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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wired For Sound - Current Supplied By Marty Gold

Wired For Sound
Current Supplied By Marty Gold
Vil LX-1054
1956

Available on both CD and by purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample.

I had to post this one because of the fabulous cover art! The cover reflects the nature of the music. This is a great early space age recording.

Sid Ramin worked with Gold on this album. It is noted on the back that both Gold and Ramin also worked together on "...all of the Three Suns and Orchestra albums."

You can hear a touch of The Three Suns more experimental sound on this album.

Limbo Party - Southern Tropical Harmony Steel Band

Caramelos
Limbo Party
Southern Tropical Harmony Steel Band
Audio Fidelity
AFSD 5967
1962

Here we have another fabulous Audio Fidelity album cover. AF understood the value of cover art. AF  printed on the best paper stock The colors still pop.

Also, back in 1962, there was no legal disclaimer to warn buyers not to set fire to limbo equipment in the middle of their living rooms... Ah, the good old days when we could set fire to our dates and not be sued.

Everybody LIMBO!

Electric Love - The Electronic Concept Orchestra

Misty
Electric Love
The Electronic Concept Orchestra
Limelight LS-86072
1969

Here is another in at least six albums release by The Electronic Concept Orchestra (including this album, there are photos of six albums on the back of the jacket). I have one other Electronic Concept album titled Moog Groove.  There is one album found on the back cover titled "Flowers of Evil LS 86066. That sounded cool to me so I wen looking for a copy online and could not find a cover image. Was that album released?

This is an easy listening album. The treatments are pleasant and interesting with Misty being the more unique track.

Goin' Out Of My Head
The Look Of Love
Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus
Misty
Romeo & Juliet Theme
Like A Lover
Wichita Lineman
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Stella By Starlight
Love Is Blue
This Guy's In Love With You

Friday, December 30, 2011

Charge! - Enoch Light & The Light Brigade - Quadraphonic

Lonely Days
Charge!
Enoch Light & The Light Brigade
Arrangements by Jeff Hest
Project 3 - Quadraphonic/4 Channel
1972

Here's another interesting recording that Enoch Light produced several years before he retired from the music business.

Quad engineering on the several Light projects I've heard is outstanding.

Light got help making the LP from old friends and outstanding musicians including Tony Mottola, Vinnie Bell (you can hear his "water drop" guitar on one track), Urbie Green, Marvin Stamm, Mel Davis, Phil Bodner, Arnie Lawrence, Dick Hyman, Julie Ruggiero, Billy LaVorgna, Phil Kraus, Charles McCracken, Paul Faulise, Walt Levinsky, Bob Rosengarden and The Marilyn Jackson Singers.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Love Affairs Of Don Juan Vol. II

The Love Affairs Of Don Juan Vol. II
Premier Albums

Oddball album, pressed around 1959(?), featuring a few unsavory and abusive adventures of Don Juan.

Meet Mexie Marlowe

One For My Baby
Meet Mexie Marlowe
King 799
1962

The only info I could find, while doing an online search for Mexie Marlowe came from a blurb found in Billboard Magazine, November 24, 1962: Mexie Marlowe is a young thrush with a touch of Nina Simone's unusual style plus a few sounds of her own. She has definite possibilities and she show off her vocal stylings on "I Cover The Waterfront," One From My Baby." I Hade The Craziest Dream" and "All The Way." Worth a listen.

From the back cover: From the age of fourteen, she was advised many times to sing like singers who were in the limelight at the time, but even as a youngster, she refused to mimic or copy any other singer, saying, "If you want to hear me sing, you will have to listen to me, as I will not copy any one else. I will always sing naturally in my own style".

Exotic Percussion And Brilliant Brass - John Evans

An Occasional Man
Full Album
Exotic Percussion And Brilliant Brass
The John Evans Orchestra
Direction Sound/Premier Albums
DS 5006
1961

This line of records was Premier's answer to the success of Enoch Light's "percussion" LPs. Premier copied the cover graphic/gatefold approach and tried, not always successfully, to capture some of what Light was doing in the studio.

This particular album is good fun if you are a collector of "exotica" Many songs copy Martin Denny/Arthur Lyman style complete with bird calls. The covers are fun, but nothing new. Supporting those tracks are more straight forward Lyman-like Latin/jazz tracks. These tracks carried the album and are very nice. I've posted one as the sample.

