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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Soft Lights And Sweet Music - Lew White

Say It Isn't So

Soft Lights And Sweet Music
Lew White At The Organ
MGM E3261

From the back cover: Whether you know it or not, you've heard the musical magic of Lew White again and again. As one of radio's busiest musician's Lew made the transition to TV as well easily. Millions of radio listeners relied upon him to introduce their favorite programs – shows like "Grand Central Station" and "Portia Faces Of Life" and "Inner Sanctum" – with appropriate music. And, White backgrounds have been heard on many an important video program.

The job of providing music for every occasion took Lew White from the concert stage to the studio by way of motion picture theatre throughout the country. After completing his studies of the piano, Lew became accompanist for the famous 'cellist, Hans Kindler, and later turned to popular music as a soloist in many of the country's leading hotels and theaters. His career as an organist began when he furnished music for silent pictures, and in 1927 joined the Roxy Gang as chief organist of the Roxy Theatre in New York City. As a member of the Roxy Gang, Lew became nationally known to theatre and motion picture audiences, and – with the advent of radio – Lew's ability to produce just the right song of background theme for every mood prompted him to devote his talent almost solely to broadcasting.

From Billboard - January 28, 1956: Whether many customers recognize Lew White's name or not, there is not likely to be one who has not heard him play many times as one of the most active providers of background music on radio and TV. The veteran organist has come up with a shrewdly programmed handsomely arranged set of romantic standards ("Deep Purple," "Sleepy Lagoon," etc.) that makes for an enjoyable hour of listening. Interest is kept high by spotlighting solo piano, trumpet, sax, guitar and so on, one after the other, against White's songful organ obbligato.

Soft Lights And Sweet Music
Sleepy Lagoon
Love Walked In
Say It Isn't So
Someday I'll Find You
One Love
Deep Purple
Love Will Find A Wa
I'll Follow My Secret Heart
Among My Souvenirs
Make Believe


Porter - Berlin Favortries - Al Sack


What Is This Thing Called Love

Cole Porter - Irving Berlin Favorites
Al Sack Concert Orchestra
Jay Wilbur String Orchestra
Tops L1506-149

Cole Porter

Easy To Love
Night & Day
Begin The Beguine
What Is This Thing Called Love
In The Still Of The Night
I Get A Kick Out Of You

Irving Berlin

Blue Skies
They Say It's Wonderful
How Deep Is The Ocean
Cheek To Cheek
Doin' What Comes Naturally

Hummm And Strum Along With Chet Atkins


John Henry

Hummm And Strum Along With Chet Atkins
Complete With Song Book
Produced by Chet Atkins
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, February 1, 3 and 5, 1959
Recording Engineer: Bob Farris
RCA Victor LSP-2025

In The Good Old Summertime
Beautiful Brown Eyes
The Prisoner's Song
Tennessee Waltz
Sweet Bunch Of Daisies 
John Henry
Birmingham Jail
Music! Music! Music!
Cold, Cold Heart
Bill Bailey
Goodnight Irene

Songs Of The West - The Norman Luboff Choir


Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie

Songs Of The West
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia Records CL 657

Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
The Old Chisholm Trail
Red River Valley
Whoopie Ti Yi Yo
Doney Gal
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Poor Lonesome Cowboy
Colorado Trail
I Ride An Old Paint
Night Herding Song
Cool Water
Streets Of Laredo
Home On The Range

Monday, November 23, 2020

Flower Drum Song - Andre Kostelanetz


I Am Going To Like It Here

Rodgers And Hammerstein's
Flower Drum Song
Andre Kostelanetz
Columbia CS 8095

Grant Avenue 
You Are Beautiful
I Enjoy Being A Girl
I Am Going To Like It Here
Fan Tan Fannie
Chop Suey
Love, Look Away
Like A God
Don't Marry Me
A Hundred Million Miracles And Reprise: Sunday

Earl After Dark - Earl Grant


Mountain High, Valley Low

Earl After Dark
Earl Grant
Organ Instrumentals With A Beat
Decca Records DL 4188

From Billboard - April 14, 1962: Another fine instrumental album from Earl Grant. The organist fits beautifully into the "sweet-with-a-beat" pattern on this set. The slow ballads are played with strong feeling and with a simple affection for the melody of the standards included. The album is tops for adult dance programming and easy listening formats. Among the better tracks are "Moonlight In Vermont," "Mood Indigo," "Get Of Of Town," "All The Way."

