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Thursday, March 7, 2013

This Is Stereo!

I Cried For You - Joe Marsala
This Is Stereo!
Printed and manufactured by Crown Album Corp.
RCN 500

The tracks are nicely cobbled together on this Stere-o-craft promotional tool. The jacket notes mention that Craft Recording got into the stereophonic "field" in 1957.

Unlike many stereo promotions, the stereo on this disc actually sounds pretty awesome. Similar promotions also tend to feature a mixed bag of audio approaches, but the track selection on this LP, thankfully, focuses largely on lounge flavored jazz pieces.

From the back cover: One of Stere-o-craft's more valuable musical achievements has been to bring back to records the lyrical jazz clarinet of Joe Marsala. I Cried For You also includes harpist Adele Girard (Mrs. Marsala), trumpeter Rex Stewart, pianist Dick Cary, guitarist Carmen Mastren, drummer Johnny Blowers, and bassist Pat Merola.

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