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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cowboy Songs - Slim Clark

Cowboy Songs
Yodeling Slim Clark
Masterseal MS-57
1957

This collection can be had from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

A fine set of Slim Clark tunes from budget label, Masterseal. There is no cover notes confirming, but that appears to the Clark holding the guitar in the cover photo.

From the back cover: Considered by many to be the best of the authentic cowboy singers, Slim has won many awards for his delightful voice and currently holds the title "Champion Yodeler of New England." Known throughout New England for his radio and television work, Slim is rapidly becoming a favorite in the United States.

Rye Whiskey
I Miss My Swiss
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Rocky Mountain Yodeler
Yodeling Mad
Stampede The Outlas
Old Chisholm Trail
My Calgary Home
Sweet Betsy From Pike
Just One More Yodel
The Old Rugged Cross
The Cat Came Back

Swingin' At The Cinema - Jonah Jones

Three Coins In The Fountain
Swingin' At The Cinema
The Jonah Jones Quartet
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh
Capitol Records T1083
1958

A sweet set featuring instrumentals with Jonah's trumpet leading the group. Additionally, the set is highlighted by a few fine vocal numbers (example above).

From the back cover: His past albums – Muted Jazz, Swingin' On Broadway, and Jumpin' With Jonah – have made Jonah's the sound that all America swings to.

True Love
Tammy
A Gal In Calico
Around The World
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
Colonel Bogey March
An Affair To Remember
Secret Love
Three Coins In The Fountain
Fascination
All The Way
Lullaby Of Broadway

Friday, April 21, 2017

Monna Bell

Ven A Volar
Monna Bell
Con Las Orchestas De: Jorge Ortega y Ely Arcoerde
Records Distributors Of America - Hialeah, Florida
Muart DM 1399
1968

Es Que Estory Pensando En Ti
Yo Soy Ese Amor (This Guy's In Love With You)
La Mirada De Amor (The Look Of Love)
Esperare
Palabras
Ven A Volar
Alguien Canto
Yo Te Esperare
Soy
Yo Digo Una Pequena Plegaria (I Say A Little Prayer)
Tema De La Zorra
Caundo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

bailando con Los Carinosos

Veracruz
bailando con Los Carinosos
DIMSA DML-8126

La Cumbancha
Madrid
Amor De Mis Amores
Arrancame La Vida
Sueno Guajiro
Veracruz
Capullito De Alheli
Perfume De Gardenias
Corazon No Llores
Campanitas De Cristal
Ahora Seremos Felices
Cuatro Personas

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sweet Tunes Of The Swinging 30s - Earl Bostic

All The Things You Are
Sweet Tunes Of The Swinging 30's
Earl Bostic
King 632
1959

I Cover The Waterfront
In The Still Of The Night
The Thrill Is Gone
The Night Is Young
My Reverie
Body And Soul
The Way You Look Tonight
Dancing In The Dark
The Breeze And I
Stars In My Eyes
There Is No Greater Love
All The Things You Are

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Romance On The Range - Patti Page

Romance On The Range
Songs By Patti Page
Favorites Of Patti Page (label title)
Mercury Custom
MG 20076
1955

Tracks from the set are available from online vendors. Presented here to share the dynamic cover art.

From the back cover: Like many singers, Patti started the hard way. She was first discovered by the man who is now her manager, while listening to a radio program in his Tulsa, Oklahoma hotel room. He called the station, and within the hour he had a signed contract with her. Six months later, Patti was featured vocalist on the Don McNeil "Breakfast Club" program over ABC's coast-to-coast network. She later moved to her own show, and finally, in a move that was to revolutionize the record industry, she signed a contract with Mercury Records. Altho Patti Page has been at the top of the ladder of success for quite a while, she has had a phenomenal record in the sale of her disks. She has really never had anything but a hit record. Her followers number in the hundred of thousands and these fans and record buyers alone bring her record sales up to hit proportions.

