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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Warm Sounds Of Country Music

World Of Don't Care
The Warm Sounds Of Country Music
Modern Sound MS 556

Budget covers from Modern Sound

Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes
Candy Kisses
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
8 x 10
500 Miles Away From Home
World Of Don't Care
The Way's Of A Woman In Love
She'll Leave You For Someone Else
Pay It No Mind
Pardon My Living

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer 71

My Sweet Lord
Summer 71
Recorded By Northern Lights
Columbia Special Products C 10283

Love Story
For All We Know
Put Your Hand In The Hand
Joy To The World
I Think I Love You
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Groove Me
She's A Lady
Another Day
Rose Garden
No Love At All
My Sweet Lord
It's Impossible
I Am I Said
Knock Three Times
What's Going On
Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted

Get Up And Boogie

Silly Love Songs
Get Up And Boogie
T.E.J. Records - 2001
1976

Budget two record set featuring studio covers, heavy on the disco.

Get Up And Boogie
I Want You
Never Gonna Fall In Love Again
Baretta's Theme
Shop Around
Boogie Fever
Sara Smile
Fooled Around And Fell In Love
Only Sixteen
Love Hangover
Right Back Where We Started From
Disco Lady
Welcome Back
Fool Cry
Theme From S.W.A.T.
Rock And Roll Love Letter
More, More, More
Shannon
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Making Our Dreams Come Ture
Silly Love Songs.

Cha Cha Anyone?

Charlie Fantazy (Lara)
Piel Canela (Ramon)
Cha Cha Anyone?
RKO Records SLP-1004

This is a split record featuring and credited on the label as, side one, "Paquitin Lara and his Latin American Orchestra and side two, "Ramon and his Cha Cha Orchestra".

Both sides feature distinctive approaches, side one plays through as piano driven lounge or big band space age and side two, more traditional. Both sides play well against one another and feature nice stylistic twists that help keep you engaged while you sit and enjoy the fab cover.

There is some information to be found on Lara from the back cover: Paquitin Lara organized his first group of musicians some eleven years ago and today is one of the most outstanding Latin-American musicians in the country. Paquitin and his orchestra have appeared in practically every state of the Union and Canada, where they captivated the patrons at the Moulin Rouge. New York soon cast its discerning eye on Paquitin and he and his orchestra played many club engagements in and around the big city as well as on television. S.R.O. (standing room only) is the sign they put out when Lara is appearing. At New York's Club Hideaway Paquitin Lara and His Orchestra can claim the distinction of having had the longest engagement in the annuals of the club's existence.

Cha Cha Me Baby
Stormy Session Guapacha
Charlie Fantazy
El Viandero
Merengue Madness
Cha Cha Cha Con Melodia
Piel Canela
La Polla
Cuidado Con La Mano
El Chalatan
Quien Sera

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Misty - Lee Lovett Quartet

Judaline
Angel Eyes
Misty
The Lee Lovett Quartet
Featuring Lee "Roy" Lovett - piano, "Butch" Ballard - Drums, Al Hall - Bass and Bob Brown - Tenor and Alto Sax
Strand SL 1059

The first three tracks play though as a nice jazzy small combo piano lounge, then KA POW, Judaline (the sample above) features an amazing vocal that isn't credited on the back cover. This is the only vocal track on the record. The combo, on the rest of the LP, plays more as a "group" rather than backing for Lovett's piano. Good stuff.

From the back cover: In his native Philadelphia, where Lovett began studying piano at the age of five, he is considered one of the top ranking musicians in the area. He did the arranging for most of the top local Philadelphia dance bands in the mid-forties, and left to enter the big dance band scene in New York around 1945.

Lovett arranged for the Randy Brooks Orchestra, Lucky Millindar, Tab Smith, Mercer Ellington and Erskine Hawkins, and helped Cat Anderson form a swing band in 1949.

It was about this time that Lee Lovett decided to enter the recording field, and started handling sessions for Atlantic, Herald, Mercury, Columbia and RCA Victor. In 1952, he join forces with the great Johnny Hodges and Al Sears, to form one of the finest combos of that era, the "Castle Rock" group.

It was during this period that the talented Mr. Lovett wrote such pop hits as "Can't I," "After The Lights Go Down Low," " Why," and "All At Once." He also organized a big Afro-American band to produce albums of pop American tunes with Latin rhythms for RCA Victor and Columbia Records.

A stint in California followed with Clef and Norgan Records, where Lovett worked with Norman Granz, in writing and arranging albums for Al Hibber, Billie Holiday, Bud Powell, Buddy Rich, and many others.


My Ship
If It's The Last Thing I Do
Can't I
Judaline
Angel Eyes
A.B.C. Hop
Misty
My Funny Valentine
Plum Street

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gunfighter Ballads - Tex Johnson

Blood On The Saddle
Gunfighter Ballads
Tex Johnson And His Six Shooters
Promenade 2239

Nice collection of western ballads and a terrific cover design. Also on the Diplomat label, same cover and catalog number.