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Friday, August 9, 2013

Cocktail Hammond - Don Baker

Misirlou
Cocktail Hammond
The Don Baker Trio
Capitol Records ST 1099

From the back cover: With Don on this album are Joe Samuels on piano and celeste and Milt Holland alternating with Irv Cottler on the drums.

Dardanella
Shangri-La
Poinciana
Sleigh Ride
Mi Serape
Hell's Bells
Caravan
The Third Man Theme
Cumana
Spring Is Here
Under Paris Skies
Misirlou

Feelings - Bob Ralston

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Feelings
Bob Ralston
Ranwood Records R-8158
1976

Feelings
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
Deep Purple
Love Will Keep Us Together
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Entertainer
Rhinestone Cowboy
The Way We Were
The Hustle
Send In The Clowns
Mandy
Bach: Joy

Bethlehem's Girlfriends - Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae

It's All Right With Me - Chris Connor
Bethlehem's Girl Friends
Julie London, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor
Bethlehem Records BCP-6006

From the back cover: Luckily for Bethlehem, its catalogue is rich enough to produce material by these three artists to make-up this wonderful sampling of their varied styles.

And lucky for us as this is one excellent compilation album. The track selection by Bethlehem is perfect. The featured tunes are hand-picked for their quiet, jazzy subtle and emotional depth. They play off one another extremely well. I don't normally collect popular pop compilations but if you enjoy anyone of these ladies, this collection will likely strike you as amazing.

It's All Right With Me - Chirs
Tip Toe Gently - Carmen
A Foggy Day - Julie
All This And Heaven Too - Chris
Misery - Carmen
Don't Worry About Me - Julie
Lush Life - Chris
If I'm Lucky - Carmen
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Julie
The Thrill Is Gone - Chris
Easy To Love - Carmen
You're Blase - Julie

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Young Beat Of Rome - Hugo Montenegro

Mala Femmena
The Young Beat Of Rome
Hugo Montenegro And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-2958
1964

Here's another winning album by the amazingly talented Hugo Montenegro. He threw his space age bag of sounds into this baby so that you will not want to stray far rom your speakers while this disc is spinning. Each track is a guaranteed surprise and thoroughly entertaining. This is one of the better space age "Italian" theme bachelor pad pressings that I've listened to.

From the back cover: This is a complex sound and there's nothing quite like it. The flavor is unmistakably Italian, naturally and proudly, Yet there's an ear cocked to the Beatles and Count Basie, there's a Neapolitan melody with a Nashville twang, there's a romantic love song that's suddenly shrieked from astride a waspish Vespa, there's a delight and defiance, a passion for living.

Volare
Ciao Ciao Bambina
Love Theme
The Butcher Boy (Oh! Ma-Ma!)
Come Prima
Mala Femmena
More (Theme from Mondo Cane)
O Bella Bella
Eh, Cumpari
Mama
Roman Guitar

Parade Of The Pops - Ray Martin

Peter Gunn
Parade Of The Pops
Ray Martin Conducting The Swingin' Marchin' Band
RCA Victor LSP-1960
1959

Fear not the marching band theme, there is plenty of good Ray Martin space age arranging marchin' through the tracks.

Check out this fantastic Ray Martin album! Thunderball And Other Thriller Music

Ambrose
Gotta Travel On
16 Candles
Rock-A-Conga
My Happiness
THe Children's Marching Song
Manhattan Spiritual
There Must Be A Way
Trust In Me
Peter Gunn
Red River Rose
Teasin'

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Theme From The Motion Picture Alfie - George Nielsen

Alfie
Theme From The Motion Picture Alfie
George Nielsen & The Fascinating Strings
Custom CS 1072

Heavy on the easy... but the title track plays through with nice space age touches.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Straight Down The Middle - Sauter-Finegan Orchestra

Have You Met Miss Jones? (LPM-1497)
Straight Down The Middle
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra
RCA LPM-1497/LSP-1497
1957

From the back cover: In reviewing the previously released Sauter-Finegan albums, Under Analysis, the following statement was made: "It appears that the Sauter-Finegan band is moving into a field which is not dance or jazz but almost that of musical commentators of our time."

Also from the back cover: At present time Eddie Sauter is busy filling his post as musical director of Sudewestfunk, the radio center in Baden-Baden, Germany, yet already Bill Finegan has received several Sauter arrangements for the next Sauter-Finegan album, an affair that promises to be as imaginative, as colorful and as thoroughly good as Straight Down The Middle!

Band members on this set include: Harvey Estrin, Al Block, Ray Shiner, Gene Allen, Wally Kane - Saxophones, Joe Ferrante, Al Maiorca, Nick Travis - Trumpets, Sonny Russo, Rex Peer, Tommy Mitchell - Trombones, Jay McAllister - Tuba, Nanette Norton, Janet Putnam - Harp, Dave Hildinger, Moe Wechsler - Bass - Piano, Milt Hinton - Bass, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe - Drums and Joe Venuto - Percussion.

The Surrey With Fringe On Top
Paradise
Sunshine Girl
Alright Already
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Whirlpool
Aren't You Glad You're You
When A Woman Loves A Man
Scotch And Sauter
These Foolish Things
Straight Down The Middle

Monday, August 5, 2013

Build Me A House

Sides 1 & 2
Build Me A House
Music by Rudolph Goehr - Story by B. Alden - Sung by the Eugene Lowell Singers
Children's Record Guild
CRG 5018

Trouble with the subcontractors on this 10 inch 33 rpm...

Penthouse Paradise - Paul Taubman

Stairway To The Stars
Penthouse Paradise
Paul Taubman At The Organ And Piano
Columbia CS 8800

From the back cover: Recently, Taubman joined the distinguished Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was named 1962 recipient of New York's Handel Award for his immensely popular summer band concerts in Central park and Washington Square.

I'm In The Mood For Love
You Were Meant For Me
Paradise
The Lamp Is Low
Alone
Manhattan Serenade
Stairway To The Stars
Wonderful One
That Old Feeling
Don't Blame Me
I'll See You In My Dreams
Good Night Sweetheart

I Wish I Were...

Sides 1 & 2
I Wish I Were...
Richard Mohaupt - Told by Alan Hewitt
Children's Record Guild
CRG-1006

Sophisticated children's story on 10 inch 78 rpm.

Continental Visa - Raoul Meynard

Delicado
Continental Visa For Those Who've Been Abroad
Orchestra Conducted by Raoul Meynard
Warner Bros. 1215
1958

I did not altered the cover scan in Photoshop. The image is dark and why the old woman holding what appears to be potatoes? If you were thinking "folk music" you will not hear it hear on this disc. This set features smart period light mood arrangements with "folk" touches.

The Poor People Of Paris
La Vie En Rose
Delicado
Beyond The Sea
The Petite Waltz
The Third Man Theme
Autumn Leaves
Anna
Fascination
Comme Ci, Comme Ca
Symphony
April In Portugal.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sleek Smooth Danceable - The Palladium Swing Band

Intermission Riff
Sleek Smooth Danceable
Shades Of Glenn Miller
The Palladium Swing Band
King International - Cincinnati, Ohio
2015

Sparkling imported swing set to be heard on this budget King release.

Hot Toddy
J'attendrai
Perfida
Intermission Riff
Strike Up The Band
Turkey In The Straw
The Hawk Talks
My Guy's Come Back
Horse And Buggy
Delicado
Alpine Boogie
Great Day
She's A Lassie From Lancashire
Colonel Bogey