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Friday, October 15, 2010

White Satin - George Shearing

Laura (ST1334)
White Satin
The George Shearing Quintet And Orchestra
Orchestra Conducted by Billy May
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh
Capitol T1334/ST1334
1960

From the back cover: George Shearing and the Quintet with a choir of strings and woodwinds create beautiful music that caresses the ear with a rich, lovely smoothness like the touch of White Satin.

Terrific set featuring an excellent, creative, subtle blend of Shearing's group effort and May's Orchestra.

Your Name Is Love
Dream
Laura
There's A Small Hotel
Old Folks
How Long Has This Been Going On
Love's Melody
An Affair To Remember
There'll Be Another Spring
Moonlight Becomes You
I'll Take Romance

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nostalgia - David Rose

Nostalgia
David Rose And His Orchestra
M-G-M Records E3134
1954

This is an unusual album cover for 1954. In my opinion, graphically ahead of its time.

The first track establishes a soft moody palette of sound. The tracks that follow continue paint a wonderful lush audio landscape. I might compare this work to the many of the Jackie Gleason's LPs I own. It is thematically consistent from cover art to the last track. More of a vision than a collection of songs.

Midnight On The Cliffs

Midnight On The Cliffs
Les Baxter And Orchestra
High Fidelity Recording T843
1957

Let's start with the stunning cover. Love it!

The title track, the first song on the A side, Midnight On The Cliffs is a wonderful and dramatic piece. The next track is sort of a light pop vocal piece titled Wake The Town And Tell. The song is a jarring transition from the dramatic mood of the first track. Some of the vocal tracks seem out of place on this LP. The instrumentals work best helping to reinforce the "mood" the album cover sets.

This is some sort of mix that Capitol glosses over on the back cover. A mix between soundtrack titles from the movie "Julie" and some of Baxters other work.

Pipe Organ And Percussion - Pirouette

Song Of India
Fabulous Sounds Of The Pipe Organ And Percussion
Pirouette Records RFM 64

Here's another fun "percussion" pipe organ set.

The record could have also been call "Ping Pong Percussion". The audio and minimalist cover graphic "style" was copied from a trend started by Enoch Light on his label, Command. This album was probably released in 1961. The percussion for the most part, is coming out of the right channel and the organ out of the left.

There is a lot of filler copy on the back cover. The copy mentions that "one of the very best organs still in existence in the U.S. was employed"... but they do not say what organ or where the recording was made nor do they name the organist.

Still, I think you'll find this record to be an exotica/percussion organ LP that you will be happy to add to your collection.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fantasy Pipe Organ And Percussion


A Stereo Fantasy In Pipe Organ And Percussion
George Montalba
Somerset SF-8400
1958

This is a great vintage organ album that contains music that reminds me of Korla Pandit's work.

Featured here are two versions of the stereo release. At this time, I have no idea why there are two different covers.

Apparently George Montalba was really Robert Hunter, an arranger who worked on Broadway for a time. Sometime later around 1989 The High Priest of The Church of Satan, Anton Lavey claimed to be the real Montalba. Which, of course, he wasn't. All of this is outlined in a booklet that comes with a CD reissue of this LP. The CD is hard to find, but you can download the album from Amazon. The several reviews of the CD I found online complain about sound quality issues.

Who would have thought The High Priest of The Church Of Satan would be into exotica organ and percussion records?

Que Mango! - 101 Strings & Les Baxter

Que Mango!
Les Baxter
101 Strings
Alshire S-5204
1970

All 101 Strings albums don't suck. I actually own several 101s now that are very cool and I'm looking for Astro-Sound 2000 to add to the collection. I was surprise today to find this LP with Les Baxter's named printed on the cover. Of course Baxter is one of the king pins of the exotica music form, inspiring the likes of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Baxter was a prolific artist and more can information can be found on his wikipededia page.

1969 Northern Kentucky Select Bands Vol. II

Incantation and Dance
1969 Northern Kentucky Select Bands

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ros At The Opera

Martha - Soft And Pure

Ros At The Opera
Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra
London LL 3104

Ros was the Latin King in post-war U.K. and a prolific recording artist. This album is one of his earlier works.

Meyer Davis Album Covers

Meyer Davis
Plays Redhead For Dancing
RCA Victor LPM-2039
1959

Meyer Davis
Dancing With The Smart Set
RCA Victor LPM-1756
1958

Meyer Davis
On With The Dance
ABC- Paramount ABC 197
1958

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Misty - J. J. Jones

Louie Louie
Misty
J. J. Jones
Wyncote SW-9170
1967

Somewhat obscure album and artist. From the back cover notes, this was J. J. Jones' first album. This album was released just before Wyncote went out of business.

The LP has a nice funky "60s" vibe. The cover (model) image was used on another Wyncote album, Organ Fascination W9083

SLAVE 1-E-241 - John Noble

SLAVE 1-E-241
John Nobel

Rare and obscure autographed copy of SLAVE 1-E-241.

Noble spent his life, after having survived the horrors of the worst socialist systems of modern times, warning people against traveling down the "red" carpet. This recording was made sometime after the release of his book: I Was A Slave In Russia.