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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Greatest For Dancing - George Evans

I Love Paris
The Greatest For Dancing
Volume 1
George Evans And His Symphony Of Saxes
London Records LL 3119

Nicely crafted big band dance set.


The Lady Is A Tramp
You're In Kentucky (Sure As You're Born)
Dapper Dan
Believe It, Beloved


Peg O' My Heart
It's All In The Game
You Made Me Love You
I Love Paris
C'est Si Bon

Monday, October 24, 2016

Concertos From Hollywood - Bill Butler

Concertos From Hollywood
Bill Butler At The Piano
Arranged and Conducted by Jack Pleis
Produced by Ernie Altchuler
Cover Photo Columbia Records Photo Studio – Henry Parker
Epic LN 24014

From the back cover: Toronto-born Bill Butler is one of Canada's most talented and popular young pianists. He began his musical training at the age of six at Toronto's Conservatory of Music. Some dozen years later, he was playing and arranging for the city's top orchestras and radio programs. After a highly successful five-year engagement at Toronto's Club One-Two with his own group, he was asked to form an orchestra for the opening of the Lord Simcoe Hotel's fabulous Pump Room. Bill's unique piano artistry immediately won many fans. He has also found admirers in the United States through frequent appearances on the Dave Garroway and Arthur Godfrey shows and through his previous album for Epic Records, Portrait of a Piano: The Exciting Sound of Bill Butler (LN 3826/BN 621).

From Billboard - September 8, 1962: Bill Butler, the Canadian pop pianist who has made a bit of a dent with his single records, does very well on this new album and could rack up some sales if the disk is exposed. He plays a very warm and attractive piano stylings on this collections of evergreens, over fresh and catchy arrangement by Jack Pleis. Strongest of the tracks are "Willing and Eager," "Maria," "The Terry Theme," "Moon River" and "La Dolce Vita."

Theme From "My Geisha"
Willing And Eager
Just For Tonight
Till There Was You
The Terry Theme
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Love Theme From "Lolita"
Moon River
Theme From "Advise And Consent"
La Dolce Vita
Theme From "The Apartment"

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Moon Light Memories - Dan & Dale

I Wished On The Moon
Moonlight Memories
The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale
Diplomat Records DD-1(D 2391)

The sample is from the bad Diplomat pressing found inside of this minty fresh jacket. You may or may not hear some noise during play. As is the norm with Dan & Dale sets, this LP features the kind of inventive arrangements that make the "sensational guitars" fun to listen to.

Moonlight Memories
Moonlight On The Sunset Trail
Moon Love
I Wished On The Moon
Harvest Moon
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Moonlight Becomes You
Moonlight Bay
Moonlight & Shadows
Moon River

Friday, October 14, 2016

All Time Junior Pops

Gum Drop
All Time Junior Pops
For Party, Play and Active Participation
Hollywood Records LPH-117

Not just a "junior pops" set, but rather a compilation that the adults watching the children do "active participation" might enjoy as well.

Sixteen Tons
The Yellow Rose Of Texas
Honey Babe
Mr. Sandman
Gum Drop
Dave Crockett
The Bible Tells Me So
Open Up Your Heart
Little Child
Croce Di Cro
Dungaree Doll
Rock And Roll Waltz
The Mama Doll Song

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sunrise Serenade - The Triads

Blue Prelude
Sunrise Serenade
Beautiful Music Performed By The Triads
On The Hammond Organ, Accordion and Guitar
FDR King Size
Waldorf Music, Hall Inc.

Peppy set of tunes from a group who styled themselves after The Three Suns.

From the back cover: The Triads have been playing just this sort of music throughout the country, supplying simple, yet very musical sounds for the patrons of such outstanding spots as the Piccadilly Hotel in New York (that's where The Three Suns also starred), the Sahara in Las Vegas, and for twenty-four weeks out of each year at their home base, the renowned Syracuse Hotel in Syracuse, New York.

Sunrise Serenade
Doll Dance
Saint Louis Blues
Blue Moon
El Cumbanchero
Blue Prelude
Daning Tambourine
Wedding Of The Painted Doll

Autumn Leaves - The International Pop Orchestra

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves
By The International Pops Orchestra
Wyncote W 9174

Groovy cover. The former owner of the album penciled this note on the back jacket: "Good. Relaxing."

Autumn Leaves
Roses Of Tyrol
Side Walks Of New York
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Sentimental Tango
O Sole Mio
My Heart Is Yours
Moments Lost

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Basic Principles Of Kreskin's ESP

The Basic Principles Of Kreskin's ESP
SSS International LP 100

From Billboard - January 20, 1968: SSS International tries to capture the success of Kreskin's "ESP" party game on the recorded disk. There are 10 tests here, along with an introduction and instruction band. Depending on the amount of exposure on radio and television and transcendental waves messages emitted, this album could catch many people's fancy.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dance & Dream - Art Mooney

Bee Dees Twist
Dance & Dream
Art Mooney And His Orchestra
Coronet Records
A Division Of Premier Album, Inc.

