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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Magic Beat! - Richard Marino

Fever
The Magic Beat!
The Unique Rhythms Of Richard Marino And His Orchestra
Producer: Felix Slatking
Liberty Premier
LSS-14003
1961

What would you call a set if you mixed up a batch of "sound track/easy/exotica/mood/big band/light pop/early 60s Enoch Light and late 50s Henry Mancini"? I think, possibly… The Magic Beat! Marino manages to control all of these "sounds" to produce a sparkling set of tunes.

From the inside cover: Richard Marino, the man whose baton becomes the wand for conjuring up the Magic Beat, brings to this album a rich background in classical and popular music.

Beginning his career as a violinist, Marino later traded his bow for a baton and has turned his attentions mainly to conducting. He has conducted the Glendale, California and El Paso, Texas symphony orchestras; has been associated with radio and television as a musical director and has still found time to build a fine reputation as an arranger and orchestrator.


From Billboard - February 13, 1961: This is one of the first albums in Liberty's new Premier "sound" series and a might exciting one it is, too. Smart, exciting arrangements played by the large ork make this album for stereo fans and hi-fi bugs.

Fever
High Noon
Ziganette
Lover
Rots-A-Ruck
The Trolley Song
Bagdad Express
Lisbon Antigua
Seventy Six Trombones
Hot Sombrero
Poor People Of Paris
Richard Marino


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