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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Perry Como - TV Favorites

Perry Como
TV Favorites
As Sung by Perry on His Chesterfield TV Show
RCA Victor LPM 3013
1952

This 10 inch 33 1/3 sports a fabulous cover. The graphic promotes not only Perry Como, but RCA's table top set (17T200) in blond.

There is an awesome version of Summertime on this album.

Percussive Oompah

Mack The Knife
Percussive Oompah
Hofbrauhaus! Stimmung!
Rudi Bohn and his Band
Phase 4 In Stereo
London SLE 14 400 Ex

A "percussive" album based on Oompah?

All the London Phase 4 albums I have in the collection come in nice heavy gatefold jackets that feature glossy covers. This jacket is a gatefold, but printed on thin stock. The record label is not London, but a Telefunken. The catalog number is also unusual. The whole project seems like some oddball import.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Randy Rayder In Outer Space

Randy Rayder In Outer Space
Continental Production Company, North Hollywood, California
SD-1
1969

This is a gatefold album with a fold out comic book styled insert so that you can follow the story in pictures. I guess that is what "see-disc" means.

Latin Boss Senor Ros

Meditation
Jet Plane
Latin Boss Senor Ros
Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra
Phase 4 Stereo
London SP 44073

Also check out Arriba a quirky offering, which apparently, came quick on the heels of this release.

The two albums feature the same basic formula, slightly quirky instrumentals including one or two odd vocal tracks that, I assume, features Ros singing.

The engineering is excellent.

Paul Mauriat - Listen Too!

It's Not Unusual
Listen Too!
The Fabulous Paul Mauriat Orchestra
Philips Records PHS 600-197
1968

Here is another Mauriat easy album that features a graphically dynamic cover art.

Read more about Paul Mauriat on wikipedia.org.

Light, fun and just a touch quirky.

Starlight Serenade - Morton Gould

Starlight Serenade
Morton Gould And His Orchestra
Columbia Records CL 664
1955

Easy listening from Morton Gould. Downloads are available from usual sources. I recommend the track, Speak Low.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Mystic Mood Orchestra - Extensions

The Mystic Moods Orchestra
Extensions
Philips PHS 600-301
1969

This was the 17th "Moods" release. The April 19, 1969 Billboard "spotlighted" the album saying: Their (Moods) revolutionary sound in music will again prove to be another sales giant.

Mystic Moods sets blend natural sound effects, easy listening, 60 pop and quirky arrangements. The albums are like concept projects even though popular tunes are covered. On this album your will find a beautiful cover of The Beatles Norwegian Wood. And there is also a cover of Mac Arthur Park on the B side that is totally outrageous!

The Bossa Nova Beat!

Canvan
Si Zentner And His Orchestra Play Desafinado
The Bossa Nova Beat!
Liberty LST-7273
1962

The November 17, 1962 issue of Billboard gave this release a nod as a "A Billboard Pick".

This is a smooth jazz album with a focus on the bossa nova beat.

Zenter played with Les Brown, Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey in the 1940s. He formed his own band in 1959 and was signed by Liberty. His ensemble was voted Best Big Band for 13 straight years. He also accompanied Mel Torme at The Blue Room in Las Vegas.

Sears Golden Strings - Be My Love & Other Love Songs

Stairway To The Stars
Sears Golden Strings
Be My Love & Other Love Songs
SP-212

This is the second Sears produced LP I've found. My first find (Golden Voices In Hollywood) was a bit of a treasure because Sears tried to cover pop songs with studio vocalists. That release was a campy 60s disaster. Sears, however, left the vocals off this release and gifted us with a straight forward and smooth mood set.

The Sears price was $1.49.

Arriba

From Russia With Love
Arriba
Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra
London Phase 4 Stereo SP 44080
1966

Here is an album sporting a great cover and excellent Phase 4 Stereo engineering. Musically it a quirky mix of light pop songs, including covers of Get Me To The Church On Time and Hello Dolly.

Heart Of Spain

Ravel's Bolero
Heart Of Spain
Santiago & Silver Strings
Coronet Records CX-123

Here's a festive cover on a budget record. The music is straight forward easy listening. Ravel's Bolero has a touch of "rose clenched between the teeth" feel to it, but that's about it.

The Singing Zither

Jingle Bells/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
The Singing Zither
Christmas & Old Time Hymns
Willie Dittrich
Jim Loyd Presents (WMT Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Here's a fun private press album found today at one of the thrifts I frequent.

From the back cover: The Singing Zither belongs to Willie Dittrich of the Amana Colonies in Iowa (Homestead, Iowa).

Although none of the venues are named, Dittrich played at least one local restaurant as well as other local venues including "one of eastern Iowa's local television programs."

Superstar Guitar - Tony Mottola

Spinning Wheel
Tony Mottola
Superstar Guitar
Project 3 PF 5062SD
1972

This is an Enoch Light label release. Mottola made a number of albums for Light. The arrangements on this set are just quirky enough to hold the attention. Check out Spinning Wheel! Mottola manages to make something out of this song.

