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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Music To Be Murdered By - Alfred Hitchcock

 

Suspicion

Alfred Hitchcock
Presents Music To Be Murdered By
Music Arranged and Conducted by Jef Alexander
Text by James Allardice
Cover Photo through the courtesy of TV Guide
Imperial Records 
Imperial LP-9052
1958

Music To Be Murdered By
I'll Never Smile Again
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
After You've Gone
Alfred Hitchcock Television Theme
Suspicion
Body And Soul
Lover Come Back To Me
I'll Walk Alone
The Hour Of Parting

New York, New York - Harry Geller

 

The Rivers

New York, New York
Composed and Conducted by Harry Geller
RCA Victor LPM-1032
1955

From Billboard - September 10, 1955: Geller, an RCA Victor musical director, composed and conducted this suite of 12 vignettes descriptive of the New York City scene. Examples would be "The Rivers," "Subway Polka," "Stature Of Liberty," etc. The music, which is pretty, conventional stuff, never lives up to the Meyer Berger prose that describes it on the cover. It just rambles and never really comes to life as did "Manhattan Tower," the big hit package of several years back. An unusual package many add some sales.

The Rivers
Subway Polka
Statue Of Liberty
Canal Street Cantata
Window Shopping On 5th Avenue
The Cafes (Including the Automat)
Radio City
Shubert Alley Overture (Opening Night)
Museums
Park Concert
Central Park
U.N. Building

Sound Flights Into Jazz - Chris Connor

 

Sound Flights Into Jazz
Volume 10
Jazz At Its Best Featuring The Sounds Of Chris Conner
With Elliot Lawrence and Jim Lowe
Air Force Reserve 5 Minute Shows
Prepared by Office of Information, Continental Air Command, Mitchel Air Force Base, New York
1959

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Discotheque Dance Party - Arthur Murray

 

Twist And Shout

Arthur Murray Presents
Discotheque Dance Party
*Victor Gerard and His
**Hip City Five
Produced by Herman Diaz, Jr.
Discotheque dresses pictured on the front and back of record jacket are from the fashion floors at Macy's New York
RCA Victor LSP-2998
1964

People*
Twist And Shout**
Everything's Coming Up Roses*
Merengue Universal*
Mach The Knife*
Jamaica Ska**
I Believe In You*
The Twist**
Ja-Da*
Hound Dog**
Lazy River*
Mashed Potato**

Monday, March 1, 2021

The New Sound Of Music - Percussive Stereo On Medallion!

 

Tenderly

The New Sound Of Percussive Stereo On Medallion!
Medallion MS-1
A Product of KAPP Records
1961

Sentimental Journey - Michael Leighton And His Orchestra
Play A Simple Melody - Jack Elliott And His Orchestra
Strike Up The Band - The Peter London Orchestra
Theme From "The Apartment" - The Medallion Strings, Directed By – Emanuel Vardi
Anything You Can Do - The John Parker Orchestra
On The Street Where You Live - Percussion Unlimited
Casissons Go Rollin' Along. The U.S. Airforce, Anchors Away - The Medallion Marching Band, Directed By – David Terry
Dancing In The Dark - Frank Hunter And His Orchestra
Harbor Lights - Lani Royal With The Diamond Head Band
Tenderly - Paul Phillips And His Orchestra
I Could Have Danced All Night - The Medallion Piano Quartet
El Cumbanchero - Tarragano And His Orchestra

The Lure Of France - Andre Kostelanetz

 

Autumn Leaves

The Lure Of France
Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Photo: Per Olow Anderson
Columbia Records CS 8111
1959

From Billboard - March 30, 1959: Kostelanetz paints charming musical scenes of many of the noted attractions of "La Belle France," with tunes like "Mademoiselle de Paris," "Under Paris Skies" and "La Mer," The stereo sound amplifies the popular conductor's arrangements as in the exciting version of the fabulous "Can Can." Kostelanetz is always strong sales potential.

