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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Great Singalong Album

Tie A Yellow Ribbon
The Great Singalong Album
Platinum IV #778A Vol. 1

Is this early karaoke? I have no idea... I only know that listening to the entire two record set may induce insanity. To avoid possible legal issues (don't blame me if you go nuts), I will be posting only a single example.

Direct From England - The Temperance Seven

Falling In Love Again
Direct From England
The Temperance Seven
Those Popular Gentlemen
Kapp Records KS-3287
1962 (Recording first published in 1961)

Featured today is a somewhat obscure LP. I listen to a lot of records and even though I enjoy them all for one reason or another... only occasionally will an album will jump out grab me as this one did.

The album features bright and sophisticated 20s styled arrangements presented with humor. Everything works. The engineering is excellent.

From the back cover: The musical arrangements for this recording were made by Josef Kronk, one of whose more corporeal manifestations can be detected at the keyboard in Falling In Love Again and Autumn Leaves. Recording details were in the hands of George Martin who, acceding to the band's requests, installed a single microphone recording system to enable them to achieve the correct period sound they desired.

The group stayed together from about 1955 through the mid-60s.

Read more about The Temperance Seven on their wiki page.

The Certain Party
Hard-Hearted Hannah
Dinah
Sugar
Black Bottom
Chili Bom Bom
Everybody Loves My Baby
Home In Pasadena
Vo-Do-Do-De-O Blues
Falling In Love Again
The Charleston
Tiger Rag

Convoy 20 Of Today's Hits

Rock And Roll All Night
Love Roller Coaster
Mahogany
Convoy
20 Of Today's Hits
Homestead Records 1005
1975

Homestead released a number of budget studio albums that featured covers of popular tunes.

Adventures In Paradise

Paoa - Teroratua And His Tahitians
Adventures In Paradise
Inspired by The ABC TV Network Program
"Adventures In Paradise" Produced By 20th Century Fox
ABC Paramount ABC 329

There are a few decent tracks to be hear on this compilation.

Adventures In Paradise
Ka-Lu-A
The Moon Of Manakoora
Vahine Taumotu
Isle Of Samoa
Harbor Lights
Tahitian Nights
Blue Hawaii
Paradise
Paoa
Pagan Love Song
My Isle Of Golden Dreams

Friday, January 18, 2013

Artistry In Bossa Nova - Stan Kenton

Artistry In Bossa Nova
Artistry In Bossa Nova From The Creative World Of Stan Kenton
Capitol Records T1931
1963

From Billboard, June 15, 1963: For you folks that are over 25, Stan Kenton has brought his "Artistry" trade-name up to date with this bossa set. The album kicks off with the theme, "Artistry In Rhythm," done in the new Brazilian style and a good many of the old Kenton favorites: "Opus In Pastel," "Painted Rhythm," "Jump For Joe," "Artistry In Bokro," "Eager Beaver," as well as a fistful of new ones. The big Kenton sound and bossa fit just fine.

Artistry In Bossa Nova (from the back cover): This new arrangement is patterned by Stan after Pete Rugolo's original composition, "Artistry In Bolero." The mood is still Ravel-like, but the tempo is bossa nova, as Bob Fitzpatrick's soulful trombone blends with Kenton sections.

World's Greatest Accordion Hits - Dominic Caruso

Claire De Lune
The World's Greatest Accordion Hits
By The Continent's Greatest Accordion Virtuoso Dominic Caruso
Somerset SF-31600

Recorded in Milan under the direction of D. L. Miller

Budget, but above average and better than the cover art implies.

Tango Elena
Tango Continental
Musetta's Waltz
Prago Tarantella
Funiculi, Funicula
Clarire De Lune
O Sole Mio
Santa Lucia
Facination
La Golodrina
Dark Eyes
La Paloma

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ferrante And Teicher With Percussion

Aflame
Ferrante And Teicher With Percussion
ABC - Paramount ABCS-248
1958

From Billboard, November 10, 1958: Here come Ferrante and Teicher, the unique duo-piano team, again! This time they're backed by quartet of ace percussionists who help the two keyboarders provide versions of "How High The Moon," Beyond The Blue Horizon," and "The Nearness Of You" you never heard before. A cute novelty, faintly like "Doodletown Fifers" is their own "Parade Of The Bobbies"

This is one of the great early and more experimental F&T albums. Also check out Soundblast and Soundproof.

Percussionists on this album include the inventive and popular session musician, Philip Kraus along with Mitlon Schlesinger, Ted Sommer and bassist, Pat Merola.

From the back cover: As is the rule with all their recording sessions, the studio was barred to all visitors and observers during these dates. Only the recording director and the engineers are ever allowed in the control room, and only the two artists are present in the studio proper. The engineer, incidentally, is carefully instructed and trained by Ferrante and Teicher to make certain he is never shocked by the resultant sounds issuing from his monitor speaker. His qualifications, according to the team, merely require that he be "a first-class idiot!" (Needless to say, this is a modest summation by the two pianists and the engineer on any F & T session usually revels in the goings-on with keen delight).

