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There is no information to be found on this budget label release. The back cover is loaded with fluff about Hawaiian history and so forth. There is no mention of who the artist is on the jacket.
Most of the songs have a wonderful haunting vocal treatment that keep the tracks from becoming your average mood.
There is also an excellent and very dramatic cover of Hawaiian War Chant on this album along with a nice cover of Beyond The Reef. I chose a track from the B side, Dark Dawn, because it seemed to be the most unusual and most mood setting song on the record. Give it a chance, there is a weird little guitar break about half way through.
Quiet Nights And Brazilian Guitars Guitars Unlimited Arranger and Conductor: Jack Marshall Producer: David Cavanaugh Capitol/EMI Records T 2451 1966
Guitar - Al Hendrickson, Bob Bain, Howard Roberts (jazz solo), Jack Marshall, Laurindo Almeida (solo), Roshinha De Valenca, Tommy Tedesco, Tony Rizzo Bass - Joe Mondragon Bells - Frank Flynn Percussion: Milton Holland, Shelly Manne
Excellent light jazz with a 60s vibe. Recommended. The Girl From Ipanema Manhã De Carnival (Theme From "Black Orpheus") Meditation (Meditação) Here Lies Love Ho-Ba-La-La Bim-Bom Desafinado Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So) These Are The Ways Of Love O Barquinho (Little Boat)
From Billboard - February 2, 1959: Capitol Record's latest release of stereo LP's should find a hearty reception from stereophiles. Included in the 16-LP release are stereophonic versions of sets that have in most cases proven big monaural sellers.
Headlining the pop releases is "Oklahoma!" In stereo the album is even more charming and this release should create new interest in the set, which has long been a best-seller. Another strong pop album in the group is "Jackie Gleason Presents Velvet Brass," which lends itself very well to stereo, because of the many contrasting ork effects.
You're Driving Me Crazy
But Not For Me
Me And My Shadow
Take The "A" Train
By The Beautiful Sea
Am I Blue
Girl Of My Dreams
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Out Of Nowhere
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Music For Cards, Conversation And Cuddling
Harry Hermann And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8563
Billboard indicated that this album had "Moderate potential" even though they thought the cover was "attractive".
This is a somewhat obscure Decca release and I could find almost nothing online concerning Harry Hermann. From the back cover: ...by the fact that at seventeen, he was playing with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Richard Strauss.
I'm not sure exactly what story the cover art is telling. The ever-so-light mood music is way too low key to play during a shouting match.
Spectacular Harps Robert Maxwell MGM Records E3836 1960
From Billboard - August 8, 1960: MGM Records, as part of its fall program of close to 30 new releases, has included a blockbuster sound "spectacular" series, which is sure to create new fuss and feathers in the growing market for disks with the accent on what has been referred to as the "ultimate" in sound.
Unlike several other companies, which have started separate label identification for their super-sound packages, MGM sticks to its own mother logo, using the "spectacular" tag as a cross identification.
Initial release in this group consists of five all-instrumental sets, each one which is keyed to a specific school of instrumentation. Certainly one of the most colorful of these is the "Spectacular Brass" set and one number alone. "Let Me Entertain You," from Gypsy,' with a flock of swaggering, full-blown brass sounds, is worth almost the price of admission itself. Another interesting set features a colorful harmonica ensemble. Robert Maxwell, harpist extraordinaire, also contributes fine listening via his "Spectacular Harps" album. The group is rounded out with sets featuring accordions and percussion. The latter, tho well made, will find a highly competitive market.
Vet a.&r. man, Eddie Heller, is to be commended for producing the line-up.
Caravan Chapel In The Pines Harp Tango It's A Sin To Tell A Lie The Simple Things Happy Days Are Here Again Hong Kong Holiday Ebb Tide Lefty's Hideout Little David Play On Your Harp Alice Blue Gown Limehouse Blues
The Electric Eclectics Of Dick Hyman
Command ABC Records 938-S
This is the first of several "Moog" synth records Hyman made on the Command label. This LP can be found, including some tracks from the follow-up LP, The Age Of Eletronicus, on CD.
I read one review that make you think the entire LP is filled with cheesy music. The first few tracks on the A side are sort of cheesy sounding. I like that 60s sound, myself. But the remaining tracks on the A side are dark and mysterious and seem to me to pave the path for many science fiction sound track arrangements to come. Side B opens with a long track titled The Minotaur. The vibe reminds me of something Frank Zappa might have done if he swapped in his guitar for a Moog long enough to compose one song.