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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Julius La Rosa

If I Had You
Julius La Rosa
Joe Reisman and His Orchestra
And The Ray Charles Vocal Group
RCA Victor LPM-1299

From the back cover: All in all, a fitting first Long Play Album for a young baritone geared to the public's long-play applause.

A Fellow Needs A Girl
If I Had You
How About You?
But Not For Me
Ev'ry Time
No Love, No Nothin'
Don't You Know I Care
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Wait Till You See Her
I Hadn't Anyone Till You
I Love My Bed

Relaxing With Perry Como

Relaxing With Perry Como
With Orchestra and Chorus
Photo: David B. Hecht
Cover Photo: Bertoia chair, Courtesy, Knoll Associates
RCA Victor LPM-1176

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the originals cover art and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: Pierino Ronald Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Although he always like to sing, his first great ambition was to be the best darned barber in all Canonsburg. After graduation from high school, he opened his own tonsorial establishment that featured the special Como hair cuts plus some mighty pleasing Como singing in the background. In 1933 Perry joined Freddy Carlone's band in Ohio and three years later moved on up to Ted Weem's Orchestra and his first record dates.

In 1942 Weeks dissolved his band and Perry went on to CBS where he sang for a couple of years without any conspicuous success. By this time the erstwhile barber had definitely decided to return to Canonsburg, his family and his barbering. Just as Perry was about to abandon his singing career once and for all, Fate in the person of two NBC producers felicitously stepped in and wheeled him back into show business – specifically for the NBC "Supper Club," followed by very successful theater and night club engagements.

Came 1945 and Como's practically perfect reading of the Buddy Kaye-Ted Mossman pop ballad, Till the End of Time (based of course on Chopin's Polonaise), and the rest is not only recording but also TV history; Perry is the only artist who has ever had ten records to over the magic million-copies mark (including, incidentally, Till the End of Time, Prisoner of Love, Because, When You Were Sweet Sixteen and Temptation – all in this album) and, although he is "just a singer," as he puts it, his television show has achieved a much higher rating than that of any other vocalist so far. Can any other barber equal that record?! – Duncan MacDonald, Jr.

Prisoner Of Love
When You Were Sweet Sixteen
Far Away Places
Black Moonlight
While We're Young
Song Of Songs
Till The End Of Time
If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
Over The Rainbow

More Mancini Favorites - Rudolph Statler

A Shot In The Dark
More Mancini Favorites
Orchestra and Chorus Directed by Rudolph Statler
Wyncote SW-9098
Cameo-Parkway Records, Inc.

Dear Heart
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Remember You're Mine
Peter Gunn
A Shot In The Dark
Groovy Baby
Danny Boy

Tribute To Jerome Kern - Al Goodman

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Al Goodman
In An Orchestral Tribute To Jerome Kern
Featuring The Stradivari Strings
Spinorama Records MK 3049

From the back cover: Jerome Kern was born in 1885 into a middle class family of German-Bohemian extraction. It was Kern's mother who supplied the love for good music which was ever present in the Kern household.

Jerome was the most musically talented of the three Kern boys. His mother, quick to recognize this, arranged for piano lessons. His piano teacher too, saw rare talent in young Jerome and the decision was made to launch his exceptional youngster into a professional musical career.\

The Kern family moved to Newark, N.J. in 1895. When Jerome entered high school he devoted most of his time and talents to music which he loved more than anything else. His next significant step was hi enrollment in the New York College of Music; then in 1903, he went to Europe where he remained for 2 years. It was while in Europe, after all his funds were expended, he turned to writing "for money". The rest is history. After his return to New York he was "discovered" by a Max Dreyfus who saw in Kern's music, a new, fresh, living style that made of Kern, the brightest musical star of the early 1920's.

Al Goodman famous conductor and musician has devoted all his life to music. Like Kern, Al Goodman's love for music and his inherent musical ability were manifest at an early age. As a youngster he sang soprano in his father's choir, became a musician in the pit of a local "movie house", and was awarded a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

In 1951 Al Goodman was selected by Earl Carroll to accompany him to California as arranger and conductor. That was Goodman's official entry into show business... the start of an illustrious musical career which brought him into personal contact with the all-time "greats" as the conductor of many shows and musical productions whose successes were due in great measure to his outstanding ability.

Al Goodman produced musical comedies with Earl Carroll... he became Al Jolson's personal conductor and arranger, J.J. Shubert musical productions. He later became associated with various Radio and TV Shows as musical consultant and director.

The Night Was Made For Love
The Way You Look Tonight
The Song Is You
Long Ago And Far Away
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Look For The Silver Lining
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
All The Things You Are
They Didn't Believe Me
I've Told Every Little Star

Monday, December 10, 2018

Music For A Chinese Dinner At Home - Bob Lin Wu

The Emperor's Nightingale
Music For A Chinese Dinner At Home
Bob Lin Wu and His Orchestra
Dinner Music
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio B, New York City, August 8 and 20, 1958
RCA Victor LSP-1936

From Billboard - April 20, 1959: Victor Aid To Gourmet Digestion - RCA Victor has released five new disks in monaural and stereo versions to aid the home gourmet in the atmosphere department. A German, Chinese, French and Italian dinner, and an American barbecue are the themes around which various orks have woven background music. Arrangements of old favorites like "Blue Danube," "Chinatown, My Chinatown," "The Last Time I Saw Paris," and "Arrivederci, Roma," are played in a smooth style, that will please the ear as well as aid the digestion.