Down In The Valley
Leanin' On The Old Top Rail
Tumbling Tumble Weeds
I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
Detour
The Prisoner's Song
Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet
San Antonio Rose
Oklahoma Blues
Mockin' Bird Hill
Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts
Whispering

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hollywood Brass - Jerry Fiedling

Can't Get No Satisfaction
Hollywood Brass
Conducted by Jerry Fielding
Produced by Bob Thiele
Supervised by Hank Levine
Cover Photo by Guy Webster
Cover Design: ARW Productions, Inc.
Liner Design: Joe Lebow
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
ABC-Paramount ABCS 542
1966

From the back cover: Although a familiar name in Hollywood motion picture circles because of his musical participation  in many movies, including Advise and Consent, Jerry Fielding's work has also enhanced countless television specials and series, most recently Bewitched, Farmer's Daughter, Hogan's Heroes, and New York, New York, the Gene Kelly special televised in 1966. He has turned his talent toward four March Of Dimes specials on TV, and has worked in many others with stars like Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and Danny Kaye. He has composed and/or conducted for a long and growing list of night club performers, among them Berry Hutton, Eddie Fisher, Teresa Brewer, The Ritz Brothers, Mitzi Gaynor, Juliet Prowse, Vic Damone, Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin and Debbie Reynolds. He has also served as conductor and arranger for these and many other stars including The Barry Sisters, Polly Bergen, The McGuire Sisters and Steve Lawrence.

Jerry's remarkable achievements are due in large part to one of those often-talked-about "blessings in disguise" which happened when he was a sixteen-year-old in Pittsburgh. A series of illnesses smashed his ambitions to be an instrumentalist, but turning his attentions to the arranging and conducting crafts, under the direction of his teacher Max Adkins, the young Jerry found eager audiences for his work among the band leaders who played with Stanley Theater, where Adkins was music director. Two years later, at eighteen, Jerry landed a job as arranger with the Alvino Rey band and was on his way – first to New York with Rey, where he wrote for as many name bands as he could – and the to Hollywood with the Alvino Rey group. His reputation grew and radio proved to be a great boost to his career, offering him lengthy service as an arranger with shows starring Kay Kyser, Kate Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Crosby, The Andrew Sisters and many others. His first conducting assignment was with the first Jack Parr Lucky Strike radio show, followed by conducting duties on numerous top-rated shows, culminating in his own CBS-TV starrer The Jerry Fielding Show.

King Of The Road
Hand On Sloppy
Yesterday
It's Not Unusual
Ka-Boom-Boom
Goin' Out Of My Head
Downtown
Yeh, Yeh
I Can't Get No Satisfaction
You'd Better Come Home
Cover Me
Spanish Flea

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dance Date - Mark Andrews

Heat Wave
Dance Date
Drifting And Dreaming In Hi-Fi
Mark Andrews And His Orchestra
Parade Record Co. SP-6

Offering more budget packages the Parade label, this time out, dishes up a graphically impressive cover and a pretty good big band/lush strings set.

There's No Business Like Show Business
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Doin' What Comes Naturally
Blue Skies
Puttin' On The Ritz
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Cheek To Cheek
How Deep Is The Ocean
I've Got The Sun In The Morning
They Say It's Wonderful
Heat Wave

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scarlatti - Fernando Valenti

Longo 474 in F Major
Domenico Scarlatti
Sonatas For Harpsichord
Volume 19
Fernando Valenti
Westminster XWN 18705
1958

From the back cover: Fernando Valenti, one of the leading concert artists before the public today is currently engaged in the monumental project of recording for Westminster the complete sonatas for harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti. He inaugurated his career as a harpsichordist with a tour of South America in 1946, playing for audiences that had never heard this instrument before. He proved such a persuasive interpreter of the great keyboard literature of the 17th and 18th centuries – playing the authentic instruments – that these audiences demanded a repetition of the tour the following year. Though still only in his twenties, Valenti was selected from among all his colleagues to play at the now legendary Bach Festival in Prades, France. Later during the same summer (1950), he played and taught at the Institute of Humanistic Studies in Aspen, Colorado, where his performances were voted the most popular of the entire season. In the spring of 1951 he was appointed to the faculty of the Juilliard School Of Music – the first harpsichord instructor in the history of this institution.

