Walter Winchell emceeing... how it used to bounce all over the country on Saturday nights, brining in the most popular dance orchestras right from their native haunts... the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, the Palace in San Francisco, the Muehlebach in Kansas City, the St. Regis in New York, and so on? Well, I'd like to bring you one of those sparkling Saturday nights in this album. And to best satisfy your memory, we've taken the original recordings of a dozen of the finest dance orchestras and re-created them in today's finest high fidelity.

A special word about the men in my band. They worked hard trying to duplicate the individual sounds of each band and I think they really pulled it off. A special mention to Dave Leonard and Bob Hunter, who did all the piano work, to Johnny Cochran, Ralph Anthony, and the Martin Men for their versatility in the vocalizing, and Michael Paige, who used to play first sax with Orville Knapp an came back to give us the authentic Knapp sax sound for Accent On Youth.

From Billboard - February 16, 1959: In the most attractive new album orkster Freddie Martin and his crew salute the great dance bands of yesterday and today with duplication of the themes or the big hits of these smooth orks. Bands saluted include Hal Kemp, Clyde McCoy, Ambrose, Russ Morgan, Wayne King, Glenn Miller, Ray Noble and others. The sound is excellent, and the performances are first rate. More than that every tune is danceable. A set that could be a strong seller if exposed.

Lawrence Welk - Bubbles In The Wine
Russ Morgan - Does Your Heart Beat For Me?
Ambrose - Hors d'Ouevre
Henry King - A Blues Serenade
Hal Kemp - Got A Date With An Angel
Clyde McCoy - Sugar Blues
Dick Jurgens - Daydreams Come True At Night
Guy Lombardo - Boo Hoo
Orville Knapp - Accent On Youth
Wayne King - Josephine
Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade
Ray Noble - Blue Danube Waltz