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Friday, June 22, 2012

20 Golden Moments Of Organ Music

Georgy Girl
Born Free
20 Golden Moments Of Organ Music
Jay Dodds At The Organ
Diplomat
DS 2421

Here you've got your budget 60s styled light pop cover. The LP features two great lounge tunes as advertised on the jacket followed up by nothing but downer pipe organ church styled music with no backing band.

Charlie Ventura Plays Hi-Fi Jazz

Charlie Ventura Plays Hi-Fi Jazz
Tops L1528
1957

This one can be found for purchase/download online so I won't be posting a sample. But I thought I share the smoking hot cover because, for me, the 13 x 13 inch jacket art is half the fun of collecting records.

Tops printed some unusually dark and interesting jackets in the late 50s. The music (I'm not a jazz buff) seems advanced and solid for the late 50s. I also found a nice copy and can say the engineering is top shelf.

Peter Duchin Discotheque Dance Party

Watermelon Man
Peter Duchin Discotheque Dance Party
Decca DL 4579

From the back cover: In this album, in order to capture the atmosphere and feeling of the Discotheque, Peter and the band depart a little from their customary style.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ping Pang Pong The Swinging Ball - The Creed Taylor Orchestra

Love Is Here To Stay
Lovers
Ping Pang Pong The Swinging Ball
The Creed Taylor Orchestra
Arranged By Kenyon Hopkins
Cover Design By Viceroy/Lesser
Recorded in four sessions at Capitol Recording Studios, New York City
Stereophonic Engineer: Johnny Cue
Mastering by Fine Recording, New York City
Engineer: George Piros
February-June, 1960
ABC-Paramount
ABCS-352

Don't be fooled by the budget looking graphic on the jacket. Creed Taylor produce this set which is just one more of his many inventive pop projects.

The cover copy is a bit misleading in that the "ping pong" isn't a pronounced effect engineered into the mix to play with the stereo channels as heard on many LPs marketed this way. Any "ping pong-like percussion sound is more part of the arranging to produce a complete and interesting tune.

Personnel

Daddy, Makin' Whoopee, Argument, Lullaby In Rhythm, Whistle While You Work, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm:

Voice: Flo Handy. Trumpet: Joe Wilder. Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo: Eddie Caine. Guitar: Mundell Lowe. Bass: Milt Hamilton. Percussion: Don Lamond, Panama Francis, Warren Hard, Joe Venuto, Doug Allan.

Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Willow Weep For Me, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Lovers, Cheek To Cheek, Goodbye:

Voice: Flo Handy. Trumpet: Joe Wilder. Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo: Ray Beckenstein. Guitar: Mundell Lowe. Bass: Milt Hinton. Percussion: Don Lamond, Panama Francis, Joe Venuto, Doug Allen, Brad Spinney, Phil Kraus.

Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Daddy
Willow Weep For Me
Makin' Whoopee
Argument
Lullaby In Rhythm
Whistle While You Work
Love Is Here To Stay
Lovers
Cheek To Cheek
Goodbye
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Wichita Lineman - Morty Lewis

The Love Garden
Wichita Lineman
Featuring Morty Lewis On His Clarinet
Design SDLP-305

Here's a curious budget record that features a country or folk flavored cover. On closer inspection I thought possibly that this LP would turn out to be more of a light pop recording... but done up on the clarinet?

The vibe is more of a private press light pop lounge recording. The band sounds like it was thrown together for the session and given little chance to work out the songs.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Latin Favorites - Dick Kesner And His Magic Stradivarius

Brazil
Latin Favorites
Dick Kesner And His Magic Stradivarius
Vocalion VL 73777

I believe this LP may be the first release of this outstanding space age Kesner LP. Check this post for the Coral release titled Amor Latino. The featured sample for that post is Andalucia.

You might also want to check out The Music Of Hawaii (Coral), another great album with an exotica vibe.

Moods For Candlelight - Francis Scott

It's A Blue World
Moods For Candlelight
Francis Scott
Capitol Records T304

Motorola Presents 3 - Channel Stereophonic High Fidelity

Mambo Number Five
Motorola Presents
3 - Channel Stereophonic High Fidelity

This is a round 10 inch jacket/disc that would have come displayed on the spindle of your new Motorola 3 - Channel Stereophonic High Fidelity.

Side one is a demonstration featuring lighter moments by Jonathan Winters. Side two features budget selections from Omegadisc.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Music To Break Any Mood - Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble

Caravan
Music To Break Any Mood
Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble
RCA LPM-2125
1960

From the back cover: This record is for people who are: (check one or more) - Too happy. Too sad. Too romantic. Too Platonic. Too Stimulated. Too Tranquilized. Too Much.

All I can say is this album is too good. In fact, I think this cover of Caravan could, debatably, be my favorite. The vibe is exotica and jazzy and very much holds it's own when compared to Denny and Lyman's stuff of the period.

The cover art is also too good. You have to love that Schory posed for the shot. From the back cover: ...and the man in the leopard skin is a fraud. We had to use a much heftier fellow and no one with glasses would dare stand that close.

Limbo - Lord Jatson And His Limbo Gang

Ali Baba Limbo
Limbo
Lord Jatson And His Limbo Gang
Palace M-730

This was a surprise find. I mean... look at this fun cover on the Palace label. All the Palace albums I've stumbled across are total budget and not much thought is given to the cover or the contents on vinyl. Very often the music found on the disc is whatever Palace could beg, barrow or steal. Musically, this is one of the better Limbo albums I've found. It seems that one group actually recorded all of the songs (which is not always the case on budget albums), there is variety in approaches to the songs and the group expresses energy and humor.

Monday, June 18, 2012

More Of Delamore

Wake Up, Darlin' Cora
Watermelon Man
More Of Delamore
Bahamian Rhythms LTD. - Nassau, Bahamas
BRH-44

This album surprised me. The small label or private press "island" LPs I find can hold surprises but not many of them are as "professional" or polished as this recording. Delamore can sing, the arrangements are interesting and the band backing him is tight.

From the back cover: Richie's break into showbiz began 11 years ago – first, with the Goombay King, the inimitable George Symonette; next, at Paul Meere's nite club, where he was "discovered" by an agent fro R.C.A. Victor and taken to New York to cut his first disc for them. From there his career zoomed with appearances on the Jack Parr Show, a tour of the United States and Canada, culminating with performances in Hawaii with John Rait and Hermione Gingolde. Richie says that his greatest thrill during these tours was his meeting of Sammy Davis, Jr., Harry Belefonte, Diane McBain, Johnny Mathis, and Nassau's own Academy Award Winner, Sidney Poiter, all of whom have contributed to the inspiration of this album.