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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Far Away Places - Billy Butterfield

East Of The Sun
The Trumpet And Orchestra Of Billy Butterfield Takes Me To Far Away Places
Essex ESLP-111

Terrific issue in the Essex 10 inch "Far Away Places" series (4 releases).

Street Of Dreams
Cote D Azur
Moonlight On The Ganges
South Sea Island Magic
Last Time I Saw Paris
I Cover The Waterfront
Costa Del Oro
East Of The Sun

Far Away Places - Jay White

Autumn In Rome
The Alto Sax Of Jay White Takes Me To Far Away Places
Essex ESLP-109

Pretty fab Essex 10 inch featuring mood music that lives up to the sexy cover vibe.

Street Scene
Harlem Nocturne
In A Persian Market
Autumn In Rome
Paris In The Spring
A Night In Vienna
Sleepy Lagoon

Friday, August 23, 2013

I Love - Eddie Calvert

Mystery Street
I Love
The Golden Trumpet Of Eddie Calvert
Accompaniment By Norrie Paramor
Essex ESLP-107

10 inch Essex.

Mystery Street
Paris In The Rain
Cry My Heart
I Speak To The Stars
I'll Be Waiting For You
Oh Mein Papa

I Love - The Ray Charles Chorus

Walk With The Wind
I Love
The Ray Charles Chorus
Essex ESLP-103

10 inch Essex.

Long Ago And Far Away
Sweet And Lonely
Walk With The Wind
How High The Moon
My Funny Valentine
Our Serenade
The Night Is Young

Twilight Dreams - Dino Olivieri

Romantic Adventure
Twilight Dreams
Dino Olivieri
RCA Victor LPT 3044

RCA 10 inch.

From the back cover: The influence of American musical styles abroad is increasing yearly. Contemporary popular and light classical works from this country are the inspiration of listeners and creative musicians the world over. Among the latter, a most skilled arranger in the American idiom is Italy's famed conductor, Dino Olivieri.

An international figure, Olivieri was once offered an associate conductorship at the Metropolitan Opera. He chose to remain in Milan however, where he became artistic director of "La Voce del Padrone" – His Master's Voice, records. Also vitally interested in composition, he conducted, at nineteen, an original one-act opera which was given with Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and soon afterward was engaged as assistant maestro of lyrical and chamber music by the Italian Radio.

Flight Of The Mosquito
Enslaved By A Dream
Wicked Woman
A Romantic Adventure
Holiday For Strings
Night And Day
Begin The Beguine
A Letter In Blue

Soft Light Music

Sur Deux Notes
Soft Light Music
The Club Orchestra
Dorothy Green, Conductor
Dolly Morghan, Electric Organ
Pathe Vox VX 580

10 inch Pathe Vox

Sur Deux Notes
Mon Coeur Cherche Ton Cocur
You Waltz
Tu N'Peux Pas Te Figurer
Plus Loin
Outside Of Heaven
Why Don't You Believe Me?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I Love - Jay White

Laura (Parts 1 and 2)
I Love
The Alto Sax Of Jay White
Essex ESLP-104

One of the stunning covers to be found on the "I Love" series of Essex 10 inch cheesecake jackets.

Laura Parts (1 and 2)
On The Trail
Tosselli's Serenade
Claire De Lune
Deep Purple
Over The Rainbow

And So To Bed - Michael Antonie

Without A Word Of Warning
And So To Bed
Michael Antoine And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1285

An obscure lounge piano artist, backed mostly by strings, renders quiet and tasteful arrangements. There are no notes on the back cover that help us with who Antoine was as an artist.

I'll Be Loving You
I'm At A Loss For Words
Imagine, Just Imagine
All The World
Ask My Heart
Without A Word Of Warning
See It My Way
I Think Of You
I Guess I'll Be On My Way
April In Monte Carlo
I Wish You All The Best
Say The Word

Let's Listen All Night!

Summertime Treasure
Let's Listen All Night!
The Mellow Melodies Of Lenny Stroube And His Orchestra
Treasure TLP 834

You'll find a total budget and not so engaging assemblage of tracks inside this pretty awesome Atomic Age jacket. In fact, so little attention was paid to the material that a number of the song titles found on the label are incorrect.

William Tell Overture

William Tell Overture
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Conducted By Otto Schmidt
Rondo-lette SA 75

Unearthed for the fab budget cover.

Sock It To Me!

Sock Me Your Love - Little Joe Curtis
Sockerina - Paul Griffin
Sock It To Me!
The Now Generation
Somerset SF-308000

Here we have a decent D. L. Miller studio project. It seems that whenever Miller credits himself on an album, the product is above average for his label. Each track is credited to an artist including Little Joe Curtis, Paul Griffin and Donnie Burks. The majority of the tracks feature 60s organ groove.

Sock Me Your Love
Baby Don't You Weep
C.C. Rider
Frankie And Johnny
Mercy, Mercy On Me
Old Time Sock
I Go For Anything
Get On Board
Down Home Baby

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Perez Prado - And His Famous Latin Orchestra

Uncredited Track
Perez Prado And His Famous Latin Orchestra
French Latin Orchestra
Ultraphonic 50323

That's Prado sandwiched between two fine models on the cover of this budget Ultraphonic release.

Apparently Ultraphonic had, on hand, about four Prado tracks and the rest of the album was filler. It is fairly easy to determine which tracks are "French Latin Orchestra" (the B side). There are a few tracks on the A side that are not credited on the cover or label. I selected one of those tracks to present as the sample above because the Prado tracks can be found online elsewhere. I also selected one of the "French Latin" tracks for your enjoyment.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Boozers And Losers - Claire Hogan

Boozers And Losers
Boozers And Losers
Claire Hogan
Produced and Conceived by Cy Coleman
MGM Records SE-4501

Hogan's is a unique club/lounge singer. Her vocals are blended with the bright Ellis pop flavored arrangements to make a surprise album find for me. Engaging sound all the way through.

From the back cover: After work my trio and I (Cy Coleman) would go over to an after-hours place called "The Black Magic Room" to hear a singer with an unusual style call Claire Hogan.

Also from the back cover: I (Cy Coleman) recalled a superb mood album I had heard many years back by Bille Holiday called "Lady In Satin" which had tasteful arrangements by Ray Ellis and the right feel for our project. I called Ray, he came over, got excited and started scoring.

I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco
Boozers And Losers
Good Times
I'll Pay The Check
Whiffenproof Song
Sometimes When You're Lonely
Falling In Love With Love
After The Ball
Travenlin' Light
I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
Here I Go Again

The Capitol Disc Jockey Album - February 1967

Leaves Of Love - Andy Russell
The Capitol Disc Jockey Album
February 1967

What Now - Rubin Mitchell
Our Day Will Come - Andy Russell
You Ain't Had The Blues - Nancy Wilson
I'll Wait For You - Al Martino
Flamingo - Rubin Mitchell
If You Go Away - Al Martino
Just For A Thrill - Nancy Wilson
Leaves Of Love - Andy Russell
Once In A Life Time - George Shearing