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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ed Kenney's Hawaii

Let-A-Go Your Heart
Ed Kenney's Hawaii
Decca DL74877 with MCA-256 sticker covering the Decca cat. number on the front cover

MCA/Decca label featured on the record itself.

Although there are a few smooth easy tracks on the album which better suit Kenney's "style", I'd thought I feature his attempt at doing a pop flavored number.

Aloha No I Ko Maka
Lahaina Luna
Kuu Leiahonha
One Paddle-Two Paddle
Tiny Bubbles
The Days Of My Youth
Ka Makani Kailu Aloha
Let-A-Go Your Heart

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Die groBen Erfolge - Caterina Valente

Die groBen Erfolge
Caterina Valente
Decca BLK 16254-P

Hawaiian Melodie
Madison in Mexico
Kleiner Gonzales
Rosen sin rot
La canzone di Orfeo
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Honolulu-Strand Bikini
Der Sheriff von Arkansas ist 'ne Lady
The Peppermint Twist
Einen Ring mit zwei blutroten Steinen
Rosalie, muBt nicht weinen
Was wird aus mir?
Schau ich zum Himmelszelt
Hochzeit in Louisiana
Eim Schiff wird kommen

Hawaiian Gold - The Tennessee Guitars

Hawaiian Gold
The Tennessee Guitars
Produced by Royce Clark
SSS International Records SSS-27

Hawaiian War Chant
My Little Grass Shack
Pearly Shells
Sweet Leilani
Blue Hawaii
Aloha Oe
Hawaiian Sunset
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Coconut Grove
White Silver Sands

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Many Guitars Of Jimmy Wilkerson

I Know The Place
The Many Guitars Of Jimmy Wilkerson
Spur Records SP-3002

From the back cover: This album represents Jimmy's first offering as a solo artist and we think that you will be pleased with the results.

Jimmy is a native of Evansville, Indiana and during his childhood, lived in the same house with one of the finest saxophone players in the country today – Boots Randolph. Jimmy said, that many times when he was practicing the guitar downstairs, as a young man in his teens, he could hear Boots laying down a mean horn in the apartment above. With these two fine musicians, it must have been the "swingingest" house in town. As their individual careers progressed, both went their separate ways, musically, for a few years, and when Boots returned to his native city to entertain in a small supper club, Jimmy soon joined him. Since that time Jimmy has been a permanent member of Boots Randolph's musical group and appears with Boots on all of his national television appearances and concerts.

Swinging Spiritual
The World's Biggest Fool
Boy & The Sea
Ebb Tide
Last Date
I Know A Place
Pickin' Nashville
Surprise Waltz
Unchained Melody

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Scheherazade - Gustave Stern

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff
The International Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by Gustave Stern
Tops L1539

Fun budget Tops cheesecake cover featuring bored dancers and a guy possibly borrowed from the Tops marketing department to play the "Sultan".

I'm assuming this is Gustave Stern as credited on the back cover.

The obscure pressing I found is a clean one (sometimes Tops pressings have issues), so I decided to present the entire LP here for those who might enjoy this bit of history.

Heavenly Sounds In Hi-Fi - Ferrante And Teicher

Heavenly Sounds In Hi-Fi
Ferrante And Teicher
Produced by Don Costa
Sound Engineer: Al Weintraub
Cover Photography by Lester L. Krauss
Cover Design by Fran Scott
ABC Paramount

This could be my favorite F&T "experimental" album from their early catalog of LPs, including Sound Blast and Sound Proof. The set plays through to create a conceptual tapestry of music that reflects the dramatic "heavenly" vibe of the cover art.

Stella By Starlight
Stars In My Eyes
The Moon Is Low
Over The Rainbow
Out Of This World
Out Of Nowhere
Beyond The Moon
I've Told Every Little Star
East Of The Sun
Serenade To A Star

Magnificence In Brass - Jerry Fielding

Prologue From West Side Story
Magnificence In Brass
Jerry Fielding And His Orchestra
Time Records
Series 2000

From the inside cover (gatefold): It took considerable experimentation, but they finally did it. The biggest studio in Hollywood was used. Using twelve microphones, the engineers strung the brass men out over an area half the length of a city block in order to get the essential instrumental isolation and separation. This helped the engineers (Bill Putnam) solve one of their problems but it created a different one for the musicians because, when they were strung out in this fashion, it was extremely difficult for them to play together. But the musicians licked their problem just as the engineers licked theirs and the result, as Fielding has declared with great satisfaction, is a masterpiece of accomplishment, both musically and scientifically.

Tumpets: John Audino, Frank Beach, Maurice Harris, Ray Linn, R. Dale McMickle, Joseph Triscari and James Zito. Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone Horn: Harry Betts, Charles Bovington, Russell Brown, Nick DiMaio, Vernon Friley, Edward Kusby, Robert Marsteller, Richard Nash, Dick Noel, George Roberts, Kenneth Shroyer and Lloyd Ulyate. French Horns: John Cave, James Decker, Vincent DeRosa, Herman Lebow, Richard Perissi and Gale Robinson. Tuba: John Johnson, Ray Siegel. Bass: Red Callendar. Piano: Russell Black. Drums and Percussion: Larry Bunker, Ralph Hansell, Jack Sperling.

Prologue From West Side Story
The Magic Circle
Ritual Fire Dance
Shadow Waltz
City Of Brass
Moonlight In Vermont
Cheek To Cheek
When The Saints Go Marching In
Isn't It Romantic