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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Great Science Fiction Film Music - Bernard Herrmann

Great Science Fiction Film Music
Composed And Conducted By Bernard Herrmann
Phase 4 Stereo London CSL 1001
Produced for the Science Fiction Book Club by London Records Special Products
Jim Danforth jacket illustration

This is an interesting album compilation album that consists of four tracks, made up of select segments from four movies.

Each track is broken down (in the jacket notes) as originally titled. However, in each of these tracks, the segments flow together so seamlessly that the track(s) play like a single piece of music.

The engineering between tracks is consistent and so good that each of the four tracks flow into one another.  You can just close your eyes and enjoy the entire album as a single, dramatic presentation.

The approach is completely orchestral and presented artfully without the standard sic-fi electronic fireworks.  I love the theremin... but Herrmann didn't need a lot of tricks to get his point across.

This is a surprisingly good record.

Side one

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Side 2

Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Fahrenheit 451

And The Beatles Go On And On - Hits Of The Beatles

Something (A side featuring music with voice overs)
Got To Get You Into My Life (B side featuring music only)
And The Beatles Go On And On
Hits Of The Beatles
Created By Ambrose Brazelton
Kimbo Educational Records
LP 8080 Elementary

From the back cover: The structured exercises of this record are not sacred. It is the intent of the creator that teachers and pupils innovate "their own thing" utilizing the melody-only side after experience with the designated routines

Salute To Stan Kenton - Maxwell Davis

Salute To Stan Kenton
Members Of The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Conducted By Maxwell Davis
Crown Records CLP 5093

Available for purchase/digital download so I won't be posting a sample.

Nice swinging track set.

Crown also stuffed this jacket with red vinyl, although my copy is black.

Band members include Bud Shank - Alto, Mahlon Clark - Alto, Bill Holman - Tenor, Vido Musso - Tenor, Chuck Gentry - Baritone, Conte Candoli - Trumpet, Pete Candoli - Trumpet, Al Porcino - Trumpet, Conrad Gozzo - Trumpet, Ollie Mitchell- Trumpet, Milt Bernhart - Trombone, Frank Rosolino - Trumpet, Bob Fitzpatrick Lewis - Drums, Chico Guerrero

From March 23, Billboard: Several former members of Stan Kenton's various crews are featured in this set on tunes that are given similar treatments to those as when first introduced by Kenton. Low-price tag is a lure and the set could move on the racks and in the chains.

Artistry In Rhythm
Peanut Vendor
Intermission Riff
Come Back To Sorrento
Dark Eyes

See With Your Ears

Let The Sunshine In
See With Your Ears
Columbia Special Products

Promotion piece for NuTone, Cincinnati, Ohio to help market Musicom, the world's first built-in Stereo Entertainment Center with a separate optional Intercom System.

Michelle - Bud Shank

Sounds Of Silence
Bud Shank & Chet Baker
Arranged & Conducted by Bob Florence
World Pacific/Liberty Records

From Billboard July 2, 1966: During this first year under the direction and influence of the pop music independent, one of Bock's two labels, World Pacific has gained a stronger identity. The advantages as Bock sees them now of Liberty ownership are that Bub Shank was re-established as a leading saxophonist resulting from his peppery playing on several pop tunes; trumpeter Chet Baker gained national awareness for his playing with Shank on Michelle and for his Mariachi Brass albums.

Viva Tijuana! - The Fiesta Brass

Viva Tijuana!
The Fiesta Brass
Arranged and Conducted by Chuck Anderson
Harmony/Columbia HS 11183

Nice cover featuring curiously cropped cheesecake. Enjoy the unusual cover of Michelle.

Flamenco - Laurindo Almeida - Jose Barroso

Music Composed By Laurindo Almeida
Played By Jose Barroso
Crown Records StereOdiscs
CST 141

Fun Crown packaging featuring translucent red vinyl. Music is a more laid back variety of Flamenco.

Check out this later Almeida light pop example: Classical Current

From the back cover: Jose Barroso studied cello and has played with the Mexican City Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony. He started on the guitar when he was 39 years old! Coming to Los Angeles for studio work, Jose's haunting guitar performance was featured in the throbbing score "For Whom The Bells Tolls."