Mademoiselle de Paris
Under Paris Skies
Bonjour Paris
My Prayer
La Mer (Debussy)
Autumn Leaves
Pizzicato Polka (Delibes)
Can Can (Offenbach)
Depuis le jour from "Louise" (Charpentier)
Reveries (Debussy)
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Debussy - Transcribed  by H. Mouton)
I Hear as in a Dream from "The Pearl Fishers" (Bizet)

Songs Everybody Knows - Grady Martin

 

Misty

Songs Everybody Knows
Grady Martin and The Slewfoot Five
Decca Records DL 74476
1964

Alley Cat
I Left My Heart In San Francisco 
Fly Me To The Moon
More
What Kind Of Fool Am I
Around The World
Danke Schöen
Days Of Wine And Roses
I Wanna Be Around
Misty
Arrivederci Roma (Goodbye To Rome)
Melody Of Love

Living Strings Play Music Of Hawaii

Pagan Love Song

Living Strings Play Music Of Hawaii
Arranged and Conducted by Hill Bowen
Photo: Researchers/E. Krainin
Recorded in England
New York A&R Representative: Ethel Gabriel
RCA Camden CAS 661
1961

Sweet Leilani
To You Sweetheart, Aloha
Song Of The Island 
Pagan Love Song
Drifting And Dreaming
Lovely Hula Hands
The Hawaiian Wedding Song
Blue Hawaii
Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Somebody Up There Digs Me - Louis Jordan

 

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Somebody Up There Digs Me
Louis Jordan
Mercury Records MG 20242
1957

From the back cover: As anyone who has heard him ad living about his home town can tell you, Louis is a proud product of Brinkley, Arkansas, where, at the age of seven, he began his musical studies with his father in 1915. After playing with a local band in Hot Springs he moved to Philadelphia, joining the Charlie Gaines band there in 1930.

Most of his experience through the 1930's was earned with name bands around New York, including Kaiser Marshall's and Leroy Smith's. It was not until he joined the great band led by the diminutive and fondly-remembered drummer, the late Chick Webb, that he began to emerge as more than just an obscure saxophonist.

With Webb, Louis got a chance to take an occasional vocal. After two years with the band he decided the time had come to strike out on his own; in 1938 he formed a small combo and opened at the Elk's Rendezvous, a small but popular club in Harlem. The band, originally known as the Tympani Five, enjoyed a slow but steady rise to fame as Louis featured himself more and more in vocal blues and novelties. The blues, which he usually played and sang with wry, tongue-in-cheek approach, always remained his forte (no less than seven of the twelve numbers in this collection are based, in whole or in part, on the traditional twelve bar pattern).

What happened to Louis during the 1940's need hardly be repeated here. Climbing from one success to another, he established himself as the creator of hit after hit. His combo, occasionally augmented to full band size to fit the demands of theatre owners, became on of the country's most popular, as well as the most musical unit of its kind. Illness prevented Louis from working on his full-time schedule that could have been his since the early '50's, but as this, his first Mercury album clearly shows, he is now back in full force, personality and enthusiasm unquenched and now brought into clearer focus by brilliant modern recording techniques.

For his Mercury debut, in order to recreate his biggest hits to the fullest advantage, Louis was backed by an all-star band. Ernie Royal, who has worked with everyone from Ellington to Kenton, was on trumpet; Jimmy Cleveland on trombone; Budd Johnson on baritone and tenor; and Sam "The Man" Taylor on tenor sax; Erie Hayes on piano; Mickey Baker on guitar; Wendell Marshall, bass and Charlie Persip on drums. An expert arranger, Quincy Jones, was brought in to recreate and modernize some of the famed Jordan routines.

From Billboard - March 2, 1957: This disk contains some of the best sides by Jordan in a long time. Seven are blues, and tho some marred by an old-fashioned sense of comedy – which perhaps was suitable for stage presentation in years gone by – they, nevertheless, prove that Jordan and his group can deliver a driving, instrumental performance very much in the same groove as some of today's most commercial artists. As a commercial property Jordan must be rebuilt, and this is a good start. Tunes include his old hits, "Is You Is You Ain't Ma Baby," "I'm Gonna Move to The Outskirts Of Town," "Caldonia," etc.

Caldonia
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't Ma Baby
Run Joe
Early In The Morning
Choo Choo Ch Boogie
Knock Me A Kiss
Let The Good Times Roll
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Beware Brother Beware
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
Salt Pork West Virginia
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Friday, February 26, 2021

Lollipops And Roses From Hawaii - The Waikikis

 

A Taste Of Honey

Lollipops And Roses From Hawaii
The Waikikis
KAPP Records KS-3473
1966

Lollipops And Roses
Hawaiian Lollipop
Moon River
Toboggan
One Little Rose
Moonlight And Roses
A Taste Of Honey
Moonlight Serenade
Whoopee
Moonlight And Shadows
Lollipops And Shadows
Lollipops Rag
Red Roses For A Blue Lady