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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Don Youngblood - For The Good Times

Something Stupid
Full Album (sorry about the needle reset on side one)
Don Youngblood
For The Good Times
Jewel, Cincinnati, Ohio JRC 90018

Great cover photo shot at The Briarwood Lounge in Mt. Healthy, (Cincinnati) Ohio probably in the 80s.

This is one of the newer Jewel Records I've found. Rusty York (Owner, Jewel Records) wrote the jacket notes.

Apparently WCPO (Cincinnati, TV Station) shot Youngblood recording this LP, according the the notes and York mentions this.

Youngblood thanks the president of his "international fan club", The Don Youngblood Fan Club originated in Greensburg, Indiana.  But, today, I can find nothing about Youngblood online.

Straight out of the sealed shrink wrap, Something Stupid.

As always, if there is a problem with any post, let me know and I will attempt to make corrections.

Korla Pandit - The Universal Language Of Music - Volume 3

I picked up another copy of Korla Pandit - The Universal Language Of Music - Volume 3. With this copy came with an autographed 8 x 10 glossy press photo of Pandit!

Many collectors of exotica refer to Pandit as The Godfather of Exotica. Universal Language Of Music was released in 1969. By 1971 Pandit had recorded at least another 4 LPs under his belt.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Morton Gould - Coffee Time

Morton Gould
Coffee Time
RCA Victor LPM-1656

I'll take one cup of Gould Brand Easy Listening, thank you. This offering has just enough exotica touches to keep your interest. I prefer the flavor of the B side over the A side.

Another fine Gould space age cover. Cream and sugar?

Morton Gould on wikipedia.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Gold Award Hits 67

For Cher
Gold Awards Hits 67
The Academy Award Orchestra
Somerset SF-27800

Somerset strikes again with groovy budget cover image of a woman... or man... hard to tell.

Easy listening covers of "hits" by a group of studio musicians, who call themselves The Academy Award Orchestra for this project.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Themes From The Movies - Marty Gold Orchestra

The Deep
Themes From The Movies (full album)
Themes From The Movies
Peter Pan Records 8201
Marty Gold Orchestra

Imagine finding this garish looking Peter Pan album and noting the song covers are attributed to The Marty Gold Orchestra.

Gold is known for a number of "space age" pop albums, including Skin Tight which is very good and somewhat collectible.

The Theme from The Deep is a stand out. The (Star Wars) Princess and Orca Theme are somewhat exotica and a lot of fun. Other tracks aren't stellar pieces, but most have that 70s cheese factor going for them that make up for any possible let down.

Themes From Hit TV Shows

Charlie's Angels
Themes From Hit TV Shows - Vol. 2
The Pop Singers And Orchestra
Peter Pan Records 8197

Great 70s flavor (cheese flavored) to these Peter Pan covers of hit 70s TV shows by the mysterious Pop Singers and Orchestra. The Police Woman cover is also excellent. Angie Dickinson as Police Woman. I almost forgot about that show!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Oriental Delight - Hank Mardigian Sextet

Seeds Of Joy

Oriental Delight
Hank Mardigian Sextet Featuring George Mgrdichian on the Oud
Cover Photo: Lester Krauss
Forum SF 9010

Both the Forum and the Roulette release feature the same cover image.

From the back cover: Hank Mardigian's Sextet has, since early childhood, lived and played oriental music. In the eight, short years that the six gifted musicians have been playing together, the band has become one of America's most popular and well-known American bands of today.

Hank Mardigian, in his playing of the mandolin and the alto saxophone, has captured the style and authenticity of the ancient music of Asia Minor. The popularity of the band is due to his leadership, arrangements and inspiration.

The oud, a large hand-carved pot-bellied long-necked mandolin-type string instrument, is the most important in oriental music. George Mgrdichian, without question, is considered one of then best oud players in America and is a perfectionist. He plays very freely, with genuine feeling, and his interpretations of the oud have won wide recognition for him. He is such an artist that when he plays, the music "lives," and makes you wonder when the oud will start "talking."

Roupen Gureghian, the youngest member of the band, plays the clarinet with feeling, and not from notes. The music moves him so, that the result is a distinctive style of playing.

The rhythm section, which is most important to an oriental band, has Berge Jehanian playing the castanets for added flavor. The section is paced by Roger Mgrdichian, who plays the treble dumber, an hour-glass-shaped drum which is open on one end, with a unique style. George Terkanian plays the bass dumbeg, which stands thirty inches high and he excels as "the whistler" in "Come My Sweet One."

