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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos

Good Morning Starshine
Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos
The London Festival Orchestra
Destination
London SP 44135
1969

Groovy dreamy cover with groovy on the outside and dreamy light pop covers on the inside.

Bachelor pad and lime green leisure suits.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Persuasive Percussion Volume 4

Oh Lady Be Good
Persuasive Percussion Volume 4
Enoch Light and The Command All Stars
Command Records RS 830 SD
Originated and Produced by Enoch Light 1961

This cover was designed By Charles E. Murphy.

Another nice LP that repeats the blend of jazz and 60s flavored easy listening pop found on Volume 3. Once again, we hear the crystal clear Command Label sound (Recording Chief Robert Fine).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Persuasive Percussion Volume 3

Bingo Bango Bongo Baby
Persuasive Percussion Volume 3
Enoch Light
The Command All Stars
Command RS 33-817.
1960 Grand Award Publishing Co.

Even though this volume of Persuasive Percussion came out just a year after volume one (which is heavily exotic) you can hear Light's musical (direction) pushing through "space age bachelor pad" music towards his jazz/easy listening hybrid. Doc Severinsen is listed in this iteration of The Command All-Stars. Severinsen became the house band leader on The Johnny Carson Show in 1967.

And again we have a marvelous cover designed by Josef Albers.

Persuasive Percussion Volume 1

Tabu
Persuasive Percussion
Enoch Light
Originated And Produced By Enoch Light
Terry Snyder and The All Stars
Command RS 800 S.D.
1959 Award Publishing Corporation

This is the first volume in the Persuasive Percussion series and the first Command gatefold jacket featuring cover art design by Josef Albers.

The cover design is by Josef Albers.

I'm In The Mood
Whatever Lola Wants
Misirlou
I Surrender Dear
Orchids In The Moonlight
I Love Paris
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Tabu
The Breeze And I
Aloha Oe
Japanese Sandman
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

Ellis In Wonderland

You're My Girl
Ellis In Wonderland
Ray Ellis and His Orchestra
Columbia CL 933
1957

From the back cover: ...he (Ellis) has arranged music for many other conductors, and has performed the same chore, as well as conducting, for such varying entertainers as The Four Lads, Mahalia Jackson, Guy Mitchell, Cathy Johnson, And the DeJohn Sisters, among others, on some of their best-selling records. Here he is on his own, for the first time, in a richly rewarding collection of his distinctive inventions.

From Billboard - September 9, 1957: Smooth treatments by top-flight orkster, Ellis, provide easy listening. A variety of tempos, Latin, slow, lush settings with chorus, and others with danceable beat, can appeal to teens and mature buyers.

You Are Never Far Away From Me
How About You
For All We Know
When I Fall In Love
36-26-26
Alone Together
Milk And Honey
P.S. I Love You
Love Is A Simple Thing
You're My Girl
Poor Butterfly
Trust Me

Earl Bostic Plays Sweet Tunes Of The Fantastic 50s

Canadian Sunset
Earl Bostic Plays Sweet Tunes Of The Fantastic 50s
King Records 602, 1959

Terrific cover art of an X-15 illustrated by L. Paleno. The X-15 was one of the America's cutting edge craft that led us into the space age. There is a newspaper clipping on the rear jacket that describes the craft.