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Friday, November 8, 2013

Martha Davis And Spouse

Umbrella Man
Martha Davis And Spouse
ABC-Paramount ABC-160

Swinging couples act who, from the sounds of it, enjoyed life and music.

From the back cover: An intelligent quiet man with a dry sense of humor, he complements (and compliments) his wife's gay warmth and effusiveness in every way. When they work (or rather, play) together, they just have a ball. Incidentally, the unusual name for the act, "just happened" the way things "just happen" in good swinging sessions. As Calvin explains it, they didn't want Martha to lose the following she had developed as Martha Davis, and how much can your billing suffer when you change your name from Cat to Spouse.

Two Sleepy People
Slightly Less Than Wonderful
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
Umbrella Man
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Back Street
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Life Is So Peculiar
I Like The Likes Of You

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wille Restum At The Dream Lounge

Quiet Village
Willie Restum At The Dream Lounge
Gone Records LP-5011
End Records

Upscale lounge LP featuring a ton of Restum personality.

Restum obit.

From the back cover: I'm writing to you from the world famous Dream Lounge in Miami Beach, Florida. I've been playing (my baritone sax) and singing (something new has been added) at this happy and intimate lounge for two years to date.

Two gentlemen are to be mentioned for their great help and assistance with the making of this album. They are Bernie Berns and Vinnie Scott. Bernie plays the piano and Vinnie plays the drums. They both have proved themselves invaluable in assisting me to entertain. Their spirit and desire to play is contagious. They are definitely responsible for making my stay at the Dream Lounge the long and happy one that it is.

Mack The Knife
Intermission Riff
Sixty Minute Man
Harlem Nocturne
Night Train
Bill Bailey
Willies Theme
Quiet Village
Almost Like Being In Love
Willies Blues
Brother Bill

Blues When Your Lover Has Gone - Pete Condoli

Willow Weeps For Me
Blues When Your Lover Has Gone
The Trumpet Of Pete Condoli
Somerset P-17200

From the back cover: Pete Condoli blows a blues program for dancing or the sweet pain of broken-hearted listening. He is ably backed up by Jimmie Rowles Piano - Red Mitchell Bass - Milt Bernhardt Tombone - Al Hendrickson Guitar - Ted Nash Sax.

When D. L. Miller adds his name to the album (Recorded in Hollywood under the direction of D. L. Miller), the production value seems to be higher, as the cover art and sound is on this Somerset release.

When Your Lover Has Gone
Blues In The Night
Frankie And Johnny
Lonesome Lover Blues
Careless Love
Cry Me A River
Feelin' Mean And Lowdown
Lost Lover Blues
Willow Weeps For Me
Empty Mattress Blues

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.

The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
Music From The Television Series
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television
Present an Arena Production
Starring Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison
Co-starring: Leo G. Carroll, Randy Kirby
Executive Producer: Norman Felton
Supervising Producer: David Victor
Produced by Douglas Benton
Arranged and Conducted by Teddy Randazzo
Cover Design: Acy R. Lehman
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
MGM Records E/SE-4410
Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

I rank this set high on my list of all-time groovy Atomic Attic space-age "spy/secret agent themed favorites.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Shall We Gather At The Boat Dock
Out Of The Frying Pan
Mother Muffin
Movin' On
The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
Sneaky Search
Somewhere In Greece
The Countess
Bomb Scare
Follow The T.H.R.U.S.H.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Four Stops In Brazil

Saudade, meu bem, saudade (baiao) Nascimento
Four Stops In Brazil
London Ducretet-Thomson Records TKL 93193

Compilation album featuring four artists: Jerry Mengo And His Orchestra, Roger Boudin And His Rhythm, Pepe Luiz And His Orchestra and Juanito " El Guitarra".

For the most part, this is a restrained late 50s (?) Latin mood/pop collection. However, I enjoyed the more peppy sample track posted above.

Samba fantastico
Mulher renderia
Saudade, meu bem, saudade
Maxixe do cafe'
No se irrite
El humahuaqueno
Sabia la na gaiola
Baiao do conqueiro
Fiesta del tabaco
Sabia cantador
Carnaval en Rio
Samba carnavalesco
Esta noite serenou

Dance Party

Anvil Chorus
Dance Party
Royale 1801