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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Champs & The Fabulous Cyclones

Design Spotlight Series
DLP 159
1962 Pickwick International

The Champs

Too Much Tequila
Wing Ding
Club House

The Fabulous Cyclones

Boogie Guitar
Rocking & Picking
Moon Journey
Blue & Mean
Gone & Out

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Living Vocies

Old Cape Cod
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Living Voices
RCA Camden CAS-764

The Living Voices take no chances on this LP. However, the graphics department risked printing this "bad habits" cover art on foil. Foil printing was (and is) an expensive, four color, plus white process. Generally, ink coverage like this over foil would have been considered unnecessary, but perhaps all of the covers in this series were scheduled for foil stock. The cover was successful as that art does have a unusually rich look to it.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Shake Me I Rattle
The End Of The World
Be My Love
This Is All Ask
Over The Mountain
The Three Bells
Starry-Eyed And Breathless
Old Cap Code

Mahatma Gandhi Spat Here - Dick and Anne Albin

Stranger Danger
Universal Song
Mahatma Gandhi Spat Here
Anne And Dick Albin
Fultz Studio, Fairdale, Kentucky
Phonygraph ADA-1

According the credits found on the back cover, the ham sandwiches were provided by Helen Fultz (who, I assume was hanging out at the studio during the recording session). This is a serious "folk" album that doesn't take itself seriously.

Old Crooked Highway
Jack And Jill
Financial Affair
Universe Song
Uncle Watt's Original Fantascinatin'
I Wana Be A Roller Derby Queen
Back To West Virginia
The Tomater Of Decatur
Stranger Danger
I Am A Maker Of Songs
Higher Education

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Baby, Don't Go! – And Other IN Songs

I Got You Babe
Eve Of Destruction
Baby, Don't Go!
Modern Sound MS 551

Baby Don't Go
You've Got Your Troubles
I Got You Babe
This Town
You Make The Decisions
Hang On Sloppy
Catch Us If You Can
Eve Of Destruction
One Fine Day
She's Come Of Age

Charanga Pachanga

Un Lejano Amor
Charanga Pachanga
Vocalists – Yayo el Indio, Frank Souffront and Tony Molina
Columbia EX 5051

From the back cover: The Charanga is New York's newest Latin dance craze. Charanga means a small band, a typical Cuban orchestra with a prominent flute, a rhythm section and a vocal group. Pachanga means a lively fiesta or party. In 1960 the song "La Pachanga" became a spectacular hit throughout Latin America. It had a new kind of rhythm – like a fast merengue – and people started to do a new step to it. Along with the popularity of "La Pachanaga," the word charanga began to be used in describing the new beat, and the two words are now used interchangeably in the New York Latin music world.

Oscar M. Bouffartique is one of Cuba's best known composers and arrangers. His song "La Burundanga (Witchery) sold over half a million copies. Bouffartique spent his early years in the Cuban countryside, where he absorbed the native rhythms so evident in his compositions. At the early age of 11 he had already formed his first charanga. He later studied music and composition, taught music at the Conservatorio Municipal In Havanna and started composing early in his career.

Good and peppy Latin. The sample has a slightly different, and more "exotic" sound than the rest of the set.

Charanga En New York
Senorita Catalina
Con Dulzura
Guapacha En Orbita
A Saltar La Reata
Un Lejano Amor
Charanga En Puerto Rico
Que Siga El Ritmo
Charanga Road March
Morena Escultural
Llego La Pachanga
Volvere, Cielo Azul

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hi-Fi Hammon - Jackie Davis

For Heaven's Sake
Hi-Fi Hammond
Jackie Daivs
Capitol Records T 686

From the back cover: In this, his first album for Capitol, Jackie's splendid sounds are recorded in High Fidelity.

Complementing Jackie and his organ are the substantial rhythmic contributions of Ernest L (Fats) Clark on drums and the guitar etchings of Irving Ashby.

Time Was
It All Comes Back To Me Now
For Heaven's Sake
Would You Like To Take A Walk
I Hear A Rhapsody
Taking A Chance On Love
I'll Close My Eyes
The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful
Sleepy Head
Beau Night In Hotchkiss Corners
It's The Talk Of The Town
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fur Spieber Verboten

Ali Baba
Fur Spieber Verboten
Peter Lauch und die Regenpfeifer
Fiesta Record - Broadway, N.Y., N.Y.
FLPS 1481

Im Bett
Ali Baba
Josef Schimansky
Das kommt von Rudern, das kommt vom Segeln
Oh, Helen
Sanitatsgefreiter Neumann
Und ihr schneeweisser Busen
Bayerische G'schichten
Im Hamburg liegt ein Segelschiff
Die vergnugten zwanziger Jahre
Die alte Klo-Frau

Exciting - George Cates

Royal Blue (George Cates)
Where There's Life (George Cates-Russ David)
George Cates, His Chorus And Orchestra
Coral Records CRL 57220

Exciting? Well, yes the cover art is pretty fabulous and the set, a finely crafted pop mood collection that is penned mostly by Cates and features just enough "space age" energy to make for an engaging play through.

Also see Cate's "exotica" album: Polynesian Percussion

Sophisticated Swing
Double Gaited
Rio Batucada
Royal Blue
Where There's Life
Champagne Time
Dance From Bonjour Tristesse
High And Dry
One Night In Monte Carlo
Madame Zajj

Westminster Classical Sampler

Danse Macabre
Westminster Classical Sampler
Westminster XWN S-1

Liszt: Hugarian Rhapsody No. 2
Grieg: In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Strauss: The Blue Dabube Waltz
Rossnini: William Tell Overture
Gliere: Russian Sailor's Dance
Tchaikovsky: Waltz Of The Flowers
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Tchaikovsky: March Slav

Monday, August 25, 2014

Intermezzo - Henri Rene

Theme From "Lost Weekend"
Henri Rene And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1245

From the back cover: The basis of his (Rene) thorough musicianship was laid in his student days in Berlin during and just after the First World War. He received a typically thorough German classical musical education, which has stood him in very good stead in his career.

Immediately after finishing his education he returned to this country (New York is his birthplace) and got a short-lived job as part of a two-piano team. His first paying job was as banjo player in Charlie Strickland's Orchestra. Before branching out with his own orchestra at the age of twenty, he played with other with other orchestras and toured in vaudeville – experiences that made him thoroughly familiar with American pop music.

In 1926 he returned to Europe and toured with his own orchestra before settling in Berlin as star arranger with Electrola, then RCA Victor's German Affiliate. Later, as music director of UFA (Germany's biggest movie company) and Tobis Motion Picture Studios, he wrote and arranged scores for movies.

After ten years in Europe he came home and, a year later, became musical director or RCA Victor's International Division – a post for which his European experience fitted him perfectly.

After 1941, when European sources of recordings dried up, Rene formed his Musette Orchestra and started turning out records that had the true Continental flavor. During the war he served as instructor for soldier shows in the Special Services Group of the Fourth Service Command; after 1945, he returned to RCA Victor recording stars.

Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Roller Coaster
Mandolino Mandolino
Not As A Stranger
Toy Tiger
Moonlight Madonna
Bon Soir, Paris
You Are The One
Theme from "Lost Weekend"
Prelude To The Stars