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I'm In The Mood To Swing
Ray Ellis And His Orchestra
From Billboard, May 16, 1960: Ray Ellis, an arranger of talent here fronts a band playing bright and sparkling versions of standards such as Cheek to Cheek, (etc.). Elis gets a pleasing sound from orchestra and chorus. Jockeys will find some attractive programming here.
Lullaby Of Broadway
I'm Sitting On Top Of The World
Cheek To Cheek
All Of You
The Gypsy In My Soul
Button Up Your Overcoat
Everything I've Got
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Always True To You In My Fashion
This is a rocking, jazzy and swinging disc featuring stellar Mercury engineering. This entry follows Guitar Galaxies and competes nicely with the finely engineered light-pop records that Enoch Light was producing at the time on his Command label.
From the back cover: Four guitars tuned in the key of F, designed by Barnes, were built for this session by the Guild Guitar Company. As Barnes explains, the F guitar offers a range pitched four notes higher than the standard guitar range making it possible to play with the trumpets; even up to F above high C. Leader Barnes used the F guitar throughout the date.
Several years ago Barnes had the opportunity to use a special reverberative Chamber. The result was similar to the pizzicato effect of strings in a large hall. As he was planning Guitars Galore, he remembered the effect and ordered portable reverberation amplifiers. Their use was controlled by individual foot switches with each unit. The reverberation, tremolo, and reverberation-tremolo could be turned off and on at will by the player's foot. The ordinary vibrato effects of playing on a stringed instrument are enhanced by the color derived from these more versatile amplifiers.
Singin' In The Rain
Have You Met Miss Jones
Waitin' At The end Of The Road
Too Marvelous For Words
Bill Justis Plays 12 Top Tunes
Smash Records SRS 67036
From Billboard, July 20, 1963: Bill Justis has jumped on a flock of recent top hits here and has given them swinging renditions very much in the manner of the original waxwings. Teens should dig the Justis-styled recordings of Tamure (that's how Billboard spelled the track title), Pipeline, Hot Pastrami, Watermelon Man, Gravy Waltz and Wiggle Wobble.
This album seems to takes its' cue from other "discotheque" LPs on the market at the time. So, the song approaches are varied but good space age fair.
Compulsion To Swing
Henri Rene And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1947
From Billboard, March 23, 1959: Smart, tasteful, jazz-flavored, instrumental treatments by Rene mark this collection of swingy standards and oldies. Colorful cover gives item solid display value.
The Blues Room Cry Me A River Baubles, Bangles and Beads Compulsion To Swing It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Just A Gigolo 'S Wonderful Nature Boy The Hot Canary Blues Chartreuse The Surrey With The Fringe On Top Don't Cry Joe
From Billboard, July 20, 1959: This is Crazy Otto which his regular ricky-tick fans will find a stranger. It's society, cocktail lounge piano with traces of the Garner after-the-beat style. Nice performances but rack buyers who go for the Otto standard sound may have a surprise in store when they turn on the set.
This is an album, along with other Mauriat LPs, that you often find untouched in the discount bin. I've blogged a number of Mauriat albums now and find his work, for the most part, unique in easy listening. He creates unusual arrangements and applies instruments and subtle effects in a way that captures and hold the attention.
This album, while all of the tracks aren't as psyched as the sample above, is one of his more awesome efforts.
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
I've Never Loved A Man
I've Been Loving You Too Long
You Keep Me Hangin' On
It's A Man's World
When A Man Loves A Woman
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
In The Midnight Hour
Bama Hit Parade
A Collection Of Favorite Melodies
From The Exotic
Islands In The Sun
King Eric And His Knights
From The Famous Ba Ma Supper Club – Nassau In The Bahamas
Inside The Windsor Inne's Famous Ba-Ma Room
From the back cover: Here are the chords of Eric Gibson on the guitar, Ronald Butler swinging from vocal to bongo drums, Frankie Adams singing his happy heart out, and Mickey Newbold on the bass. Here is the first album from all of us at the Ba Ma.
Music For Belly Dancing
The Turkish Way With Ozel
Murray Hill Records
This is a three record box set. The cover suggests that this set has something to do with "instruction". This usually means the music is going to be rather "canned" or "stock". Other than the instruction booklet (which is missing in the copy I found), this album set consists of three records packed with very good music. The engineering is also very good. And you get a hot photo of Ozel on the cover. She helped spark a resurgence for belling dancing in the U.S. in the early 1970s.
For Latin Lovers
Stanley Black And His Latin Rhythms
London Records LL 1681
From the back cover: Here is another scintillating selection of exotic music from that man of many parts, Stanley Black. Composer, conductor, arranger and wizard of the piano keyboard, he needs little introduction to anyone on either side of the Atlantic who has acquired a taste for his music with its many varied facets.
Sweet And Gentle
Be Mine Tonight
Bem - Te - Vi
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Out Of Nowhere
It Happened In Monterey
Sounds For The 60s
With The Big Brass, Reeds And Piano
Capitol Records ST 2479
From Billboard Apirl 23, 1966: Purely beautiful instrumentals by Onzy Matthews and orchestra... "Mexicali Brass" has that Latin-American flavor, but is strong with the beat sound teen-agers love to dance to. Easy listening stations will find this LP great programming and that could boost sales even higher.
You'll Know The First Time
Lilies Of The Field
Play Me Some Blues
Ballad For Orchestra
Blues For The Reverend
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye...
RCA Victor LPM-1296
From the back cover: Mood music as envisioned by Miss Carroll is quite a different thing from the lush arrangements that usually characterize this enormously popular wing of the recording industry. For although the pace is leisurely, the jazz impulse is strong, and the trio performances are uniformly tasteful and inventive – never glossy.
From October 20, 1956 Billboard: The swinging Miss Carroll gets into a slow, quiet mood on this new package. It's different from what fans have been used to expecting from the gal and the interpretations make for very agreeable listening.
This album holds up rather well all these years later. The tracks are smoky and smooth. Carroll's solo pieces are exceptionally sensitive.
You Do Something To Me Today We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye These Foolish Things Royal Garden Blues Just One Of Those Things Cherry Point You're All My Girl All Of You Lost In A Crowed Place You Make Me Feel So Young Goodnight My Love
Grand Award Records GA 259 SD
This is pure Enoch Light 60s light pop twist on this "rich vein of American musical invention".
Rhumboogie Sentimental Journey Shoo - Shoo Baby Undecided Blues In The Night Cow - Cow Boogie Scrub Me Mama When It's Sleepy Time Down South Mad About Him, Sad Without Him, How Can I Be Glad Without Him Blues Bye Bye Blackbird One For My Baby Momo Combo
This is a fine space age country swing compilation featuring: Pete Drake, Little Roy Wiggins, Don Helms, Jimmy Day, Herbie Remington
From the back cover: Most of these recordings were made at the Starday Sound Studios in Madison, Tennessee. Recordings were made in stereo and remixed for maximum monaural quality. Supporting musicians were from the Jim Reeves Band known as The Blue Boys.
For Pete's Sake
Wired For Sound
Steel Guitar Wobble
Ting A Ling
Steel After Hours
Steel Guitar Special
Music From The Graduate
And Other Simon And Garfunkel Hits
This is a really fine space age brass album. And the reason is that, in really small type on the back cover, we find that Ray Martin arranged and conducted. Martin produced some of my favorite space age material. Check out Thunderball And Other Thriller Music and follow the link to Goldfinger And Other Music From James Bond Thrillers.