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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mallets Melody & Mayhem - Saul Goodman

Night Music For Percussion
Mallets Melody & Mayhem
The Exciting Percussion World Of Saul Goodman
Columbia CL1533
1961

From the back cover: The Saul Goodman Percussion Ensemble in addition to Mr. Goodman, includes Walter Rosenberger, Elden (Buster) Bailey and Morris Lang. In this recording, Ronald Gould and Herbert Harris assisted as guest members. Mr. Goodman, who composed many of the works in this collection, is the author of A Modern Method For Tympani, and his pioneering work in percussive music has included the invention of a tuning device which is now used extensively around the world.

Perhaps this album was made to introduce professional percussionists to new approaches. The album, to my ear, is not a pop album as the cover may suggest. The approach is to blend concept, pop and even classical to create, for the most part, a dramatic listen.

Scherzo For Percussion
Theme And Variations
Night Music For Percussion
Timpiana
Re: Percussion
Ballet For The Dance
Music For Percussion
The Worried Drummer
Canon For Percussion
Parade
Percussion Melee
Hora Staccato

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lovers In Paris - Monia Liter

Flying Carpet
Lovers In Paris
Monia Liter And His Orchestra
London Records LL 1643
1957

From Billboard - March 16, 1957: Formerly out on London (review for a reissue on Richmond B20012) this set of romantic, lushly arranged mood fare should find a ready market in the low priced field. Ork highlights strings, somewhat in the Mantovani manner with sprightly sound of a harpsichord also featured. It's soft, liquid stuff, and the tunes include "Lovers In Paris." "Valse Romantique," "Flying Carpet." etc. Sound is unusually good.

Nice smooth set that sparkles with a bit space age flare throughout.

Lovers In Paris
The Flirt
Valse Romantique
Blue Fandango
Sentimental Afternoon
Beautiful Love
My Next Song
Flying Carpet
Prenez Garde
Sheba
Tumble Home
Blue Blues

If I Loved You - The Johnny Mann Singers

Goldfinger
If I Loved You
The Johnny Mann Singers
Produced by Snuff Garrett
Liberty LST-7411
1965

Basic Mann light pop vocals, but featuring an interesting arrangement on the above sample.

King Of The Road
Softly, As I Leave You
Goldfinger
Lemon Tree
Try To Remember
Downtown
Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
Dear Heart
For Lovin' Me
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Ferry 'Cross The Mersey
If I Loved You

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Journey - The Hi Hopes

Keep On Singing
Just Like You
This Land Is Your Land
Journey
The Hi Hopes
With John Higgins, Bud and Richard Johnson and Steve Jacobs
Hope High School
H. H. 1002
1976

From the back cover: The Hi Hopes is a colorful and unique musical group, outgrowth of the music instruction at Hope High School (Trainable Mentally Retarded). Anaheim Union High School District, Ca.

They have performed for more than 350,000 people (not including TV specials and programs), for many organizations as service clubs, women's clubs, churches, sororities, school assemblies, PTAs, Scouts, dances and benefits. They have appeared in many places such as the Hollywood Palladium, the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Cal Expo in Sacramento, Anaheim Stadium, Disneyland Hotel, Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Knotts Berry Farm, Anaheim and Los Angeles Convention Centers, Cerebral Palsy, Telethon at Convention Center in Fresno (CBS), State Capitol in Olympia, Washington, Freedom Train, and many other.

The Hi Hopes have made five records and have received recognition: Honorary citizens of the State of Washington, Honorary members of the Guild of Professional Union Musicians, on the honorary committee of A Very Special Art Show in Sacramento, and recipients of the Disneyland Community Service Award for Achievement by Youth for two years.

