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Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Very Good Year

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
A Very Good Year
Columbia Record Club
DS 285
1967

Studio group easy listening from Columbia. The LP is pretty hard to sit through even though those boots are... well... made for something!

The Million Seller Country Sound - Johnny Doe

Ring Of Fire
The Million Seller Country Sound Made Famous By Johnny Cash
Johnny Doe
Alshire S 5181

Here's an odd record I stumbled across today. An entire album filled with songs covered by a Johnny Cash "sound-alike".

A Percussion Spectacular - Henri Temianka

VI - Conto de la profecia
A Percussion Spectacular
Henri Temianka Conducting The Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble
William Kraft, Director
Columbia Masterworks MS 6447
1963

Green Hornet Theme - The Bus Lines

Green Hornet Theme
Drive And Drive
Green Hornet Theme
The Bus Lines
Diplomat DS 2399
1967

I can't verify the release date.

This album entices with great cover art and song titles. Drive And Drive reminds me of something I might hear on a Dan and Dale set.

Friday, February 10, 2012

House-Party Discotheque - David Carroll

The Breeze And I
The Happy Organ
House-Party Discotheque
David Carroll And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20962
1964

Here's a Carroll album featuring a pretty dull cover. The photo inset, according to the back cover, was taken in the "ID" Room at the Ambassador-West Hotel, Chicago.  Yes... that appears to be Carroll in the white tux.

Carroll made some great records, but more often than not you may find only a few tunes on a record that are made up of the good stuff we like up here in The Atomic Attic. This record is a mad blend of good and not so good stuff. I think Carroll was doing his take on the "House-Party Discotheque" fad that was trending.

My Kind Of Girl
Ramblin' Rose
Fly Me To The Moon
Never On A Sunday
The Breeze And I
Play A Simple Melody
Let's Dance Again
I Could Have Danced All Night
For You
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
The Happy Organ
Muskrat Ramble

And Then I Wrote... Richard Rodgers - George Siravo

Blue Moon
And Then I Wrote... Richard Rodgers
Arranged And Conducted By George Siravo
Time Records - 52155
1964

Here we have a somewhat obscure album sporting a somewhat mundane cover design. The vibe is easy listening strings with occasional touches of space age percussion. Artists on the album include a few names I recognize from other LPs I've posted, such as Urbie Green - Trombone and George Barnes - Guitar.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hawaii's Greatest Hits - Prince Kalua And The Tropical Islanders

Soft Blue Waters
Hawaii's Greatest Hits
Prince Kalua And The Tropical Islanders
Epic BN 26055
1963

This is a decent "Hawaiian" album. The sample track is cool. Other samples sound a bit more "exotica", others more traditional and still others have a light pop vibe or nice light pop touches. The variety holds together by the steel guitar that is featured on each track.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Golden Guitar & The Manhattan Strings - Al Caiola

Baby Elephant Walk
Golden Guitar & The Manhattan Strings
Al Caiola
United Artists UAL 3240
1962

Nice easy/light pop space age album from Caiola who also produced and arranged the material.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hot Cha Cha Cha - Chaquito And His Orchestra

Caravan
Hot Cha Cha Cha
Chaquito And His Orchestra
Columbia CL 1293
1959

From March 16, 1959 Billboard: Chaquito and the band turn in a set of more or less authentic cha cha selections – that is to say, these are not famous standard songs set to cha cha rhythms. For this reason the set is refreshing and furthermore, the group has a good big band sound with interesting flourishes from trumpet lead, a la earlier Prado sides. Fine for dancing and for Latin atmosphere music.

This is an obscure and very good space age cha cha album from Johnny Gregory who was a versatile English arranger and conductor who released a number of albums as "Chaquito".