Bad And Beautiful
Temptation
Eso Es El Amor
Mambo Inn
An Occasional Man
Cuban Caper
Quite Village
Caravan
Return To Paradise
Mambo Italiano
Lisbon Antigua
Cool Mambo

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cocktail Time - Ernie Felice

Street Of Dreams
Cocktail Time
With The Ernie Felice Quartet
Capitol T192
1955

Apparently this album is a reissue of Capitol H-192, 1950. This issue features additional tracks and seems to be the more obscure release.

Million Dollar Motion Picture Themes - Richard Hayman

Theme From The Exorcist
Million Dollar Motion Picture Themes
Richard Hayman And His Orchestra
Musicor Records MS 3256X
1974

One of my favorite Hayman albums is an exotica LP titled Voodoo! (Mercury SR 60147 - 1959).

Hayman made many more conservative sounding albums after Voodoo! I took the chance on this album because of the interesting song titles such as The Exorcist, Theme from Serpico and Theme From 2001 Space Odyssey.

This set is a fun and funky 70s light pop LP. Hayman's harmonica solos work on some tracks like the "harpsichord" sound you often hear during this period. Hayman is also credited on the back cover for playing The Conn Electronic Organ.

HI-FI Drums

Tri-Fi Drums - Stan Levey, Alvin Stoller, Irv Cottler with Billy May
HI-FI Drums
Capitol T926
1957

I assume that Capitol collected together the various tracks from a variety of sources to produce the album. The Billy May track above also appeared on a later Capitol album titled Wild Stereo Drums.

Regardless of how the album was produced, all the mix sounds Big Band good.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hi Hopes

Label by Doris Walker
The Impossible Dream & I Believe In Music
Hi Hopes
By The Students Of Hope School
Directed by Doris E. Walker, Music Teacher, Hope School
Educational Activities, Inc. AR 696

From the back cover: Hope School opened its doors in September, 1969 to serve the trainable mentally retarded of the Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim, California.

The Hi Hopes recordings have to be among my favorites. Whenever I feel grumpy or blue... I just listen to the Hi Hopes and presto, suddenly the sun is shinning on my sad little world and I'm feeling less crappy! Thank you Hi Hopes!  Besides couldn't we all learn a lesson from The Label song?

A photo autographed by "Lori" came with this LP as well as the 45 shown above. I believe the full audio file of the album can be found elsewhere online, so I'll just post a favorite track, written by the Hi Hopes Music Teacher, Doris Day. As a treat I'll post the entire 45.

Want more? For a really rare Hi Hope LP I stumbled across (Play And Sing) click the link.

Side One

Everything Is Beautiful
Welcome To My World
Label (Doris Walker)
King Of The Road
La Curcaracha
More

Side Two

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Some Day
Candy Man
Ability (Doris Walker)
Miracle (Doris Walker)

Monday, December 26, 2011

KVOO Tulsa OK - 1954 Audiodisc

The Music Maker

Vintage audiodisc recording made for broadcast on KVOO Tulsa, Oklahoma (as near as I can tell from a brief mention of the radio station call letters at the end of the "skit").

Lab '69 - North Texas State University

Hairy Brouhaha
Composer/Arranger, Cal Lewiston
Soloists: Dean Parks, Alto Sax - Cal Lewiston, Trumpet - Ken Maslak - Flute

Lab '69
North Texas State University
Leon Breeden, Conductor
Century Custom Recording

From the back cover: We appreciate the many letters from those who have our albums and recognize the creativity of our writers and performers. It has been an inspiration to all of us – we hope to give you an album each year which will be such that it stands unique on your shelf, completely apart from commercially-produced records, since our goal is aimed at one thing – the presentation of young writers and performers at our school doing THEIR THING!! – Leon Breeden, Director

Live It Up! - Irving Fields

Sweet And Lovely - I Cried Fro You and Blue Moon
Live It Up!
With Irving Fields
King 709

Here's an amazing Irving Fields cover.

Here's the first obscure Fields record I stumbled across titled The Fabulous Fingers Of Irving Fields.

If you are into space age you are probably looking for a copy of Fields popular Bikinis And Bongs and Bagel And Bongos, both of which feature wild cover art.

At the time of this posting I found that Mr. Fields has a website and may still playing about town at the age of 95!