El Vito
Serenata Espanola
Cuadros En Aagon
Pagina Romantica
Soleares Opus 10
Tango Espanol

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The De Castros Sing

At Last
The De Castros Sing
Music Arranged And Conducted By Billy May
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh and Curley Walter
Capitol Records T1402

What a great album cover!

From the back cover: Babette, Cherie and Olga have come a long way since they were born in Havana, Cuba, New York City, and Chihuahua, Mexico, respectively. The De Castros did most of their growing up in Havana, where Papa De Castro owned a sugar plantation. When they broke into show business, but good, at New York's Copacabana, the Sahara in Las Vegas, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, and other leading nighteries across the U.S., they wisely remembered to hang on to their Latin-American heritage.

From Billboard July 11, 1960: The De Castro Sister's first Capitol LP is a strong deejay programming package. The girls are in exuberant vocal form and Billy May supplies exciting swinging backing. The Sisters sing both in English and Spanish on a group of standards; while May interprets them with dynamic effect, aided by bongos, maracas and marimbas.

The Trolly Song
Love Letters
Flores Negras
Yes, We Have No Bananas
Tiger Rag
At Last
You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
What A Difference A Day Makes
Music! Music! Music!

Margie Singleton

Mr. Walker, It's All Over
Margie Singleton
JS 6077

This seems to be a somewhat obscure country/pop album for Margie Singleton. A little heavy on the country for The Atomic Attic, but I couldn't pass up the fantastic cover and the groovy 60s organ sound, wait for it... on the sample above.

You Gave Me A Mountain
Y'All Come
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
Dust Till Dawn
Bright Lights Downtown
Mr. Walker It's ll Over Now
Dark Moon
Burning Old Love Letters
I Knew I Would See Him Again
Shake My Hand, And Kiss Me On The Cheek

Poznanski Zespol Perkusyjny

Poznanski Zespol Perkusyjny Poznan Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Jerzy Perkusyjny
Musa Polskie Nagrania SXL 0809

Polish avant grade percussion album made in the mid-70s. Jacket notes are also printed in English.

From the back cover: Originally they played American compositions. In time, however, the Group managed to get interested a number of Polish composers, which widened the Polish repertory of percussion pieces. The Pozan percussionists, apart from appearances in this country (platform concerts, Festivals of Contemporary Music, RTV, recordings for theaters and the Wroclow Pantomine) have also scored notable successes aboard. They gave concerts in Demark (1965), Czechoslovakia (1967), Rumania (1970). Everywhere they were warmly applauded and won favourable notices of the critics. Their participation in the Festival Of Contemporary Music (Berlin 1973) brought them a reward of the music critics.

Moments To Remember - Vincent Lopez - Enoch Light

Malaguena (Ralph-Marie Siegel)
Moments To Remember
Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra
Enoch Light And His Orchestra
Waldorf Music Hall, Inc.
MHK 33-1214

Not many moments to remember on the budget set, however, the album is collectible for the memorable cover photo of Jayne Mansfield.

The set, sold as a Lopez/Light collection, is more of a compilation padded with tracks from other sources.

April In Paris
Soft Summer Breeze
When The White Lilacs Bloom Again
Song For A Summer Night
Canadian Sunset
Port Au Prince
Theme From Three Penny Opera
Lisbon Antiqua
The High And The Mighty
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Song From Moulin Rouge

Come With Me To Far Away Places! - Richard Hayman

Madagascar (Stereo)
Come With Me To Far Away Places!
Richard Hayman And His Orchestra
Mercury Wing MGW 12186

Come With Me To Far Away Places!
Richard Hayman And His Orchestra
Mercury Wing SRW 16186 (Stereo)

Nice light pop approach to some of your exotica favorites including Hayman's harmonica cover of Brazil. Check out Hayman's album titled Voodoo!, possibly his best space age effort.

Under Paris Skies
Blue Hawaii
In A Little Spanish Town
In A Chinese Temple Garden
In A Persian Market
Santa Lucia
White Cliffs Of Dover
I'm In Love With Vienna

Exotic Strings - Percy Faith

Exotic Strings
The Spellbinding String Magic Of Percy Faith And His Orchestra
CL 1902

Faith's stab at cashing in on late 50s, early 60s exotica music trends.

