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Friday, May 11, 2012

Brass Laced With Strings - Vic Schoen

Summertime
Brass Laced With Strings
Vic Schoen And His Orchestra
Stereo Action
The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow
RCA LSA-2344
1961

RCA got it right on this Stereo Action release. Rather than bouncing sound from channel to channel just because the new technology allowed the engineers the opportunity to do so (as heard on a few other releases in this series), RCA decided not to play around and produce normal stereo. The sound is clean, crisp and the separation doesn't get in the way of the music.

From Billboard - May 1, 1961: Vic Schoen achieves a smooth stereo sound (subtitle of LP is "The sound your eyes can follow") via a 12-brass choir, six cellos, four rhythm and one woodwind, which doubles on a variety of instruments - alto flute, piccolo, tenor sax, etc. It's a pleasant, listenable wound with solid programing possibilities.

Love For Sale
Summertime
Lover, Come Back To Me
Lover
Lonely Town
Trees
By Myself
Easy To Love
Let's Take The Long Way Home
Hello, Young Lovers
Without A Song
Glad To Be Unhappy
And The Band Played On

1 comment:

  1. well, congratulations! this is one of the finest tunes i had the pleasure of downloading these last few weeks. never fails to cheer me up!

    vic schoen's orchestra, of course, was the band that played with 'der bingle' crosby and with the andrews sisters in the 40s on more records than my dog has fleas. fine stuff! (the music, not the fleas ...:-)

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