Friday, September 10, 2010
Echoes Of Budapest
Vox VX 25.450
From Billboard - August 13, 1955: Most dealers need not be reminded of the potent sales history of Feyer's "Echoes" series. Tho none has sold as well, probably, as the fabulous Paris package, the first in the set, each succeeding entry has done exceedingly well over the counter. Here is another, and the pianist's imaginative touch is applied generously to mostly familiar material in the Hungarian tradition. Should be a moneymaker.
Cask Egy Kislány (Just One Girl)
Minek A Szöke (I Don't Care For Blondes)
Vörösbort Ittam Az Este (I Drank Red Wine Last Night)
Am The Village Rascal
Hungarian Dance No. 5
Play Gypsy, Play
Take Me In Your Arms
Roumanian Gypsy - Fantasie
I Am Courting A Beautiful Lady
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Music For Dining
The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1000
RCA offers another great Moods In Music LP with a cool space age cover and odd title. I blogged Music For Reading in another recent post. I found it curious that RCA was attempting to niche market albums as if certain household activities needed specific music to go with them and that you, as consumer, couldn't figure out what music would best go with your meatloaf.
Also, I wondered what George Melachrino must have felt having his work relegated only to reading or meatloaf consuming.
From the back cover: Perhaps your dinner lacks a few of the courses just mentioned; perhaps it's prepared in a one-room apartment and not in the kitchen at Maxim's. Perhaps the china isn't Wedgewood and the wine hails from California. But whatever the circumstances, Melachino's romantic music will enrich your evening beyond measure.
California wines suck?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Dream Of Olwen (LPM-1002)
Music For Reading
The Melachrino Stings And Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM/LPS-1002
One of a number of Melachrino Strings albums in this series of mood music created to with something you might do at home, like reading. Curious marketing. I wonder how successful the series was for RCA?
Clair De Lune
Dreams Of Olwen
Song Of My Love
Waltz In C-Sharp Minor
Henri Rene And His Orchestra
Groovy space age cover on this Rene album. The music is also has a nice space age vibe to it and does not take itself too seriously. Hansel And Pretzel is goofy fun. The track, When The Day Is Done, is more laid back and exotica. Some tracks are big band with "space age" percussion layered on top to help update the song. The track Mangos, on the B side is a quirky space age thing with a cool female vocal lead in and lead out. Another track titled Blah-Blah-Blah has a male vocal with lyrics that totally makes fun of big band love ballads. Very funny.
I've got Rene's album titled "Passion In Paint" (RCA 1955). The cover is collectible but the music is pretty plain. By the time Rene got around to this project he had loosened up big time. This is a cool album to collect.
Why the designer found it necessary to hyphenate the word "Orchestra" on the cover, I don't know? Some questions may never be answered.
This LP can be found on a CD import titled "Compulsion To Swing In Rhythm".
Sounds Of A Thousand Strings
With The Voices Of Hawaii
Robert Krewson Conducting
Crown Records CLP 5163
Terrific exotica album made magical by the haunting "Voices Of Hawaii". Covers of classics tunes like Beyond The Reef and Hawaiian War Chant.
George Shearing Quintet
Lovely Shearing album with surprise vocals on a few tracks by Teddi King.
King is unmentioned on the jacket, but is credited on the label. Her "Wikipedia" story mentions that she toured with Shearing for several years beginning in the summer of 1952. She was only 48 when she passed away in 1977.
This full color cover predates the monochromatic version shown below
Soundblast - 1956
This is the stereo release of the mono version of Soundproof as seen below
Soundproof - 1956
Even though this cover image (for the stereo release) is the same as the mono release and two sets feature a different track list.
Ferrante and Teicher With Percussion - 1958
Blast Off! - 1959
Twin Pianos - Stereo
Twin Pianos - Mono
Latin Pianos - 1960
Pianos In Paradise - 1962
The Enchanted World Of Ferrante & Teicher - 1964
Ferrante & Teicher
The Twin Piano Magic Of Ferrante & Teicher - Vol. 2 - 1966
Star Wars - 1978
On this page, I'll be collecting together Ferrante & Teicher covers that I run across. These are all albums from my collection.
George Shearing Quintet
Capitol Records T1082
Another great cover and another great light jazz/mood album from Shearing. I think this LP is an exceptionally good Shearing effort. The music still seems fresh and modern today.
Velvet Carpet - 1956
Latin Lace - 1958
Blue Chiffon - 1958
Satin Brass - 1960
White Satin - 1960
The Shearing Touch - 1960
Satin Affair - 1961
Mood Latino - 1961
Conerto For My Love - 1962
Night Mist - 1962
Burnished Brass - 1962
The Best Of George Shearing - 1964
Here & Now - 1965
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The 3rd Man Theme
The Swinging Sound Of Mexican Brass
Arranged and Conducted by Ray Martin
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Notes by Sheldon Toomer
RCA Camden CAS-949
The cover scan appears dark due to RCA's choice of reflective foil paper stock on which they overprinted the 4-color art (the scanner can't read foil correctly). A print job like this would have been an expensive project for the company's "budget" label.
A Taste Of Honey
South Of The Border
Some Enchanted Evening
The 3rd Man Theme
Heartaches By The Number
Never Too Young
Mercury Records PPS 2003
Excellent space age set from Xavier Cugat/Mercury featuring a wonderful book-fold jacket designed to compete with the same type of jackets Command was creating during this period. The engineering is also, like Enoch Light's label, outstanding. The clarity and depth of sound is something to hear.
From Billboard - January 30, 1961: The Latin sound of the Xavier Cugat ork here gets an all-out stereo presentation. The songs, for the most part, are familiar Latin melodies done in samba, rhumba and cha-cha styles. The stereo conception adds novel and attractive touches. Included are "Peanut Vendor," "Siboney," "Maria Elena" and "Poinciana." Set is attractively packed with gatefold containing descriptions of tunes, placement of instruments and explanations of effects.
The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)
Isle Of Capri
Tropical Merengue (Amanecer Tropical)
Jungle Drums (Canto Karabali)
Anna (El Negro Zumbon)
Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
Sai Si Si (Para Vigo Me Voy)
Pianos In Paradise
Orchestra Conducted By Nick Perito
United Artists Records UAS 6230
Another great mood album from Ferrante & Teicher with an exotica flare. African Echoes is on this LP as well as many tracks that are found on earlier F&T albums. Without reviewing, I'm not sure how many are straight re-released songs and or how many Nick Perito had something to do with. Maybe the Perito tracks are also repackaged on this set?
Monday, September 6, 2010
A Russian Fantasy
Dyna Disc SCH-824
I can find no information on the Dyna Disc label. I think that there may have been an association with another budget label, Somerset. This record is a grab bag of tunes DynaDisc found laying around the office including a 101 Strings track (Dark Eyes). Another, much more obscure but very nice track is: A Russian Fantasy by Sania Poustylnicof.