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Saturday, February 16, 2013

You Better Believe Me - Ramsey Lewis - Jean DuShon

Night Time
You Better Believe Me
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Jean DuShon
Argo LP-750

This is a split album, featuring DuShon on side one with Ramsey Lewis -piano, Eldee Young - bass, Red Holt - drums, Ronald Wilson - alto saxophone - flute and Roland Faulkner, guitar. And side two featuring just the trio performing instrumentals.

From the back cover: Jean DeShon is making her second recorded appearance on ARGO. Her first album, which rapidly drew rave reviews and many plays from disc jockeys throughout the country, was recorded last summer. This album can only help to add to the well-deserved praise and recognition that her first ARGO effort won for her.

I was drawn to the cover photo which struck me as curiously informal. Whether planned, or not, the vibe one side one also sounds "informal" which could be due to how the recording was engineered. The album was recorded at Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois, on December 19, 1964 and January 14, 1965).

You'd Better Believe Me
Who Can I Turn To
Night Time
Something You Got
He Was Too Good To Me
Goodbye Lover, Hello Friend
Ain't Nobody's Business
It Had Better Be Tonight
My Coloring Book
I'm Beginning To See The Light

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Songs Of The Islands - Sam Makia

Lili Ue
Songs Of The Islands
12 Exciting Instrumentals Hits From Hawaii
Sam Makia And His Islanders
Surrey Records SS-1035

Here is another album, Hawaii The Fabulous Fiftieth State, featuring the artist "Sam Makia" in association with Frank Hunter.

The tunes blend pop influenced passages with the traditional pedal steel island vibe.

Cool & Carefree

Cool & Carefree
Prepared Exclusively For Carrier Air Conditioning Company
Columbia Special Products CSP 119

There is a nice collection of tracks to be heard on this promotional release from Carrier.

Silk 'N' Latin - Caterina Valente - Edmundo Ros

The Fool On The Hill
Be In
Silk 'N' Latin
Caterina Valente with Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra
Phase 4 Stereo
London Records SP 44125

I enjoy Ros albums. The album formula is very often light pop/Latin instrumental along with several vocal numbers by Ros. In this case, the album is heavier on the light pop vibe and all vocal, of course featuring Valente.

The sound is fresh and interesting all the way through. Enjoy the samples recorded from a sealed copy I found.

I can't confirm, but I think the cover model is Valente.

Valente recorded with Ros at least once and before this release on a Brazilian LP titled Caterina Valente com Edmundo Ros.

Visit her website

She also made an album with Stanley Black titled I Wish You Love

La Banba
The Fool On The Hill
La Peregrinacion
Sabor A Mi
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Be In
Samba De Verao
O Meu Violao
Maria Elena
La Rosita
Canto De Ossahna

Neil Diamond Song Book - The Mariana Strings

Solitary Man
The Mariana Stings Play The Neil Diamond Solid Gold Songbook
20 Century Records T-404

Here's an obscure mid-70s easy listening. The jacket was sealed. That's all I got on this gem...

Jerry Colonna Plays Trombone Along The Dixieland Hi-Fi-Way

Slippery When Wet
Jerry Colonna Plays Trombone Along The Dixe Hi-Fi-Way
With His Dixie Highwaymen
Liberty Records SL-9004

The jacket is an elaborate book-fold production. The record label itself is marked, "Deluxe Series". This release could have been the run-up to Liberty's Premier Series of gatefold jackets.

From the inside cover: During his years that Colonna played with the staff orchestra at CBS, he was considered to be one of the five top trombonists in the country.

From Billboard December 22, 1956: Comedian Colonna, a trombone man with a number of name bands before his original emergence as a comic, gets back to music here in the company of Matty Matlock, Nick Fatool, Eddie Miller, Clyde Hurley and others known collectively as the Dixie Highwaymen. The 16 tunes are not particularly familiar to the idiom, but don't discount the fact that this is very easy listening Dixie. The playing is clean and sharp and it swings in a nice but unobtrusive style. The package is a de lux job in a four fold cover. It deejays give this a break it could overcome the common impression of Colonna as a funny man and help sell him on a music kick.

Dixeland Highway
Soft Shoulders
Tallahassee Detour
Post No Bills
Caution – Go Slow
Dangerous Curves
Coffee Shop
Wait Outside
Slippery When Wet
Watch Out For Wild Life
Keep Off The Grass
Tourists Are Welcome
Twenty-Two Miles To Conchita's
Big Fat Minnie
Dim You Lights
Hurry Back

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cha Cha! - Billy May

Artistry In Rhythm-Cha-Cha
Cha Cha!
Billy May
Produced By Dave Cavanaugh
Capitol Records T1329

In A Mellow Tone-Cha-Cha
Twelfth Street Rag-Cha-Cha
Artistry In Rhythm-Cha-Cha
The Poor People Of Paris-Cha-Cha
Good Bye-Cha-Cha
Leap Frog-Cha-Cha
Flyin' Home-Cha-Cha
In The Mood-Cha-Cha
I Remember-Cha-Cha
Tuxedo Junction-Cha-Cha

Monday, February 11, 2013

Subliminal Sounds - Leo Diamond

Jungle Drums
Subliminal Sounds
Musical Magic With Leo Diamond And His Orchestra

From Billboard September 7, 1959: Harmonica artist Leo Diamond – also an expert in the recording art – has put together a beautifully done package of standards. Album cover includes one of those magical blinking orbs, which, with the album title, lends a touch of mystery to the contents. The performances are really fine, and include "Laura," "Off Shore" and "Jungle Drums."

From the back cover: Mr. Diamond has gone far above and beyond the call of musicianship. Continually searching for new and greater applications of sound, this virtuoso spends countless hours in experimentation with recording techniques, expansion of range and perfection of construction. To this end, he employs a tremendous number of instruments which he has assembled himself.

Oh darn... my copy is missing the blinking eye...

Oh well... not to worry... I've still got the great music to enjoy. OK OK... I want the blinking eye cover!

Until I find a blinking eye cover, enjoy a sample from one of Diamond's best albums.

How High The Moon
Through The Lonely Night
Jungle Drums
Off Shore
Three Coins In The Fountain
Dream Train
Autumn Leaves
High On A Windy Hill
The Last Round Up