From December 22, 1962 Billboard: The pure silken arrangements of Percy Faith really shimmer on this lush mood package. Romantic would be the word for such delightful background mood offerings as Dancing In The Dark.

Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Dancing In The Dark
The Night Was Made For Love
Chico Bolero
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Orchids In The Moonlight
My Shawl
All Through The Night

Excitos de Arsenio Rodriguez

Se Formo El Bochinche
Excitos de Arsenio Rodriguez
y su conjunto
Tropical Alta Fidelidad
TRLP 5005
Un Producto De Seeco Records, New York, N.Y.

Here's a somewhat obscure import featuring Arsenio Rodriquez, the Cuban band leader (Marvelous Blind Guy) who developed the son montuno, the basic template of modern-day salsa. Arsenio Rodriguez's wiki page.

Si Me Voy
No Quiero
Besarte Quisiera
Se Formo El Bochinche
Solo Fue Un Sueno
El Dolorsito De Mi China
Cambia El Paso
Vive En El Recuerdo
Juegame Limpio

Amor, Amor! - Norrie Paramor

The Breeze And I

Amor, Amor!
Great Latin Standards by Norrie Paramor's Orchestra
Produced by Dave Dexter, Jr.
Cover Photo by Chester Maydole
Capitol Records ST10238

This is one of a series of mood recordings Paramor released that features vocal accents by Patricia Clark.

From the back cover: The unique Norrie Paramor sound is here – a large, supple string section, with the haunting soprano voice of Patricia Clark interweaving in a velvety texture of melody.

Come Closer To Me
Amor Amor
Green Eyes
Luna Rossa
Always In My Heart
The Breeze And I
Sweet And Gentle
You Belong To My Heart

High Wide & Wonderful - Doc Severinsen

High Wide & Wonderful
Doc Severinsen His Trumpet & Orchestra
Arrangements by Lew Davies and Doc Severinsen
Command Records RS 883 SD

Groovy mid-60s vibe and typical excellent sound are featured on this Command/Severinsen release.

It Ain't Necessarily So
Hey, Pretty Pussycat!
I Will Wait For You
Memories Of You
What's New
What's Up, Doc?
Theme From Black Orpheus
The Phantom Trumpet
For Mama
If I Had A Hammer
You Are My Sunshine

Scriabin The Poem Of Ecstasy/Fire

The Poem Of Fire
The Poem Of Ecstasy
Op. 54 (Le Poeme d' Extase) William Vacchiano, Solo Trumpet
The Poem Of Fire
Op. 60 (Prometheus) Leonid Hambro, Solo Piano
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York
Dimitri Mitropoulos, Conductor
Columbia Masterworks
ML 4731

From the back cover: Recorded April, 20 1953, at Columbia's Thirtieth Street Studio, New York City.

Dream Lovers - The Sleepwalk Guitars Of Dan & Dale

Petite Fleur (mono)
I Need You So (Stereo)
Dream Lovers
The Sleepwalk Guitars Of Dan & Dale
Play Hit Songs For A Romantic Mood
Diplomat 2362 & DS-2362

Here's another fine album from the mysterious Dan and Dale. Also check out The Sensational Guitars Of Dan And Dale, The Nearness Of You, Somewhere My Love and The Theme From Hawaii. All the Dan and Dale LPs I've collected feature at least several unique and groovy sounding tracks. This set is a fun listen all the way through.

Petite Fleur
Save The Last Dance For Me
Dream Lover
I Need You So
This Is Magic
Cradle Song
I Almost Lost My Mind
I Love You Truly
Angel Face

The Sizzling Brass

Eso Es El Amore
The Sizzling Brass
Premier PS-9010

Repacked off-the-self tracks. The engineering is very good for repackaged material. Side one is an odd mixed bag of big band stuff, some of it pretty energetic, some Latin flavored and then... by-way-of-sample... the amazing crazy number you are listening to. Where have I heard this track before? Side two is not so amazing canned big band... totally non-sizzling.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Alan Dale Sings Great American Hits In Italian

Alan Dale Sings Great American Hits In Italian
Arranged and Produced by Don Costa
United Artists UAL 3091

Here's an album (white label promotion copy) I purchased for the fun "snapshot" cover art. Basically, this is what I call the artist photographed in a "natural" setting, rather than a studio set. I didn't think I would warm up to the music, expecting a more "traditional" approach. However, much to my surprise, Costa's light pop arrangements and Dale's super silky smooth vocals work together to create an unique and inviting period lounge sound.

