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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Super Hits

Mother
I Don't Know How To Love Him
Super Hits
Pickwick SPC-3901

Pickwick released a number of LPs in the "Super Hits" covers album series.

From the back cover: The hits and the Heavies of today. Flick the dial, let the sound lay on You. Jazzrock blasting big and wild. Funky. The heavy sounds coming in Music of the Woodstock Nation. The black beautiful sounds from the ghettoes of America's shame. Head music in from the coast via Mill Valley and The Strip. Getting the groovy feeling all over. Good vibrations coming down. Superhits are like sounds you dig. Right on! For a little bread. What was the group called that made it happen. Our group is called King's Road. It's a place in Chelsea. Swingin' London. B. A. (Before Altamont). Be free. Dig the way these cats make it happen again. Instant replay. Sounds like the original. Maybe better? Open your head to their thing with someone else's music. It's a commune for hit freaks. People who dig talent, message, love! King's Road are street people. King's Road are the sounds that talk to us. They're saying something. That something is superhits. Superhits all together. Get It Together!

Below the cover image is the original Woolco price sticker.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Eddie Davis And Charlie Ventura In Stereo

Liza
Eddie Davis And Charlie Ventura In Stereo
King Records - Cincinnati, Ohio
KSD 1601
1959

Split album.

Side 1 - Eddie Davis
Mean To Me
All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
This Can't Be Love
All Of You
If I Were A Bell
Out Of Nowhere

Side 2 - Charlie Ventura
Liza
If I Had You
Give Me The Simple Life
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Sweet Georgia Brown

Song Fest Fun At Home - Living Voices

When The Saints Come Marching In
Song Fest Fun At Home
With Living Voices
RCA Camdem CAL 714
1962

The only thing crazy about this house party is that several people, featured in the great album cover photo, sat their glasses on the coffee table... sans coasters.

"Sing-along" album featuring male only vocal chorus.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ingenuity In Sound - Buddy Cole

The Breeze And I
Ingenuity In Sound
A New Sound Technique For Dual Hammond Organ
Buddy Cole
Stereo Workshop Series
Exploring Uncharted Patterns Of Sound
Warner Bros. 1442
1962

This album is one of a series of "stereo workshop" LPs WB released featuring abstract cover graphics printed on foil. The design suggests, to me, that there might be some abstract, conceptual or experimental music on the disc. But that has not been the case so far (I've found three or four samples in the series).

That let down aside, this Buddy Cole album is a very good early 60s light space age pressing that seems to be made more to compete with the sound that was coming out of Command records at the time. The engineering is excellent, the stereo separation is well done, the sound is rich and you'll find a number of your favorite lounge titles on the track list.

Caravan
Dancing Tambourine
Theme From Picnic
Moonglow
No Buddy's Boggie
Cherokee
Lucky Me
You're Just In Love
The Breeze And I
Time On My Hands
Cheek To Cheek

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Latin In The Horn - Al Hirt

Margarita
Latin In The Horn
Arranged And Conducted By Lalo Schifrin
RCA Victor LPM-3653
1966

Here's a groovy Hirt album. Also check out Al Hirt Meets The Green Hornet.

What makes this album a space age rocket are the very cool arrangements by Lalo Schifirn which help to blend Hirt's very up front horn into the groove, or at the least... build a foundation from which Hirt can shine, but not bury the 60's vibe.

Baia
Frenesi
Taboo
Angelitos Negros
Meditation
A Sky Without Stars
Gringo A Go-Go
Mana de Carnaval
Margarita
What A Diff'rence A Day Made
Be True To Me
Desafinado

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mambo At The Waldorf - Xavier Cugat

Mambo OK
Mambo At The Waldorf
Xavier Cugat
Columbia Records CL 6213

Attractive cover art graces this Columbia 10 inch jacket. The music is, as always, "Cugat" fresh and peppy.

Mambo At The Waldorf
Cuca
Yo Quiero Un Mambo
The Peanut Vendor
Mambo OK
Mondongo
Mambo Gallego
Jamay

Now Is The Hour To Tango - The Castilians

For Heaven's Sake
Now Is The Hour To Tango
The Castilians
Decca Records DL 4089

Pleasant light space age tango album featuring the accordion.

You Always Hurt The One You Love
I'll Never Smile Again
Easy Does It
All Or Nothing At All
For Heaven's Sake
Now Is The Hour
I've Found A New Baby
For Sentimental Reasons
Heartaches
The Gypsy
I Love You Much Too Much
It's A Pity To Say Goodnight

Sweet And Swinging - George Rhodes

So In Love
Sweet And Swinging
George Rhodes Quartet
Aamco Records ALP-321

From the back cover: George Rhodes is a favorite of the people "in the know". A product of Chicago, George first gained attention playing with such old-time favorites as Jay C. Higinbothem, Ben Webster, Red Alan and Al Hall. Since then, George has gone a long way, having worked with Joyce Bryant, Jonah Jones and most recently with Sammy Davis Jr.

The Party's Over
They'll Be Some Changes Made
So In Love
Messy
Melancholy Baby
Diane
Lonesome Road
Rock-A-Bye Baby
Honeysuckle Rose
Unknown

Zither Magic - Anton Karas

Theme From White Lilacs
Zither Magic
Anton Karas
Surrey SS-1001

Very soothing, almost "celestial" sounding budget "zither"on Surrey.

Third Man Theme
Hi Lili, Hi Lo
Terry's Theme From Limelight
I Kiss Your Hand Madam
Zither Magic
Lili Marlene
Theme From White Lilacs
Zither Waltz
Cuckoo Theme
Just A Gigolo

That Latin Beat! - Trio Avileno

Jamalaja
That Latin Beat!
Trio Avileno With Orchestra
Epic LN 3570
1959

From the back cover: The Trio Avileno was formed in 1951, and consits of Fernado Estenoz and the brothers Miguel and Antonio Medina. Sr. Estenoz was born in Cuba, the brothers in Vera Cruz. Fernando sings first voice, Miguel second, and Antonio the third. It has been their work, as much as anything else, which has helped to popularize the cha-cha in Mexico, and they have attained enormous popularity everywhere, particularly among the younger set.

Pequenisima Serenata
El Mosco Y La Mujer
Chiquita Del Alma
Pinocho
Arbol Sin Hojas
A La Orilla De Un Palmar
Cuatro Palanbras
La Mas Guapa Del Mundo
El Pollo De Carlitos
Ah! Que Familia Senor
Jamalaja
El Gallo Esta Aqui