Need To Be
Fly, Robin, Fly
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
If I Ruled The World
This Land Is Your Land
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Keep On Singing
Just Like Your, Just Like Me
Grand Old Flag Square Dance

Hi Hopes albums

A Decade Of Music
Hi Hopes To You With Joy
Hi Hopes
Hi Hopes Play And Sing

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

50 Velvet Brass - Pete King

Shangri-La
50 Velvet Brass
Arranged And Conducted By Pete King
Produced By Tommy "Snuff" Garrett
Liberty Premier LSS-14029
1963

From Billboard - November 23, 1963: Lovers of big band sound will find this package tailor-made to their tastes. Pete King's arrangements make the tunes like "Day by Day," "Till," "The Party's Over" and others great for dancing or listening. Great spin material for the deejays.

The album jacket is a gatefold with die cut revealing the title, "50 Velvet Brass" which is printed on the inside cover.

Sweet space age big band brass.

Shangri-La
Star Eyes
The Way You Look Tonight
Midnight Sun
As Affair To Remember
Day By Day
Almost Paradise
The Party's Over
Till
If Ever I Would Leave You
Where Are You
The End Of A Love Affair.

Mancini Play's The Theme From Love Story

Theme For Three
Mancini Play's The Theme From Love Story
RCA LSP-4466
1970

This album, is frequently overlooked in the discount bin, probably due to the sugar coated cover graphic. However, the record is worth collecting as it features many interesting and cool Mancini arrangements.

Theme From Love Story
Song From M•A•S•H
Theme From The Hawaiians
Tomorrow Is My Friend
The Harmonica Man
Whistling Away The Dark
Theme From Three
Loss Of Love
Thank You Very Much

Monday, February 18, 2013

Guantanamera - Digno Garcia And The Carios

Noche
Guantanamera And More
Digno Garcia And The Carios
Monument MLP-853 DJ

Promotional DJ Copy featuring bilingual jacket notes that received some commercial distribution in the U.S.

Garcia was living and recording in Belgium at the time he made this album.

See this post for more information on the artist.

Guantanamera
Moliendo Cafe
Ronda De Ensue No
Ycua Caaguy
La Divina
Noche
Andorinha
Brigitte Bardot
La Cumparsita
Cabecinha
The Bird
Viego Tango
Mi Casita De Papel
La Ultima Noche

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Burbank Philharmonic

These Boot Are Made For Walking
Hey Jude
The Burbank Philharmonic
Snuff Garrett Production
Produced By The Wilder Brothers
Engineer Walt Wilder
Bravo Records B-35504

I was in a hurry and almost thumbed past this album in the bin when the title, "Hey Jude" caught my eye. What the hell?

Holy blend of Dixieland and the hits of the day, Batman! What a fabulous LP! You have to hand it to the folks who risk making crazy records like this. Thumbs up Wilder Brothers!

From the back cover: ...they (The Wilder Brothers) have taken a traditional field and refurbished and revitalized the Dixie sound and convoluted it into a whole new bag... this hybrid has turned out to be an outstanding accomplishment and one of the most beautiful listening devices in many a moon. The Wilders constructed a special contra bass saxophone (that talks and wets), and stands eight feet tall (especially when it's proud).

Here Comes The Birds - 101 Strings

For Cher
Here Comes The Birds
101 Strings
Alshire S-5148

From the back cover: Dedicated to the bird lovers and bird watchers of the world. Be it deep in the prime-evil forest, on the rolling slopes of the country meadow-land, on a favorite lake or river, or relaxing at the seashore – or – on your favorite street corner watching the birds go by. Our fine feature friends – the birds, red heads, blondes, brunettes. Bird watching is a favorite pastime for the birdlovers of the world. Enjoy this program – it's for the birds!

GeeGads... the Alshire copy writer must have stayed up all night sweating over that blurb.

Here is an obscure 101 sporting a fabulous jacket image. The content is thematically uneven and for the most part, falls short of delivering the sound that might better reflect the cover graphic vibe.

Yellow Bird
Always A Lady
Satin Doll
Mam'selle
Flirt
Girl From Ipanema
Dark Eyes
Honey
For Cher
Vilia