From the back cover: This album means a great deal to me. Singing in Italian brings back fond memories of the days when I sang with my father in what is known in the East as the "Italian Theatre". My dad, Aristide Sigismondo, was one of the foremost Italian comedians. From the age of nine, until I was fourteen, I sang and acted, in Italian, in many of his shows – on stage and radio. Consequently, I learned to speak, read and write Italian fluently. For many years now, I have wanted to record an album such as this... the great American standards sung with beautiful Italian lyrics and a modern American background – strictly for listening. May I thank Don Costa for having faith in the idea and for his fine arrangements and supervision of the entire date. My parents and I are delighted with the album.

It appears that Dale may have cut his career short by refusing an offer from The Mob which resulted in him being attacked in a night club. He also wrote a "tell-all" book, The Spider And The Marionettes - 1965 in which he ranted on a bit too much for some important folks.

Alan Dale's wiki page

I Surrender Dear
At Last
Over The Rainbow
Don't Blame Me
I'm In The Mood For Love
I'm Thru With Love
If I Give My Heart To You
Blue Moon
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

Flaming Guitar - Jose Motos

Flaming Guitar
Jose Motos Plays Flamenco Suite No. 1
Jabo International
Rank Records
JAN 5005

Obscure promotional copy.

From the notes: Jose Motos possesses a mature and distinct technique, through command of the guitar and a virtuoso ability to distinguish between the rhythmic subtleties of the various types of cant flamenco. Twenty-eight year old Motos is known chiefly outside of Spain because of his touring with the Carmen Amaya Company.

The engineering is superb.


Let's Dance The Bossa Nova - Enoch Light

Big Ben Bossa
Let's Dance The Bossa Nova
Enoch Light And His Orchestra
Arrangements By Lew Davies
Command Records RS 851 SD

Light's more traditional big band approach to the Bossa Nova. Musicians playing on the sample above include Walt Levinsky - alto saxophone, Phil Bodner - piccolo and Stanley Webb - baritone saxophone.

The LP features typical, excellent Command engineering/sound.

Days Of Wine And Roses
Big Ben Bossa
I Could Have Dance All Night
Fly Me To The Moon
What Kind Of Fool Am I
O Barquinho
Mi Adorado
Moon River
Blame It On The Bossa Nova

Like_ Bongos

Like_ Bongos
Conceived And Arranged By Bob Rosengarden and Phil Kraus
Series 2000
Time S/2025

From the inside cover: The group is led jointly by Bob Rosengarden and Phil Kraus, both of whom are among the top free-lance percussionists in New York. During a nine-year stretch on the National Broadcasting Company staff, Rosengarden was seen regularly on the Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs shows among many others. He does most of the solo bongo work in this set. Kraus, who also served a long apprenticeship in radio and television before going out on his own, plays all the instruments involving mallets – vibes, marimba and xylophone as well as bongos. Handling other percussive sounds are Johnny Pacheco, who specializes in both bongo and conga and Steve Berrios, an expert in all types of Latin American drumming who concentrates on timbales in these numbers. Another essential member with remarkable rapidity from oboe to flute to piccolo to alto and baritone sax.

Other musicians featured on this album include, Al Caiola - guitar, Nick Tagg - keyboards - Frank Carroll - bass.

Glow Worm
Mack The Knife
Bongo Frailich
Hawaiian War Chant
Yankee Doodle Bongo
Tony's Wife

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Love Is Blue - Manny Kellem

And I Love Her
Here, There And Everywhere
Love Is Blue
Manny Kellem His Orchestra
Produced by Manny Kellem
Arranged and Conducted by Al Gorgoni
Epic 26367

From the back cover: The blend is perky, tempting. Stimulating. The sound is sensitive, adroit. Instant personality. It creates a period atmosphere – the distinct period atmosphere of Now, Today.