Bang Bang - Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra

Bang Bang
Bang Bang
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Decca DL 4799
1966

The set exactly reflects the space cool vibe of the cover art! What more could you ask for? Cugat, himself said that "I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve." And here he is, keeping up with mid-60s Chiquita Banana light pop trends.

The album is great fun all the way through!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Boleros Solamente Boleros - Orquesta Serenata Tropical

Lamento Gitano
Boleros Solamente Boleros
Volumen 4
Orquesta Serenata Tropical
Kubaney
SMT-351

Obscure early 60s import. Outstanding space age Latin.

Lolita - Orchestra Del Oro

Lolita Ya Ya

Lolita
Orchestra Del Oro
Scores by Don Costa
Session Supervision by D. L. Miller
Trans 34 Sonodor MO-SON 105

Budget easy listening with a creepy cover illustration.

Sweet Hot & Blue - The Skip-Jacks

Limehouse Blues
Sweet Hot & Blue
The Skip-Jacks (Stella Stevens, Estelle Mann and Morris Redding)
Orchestration - Sid Bass, Al Cohn and Ray Martin
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
RCA LSP-2200
1960

Obscure vocal album featuring great music by some of the top space age arrangers as noted above.

Apparently the "Skip-Jacks" made at least one other album on RCA title Let's Get Away From It All LSP-2060.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Melodic Percussion - Frank Barber

Theme From "Mr. Broadway"
Melodic Percussion
Arranged and conducted by England's inventive Frank Barber
Capitol ST 2794
1967

The title might suggest an "easy listening" album. What you'll hear are fine light pop tunes that are throw back to Enoch Light's pop stuff of the early 60s. The vibe of the record is actually "brighter" and more "jangling" than most percussion records I've listened to. The percussion seems more "dense" somehow (probably due to the blending of vibraphone, marimba and xylophone). Some tracks are more dramatic and have more of a  "jazz" sound. Well... all that probably made no sense. The sound is unique compared to all the period percussion recordings that I've listened to. Good, inventive stuff.

Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini

LPM 1956 RE
LPM 1956 RE2
Peter Gunn
Composed and conducted by Henry Mancini
From The NBC Television Series Peter Gunn
RCA Victor LPM-1956
1959

Available for purchase/download/CD so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry.

I happened to dig 2 copies out of my "waiting to be listened to stack...OK stacks(!), and noted jacket differences. For the heck of it, here they are. The only informational differences seem to be the catalog number found on the back (as noted above under each version). The labels were also redesigned for the second pressing.

Of course, as with many early Mancini albums, this one is outstanding and cool!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Paradise Islands Song Of Hawaii - The Ray Charles Singers

The Cocoanut Wireless
Paradise Islands Song Of Hawaii
The Ray Charles Singers
Originated and produced by Enoch Light
Art Direction - Charles E. Murphy
Command RS 845 SD
1963

Light and easy pop album featuring another great Command minimalist cover design.

A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme)

A Man And A Woman
Un Homme Et Une Femme
Francis Lai
United Artists SW-91032
1966

Available on CD, so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry!

I put this one on the turn table without the intent of blogging the album. But the vocal tracks on the album really grabbed me. so I thought I'd plug the record.  The vibe is unique and intimate.  The second track, on the B side titled, In Our Shadow, is especially wonderful and mysterious. Good 60s stuff.

Stimulus Progression - Muzak

Baretta's Theme
Stimulus Progression
Muzak
Specialists In The Physiological And Psychological Applications Of Music
1976

Just in time for last moment holiday shopping. Do you feel the progressive urge to consume? Off to ebay with you!

From the back cover: The result (of the Stimulus Progression) is a sense of forward movement and change, designed to mitigate tension, boredom, melancholy and fatigue.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra

The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra
Atlantic SD-1359
1961

Available for purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry!

Billboard Magazine: Here is a fascinating blend of the classical and jazz schools, a much talked about concept where very little has been accomplished at the recording level. The MJQ, working as a sort of concerto soloist all by itself in front of the distinctively classical ork passages to pick up a similar theme in readily identifiable jazz connotations.

Well... that explanation and the rather subdued cover art would not have perked my interest back in the day (as I'm not a jazz or classical music buff). And I don't normally post jazz stuff here (I mean reasonably straight forward jazz stuff), but this album will be of interest to others who collect the same type of music that you see on my blog.

