Search Manic Mark's Blog

Saturday, July 12, 2014

El Tigre - Barney Kessel & Harold Land

El Tigre
El Tigre
Barney Kessel, Guitar and Harold Land, Tenor Sax
Produced by Robert Scherman
CP Parker Records PLP 832
Manufactured by Apex Record Corporation - Hollywood, California

Barney Kessel - Guitar
Harlod Land - Tenor Sax
Jimmy Rowles - Piano
Pete Candoli - Trumpet
Red Mitchell - Bass
Larry Bunker - Vibes
Mel Lewis - Drums

Lullaby Of Birdland
Tea For Two
All For You
Body & Soul
El Trigre
Cheeta's For Two
The Cobra
East Of The Sun
The Blues
Perdido

Love Is A Hurtin' Thing - Leo Addeo

Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
Leo Addeo Presents The Sounds Of Today
Leo Addeo And His Orchestra
RCA Camden CAS-2134
1967

From the back cover: One of today's top arrangers is in this album… Leo Addeo, the man behind and in front of the music. The album is Leo's special blend, a marvelous mixture of everything that's happening in the world of pop and country music today, arranged by him for his skillful orchestra and the voices you hear on several selections.

What else is waiting for you in this album? We can't reveal everything and spoil it for you.

Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
Who Am I
Somebody Like Me
Nobody's Baby Again
I Really Don't Want To Know
Go Away, Little Girl
Distant Drums
March From The River Kwai and Colonel Bogey March
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Squeeze It

Friday, July 11, 2014

Paradise Isle - Eddy Howard

Paradise Isle
Paradise Isle
Songs Of The Islands Eddy Howard
Mercury MG 20312

From the back cover: For years, Eddy Howard has been American's favorite maestro of the gentle, danceable beat. Always at his ballroom appearances, a high spot attraction has been the gentle vocal gems offered by the maestro in a distinctive style of intimacy, friendliness and understanding.

This is one nice laid back and so smooooth island set topped off by the album's title track, Paradise Isle. Slow songs are difficult song to sell, but Howard slows this slowest of slow tunes down to a crawl and I'm buying. I also bought myself this terrific glossy Mercury cover art.

Tani
Hukilau Song
A Song Of Old Hawaii
Sweet Leilani
Little Brown Gal
To You Sweetheart
Aloha
Blue Hawaiian Moonlight
Paradise Isle
Hawaiian War Chant
Blue Hawaii
Song Of The Islands
Aloha OE

OOH LA LA - Lilo

Prunes
OOH LA LA
Lilo
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
Seeco Records CELP 468

Obscure French actress performing a set that features a tune titled "Prunes" that happens to be the only track on the LP that isn't presented as a predictable "show tune" novelty.

From the back cover: Much has been said of Lilo – both in English and French – on both sides of the Atlantic. That she is talented, this is indisputable. That she is a stunning woman, all one has to do is look. But why have so many compliments been paid? Why have so many American audiences applauded for encores?

"Can-Can", the Cole Porter vehicle which brought Lilo stardom in Amercia, was an important milestone in a life devoted to the stage. A performer since the age of nine, Lilo worked to achieve the stature of France's most popular musical comedy star. And being a performer that she is, Lilo proceeded to bring her gallic charm and talents to the night club floor. After breaking theatre records with her performance in "Can-Can", Lilo found it easy to break records with her night club act in Miami, Boston, Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, Tulsa, New Orleans and New York.

Nick Perito, until revealed years ago, undoubtedly was New York's most sought after accordionist on recording sessions. Today, however, he is one of New York's most sought after arrangers and conductors. His credit include arranging and conducting for such artists as Toni Arden, Jane Morgan and Edyie Gorme, among other.


Follies Bergere
Mais Oui, Mais Oui
Under The Bridges Of Paris
They Do The Same In Paris
Mademoiselle From Paris, France
Prunes
La Parisienne
Oui Oui Oui
Je Vous Aime
My Man
They Are Too French For Me
Paris My Oldest Pal

Dream Dancing Today - Ray Anthony

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Dream Dancing Today
Ray Anthony
Produced by Al De Lory
Arrangers Jimmie Haskell and Don Simpson
Capitol Records T 2457
1966

From the back cover: So now, today, how can it (Dream Dancing albums) sound so romantic without sounding dated? Yet how can it sound so fresh without losing any of its romantic appeal?

Everybody Loves Somebody
The Girl From Ipanema
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Volare
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Downtown
Red Roses From A Blue Lady
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Cara Mia
A Taste Of Honey
Dear Heart

Roving Gambler - Faro Burke & The Dealers

Jack O Diamonds
Roving Gambler
Country & Western Ballads
Faro Burke & The Dealers
Dipolmat Records DS 2606

Streets Of Laredo
Black Jack David
Belle Starr
John Hardy
Roving Gambler
Sam Bass
Chisholm Trail
Jack O Diamonds
Bonnie & Clyde
Stack O Lee
Blood On The Saddle
Patanio

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Brazilian Cocktails - Leo Perrachi

Louis Oliveira Presents
Brazilian Cocktails
Leo Perrachi And His Orchestra
Recorded In Rio De Janeiro
Capitol Records T-10122
1959

Available from the usual digital vendors.