Billboard Magazine review original 1958 review (Roulette SR-25032): Most of the Armenian music in this off-beat platter will sound to the average ear like the musical background for a "kootch" act, with its wailing melodic line, drum and tambourine accents, and Middle Eastern flavor. However George Mardichian lends striking color with his skillful handling of an odd instrument called an "oud", sounding like a cross between a guitar and a zither.

Oriental Delight (Jazayair)
Dance Of The Viel (Chefte Telli)
Village Dance
Dreams Of Home (Groong)
The Halleh
Caucasian Dance
Sweet Spring (Anoush Karoun)
Mood Orientale
Seeds Of Joy (Ikerim Attarim)
Come My Sweet One

Julie Is Her Name - Julie London

I'm Glad There Is You (mono)

I'm Glad There Is You (stereo)

Julie Is Her Name
Julie London
With Barney Kessel, Guitar & Ray Leatherwood, Bass
Barney Kessel appears through the courtesy of Contemporary Records
Producer: Bobby Group
Engineer: John Neal (mono) & John Kraus (stereo)
Cover Photography: Phil Howard
Liberty LRP 3006 & LST 7027

The top image is the cover from the 1955 Liberty mono release with a second mono cover variation below. The album was also released in stereo (1960).

From the back cover: In this, her first album, Julie's molten mezzo is handsomely set off by Barney Kessel's guitar and Ray Leatherwood's bass - a blending of three skills that adds up to an intimate, sleek, and sultry production. 

A performer who radiates charm and friendliness, Julie is a beautiful, piquant yet unassuming young woman who has flaxen hair, and eyes that are blue. These qualities are vocally evident in her furry singing style. Her choice of numbers is exactly right - ranging from I Love You to Cry Me A River, the latter being a lush, lachrymose item written especially for Julie by her childhood friend, Arthur Hamilton. Cry Me A River, when heard by fellow members off the radio and music fraternity, created an instantaneous and enthusiastic reaction. As a result of this uniform response, Liberty released "Cry" as a single record, catapulting Julie to fame overnight.

You've seen Julie in some fine motion pictures. Some of the more recent ones include "The Great Man," "Voice In The Mirror," "Saddle The Wind," "A Question Of Adultery," "Wonderful Country," "The Third Voice" and "Night Of The Quarter Moon."  – Bill Balance

Cry Me A River
I Should Care
I'm In The Mood For Love
I'm Glad There Is You
Can't Help Lovin' That Man
I Love You
Say It Isn't So
It Never Entered My Mind
Easy Street
'S Wonderful
No Moon At All
Gone With The Wind

Something Strange

Cuban Love Song
Something Strange
Michael Strange
RKO Unique ULP 125

Strange and Startling? Not in my opinion. The album is a pleasant and unique folk album that features nice vocal treatments. The question is, who at RKO decided to go with such a strange album cover?

From the back cover: The startling and different (to say the least!) cover of this album may quite possibly cause you to quickly catch your breath...and no doubt, do a double-take...but then, when you hear the music that is packaged beneath the "glamorous" photo of our slightly undernourished friend, you'll probaly catch your breath again, for here, you will meet the exciting MICHAEL STRANGE, balladier without peer, and often referred to as the wandering minstrel of the cocktail set. For some twenty years, "Mike" has captivated the gold coast night club audiences in Miami Beach where he makes his home.

Now in the third year of his engagement, the Irish folk singer is currently appearing at the smart Black Magic Room where he performs nightly to capacity crowds. With a total of eleven languages at his command (he sings in four, speaks in seven others), Mike has compiled a fantastic repertoire over the years of more than 5,000 songs, some of which date back three centuries and can be traced to practically every corner of the globe. With several network television appearances in addition to weekly guest spots in Miami, the guitar-strumming troubador quickly built a huge and loyal following and "the Strange touch" continues to draw packed houses nightly in the fabulous beach resort. With their first visit to The Black Magic Room, RKO-Unique's talent scouts quickly decided that this unusual entertainer was a talent that should be enjoyed by people everywhere through a showcase of his own. Thus, "SOMETHING STRANGE"...a recorded showcase of folk song fascination.

Sit back, relax, listen and enjoy the songs of the handsome balladier in this unique collection.