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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Romeo And Juliet - Jackie Gleason


Quentin's Theme from ABC-TV's "Dark Shadows"

Romeo And Juliet
A Theme For Lovers
Jackie Gleason
Produced by Dick Jones
Orchestrations: George Williams
Recording Engineer: Bob Arnold
Recored at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Capitol Records ST-398

Back Cover Photo: The Great One (Jackie Gleason) with Don Goldie

Also from the back cover: The soloist merits a special word. Far and away the most celebrated big band of the 1920's and 30's was the aggregation of the King Of Jazz, Paul Whiteman, and among its star-studded collections of musicians, for 15 years, was a fine trumpet man best known as "Goldie." Playing the trumpet solos in Jackie's album in Goldie's son, Don Goldie, himself a musician of stature who follows in his famous father's footsteps as a trumpeter of taste, skill and warmly individual sound.

For Once In My Life
Moment To Moment
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Embassy Waltz From "My Fair Lady"
Love Theme From "Romeo and Juliet"
Didn't We
Yesterday, When I was Young
Quentin's Theme from ABC-TV's "Dark Shadows"
This Guy's In Love With You

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Shout! Shout! - Ernie Maresca


Mary Jane

Shout! Shout!
Knock Yourself Out
Ernie Maresca
Produced by Mark Holtzman
Seville SV 77001

From the back cover: In the words and music, Ernie Maresca is an uncanny phenomenon. A couple of years ago, Ernie stood on the sidelines of show business watching new stars skyrocket to success. Deep down inside, he felt the longing that goes with talent. He knew he could write the melodies and lyrics of hit songs. Ernie was positive that with a little recognition as a song-writer, fame and fortune would come to any singer who recorded his material. In no time at all, this dream became a reality. Ernie Maresca's hits orbited the earth like a Mercury Seven capsule. "A Lover's Prayer," "Runaround," "No One Knows," "the Wanderer," "Runaround Sue," "Lovers Who Wander," and many others, helped Dion, The Belmonts, The Regents, and Nino and the Ebbtides to the red carpet of stardom.

Right in the middle of all this excitement Ernie and Tom Bogdany, a neighborhood buddy, got the idea for a follow-up to the Twist called "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out). To Seville Records Artist and Repertoire-man Marv Holtzman they came! Ernie's demonstration was exciting! Within a week Ernie had cut it and the rest is history. To the top of the charts it zoomed and as a result, Ernie Maresca is in the world-wide demand as one of America's top teen-age singing attractions

From Billboard - July 28, 1962: The kids should really find this one a winner. The album features the singer's recent smash and 11 other potent tracks by the lad. Maresco figures in as writer on all the titles, and the album supply some great swinging sounds that are solid for the teen trade. "Subway Blues," "They Don't Know," "Mary Jane," "Down On The Beach" and "I Don't Know Why" are some of the representative tracks.

Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)
Some Day You'll Change Your Ways
They Don't Known
I Don't Know 
I Don't Know Why
Down On The Beach
Crying Like A Baby Over You
Mary Jane
What A Good Is Living
How I Cry
I'm Gonna Make It Somehow
Subway Blues
Can't Forget About You

Color Me A Rainbow - Color Concepts For Early Childhood

Color Me Clever

Color Me A Rainbow
Color Concepts For Early Childhood
Melody House Recordings MH-80

Come And Make A Rainbow
Written by Jerry Caspell
Sung by Jerry Caspell
Post Elementary 6th Grade Chorus, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Director: Kathlyn Reynolds

Color and Shapes

Color Me Clever
Music by Jerry Caspell
Words by Sharron Lucky
Sung by Jerry Caspell

Rainbow Ritual

Color Mixmaster

March Of The Colors

Color Concoctions

Color Rhymes

Color Riddles

The Three Little Piglets Playlet

Hide And Go Seek

The Colors Of Nature
Written and sung by the music students of Kathlyn Reynolds at Wiley Post Elementary School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Colors Poem by Larry Hillhouse 

Dinosaur Rock - Michele Valeri & Michael Stein


Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dinosaur Rock
Performed by Michele Valeri and Michael Stein
Cover Illustration: Kenneth Smith
The album is dedicated to Florence Mendelow Stein & Nettie and Hugo Valeri
All songs arranged and produced by Michael & Michele
Narrated by Jerry Terheyden
Photos: Paul A. Powers
Recording Engineer: R.B.
Tape Editor: Jayne Reby
Recorded at Track Recorders - Silver Spring, MD
Special thanks to Worth Rowley
Caedmon TC 1739

From the back cover: Michele Valeri is a singer, songwriter and children's entertainer. Her years of teaching and performing have brought her to every kind of stage – from elementary school auditoriums to the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House. She has produced, composed and performed two award-winning children's records; the second, Mi Casa Es Su Casa, was placed on the Parent's Choice Magazine list of best records for 1981 and featured on Good Morning America. She is presently the Artist in Residence for the Community Service Division of the Wolf Trap Foundation.