To me, the sound is better explained (so that I get it) as a bridge between dramatic movie soundtrack passages and small combo jazz. Going out on a limb... the vibe is sort of as if Arthur Lyman did something "heavy", without the bird calls. You may also hear a bit of some early 60s private-eye or detective TV show thing happening.

From the back cover: John Lewis (director MJQ) and this writer (Gunther Schuller) do not claim that these works represent the final and ultimate stage in this particular musical development. On the contrary, we feel they mark only a beginning and it is our hope that the music contained herein will stimulate further interest in works of this nature.

Find yourself a copy! You will enjoy the experience!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dance Discotheque

Hot Pastrami With Mashed Potatoes - Discotheque Orchestra
Dance Discotheque
Recorded under the supervision of Slim Hyatt
Decca DL 74556
1964

From the May 30, 1964 Billboard: The discotheque is spreading from the society saloons and fashionable private clubs to the home phonograph. The do-it-yourself discotheque is being initialed by Decca Records which is hitting the market with a "Dance Discotheque" album this week.

According to Harry Meyerson Decca artists and repertoire producer who conceived the idea of bringing the current Jet Set vogue to the masses, the LP duplicates the recording program played in the discotheques around the country, especially at Shepheards in Drake Hotel here. In fact, Meyerson had Slim Hyatt, the "disquaire" (disk jockey) at Shepeards assist him in programming the album. At the club, Hyatt spins a variety of records that run the gamut from Louis Armstrong's Hello Dolly to Trini Lopez's "If I Had A Hammer."

Crazy Rhythm - Don Lee

Crazy Rhythm
Don Lee
Jubilee 1067
1958

Fun cover art! Songs are available for purchase/download, so sorry I will not be posting a sample.

This is one of the few accordion albums that works for me like a Three Suns LP. A bit spacey and swinging.

From the back cover: In the language of the hipster, "Crazy Rhythm" is 'crazy, man, crazY-y-y-y-!... (English Translation: it's Happy, Hearty and Hear-Marked for a hitherto un-new sound).

Crazy Rhythm
Caravan
Lover
Cordy Boogie
Lady Be Good
Exactly Like You
Echo Echo Echo
Barc-A-Roll
Charmaine
After You've Gone
Stumbling
Bells Of St. Mary's

Spectacular Percussion - Roger King Mozian

Repercussion
Spectacular Percussion
Arranged and conducted by Roger King Mozian
MGM SE3845
1960

Swinging album that swings between big band, Latin and a touch of "exotica" percussion. Mozian has a good grasp on late 50s/early 60s groove.

Curiously the producer seemed to be worried that Mozian was too far out. This from the back cover: The selection of tunes leans heavily on the rhythmic and exotic but, remarkable enough, almost every one is danceable, particularly South Of The Border and Caripoca.

Mozian wrote the sample, Repercussion.

Great Movie Hits Of '72 - The Cinema Soundstage Orchestra

Summer Of '42
Great Movie Hits Of '72
The Cinema Soundstage Orchestra
A/S Recording (Alshire)

Here is another budget record most pickers leave behind. But the smart buyer would take noted of the "Theme From Shaft" cover and risk the 50¢.

As budget easy goes, this album isn't whacky or completely lame. The LP features standard easy that includes, on most tracks, a 70s vibe which includes the lead track on the A side, Theme From Shaft. But for some reason, the organ intro featured on the cover of Summer Of '42 grabbed me...

OOPS! The Swinging Sounds Of Bill Doggett

Lady's Choice
OOPS!
The Swinging Sounds Of Bill Doggett And His Combo
Columbia CS 8614
1963

From the back cover: For the past nine years, Bill Doggett and a Hammon Organ have been transported about the country as the major cargo of a six-passenger bus. On at least 250 nights out of each year, the bus has parked outside of a dance hall somewhere between Vancouver and Orlando, Doggett and crew have unloaded and for the next four hours, hundreds of people have danced and smiled, laughed and sung to the accompaniment of the kind of music you hear on this album.

At the age of 22, Philadelphia-born Bill Doggett was a pianist leading his own band. He worked with the Lucky Millinder band in 1940 and was pianist for the Ink Spots from 1942 to 1944. Later, he worked with Louis Jordan, and in 1951 he took up the organ. Bill then worked with Ella Fitzgerald and has written arrangements for one of the vocalist's recent albums.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Walt Disney Songs For The Family - Joe Reisman's Orchestra And Chorus

Alice In Wonderland
Walt Disney Songs For The Family
Joe Reisman's Orchestra And Chorus
RCA Victor LPM-1119
1958

Apparently this is a somewhat obscure album. I picked it up because of the great cover image.

