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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lakota High School 1969

Up, Up And Away
Lakota High School Chorus Spring Concert
March 6, 1969

It is always fun to find a local private press. This copy is a jacket blank signed and dated by alumni from 1969 to 1972.

Hits From Latin America

Beguine For Lovers
Hits From Latin America
Jaun Del Oro And His Orchestra
Dyna-Disc CH-807

Here we have an obscure album from a Juan Del Oro. I found several more LPs by Del Oro on the Somerset label with 1964 release dates.

This album features a great vintage cover and nice fully orchestrated smooth and somewhat light Latin numbers.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Send Me Softly

Lullaby Of Leaves
Send Me Softy - Milt Buckner
Capitol Records T938

This album was a bit of a surprise. First and needless to point out, any album featuring an image of a smoking hot model, or should I say, hot model... smoking is collectible.

This is my first Buckner album. Close your eyes and the music seems to be coming from the depths of a smoky basement lounge.

Excellent and inventive percussive organ played by Buckner.

Over The Rainbow - Jesse Crawford

Ebb Tide
Over The Rainbow
Jesse Crawford
At The Pipe Organ
Decca DL 78984

The August 8, 1960 Billboard gave this Crawford LP a good review.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Music For Bang Baaroom And Harp

Music For Baaroom And Harp
Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble
RCA Victor LSP-1866

The photo above was scanned off the back cover. Look at the engineering set up RCA did to record this album! They jumped heavy into exotica with this project. The form, "exotica" broke on the scene just about a year earlier with Martin Denny's release of "Exotica".

The problem with this album is that song selection ping pongs between really cool tracks, by way of example on side one, Baja and April In Paris and Nation Emblem March and Ding Dong Polka (which are annoyingly light for me). I couldn't get into the album as a whole due to these mood contrasts.

I read one online review in which the reviewer "liked" all of the songs with the exception of Typee, the one song on this LP that really grabbed me as exceptional.

Boston Tea Party

Arthur Fiedler
Boston Tea Party
Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA Victor LM-2213

Great space age cover on this vintage Boston Pops Album.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Oud

Fountain Scene
The Oud
Aram Arakelian Ensemble
Carlton Record Corporation STLP12/109

Here's a somewhat obscure recording from the period that the "exotica" music form was being "created" in the U.S. Martin Denny's album, "Exotica" was released in 1957. Exotica sparked interest in all types of international folk music.

The December 15, 1958 issue of Billboard found this album "...something from the "Arabian Nights" and should serve as a dramatic demonstration piece to show off the two-channel effect with a pair of good amps and speakers."

There is one thing about the album cover that cracks me up. The word "STEREO" was somehow affixed to the cover of this issue (although I've seen this catalog number jacket without this word) in a "fuzzy" or faux "velvet" applique. It's just weird.

That aside, the music is as the back cover states: "Rhythmically, a slight nod in the direction of western music will be apparent."

The music was arranged by George Mgrdichian. It is interesting to note that Mgrdichian has a CD out there titled "Oud" with the exact same artwork that appears on this album, but with different song titles.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Korla Pandit - At The Pipe Organ

Korla Pandit
At The Pipe Organ
Fantasy 8018

12 inch LP pressed on blue vinyl. The cover features a nice glossy image of Pandit. The album presents more standard sounding pipe organ tunes, although there are several nice, more "exotic" or "pop" flavored tracks on the LP including, Secret Love, Tenderly and Moonlight And Shadows.