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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Machito Goes Memphis

Hold On, I'm Comin'
Machito Goes Memphis
Machito A Pioneer Of Latin-American Music
RCA Victor LSP-3944

From the back cover: When you think of the names of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, you think of what their drive and determination meant to the birth of this great nation. Therefore, when we think of Machito, we must realize what his "pioneering" has done for the ever-popular Latin-American music of today. Machito, one of the first real pioneers of Latin music, organized his band in 1940, and since then has never ceased to amaze his public with his Afro-Cuban influences and the fine, stylish contributions displayed in all of his 60-some-odd albums.

Now, almost 28 years later, we find Machito still exploiting and experimenting, and, as usual, the man has done it again…

Baby I Love You
Hip Hug Her
Knock On Wood
In The Midnight Hour
Green Onions
Soul American
Hold On, I'm Coming

Jet Set - 101 Strings

Jet Set
101 Strings
Alshire/Budget Sound S-6043

From the back cover: The Jet Set… A way of life – an attitude. Their spas and haunts – each has its glamour, sound and √©lan. New places, new dances, tastes and colors… all indigenous to the Jet Set…

A Hard Day's Night
Puerto Vallarta
Paradise Lost
Cantina Tarosa
Carnaval Do Rio
Killer Joe A Go Go
Bahia De Acapulco

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today! - Billy May


Shadow Of Your Smile

Billy May
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Cover Photo (Capitol Photo Studio) by Ken Veeder
Capitol Records T 2560

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Goin' Out Of My Head," "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "Compatibility" were recorded June 1, 1966, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., in Studio A, the Capitol Tower Building, Hollywood, Cal. Engineer: John Kraus, Personnel: Bob Bain, John Collins, Howard Robert, guitars. Chuck Berghoffer, Fender bass and bass. Justin Gordon, Harry Klee, Wilbur Schwartz, Willie Smith, Bob Hardaway, woodwinds. John Audino, Don Fagerquist, San Rasey, Ray Triscari, trumpets. James Priddy, Milt Bernhart, Joe Howard, Bill Schaefer, trombones. Hal Blaine, Milt Holland, percussion.

"Lover's Concerto," "St. Joe, Mo.," "Strangers In The Night," and "You've Got Your Troubles" were recorded June 6, 1966, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Studio A, the Capitol Tower, Hollywood. Engineer: Hugh Davies. Personnel same, except Milt Holland out, Julius Wechter in on percussion.

"Michelle," "Spannish Flea," and "Rain Sometimes" were recorded June 7, 1966, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Studio A, the Capitol Tower, Hollywood. Engineer: Hugh Davies. Personnel same, except Julius Wechter out, Larry Bunker in on percussion.

From the back cover: Perhaps the real test of Billy's originality was "The Shadow Of Your Smile." There are now more than a hundred recorded versions of this mighty hit. Billy comes up with a new version that is really distinctive because it's spiced with his own original wit.

From Billboard - August 13, 1966: Gusto and originality are the trademarks of the Billy May band as the group belts out such recent standards as "Michelle," "Strangers In The Night," "Spanish Flea" and "The Shadow Of Your Smile," It's a full, rich and swinging sound.

St. Joe, Mo.
Goin' Out Of My Head
Rain Sometimes
Strangers In The Night
Spanish Flea
You've Got Your Troubles
Lover's Concerto
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From The "Sandpiper")

South Pacific - Dino Martinelli

Bali Ha'i
South Pacific
Dino Martinelli And His Orchestra
Harmony HL 7092

There Is Nothin' Like A Dame
Younger Than Springtime
Some Enchanted Evening
Honey Bun
A Wonderful Guy
Bali Ha'i
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
This Nearly Was Mine
Happy Talk

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday Night Fever - Not The Original Soundtrack

Night Fever
How Deep Is Your Love
Saturday Night Fever
Music From The Motion Picture
Not The Original Soundtrack
Pickwick SPC-3817

Stayin' Alive
Manhattan Skyline
If I Can't Have You
Calypso Breakdown
More Than A Woman
You Should Be Dancing
How Deep Is Your Love
Night Fever

Romantic Echoes Of Hawaii - Ray Kinney And His Orchestra The Hawaiian Islanders

Hawaiian War Chant
Romantic Echoes Of Hawaii
Ray Kinney And His Orchestra The Hawaiian Islanders
Colortone C33-4907

Budget press featuring a nice "Hawaiian" set that blends more "traditional" sounds with a few swinging tracks.

To You Sweetheart, Aloha
The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai
My Little Grass Shack
Keep Your Eyes On The Hands
Song Of The Islands
Drifting And Dreaming
Aloha De
Hawaiian War Chant
Hawaiian Paradise
Pretty Maui Girl