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Friday, September 5, 2014

Where There's Life - Russ David

Where There's Life
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Where There's Life…
Orchestra And Chorus Conducted By Russ David
Conceived And Produced By Bob Johnson

The cover art was created to support the album's title tune Where There's Life (sample above), a song that was used, in jiggle form, as part of Budweiser's 1950s Where There's Life ad campaign.

The cover art and set seems slightly dated for a 1960 release. However, competing with mid-to-late 50s sets of the same nature, this is an excellent release. David's arrangements are full of life, engaging, and the sample track above features that wild and dreamy "reverb" vibe.

From the back cover: The man responsible for the lively sounds heard within is Russ David. The Missouri-born musician cut his arranging teeth with such pioneer swing bands as Isham Jones and Ben Pollack. He has appeared as piano soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and is currently the musical director of that city's NBC outlet. On this recording he not only conducts the orchestra and vocalists, but also claims the credit for arranging all of the numbers. And if that weren't enough, the quadruple-talented Russ also assists at the piano and serves as vocalist for Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries.

Where There's Life
All Of My Life
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Give Me The Simple Life
If I Had My Life To Live Over
Love The Life I'm Living
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
These Will Be The Best Years Of Our Life
There's A Lull In My Life
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Life Is So Peculiar
Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life

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