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Friday, June 22, 2018

Erogenous - The Mystic Moods

The Mystic Moods
Warner Communications Company
BS4 2786

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art and to note that this set was released in 4 channel.

From Billboard - January 29, 1974: Continues recent trends of Brad Miller's studio orchestra to downplay its trademark ocean and storm sound effects and it swooping strings in order to achieve a more contemporary soft-soul effect which has given series its biggest successes yet. Best cuts: "Your Place Of Mine," Sound Of Love."

Your Place Or Mine
Keep Me Warm
The Sound Of Love
Down Easy
The Other Side Of Midnight
Any Way You Want It
Honey Trippin'
The Magician
Fallen Angel
Get It While The Getting Is Good
Midnight Snack

I Can Dream Can't I - Ralph Carmichael

I Can Dream Can't I?
A nostalgic tribute to the wonderful songs and dance orchestras of the '50s
Ralph Carmichael And His Orchestra
Capitol Records T 1819

I Can Dream Can't I
Any Time
Tennessee Waltz
You Belong To Me
It's No Sin
Mona Lisa
Blue Tango
Because Of You
C'est Si Bon

I Miss You So - Chris Connor

Chris Connor
I Miss You So
Arrangements: Ray Ellis
Supervision: Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler
Cover Photo: Saul Leiter
Cover Design: Marvin Israel
Atlantic 8014

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share biographical information found on the back cover.

From the back cover: One of the marks of a true jazz vocal stylist is the ability to use the voice as an instrument. A loving care for intonation, phrasing, dynamics and expression and a complete at-homeness with an instrument, whether a saxophone, clarinet, trumpet or voice is a special part of the jazz artist's makeup. For a singer, instrumental training is invaluable. Chris Connor had the benefit of practice on the clarinet and the violin through her high school years. Only then did she take a serious view of her singing. But not until she was well out of high school and holding down a stenographer's job in Jefferson City, Missouri, did Chris get her first chance to make money as a vocalist. This was with a college dance band at the University of Missouri. Even in this earliest engagement, Chris was not the typical pop singer. She had the flavor of jazz in her voice even then and later when a 19-year-old trombonist, Bobby Brookmeyer, asked her to come back to Kansas City to sing with his band, her modern approach was even more evident.

Chris was already shaping her voice in the Anita O'Day – June Christy tradition. She has high praise for both these artists as she does for Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and from this quarter came the composite influence that was to develop and establish the Chris Connor style.

With the Missouri University dance band, Chris has much experience singing in front of Stan Kenton, arrangements. Then after "taking the plunge" and heading for New York in 1949, she won an audition to sing with Claude Thornhill's band, which gave her three and a half years of singing with a band with a definitely forward look about it.

The Kenton influence became complete, when Chris actually joined the band in 1952. At this point her reputation suddenly expanded from the limited Kansas City and New York metropolitan areas straight across the country. It was not as easy matter to crack through the tough harmonic and rhythm constructions of the Kenton book. June Christy had already set up a vocal formula for the band that was not easy to follow. But Chris Connor's innate artistry overcame the obvious obstacles and she re-created the basic approach in terms of her own interpretation to the vast satisfaction of not only Kenton, but many new followers as well.

Out of the Kenton collaboration came a touching and offbeat record call All About Ronnie, which had a success completely unexpected by the record mean who brought it out.

In July 1953, following years of back-breaking, sleep-destroying one nighters with the Thornhill and Kenton bands, Chris quit the band business for good, a move that not only gave her a rest, but provided the opportunity to become solidly entrenched as a top single act and recording star as well. She has played the hallowed jazz spots like Birdland in New York and Storyville in Boston as well as a number of the better pop-type clubs. Chris' early LP records proved some of the biggest jazz sellers. And her first three Atlantic LPs, Chris Connor," "He Loves Me, He Love Me Not," and especially "Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song," have merely served to build a bigger than ever following for the husky voice Kansas City blonde.

I Miss You
Go Away From My Window
Trust In Me
Past The Age Of Innocence
Time Out For Tears
I Love You Yes I Do
My Heart Is So Full Of You
My Ideal
Mixed Emotions
They All Laughed
Speak Low
Radar Blues

All My Love - Monarchs Of Melody

I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You 
All My Love
FDR King Size
Waldorf Music Hall Inc.
MHK 33-1241

I Surrender Dear
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Sweet Lorraine
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Ill Wind
All My Love
Lonesome And Sorry
Pardon Me, Pretty Baby

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ballads For Night People - June Christy

Ballads For Night People
June Christy
Arranged and Conducted by Bob Cooper
Produced by Bill Biller
Capitol Records T1308

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

From Billboard - February 15, 1960: June Christy, the one and original, comes thur with her own special and attractive interpretations of a group of tunes for that amorphous group of fans known as Night People. The songs include such familiar items as "Bewitched" and "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" and such unfamiliar efforts as "Night People" from the recent show, "The Nervous Set," and "I Had A Little Sorrow," based on Edna St. Vincent Millay's "The Penitent." Miss Christy with backing by Bob Cooper chants them all endearingly.

