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Saturday, July 10, 2010

For Children 12 Songs On The Apostels' Creed

The Works Of Mercy
12 Songs On The Apostles' Creed
1982

I didn't have much hope for a 1982 record featuring Catholic religious songs aimed at children. But this record sounds like it was recorded earlier, maybe as early as the early 60s. Some vocals sound like The Andrew Sisters are involved in the project (kidding).

What I find most amusing are that the concepts dished up are pretty heavy.You'll hear tongue twisting words and complicated subject matter that the vocalists find hard to spit out dressed up in light and peppy sing song arrangements.

David Carroll - Let's Dance Dance Dance

Uptown Bounce
Let's Dance Dance Dance
David Carroll and his Orchestra
Mercury MG 20649
1961

Featured on the jacket is Cynthia Maddox who graced the cover of Playboy five times in the early 60s. She dated Hefner for a time and apparently left him because he wasn't into marriage. But what I find interesting is that she worked her way from a receptionist position at Playboy to assistant cartoon editor!

This album is split between some very nice space age pop and more standard sounding easy listening numbers.

Hawaii - Exotic Sounds Of The Surfmen

The Romantic Lure Of Hawaii
Exotic Sounds Of THe Surfmen
Somerset SF-17100
1963

This record was originally released as The Surfmen in Hawaii (both SF-17100). The Surfmen made two records, both on Somerset.

Somerset Record label Chief D. L. Miller gave the musicians the task of doing a Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman exotica styled record.

Vogue Picture Record The Minute Samba & So It Goes


The Minute Samba & So It Goes
Enric Madriguera and his Orchestra
Violin Solo By Madeiguera – Dana Choir
Vocals By Patricia Gilmore and Dana Choir
Vogue R-760

Friday, July 9, 2010

Zither Magic! - Ruth Welcome

Golden Earrings
Zither Magic
Ruth Welcome
Capitol RecordsSt 1279
1959

This is a wonderful exotica offering from Columbia and Welcom. Magical, subdued and otherworldly.

The women on the cover is not Welcome but Dolores Greer. "A ballet dancer, and Michigan's entrant in a recent Miss America beauty contest – (don't let the witch costume fool you!) – she is one of Hollywood's top professional models. Talented as she is, Miss Greer assures us that in real life she practices neither black magic nor the zither."

Curious why Capitol had to go into this long explanation of the cover photo. I mean... who cares? And why the disclaimer? As if we are worried about Miss America practicing the black arts or, heaven forbid... the ZITHER!

Welcome played the Zither on at least 14 Capitol projects in the 50s. This album is apparently her 3rd LP for Capitol.

The Best Of Cugat


The Best Of Cugat
Mercury Records PPS 2015
1961

Terrific cheese cake cover on this "Command" like gatefold album presentation.

Far Away Places - Enoch Light

Flying Down To Rio
Enoch Light And His Orchestra
Far Away Places (Featuring Harpischord and Exotic Arrangements) Volume 2
Command 1963 RS 850 SD

Charles E. Murphy created another wonderful cover for this jacket.

Almost every track features men or women La La Laing or Doo Doo Dooing.

From Billboard - May 4, 1963: Light does it again with a topnotch instrumental album with bright use of voices. This is the second volume in the "let's take a trip" theme with fine tracks. This is another Light winner.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Vogue Picture Disk - Art Kassel - Let's Get Married & Touch Me Not

Let's Get Married & Touch Me Not
Art Kassel and his Orchestra
Vocals by Gloria Hart & The Kassel Trio
Vogue R780

I find it curious that the flip side of "Let's Get Married" is a song called Touch Me Not. That's marriage for you...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Good Feelin's

Hey Jude
Good Feelin's
The Happy Day Choir
Dunhill - ABC Records

Here's an album with a marketing problem. The cover features what looks like the backup singers for Dean Martin. If you look at the back cover you think that this might be a "kids" record and or even a religious record. Then you'll note song covers like: California Dreamin', Hey Jude, Let The Sun Shine In and Mrs. Robinson. If you read the copy a little more closely you will learn that the creators concept was to blend pop tunes with black gospel.

Seems like a disaster brewing but, God help me... it works. The pop songs feature strong vocal leads blended with a mammoth sweeping gospel chorus.

Some tracks work better then others, but I've never heard pop songs done up this way. Even in the cover of Hey Jude, I thought the song was going "off-course" and then the producers manage to make it work. Killer concept album.

Ron Baynum And The Islanders

Ron Baynum
The Islanders
Jewel Records
Rec. No 981
205431A

The Noxzema Rag

The Noxzema Rag
Auravision Columbia Specialty Products
CBS Records CSM-6820
1967

6 x 6 inch cardboard record torn out of a magazine (my best guess). Probably

I want the "Boobie" prize!

Organ Melodies

Beyond The Reef
Organ Melodies
From Hobby-Lesson Course For Wurlitzer Organs
Total Tone Series
Rite Records Cincinnati, Ohio

Interesting promotional item from The Wurlitzer Company, Dekalb, Illinois. A two record set, gatefold jacket with no printing on the inside. There is reams of copy on the back cover pushing the Wurlitzer Organ, but no real hint of how this set is supposed to help you learn to play, as a "hobby lesson course". There is no instructional material on the record(s), just music.

