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This has to be one of the best demonstration LPs I've stumbled across.
First, the engineering is outstanding even on a stereo turntable. The sound is rich, distinctive and the bass is as warm and deep as I've ever heard.
Secondly, I noted that the lead track on side 1 after a collection of sound effects that must have sounded awesome on a quad system is a track by Dick Schory. This was one song that I couldn't find online for purchase/download. I've got a number of Schory's albums in the collection including Supercussion and Music For Bang Baaroom And Harp. Supercussion is an outstanding percussion album. Schory gets big billing, in the jacket notes, as President of Ovation Incorporated. I did not know that Schory introduced quadraphonic sound (in some form) in 1956. The notes go out to say that it took (apparently about 15 years) for commercial equipment to be developed so the technique could become commercially practical.
The music, like on most demonstration records, is a mix of styles and sounds. Some tracks seem dated for the period. But all the songs seem to work together, at least for me. And, I must say, if all records achieved this level quality sonic quality life would be just too sweet!
For a TOPS release (TOPS released many budget recordings) this is an outstanding album. There appears to have a been a 2004 release of this record on CD. It is out of print and doesn't feature this great cover art. None-the-less, I won't risk posting a sample because of that release.
Also, Costanzo apparently had just contracted with 20th Century Fox to do a musical role in the picture Bernardine.
I thought it might also be interesting to note information, from the back cover, on the vocalists.
Ohio born vocalist Marda Saxon is one of the very few non-Latins to perform successfully the authentic Cuban songs in this album. Originally a dancer with the famous Afro-Cuban Sans Souci Troupe, Marda has been with the Costanzo Orchestra since its organization in April 1956. She joined the band at its first location. Ben Pollack's renowned restaurant on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, and has made personal appearances and recordings with Mr. Bongo since that time.
The rich vocalizings of Kaskara have been entertaining American fans of Cuban music since 1945 when he first came to the U.S. Born in Holbuin, Oriente, Cuba Kaskara had worked primarily with the bands of Perez Prado and Rene Touzet prior to his present association with the Costanzo Orchestra.