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Friday, June 6, 2014

A Taste Of Honey - The Monterey Brass

A Taste Of Honey
A Taste Of Honey
The Monterey Brass
Diplomat D 2370

The taste of cheap sounding budget brass…

A Taste Of Honey
Stranger On The Shore
Wonderland By Night
Deliah's Delight
La Paloma
Oh My Papa
La Cucaracha
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
When The Saints Go Marching In

Thursday, June 5, 2014

30 Hawaiian Favorites - The Hawaiian Islanders

Side one / Medley, track two (Stereo)
30 Hawaiian Favorites
The Hawaiian Islanders
Stereo/Mono W9109

Beautiful Lanihuli
Sweet Lie Mama
Imi Au Ia Oe
Puna Paia Aala
Island Song
Hawaiian Ukulele
Crystal Lagoon
Hawaiian Enchantment
Island Serenade
Ka Moe
Koni Au Ika Wai
Moani Ke Ala
Wiliwili Wai
Nuuanu Waipuna
Mai Poina Oe La'u
Akahi Hoi
Ua Like No A Like
Moani Ke Ala
Sunny Manoa
Oi Hio Ha
Maui No Ka Ol
Honolulu Maids
Aloha Oe
Wai O Punalau
Maikai Waipio
Na Lei O Hawaii

Dance Party With Johnny Desmond

The Old Devil Moon
Dance Party WIth Johnny Desmond
Golden Tone C4045

Sold as a "dance party" album with Desmond mentioned as a side note on the back cover: And as an added attraction, this album features Singer-Dancer-Actor-Composer Johnny Desmond to add zest to the listening and dancing. All you need now are fun-minded people (or, at least, a partner), and a floor (any one will do) – and this album will do the rest.

This budget Golden Tone press is all about Desmond and his excellent lounge vibe vocals.

All Of You
The Last Time I Saw Paris
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
This Can't Be Love
That Old Devil Moon
There's A Small Hotel
It Ain't Necessarily So
I Can't Get Started With You
My Happy Time
It's The Talk Of The Town
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'

Live Burlesque Live

Saroya - Miserlou
Live Burlesque Live
Produced and Arranged by Jack Hansen
Candy Butcher & Master of Ceremonies - Danny Crystal
Material by Lee & Jack Hansen
United Artists
UAS 6613

Attempt to recreate a Burlesque show without the visuals… except for the cheesecake cover.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

International Pop Orchestra

International Pop Orchestra
110 Musicians
Wyncote/Cameo SW-9005

Songs play through as listed on the cover.

From the back cover: Consisting of 110 hand-picked musicians, the International Pop Orchestra is almost unique in the world today – a full-fledged symphonic orchestra created solely for the purpose of playing popular music. It's string section alone numbers 58 members and is augmented by such unsymphonic instruments as guitars and mandolins. Also contributing to the almost-overwhelming sound of this unusual ensemble are bongos, timbales, a variety of unusual rhythm instruments and a grand theatre organ!

Apparently this album concept was designed to lure mathematicians and people who don't subscribe to the theory that "less is more". If you are counting, this budget "lush string" album sounds LP pretty good compared to many of the period.

Leroy Anderson In Latin America - Marco Rizo

Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson In Latin America
Marco Rizo, His Piano & Orchestra
Forum F 9039

From the back cover: Marco Rizo, his piano and orchestra have taken some of Leroy Anderson's best known melodies and without losing any of its flavor have added a beguiling Latin touch that enhances the original songs. He keeps Anderson's flowing, melodic warmth and then heats it with his Latin piano styling.

Marco Rizo has shown a high degree of originality in his own right in arranging the Anderson melodies included here. He takes "Blue Tango" and turns it into a slow cha cha which effectively turns back to a tango rhythm in the release and then back again to a slow cha cha in the main theme. Anderson's delightful "Jazz Pizzicato" is given new expression as a merengue and the snappy, humorous "The Typewriter" with its tapping of the machine becomes a mambo dance number. "Belle Of The Ball" sounds as natural as a slow rumba as it originally did as a waltz. Many of Leroy Anderson's compositions fit perfectly into place and can be done no other way. "The Syncopated Clock" is constructed to be just what Marco Rizo has made it here, a natural cha cha melody.

Blue Tango
Jazz Pizzicato
The Typewriter
Belle Of The Ball
Sleigh Ride
Sandpaper Ballet
The Syncopated Clock
Forgotten Dreams
The Waltzing Cat
Jazz Legato Plink Plank Plunk
Summer Skies

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Love Songs For A Late Night

My Sweet Lord
Love Songs For A Late Evening
Columbia House 1P 6114

Brian's Song - Peter Nero
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Boots Randolph
Morning Has Broken - John Gregory
Serenade In Blue - Glenn Miller Orchestra
Music Until Midnight - Percy Faith
Moonlight Serenade - Ray Conniff
As Time Goes By - Liberace
My Sweet Lord - Terry Baxter
The Nearness Of You Andre Kostelanetz
Moonglow - Harry James & His Orchestra