Michael Stein, actor, musician and singer/songwriter, has performed in many different areas of the entertainment world. As a teenager, he played the role of Peter in the original Broadway cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. After performing in Dude, another Broadway show, he toured in Tommy, the rock opera by The Who. He has also performed at the White House, Wolf Trap, the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Presently, Michael spends his time writing, recording and performing all styles of music. He is the father of two little boys, Jacob and Justing, who critique all of his material.

The Band is composed of Guitar: Pete Kennedy, Rhythm Guitar: Michael Stein, Piano:  Jon Carroll, Bass: Bryan Smith, Drums: Robbie Magruder

The Dinosaur Song by Michele & Bob Devlin
  Vocals: Michele & Michael
  Bob Devlin & Marc Spiegel

Professor Jones by Michele & Michael
  Pedal Steel: Jeff Agnew
  Vocal: Michael

Dinosaur Rock by Worth Rowley, Michele & Michael
  Vocal: Michele
  Chorus: Michael & Jon Carroll

Stella Stegosaurus by Michele
  Tuba: Marty "Tuba" Erickson
  Chorus: Michael, Seth Carlson & Jennifer Jones

The Sauropod Swing by Michele & Michael
  Vocalized Trumpet: Michele
  Vocals: Michele & Michael
Tyrannosaurus Rex buy Michele
  Vocals: Michele & Michael

The Tiny Little Babies & The Great Big Momma by Michele
  Fiddle: Michael
  Vocals: Michael

Leapin' Lizards by Michael & Michele
  Banjo: Bill Emerson
  Mandolin: Akira Otsuka
  Bass: Bill Smith
  Guitar & Fiddle: Michael
  Vocals: Michele & Michael

Where Did Everybody Go? by Michele & Michael 
  Piano: Patti Clements
  Guitar & Bass: Pete Kennedy
  Fiddle: Michael
  Vocals: Michele & Michael

We All Came From The Sea by Michele & Michael
  Guitar & Fiddle: Michael 
  Bass: Bryan Smith
  Concertina: Greg Artzner
  Vocals: Gordon Hawkins, Seth Carlson & Jennifer Johns
  Last Chorus: Gordon & Michele
    The Carlsons: Seth, Nancy & Bob
    The Johns: Jennifer & Martha
    The Steins: Michael, Kelly, Jacob & Justin
    The Petteways: Al, Patti, Sarah & Julia

Monday, January 25, 2021

What's It All About - Sammy Hall Singers


What's It All About

What's It All About
Sammy Hall Singers
Produced by Joel E. Gentry
Recorded: DBM Studios - Nashville
Engineer: Ben Hall
Photographer: Jimmy Moore
Artist: Carl Cartee
Christian Folk FCS-1972 STEREO

What's It All About
Jesus Is A Soul Man
The Old Rugged Cross
Had It Not Been
If I Had But One Life To Live
The Most He Had To Offer Me
Try A Little Kindness
Eternal Flame
Jesus Is Coming Soon

Friday, January 22, 2021

Summertime - Paul Desmond


Lady In Cement

Summer Time
Paul Desmond
Arranged by Don Sebesky
Produced by Creed Taylor - CTI
Cover Photographs: Pete Turner
Album Design: Sam Antupit
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded October 10, 16, 24; November 5, 20; December 26, 1968
A&M Records - A&M STEREO SP 3015

Wayne Andre (2, 3, 5)
Paul Faulise (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Urbie Green (1, 2, 3, 4)
J. J. Johnson (1, 4)
Bill Watrous (1, 2, 3, 5)
Kai Winding (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Burt Collins (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
John Eckert (2, 3, 5)
Joe Shepley (all dates)
Marvin Stamm (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Jack Jennings (1, 4)
Airto Moreira (1, 6)

Mike Mainieri (1, 4)

Flute and Oboe:
George Marge (6)

Flute and Bassoon:
Bob Tricarico (6)

Joe Venuto (6)

Alto Sax:
Paul Desmond (all dates)

Frank Bruno (6)
Ron Carter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Herbie Hancock (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) - Herbie Hancock appears through the courtesy of Blue Note Records

Airto Moreira (4, 5)
Leo Morris (1, 2, 6)

Joe Beck (5)
Eumir Deodato (4)
Bucky Pizzarelli (6)

French Horn:
Ray Alonge (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Jimmy Buffington (1, 2, 3, 4)
Tony Miranda (2, 3, 5)

(1) October 10, 1968 - Where Is Love? / Summertime
(2) October 16, 1968 - Emily / North By Northeast
(3) October 24, 1968 - Olvidar / Someday My Prince Will Come
(4) November 5, 1968 - Lady In Cement
(5) November 20, 1968 - Samba With Some Barbecue
(6) December 26, 1968 - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

From the inside cover: When the Dave Brubeck Quartet called it a set at the end of 1967, Paul Desmond decided it was high time for Time Out. And rightly so. After all, he had been with the quartet since "before the Crimean War" (factually, 17 years), logged a million-plus miles in air travel, cut 50 or so LPs and played in as many countries, and was plain bushed.