From – High Fidelity Magazine - November, 1958: Another fascinating batch. L. 474, with its innocent beginning, pathetic continuation, and dramatic finish is each half; L. 11, with its highly expressive ornamentation; the seemingly programatic L. 45, with its sharp changes of mood; the festive L. 240; and L. 483, with its easy-going gaiety – these are perhaps the most striking of the group, but each of the others has something of interest. Valenti seems to be getting even better as he goes alone. I have not heard him play more fancifully or with more feeling. – N.B.

Longo 474 in F Major
Longo 328 in F Major
Longo 11 in D Major
Longo 248 in B Flat Major
Longo 312 in G Minor
Longo 45 in A Major
Longo 483 in A Major
Longo 337 in D Major
Longo 319 in B Flat Major
Longo 240 in A Major
Longo 333 in G Major
Longo 340 in G Major

Sounds Like Barbra Streisand - Mirror Image

You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Sounds Like Barbra Streisand
As Performed By Mirror Image
Photography: Tony Berthiaume
Cover Design: Yves Roux
Pickwick SPC-3717
1979

Evergreen
People
My Heart Belongs To Me
Second Hand Rose
My Man
The Way We Were
My Coloring Book
Stoney End
You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Percussion In Hi-Fi - David Carroll

Discussion In Percussion (Mono)
Discussion In Percussion (Stereo)
Percussion In Hi-Fi
An Adventure In Sound
Conducted By David Carroll
Mercury MG 20166 1956 (mono) SR 60003 1958 (stereo)

The first of a number of excellent percussion sets Carroll made during the late 50s.

Also see: rePrecussion Mercury SR 60029
1959

Instruments: Vibraphones, marimbas, xylophones, tympani, tam-tam, celesta, glockenspiel, orchestra bells, castanets, tom-toms, triangle, maracas, bass drum, traps, greco cymbals, hand cymbals, claves, cathedral chimes, snare drum, tambourine, conga drum, guiro, cabaza, timbales, bongo drums and field drum.

Percussionists: Dale Anderson, Hubert Anderson, Bobby Christian, Sam Denov, Harry Brace and Frank Rullo.

Additional musicians: Piano - Caesar Giovannini and Robert Acri. Contrabass - Harold Siegel. Harp - Peter Eagle. Guitars - Earl Backus and John Gray

From the back cover: When all these instruments were assembled June 5, 1956 in Studio A of Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago, they filled the room almost to overflowing. Engineer Bill Putnam outdid himself with a fine job of mike placement and balance, achieving the superlative presence and separation which captures these diverse sounds so faithfully on this record.

From Billboard - November 3, 1956: A must for hi-fi fans, David Carroll exploits the vast range of an extensive percussion section – spotlights 26 different instruments – from the glockenspiel and cabaza to castanets, xylophones and bongo drums. Selections, many written specially for the package, include "Chimes Of Swing," "Discussion In Percussion," " Hell's Bells," and Lecuona's vivid "Jungle Drums," featuring the piccolo xylophone.

Hell's Bells (Orchestrated by Mike Simpson)
Bali Ha'i (Arranged by Carl Stevens)
The Chimes Of Swing (Composed and Scored by Frank Rullo)
Malagueña (Scored by Carl Stevens)
Discussion In Percussion (Arranged by Mike Simpson)
The Cricket (Composed and Arranged by Mike Simpson)
Jungle Drums (Arranged by Bobby Christian)
Spanish Symphonique (Composed and Arranged by Bobby Christian)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Memphis - Petula Clark

It Doesn't Matter To Me
Memphis
Petula Clark
Produced by Chips Moman
Recorded in Memphis
Strings and Horn Arrangements: Glen Spreen and Mike Leech
Lead Guitar: Reggie Young
Organ: Bobby Emmons
Drums: Gene Crissman
Bass: Mike Leech
Piano: Bobby Woods
Rhythm Guitar: Johnny Christopher
Art Direction and Photography: Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. 1861
1970

Clark works her magic on these "Memphis" tunes arranged to suit her pop style.