Night People
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
I Had A Little Sorrow
I'm In Love
Shadow Woman
Kissing Bug
My Ship
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Make Love To Me

Moments To Remember - Volume 3

Stranger In Paradise
Moments To Remember
Volume 3
The Ink Spots, Vincent Lopez, Bob Eberly and His Orchestra and Enoch Light and His Orchestra
Exclusive Portrait of Lovely Tina Louise
Cover Photography: Barry Kramer
Waldorf Music Hall, Inc.
MHK 33-1239

Moments To Remember
Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Do I Love You?
Little Things Mean A Lot
No Not Much
The Poor People Of Paris
Mademoiselle De Paris
Over The Rainbow
Stranger In Paradise
Eleventh Hour Melody

The Sawbuck Singers

Black Girl
The Sawbuck Singers
Produced by Jack Lewis
Recording Engineer: Bill Mac Meekin
Colpix Records
SCP 475

From the back cover: "The Sawbuck Singers" are a completely unique vocal group; ten girls now attending the College of New Rochelle. They were originally organized by Mica McCann when she was a freshman and was asked to provide entertainment for the College's annual "Winter Weekend".

During Mica McCann's second year in college, she was placed in charge of a class project to raise money for the school. An inter-collegiate hootenanny was arranged with groups invited from Cornell, Fordham and the University of Virginia. The fund raising program was a huge success, "The Sawbuck Singers" were stars of the show and decided to stay together as a professional group. Many of the songs in this album are performed by the girls in their personal appearances.

Sixteen Tons
Darlin' Rosalie
Wade In The Water
Black Girl
C. C. Rider
Lookin' On The Bright Side
Un Canadian Errant
They Call The Wind Maria
Love Henry
We Never know
If I Gave You

The Best Songs Of 1970 - The Symphonette Brass

Airport Theme
The Symphonette Brass Play
The Best Songs Of 1970
Produced by Eugene Lowell
Cover Design: Jack Purtle
Produced for The Club by The Longines Symphonette Society
Cover Photos Courtesy UPI

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Daughter Of Darkness
(They Long To Be) Close To You
Let Me Go To Him
The Wonder Of You
Easy Come, Easy Go
Airport Love Theme
Come Saturday Morning
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Gimme Dat Ding
Smile A Little Smile For Me
That Same Old Feeling
Early In The Morning
Paper Mache
I Just Can't Help Believing
Winter World Of Love
It's All In The Game
United We Stand
Hey There Lonely Girl
Everybody's Out Of Town
Mama Told Me Not To Come
Make It With You
Puppet Man

London Swings - The Johnny Scott Orchestra

London Bridge Is Falling Down
London Swings
The Johnny Scott Orchestra
Produced by Ron Richards
Studio 2 Stereo
An A.I.R. (London) Production
E.M.I. Records
Two 118

Trumpets: Leon Calvert, Gregg Bowen, Ray Davis, Eddie Blair and Ian Hamer
Trombones: Don Lusher, Jack Baine, Maurice Pratt and Jackie Armstrong
Saxed: Roy Willcox, Al Newman, Bob Efford, Ducan Lamont and Ronnie Ross
Harps: John Marson and Michael Jefferies
Piano: Alan Branscombe
Guitar: Judd Proctor
Bass: Arthur Watts
Drums: Barry Morgan
Strings led by Tony Gilbert

Let's All Go Down The Strand
They're Changing Guard At Buckingham Palace
Chelsea Bridge
Knocked 'Em In The Old Kent Road
The Trees In Grosvenor Square
Limehouse Blues
London By Night
Greek Street, Soho
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Covent Garden Starts Early
Springtime In Piccadilly Circus
London Bridge Is Falling Down

Double Exposures - Manny Albam

You're Driving Me Crazy - Moten Swing
Double Exposures
Manny Albam And His Orchestra
Top Rank RS 613

Also see More Double Exposure (RCA Victor LSA-2432)

Jersey Bounce - I Found A Million Dollar Baby
Undecided - This Can't Be Love
Take The "A" Train - Exactly Like You
Jada - It's A Wonderfull World
Blue Moon - Mountain Greenery
Crazy Rhythm - Opus
Sweet Sue - Honeysuckle Rose
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
You're Driving Me Crazy - Moten Swing
Perdido - You Can Depend On Me