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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Laurie London

The Cradle Rock
Laurie London
England's 14-Year Old Singing Sensation!
Recorded in London
Capitol Records T10169

From the back cover: One of the phenomena of the record world in 1958 was the emergence of a 14-year-old English lad with a million-selling entry – the first song he ever recorded.

Laurie London still is a schoolboy, despite his fame.

He attends classes on Whitechapel Road in London along with others his age. Never has he had a music lesson. Nor is either of his parents particularly musical.

Yet Laurie London's simple, warm way with a lyric has charmed millions of listeners. His Capitol record of He's Got The Whole World In His Hands became a gigantic hit long before Laurie's boyish, adolescent face was ever seen b y American and Canadian audiences.

Laurie's triumphal appearances on Ed Sullivan's popular television show, beamed throughout North America from New York, merely enhanced his remarkable popularity. But then Laurie, his mother and father promptly returned home so that the lad wouldn't miss his classes on Whitechapel Road.

This is, of course, Laurie's first long-playing record. He is accompanied by Geoff Love's orchestra and the Rita Williams Singers of London, the very same who helped him record his first best-selling "single" disc.

Capitol is privileged to present a 14-year-old sensation whose career as an entertainer, obviously, is just getting started. But what a start!

He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands)
Handed Down
The Gospel Train
The Cradle Rock
I Gotta Robe
Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
I'm Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord
Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air
Basin Street Blues
Casey Jones

Monday, June 17, 2019

This Song's For You - Sherry Bryce

This Song's For You
This Song's For You
Sherry Bryce
Produced by Dick Glasser
Recorder: Ed Struzick
Mixer: George Soule
Background Vocals: Lea Jane Singers
Strings Arranged by D. Bergen White
Cover Design and Photography: Herb Burnette, Pinwheel Studios
Graphic Production: Bill Ward
MGM Records
M3G 5000

This Song's For You
Lay It Down Easy
For Husbands And Lovers
Baby Blue
Love Song
Alabama – The Heart Of Dixie
I Love Loving You
Hang On Feelin'
Simple Goodbye Song

Sounds Of The Drags - The Blasters

Sounds Of The Drags
The Blasters
Crown Records
Hi-Fidelity CLP 5392

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

Black marks seen on the left side of the cover are manufacturing (printing) errors.

Hot Rod Center
Black Pick Up
Don't Count On The Looks
Long Gone
Steering Wheel Stuck
Little Willys Dragster
Big Green Vet
Bad Rubber
Oil Burner
Chopped And Channeled

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Million Seller From The Movies - 101 Strings

Samantha's Theme
Million Seller From The Movies
101 Strings
Arranged and Conducted by Jack Dorsey
Manufactured by Alshire International
Alshire S-5252

Theme From Shaft
Summer Of '42
One Tin Soldier
Fiddler On The Roof
Samantha's Theme
Theme From Sherman's Heroes
Ghost Riders
Elvira Madigan Theme
Prairie Trails

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Donald Martino - Notturno / Charles Wourinen - Speculum Speculi

Speculum Speculi
Donald Marino / Notturno
Charles Wuorinen / Speculum Speculi
Speculum Musicae / Daniel Shulman & Fred Sherry, Conductors
Nonsuch H-71300
Recorded February 1974 at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York

Speculum Musicae:

Paul Dunkel: Piccolo, Flute & Alto Flute
Steve Taylor: Oboe
Virgil Blackwell: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Daniel Reed: Violin & Viola
Fred Sherry: Cello
Donald Palma: Contrabass
Ursula Oppens: Piano
Richard Fitz: Percussion

From the back cover:

Donald Martino (b. 1931, Plainfield, N. J.) studied composition with Ernst Bacon at Syracuse University, with Milton Babbitt and Roger Sessions at Princeton University, and with Luigi Dallapiccola on a Fullbright Grant in Florence, Italy; Martino holds music degrees from Syracuse and Princeton universities. He has taught at Princeton and Yale and has been a visiting lecturer on contemporary music at the Berkshire Music Center (where, in 1973, he also occupied the distinguished post of Koussevitzky Composer-in-Residence). Since 1969, Martino has been chairman of the Composition Department at the New England Conservatory.

