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Friday, June 8, 2012

Day By Day - Franck Pourcel

Loving You
Day By Day
Franck Pourcel
Paramount Records PAS-6036

French composer arranger Franck Pourcel made a ton of records. And he created some of the best space age or "pop" easy listening music from the 60s and 70s. This album is a fine example of his ability to blend light pop and easy listening forms to create engaging arrangements. It was hard to choose any one track as a sample.

I Only Want To Say
Mammy Blue
Love Theme From The Godfather
Loving You
I Don't Know How To Love Hime
Without You
Theme From Nicholas And Alexandra
The Fool
Day By Day
Don't Let It Die

Big! Fat! Brass!

Angel Eyes
Big! Fat! Brass!
The Surrey Brass
Surrey Records S-1031

Budget record featuring an uneven collection of tracks taken from a variety of sources.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Sweet Lord - Belmont Junior High Concert Band

My Sweet Lord
Belmont Junior High Concert Band (sample from this side)
Holmes Junior High Concert Band
Lemco Sound - Lexington, Kentucky 730455

Music For The Balinese Shadow Play

Music For The Balinese Shadow Play
Gender Wayang from Teges Kanyinan, Pliatan Bali
Played by Made Grindam, Norman Grinding, Wayan Nyampug and Made Eochang
Recorded in Bali by Robert E. Brown
Nonesuch Records Explore Series H-720327

From the back cover: This recording of music for the all-night wayang, or shadow play, was made in an open pavilion within the walls of the village temple in Teges Kanyinan, a district of Pliatan village, whose famous gamelan gong kebyar is internationally known though tours and several recordings.

The sample is one of the more "subtle" or slower paced compositions. A composition played for scenes of sadness, "when the puppets are weeping." It is also appropriate when the gender wayang is used for cremations.

A Day In The Life Of A Dinosaur

It's Not Smart To Be Dumb
A Day In The Life Of A Dinosaur
Golden Records LP 150
Starring Phil Foster As "Bronty"
Written By Rosland Van Gelder and Victor Millrose
Musical Director Jim Timmens