For nine months he never laid lips on an alto sax. Four of those months he whiled away pleasantly in a rented house in Montego Bay. There he conceived the idea and set down the first jottings for a book of reminiscences – a book tentatively titled How Many Are There In Your Quartet? It was a question Payl and his colleagues had learned to live with, since it was put to them so sweetly – and so often! – by airline stewardesses.

Samba With Some Barbecue
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Someday My Prince Will Come
Autumn Leaves
Where Is Love?
Lady In Cement
North By Northeast

Tony Martin At The Desert Inn


So In Love

Tony Martin At The Desert Inn
Conducted by Al Sendrey
Produced by Dick Peirce
Recording Engineers: Al Schmitt & Norman Cook
Recorded at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada
RCA Victor LPM 2146

Fire Down Below
Autumn Leaves
So In Love
You Made Me Love You
Thank Heaven For Little Girls
Stranger In Paradise
All Of You
Arrivederci, Roma
Around The World
I Love Paris
There's No Tomorrow / I'll See You In My Dreams (Clarinet Solos by Tony Martin)

Strass Waltzes - Andre Kostelanetz


Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314

Strauss Waltzes
Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Cover Photograph taken at the St. Regis Roof / Dirone
Columbia Records CL 805

Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314
Southern Roses, Op. 388
Tales from The Vienna Woods, Op. 325
Waltz from "The Gypsy Baron"
Waltzes from "Die Fledermaus"
Artist's Life, Op. 316
Voices Of Spring, Op. 410
Emperor Waltz, Op. 437
Vienna Life, Op. 354
A Thousand And One Nights, Op. 346

5 Star Fiesta - Firestone


Riders In The Sky - Kay Starr

5 Star Fiesta
Dean Martin, Jackie Gleason, Nat King Cole, Kay Starr, Guy Lombardo
Produced by John H. Begley Associates
Capitol Custom CSD-1001
Firestone Stock #4-Q-1

Riders In The Sky - Kay Starr
Blue Gardenia - Nat King Cole
Autumn Leaves - Jackie Gleason
Memories Are Made Of This - Dean Martin
Now Is The Hour - Guy Lombardo
Side By Side - Kay Starr
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Love Letters - Jackie Gleason
Return To Me - Dean Martin
Love Is Here To Stay - Guy Lombardo

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Synanon - Neal Hefti



Columbia Pictures Presents A Richard Quine Production
Original Sound Track Recording
Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Neal Hefti
Producer: Dave Pell
Engineer: "Lanky" Linstrot
Cover Design: Studio Five
Liberty Records LRP-3413

From the back cover: Neal Hefti

As recently as a half-dozen years ago the use of a jazz composer-arranger to do a film underscoring would have made headlines in the music press. It was an implacable theory on the part of the movie-makers that jazz writers might be nice to visit once in awhile, but certainly no one would want to live there.

That attitude has taken an abrupt about-face, however, and one of the men chiefly responsible for the change is Heal Hefti. He, along with men like Henry Mancini and Andre Previn, has shown that the jazz composer is not only technically equipped to handle the problems of film scoring, but that he brings with him a vitality and freshness that adds immeasurably to the picture's impact. He provides more than "background music" – he makes the music an integral part of the action.

Hefti's skill at heightening drama, building tension, and supporting action with out intruding upon the dialog can be heard at its very best in Synanon. Neal has that rare ability to write temptation to try to make the viewer leave the theater saying, "Wow, did you hear that score?"

And one does not have to see the picture to appreciate the irony of "Main Street" or the wistful resignation of "The Wiffenpoof Song" as they are programmed on this album. They tell an eloquent story.

It did, indeed take the film industry a long time to tap the rich lode of music that is to be mined from jazz. But when it did make its move, it went first class. It looked to men like Neal Hefti.

Zankie (Main Title)
The Perfect Beginning
Main Street
Blues For Hopper
Tonight's The Night
Zankie And Put Your Little Foot
Open House
Put Your Little Foot
The Whiffenpoof Song (Written by Minnigerode, Pomeroy, Galloway, Vallee)