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Friday, November 4, 2016

Battle Of Bands - Lawrence Welk - Frankie Carle

Roses In The Rain
Battle Of Bands
Lawrence Welk - Frankie Carle
Camay Records
A Division Of Pathe Records, LTD.
CA 3006

This is a budget "split" disc featuring Welk tunes on side one and Carle tunes on the flip side. The title implies that Welk and Carle were somehow "duking it out" in a battle of the bands. I would give the match prize to Carle or his featured vocalist as heard in the above sample. The "showgirl" cover model wayward eyes are striking. The look is made slightly more odd by the white "highlight" seen under her "left" eye, a mark that is a product of bad pre-press production or a printing plate issue.

Night Life Polka
My Truly Truly Fair
Accordion Rag
If I Had My Way
Ellie Lou
Lady Of Spain
Sunrise Serenade
Penguin At The Waldorf
Oh What It Seemed To Be
Roses In The Rain
Louise

The Cugat Touch - Xavier Cugat

By The Time I Get To Phoenix
The Cugat Touch
Xavier Cugat
Springboard International, Inc.
SPB-4060
1976

From the back cover: These recordings have been previously released.

If you are familiar with Cugat's "Latin" sets... you will discover no track on this set that sounds like Xavier ever laid hands on or "touched" the music in anyway. As a mid-70s easy listening set the music is, none-the-less, entertaining. There is a brief "percussion" sound mistake heard at the end of the sample that is part of the original recording.

Up, Up And Away
Lonely Is The Name
Melody Of Love
Love After Midnight
Alfie
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
The World We Knew
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Greensleeves

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Travelin' & Truck Driver Hits - The Willis Brothers

When I Come Driving Thru
Travelin' & Truck Driver Hit
Grand Ole Opry Stars
The Willis Brothers
Album produced: Don Pierce
Album design: Don Quest & Suzanne Mathis
Sound recording: Tommy Hill & Jack "Hoss" Linneman
Nashville NLP 2040
1967

Blazing Smokestack
Convoy In The Sky
Hi Ballin'
Truck Stop Cutie
When I Come Driving Thru
Truck Driving Sam
Long Haul Weekend
Gear Shiftin'
Wheels A Turning
Truck Driver's Queen

Monday, October 31, 2016

Love Is A Swingin' Word

Love
Love Is A Swingin' Word
Sid Ramin And His Orchestra
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York, September 16, 17,18 and 19, 1958.
Recording Engineer: Roy Hall
Arranged and Conducted by Sid Ramin
Produced by Fred Reynold and Herman Diaz, Jr.
Cover photo by Mike Tabb
RCA Victor
LPM-1924
1959

One playfully arranged, swinging big band set. The jacket features a photo of Ramen on the back cover.

The Lady's In Love With You
Love Is A Simple Thing
Love Is Here To Stay
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Love Letters
Love Is The Sweetest Thing
Comes Love
I Wish I Were In Love Again
When I Fall In Love
The Glory Of Love
Love