Among his numbers awards have been commissions from the Paderewski Fund of Boston, Berkshire Music Center-Fromm Music Foundation, Naumburg Foundation, University of Chicago (for the Chicago Symphony), New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other distinctions include the Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards Citation in Music, BMI-SCA Awards, two Guggenheim fellowships, and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In May 1974, Donald Martino received the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Notturno.

Charles Wuorinen (b. 1938, New York) has to date composed over 100 works of all genres, and he is also active as performer, conductor, teacher, and writer. He holds degrees from Columbia University and an honorary doctorate from Jersey City State College, and has taught at Columbia and Princeton universities, the New England Conservatory, University of Iowa, University of South Florida, and the Manhattan School of Music.

In 1970, Wuorinen received the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his electronic work Time's Encomium. Other distinctions have included the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, BMI-SCA Awards, Bearns Prize, Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards Citation in Music, Alice M. Ditson and Guggenhiem fellowships; commission from the Ford, Koussevitzky, Namburg, and Fromm foundations, Berkshire Music Center, New York State Council of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts (for the New York Philharmonic). He has also been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Speculum Musicae ("A Mirror of Music"), a chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of music ranging from early-20th-century "classics" to newly commissioned works, consists of 15 young instrumentalist noted – individually and in ensemble activities – for outstanding accomplishments in contemporary music-making. Speculum Musicae's first appearance (1971, at the Public Theatre of New York) was followed by a formal debut at Town Hall in 1972 resulting from a Young Concert Artists award. Since its inception, the ensemble has toured the U.S.A. widely to enthusiastic acclaim. In 1972, Speculum Musicae was honored with the first Walter W. Naumburg Music Award, enabling the group to give two concerts at New York's Alice Tully Hall and to commission new works. The results of these commissions are heard in this recording – Speculum Musicae's first appearance on Nonsuch.

Donald Martino
Nottruno (1973)
For piccolo/flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin/viola, cello, piano, percussion (vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, 6 temple blocks, 3 gongs)
Daniel Shulman, Conductor

Charles Wuorinen
Speculum Speculi (1972)
For flute, oboe, bass-clarinet, contrabass, piano, percussion (vibraphone, 4 drums, 3 gongs)
Fred Sherry, conductor

The Brazilian Mood - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Useless Landscape
The Wonderful World Of Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Brazilian Mood with Nelson Riddle
The Composer of "The Girl From Ipanema" and "One Note Samba" Sings His New Songs
Produced by Jimmy Hilliard
Engineer: Lowell Frank
Cover Photo and Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. 1611

She's A Carioca
Aqua De Beber
Useless Landscape
So' Tinha De Ser Com Voce
A Felicidade
Samba Do Aviao
Por Toda A Minha Vida

Cuadro Flamenco - Los Macarenos

Cuadro Flamenco (Flamenco Portrait)
Los Macarenos
Cover Photo: George Jerman / Photography 2
Produced in the USA by Dave Dexter, Jr.
Capitol Records T 10301

*Sung by Manolo Sanchez
**Sung by Santiago de Cordoba
†Danced by Quique de Grana
Guitarists: Alfonso Labrador & Juan Segura

From Billboard November 6, 1961: A splendid album of native Flamencan music recorded in Barcelona. The sound is unusually crisp and with the glittering guitar music, abetted by enthusiastic shouts, hand-clapping and foot stomping, the set could qualify as a sound album. There are a dozen titles in all, and every one is performed with great verve and excitement. Can be recommended for the obvious markets involved.

Chirigotas de Cadiz*
Seguiriya y Solea †
Fandangos de Almeria**
Historia de un Amor*
Fandangos de Huelva**

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Jo + Jazz - Jo Stafford

Jo + Jazz
Jo Stafford
Arranged and Conducted by Johnny Mandel
Featuring Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Ray Nance, Jimmy Bowles & Don Fagerquist
Photo: John Engstead
Columbia CS 8361

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: This album, the most casual hearing will quickly confirm, is something very special. It marks a departure unique in Jo Stafford's recording career, though completely in keeping with everything her name stands for in music.

