Howdy Folks! Check out my Atomic Age Vinyl Finds! If there are copyright issues or a problem with any post, just contact me and I will make corrections. I'm here to have fun and hope you will share in my process of discovery!
In A Sentimental Mood
Hugo Montenegro And His Orchestra
RCA Camden CAS-729
You won't know it from this album, but Montenegro would go on produce electronic works that would influence future generations of musicians. Still, this is a decent mood set and earns points for the "bad habits" cover art.
Lo Mejor De Robertha
Sabor Records (Subsidiary of Roulette Records) CS-1602
Obscure album and vocalist. Late 60s/early 70s vibe and a dramatic cover of The Beatles Fool On The Hill.
Roulette was a budget U.S. label. The brief jacket notes are in both English and Spanish. There isn't much real info in the notes. Robertha, apparently, is a vocalist with one name and is an "interpreter of contemporary Mexican music".
I've got a several "Young Lovers" albums in the collection now. Check out Valley Of The Dolls. Apparently the group also recorded an LP titled Barbarella that sports a great space-age cover design.
In my first post I mention that the studio group isn't super tight. This set plays through in the same fashion, especially the tunes featuring the harpsichord. The harpsichord player sounds like he/she showed up to the session without having practiced the songs. It's pretty amazing. But all of the musicians seem to be unsure of what they are doing.
Available on a combo CD with Keating's Temptation so I won't be posting a sample.
This is another in the series of great "percussion" or "space age pop" records London released with similar cover designs. This record features a wonderful blend of many period trends including exotica, ping-pong and light pop.
Shape Of Things To Come
Max Frost And The Troopers
Tower Records ST 5147
Apparently a few of the tunes on this album can be found on CD compilations even though the album is obscure.
Max Frost And The Troopers was a fictional rock music group created for the exploitation film Wild In The Streets. The single "Shape Of Things To Come" was release from the soundtrack. It sold well enough to set the group into the studio to record this album. The music is preformed by a studio group with members who are believed to be Paul Wibier (lead vocals) and members of Davie Allan and The Arrows (who release the "Shape of Things to Come" without lyrics).
For a "studio group" and a follow-up effort, the music is tight and groovy.
As a side note, Les Baxter apparently penned incidental music along with Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann for the movie soundtrack.
Esquivel And His Orchestra
The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow
RCA Victor LSA-2428
This album can be found on CD, so I will not be posting a sample.
This is a marvelous Stereo Action entry from Esquivel. Stereo Action was a series of records RCA issued to help cash in on the emerging "stereo" trend. Each album featured a different artist who may or may not have worked with the RCA engineers to get the most out of the "stereo" technology. All of the jackets were made of heavy cardboard with some sort of die-cut that allowed the 4-color printed sleeve to peek through.
I can't say I love all of the Stereo Action LPs. RCA engineers messed with channel switching to the point that the "stereo action" becomes annoying. But this Stereo Action rocks. The music is a great blend of late 50s and early 60s space age, easy listening vocals and ping-pong.