There are some great tunes on this album including a solo cover of a blend of Yesterdays/Yesterday by Harbach/Lennon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Supersonics In Flight - Billy Mure

Supersonics In Flight
Billy Mure
RCA Victor LSP-1869
1959

This is one of my favorite space age covers that features a Grumman F11F-1 Tiger.

This album is a follow up to Mure's excellent Fireworks LP. I also have a blog post up featuring Mure's work on Blue Hawaii.

Tracks from this album are available online. I suggest Flaming Guitar as a download.

Excellent space age pop with awesome supersonic guitar playing!

Read more about Billy Mure on spaceagepop.com.

Songs Of Christmas

Songs Of Christmas
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia CL 926
1956

Great vintage cover on this album.

Moon Of Manakoora

Hawaiian War Chant
Moon Of Manakoora
Lush Strings
Custom Records CM 2006 Monaural

Saul Bihari, head of Crown Records, announced in a 1965 issue of Billboard a "new label" called Custom. Custom would feature his answer to Living Strings and be sold at discount prices ($1.98 or less). Recordings would be made domestically and in Europe.

There are a number of Lush Strings albums out there, including a few with interesting titles such as Spellbound and Ebb Tide.

This album is fully orchestrated mood that features some nice vocal touches to give the music a hint of tropical mysteriousness. However, I picked a nice dramatic cover of Hawaiian War Chant to feature as the sample above.

Ghostly Sounds

Ghostly Sounds
Peter Pan 8125
1975

Narrated by Peter Waldron. Produced by Gershon Kingsley.

This halloween record really isn't scary and the cover isn't all that garish but the album was a fun listen. Each side is like a weird electronic mini-opera with sparse narration.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ping Pong Percussion - Chuck Sagle And His Orchestra

The Sheik Of Araby
Ping Pong Percussion
Chuck Sagle And His Orchestra
Epic BN 568
1960

This is a nice percussion album that was released early during the ping pong percussion trend. The album is a gatefold patterned after album designs from the Command label (who started the trend in the late 50s early 60s).

The June 13, 1960 Billboard liked this released, promoting it in their "Very Strong Sales Potential" column.  However, I think the song mix seems odd. Meaning there are a number of Dixie Land Jazz influenced tracks which don't seem to fit the track list.

The engineering is excellent.

Club 15

Club 15
CDC-200(RV)

Club 15 was a construct of The Campbell Soup Company. Club 15 was an "exercise club" for teenage girls. A former olympic gymnast and coach, Muriel Davis Grossfeld was contracted through a New York advertising firm, BBD&O to travel the country visiting schools and teach exercises to teenage girls.

I think the album was made in 1968 or 69 or shortly after Muriel did coaching chores for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team came back from Mexico City. Read more here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sounds Of Terror!

The Exorcism
Sounds Of Terror!
Written by Frank Daniel. Produced by Wade Denning.
Pickwick International SPC-5104
1974

This is a great sound "effects" record! Out of all the "haunted house" albums I've listened to the production values on this record are, by far, the highest. I think kids listening to this might actually get a fright out of it. The tracks are sort of like mini-stories with a brief spoken word introductions followed by a rich blend of sound effects. Your imagination will then take over finish the story of terror. Great stuff.

Buddy Johnson - Rock 'N Roll

Rock 'N Roll
Buddy Johnson And His Orchestra
Wing MGW 12005
1958

From the back cover: So don't try to sit back and relax because your feet won't let you and your ears will agree." That's a awkward sentence if I do say so. But you get the drift that this is a rocking album. The cover is misleading, designed to look white in a effort to do crossover sales.

The vocal treatments, by both Buddy and Ella Johnson and Ricky Harper and Gil Askey are smoking.

Hawaii - Henry Mancini

Music Of Hawaii
Henrhy Mancini
His Orchestra And Chorus
RCA Victor LSP-3713

This album falls about in the middle of Mancini's discography. This album is a bit lighter then his earlier work, but there are still plenty of those Mancini musical twists and turns to keep you engaged.

Hawaiian War Chant, the first track on the B side is especially cool.

Man From Interpol

Man From Interpol
Top Rank RS 627

Soundtrack by Tony Crombie, an accomplished jazz drummer and composer from the UK. The TV series, starring Richard Wyler, that was purchase by NBC in 1960.

This is very cool space age lounge/jazz that happens to available on CD.

Dance To The Magic Of Billy Daniels

Dance To The Magic Of Billy Daniels
Golden Tone 9644 S

Here's a Billy Daniels album sporting a graphically sweet cover.

Daniels was an active singer in the United States from the mid-1930s to 1986, two years before his death. Read about Daniels on his widipedia page.

This is a rocking lounge styled record with some pretty peppy electric guitar breaks. Downloads are available online. I Found A New Baby would be the sample track I would download for a listen.

Schehrazade

Scheherazade
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted By Zdenek Chalabala
Parliment PLP 103
1962

Budget release with a cool exotic cover.