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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Groovy Organ Goes Romantic - Maurice Montez

That Old Black Magic
The Groovy Organ Goes Romantic
Featuring Maurice Montez
Design Records
SLP-265

The word "romantic" in the album title doesn't necessarily mean "boring". This is great small combo organ based lounge jazz record. And the album cover features a very groovy looking organ that is credited as a Panther Jazz Organ Courtesy Of Merson/Unicard.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Age Of Electronicus

Give It Up Or Turn It Loose
The Age Of Electronicus
Synthesized On The Moog By Dick Hyman
Command ABC - 946-S
1969

"Bloops and bleeps music", or some such phrase was used by another "reviewer" to describe an electronics album I blogged a little while back. They used it like it was a common term even if, to me the phrase didn't seem to describe the album I was listening to. But the phrase stuck with me and while listening to this album I recall the song "Popcorn" by Gershon Kingsley and was able to a "hear" the bloops and bleeps of this period of "moog" music.

Some of the tracks, or parts of tracks from this album are "bloops and bleeps", some are not. The first track is heavy on the "popcorn" vibe, and I frankly didn't do it for me. The second track (the featured track) immediately saved the day with it's late 60s (or early 70s) fusion funkiness. But the album is more than what I just mentioned. The first track on side two, Kolumbo is a trip to the planet of "middle-eastern-belly-dancing-in-the-middle-of-space" cool. And then it's back to the "popcorn", but with an interesting minimalist feel to it. The following track has a "Tomita" vibe to it.

So, as a historical collectible, this album bridges the late 50s early 60s electronica with hints of "sounds" still to come while holding on to a touch of that Enoch Light/Command period "light pop" vibe.

The album, produced after Enoch Light sold Command to ABC, still features an elaborate gatefold jacket.  Hyman or Command also gets credit from me for the the cool album title and creative type treatment.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Give It Up Or Turn It Loose
Blackbird
Aquarius
Green Onions
Kolumbo
Time Is Tight
Alfie
Both Sides Now

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

American Gold - Henry Jerome

Light My Fire
American Gold
24 Million Sellers In A Two Record Set
Henry Jerome
United Artists UXS 71

Uptight
You've Made Me So Very Happy
Goin' Out Of My Head
Respect
Monday, Monday
Aquarius
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Son-Of-A Preacher Man
Mrs. Robinson
Little Green Apples
Reach Out I'll Be There
What The World Need Now Is Love
Oh, Pretty Woman
Spinning Wheel
For Once In My Life
Scarborough Fair
Moon River
Sunny
Baby Love
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Light My Fire
Spanish Harlem
Fly Me To The Moon
On The Dock Of The Bay

Holiday In Spain - Lew Raymond Orchestra

Danza
Amapola
Holiday In Spain
Lew Raymond Orchestra
Vocals By Diane Castillo and Nestor Amaral
Tops L1586
1957

From the back cover: On the podium is the gifted conductor-composer, Lew Raymond, who has written especially for this album the composition, Danza. Mr. Raymond is more than ordinarily qualified to organize and conduct an album of Spanish music. Before the war he led the orchestra at the celebrated Benito Collado's El Chico restaurant in New York's Greenwich Village, accompanying such renowned performers as dancers Argentenita and Vicente Escudero; flamenco guitarists Vicente Gomze and Carlos Montoya; and numerous singers in the Spanish tradition.

I bought the album for the bad habits cover, the image of the blue-eyed model smoking. The music is somewhat traditional with period pop touches. The vocal pieces by Diane Castillo are nicely presented.

The sample "Danaz" is from the TOPS mono issue above, and the sample Amapola is from the Mayfair (colored vinyl) issue in stereo (true stereo separation rather than a reprocessed mono application).

El Relicario
Malaguena
Amapola
Inspiration
Granda
La Corrida
Espana Cani
Marta
La Virgen De La Macarena
Danza
Ay, Ay, Ay
Gitanerias

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cocktails & Belly Dancing

Baalbakiyeh
Cocktails & Belly Dancing
Sahda Pretty Dancing Girl
Naif Agby
Audio Fidelity AFSD 6122

This album was a handout to the folks who attended the 1980 National Tour Brokers Association Convention held in the Key West Room at the Hyatt Convention Center near Bush Gardens.

Belly dancing will be by the Troupe Sahara Belly Dancers from The Dark Continent.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Provocative Electronics

Provocative Electronics
Electronic Constructions On Traditional Forms
By Professor Emerson Meyers & Associates
Electronic Music Laboratory
The Catholic University Of America
Westmenster Gold WGS8129
1970

Great electronics album with a late 50 through that early 60s dark and moody "science fiction" vibe that is mixed with a touch of 70s. Nice variation of tonality throughout.

Available for purchase/download, so I won't be posting a sample.

Rhythmus
Excitement
In Memoriam For Soprano and Tape
Chez Dentiste
Moonlight Sound Pictures
Fantasia Of Organ
Intervals
Fanfare and Raga for Bassoon and Tape

A Night At The Boulevard

Just Enough - Teddy Bart
A Night At The Boulevard
Joe Leahy And His Orchestra
Felsted FL7503

From the back cover: The popularity of night clubs in the early twenties reached their zenith in a decade and then proceeded to decline. The score or so of top night clubs throughout the country that have survived are the clubs with the magic – the best in entertainment and the best food. Such a rendezvous is the Boulevard in Rego Park, Queens, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Manhattan.

Teddy Bart is a personable young man from Johnstown, Pa., of whom it is said almost started another flood with the tears from his fans who wept at his leaving Pennsylvania for the big time.


Fun to collect for the cover and local history. The tracks were probably existing material (not recorded live). The songs were processed through reverb and drowned in "crowd noise" to make it seem as though they had been recorded live.

Fabulous Female Singers From Back In The Day

While I was listening to the terrific June Christy album (cover posted below) I thought that it would be fun create a page that features cover examples featuring a few of my top female vocalists from the period of music that I blog here. I realize everyone has their favorites, these are mine. There is something special about the style of these artists that appeals to me over the many others I've listened to. From the smoky hot Julie London to the other worldly Yma Sumac you can't go wrong with these women. The covers featured below are examples I had handy. The artists made many other terrific records that you can search out and enjoy.

June Christy
The Cool School
Capitol Records T1398
1960

Julie London
Julie Is Her Name - Volume Two
Liberty
LRP 3100
1958

Yma Sumac
Mambo!
Capitol Records
L564
1954

Nancy Ames
Spice With Brasil
Epic
LN24238
1967

Like Yesterday
Beverly Kenney
Decca
DL8948
1960