How High Is The Moon
The Nearness Of You
Che Si Dice
Temptation
Three O'Clock In The Morning
Va Va Voom
Beyond The Blue Horizon
Aflame
Get Out Of Town
Paraded Of The Bobbies
Yesterdays
Cielito Lindo

The Capitol Disc Jockey Album September 1969

The Last Thrill
Bucklehuggin
Where Do I Go
The Capitol Disc Jockey Album
September 1969

Promotional sampler.

There is some good 60s vibe stuff on this LP. Kenton's tracks and the two Fourth Way fusion jazz tracks are interesting and obscure. Even Mel Torme's tracks are groovy. However, The Last Thrill - Jan Rubini wins The Atomic Attic Groove Example. Also check out Stan Kenton's cover of Where Do I Go from his album Hair. I need to go find a copy of that album... that track features a weird blend of light pop and downer lyrics...

Didn't We - Glen Campbell
Where Do I Go - Stan Kenton
The Next Man I Marry - Ingrid and Jim Croce
Theme From Summer Place - Jan Rubini
A Time For Us - Mel Torme
Clouds - The Fourth Way
Gotta Travel On - Glen Campbell
Aquarius - Stan Kenton
Age - Ingrid and Jim Croce
The Last Thrill - Jan Rubini
Happy Together - Mel Torme
Bucklehuggin - The Fourth Way

Trumpet Pickin - Jim Collier

Whenever I'm Feeling Low
Trumpet Pickin
Featuring Jim Collier
Wyncote W9156
1966

Budget light pop brass that features a few groovy 60s flavored tracks.

Trumpet Pickin
Skillet Lickin
Anymore
Go Tell My Baby
Chills
Cotton Candy
Sugar Lips
A Farewell
Little Quickie
Whenever I'm Feeling Low

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Jet Set Ports Of Call - Milton Rogers

Azziza
The Jet Set Ports Of Call
Milton Rogers and His Orchestra
Time Records
Series 2000 S/2202
1966

This is a smart set of space age tracks. The title "Ports Of Call" create a theme that allows for unique arrangements to be built on the foundation of more traditional ethic music (French, Italian, etc.). So there is a lot of variation to enjoy, but yet the sound is firmly set in the space age and the music flows nicely from track to track almost, but not exactly like a concept album.

Palm Canyon Drive
Chunga, Au Go Go, Chunga
Freres Jacques
Alouette
Cielito Lindo
Ah Marie
Torna A Surriento
Azziza
La Paloma
Port Said
Dengoza Samba

Today's Golden 12 Top Hits


Cannon Ball
Call Me
Today's Golden 12 Top Hits
Design Records PH-11

Budget covers album.

Chipmunk Song
Beep - Beep
To Know Him Is To Love Him
Problems
One Night
That Old Black Magic
Bimbombey
A Lover's Question
Cannon Ball
Call Me
Love Is All We Need
The World Outside

Double Shot - The Mariachi Brass

Enamorado
Double Shot
The Mariachi Brass
Chet Baker
Arranger - George Tipton
World Pacific/Liberty Records
WPS-1852
1966

This album features a great "bad habits" cover. However, for my tastes, the album is too mainstream period "Tijuana" brass, although the sample above features a nice jazzy break.

Dancing In The Street
Ring Of Fire
Yesterday's Gone
Danke Schoen
The Blue Dove
Red Rubber Ball
When You're Smiling
Enamorado
Agua Caliente
Wheels
But Not Today
Green Grass

A Tribute To John Lennon By 101 Strings

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
A Tribute To John Lennon By 101 Strings
Alshire S-5380
1980

I celebrate the addition of my 101st follower by posting a fab sample from this relatively obscure 101 Strings which was release after Lennon's death in 1980.

There are a fair number of 101s that are great fun to collect. This is one of them. Sure... for the most part, the arranger struggles to interpret classic Beatles tunes and... die hard Lennon fans must have recoiled to Alshire profiting off his death like this. The sound is somewhat dated by 1980s standards. However, we enjoy light pop and curious approaches to well known pop songs up here in The Attic no matter what the date or circumstances.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Jimmy & Marion McPartland Play TV Themes

Peter Gunn
Jimmy & Marion McPartland
Play TV Themes
Design Records DLP 144
1960

From the back cover: This is the second long playing record that Jimmy and Marian McPartland have made together.

Marion McPartland Interview.

The engineering is very good on this Design press.

Jimmy McPartland - Trumpet, Marian McPartland - Piano, Manhattan Red - Trombone (Manhattan Red is the pseudonym of one of the world's greatest trombonists. Due to contractual obligations, his real name could not be used on this album), Andy Fitzgerald - Clarinet, Ben Tucker - Bass, Mousy Alexander - Drums and Dick Cary - Mellophone. Arrangements - Aul Hedd

I-M-4-U
Sentimental Journey
Mystery March
Mr. Lucky
Peter Gunn
Londonderry Air
Thanks For Dropping In
Bat Masterson

For Once In My Life - O. C. Smith

Hey Jude
For Once In My Life
O. C. Smith
Columbia CS 9786
1969

This is Smith's follow-up to his "Little Green Apples" LP.

Isn't It Lonely Together
For Once In My Life
Hey Jude
Wichita Lineman
Promises
I Ain't The Worryin' Kind
Melodee
Stormy
Cycles
Keep On Keepin' On
Sound Of Goodbye