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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Serenade In The Night

Exotica
Mood Music
Serenade In The Night
Philip Green And His Orchestra
MGM Records E3119
1954

I can find precious little information on Philiip Green.

I would label this album "light exotica". The track list features a number of popular exotica tunes.

The A side is somewhat more interesting than the B side, which seems to fall back more heavily on standard mood arrangements.

6 comments:

  1. PRETTY! How can one resist a tune called Exotica? What kind of Turntable are you recording from?

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  2. An Ion iTTUSB. Inexpensive USB player into the computer.

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  3. The recording quality is excellent!

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  4. Thanks. I'm on my second needle... I've compared one album to the CD version and the results, to my aging ears, seem very good.

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  5. When I was around 10, I received an EP version of this LP, with about 8 of its songs on two 45s. I had just gotten my first record player, and was only interested in rock 'n roll, but was nevertheless intrigued by this mini-album, a gift from a well-meaning aunt. I ended up playing it a lot. The music, especially CORNISH RHAPSODY transported me. It is extremely cinematic; I used to evoke an entire B%W movie in my head as I listened to it. I envisioned clouds of fog behind the imaginary credits, then chase scenes, murders, kissing, all within its 5 minutes of playing time. The EP also had a great cover, done in watercolors, which influenced my art for the rest of my life. Unfortunately the records didn't survive into my adulthood; I've scoured eBay for years in search of the EP, but it has proven impossible to find. I did manage to find a copy of the LP though, and it sounds still amazing to my very jaded ears. I have since learned that Cornish Rhapsody was used in a 1944 British film called LOVE STORY, which starred Stewart Granger and Margaret Lockwood. How's that for trivia?

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    1. Thanks for sharing! This would also be the only copy I've seen... found in a record shop here whose owner favors and sells obscure classical.

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