Perhaps this record was meant to entice people to sign up for a "course" or there was additional printed material to be found with this records set that is gone now.

Anyway the set does contain one good tune, a cover of an exotica standard, Beyond The Reef.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Mystic Moods Orchestra - Love The One Your With

The Mystic Moods Orchestra
Love The One You Are With
Warner Brothers BS 2577
1972

This is Brad Miller's first record with Warner Brothers and apparently his 12th album. Miller's approach on this project like many of his works is one of mixing "found" natural sounds he recorded in the field with easy listening. This technique works to blend tracks together to form a "landscape" of sound that allows you to drift off into a Mystic Mood.

It works and there are some cool easy listening tracks on this album. Some of the best 60s/70s easy listening in my opinion. The set is simply well done and holds up musically.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Soul Groove

Soul Groove!
Creative Products/Capitol SL-6678

Great cover on this 60s(?) promotional record for Charmin. While Charmin may have made a clumsy attempt to open new markets with this low budget cover, they made a good choice to go with originals and not some house band doing cheesy 60s funk (although I would have loved that too!). The music is a fabulous mix that includes Cannonball Adderley's 74 Miles Away. Awesome! And I love Bettye Swan! Don't Touch Me is so in the groove!

Still, Nancy Wilson's Uptight, out of sight, everything is alright... may not have been the best choice to push bathroom tissue. I'm kidding of course... can't you see me laughing?

I always wonder how these promotional records were distributed or if they were simply sold through the normal outlets or distributed in a non-traditional fashion, say in this case, in a grocery store display?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Music To Make You Misty

Jackie Gleason Presents
Music To Make You Misty
Capitol Records W 455
1955

Terrific cover of a red head getting all dewy-eyed over something... probably the hair spray made her tear up.

Another great in the series of romantic albums released by Gleason. This set charted #11 on Billboard.

Blooming Hits - Paul Mauriat

Blooming Hits
Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
Philips PHS 600-248
1968

This was a very popular set and therefore a common album to find in the bins around here. The tune, Love Is Blue, charted at #1 for 5 weeks. Sales where brisk and many where pressed.

Love Is Blue is the best tune on the LP. But there are a number of other 60s pop ear candy tracks to keep easy listeners awake!

Hawaiian Paradise

Aloha Oe; Hawaiian Paradise
Hawaiian Paradise
Leo Addeo His Orchestra and Chorus
RCA Camden CAS-853
1965

Leo Addeo was a key RCA house arranger for most of the 50s and 60. This is his 6th RCA album.

The record is a pleasant 60s blend of AM radio easy listening and Hawaiian flavored music.

RCA tries to sell this LP as "authentic" because Addeo uses all of the Hawaiian percussion instruments from steel guitars and tom-toms to native feathered gourds (Although the feathers probably don't actually contribute to the "sound." If you use your imagination you can picture the movements of the colorful instruments and there's a certain authentic flavor Addeo that adds to your listening enjoyment.). Really… that was copy found on the back cover.

Addeo features an organ on this set which is cool and adds a bit of interest to the music.

Claudine - The Look Of Love

Claudine
The Look Of Love
A&M SP 4129
1967

The Look Of Love charted #33 on Billboard.

Much to my surprise, this is a killer album. Longet sings with a soft smoky girlie voice. She was born in Paris, France and you can hear a hint of her accent in the vocal treatments.

I had completely forgotten about her marriage to pop singer Andy Williams and misdemeanor conviction for negligent homicide in connection with the death of former Olympic Skier "Spider" Sabich.

Longet seemed to have quite a career acting and recording during the 60s into the 70s before the shooting. You can read all about this on wikipedia. As you can imagine, whatever the circumstances, the event impacted her and her career to the extend that she never performed again.

Anyway, if you love 60s pop/easy listening or just an interesting voice, this album could be a welcome addition to your collection.

Tahiti Dances

Vahine Anamite
Tahiti Dances
Authentic Tahitian Chants, Drum Rhythms and Songs
Actually Recorded in Papeete, Tahiti
HI-FI Tahiti Records TR-201
1961

From the back cover: Eddie Lund, in this album, has given the world its first discs of authentic Tahitian music as recorded in the islands themselves. He has studied the music ever since his arrival in Papeete in 1936 and is one of the leading authorities in this field. To insure absolute authenticity in these recordings, Lund traveled to some of the most remote of the Society Islands to assemble talent. Many performers never before had seen a microphone.

Eddie Lund is an interesting character. He formed a band, which is featured on this LP called Eddie Lund and his Native Tahitians. It would seem that he played with the local musicians, although it is not at all apparent what the role of his "band" had in the project. This is his fourth record of Tahitian music. He stayed in Tahiti permanently and became know as the Irving Berlin of Island music and the father of modern Tahitian folk Music. He died in 1973.

The music on this disc is varied. I simply picked, by way of example, the more "unique" track.

Raisins & Almonds Cha Cha Cha & Merengues

Sher Cha Cha
Raisins & Almonds Cha Cha Cha & Merengues
Johnny Conquet, His Piano and Orchestra
RCA Vicrtor LSP-1789
1958

Terrific cover. I think this record sets the bar higher for me when it comes to vintage Cha Cha. This is a great record. Conquet takes Jewish folk songs and dances and turns them "into mambo, merengue and cha cha cha".

Unusual, peppy and great fun!