From the back cover: With Brazil's finest pop orchestra of some 48 musicians, he (Perrachi) presents an ingratiating program of listening music with an emphatic, undeniable Brazilian flavor. Produced in the spanking new, ultra-modern Odeon Studios in Rio by Louis Oliverira, Brazilian Cocktails is offered by Capitol as a magnificently musical and authentic long-playing record – one quite unlike any other ever issued in North America by any company.

This is a sweet late 50s light mood album, a concept project of sorts that is more than a theme set that plays on "cocktail names". You will enjoy a sparkling journey in the same vein as some of the orchestrated work Les Baxter was producing at the time.

The last track on side one features a vocal introduction that sounds very much like Yuma Sumac, but there was no way to confirm this.

Tico Tico Zombie
Macumba
Batida De Maracuja
Coffee Delight
Brazilian Hangover
Souse American!
Moonlight Daiquiri
Dry Copacabana
Champagne Cocktail
Latin Manhattan
Old-Fashion Bahia
Rio Martini

Number One Seventy Two

Ben
Number One Seventy Two
18 Pop Hits
Jemi Productions JLP-519

Oddly titled budget album featuring the standard knock-offs and this fun easy listening cover of Ben.

Guitar Man
Black & White
If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right
Lean On Me
Where Is The Love
I'd Love You To Want Me
Alone Again
Let's Stay Together
Back Stabbers
Cherish
An Old Fashioned Love Song
Heart Of Gold
Song Sung Blue
Morning Has Broken
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Ben
Power Of Love
I Can See Clearly Now

Songs Made Famous By Johnny Cash - Living Marimbas

Folsom Prison Blues
Songs Made Famous By Johnny Cash
Living Marimbas
Arranged and Conducted by Leo Addeo
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
RCA Victior CAS-2374
1970

Unbelievable...

A Boy Named Sue
I Walk The Line
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring Of Fire
San Quentin
Orange Blossom Special
Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man
Jackson
Daddy Sang Bass

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Little Green Apples - Living Guitars

Little Green Apples
Little Green Apples And Other Country Hits
Living Guitars
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
RCA/Camden CAS-2302
1969

I'll take a chance and say that Al Caiola was the session guitarist on this set.

From the back cover: If you want to hear what's happening these days in the country-music world, you needn't go a step further than this recording of "Little Green Apples" and Other Country Hits by the Living Guitars. Here you'll find those ruralized airs that have a foot in rustic heritage and have risen to the top of the charts.

This set wasn't "happening" in the "country-music world"… but as a light pop curiosity the LP has it's moments.

Little Green Apples
Stand By Your Man
Little Arrows
I Walk Alone
Your Squaw Is On The Warpath
Born To Be With You
Next In Line
Blue Grassin'
I Just Came To Get My Baby
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

The Singing Swinging Banjo

Shine On Harvest Moon

The Singing Swinging Banjo
Riviera STR007

This curiosity turned out to be an enjoyable listen.

Buffalo Gal
In Old Virginny
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Oh, Susanna
Grand Old Flag
Rings On Her Fingers
Dixie
When The Saints Go Marching In
Shine On Harvest Moon
Clementine

Dance Parade

Look Who Dancing
Yummy
Dance Parade
Dance Caravan 1969 All Star Faculty
Souvenir Album
Statler Records #119

I have no idea what the story is behind this budget album. I don't know who all of the people are on the back cover or what they have to do with the recording. There is only one vocal number on the LP, sung by a woman who tries not to overpower the "orchestra". The album is strangely filled, on both sides, with a stock classical number as the last track (Coppelia Czardas).

The instrumentals all sound pretty much the (budget groovy 60s) same.

Yummy Yummy
Chantilly Lace
You'r A Grand Old Flag, Give My Regards To Broadway
Walking My Cat Named Dog
Look Who's Dancing
Too Pounds Of Clay
Coppelia Czardas
Mrs. Robinson
Harper Valley P.T.A.
The Lady Is A Tramp
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Cotton Fields
Coppelia Czardas

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Best Of The Three Suns

The Best Of The Three Suns
Reissue produced by Mike Lipskin
RCA Victor LSP-3447(e)

Twilight Time
Stumbling
Peg o' My Heart
Autumn Leaves
Delicado
The Petite Waltz
Dizzy Fingers
Sleepy Time Gal
Dardanella
Hindustan
La vie en rose
Canadian Capers

Twist Party - Ronnie Wells

You Are The One
Cha-Cha Twist
Twist Party
Ronnie Wells And His Twisters
Altone Records
AST 213

Nice obscure "Twist" LP. Samples above include one vocal and one instrumental track.

Twistin' Thrill
Twistin' Baby
You Are The Only One
Oriental Twist
Cha-Cha-Twist
Twistin' Charlie
Birdland Twist
I Couldn't Take It
Since My Lover Said Good-Bye
Did You Tell Him
She Knows
Take A Chance Twisting