Moonlight In Vermont
All The Way
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Mountain High, Valley Low
Moon Indigo
Old Devil Moon
Bali Ha'i
Get Out Of Town
Then I'll Be Tired Of You
A Hundred Years From Today
On The Street Where You Live
Robbin's Nest

Polka Carnival - Al 'Cocoa' Czelusniak


Rainfell Polka (Vocal Al Cocoa)

Polka Carnival 
Al 'Cocoa' Czelusniak 
And His Gaytime Orchestra
Rex Records LP 670

Evening Shadows Polka
Fun House Polka
Beer Garden Oberek (Vocal Al Cocoa)
Roller Coaster Polka
Rainfell Polka (Vocal Al Cocoa)
Clamshell Oberek
Little Diane Polka
Angel Wings Polks (Vocal Al Cocoa)
Midway Oberek
Bobsled Polka
Tea Cup Oberek
Riverboat Polka

I'll Walk Beside You - The Melachrino Strings


Chanson De Martin

I'll Walk Beside You
The Melachrino Strings
Conducted by George Melachrino
RCA Victor LPM 1329

From the back cover: I'll Walk Beside You is another of many releases which brings to this country one of Great Britain's most popular orchestras. Music by Melachrino is known throughout Britain, where it is heard regularly over broadcasts of the BBC, on His Master's Voice records and in the cinema. Famed for its string section, the Melachrino ensemble has become internationally acclaimed for the beauty and eloquence of its orchestral interpretations.

A Prefect Day
I'll Walk Beside You
Goin' Home
In A Monastery Garden
Chanson De Martin
Love's Old Sweet Song
Song Of Paradise 
Whispering Hope
Abide With Me
Bless This House

Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas - Captain Kangaroo


Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol 

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas
From Captain Kangaroo
The Sandpipers Singers and Orchestra
Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)
Lumy Branhum (Mr. Green Jeans)
Musical Director: Jimmy Carroll
Golden Record LP 126

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas
Sleigh Ride!
Crackerjack Christmas
Little Fir Tree
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
I Want A Hippopotomus For Christmas
Jingle Bells
Santa's Other Reindeer
Pull Together
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol
Silent Night
Deck The Halls
Joy To The World
Happy Little New Year

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Have You Met Miss Carroll?


Get Happy

Have You Met Miss Carroll?
Barbara Carroll Trio
Joe Shulman - Bass & Ralph Pollack - Drums
RCA Victor LPM-1137

From the back cover: A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Barbara has come a long way from the childhood days when, to make youthful ends meet, she gave piano lessons to her playmate for a flat rate of twenty-five cents. She worked her way through the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and, soon after, began to make fairly regular appearances in night spots both in Bean City and New York. It was in the latter metropolis that fortune finally smiled upon her, for while playing at a Manhattan establishment called The Embers, she was simultaneously discovered by the critics and public alike. Since that date, only a few years ago, she has not only returned countless times to the scene of her first triumph, but has also spread her particularly happy brand of piano magic in most of the other major cities of the country.

From Billboard - January 28, 1956: Miss Carroll, as easy-to-take jazz pianist, swings with the best of 'em. Both jazz and plain buyers can be sold this happy collection of tunes, including such as "It's All Right With Me," "Love Is A Single Thing," "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe" and her theme, "Barbara's Carol." Ralph Pollack on drums and hubby Joe Shulman on bass help out.

Everything I've Got Belongs To You
It's All Right With Me
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Almost Like Being In Love
Love Is A Simple Thing
Get Happy
Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
You're Mine You
Have You Met Miss Jones
I'm Glad There Is You
Barbara's Carol

The Good Life - Kathy Keegan


Looking For A Boy

The Good Life
Kathy Keegan
Produced by Bob Stephens & Tom Russell
Malibu 100
Distributed by Jay Gee Record, Co., Inc.
Printed and Fabricated by Globe Albums, New York, N.Y.

From the back cover: The Good Life began with Kathy Keegan. For Kathy Keegan it began with The Good Life.