I Wanna See Morning With Him
Nothing's As Good As It Used To Be
Goodnight Sweet Dreams
Right On
Neon Rainbow
It Doesn't Matter To Me
How We Gonna Live To Be A Hundred Years Old Together?
When The World Was Round
That Old Time Feeling
That's What Life Is All About
People Get Ready

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Dorsey Touch - Maury Laws

Quiet Please
The Dorsey Touch
Maury Laws Chorus And Orchestra
Prepared and Directed by Maury Laws
Hollywood Records LPH-136

Getting Sentimental Over You
Marie
Royal Garden Blues
Embarceable You
Opus No. 1
Swanee River
Quiet Please
Yes Indeed
Once In A While
There Are Such Things
I'll Never Smile Again
Songs Of India
This Love Of Mine
Boogie Woogie
Will You Still Be Mine
Sunnyside Of The Street

Here's To My Lady - Matt Monro

When Sunny Gets Blue
Here's To My Lady
Matt Monro
Musical Direction by Sid Feller
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio - Ken Veeder
Capitol Records
T2608
1966

From Billboard - December 3, 1966: Monro gives a solid performance on these tunes ranging from old standards to newer pop numbers. He turns out swingers like "You've Got Possibilities" and "Sweet Talkin' Hannah" with real zing. "Laura" and "People" are right in the ballad groove.

When Jonna Loved Me
Real Live Girl
When Sunny Gets Blue
Laura
People
Here's To My Lady
The Good Life
You've Got Possibilities
Rain Sometimes
Sweet Talking' Hannah
Nina Never Know

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Love, Love, Love - Jimmy Roselli

Our Love Is Here To Stay
Love, Love, Love
Jimmy Roselli
Produced by Jimmy Roselli
Recorded at Chappel Studios, London, England
Recording Engineer: John Timperly
Agita Productions, Ltd.
C1002
1975

From the back cover: Jimmy Roselli is often referred to as the "Dynamic Belter." However, in Jimmy's own "Love–Love–Love," his renditions are so emotionally from the heart that they set this album apart from anything he has ever done. You know and feel love as he masterfully sings every word of every lyric. Here is the "nonpareil" excellence of Jimmy at his best as recorded in London un the superb arranging and conducting of Pete Moore.

Questions And Answers
I Won't Cry Anymore
Our Love Is Here To Stay
This Is All I Ask
What A Difference A Day Made
My Way
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Roses In The Rain
Why Did You Leave Me
It's Impossible
Just A Gigolo

Don't Give Up/Kiss Me Goodbye - Petula

Beautiful In The Rain
Don't Give Up/Kiss Me Goodbye
Petula
Produced and Arranged by Tony Hatch
Conducted by Johnny Harris
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
An Original Vogue Recordings
Warner Bros. ST 91536
1968

Excellent set. Tony Hatch's smooth, quiet arrangements help showcase Petula Clark's more subtle vocal qualities.

Don't Give Up
Have Another Dream On Me
Your Love Is Everywhere
One In A Million
Beautiful In The Rain
This Girl's In Love With You
Kiss Me Goodbye
The Sun Shines Out Of Your Shoes
We're Falling In Love Again
Days
Why Can't I Cry?
The Good Life

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Anita Kerr Singers Reflect On The Hits Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David

In Between The Heartaches
The Anita Kerr Singers Reflect On The Hits Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Arranged, Conducted and Produced by Anita Kerr
Assistant Producer: Alex Grob
Engineer: Lee Herschberg
The Anita Kerr Singers: Lead and Solos, Anita Kerr; Alto, Jackie Ward; Tenor, Gene Merlino; Bass, Bob Tebow
Cover Photography by Apple Graphics
Art Direction: Christopher Whorf
Dot Records ST-91602
1969

A set of creative, sweet, silky pop arrangements featuring Kerr's smooth solos.