Reisman was a prolific producer working on nearly 1,000 recordings.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Full Spectrum Of Quadraphonic Sound - Realistic Quadraphonic

Aquarius - Percy Faith And His Orchestra & Chorus
The Full Spectrum Of Quadraphonic Sound
Realistic Quadraphonic
Columbia Special Products 50-2023 CQ-10869
1972

Here's another quadraphonic album that was made as a promotion for Realistic (Radio Shack).

Unlike the Popular Science/Enoch Light "Test Record", this album is a straight forward compilation of songs, that may have been recorded in stereo and converted or remastered into quad sound. I don't know. All I can say is the Popular Science LP sounds so much better through my stereo headphones that there is no comparison.

Since these songs are, for the most part, available on CD or by the purchase download, I can't post the album (my apologies to the Quad blogger!). However, the Percy Faith tune seems not to be available, so enjoy the one sample. FYI: The Miles Davis track is killer.

Chase - Open Up Wide
Santana - Oye Come Va
Barbra Streisand - Free The People
Johnny Mathis - You've Got A Friend
Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills - Stop
Miles Davis - Mile Run The Voo Doo Down
Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World
Percy Faith, His Orchestra & Chorus - Aquarius
Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden
Sly And The Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher

Everybody's Favorites - Jose Melis

Clair De Lune
Everybody's Favorites
Jose Melis
Mercury SR 60738
1963

Melis's work is too conservative for me. There are bongos backing up Melis on this album, but the songs never spill over into that space age sound. However, side one sports an excellent and engaging cover of Clair De Lune featuring a guitarist that blends his/her work nicely with Melis's subdued approach.

This version is not the version available for purchase/download (that track appears to be a more fully orchestrated version, from another album).

Exotic Percussion - Milt Raskin

Exotic Percussion
Exotic Sounds Of Milt Raskin
Crown CST 212
1959

Here we have a very nice exotica album from Milt Raskin. This album is available for purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample.

I don't know why Crown didn't spend a few dollars to produce a halfway decent cover for this album. The project was worth a flashy cover to help boost sales.

The title is a misleading. I would not lump this album in with all the percussion albums that hit the market at about this time. Raskin's work here is more of a blend between Arthur Lyman, a touch of Lex Baxter and Raskin's own instrumental sensibilities.

Raskin is also responsible for another fine "exotica" recording on Crown Titled KAPU (Forbidden). Crown did spend some money on that cover.

Percussion For Playboys

Angel Eyes
Percussion For Playboys
Omega OSD 2

This one looks like it was released in... oh, say 1960/61. The LP is a compilation of whatever Omega had on the shelf at the moment... including several weird tracks that include a sound effects track from an automobile race and the track titled A Visit To A Hindu Monastery (that I tacked onto the sample track above)! There are no artist credits and there is precious little "percussion" on the album. Actually this is more of a "jazz" album. Omega slapped the provocative title and cheesecake photo on the cover and they were good to go.

Sports Car Races
Mickey Mouse Theme
Take The "A" Train
Dancing On The Ceiling
Island Of Desire
Coop Salutes
Return To Paradise
Latin Heat
Limehouse Blues
Laura
Daybreak
Angel Eyes
It Ain't Necessarily So
A Visit To A Hindu Monastery

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Big Bold And Brassy - Enoch Light And The Light Brigade

Big Bold And Brassy
Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
Percussion In Brass
Command Records RS 818 SD
1960

The fab cover art by S. Neil Fujita is not available with the purchase/digital download. I will not be posting a sample because the LP is available online.

This is another fine example of Light's brand of light pop that includes bongos, ping pong, the engineer who throws audio from left to right channels as well as humorous arrangements.

Great Day
Theme From The Apartment
Rachmaninoff Prelude In C#m
Whiffenpoof Song
Coloney Bogey
No Rest For The Drummer Man
American Patrol
Lullaby Of Broadway
Wabash Blues
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba
Rambling Wreck From Georgia Tech

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cuban Mist Cha Cha Cha - Eddie Gomez

Cuban Mist Cha Cha Cha
Eddie Gomez And His American Orchestra
Crown CLP 5032

As with almost all freaking Crown records, this one is available for digital purchase download. So, sorry, I will not be posting a sample.