A budget complication of Mooney's work featuring a set of tunes that is so divergent that I wonder if all the tracks were actually produced by Mooney's orchestra. You will note from the sample that there is no followthrough in theme as featured on the cover.

From the back cover: Art Mooney was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. However, his family soon moved to Detroit where Art grew up. His father was a member of the police force there and Art Mooney went to a technical high school in Detroit to study to become a linotype operator. It was through his mother's urging that Art began to study the saxophone. He took to the saxophone immediately and soon got a group of his high school friends together and started a band. This group played all the local school dances around the city.

After graduation, Art Mooney gave up the idea of music and pursued his career as a linotype operator. However, he wasn't on the job very long when he started to dabble in music in his spare time. Soon Art got odd jobs playing his sax at night with local bands and he began to love it and started thinking about a band of his own. He got his first opportunity when, as a linotype operator, he was to set up an ad announcing the engagement of one of the top bands of the time, instead Art Mooney inserted his own name and, although he was fired from the job, he felt it was a good break for him because it gave him a chance to try his luck in the music world. He formed a band and started on the road but soon was drafted in the Army.

For three and a half years, Art Moony conducted the Miami Beach Air Corps band and when he was released from service he had already made a name for himself through his record hits of "Roll Out The Barrel" and "I've Been Working On The Railroad." He then organized a band and was waiting for the big chance when he finally got a two week engagement at the New York's Lincoln and Edison Hotels; the engagement extended itself for eight months. From this date, Art won a radio network contract and his future was made.

Soon after this, Art had some of his biggest hit records which included "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover", "Baby Face", "Five Feet Two", "Again", "Honey Babe" and many others.

Since that time, Art has been doing television shows and has also appeared in some motion pictures. He enjoys golf, swimming and tennis and is a classical records collector.

Last Date
Adios Amigo
O Sol Mio
La Paloma
Bee Dees Twist
Nellie Blye

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hit Movie Songs From The Exotic Islands - The Surfers

Sweet Leilani
Hit Movie Songs From The Exotic Islands
The Surfers
Warner Bros. Records
WS 1493

From the back cover: The Surfers, probably the most popular Hawaiian group in the night club world, have chalked up an enviable record in appearances from Honolulu's famed Kahanamok's nitery to the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, with multiple stops in non-tropical Las Vegas in between. Thus, they come to this recording with a wealth of background in Polynesian and Hawaiian music, but still with the vigor of youth that characterized their first appearances together at a Glendale (California) Junior College prom.

Follow Me (Mutiny On The Bounty)
Canoe Song (Donovan's Reef)
Sweet Leilani (Waikiki Wedding)
Island Angel (From Here To Eternity)
Pagan Love Song (The Pagan)
E Tupiti ( Devil At Four O'clock)
Bali Ha'i (South Pacific)
Pearly Shells (Donovan's Reef)
Diamond Head Theme (Diamond Head)
The Fishing Chant (Mutiny On The Bounty)
Farewell (Mr. Roberts)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Whistler And His Dog - Jack Zimmermann

The Whistler And His Dog
Jack Zimmermann
Golden Crest Records CR 3002
Recorded October 6, 1956

Interesting package featuring a fun photo of Zimmerman and, apparently, his dog on the jacket cover. The Whistler And His Dog is the title track, enough of a reason to justify using the image on the cover, but the notes go no further to elaborate on the story. Often "whistler" LPs can sound "one-dimensional" unless you are super into whistling, however, this set is saved by a collection of arrangements that are, for the most part, nicely flavored with a Space Age swing or pop treatments.

From the back cover: The Whistler is Jack Zimmermann who has been playing professionally in bands literally since the age of 12. Now 37, Jack has played Banjo, Guitar and Bass in bands from coast to coast. He interrupted his music to fight a war and returned to it to play in various combinations in Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York and other spots. He has been heard with Enric Madriguera, Charlie Spivak, Buddy Rogers, Art Mooney and others.

Jack first whistled on George Skinner's show on C.B.S. When Archie Bleyer sought a whistler, he also selected Jack and from there on Jack whistled with himself to create duets and even four part harmony.

Listen with very special care to the artist's performance of Solfeggio. This music, composed by the eminent Harpist Robert Maxwell, seems almost to have been written for whistling.

The Whistler And His Dog
Sweet Leilani
Pick Yourself Up
Silver Moon
By The Waters Of The Minnetonka
Mighty Lak A Rose
Rio Rita
By Heck
Tumbling Tumbleweed
Blue Moon