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Friday, October 14, 2011

Sounds... Out Of This World

Up To Jupiter
African Safari Maze
Sounds... Out Of This World
Stereophonic Balance Test Demonstration
Omega OSD-1

Odd blend of tunes and tones... and frequency whatnots... culled from various Omega projects. Fun collectible issued around 1959(?).

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Twist - Fats And The Chessmen

Let's Twist Again
Fats And The Chessmen
Somerset SF-15100

One of a number of "twist" albums that tried to capitalize on Fats Domino's twist dance craze.

There are some rocking... er... twisting tunes on this album. Funny... Fats And The Chessman sound oddly, in places, like The Ramones. Or visa versa...

Beatle Ballads - The Johnny Mann Singers

She Loves You
Beatle Ballads
The Johnny Mann Singers
Produced by Snuff Garrett
Liberty LST-7391

From the December 5 Billboard: Almost anything with the name Beatles on it is bound to sell these days. The Johnny Mann Singers take the non-frenetic approach to Beatlemania. The well-known tunes are softly and easily performed in an equally easy-to-take tempo. It's more Beatle music for those who don't like the Beatles.

Grand Slam Hits Of 69 - Sung By The Grand Knights

I Turned You On
Grand Slam Hits Of 69
Sung By The Grand Knights
Premier Albums 1008

Featuring another obscure covers album on a budget label.

A Go Go Discotheque - Busby Lewis' International Discotheque Orchestra

The Frug/Froggy Frug
A Go Go Discotheque
Busby Lewis' International Discotheque Orchestra
Diplomat Records 2371

Budget label, Diplomat, offers up a hot model on the cover of what turns out to be a super fun album! Total 60s groovy light pop, each tune as fine as the one before it.

This is a somewhat obscure album. I couldn't find any information online to explain who Busby Lewis was. I think Lewis may have been a made up name and the group is a session band. Although Lewis certainly may have been involved in the session somehow.  The songs seem to have been created by the same group with the exception of three nice light Latin tunes that are completely different in sound and added as filler.

None of this is a surprise coming from a budget label. Note the borrowed chord progression from The Kinks You Really Got Me in the sample

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jungle Beat

Guagunanco - R. Orestes/Afro-Cuban
Dapinian - Traditional/Haitian
Jungle Beat
RKO Records SLP-1005

From March 9, 1959 Billboard: Haitian Subri Moulia, a student of primitive music, and his Equatorial group, do an interesting job on primitive rhythms and chants. Disk includes Haitian, Brazilian and South American chants.

The Billboard artist mention isn't found on the jacket.

The music found on the B side is music that I have heard on a number of "jungle drums" albums released from various labels including Promenade titled Taboo. The music also appears on a Silver Seal pressing as Taboo.  I also believe the recording appears on Pirouette as Congo Percussion.

The music is on both sides is terrific. The mystery is how those side 2 tracks seem to have made the rounds in the late 50s.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Trendsetters Of The 60's - 101 Strings

The Trendsetters Of The 60's
101 Strings
Alshire S-5017

Here's another fun and obscure 101. The more interesting tunes can be found online purchase/download. So I will not be posting a sample.

Groovy tunes include The Beatles A Hard Day's Night and I Want To Hold Your Hand. 101 also rocks out the Theme From Peter Gunn. The closing track on side two, Discotheque is also totally light 60s mood fun!

Shay Torrent At The Hammond Organ

Shay Torrent At The Hammond Organ
Cover Photo Courtesy of Asco Sound Corporation
Mercury MG 20415

Apparently Torrent spent much of most of his long career as an organist working for The Chicago White Sox and The California Angels.

From the back cover: Remo Biondi plays guitar, violin and mandolin at various places in this album. The sound is solid since Remo worked 5 years with Gene Krupa's Orchestra as guitarist and arranger and has written music for movie productions and recordings. He is heard on recordings with many of the country's finest bands and vocalists, as well as his own orchestra.

From Billboard - August 29, 1959: Here's a sock package of swingy organ solos by Torrent at the Hammond Organ. Torrent plays a group of catchy standards and originals with a fine beat, including "By The Waters Of Minnetonka," "Poinciana," "Tiger Rag," "Caravan," etc. Good stereo sound values.

By The Waters Of Minnetonka - Indiana Love Song
Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
Cotton Pickin' Boogie
Little Brown Jug
William Tells All
Tiger Rag

Monday, October 10, 2011

Feelings At The Movies - Enoch Light And The Light Brigade

You Light Up My Life
Feelings At The Movies
Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
Project 3 PR-5099 SD

This is a curious and somewhat hard to find Enoch Light album. First, I'd thought I never stumble across a Light album featuring a number of DISCO tracks! And second, this album is curious because it doesn't jive with his wiki page info: Light continued recording after the sale of Command with a new label called Project 3, but did not concentrate so heavily on stereo effects. Light recorded several successful big band albums with his earlier established band in the Command days Enoch Light And The Light Brigade, using the original scores, keeping the arrangements as close to the original as possible. He retired from music entirely in 1974 and died four years later (July 31, 1978).

So this album was made after Light "retired entirely from music"?

Tony Mottola and Jeff Hest are credited as associate producers. Jeff Hest is credited for the arrangements.

If you follow my blog you know how much I love Light's work. I mean... I always say glowing things about his stuff. But I have to be honest... this album is really... oh man... not good. But the sample above is so bad, it's good.

Valley Of The Dolls - 101 Strings

To Sir With Love
Valley Of The Dolls And Other Academy Award Hits!
101 Strings
Alshire S-5097

From Billboard - August 10, 1968: Here's another big one for the Strings. Selections include, in addition to the title song, themes from such hit films as "To Sir With Love," "Bonnie And Clyde" and "Talk To The Animals" from Doctor Dolittle. The performance is lush as ever.

Valley Of The Dolls
To Sir With Love
Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde
Those Sweet Hurtin' Blues
Malibu Sun
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Ode To Billie Joe
Talk To The Animals
Please Don't Ever Go Away
Frankie And Johnny

Mood Music - The Musical Styles Of Greene And Iles

Mood Music
The Musical Styles Of Greene And Iles
Alternating between Hammond Organ, Piano, Celeste, Magna Harp and Kurger String Bass Keyboard
Mercury Records MG 20214

From the back cover: Eddie Greene and Stephen Iles have been playing together as a phenomenally successful team ever since (since they met in the dining room of Buffalo's Sheraton Hotel). Their freshness of style, unfailing good taste and extreme fidelity to the highest standards of musicianship have brought them the highest of professional compliments: extended runs – not days, but months at a time – in the toniest of dining and cocktail rooms of the swank Sheraton Hotel chain.

A few tunes, including the sample I posted above, are percussive and suggestive of Korla Pandit's style. They could easily have been exposed to Pandit's work earlier work. All of the songs have subtle touches that help raise the tracks above the standard period organ fare.

My Funny Valentine
The Boy Next Door
A Sleepin' Bee
Love Letters
Lucky To Be Me
I'm Glad There Is You
A Foggy Day
Moonlight In Vermont
Land Of Dreams
What Is This Thing Called Love
Love Is A Simple Thing