What's New Pussycat?
Alfie
Are You There (With Another Girl)
In Between The Heartaches
The Windows Of The World
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Don't Make Me Over
Walk On By
Whoever You Are, I Love You
I Say A Little Prayer
The Look Of Love
A House Is Not A Home
What The World Needs Now Is Love

Friday, March 24, 2017

Love After Midnight - The Moonlight Strings

Send For Me In The Summer
Love After Midnight
The Moonlight Strings
Produced by Betsy Cohen
Engineer: Frank Decker
Design: Harry W. Fass
A Product of Columbia Musical Treasures
CBS Direct Marketing Services
Columbia DS 441
1969

Send For Me In The Summer from "The Swimmer"
How To Handle A Woman From "Camelot"
The World We Knew (Over And Over)
Love After Midnight
Melody Of Love
Strangers In The Night
Alfie
A Dream Of Love (Liebestraum)
I'll Get by (As Long As I Have You)
Lonely Is The Name
Days Of Wine And Roses
Spanish Flea
My Reverie
Greensleeves
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Estrellita

Rumbas Solamente Rumbas - Orquesta Serenata Tropical


Rumbas Solamente Rumbas
Orquesta Serenata Tropical
Cover Photo by Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia XLP 5134 (radio station promotion press)
1965

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share a nice scan of the original cover.

Nicely presented light orchestrated (lush strings/brass) rumba mood set played with period pop touches.

Negra Consentida
Para Vigo Me Voy
Cachita
Maria La O
El Meanisero
Serenata
Lamento Borincano
Caravan
Vereda Tropical
Frenesi
Poinciana
Principe Igor Rumba

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Santo & Johnny

Slave Girl
Santo & Johnny
Arranged and Conducted by Bob Davie
Canadian American Records, LTD
CALP 1001
1959

Top notch steel guitar based mood/swing set featuring creative arranging and excellent engineering.

From the back cover: In April, 1959, the haunting, magical guitar sounds of Santo and Johnny first floated over the air waves, and two Brooklyn youths were on their way to stardom. Several Weeks later, their initial recording, "Sleepwalk", zoomed up to the number one song all over America.

Theirs is a wonderful and heartwarming success story – of two brothers, Santo 21, and Johnny 19, working and living with one goal always foremost in their minds – a burning desire for success. And that desire has paid off in great abundance. To date, the boys have traveled all over the United States, doing numerous television shows, night club and personal appearances, climaxed by their appearance on the Perry Como Show, an opportunity afforded very few young performers.


Now, Canadian American Records proudly presents their first album entitled simply, "Santo and Johnny".

Caravan
Summertime
All Night Diner
Blue Moon
School Day
Sleepwalk
Tenderly
Slave Girl
Dream
Canadian Sunset
Harbor Lights
Raunchy

Tango - Rafael Vargas

Llora Tango
Tango
Rafael Vargas And His Orchestra
Masterseal
1957

Adios Muchachos
Tango In D
Cordoba Tango
Poema
Esterlla Del Sur
Llora Tango
El Choclo
Vidita Mia
Lococita
Tango Miedo
La Partida
Hijo Mio

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Hermann Scherchen

Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Hermann Scherchen
Photography by Tommy Waddelton from Shasta!
Westminster XWN 18733
1960

This post is all about the cover art as the disc was too worn, in this case, to offer an audio sample. The Westminster art department created some of the most impressive classical music album covers of the time.

Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Chabrier - España
Ravel - Bolero
Falla - Ritual Fire Dance (From "El Amor Brujo")
Fall - Dance Of Terror (From "El Amor Brujo")





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Big C - Johnny Hamilton

Angel
Trouble
Johnny Hamilton Presents
The Big C
Balf - Cliff - Gene
The Herbert Happy Lawson, Inc.
LC-C-819

No back cover printing.

It's Now Or Never
The Wanderer
Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
Angel
You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful You're Mine
Bill Bailey
Trouble
River Of No Return
Johnny Be Good
Hey Baby

Wack Wack - The Young Holt Trio

Yesterday
Wack Wack
The Young Holt Trio
Instrumental Group Directed by Gerald Sims
Produced by Carl Davis
Cover Photo by Hal Buksbaum
Brunswick BL 754121
1966

From the back cover: Many of you who are familiar with the famous "Ramsey Lewis sound" are also familiar with the co-leader of The Young Holt Trio, bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac "Red" Holt. For together they were two-thirds of the sound that sold hundreds of thousands of albums and singles under the name of The Ramsey Lewis Trio.

The Young Holt Trio, however, is not an extension of the sound they helped to make a house-hold word – and for a very good reason. His name is Hysear Don Walker, a pianist who prefers to be called Don, and who prefers to swing rather than waste time talking. Don's piano style is uniquely his own, and in a world where so many pianists sound alike, it is refreshing to hear one who sounds like nobody else, and yet conveys an exciting musical message.

Don began studying the piano at the age of six, and by the time he entered high school, in his home town of Evanston, Illinois, he was a seasoned band leader. Don also studied the saxophone and the trumpet, and won two consecutive championships for his proficiency on the latter. In addition, he studied at Northwestern University, and prior to his joining The Young Holt Trio accompanied such stars as Joe Williams, Lurlean Hunter, Mose Allison and Bill Henderson.

Eldee Young received his musical apprenticeship at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He began his professional career as a guitarist, but later switched to bass. In 1959, he was nominated to Downbeat's New Star Poll and later recorded an album on which he made his debut as cellist. Eldee, called the diminutive "string" man by most critics, is credited with effectively introducing the cello to "soul" sounds, and his many recordings with this instrument have been heralded by fans and performers alike.

Issac "Red" Holt also studied at Chicago's Conservatory Of Music. His professional credits include playing with the last Lester Young, Wardell Gray and James Moody. "Red" is one of the few drummers to draw on the primitive style of using everything available – cymbals, tambourines, triangles, even fingers and elbows – to make his playing more versatile and exciting. "Red" cannot be called simply a drummer. He is a percussionist personified, and is credited with introducing the tambourine to jazz.


Monday, Monday
Strangers In The Night (From The Universal Picture, "A Man Could Get Killed")
Song For My Father
Girl Talk
Wack Wack
Sunny
Red Sails In The Sunset
You Know That I Love You
Yesterday
This Little Light Of Mine

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pourcel Of Paris - Franck Pourcel

Julie La Rousse
Pourcel Of Paris
Enchanting Instrumentals In Hi-Fi by France's Finest Arranger-Conductor
Franck Pourcel
Capitol Records T10174

Tu N'as Pas Tres Bon Caractère (You Don't Have A Very Good Disposition)
Le Tour Du Monde (Around The World)
Swinging Sweethearts
Champagne Cocktail
Dors, Mon Amour (Sleep, My Love)
Loin De Vous (Only You)
Ma Jolie (My Lovely)
Vivre Avec Toi (To Live With You)
Julie La Rousse (Julie The Redhead)
Maman La Plus Belle Du Monde (Mother, The Most Beautiful In The World)
Le Moulin Aux Tulipes (The Tulip Mill
I Love Paris

McGuire Sisters

Caro Giovani
McGuire Sisters
And The De John Sisters with "Castellano Strings"
Hall Of Fame
Palace 755

Budget mess featuring one fantastic cover and exactly one McGuire Sisters and one De John Sisters track mixed in with various filler tracks including ragtime, pop country and folksy male chorus tracks. One track attributed to The Snowhill TV Singers sounds like a one-man-band but features no singing what-so-ever. The second track sounds like the same male chorus heard on several other tracks with no credit. Caro Giovani is rendered by a girl group, but is not attributed.

