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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Great Songs Of The Beatles

Something - Peggy Lee

Great Songs Of The Beatles
Album Director: Ernest K. Dominy
Quadraphonic Engineer: Carson Taylor
Capitol Records QL-6735

Yesterday - Tom Vaughn
Michelle - Laurindo Almeida
Here, There And Everywhere - The Letterman
We Can Work It Out - The Hollyridge Strings
The Fool On The Hill - The Sounds Of Our Times
Something - Peggy Lee
Norwegian Wood - The Hollyridge Strings
Hey Jude - The Sounds Of Our Times
Eleanor Rigby - Bobbie Gentry
Let It Be - Tennessee Ernie Ford

The Platters - Exotic Guitars

Auburn
The Platters And Selections By The Exotic Guitars
Guest Star Records 1419

Budget album featuring attractive cover art. This compilation blending of The Platters and Exotic Guitars works for me. Exotic Guitar tracks lifted from The Soundtronic Guitar Of Vincent Bell.

Only You
Shake It Up Mambo
The Faint
Tell The World
Travelin' Guitar
Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee
Maggie Doesn't Work Here Anymore
Auburn
Love All Night
Echoes Of Spain

Friday, February 21, 2014

Music For Bachelors - Henri Rene

Time On My Hands
Music For Bachelors
Henri Rene And His Orchestra
Cover model, for RCA Victor: Jayne Mansfield - Photo Barry Kramer
Orchestrations by Dudley "Pete" King
Guitar Solo: Barney Kessel through the courtesy of Contemporary Records
Piano Solo: Buddy Cole
RCA Victor LPM-1046
1956

From the back cover: There is music, too, for the Bachelor at Contemplation. When the stag has drunk his fill, and the lone wolf run his solitary course, and the outrider comes home to rest, there is a need for the subtle companionship of music that soothes without intrusion. This is the time – and the tune – for planning great projects, for erecting the architecture of success, and for electing the next delectable feminine morsel to be approached.

The back cover copy that goes on and on like the sample above and this: "But it is to the true Bachelor that this album is dedication to. In him, manhood with its great excursions reaches its finest flower…" Setting aside the cheesecake and "excursions" for a moment... the music is actually sophisticate period mood worth a listen.

Dinner For One Please, James
I'm Confessin'
I'll See You In My Dreams
Comme Ci, Comme Ca
Be My Love
Yearing
Easy To Love
For The Very First Time
I Cried For You
Time On My Hands
La Vie En Rose
Somebody's Wrong

Thursday, February 20, 2014

At The Gate - Mme. Edna Gallmon Cooke

He's Coming Back Again
You Must Born Again
At The Gate
Mme. Edna Gallmon Cooke
All Songs Written by Mme. Edna Gallmon Cooke
Excellorec Music Company
Cover: Dan Quest Art Studio
Produce By: Robert Holmes
Nashboro Records
NASHBORO 7041

From the back cover: The name and pleasing voice of Edna Gallmon Cooke have been known to radio listeners throughout the nation for many years. This popular artist has consistently brought to lovers of gospel music God-given messages in song-singing what she feels and believes. Edna, known to many as Mme. Cooke, began singing at the age of three. She traveled for several years with her father, the Reverend Eddie J. Gallmon, assisting in revivals and regular church work. She was a public school teacher and has devoted much time to the organization and direction of choirs and choral groups. During a choir rehearsal she was given her first opportunity to record. Her initial release was "Angels, Angels", in which she was presented with the young people's choir of Springfield Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. Since that first waxing she has enjoyed increasing success in the recording world and, through public appearances, is widely known for her stirring messages of faith and hope.

At The Gate
Remember Me
He's Coming Back Again
Shake My Mother's Hand
Jesus Is My Only Friend
His Blood Has Made Me Whole
Bottles Of Tears
When I Get Inside
Down On Me
You Must Be Born Again
Stay In The Field
Poor Me

Fever! Doc Severinsen

Cleopatra's Asp
Fever!
Doc Severinsen His Trumpet And Orchestra
Command Records RS 893SD
1966

Typical early 60s Command featuring Charles E. Murphy cover art and Dick Hyman arrangements. The album showcases a few jazzy tracks amongst the light pop including the outstanding sample above.

Session musicians: Tony Mottola, Al Casamenti and Bucky Pizz (guitars). Dick Hyman (piano/organ), Bob Haggart (bass), Ed Shaughgan, Osie Johnson and Bobby Rosenberg, Phil Kraus and Artie Marotti (drums/percussion), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Harry DiVito and Paul Faulise and Lou McGarity (trombone).

In A Little Spanish Town
On A Clear Day
Cotton Fields
Walk Right In
The Sidewinder
Raggedy Jim
The Lady In Red
Tennessee Waltz
Fever
Ja-Da
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
Cleopatra's Asp

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hi-Fi Dinner Music - Frank Barber

The Dagger Dance
Hi-Fi Dinner Music With Frank Barber
Capitol Records
Recorded In London
T10082

From the back cover: Barber is a Londoner, a youthful musician with a classical background and a generous respect for the past. His ensemble is small, well-rehearsed and superbly recorded in E.M.I.'s renewed London studios, the virtual "home" of British and Continental high fidelity.

Barber himself is a versatile and soft-spoken chap who is alternately heard, on this long-playing presentation, as piano soloist, violin soloist, viola soloist and flute soloist. His ensemble comprises four violas, cello, piano and two woodwinds. There are no saxophones, no trumpets, no drums.


Sweethearts
Habanera
Sympathy
The Dagger Dance
Love Is Like A Firefly
Will You Remember
Old Vienna
The Donkey Serenade
Trees
Giannina Mia
Destiny
A Perfect Day