The above is not as paradoxical as it may read. Both statements are provably true. The results on either end have been great beginnings. For Kathy, this album is the anticipated, exciting conclusion of Chapter I in her career.

It really began, on both ends, when Kathy's record of The Good Life was released a few months ago. Audiences reacted immediately to the refreshing voice, the straight-forward ballad style. The song, too, was launched poignantly, powerfully. The pairing of the rich, flexible voice and the solidly-qualified material spelled good fortune for each. Kathy Keegan is now an accepted artist. The Good Life, many-times recorded by other singers since her record, has long-lasting quality.

Kathy has a simple, direct projection. She avoids mannerisms and twists. There is an easy, graceful lyricism and yet she manages to mix a deep emotionalism that comes through the appealing timbre of her voice.

All the promise and the good taste are evident here. The selection of songs, old and new, is excellent. The treatments are fresh and varied. The title song is Kathy's original version as it was arranged and conducted by George Siravo. He contributed his fine efforts to the remainder of this album.

There are two entirely different versions included on Call Me Irresponsible. It is sung in the usually-heard ballad-style and is also swung. And Kathy does swing. The melody of the title song was written  by Sascha Distel. Another of his tunes, Moonlight Melody, is heard here for the first time. Michel Le Grand, another French composer, and Johnny Mercer wrote Once Upon A Summertime. It, too, is one of the best of the new songs of this season.

Steve Allen wrote a fine tune for the Broadway show, Sophie. The title I love You Today. Listen to the way Kathy gets the message through. There are other fine songs, by Julie Styne and Sammy Cahn, by the Gershwins and others. It is a fine and fertile grouping, varied and vital.

The diction and the accents are barely evident but Kathy Keegan was born and educated in Blackburn, England. Her father was a bookmaker (it's a respected profession over there) and his daughter was a singing mascot for the house owners, the trainers and the noblemen who followed the Sport of Kings. When her parents died, Kathy migrated to the United States. She had to come in under the stringent quota-regulations as a domestic. She has been both domestic and hat-check girl while gaining her early singing training.

Benefit appearances around New York brought her to Art Ford's attention. Kathy appeared on his television show. She has also been heard with Sammy Davis, Jr., Alan King, Joey Bishop, Dick Shawn and Tony Bennett.

From Billboard - September 28, 1963: Kathy Keegan who jumped into the national spotlight with a much-aired single of "The Good Life," displays on her first album a warmth and sincerity that should please devotees of the standard sound. She projects emotion and excitement reminiscent of Judy Garland and Lean Horne. Set should find ready acceptance with the deejays and buyers. "The Good Life" and "I Love You Today," among others, are sung with grace and feeling.

The Good Life
Don`t Ever Change
By Myself
Where Are You Running
Moonlight Melody
Call Me Irresponsible (Slow)
Once Upon A Summertime
Looking For A Boy
London By Night
I Love You Today
Guess I`ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Call Me Irresponsible (Fast)

The Diamonds Meet Pete Rugolo

Ain't Misbehavin'

The Diamonds Meet Pete Rugolo
Photo by Garrett & Howard
Mercury Records MG 20368

From Billboard - April 7, 1958: The quartet divides into bass vs. other three for happy noises on "Lulu's Back In Town," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "One For My Baby" and other standards. Rugolo's jazz arrangements contain super-imposed rock and roll beat to please fans. Group sells hard. Can sell.

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Ain't Misbehavin'
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
I'll Always Be In Love With You
Will You Still Be Mine
For All We Know
One For My Baby
Lulu's Back In Town
You'll Never Walk Alone

Twist Party - Joe Barragan


Samba Twist

Twist Party
Joe Barragan And The Twist Stompers
Crown Records CLP 5223

Paramount Twist
Twistin' With Joe
Irish Twist
Let's Twist
Twistin' At Dino's
Guitar Twist
Twistin' With Joe
Twistin' The Twist
Luckey's Twist
Samba Twist

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Georgia Gibbs


I Feel So Smoochie

Georgia Gibbs and Orchestra
Royale 19160 (10 inch 33 RPM)

I Feel So Smoochie
You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
The Things We Did Last Summer
Willow Road
Anvil Chorus
Flow Gently
Long Long Ago
Old Black Joe

The Drums Of Rodriguez



The Drums Of Rodriguez
Wille Rodriguez
Cook Laboratories, Inc.
1086 (10 inch 33 RPM)

From the back cover: "I (Rodriquez) was born in Puerto Rico in 1918. Been playing drums since I was 17 years old. Come to New York in 1938, and have been playing steady since then (thank God). The Latin bands I have worked with are Jose Curbelo, Noro Morales, Miguelito Valdes and a few other bands. Worked for two consecutive years with Paul Whiteman as only and featured drummer, in his band when I was 20 years old."

Carioca (from Flying Down To Rio)
Mambo A La Basie (based on Jumping At The Woodside by Count Basie)
Hi Fi Mambo by Al Romero
Willie's Drums by Willie Rodriguez and Al Romero
Nocturnal by Jose-Sabre Maroquin
Alamac by Al Romero
Lullaby To Frances - Improvisation by Willie Rodriguez

Planet Of The Apes


Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes
4 Exciting Stories
Produced by Arthur Kolb
Power Records 8147

Planet Of The Apes
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Friday, November 20, 2020

Polynesia - The Polynesians


Vana Vana

The Music Of Hawaii - Tahiti - Samoa
The Polynesians featuring Harry Baty, Sam Kaapuni & Bob Nichols
Photography: Joe Tauber
Cover Design: Hobo Arts
Crown Records CST 169

From the back cover: Crown Records wishes to thank the owners of the Polynesian Restaurant (Torrance, California) for their invaluable assistance in making the stunning cover shot available to us.

Also from the back cover: The Polynesians, Harry Baty, Sam Kaapuni and Bob Nichols are of the background to perform perfectly the exotic melodies and rhythms of the Islands.

Harry Baty, leader of the gourd, is of Hawaiian-English ancestry. Today he ranks with such other greats of the Polynesian music field as Alfred Alpaka, Andy Iona and Augie Goupil. Harry Baty has achieved success not only on recordings but in motion pictures as well.

Sam Kaapuni, the arranger and guitarist, is of Hawaiian ancestry. Besides backing such stars as Alfred Alpaka and Dorothy Lamour, he has been a member of the famed Harry Owens Orchestra at the world-renowned Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Bob Nichols is also of Hawaiian descent. Bob has toured throughout the world with Lani McIntrye.

Ben Chapman (with Freddie and Ernie Tavares), vocal guest artist with The Polynesians, is of Tahitian French and English extraction. He extends a true flavor of the peoples of French Oceania and the Puamota's. A new rising personality who is now being featured in motion pictures and television.

From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Authentic, both from the standpoint of material and performance. Cover is a good one, suitable for display. The instrumentalists are three, and there are guest vocalists who sing in their native languages.

Tahitian Festival
Marchelle A Vahini
Mine Minoi
Vana Vana
Cafe Au Lait
Vahine Anamite
Tanga Tika
Marry A Vau

Cool Coleman - Cy Coleman


Alley Cats

Cool Coleman
Cy Coleman
Westminster Hi-Fi WST 15001

Cy Coleman - Piano
Aaron Bell - Bass
Charlie Smith - Drums

From the back cover: Cy Coleman, one of the fastest rising young performers in the jazz field, got his start as a youngster playing in bars on New York's Third Avenue, at weddings and at private parties, and by the time he had reached seventeen he was already making important professional appearances. Two years later he gave up playing solo to form a trio, and has since gone on to bigger and more numerous engagements. He has appeared at many of New York's best night spots – The Copacabana, Little Club, Shelbourne Hotel, Cafe Society, Bop City, The Embers, La Vie en Rose, and the Waldorf-Astoria – at The Sahara in Las Vegas, and at Eden Roc Hotel and L'Aiglon in Miami Beach. He has made thirty-five appearances on the Kate Smith Television Hour, and has been featured on the Steve Allen Show, the Stork Club Show, the G.E. Theatre, the first Morning Show on NBC (three years), and had his own Cy Coleman Show on the Dumont Network for one year. Most recently he has been appearing on Art Ford's Greenwich Village Show.

Cy Coleman is also a very talented composer, as several of his numbers heard in this album prove. Frank Sinatra has recorded Cy's Witchcraft and Why Try To Change Me Now?, Nat "King" Cole his I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life, Tony Bennett his Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, The Autumn Waltz and It Amazes Me, Sylvia Sims his You Fascinate Me So, Patti Page his My How The Time Goes By, and his Tin Pan Alley appears in John Murray Anderson's Almanac. Cy also composed the background music for Compulsion, an adaptation of the Meyer Levin best-seller for Broadway.

From Billboard - October 13, 1958: Pianist Coleman plays a light, melodic brand of jazz-flavored piano, ably backed by bass and drums. Selections include Coleman's own tune, "Witchcraft," along with "Isn't It Romantic," "Gypsy In My Soul," and other standards. Pleasant mood package for jocks and well-produced item for stereo fans

Jazz Mambo
Hooray For Love
Isn't It Romantic
You Fascinate Me So
Gypsy In My Soul
Alley Cats
Foggy Day
Sing You Sinners
Bess, You Is My Woman
I Want To Be Happy

A Man And A Woman - The Johnny Mann Singers


So Rare

Un Homme Et Une Femme
A Man And A Woman
The Johnny Mann Singers
Producers: Jack Tracy, Snuff Garrett & Dave Pell
Arranged & Conducted by Johnny Mann
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Cover Photography: Ivan Nagy
Liberty Records, Inc. LSP-3490

Mindy (Don't You Cry) - Vocal Solo by Gene Merlino
Mr. And Mrs. Millionaire 
She's Just My Style
My Baby's Gone
A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme) - from the motion picture "A Man And A Woman"
In The Arms Of Love (from the Mirisch-Geoffry Production "What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?")
Born Free (from the Columbia Picture "Born Free")
So Rare
Green Hills
My Inamorata (from the Warner Bros. Picture "Not With My Wife, You Don't!")

Song For Christmas Time - Various Artists


Jingle Bells

Songs For Christmas Time
The Pied Piper, Martha Tilton and Other Great Hollywood Vocalists
Golden Tone Hi-Fidelity C 4047

Jingle Bells - Martha Tilton
The First Noel - Norma Zimmer
Silent Night - Bill Reeve
Deck The Halls - Pied Pipers
O, Little Town Of Bethlehem - Marni Nixon
Good King Wencesalas - Pied Pipers
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Pied Pipers
Away In A Manger - Marni Nixon
O, Come All Ye Faithful - Pied Pipers
Joy To The World - Thuri Ravenscroft
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Norma Zimmer
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - John Gabriel

Thursday, November 19, 2020

America's Most Danceable Music - Griff Williams


Thou Swell

America's Most Danceable Music
Griff Williams And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20288

From Billboard - October 14, 1957: Another in the string of society dance band packages to hit the market in recent months. The band is not quite in the typical society voicing and the album contains fewer tunes than competition by the Lester and Howard Lanin bands. Still the music is well recorded and danceable and the simple cover should get good display.

Thou Swell
I Could Write A Book
Tales From The Vienna Woods
When Spring Is In The Air
Medley #1
The Lady Is A Tramp
La Golondrina
Artist's Life
Medley #2

The Romantic Rachmaninoff - The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra


The Silver Sleigh Bells from The Bells, Op. 35

The Romantic Rachmaninoff
Camarata Conducting The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra
Produced by Tony D'Amato
Engineer: Arthur Lilley
Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series
London SPC 21029

Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - excerpt
The Silver Sleigh Bells from The Bells, Op. 35
Piano Concerto, Op. 18 - theme from 1st movement
Prelude In G Minor, Op, 23, No. 5
Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 - theme from 3rd movement
Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Symphony No. 2 In E Minor, Op. 27 - scherzo
The Loud Alarum Bells from The Bells, Op. 35

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Odyssey - Charles Earland


Son Of The Gods

Charles Earland
Produced by Charles Earland
Associate Producers: Betty Earland & Von Joy
Executive Producer: Robin McBride
Design: Roberto
Photography: Benno Friedman
Mercury SRM-1-1049
1976 Phonogram, Inc., a Polygram Company

Intergalactic Love Song

Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist, ARP String Ensemble, Electric pPiano, Echo-plex
Robert Lowe: Guitar
Richard Himsvark: ARP Odyssey
Ron Carter: Bass
Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion
Howard King & Abe Speller: Drums

Songs Of The Gods

Charles Earland: AXE ARP synthesizer, organ, ARP Sting Ensemble, Clavinet, ARP Pro-Soloist
Jack Turner: Guitar
Arthur Grant: Lead Vocal
Billy Colburn: Bass
Hosea Choo Santos: Percussion
Lawrence Killian: Congas
Abe Speller: Drums

Cosmic Fever

Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, ARP Sting Ensemble, Electric Piano, Echo-Plex
Robert Lowe: Guitar
John Abercombie: Violin
Ron Carter: Bass
Randy Brecker: Electric Trumpet
Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion
Richard Himsvark: ARP Odyssey Synthesizer
Howard King: Drums

From My Heart To Yours

Charles Earland: ARP Stings Ensemble, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Jack Turner: Guitar
Billy Colburn: Bass
Hosea Cheo Santos: Congas
Abe Speller: Drums
Gene Skinner, Vernon Brown, Jr. & Robert Brooks: Background Vocals


Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, AXE ARP Synthesizer, ARP String Ensemble, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Jack Turner: Guitar, Background Vocal, Lead Vocal
Arthur Grant: Tenor Sax
Billy Colburn: Bass
Hosea Cheo Santos: Percussion
Lawrence Killian: Congas
Abe Speller: Drums
Gene Skinner, Vernon Brown, Jr. & Robert Brooks: Background Vocals

Journey Of The Soul

Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, ARP String Ensemble, Electric Piano, Echo-Plex
Robert Lowe & John Abercrombie: Guitar
John Blair: Violin
Randy Brecker: Electric Trumpet
Ron Carter: Bass
Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion
Abe Speller & Howard King: Drums

Anthology Of The Twelve String Guitar


Six By Twelve - Joe Maphis

Anthology Of the Twelve String Guitar
Featuring: Glen Campbell, Mason Williams, Joe Maphis, Howard Roberts, Billy Strange, James McGuinn and Bob Gibson
Everest Records 2071

From the back cover:

Glen Campbell presents hard driving original melody by Glen Campbell reminiscent of the old hoe-down. Campbell is one of the hottest recording stars today. He brings a delightful "country" feel to the twelve string guitar. He provides a slightly "hot" version of the traditional melody, utilizing several techniques to provide the variations of which the instrument is capable.

Mason Williams is an accomplished Folk performer whose wide background in Folk realms has given him a qualified insight into Folk interpretations. Williams utilizes the perfect intervals, fourths and fifths, providing the usual octave sound of the twelve string guitar rather dissonant speaking quality. He just achieved national popularity by his No. 1 record – "Classical Gas."

Bob Gibson is an accomplished writer, arranger and performer. One of Folk Music's stalwarts, Gibson treats the traditional rhythms of ragtime music with massive chords as moving voices. Minute arabesque melodies are developed into grand theme while the notes change from major to minor with naturalness and fluidity. An excellent example of composing, through acculturation, a piece containing traditional European, Middle Eastern and contemporary American influences.

Howard Roberts is primarily a jazz man. He has several FUNKY albums to his credit. His own composition is a good example of the manner in which the instrument is put to general use today. In one passage he emulates the autoharp with finesse.

Joe Maphis is one of the nation's greatest country guitarists. In this instance Maphis utilizes the Merle Travis style and produces a theme and several variations. He treats the development of style in an almost classical Allegro Sonata (Theme and it's variations and return to theme) form, returning easily to the original theme.

Billy Strange has long been an oustanding guitarist on the West Coast. Is currently featured singer-guitarist on the Tennessee Ernie Ford ABC-TV show. To his original composition he brings the soul and deep feeling of the real "Funk" man. One can almost feel his inner tension as he pursues the phrasing and chordal structure of the piece. He has had many hit albums.

Bull Durem - Glen Campbell
Nashville - Mason Williams
12 String Guitar Rag - Bob Gibson
Saints Soul Song - James McQuinn
Color Him Folky - Howard Roberts
My Little Maggie - Billy Strange
Honey Miss Me When I'm Gone - Mason Williams
Cottonfields - Howard Roberts
Six By Twelve - Joe Maphis

George Wright Goes South Pacific


Bali Ha'i 

George Wright Goes South Pacific
HiFiRecord Album No. R176

Dites Moi
There's Nothin' Like A Dame
Honey Bun
Some Enchanted Evening
Bloody Mary
Bali Ha'i
Younger Than Springtime
Happy Talk
This Nearly Was Mine
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-A My Hair
I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy

Mississippi Gambler - Herbie Mann



Mississippi Gambler
Herbie Mann
Featuring David Newman
Atantic Recording Corporation SD 1610

Gatefold jacket with the color circular graphic of Mann's face along with the steamboat image featured on the inside of the jacket.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Arranged by Herbie Mann
Mississippi Gambler - Herbie Mann
Dippermouth - Herbie Mann
Respect Yourself - Mack Rice & Luther Ingram
I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding & Jerry Butler
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Mick Jagger & Keith Richard

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Cold Hard Facts Of Life - Porter Wagoner



The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
Porter Wagoner
Produced by Bob Ferguson
Recording Engineer: Jim Malloy
Recorded in RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
RCA Victor STEREO LSP-3797

From June 10, 1967: Some cold hard stories in song, led by the hit "The Cold Hard Facts Of Life." Porter Wagoner seems to get better and better. He really packs a wallop in these tunes including "The First Mrs. Jones." Will be one of his biggest albums to date.

The First Mrs. Jones
Words And Music
The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
Hundred Dollar Funeral
If I Could Only Start Over
Tragic Romance
Try Being Lonely
I'll Get Ahead Some Day
I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye

This Old House - Martha Carson


Crying Holy To The Lord

This Old House
Martha Carson
Scripture Records 111
A Product of Synthetic Plastics, Co.

From the back cover: Backing up Martha Carson vocally on this record is some of her friends, the Rangers, who also record for Scripture. The Rangers are augmented with other voices to give a full, rich back up group.

This Old House
Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot
Lonesome Valley
We'll Understand It Better
Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
Crying Holy To The Lord
Do Lord
He'll Understand And Say Well Down
That Lonesome Road
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Shout And Shine
I'll Fly Away

Sunbelt - Herbie Mann



Herbie Mann
Produced and Arranged by Herbie Mann
Design and Art Direction: Paula Bisacca
Atlantic Records SD 19204
A Warner Communication Company


Herbie Mann - Flutes
Claudio Roditi - Trumpet
Amaury Tristao - Acoustic Guitar
Frank Gravis - Bass
Portinho - Drums
Rahael Cruz - Percussion
The Girls Of Bahia - Voices
(Additional back cover credits are obscured or impossible to read)

Watermelon Man
The Closer I Get To You
What Would I Do?
Dona Palmeira (Madame Palm Tree)
Let's Stay Together
Sunbelt - Mulher Renderia (Weaver Woman)

Tell Her You Love Her - Frank Sinatra


I Got It Bad

Tell Her You Love Her
Frank Sinatra
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records DT 1919

Tell Her You Love Her
Ill Wind
Love Is Here To Stay
It Never Entered My Mind
Can't We Be Friends
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Makin' Whoopee
Weep They Will
Pennies From Heaven
When You Lover Has Gone
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Night And Day

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Scrambler! - The Sandells


Lonely Road

The Sandells
A Richard Bock Production
Album Design: Woody Woodward
Cover Photo: Walter Georis
World-Pacific Records 1818

Gaston Georis - Piano, Organ and Clavietta
John Blakeley - Lead Guitar
Walter Georis - Rhythm Guitar
John Gibson - Bass Guitar
Danny Brawner - Drums

From the back cover: The background of the musicians is as unique as the music they present on their debut LP.

Walter Georis, who was born in Belgium, is the leader of the group. Although this is the band's first recording, one is immediately impressed by the professionalism of its leader. Walter, a senior in high school, started the group with the lead guitarist, John Blakeley, five years ago. The regard he has for his group, and the hopes he has for them, can easily be seen in the care he took in selecting the tunes for the album. Most of them are originals, bot only originals compositions, but original sounding compositions. Walther's rhythm guitar provides part of the foundation for the group to really let loose and swing.

Although his major interest is music, and specifically the group he leads, he also has a deep interest in photography. This is not merely an incidental hobby with him, but a deep knowledge and appreciation of the photographic arts. Walter's interest in the production of his first LP did not only extend to the music, but he also provided the record cover photo.

The lead guitarist, John Blakeley, is the other original member of the group that started five years ago. Other than his playing, the greatest contribution he made to the group's initial recording session are those original sounding compositions I mentioned earlier. John loves music, and he enjoys the success of the group, but of one thing he is adamant. "I don't want to make music a full-time career. I'm looking forward to studying psychology when I graduate from high school and eventually entering the ministry."

The band only occupies part of his time. A senior in high school, John finds that most of his time is spent with church activities and the responsibility of being president of his student body. He also holds several track records, but his interest in track has been sacrificed for the time he spends composing and playing.

John Gibson, the youngest member of The Sandells at sixteen, has been with the band for six months, although his training on the electric bass and guitar dates back six years. "I'd love to make music my career and if everything turns out, I will."

The drummer, Danny Brawner, has an enviable profession. One of the original surfers ("An oldie but goodie, you might say." says Danny. "I started surfing about ten years ago") he presently is employed putting the finishing touches on surfboards for a well-known manufacture. Danny's been playing the drums for almost as long as he's been surfing ("about eight years") and like John Gibson, he looks upon music as an ideal way to make a living.

Gaston Georis (Walter's older brother) rounds out the group. Gaston, who was also born in Belgium, received his high school education in Europe, then came to America to attend College where he received a degree in comparative literature and (dig this!) he now teaches French in high school. He speaks English, French, German, Spanish and Walloon (which is spoken in Belgium). His mastery of languages is equalled only by his musical versatility. On this record he is heard on piano, electric piano, clavietta, and various other rhythm instruments. "The clavietta," he explains, "is somewhat of a hybrid. It is a combination of the piano, harmonica and accordion." Geographically minded, Gaston pointed out that the clavietta has Italian origins. Gaston immediately named Bach as his musical favorite, and after some thought, he listed Dave Brubeck as a second choice. – Leslie Carter

Theme from The Endless Summer
Good Greeves
Out Front
Wild As The Sea
Jet Black
Lonely Road

How Do You Like It? - Gerry And The Pacemakers


You'll Never Walk Alone

How Do You Like It?
Gerry And The Pacemakers
Photo: Edgar Brind
Columbia 33SX 1546
E.M.I. Records Limited
Made and Printed in Great Britain

From the back cover: I hadn't heard Gerry's Pacemakers before their earliest trip to Germany but I do know that they returned to Merseyside with toughened voices and a tremendous new playing power. Gerry had put a thick leather coating on his tonsils and his lungs had turned themselves into a pair of steel-lined echo chambers.

The three founders of Les Chadwick – had been singing and playing together for twelve months before their first Hamburg season at the beginning of 1961. For a brief experimental spell Gerry fronted a trio instead of a quartet until pianist Les Maguire completed the current line-up by becoming a Pacemaker in May, 1961. The following winter Gerry And The Pacemakers made a permanent name for themselves on the since-famous Mersey Beat ballroom and club circuit. Liverpool fans found Gerry's good-humor, infectious grin and top-gear singing style irresistible. The solid sounds of The Pacemakers rang out at frequent intervals through the cells and tunnels of city centre basements like the Cavern Club and the Iron Door Club. The following summer, in June 1962, the group singed an exclusive management/direction contract with Brian Epstein. He brought them to the attention of E.M.I. producer George Martin some months later when George visited Liverpool to talk about plans for a first LP album by The Beatles. George watched Gerry And The Pacemakers in action during a routine appearance on the bandstand of a Birkenhead ballroom. He was sufficiently impressed to declare that normal recording studio audition should be scrubbed and a full-scale session date was fixed. The product of that session was a Columbia single which carried Gerry And The Pacemakers plus the Mitch Murray composition How Do You Do It? to Silver Disc fame at the No. 1 spot on the hit parade. A couple of months later Mitch penned another number specially for the group. Entitled I Like It this second ditty took Gerry And The Pacemakers straight back to the pop peal and established them as one of the major Merseyside influences upon 1963 pop scene trends.

A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
Where Have You Been?
Here's Hoping
You'll Never Walk Alone
The Wrong Yo Yo
You're The Reason
You Can't Fool Me
Don't You Ever
Slow Down