Tracks titled Cuban Mist, Two Guitars and Le Fleur are my recommended downloads. These are nice instrumentals. Other tunes featuring vocal treatments just don't work for me.

Bongos Flutes Guitars - Los Admiradores

Bongos Flutes Guitars
Performances By Los Admiradores
Produced by Enoch Light
Command Records RS 812 SD
1960

This one is available as digital/purchase download, so I will not be posting a sample.

This is an excellent example of Light's "light pop" "ping-pong" sound. Not too "cartoony" just total 60s fun featuring the terrific Command stereo engineering I've come to know and love.

How Hight The Moon
Caravan
C'est Ci Bon
Friendly Persuasion
My Funny Valentine
Making Whoopie
Birth Of The Blues
Golden Earrings
East Of The Sun
By The Rive St. Marie
Laura
I Can Dream, Can't I

Sentimental - Enoch Light

The Breeze And I
Sentimental
Enoch Light Orchestra
The Fontanna Orchestra
Palace PST-703

I guess Palace managed to secure the rights to several Light songs and felt that they could legally market an album of older, mismatched off the shelf stuff with Light's name on the cover. Some of the filler isn't even credited to Fontanna. Palace went so far as to rip off the Command jacket graphic style in the hopes that buyers would think that they they were getting the good stuff. Even the Light tracks are no where near his best effort.

Place never lets me down as a budget label.

The Bay Big Band Plays Duke Ellington

Passion Flower

The Bay Big Band Plays Duke Ellington
Omega OSL 24
1960

Apparently the back cover was changed during the pressing. The back cover on this album features a track list and Omega catalog. I found another image of the back cover online that explains that the band is conducted by Francis Bay, who had made at least 12 records on Omega at that time. The cover photo (why I bought the album) was taken by Ray Avery. The sculpture, by Dupagne, was located in the Belgian Congo Pavilion during the Brussels World's Fair.

Francis Bay was a Belgian conductor who was noted in the August 8, 1960 Billboard as having "...fashioned a Big Band that stands among the best around today."

Omega had a flare for releasing budget albums featuring graphically dynamic covers.

The Power And The Glory - Roger Bacon Band

This Guy's In Love With You
The Power And The Glory
Guth Brothers Post 111 Roger Bacon Band
Recorded by Insight Communications, Inc
Artist Recording Company - Cincinnati, Ohio
6920 - 700651
1969

OK... this one is coming out of left field even for me... but I couldn't resist the great cover image. You are looking from the south shore of The Ohio River, probably from Newport, Kentucky across the river into downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

I live in the area... it's a local thing for me.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Cup Of Tea - Si Zentner And His Orchestra

Hard Day's Night
My Cup Of Tea
Si Zentner And His Orchestra
RCA LSP-2992
1965

Zentner's big band, and at times, light pop approaches to popular tunes of his time including many Beatle songs.

Wishin' And Hopin'
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
And I Love Her
A Hard Day's Night
Forget Him
All Cried Out
The House Of The Rising Sun
Ringo's Theme
Twist And Shout
How Do You Do it
I Want To Hold Your Hand
My Cup Of Tea

Shaft In Africa

Shaft In Africa
Original score composed, arranged and conducted by Johnny Pate
ABC Records BCX-793
1973

From the cover graphic, the best I could have hoped for was some 70s movie musical magic cheese. Yes, there is some of that 70s fun going on. But this album also features a great blend of funk, jazz and little exotica, if you will, along with great Four Tops vocals. Good stuff!

Available as mp3 down loads so I will not be posting a sample. It helps if you search for the mp3 files to add "pate" as a keyword.

You Can't Even Walk In The Park
Are You Man Enough
Aleme Finds Shaft
Shaft In Africa
Headman
El Jardia
Are You Man Enough
Jazar's Theme
Truck Stop
Aleme's Theme
El Jardia
Are You Man Enough (End Title)

The Screen Scene - Peter Nero

Help!
The Screen Scene
Peter Nero
RCA Victor LSP-3496
1966

Here we have another one of those album covers that assures that the album will be passed over at the thrift by most pickers. I always check the track titles to see if I should risk, in this case... my 50¢... Spy film titles are always good bet... But the winner on this album is a cover of The Beatles Help!

The album, aside from the sample posted above, isn't "over-the-top" space age fair, but nicely blends easy listening with light pop.