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Monday, April 12, 2021

Foreign Film Features - Carlo Sonti


Marriage Italian Style

Foreign Film Features
Themes From Marriage Italian Style, Darling, Cassanova '70
Featuring The Carlo Sonti Orchestra
Wyncote W-9162

Marriage Italian Style
Casanova '70
Lago D'AMore
Theme From A Starlet

The Best Of Nelson Riddle


The Route 66 Theme

The Best Of Nelson Riddle
The Star Line
Capitol Records DT 1990

The red tape on my copy of the cover may have been used as part of a Radio Station cataloging system, or perhaps to mark as a record store discount bin item.

From Billboard - November 23, 1963: Nelson Riddle fans will recognize several Riddle big sellers, "Lisbon Antique," "Route 66 Theme" and "Naked City Theme" among the other fine tunes here. Also included are "Volare" and "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries." The instrumentations are present in the usual bright, up-tempo style associated with the conductor-arranger on so many Sinatra dates.

Lisbon Antiqua 
The Green Leaves Of Summer
Naked City Theme
Younger Than Springtime
The Untoucables
Route 66 Theme
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Brother John
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
De Guello

And That Reminds Me - Della Reese


I Wish

And That Reminds Me
Della Reese
Cover and Liner printed by MacMurray Press, N.Y.
Jubilee Records SUPERAPHONIC HI-FI JGM 1116
A Product of Jay-Gee Record Co., Inc.

And That Reminds Me
The More I See You
Time After Time
Daybreak Serenade
I Only Want To Love You
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
In The Still Of The Night
Years From Now
C'mon C'mon
If Not For You
By Love Possessed
I Wish

Dancers' Choice - Les Brown


I Never Knew

Dancers' Choice
Les Brown and His Band Of Renown
Capitol Records T812

Sleepy Time Gal
Swingin' Down The Lane
Shine On Harvest Moon
My Melancholy Baby
In The Mood
Tea For Two
Johnson Rag
My Blue Heaven
I Never Knew

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Johnny Rivers At The Whisky'a Go Go


Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Johnny Rivers At The Whisky'a Go Go
Featuring Joe Osborne - Bass and Eddie Rubin - Drums
Recording Manager: Lou Adler
Remote Engineer: Wally Heider
Studio Engineers: "Bones" Howe and "Lanky" Linstrot
Cover Design and Photography: Studio Five
Thanks to Elmer, Phil & Shelly for making this album possible
Recorded Live at The Whisky'a Go Go, Hollywood, California
IR Imperial LP 12264

It Wouldn't Happen With Me
Oh Lonesome Me
Lawdy Miss Clawy
Whisky'a Go Go
Walkin' The Dog
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
You Can Have Her (I Don't Want Her)
Medley: La Bamba / Twist and Shout

Here And Now! - George Shearing


Mr. Lucky

Here & Now!
George Shearing
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio - George Jerman
Capitol Records T 2372

From the back cover: In these Shearing arrangements, orchestrated by Julian Lee, George gives full emphasis to each melody, enhances it, and gives it a lilt that lifts the heart. His scores employ a classic Shearing setting: the Quintet poised against strings. But there are even more strings than usual this time: twelve violins, four cellos and four violas, giving an extra richness to the fabric of sound. Quintet itself keeps the music on an exhilarating level that is the very essence of George Shearing – here and now.

From Billboard - August 14, 1965: Set again a lush string choir providing a rich sound backdrop, the inimitable George Shearing Quintet is magnificent. The exciting package contains such "standard" melodies as "Call Me Irresponsible," "People" and "Dear Heart." With subtle Shearing arrangements of tunes from the pens of Henry Mancini, Anthony Newly and Jule Styne the LP is pleasurable listening.

Call Me Irresponsible
Days Of Wine And Roses
What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Dear Heart
Mr. Lucky
The Girl From Ipanema (Garoua de Ipanema)
Almost There
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

All Of You - Ahmad Jamal


You Go To My Head

All Of You
Ahmad Jamal
Supervision: Leonard Chess
Cover: Don Bronstein
Engineer: Ron Malo
Recorded in June, 1961, during actual performance at Ahmad Jamal's Alhambra, Chicago
Ahmad Jamal - Piano
Israel Crosby - Bass
Vernell Fournier - Drums
Argo LP 691
Chess Producing Corp.

From the back cover: The Admad Jamal Trio was formed in May 1951. At that time we were using Guitar - Ray Crawford and Bass - Tommy Sowell.

We started recording in 1952. I had been trying to sell the idea spasmodically since 1949, when I made certain efforts in this direction towards some of the most likely recording companies at that time... unsuccessfully.

I will always remember my very dear and long time acquaintance Chris Powell (whose group most of you "informed aficionados" wouldn't remember the late Clifford Brown being a part of). Chris' group made the first demonstration pressing with me in Toronto... where he was working at the time and I was accompanying group of singers called "The Caldwells."

Since then much has taken place... recording and otherwise, including some "5" Star record ratings (whatever that means... Ahmad's Blues, etc.,... Down Beat Magazine) as early as 1952 when the group was virtually unheard of.

I was fortunate enough to grow up with and around such musicians as Thomas Turrentine, Joe Harrs, Harold Holt, Joe Kennedy, Sam Johnson, Edgar Willis and also share the rich heritage that Pittsburgh has... Roy Eldridge, Erroll Garner, Dodo Marmarosa, Ray Brown, Art Blakely, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstein, Billy Strayhorn and many many others, including some personalities that are synonymous with Pittsburg... LeRoy Brown, Honey Boy Minor, William Hitchcock, Joe Westray, etc.

