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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Guitaration Gap - Joe & Jody Maphis

Fire And Rain
The Letter
Guitaration Gap
Joe & Jody Maphis
Chart CHS-1042
1971

A few tracks presented in this set (above) were obviously arranged for the "younger guitaration". Those fine tracks are mixed in with more traditional approaches.

The cover features Joe's double-neck Mosrite guitar, specially built for him by Semie Moseley (giving a boost to Moseley's fledgling career as a guitar builder).

From the back cover: Several years ago, I had the privilege of recording a song written by Joe and Rose Lee entitled, "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music." They also recorded one of my instrumentals entitled "Randy Lynn Rag." In observing the changes in music styles though out the years, I think the young ideas and talent of Jody Lee, combined with that of his famous father, has provided for an excellent and exciting album. There is never any question of Joe And Rose Lee's performances, and on this album, I heard a sound that you hear in the young generation's sound of music. – Earl Scruggs.

Guitaration Gap
Fire And Rain
If I Kiss You
Sippin', Pickin' and Flippin'
Celito Lindo
Scruggin' It
Lookin' Out My Back Door
Ride, Ride, Ride
The Letter
Billy In The Low Ground

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homer Louis Randolph III

My Sweet Lord
Me And Bobby McGee
Homer Louis Randolph, III
Boots Randolph
Arranged and Conducted By Bill Justis
Monument Records
Z 30678
1971

My Sweet Lord
Rose Garden
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Sweet Caroline
Me And Bobby McGee
Amazing Grace
Theme From "Love Story"
It's Impossible
You Don't Have To Say
You Love Me
For The Good Time

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shades Of Today - Pat Williams

Can't Live In A World Without You
Shades Of Today
Arranged and Conducted by Pat Williams
Produced by Pete Spargo
Verve V6-5052
Manufactured by MGM Records Division
1968

My purchased was influenced by the outstanding cover art (front and back) that features a living room full of bored models.

From the back cover: Cover Fashion Designed by Mathew for Noel Jrs., Noel Turner for Noel Petites. Fashions Available at Macy's New York City, J.W. Robinson, Los Angeles, Rich's Atlanta, Higbee Co., Cleveland.

Groovy late 60s brass set that, to my ear, still has that good-n-quirky Creed Taylor/Verve vibe even though Taylor left the company in 1967.

Shades
Li'l Darlin'
Laia Ladaia
King Porter Stomp
Cinnamon And Glove
The Look Of Love
Eleanor Rigby
Can't Live In A World Without You
For Me!
Bubbles Was A Cheerleader

Golden Age Of The Dancebands On Broadway

Indian Love Song
Golden Age Of The Dancebands On Broadway
Poll Winners Of 1940
Recorded under the direction of D. L. Miller
Cover art by G. L. Phillps
Someset P-16900

Modest arrangements, but nonetheless engaging set of big band tunes from Somerset.

Ba Li Hai
Indian Love Call
Oh What A Beautiful Morning
Old Man River
Accustomed To Her Face
Why Do I Love You
Get Me To The Church On Time
Hello Young Lovers
Everything's There
We'll Remember
We Kiss In The Shadows

Tes des Plantes' Swedish-American Hot Jazz Collaboration

Who'll Chop Your Suey When I'm Gone
Tes des Plantes' Swedish-American Hot Jazz Collaboration
Featuring Bent Persson & Tomas Ornberg
Stomp Off Records - S.O.S. 1136
Lausche Sound Recording - Cincinnati, Ohio
December 6-9, 1986

Ted des Plantes - piano, vocal, leader
Bent Persson - cornet, trumpet
Tomas Ornberg - clarinet, soprano sax
Frank Powers - Clarinet, alto and tenor saxes
Jim Snyder - trombone
Jack Meilhn - banjo, guitar
Mike Walbridge - tuba
Hal Smith - drums
Roy Tale - 2n trumpet on Can I Tell You? and Each Day

Words
Chicago Breakdown
Don 't Forget To Mess Around
Lost
Can I Tell You
Hot Tamale Man
Put'em Down Blues
Each Day
Who'll Chop Your Suey When I'm Gone
I'm Gonna Gitcha
Theme From "Mental Strain At Dawn"
I Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
I Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody