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Saturday, February 25, 2017

We Could Have Dance All Night - Bill Savill

Samba
We Could Have Dance All Night
Bill Savill And His Orchestra
Cover photo: Arnold Behr
Decca Records LK 4284

Quickstep: So In Love; Do I Love You; June Is Bustin' Out All Over; Always True To You In My Fashion; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Waltz: I Give My Heart; Glamorous Night
Fox Trot: Lovely To Look At; The Folks Who Live On The Hill
Quickstep: Love Walked In; Shall We Dance; Let's Call The Whole Thing Off; Long Ago (And Far Away); Can I Forget You; How High The Moon
Quickstep: I've Got You Under My Skin; This Is My Lovely Day; Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love; The Last Time I Saw Paris; I Love Paris; C'Est Magnifique
Tango: No Other Love
Rumba: Wish You Were Here
Samba: Carioca
Fox Trot: September Song; Bewitched
Quickstep: Dance Little Lady; A Room With A View; Pick Yourself Up; Easy To Love; All Of You; I Could Write A Book

Holiday On Those Magical Island Of Hawaii - Willie Alunuai

Hawaiian Promenade
Holiday On Those Magical Islands Of Hawaii
Parade Records SP 340

Hawaiian Wedding Song
Luau
Mood Hawaiian
Pineapples, White Sand, And Coconuts
Island Maid
Hawaiian Promenade
High Tide
Stars Over Hawaii
Hawaiian Serenade
Beautiful Girls And Sunshine
Hawaiian Moon
Lost Love

People One To One - Hugo Montenegro

El Condor Pasa
People... One To One
Hugo Montenegro
Arranged and Conducted by Hugo Montenegro
Produced by Pete Spargo
RCA Victor LSP-4537
1971

Bouzouski played by Peter Tsombris
Moog Synthesizer performed by Eddie Kalehoff
Recorded in RCA's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineers: Mickey Crofford and Rick Ruggieri

From Billboard - June 19, 1971: Montenegro proves once again, in this package, that he is by far one of the most creative and imaginative arrangers around today. Of the many standout cuts, "I Am, I Said," "Joy To The World," "El Condor Past," and a Bread medley "If," "Make It With You" and "It Don't Matter To Me" are gems.

El Condor Pasa
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Bridge Over Trouble Water
Another Day
Medley: If; Make It With You; It Don't Matter To Me
Joy To The World
Lordy
Someone Who Cares
Come Again

Show Time - Don Raleigh

Out Of My Dreams
Show Time
Don Raleigh And His Orchestra
Palace Records PST-620

Look To The Rainbow
I Could Have Danced All Night
Oklahoma
Out Of My Dreams
Marian The Librarian
Some Enchanted Evening
Around The World In 80 Days
Waltz At Maxims
Dites - Moi
Arrivederci Roma

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Memories Of Paradise

King Kalakama
Memories Of Paraise
La Brea L8015

From the back cover: The music contained in this album was recorded on the Island or Oahu by native born Hawaiians and is authentic in every detail.

Tomi Tomi
Bali Hai
Song Of The Islands
Aloha March
Hawaiian Wedding Song
King Kalakama
Hawaiian Memories
Lei Ilima
Na Mokueha
Iniki Malie
Pua Carnation
Paradise Isle

Music For Quiet Dancing - Paul Weston

Maybe It's Because
Music For Quiet Dancing
Paul Weston and His Orchestra
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia Records CL 659

From the back cover: Born in Springfield, Mass., in 1912 Paul Weston attended Dartmouth College and here organized his first orchestra. The Weston touch was at once evident and after graduation he did further scholastic work at Columbia University. His interludes in the classroom were varied with extra-curricular work making the arrangements for Rudy Vallee and Phil Harris, among others, and shortly thereafter he began making arrangements for Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby,. His reputation as a dependable man with a musical idea spread quickly and he was summoned to the West Coast to do musical arrangements for such successful films as Holiday Inn and the Road To Morocco. Finding himself with a little time still left on his hands he began doing radio work as well and wound up with a number of network programs, accompanying vocalists and supplying musical interludes of his own. So successful were his contributions together with his recording artists that he soon had his own show for the Naval Air Reserve Recruiting campaign and a number of first rate popular songs to his credit including Day By Day and I Should Care. In 1950 he joined Columbia Records as West Coast Director of Artist and Repertoire and West Coast Musical Director.

