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Solid! South Pacific
Bobby Hammack Quintet
Liberty LRP 3037 (LST 707 Stereo)
I'm not a big fan of the "Broadway" album. However, when I ran across this set on my favorite label, Liberty, I took the chance that I would dig it.
This record is a great small combo jazz/bachelor pad take on South Pacific.
The 1957 issue of Billboard: Here's an item which may fare better sales-wise in the pop field than jazz. Tasteful, neatly understated instrumental treatments of the great Rodgers and Hammerstein South Pacific score, highlighted by Hamack's aptly self-styled "calculated spontaneity" at the keyboard. Amusing cover adds up to good display art for dealers.
Ruth Lyons was the name in local Cincinnati, Ohio entertainment for many years. I have several of her WLW 50/50 Club Christmas Album covers posted on my blog.
Due to Lyons popularity, she had access to local talent and her albums are professional sounding. She had a stable of musicians that appeared as regulars on her show. Her albums feature these performers. Ruth wrote a number of songs for the LP and played the organ. She catered to conservative Cincinnati musical tastes, so there are usually no surprises. But the 5th track on the A side of this LP is way different then the easy listening stuff.
The track, Moon Dust is preformed by Eddie Bennett and The Bello-Larks. The Bello-Larks are the boys in the house band having some fun!
El Borinquen Orchestra
Paris Sound Laboratories, Riverdale, New York P-110
I could find little, if any information on The El Borninquen Orchestra. What I did find is that the Paris label is probably a budget label create by Don Gabor. This LP may have been a available only at gas stations and super markets.
Hawaiian Enchantment For Dancing
Omega Records OSL-34
Obscure Omega record with no firm date of release to be found online at this time. I'm thinking 1959, 60 or 61.
This record features a collection of very nice exotica tracks. There is no information on the cover to give a hint of who recorded the LP. However, The George Poole Orchestra is credited on the record label.
Poole's name can be found on the internet connected to LPs and projects, but there is no source for bio information.
Out of all the 101s I've added to the collection, this is one of the groovier releases.
I updated this post today (12-24-2013) to add another pressing (as seen below). This time a gatefold two record set that includes The Romance Of Hawaii (Alshire 2-117). Alshire took the budget road and used all that inside gatefold space to print tiny B&W jacket reproductions of what must have been the 101 catalog at the time. While less "exotica" than Hawaiian Paradise, The Romance Of Hawaii is still a decent Atomic Attic period "island" mood set.
Song Of The Island
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Little Grass Shack
Moon Over Kona
Stars Over Maui
Hawaiian War Chant
The Romance Of Hawaii
The Moon Of Manakoora
Pagan Love Song
South Sea Serenade
Sweet Hawaiian Kisses
Neath Azure Skies
Christmas With The Happy Crickets
Grand Prix Series KX-9
Here's a shot of Christmas weirdness for my friends. Add another record to the children's LP stack that was made by running vocals through the "small cartoon insect doing helium filter". In all honesty, I was anticipating the pitch and speed/tempo shift filters... but the effect is so intense, I thought that my player was set to 45 RPM. I checked the speed and started the record again.
This is a very annoying record and a very funny record! The Happy Crickets do covers of traditional holiday songs which crack me up. The orchestration is actually very good. And then... The Crickets jump in to generate some weirdness.
Possibly as an inside joke, the producers include a cover of "The Chipmunk Song". The song isn't manipulated through the cartoon insect filter. It's great!
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Tex Johnson & His Six Shooters
A Product Of Premier Albums, N.Y.C.
Here's a bit of a mystery album. It was apparently released on a label called: Pirouette. The album sported a foil cover with cartoon figures, that are different figures, but drawn in the exact same style as the cover I post here. The Pirouette release is in stereo.
My example is on "Premier Albums" and is a mono release. You can also find the same album with a different cover design, but featuring the same cartoon deer, as a stereo release.
The Pirouette release track list is somewhat different:
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
Fum Fum Fum
Wait for the Wagon (On Christmas Day)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
A Merry Merry Christmas to You
Pride of the Prairie Mary
The Night Before Christmas Song
Just as the Sun Went Down
Go Tell It on the Mountain
The track list on my Premier album and the Premier stereo version is as follows:
Good King Wencelas
When Santa Gets Your Letter
The Night Before Christmas
Ruldolph The Red Nose Reindeer
Deck The Halls With Holly
Here Comes Santa Claus
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
Possibly, all three releases hit the stores in the same year? Or maybe the Pirouette release came out a year later? Why the cover designs drew from the same basic artwork and why the track lists varies is a the mystery.