Each album has a gaily caparisoned couple of representative nationality hovering over a groaning board. The photography is mouthwatering. I place of liners, the back of each jacket has authentic, easy-to-follow recipes for a complete meal.

Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
On A Slow Boat To China
Hong Kong Blues
Lantern Street
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Shanghai Doll
Not For All The Rice In China
Mountain High, Valley Low
Limehouse Blues
The Emperor's Nightingale
China Boy

Fabulous Ping Pong Bongo Percussion - Kaino And His Afro-Percussion Group

The Sea Is Green
Fabulous Ping Pong
Bongo Percussion
Kaino and His Afro-Percussion Group
Coronet Records
A Division Of Premier Albums, Inc.

This set includes no "ping pong" effects... This is a good thing, because the set is an excellent Afro-Percussion presentation which doesn't need those effects to hold your interest. I had got at least two copies of this same set released on other budget labels including Silver Seal (UT-139) as "Taboo" and under the same title on Promenade (2125) with a note that the set was recorded by the Cawanda Group. The titles were changed

Dance Of The Cockatoo
Spirits Of The Night
The Sea Of Green
Man And Beast
Jungle Paths
Wild River
Rain Drops
Torrid Drums
To The Sea

New Original TV Themes - T.V. '67

T.H.E. Cat Theme
New Original TV Themes
T.V. '67
Wyncote W 9184
A Product of Cameo Parkway Records, Inc.

Decent "TV Theme" exploitation set from Wyncote. The cover of "Kelly's Theme" is pretty crazy, but the cover of "T.H.E. Cat Theme" is sexier.

Dragnet Theme
Friday's Theme
The Line Up
I Spy Theme
Hong Kong Charlie
Kelly's Theme
T.H.E. Cat Theme
Playhouse 90 Theme
Kimba The White Lion
Peacock Theme

Sunday, December 9, 2018

One For My Baby - Earl Grant

Blues In The Night
One For My Baby
Earl Grant
Cover Photo: Hal Buksbaum
Vocalion - A Product of Decca Records, A Division Of MCA Inc.

From the back cover: Singer, organist and pianist, Earl Grant is one of the most entertaining and exciting talents now appearing in night clubs both here and abroad. He is a regular attraction in Las Vegas and Reno, among other entertainment spas across the country. And he performs regularly in Japan, Australia and Mexico, where he is known for the attendance records he has set. Television has also benefitted by his guestings on such variety shows as "The Ed Sullivan Show," Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," "The Steve Allen Show" and "The Merv Griffin Show."

One For My Baby (And One For The Road)
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Dancing On The Ceiling
Blues In The Night (My Momma Done Tol' Me)
After The Lights Go Down Low
If I Give My Heart To You
All Of Me
Everyday I Have The Blues

Hammond A GoGo Vol. II - James Last

Hammond A GoGo
Vol. II
James Last und seine Hammond-Bar-Combo
Printed in Germany by Gerhardt Kaiser GmbH, Essen
Manufactured by Deutsche Grammophon, Hamburg
Polydor 249 043

On The Street Where You Live (Loewe)
I Love Paris (Porter)
Bye Bye Blues (Hamm-Bennet-Lown-Gray_

Partricia (Prado)
Sweet And Gentle (Portal)
Managua Nicaragua (Fields)

Lights Out (Hill)
Vier Worte mocht ich dir jetzt sagen (Rotter-Erwin)

Langsamer Walzer
Bist du einsam heut Nacht (Turk-Handman)
Candlelight-Waltz (Trad. béarn. Last)

Skokiaan (Msarurgwa)
Stars In Your Eyes (Rulz)
Das Leben ist wunderbar (last)

Singin' In The Rain (Herb-Brown)
Bell Bottom Trousers (Trad. beard. Taylor)

You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson)
Sweet Georgia Brown (Casey-Bernie-Pinkard)

Danke Schon (Kaempfert)
No Can Do (Simon)

Samba Estrella (Fuhisch-Geisler)
Baiao Cacula (Tedesco-Lennari)
The Peanut Vendor (Moises-Simon)
La Bostella (Picar-Gustin)

Magician - Erroll Garner

Mucho Gusto
Erroll Garner
Producer: Martha Glaser
Engineer: Bob Simpson
Mastering: Mike Posner
Cover Design: Richard Roth
Photos: Norman Seeff
Production: Garrison Leykam
Piano by Baldwin
London - Octave Records, Inc.
ASP 640

Accompanied by
Grady Tate: Percussion
Bob Cranshaw: Fender and acoustical bass
Jose Mangual: Congo Drum
Organist: Norman Gold
Tambourine: Jack Williams

From the back cover: The striking contemporary flavor and feeling generated by Garner's sparkling vitality and consistently high level of expressive energy (performing energy, not the artificial energy of electronics and engineering) is so evident throughout this marvelous album that one is startled to realize that Garner still approaches his instrument with the fervor and enthusiasm of first love, yet his music there is also the wit and savor of a master.

Appropriately, Garner celebrates the event by surrounding himself with two new rhythmists – Grady Tate and bassist Bob Cranshaw – both stellar instrumentalists – plus trusty eight-year-man Jose Mangual on conga drum. The instant rapport between Garner and the new group is evident. Working with Garner is something very special for a rhythm section. He sparks them to peak performances, and, in turn, they heighten Garner's flights. Early in the session, Crenshaw remarked: "I've been getting ready for this date for 25 years" – and he has worked with all the heavyweights. – Dan Morgenstern

The Long To Be Close To You
It Gets Better Every Time
Someone To Watch Over Me
One Good Turn
Watch What Happens
I Only Have Eyes For You
Mucho Gusto