I Just Went Along For The Ride (The McGuire Sisters)
When The Saints Go Marching In
Hello, My Baby
Ring, Ring De Banjo
Hot Time (The Snowhill TV Singers)
Caro Giovani
Beyond The Reef (The De John Singers)
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Oh Susannah
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
When You And I Were Young (The Snowhill TV Singers)

Percussion In Waltz Time - Fontana And His Orchestra

Emperor Waltz
Percussion In Waltz Time
Fontana And His Orchestra
Palace PST-674

Nice space age cover design, but probably the most silly budget "percussion" set I've yet run across. Not only did the engineer layer typical stock percussion intros onto stock waltz tracks (Palace decided that the two forms could co-exsist) but also added another layer of percussion touches throughout each track to augment the tune in an effort to mimic the trendy period Command-like "ping-pong" percussion sound.

Emperor Waltz
Morning Journals
Artist's Life
Acceleration Waltz
Roses From The South
Wiener Blut
Tales Of The Vienna Woods
Fledermaus Waltzes
Wine, Women And Song
Blue Danube Waltz

Music For The Harpsichord - Sylvia Marlowe

Haydn
Music For The Harpsichord
Sylvia Marlowe
Decca Records DL 10001
1959

From the back cover: Sylvia Marlowe made her American debut in a series of coast-to-coast broadcasts featuring the entire Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach. Since then, she has appeared with such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston, Chicago and Seattle Symphony Orchestra and L'Orchestre National de Paris. Her solo recitals have been supplemented by concerts with her own chamber ensemble, the Harpsichord Quartet.

With the conscientiousness of the true artist, Miss Marlowe has taken pains to inform herself of the correct and complex performance traditions of the music she plays. Her distinguished career has earned her not only the affection of a world-wide public, but the esteem of her fellow-musicians as well.

Miss Marlowe is music director of the Harpsichord Music Society, an organization whose activities include the commissioning of new works for the harpsichord, the establishment of scholarships for advanced study of the harpsichord, and the bringing together of players and musicologists for discussion of performance of older music.

Haydn: Sonata No. 37 in D major - Allegro con brio - Largo e sostenuta - Finale – Presto ma non troppo

Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses from Ordre No. 6 in B flat, Second Book 1717

Couperin: Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les maillotins from Ordre No. 18 in F, Third Book, 1722

Rameau: Gavotte and Variations from Third Book in A minor

Rameau: Tambourin from Second Book in E minor

Daquin: Le Coucou from First Book, 1735

MePhee: Lagu Delem from the Balinese Shadow Play

Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 545 Allegro - Andante - Rondo - Allegretto

Purcell: Ground in C minor

Byrd: Lord Wilobies Welcome Home

Handel: Air with 5 Variations, The Harmonleus Blacksmith, from Suite No. 5 in E major

Haieff: Three Bagatelles

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Bossa Nova Pops - Joe Harnell

Lullaby In Rhythm
More Bossa Nova Pops
More Joe Harnell
Cover: Milton Glaser
KAPP KP-1325
1963

From Billboard - May 11, 1963: Joe Harnell comes through with more sparkling readings of a flock of pop standards in his most commercial manner. All of the tunes, including "Our Day Will Come, " "The Coffee Song," "There Will Never Be Another You," are pleasing to the ear and the feet. Good salable set here.

Diane
I Wish You Love
Dancing On The Ceiling
The Weaver
There Will Never Be Another You
True Love
Our Day Will Come
The Walking Song
Lullaby In Rhythm
Darn That Dream
The Coffee Song
Lullaby Of Birdland

Friday, March 17, 2017

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Madeline Bell

One Step At A Time
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Madeline Bell
Philips PHS 600-271
1968

From the back cover: In Madeline's case the road to stardom started in New Jersey with an interested grandmother willing to invest in Madeline's career to the tune of 50-cent-a-session piano lessons. A hard young adolescence working behind supermarket wrapping counters, lightened by singing roles in school shows and evolving into weekend gigs (traveling 500 miles for $5 each) with a gospel group called the Glovertones, eventually led Madeline to an audition with the Bradford Singers, one of the nation's top gospel ensembles, and a whole new life for a nineteen year old young lady. The Bradford group performing in "Black Nativity" took Madeline far and wide on tour. The tour finally taking the group to England, and England finally taking Madeline out of the group and into a steady job in a new country – a "session singer" in England's top recording studios.

