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Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Astromusical House Of Taurus

Work Song
The Astromusical House Of Taurus
Astro Stereo 1002
Astrological Series Volume 1
Produced By Paul Robinson

This is the second album I've found in this "Astromusical" series. Check out The Astromusical House Of Virgo.  The copy I have in hand is not the more common gate-fold, but rather a single sleeve.

Apparently each release featured a different arranger/conductor. However, I can't find credit for the arranger on this album.

The "astrology" concept seems like a curious way to market light pop music, but that's what the approach the producer went with.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good light pop album. The instrumental tracks are cool and jazzy.

Clair - Percy Faith

Super Fly
Percy Faith
Columbia KC 32164

This is the first Percy Faith album that I've stumbled across that seemed promising to me. The cover graphic is mysterious and the track list is interesting.

Thankfully, there is enough early 70s light pop sass on the vinyl to make the discount bin 50¢ I paid for  money well spent.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Perez Prado And Other Latin American Favorites

Heat Wave
Perez Prado And Other Latin American Favorites
Spinorama Records M-78

I'm not sure what the deal is with this album. From the back cover: " a fitting companion to Perez Prado's exciting orchestra is the Latin Group of Eddie Maynard."

It is hard to tell if "Maynard" was playing under Prado's direction, or as a part of Prado's group or if Spinorama included tracks from two sources on the LP (seems more likely as I listen).

The back cover also seems to be repurposed from another jacket as the title treatment and art can also be found on the back of a "Celebrity Records" release. Also the album title seems to be referred to in the back cover copy as "Dance Party".

All that said, the overall vibe is mild space age and enjoyable.

Flamingo Cha Cha
Cha Cha No. 5
Blue Tango
Miami Beach Mambo
La Paloma
Heat Wave
Umpaquita Cha Cha
Cha Cha No. 8
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Carribean Mambo
Anvil Chorus
La Clave

Walt Solek and Larry Chesky

Hey Jude
Walt Solek and Larry Chesky And His Orchestra
Live Sound Series Tifton International TS-87

What do you get when you blend a duck taped violin, clown nose and Hey Jude? An irresistible pick at Goodwill on 50% off day.

Chesky's page on International Polka.