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Friday, September 2, 2016

Country Capers - Buddy Merrill At The Steel Guitar

Colors And Lines
Country Capers
Buddy Merrill At The Steel Guitar
Featured Guitarist On The Lawrence Welk TV Show
Produced by Buddy Merrill and Scott Seely
Recorded at Annex Studios, Hollywood
Engineer - John Anderson
Distributed by arrangement with Accent Records
Cover Designe and Photographs: Studio Five
Ranwood Records R-8099
1972

Country Capers
Spanish Harlem
Proud Mary
Colors And Lines
Jambalia
One Toke Over The Line
Okie From Muskogee
Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain
Steel Strike
Last Date
Dream Baby If I Were A Carpenter

Jackie Gleason Presents The Gentle Touch

How High The Moon
Jackie Gleason Presents The Gentle Touch
Produced by Dick Jones
Capitol Records SW 1519
1961

From the back cover: This album offers a real contrast in sound for Jackie Gleason fans, for here the familiar complement of Gleason strings has given way to a superb blend of woodwinds, mixed and matched with wonderful effect by the inventive writing of arranger George Williams.

From Billboard - March 13, 1961: Here's the first Jackie Gleason mood album in a long spell, during the time the maestro has been occupied with the legit theater scene and TV. This one features George Williams arrangements for woodwinds, rhythms and two trumpets. The moody danceable selections include "Cheatin' On Me," "Looking For A Boy," "Moonglow" and "Will You Still Be Min." Strong wax for dealers and jocks.

The arranger, George Williams, creatively blends touches of "New Orleans" or "Dixieland" brass and rhythm into this Gleason mood concept.

Cheatin' On Me
Looking For A Boy
Will You Still Be Mine
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
By Myself
Moon glow
I Went Out Of My Way
I Remember It Well
How High The Moon
I Don't Want To Cry Anymore
Oh! Look At Me Now
Everybody Loves My Baby

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Music At Midnight - Carmen Cavallaro

I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Music At Midnight
Carmen Carallaro
Piano Solos With Rhythm Accompaniment
Decca Records DL 8115
1955

The above sample I selected for this post demonstrates that Cavallaro knew how to creatively arrange, in this case, a jazz-flavored cover of a popular tune of the time. Most of the tracks on this set, however, fall back into his "comfort zone" of more traditional-sounding piano lounge numbers. None-the-less this package features dynamic cover design for the moment and a lisenable collection of tracks.

Tenderly
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
All Through The Night
It's The Talk Of The Town
I Concentrate On You
Little Girl Blue
Amour
Some To Watch Over Me
I'll Follow My Secret Heart
The Nearness Of You
When Your Love Has Gone
It's All Right With Me