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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Every One Of Us

I Dig Rock And Roll Music
Every One Of Us
Anderson Senior High School
Richard W. Wesp, Director
Custom Fidelity
1970

Rhumbas - Armando Orefiche - Havana Cuban Boys

Almendra
Rumbas
Armando Orefiche
Havana Cuba Boys
London P.18107

Imported, three 78 RPM record set.

Armando Orefiche was a Cuban pianist in the mid-20th century. He led a band called Armando Orefiche and his Havana Cuban Boys until the 1980s, when they dissolved.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sirtaki Goes On... Mimis Plessas

Oriental Delight
Sirtaki Goes On...
Mimis Plessas
Philips 8445

A 4 song 45 I found in a Northern Kentucky thrift. Plessas, a Greek composer, has scored countless films amongst other projects in his 50 year career.

This 45 is appears to be an obscure import.

Cha Cha Cha - Xavier Cugat

Cha Cha Cha
Xavier Cugat
Columbia CL 718
1955

Nice early Cugat. I believe the cover model to be Abbe Lane, Cugat's wife at the time.

Available as purchase/download so I won't be posting a sample.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Background Moods

Dreamsville - Max Harris And His Orchestra
Charade - London Cinema Symphony
Autumn Serenade - Dennis Wilson's Cocktail Piano with The Rhythm Quartet
Miserlou - Wally Scott and his "Sounds of Paradise" Orchestra

Background Moods
Music For Your Every Mood
Reader's Digest
RCA Custom
1965

This is a 10 record boxed set (11 records including a bonus disc). Nicely packaged set containing good quality easy listening or light jazz/pop. The musicians/orchestras change from side to side, so the chances of finding the "right" mood are pretty good. And there are a few decent tunes with a 60s vibe to enjoy.

1. In a Moonlight Mood / In a Haunting Mood
2. In A Bewitching Mood / In A Blues Mood
3. Background Moods from the Movies
4. In an Intimate Mood / In A Carefree Mood
5. In a Romantic Mood / In a Wistful Mood
6. In a Sparkling Mood / In a Joyous Mood
7. In a Swinging Mood / In an Exotic Mood
8. In a Spectacular Mood / In a Festive Mood
9. In a Soothing Mood / In a Starlight Mood
10. In a Latin Mood / In a Dancing Mood
Bonus Record - In a Syncopated Mood / In a Let's-Get-Away-From-It-All Mood

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Touch Of Blue - The Jonah Jones Quartet

Blues In My Heart
A Touch Of Blue
The Jonah Jones Quartet
With The Swinginest Chorale
Capitol ST 1405
1960

This is a very cool space age album. The music is the perfect blend of Jones, light pop jazz and fun 60s vintage easy listening backing vocals.

Jones also sings on a few tracks. He has a very nice smoky voice. You can read more about Jonah Jones on his wiki page.

So Blue
It's A Blue World
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Blues In My Heart
Blue Turning Grey Over You
A Touch Of Blue
Blue And Broken Hearted
Blue Champagne
Birth Of The Blues
Dust Bowl Blues
Blue Danube
Blue Skies

Wonderful World Of Music

Palm Canyon Drive - Hugo Montenegro
Wonderful World Of Music
Time Records TSD-5
Series 2000
1962

Velvet Guitar - The Guitar Artistry Of Hank Garland

Velvet Guitar
The Guitar Artistry Of Hank Garland
Harmony Columbia HL 7231
1960

Tracks off this album are available as purchase/downloads so I will not be posting a sample. I've posted the original cover(s) above which are not available with the downloads.

The cover art might lead you to believe that you are getting into some easy listening guitar. That's not the case. This is a smooth jazz LP. Apparently this is a hard to find album.

Garland's wiki page is an interesting read. His career was tragically cut short by a car accident that happened when he was playing for the soundtrack of an Elvis Presley movie.

Baile Con Sarita Montiel

Baile Con Sarita Montiel
Gamma - Hispavox GH 1122

I can't resist a pretty face. Here's an album I found in a Cincinnati, Ohio record shop. Sara Montiel is a Spanish singer and actress with an international reputation. She has an English language wiki page.

I could not find this title on her wiki discography. Baile Con Sara Montiel is listed and I found an image of that jacket, but the art is different.  I found another LP jacket image online for a different album titled Besome Mucho! with the same photo that appears on this jacket.

And I guess I should check my own blog as I featured another Montiel album El Ultimo Cuple that I found a while ago sporting another stunning cover photo.

I was going to post a sample, but I found the tune I selected titled Lamento as a purchase/download. I'm sure the version on this album isn't the same recording.