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!
David Carroll And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20962
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
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
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
The Happy Organ
And Then I Wrote... Richard Rodgers
Arranged And Conducted By George Siravo
Time Records - 52155
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.
Hawaii's Greatest Hits
Prince Kalua And The Tropical Islanders
Epic BN 26055
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.
Hot Cha Cha Cha
Chaquito And His Orchestra
Columbia CL 1293
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".