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Saturday, February 18, 2012

12 Top Hits

Diana
12 Tops Hits
Jack Hansen Orchestra with Fred Freda, Glora Clark, Tom Wood and John Clayton
Masterseal Records 129
1957

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chris Montez

Chris Montez
A&M Records SP 4115
1966

I stumbled across this album yesterday. I'd never heard of Montez. Apparently this was his "comeback" album after releasing a successful rock song titled Let's Dance Monogram 1962.

He was talked into making this "middle of the road, soft ballad" record instead of a rock follow up to Let's Dance. The single Call Me did very well and has been used, according to his wiki page, many times in movies.

All that aside, I would say this is a light pop/jazz album and not at all "middle of the road". The vocals are hard to describe... but up here in The Atomic Attic... if you follow the stuff that I like to post... this album is worth searching out. It is unique and cool.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Stereo Action - Crazy Rhythm By Guitars Unlimited Plus 7

Crazy Rhythm
Stereo Action
The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow
Crazy Rhythm By Guitars Unlimited Plus 7
Produced By Marty Gold
RCA Victor LSA-2371
1961

"Stereo Action" was a series of Stereo Action albums was RCA's way of promoting their "stereo" engineering. The jackets are lavish numbers featuring interesting die-cuts that allowed the heavy gloss inner sleeve art to peek through.

On this set the stereo effects aren't pushed to the point of annoying.

Expresso
Diga Diga Doo
Lady Of Spain
Anitra's Dance
The Can't Be Love
The Donkey Serenade
Nola
La Rosita
Glow Worm
Air Mail Special
Puppet On The String
Crazy Rhythm

Organ Magic - Al Bollington

Quiet Village
Blue Hawaii
Organ Magic
Al Bollington At The Wurlitzer Electronic Theater Organ
Concert Recording - Lynwood, California
CR E029

From the back cover: The cover shows Al seated at the Wurlitzer Electronic Theatre Organ at his home in Woodland Hills which is about 10 miles west of Hollywood, California.

Bollington made an album on Dot (Organ Hues In Hi-Fi) and one on Decca (Presenting Al Bollington At The Conn Organ). There is a reference on the back cover to another album titled What A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, which is also on Concert Recording. I'm not sure how this LP fits into Bollington's timeline although this effort doesn't seem like Dot or Decca material.

The cover photo was worth the price of the album.

Lover's Holiday - Colortone Studio Orchestra

Hawaiian Love Chant
Lover's Holiday
By The Colortone Studio Orchestra
Featuring Great Piano Stylists
Colortone C33-4920

Total budget easy listening set featuring a charming vintage photo on the jacket.

Autumn Leaves
Hawaiian Love Chant
April In Paris
Lover's Lament
Tarantella
Oh Marie
O Marenariello
None But The Lonely Heart
Paris In The Spring
Lover Come Back To Me
Haunting Melody
El Choclo
Habanera

Hawaiian Wedding Song

Chanting Waves
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Sammy Laului Orchestra
Diplomat D-2327

Weird how some budget records like this one seem to be online for download everywhere and others are not. Anyway, this album is another in the long line of dime store LPs pressed when everybody and their mother was doing The Hula next to their backyard Tiki Bar. The songs are more western swing than "island" swing except for the few filler songs Diplomat threw in that do not sound like western swing.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sentimental Guitar - Tony Mottola

You Go To My Head
Sentimental Guitar
Tony Mottola And His Orchestra
Originated and Produced by Enoch Light
Command Records RS 864 SD
1964

From the back cover: Sentimental Guitar is Tony's answer to these requests – an answer that follows in the footsteps of Romantic Guitar part of the time and at other times expands on it by adding an intimate group of unobtrusive strings and woodwinds.