Pittsburgh was and still is a formidable territory for transient musicians, with sessions going on into the early hours of the morning. Such musicians as Jerry Elliott, Billy Lewis, Bass MaMahon and the musicians who hadn't started playing then and are doing so well now (Stanley Turrentine and others) playing Host.

This present LP was recorded in one of the most enjoyable and most compatible atmosphere that I have ever known, as far as clubs to... The AlHambra... not saying this because we own same, but because so many club owners and promoter could take a lesson from the Artist's approach toward working facilities  for the musicians and singers.

The acoustics, the piano, the lighting, the atmosphere, could only be conducive to one thing... a happy result and here it is. – Ahmad Jamal

From Billboard - May 12, 1962: Ahmad Jamal is back with another exciting album of jazz improvisations. The pianist is in top dramatic form building each of the seven selections with an eye to drawing the most out of not only the tune but the listening audience, which, on this album, was comfortably settled in Jamal's own club Alhambra in Chicago. The trio swings at a fine medium tempo through most of the set with "All Of You," "Star Eyes" and "Angel Eyes" emerging as three of the better tracks.

Time On My Hands
Angel Eyes
You Go To My Head
Star Eyes
All Of You
You're Blasé
What Is This Thing Called Love

Connie's Greatest Hits



Connie's Greatest Hits
Connie Francis
MGM E3793

Who's Sorry Now
Happy Days And Lonely Nights
Stupid Cupid
Carolina Moon
Plenty Good Lovin'
You're Gonna Miss Me
Lipstick On Your Collar
If I Didn't Care
My Happiness
I'm Sorry I Made You Cry

Little Town Flirt - Del Shannon


Hey, Little Girl

Little Town Flirt
Del Shannon
Arranged by Bill Ramal
Engineer: Eddie Smith
Bigtop Records 12-1308
An Embee Production

From the back cover: Del thought a good deal of music but very little about making music-making as a career until he served his hitch in the Army. Before his service stint, he'd picked up guitar-playing and became nicely smooth at it,  but his playing was mostly for the amusement of himself and his friends. It was an Army buddy who first suggested that he do something more, persuading him to enter a 7th Army amateur talent contest. Del did just that thing – and walked off with a first prize. But, keep in mind; he won the award as a guitarist, not as a singer.

Back in civilian life, Del began working in night clubs in the Battle Creek, Michigan area, chiefly strumming a guitar, just now and then trying on a song for size vocally. However, it was one of those occasional vocal workouts that led him to his big future career. One night, Harry Balk, Irving Micahnik and Ollie McLaughlin heard Del singing and promptly steered him into a recording studio to cut four sides. And, those sides wound up at Bigtop Records. One of them became the runaway hit Runaway.

From Billboard - May 11, 1963: Del Shannon's current hit is teamed with a flock of his other winners on the LP. "Runaway," the lad's first is included along with "Hats Off To Larry" another one of his big ones. Dealers will want to stock this one.

Two Kinds Of Teardrops
Dream Baby
Hey, Little Girl
She Thinks I Still Care
Runaround Sue
Hats Off To Larry
Hey Baby
Go Away, Little Girl
Little Town Flir

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Dance Into Your Sultan's Heart - Ozel


Ali Baba

Dance Into Your Sultan's Heart
Belly Dance With Ozel
Orchestra Conducted by Tank Bulut
Executive Producer: Ayhan Turkbas
Associate Producer: Jesse Kornbluth
Design Consultant: Sait Sarsan
Photography: Paul Frankian
Hair Dresser: Marcello of Italy
Costumes: Miss Yurdaul Yuksel
Recoding Engineers: Mike Moran & Pay Martin
Record Cover Design: N. B. Ward, Assoc.
Recorded at the RCA Recording Studios, New York, N. Y.
El-Ay STEREO 2877


Violin: Yavuz Ozustun
Bouzokia: John Tatasopoulos
Kanun: Orhan Yeginsoy
Organ: Jimmy Linardos
Bass: George Manikas
Battery/Drums: Dinitrios Dais
Electric Guitar: Errol Bulut
Finger Cymbals: Ozel Turkbas
Vib - Tympany - Piano - Darbuka: Tank Bulut

From the back cover: Ozel has repaid her American fans with an outpouring of creativity – in two years, she has released two records and the definitive lesson book, The Art Of Belly Dancing. The success of these efforts is the direct result of Ozel's authenticity as performer and teacher – she does not offer watered-down, commercialized versions of dances and music (too complicated) for Americans. The final stamp of authenticity came early this year when her first album, How To Belly Dance For Your Sultan, sold its millionth copy in Turkey.

This is the third of a series of records Ozel is releasing to help American women learn a new way of exercise while they are (simultaneously) learning to please and excite their male audience. Once again Ozel has assembled the finest musicians from the middle east made them comfortable in the most sophisticated New York Recording Studios, and turned the tape recorders on.

Ozel's Belly Dance Routine
Ali Baba - Karsilama (Vocal by Ozel Turkbas)
The Dance In The  Garden (Vocal by Ozel Turkbas)
A Wedding Song - Karam (Vocal by Ozel Turkbas)
Organ Improvisation by Jimmy Linardos
Halime Is A Coquette (Vocal by Ozel Turkbas)
Azeri Dance Number
Popular Circle Dance - Kasap Havasi
Violin Kanun - Bouzoukia Solo (Yavuz Ozustun/Orhan Yeginsoy/John Tatasopoulos)