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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Organ And Firelight - Hal Shutz

Organ And Firelight
Hal Shutz At The Hammond Chord Organ
Columbia CL 906

From the back cover: In explaining his theory, Mr. Shutz has noted that "music played on the organ should be executed in a manner conducive to retaining the original plan of a musical composition, with due consideration given to former and current public appreciation of the composition."

Also check out The World At My Fingers

'S Wonderful
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
The Ecstasy Tango
Riders In The Sky
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Calliope Medley
I'll Remember April
I Could Have Danced All Night
The Song From Moulin Rouge
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Lisbon Antiqua

Rendezvous In Rio - Livio Salles

It Would Be Wonderful
Rendezvous In Rio
The Piano And Rhythm Of Livio Salles
Harmony HL 7070

A nice and jazzy piano driven Latin lounge set is to be found behind this creative Harmony cover design. The LP is light on content which may suggest that the material was recorded for a 10 inch and then release or re-released on this 12 inch pressing(?).

Waltz Of A City
My Eyes Speak
Velho Gaga
A Change For The Better
Even You
It Would Be Wonderful
The Story Of Love
Blue Nocturne
Only You

Classical Music For People Who Don't Know Anything About Classical Music

Grieg - Morning From Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Classical Music For People Who Don't Know Anything About Classical Music
RCA Victor Symphony
Robert Russell Bennett, Conductor
Photo by Wendy Hilty
RCA LM-2140

Crafty marketing approach to entice mood music buyers to step up, or down... depending on your reaction to the contents... into the world of classical music.

Grieg - Morning From Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Bizet - Intermezzo, Act IV: Carmen
Dvořák - Symphony No. 5, In E Minor, Op. 95 (From The New World): II. Largo (Abridged)
Brahms - Variations On A Theme By Haydn: Theme - Variations V And VII
Schubert - Symphony No. 8, In B Minor ("Unfinished"): II. Andante Con Moto (Abridged)
Rimsky-Korsakoff - Capriccio Espagnol - Fandango Asturiano (Finale)
Borodin - Excerpts From Polovetzian Dances
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, In C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro Con Brio (Abridged)
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, In B Minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique"): I. Andante (Abridged)
Weber - Berlioz* Invitation To The Dance (Abridged)
Wagner - Tannhäuser: Excerpt From Overture

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hair - The Galaxy Generation

No Love But Your Love
The Galaxy Generation
Design Records SDLP 302

There are about three actual budget "Hair" covers on this record. The remaining tracks are pulled from other sources, including several tracks that sounds like The Three Suns could have recorded them...

Nice vintage cover and LP full of curious, if not funky, lounge tracks.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Exotic Country Music - The Exotic Guitars

Red River Valley
Exotic Country Music
The Exotic Guitars
Arranged and Conducted by Bill Justis
Produced by Randy Wood
Ranwood R8080

Blending the space age vibe with country is difficult, but Justis manages to pull it off on Exotic Country Music. The subtle arrangements are way better than the hee-haw choice for cover art.

Orange Blossom Special
Tennessee Waltz
He'll Have To Go
San Antonio Rose
Ramblin' Rose
Down Yonder
Peace In The Valley
Red River Valley

Cha - Cha Charm - Jan August

Merry Madrid
Cha - Cha Charm
Jan August And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG20408

Light and sweet space age cha cha.

If I Could Be With You
Boogie Woogie Cha Cha
Tea For Two Cha Cha
You're The Cream In My Coffee
Lazy River
Greek Bolero
Kiss Of Fire
Begin The Beguine
Merry Madrid

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Time After Time - Chris Montez

Time After Time
Chris Montez
A&M Records A&M 120

From the back cover: A premier sound of casual discipline, effortless phrasing and contemporary good humor. Blended with Nick DeCaro's sparkling arrangements.

This is the second Montez album I've found. Both feature Montez's breathy vocals backed by jazzy space age arrangements. Unusual and terrific all the way through.

Time After Time
I Wish You Love
Keep Talkin'
Our Day Will Come
The Girl From Ipanema
Lil' Red Riding Hood
Going Out Of My Head
What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
Just Friends

Organ Spectacular - Jack Malmsten

Satan Takes A Holiday
Organ Spectacular!
Jack Malmsten At The Thomas Symphony Organ
Liberty LRP-3333

From the back cover: Jack Malmsten has played the organ for over 20 years. He began at the tender age of 8, played professionally at 13, and went on to master both classical and popular music. He has been active in radio, TV and theater appearances, playing with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra and appearing as a soloist at the Plaza Theater in that city. Concerts have taken him to almost every state of the Union as well as abroad to West Berlin, for which he received a commendation from the United States Government.

Also see Jack Malmsten And His Mod Machine

Honky Tonk Train
The Sweetest Sounds
Theme From Exodus
Medley: When A Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry, Two Guitars
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Medley: Paris Original, Love From A Heart Of Gold, Brotherhood Of Man
It Ain't Necessarily So
Satan Takes A Holiday