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Friday, February 20, 2015

True Love - The Silver Strings

Le Grisbi
True Love
The Silver Strings
A Product Of Epic Records
PS 14003

Here is a budget lush strings album that features a spicy cover and a set of a "better than your average mood" that plays through with a dramatic and at times curious sound. Decent arrangements, consistent theme and good engineering help sell the set.

Love Theme From La Strada
Souvenirs de Vacances
Waltz In The Night
Arrivederci, Roma
I Love Paris
True Love
Le Grisbi

Tonight At Midnight - Steve Allen

Let's Fall In Love
Tonight At Midnight
Steve Allen
His Piano And Orchestra
Coral CRL 57015

From the back cover: Steve, as one who really knows Jazz, recognizes that modern music can derive distinctive character through the employment of instrumental soloists from the Jazz ranks. The master improvisors can invest a written phrase with subtle, suggestive freedom. Here, highlighted among the velvet waves of strings are Steve's own meditative piano. Billy Byers' richly-phrased trombone, Sam Taylor's whispery, virile tenor sax, and Taft Jordan's soaring legato trumpet… Shall we listen? – Bill Simon

Sexy packaging graces this typical mid-50s mood set that followed Allen's "best selling" Music for Tonight (Coral 1955). The album was released as (or announced as a) part of a three album release that included Jazz for Tonight and Steve Allen Sings.

The "jazz influenced" bridges helps to spice up the Allen "sound".

While We're Young
Please Be Kind
Junior Prom
The Boy Next Door
Let's Fall In Love
You Are To Beautiful
Young Love
You Better Go Now
Love Is Young
Last Night When We Were Young
Too Young