Friday, September 10, 2010
Echoes Of Budapest
Vox VX 25.450
Wonderful cover on this vintage album. George Feyer made a good number of "Echoes" recordings. This is folk music seasoned with a touch of pop. It is also interesting to note that, although there are track titles on the back cover, the recording was made in such a way that all songs blend together creating a nice fluid mood.
Echoes Of Hollywood
Vox VX 25.400
Once again, here's a great vintage cover gracing another album in the "Echoes" series. A nice recording with "tracks" but no separation on the disc. All the tunes blend together.
Music For Dining
The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1000
RCA offers another great Moods In Music LP with a cool space age cover and odd title. I blogged Music For Reading in another recent post. I found it curious that RCA was attempting to niche market albums as if certain household activities needed specific music to go with them and that you, as consumer, couldn't figure out what music would best go with your meatloaf.
Also, I wondered what George Melachrino must have felt having his work relegated only to reading or meatloaf consuming.
From the back cover: Perhaps your dinner lacks a few of the courses just mentioned; perhaps it's prepared in a one-room apartment and not in the kitchen at Maxim's. Perhaps the china isn't Wedgewood and the wine hails from California. But whatever the circumstances, Melachino's romantic music will enrich your evening beyond measure.
California wines suck?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Dream Of Olwen (LPM-1002)
Music For Reading
The Melachrino Stings And Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM/LPS-1002
One of a number of Melachrino Strings albums in this series of mood music created to with something you might do at home, like reading. Curious marketing. I wonder how successful the series was for RCA?
Clair De Lune
Dreams Of Olwen
Song Of My Love
Waltz In C-Sharp Minor
Henri Rene And His Orchestra
Groovy space age cover on this Rene album. The music is also has a nice space age vibe to it and does not take itself too seriously. Hansel And Pretzel is goofy fun. The track, When The Day Is Done, is more laid back and exotica. Some tracks are big band with "space age" percussion layered on top to help update the song. The track Mangos, on the B side is a quirky space age thing with a cool female vocal lead in and lead out. Another track titled Blah-Blah-Blah has a male vocal with lyrics that totally makes fun of big band love ballads. Very funny.
I've got Rene's album titled "Passion In Paint" (RCA 1955). The cover is collectible but the music is pretty plain. By the time Rene got around to this project he had loosened up big time. This is a cool album to collect.
Why the designer found it necessary to hyphenate the word "Orchestra" on the cover, I don't know? Some questions may never be answered.
This LP can be found on a CD import titled "Compulsion To Swing In Rhythm".
Sounds Of A Thousand Strings
With The Voices Of Hawaii
Robert Krewson Conducting
Crown Records CLP 5163
Terrific exotica album made magical by the haunting "Voices Of Hawaii". Covers of classics tunes like Beyond The Reef and Hawaiian War Chant.
George Shearing Quintet
Lovely Shearing album with surprise vocals on a few tracks by Teddi King.
King is unmentioned on the jacket, but is credited on the label. Her "Wikipedia" story mentions that she toured with Shearing for several years beginning in the summer of 1952. She was only 48 when she passed away in 1977.
This is a full color cover, which I assume preceded the monochromatic version below
Soundblast - 1956 This is the stereo release of the mono version of Soundproof as seen below
Soundproof - 1956
Even though the cover image is the same, the mono and stereo Soundproof are two different records featuring different songs.
Ferrante and Teicher With Percussion - 1958
Blast Off! - 1959
Twin Pianos - Stereo
Twin Pianos - Mono
Pianos In Paradise - 1962
The Enchanted World Of Ferrante & Teicher - 1964
Ferrante & Teicher 196?
Star Wars - 1978
On this page, I'll be collecting together Ferrante & Teicher covers that I run across. These are all albums from my collection.
George Shearing Quintet
Capitol Records T1082
Another great cover and another great light jazz/mood album from Shearing. I think this LP is an exceptionally good Shearing effort. The music still seems fresh and modern today.
Velvet Carpet - 1956
Latin Lace - 1958
Blue Chiffon - 1958
Satin Brass - 1960
White Satin - 1960
Satin Affair - 1961
Mood Latino - 1961
Conerto For My Love - 1962
Night Mist - 1962
Burnished Brass - 1962
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The 3rd Man Theme
Arranged and Conducted by Ray Martin
RCA Camden CAS-949
Good space age pop brass album on Camden. The cover is foil with overprinting (expensive printing for a budget label).
Here's a light hearted version of The 3rd Man Theme.
Mercury Records PPS 2003
Excellent space age set from Xavier Cugat/Mercury featuring a wonderful gatefold jacket designed to compete with the Command label efforts of the day. The engineering is also outstanding. The clarity and depth of recording is something to hear.
Pianos In Paradise
Orchestra Conducted By Nick Perito
United Artists Records UAS 6230
Another great mood album from Ferrante & Teicher with an exotica flare. African Echoes is on this LP as well as many tracks that are found on earlier F&T albums. Without reviewing, I'm not sure how many are straight re-released songs and or how many Nick Perito had something to do with. Maybe the Perito tracks are also repackaged on this set?
Monday, September 6, 2010
A Russian Fantasy
Dyna Disc SCH-824
I can find no information on the Dyna Disc label. I think that there may have been an association with another budget label, Somerset. This record is a grab bag of tunes DynaDisc found laying around the office including a 101 Strings track (Dark Eyes). Another, much more obscure but very nice track is: A Russian Fantasy by Sania Poustylnicof.