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Saturday, June 14, 2014

On The Rocks - Bob Thompson

One The Rocks
Bob Thompson
RCA Victory LPM-2146

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

From the back cover: About the picture on the cover… Stimulating, isn't it? Well, just between us, those aren't real ice cubes – but, rest assured, the intoxicant is full proof. That obviously cool chick (ice cubes or no) pointedly portrays the true essence of this albums. It's her way of promising you an intriguing concoction of heady ingredients poured out in fascinating form.

Also from the back cover: In this case the Mix Master is Bob Thompson. He is the ingenious young man who picked the songs, arranged and conducted the orchestra and voices, and who composed the original selection, On The Rocks, to give us a fitting title and idea for the album. Bob is recognized as one of the most skilled and highly inventive talents in Hollywood today. He was born in San Francisco and studied at the University of California at Berkeley. He has lived and worked in Paris and the Far East, perhaps the source spring for his fresh approach to composing and arranging. He returned to California not to long ago where he has won acclaim for his ability to distill a light-hearted, intoxicating brand of music. – Lee Zurro, The Billboard

From Billboard - July 11, 1960: A bright swinging album that is hip and easy to listen to, would be an apt description of this new set by the group with chorus. Thompson, one of the new arranging lights on the West Coast, arranged all of the tunes and he conducts them with style. Selections range from "There's a Small Hotel," to "Jersey Bounce." All of the songs have that light-hearted, infectious flavor. Strong wax here for deejay programming.

There's A Small Hotel
June Is Bustin' Out All Over
Happy Talk
Breezin' Along With The Breeze
Just You, Just Me
Almost Like Being In Love
On The Rocks
Jersey Bounce
I'll See You Again
The Little Black Box
All The Things You Are

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