Nevertheless
Dutch Treat
These Foolish Things
Anna
Maybe It's Because
Gigi
The Glory Of Love
The Song From Desiree
I Went Out My Way
Shane
The Morningside Of The Mountain
Planters Punch

Popeye - Who's Afraid Of A U.F.O.

Who's Afraid Of A U.F.O.
Popeye
Peter Pan Records 1113

Popeye In The Movies
Spinach On The Spanish Main
Gold Fever
Who's Afraid Of A U.F.O.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Consequences - Lol Creme & Kevin Godley

Side 1
Consequences
Lol Creme/Kevin Godley
Written Arranged and Performed by Lol Creme & Kevin Godley
With Dialogue Written and performed by Peter Cook
Guest Appearances: Sarah Vaughan, Judy Huxtable (as Lulu), Peter Wheeler and Andy Peebles
Produced by Godley & Creme
Engineered and Mixed by Martin Lawrence
Recorded at Strawberry Studios, 3 Waterloo Road, Stockport, Cheshire and The Manor Studios, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxon
Mastered by Melvyn Abrahams
Gizmo Prototype: John McConnell
Saxophones on When Things Go Wrong: Mel Collins
Photography: Lew Long
Retouching: Mike Mann
Text: Paul Gambaccini
Lay-out and Typography: Jack Wood
Special Thanks to: Harvy Lisberg, Ken Maliphant, Roy (Boy) Mortimer, Zeb White, Paines Wessex LTD
Mercury SRM-3-117
1977

Billboard offered a fair assessment (posted below) of the boxed set. This expansive experimental sonic journey features a number of spoken word segments, some extended, that are bracketed by the mostly instrumental sides 1, 2 and 6. The spoken word segments, added up, were a bit much for me but I never lost interest in project as it played through. High quality, lavishly produced packaging.

From Billboard - November 12, 1977: This boldly experimental undertaking by the two former members of 10cc stands as an innovative rock achievement regardless of it often confusing story line. More important though, the duo unveil its own creation – the gizmo, a guitar-like instrument capable of producing violin and synthesizer sound among others. In between the unique sound effects that reproduce elements like fire and wind, are pieces of eccentric dialog and lyrics. Record one of the three-record boxed package is recorded solely with the gizmo while the remainder is composed on guitar and percussion. Sarah Vaughan makes a guest appearance and Peter Cook wrote and performs the dialog. A 20-page color libretto is enclosed which details the concept and production. Although it might be a bit too avant-garde for commercial success, it is nonetheless a brave undertaking. Best cuts: "Rosie," "5 O'Clock In The Morning," "When Things Go Wrong" Dealers: This three-record boxed set is priced at $22 and perhaps a bit too steep to experiment with.

Music For Dreaming - The Golden Strings

Aloha Oe
Music For Dreaming
The Golden Strings
Riviera R0054

I Love You
Your Tender Lips
Till Dawn
Aloha Oe
La Paloma
Can Can
Musetta's Waltz
Ida

Sunday, February 19, 2017

In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Johnny Long

Mabelline
In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
Johnny Long And His Orchestra
Vocalion
A Product Of Decca Records
VL 3746
1965

In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Looking At The World Thru Rose Colored Glasses
Accent On Youth
Louise
Moonlight On The Ganges
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
Candy
Mabelline
When I Take Sugar To Tea
Oh Boy! What A Joy We Had In Barefoot Days
Toy Tiger

Dinner And Music In The Pacific

Blue Hawaii
Lei N'ala
Dinner Music In The Pacific
Inspired By The Colorful Pages Of Holliday
Package Design by Heintz & Company
Cover Art by Will Dressler
Specially Pressed By RCA Custom Records
Suburban Marketers - Philadelphia, Pa.

This is a sweet specially package commissioned, presumably,  by Holiday Magazine to be distributed to their reader base. Recipients received a fine "Tiki" set inside a festive gatefold jacket that featured  tropical flavor cocktails and food recipes printed on the inside spread. The music is top notch for the period. To make up the package, RCA appears to have recorded or had on hand, the entire set rather than assembling a collection of similar sounding stock tracks from their archives. There are no artist credits to be found in the materials.

Uina Uina
Moonlight And Shadows
On Kona Kai
Maui Girl
Lei Aloha, Lei Makamae
Luau Chant
Hanohano Hanalei
Wait
Just An Orchid From Hawaii
Lei N'ala
Let Me Hear You Whisper (Tele Ia Ole Sami)