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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tops In Pops

Hard Headed Woman
Tops In Pops
Halo 50220U

…or if you look on the label itself…

An Hour Of Tops In Pops
Halo 1670S

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Runnin' Wild - Dick Schory

Portrait In Jazz
Runnin' Wild
Dick Schory's Percussion And Brass Ensemble
Stereo Action
The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow
RCA LSA-2306
1961

From the inside sleeve: The stage of Orchestra Hall, which comfortably accommodates the full Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a jam-packed maze of two truckloads of brass and percussion instruments, 23 musicians, microphones and other recording gear. Conductor Dick Schory is perched high on his podium in full commands of the musical activities. Deep down under the stage, producer Marty Gold works wonders in coordinating musicians, sound men, engineers, stagehands and people running for coffee.

The "Stereo Action" series was RCA's attempt to show-off their stereo engineering. The results were sometimes mixed. Some LPs in the series go uncomfortably "wild" with stereo effects that detract from the music and other sets are presented with more subdued effects and are therefore more enjoyable for us to listen to today. In this case, it seems like Schory probably followed marching orders to assemble a set of tunes to help showcase "stereo sounds" in a variety of ways. The variety leaves us with a set that isn't thematically focused. Some tracks sound almost early 60s Command label "cartoony" and other tracks, like the sample featured above, sound more "serious"or "dramatic". All-in-all, however, a good listen.

The real success for RCA, aside from good (but, thankfully, not in your face) stereo separation, was the overall feat of engineering. The big sound was made bigger by acoustics of the theater in which the set was recorded. The engineers deserve credit for the spectacular job they did capturing the rich sound.

Brass Jockeys
Me And My Shadow
Portrait In Jazz
Mama's Gone, Goodbye
But Not For Me
Love For Sale
Runnin' Wild
Lazy Bones
Down Home Rag
Greensleeves
Bully
Thou Swell

Red Stars Over Hollywood Vol. 3 - Expose by Myron Fagan

Red Stars Over Hollywood
Expose By Myron Fagan

Monday, April 27, 2015

Feelings - Tony Mottola

Here, There And Everywhere
The Night We Fell In Love (Mottola composition)
Feelings Tony Mottola
Project 3 PR2-8025/6026SD
Total Sound
1977

Two record set that features a seldom seen photo of Mottola (photo by William Sonntag) on the inside front cover of the gatefold.

Mottola breathed new life into this set of easy listening classics. The control of his instrument and the rich sound Mottola produced is amazing and the engineering is excellent.

This Masquerade
Feelings
I Want To Make It With You
Just Say I Love Her
The Night We Fell In Love
I Love My Wife
Colour My World
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
If He Walked Into My Life
Here's That Rainy Day

Nadia's Theme
Yesterday I Heard The Rain
So Nice
Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet
A Man and A Woman
Remember
You Make Me Feel Brand New
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Close To You
Here, There and Everywhere
The Shadow Of You Smile
Our Love Is Here To Stay

Hit Parade Vol. 2

Quand Michel Chante - Isabelle
Hit Parade Vol. 2
EMI Odeon C 062-10228

French language pop tunes with the exception of Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends" which is the original English version.