A session singer is a pro who backs other singers in their recording sessions when the arrangements calls for vocal background support. A singer's singer in short. And as such, Madeline backed the best England had. Dust Springfield, for example, appreciated Madeline's ever-present support so much she insisted on sending one "Gladys Thong" (who sounds exactly like Dusty) to reciprocate on this album.

So the years of being a bridesmaid but never a bride are happily behind her. And with the release – and subsequent success in the all important U.S. charts – of the title tune of this album as a single, the long deserved "discovery" of Miss Madeline Bell as a star in her own right has come to pass.


From Billboard - April 20, 1968: Madeline Bell has a Top 40 hit in her first U.S. single and now has a fine follow-up album with the hit as its title. She also is effective in such first-rate material as "Climb Every Mountain," "Can't Get Used To Losing You," and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." "Mr. Dream Merchant" is a special gem.

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Climb Every Mountain (from "The Sound Of Music")
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
One Step At A Time
The Last One To Be Loved
Picture Me Gone
I'm Gonna Leave You
Can't Get Used To Losing You
Mr. Dream Merchant
Baby, I'll Come Right Away

Blowin' Up A Storm - Jonah Jones

Moten Swings
Blowin' Up A Storm!
The Jonah Jones Quartet and Four Trombones play the best of the big-time rousers!
Produced by Bill Biller
Capitol Records ST 2087
1964

The Jones Quartet dishes up a big band sound, swinging these 1920s/30s ragtime/Dixieland tunes. The energetic cover art sets the tone.

My Monday Date
Moten Swing
76 Trombones
Royal Garden Blues
Sleepy Time Gal
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
Ballin' The Jack
That's A Plenty
Muskrat Ramble
St. Louis Blues
Hindustan

Sleeping Beauty Ballet - Rias Symphony Orchestra

Highlights From The Sleeping Beauty Ballet
Opus 66 (Highlights)
By Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Herbert Charlier, Conductor
Masterseal

From the back cover: Herbert Charlier was born in 1902 in Frost, Germany. After finishing Gymnasium he studied music, composition and arranging at the Conservatory and University of Leipzig.

Through the recommendations of Fritz Busch, the famous deceased German conductor at the State Opera in Dresden, Herbert Charlier was engaged as a conductor and was given the responsibility as well, to familiarize the soloists with their parts.

At the outbreak of World War II, he attained the position of musical superintendent to the German theater in Lillie, France. During the war he was captured by the British and after his release in 1948 he entered the services of the city of Chemnitz as supervisor of all musical activities for the city. Finally in 1951, after leaving Chemnitz, he became director of "Theater am Goetheplatz" in Bremen.

Charlier has been recognized as one of Germany's most colorful conductors. His interpretive skill is beat indicated in his conducting of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty."

The Melodic Stan Getz

Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Melodic Stan Getz
A&R Coordinator: Irv Stimler
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Metro (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.)
M-501
1965

Over The Rainbow
How About You
A Handful Of Stars
That Old Feeling
Spring Is Here
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

Hit Movie Themes - Enoch Light

Song From M*A*S*H*
Hit Movie Themes
Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
Executive Producer: Enoch Light
Associate Producer: Tony Mottola, Jeff Hest
Arrangements: Dick Hyman
Recording Engineer: Don Hahn
Mastering: Dave Crawford
Vinnie Bell courtesy of Decca Records
Project 3 Total Sound Stereo
The Total Sound, Inc.
PR 5051SD
1970

From Billboard - September 19, 1970: The amazing Mr. Enoch Light has another gem of an LP here that should win immediate favor with programmers and buyers alike, and prove a steady top seller. His beautiful treatments of "Z" "Darling Lili," "Song From M*A*S*H*" and "Airport Love Theme" are just four of the many reasons why.

Theme From "Z"
"Airport: Love Theme
Darling Lili
Theme From Sunflower
Everything A Man Could Ever Need
Sweet Gingerbread Man
Patton Theme
Theme From "The Out Of Towners"
Pieces Of Dreams
Love Is A Funny Thing
Song From M*A*S*H*