While Jo is generally acknowledged to be one of the classic singers in the popular field, her acceptance in terms of the printed word has not always matched the enthusiasm accorded to some of her peers. Critics tend to draw an arbitrary line between so-called "pop music" singers and jazz vocalists, though anyone who saw Jo trading choruses with Ella Fitzgerald on a TV spectacular last year will agree that there are more elements uniting them than dividing them.

Three factors give this program its remarkable character. First, it was decided to surround Jo with several outstanding instrumental soloists, whose reputation in their field is comparable with Jo's in hers. Second, tunes were selected that have built a long and honorable reputation in both popular music and jazz. Third, all these components had to be tied together by an arranger with ideas sympathetic to Jo and the soloists.

Johnny Mandel was an inspired choice for this duty. Only 35, a native New Yorker now living near Los Angeles, he has worked in a multitude of jobs, ranging from TV staff writing, and a number of name band engagements as trumpeter or trombonist (including five months in Count Basie's brass section in 1953) through a series of West Coast studio assignments, of which his magnificent film score for I Want Love is the best known. Johnny has had extensive experience as a writer of background music for a variety of singers from Annie Ross to Gary Crosby and the stars on the pioneer TV Show of Shows.

Because Jo is one of the most distinguished alumnae of the Tommy Dorsey band, and because several men long identified with the Duke Ellington orchestra took part in these sessions, inevitably half the material chosen had a Dorsey or Ellington association. But the songs, which are from 13 to 34 years old, were selected mainly on the basis of their suitability for the musical wedding achieved on these sides. – Leonard Feather

Just Squeeze Me
For You
Midnight Sun
You'd Be So Nice TO Come Home To
The Folks Who Live On The Hill
I Didn't Know About You
What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
Dream Of You
Day Dream
I've Got The World On A String

Super Mann - Herbie Mann

Super Mann
Herbie Mann
Recorded at Power Station, NYC
A Patrick Adams Productions, Inc.
Engineers: Bert Szerup & Scott Litt
Assistant Engineers: Jeff Kendrickson & Joan Rotondi
Sound Place, NYC Engineers: Ralph Moss
Assistant Engineers: Robin Martinez & Tim Benedict
Photography: Jim Houghton
Art Directions: Bob Defrin
Atlantic Recording Corporation
SD 19221


Flutes: Herbie Mann
Keyboards: Patrick Adams, Nate Adderly, Jr. Thom Bridwell, Leroy Burgess & John Cooksey
Guitars: Clarence Burke, Stan Lucas & Ken Mazur
Fender Bass: Norbert Sloley
Drums: Richard Taninbaum
Percussion: Eddie Colon, John Cooksey & Michael Lewis
String & Brass Contractor: Jeff Delinks

Vocalists: Krystal Davis, Venus Dodson, Merle Medvene, Bruni Pagan, Sheila Pate, Jocelyn Shaw, Pete Warner & Christine Wiltshire (contractor)

Superman (Produced by Patrick Adams, Ken Morris & Stan Lucas)
Etagui (Produced by Patrick Adams & Ken Morris)
Jisco Dazz (Produced by Patrick Adams & Ken Morris)
Rock Freak (Produced by Patrick Adams & Stan Lucas)
Stomp Your Feet (Produced by Patrick Adams & Leroy Burgess)
Body Oil (Produced by Herbie Mann & Patrick Adams)
Django (Produced and Arranged by Patrick Adams)

Swing And Sway - Sammy Kaye

Rio Rita
Swing And Sway
Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Designed For Dancing / One Of A Series
RCA Camden CAL 355

Rio Rita
Stairway To The Stars
Sweet Leilani
Blue Skies
When You Wish Upon A Star
Alexander's Ragtime Band
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Say It Isn't So
How Deep Is The Ocean
Penny Serenade
Moon Love