Adroit! The word that was on the tip of listener's tongues in 1968.

Enjoy the super easy Beatles covers!

The teens are tuned to it. The over-thirtyers are tingling with it.

The Dance Of The Hours

The Dance Of The Hours
And Hungarian Dances
Halo 5075

Budget classical from super budget label, Halo = yawn... great budget cover = impulse to purchase!

Solo - Kai WInding

Playboy's Theme
Kai Winding
Verve V6-8525

Cover illustration by the up and coming Leroy Neiman. Produced by the inventive Creed Taylor.

From the back cover: Solo serves to re-introduce Kai Winding in an old role – that of an improvising jazzman. It is a departure in that this is the first time Winding has recorded without other front-line horns. He is out there alone, though his excursions are not as extended as those taken at New York's Playboy Club, where he is musical director and "wails" with his group from early in the evening until early in the dawning six evenings a week.

How Are Things In Glocca Morra
Playboy's Theme
The Things We Did Last Summer
The Sweetest Sounds
Hey There
I'm Your Bunny Bossa Nova
Days Of Wine And Roses
You've Changed
I Believe In You

Penny Lane & Time - Kai Winding

Penny Lane
Penny Lane & Time
Kai Winding
Verve V8691

Here's another fine light pop album by Kai Winding. Winding creates a smooth and groovy 60s vibe that manages to capture the essence of a number of Beatles tunes.

The inventive Creed Taylor, produced this album.

From the cover notes: The same thing is being said by Pinter and Ionesco and Tennessee Williams and Leroi Jones, and Edward Albee, and William Burroughs: a terrifying concert attesting to the lack of communication. Well world, I for one disagree. Is that an act of arrogance? Certainly seems a sin, somehow to disagree. World, I don't think they are listening. And, if they are, then they aren't hearing. I mean, is it possible that they haven't heard the "new" music? Music critic Ralph Gleason recently wrote of this current generation taking the creation of today's music and lyrics out of the hands of the hacks and giving it over to the poets. To Lennon and McCartney (who unfortunately, at times feel compelled to sing what they write). To John B. Sebastian. To Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. To Antonio Carlos Jobim. To Kai Winding. Penny Lane and Time is a culmination of ideas. New ideas. Its vitality reaches out.

Also check out: More! Kai Winding

This LP will hold your interest all the way through, including The Battle Hymn Of The Republic!

Penny Lane
A Man And A Woman
Here, There & Everywhere
Amor Em Paz
Eleanor Rigby
Lugar Bonito
A Time For Love
Amy's Theme
Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Harp, Skip & Jump - Gene Bianco

Love For Sale
Harp, Skip & Jump
Gene Bianco And His Group
Featuring Mundell Lowe
RCA Camden CAL 452

From Billboard - November 10, 1958: The introduction of a smoothly plucked harp as a jazz instrument comes off rather well in this interesting package. The blend of harp and studio man, Mundell Lowe's guitar, while still maintaining a jaz pattern, imparts an uncommon lightness and refinement to the medium. The combo of familiar items such as "Gigi" and "Stairway to the Stars."

From the back cover: Because he (Bianco) wanted more color and depth in these arrangements than the harp-guitar combination alone could provide, Bianco sought out Joe Venuto whose work on vibraphone, xylophone, marimba, celeste, drums, turned water glasses, Chinese gong and a battery of instrumental oddities added so much color to the unusual arrangements played by the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra.  Check out Venuto in Sauter-Finegan's Under Analysis.

Other session musicians included Don Lamond (Woody Herman's First Herd) - drums and Wendell Marshall (Duke Ellington) - bass.

This is a fine smooth jazz/light pop album. Unfortunately for us (even though there was more money to be made), RCA would soon pressure Bianco into making a number of pure easy listening records.

Harp Skip & Jump
In The Still Of The Night
12th Street Rag
September Song
From This Moment On
Love For Sale
Cairo After Dark
Stella By Starlight
Stairway To The Stars
Oh Lady Be Good
I'll See You In My Dreams