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Friday, July 22, 2016

Doc Severinsen & Stings

Lullaby From "Rosemary's Baby"
Doc Severinsen & Strings
Originated And Produced By Loren Becker And Robert Byrne
Arrangements: Marion Evans
Cover Design By Daniel Pezza
Cover Photo By Norman Trigg
Command ABC Records RS 937 SD

ABC was still using the book-fold album design as pioneered by Enoch Light several years after they purchased Light's label. The set features fine space age arrangements and good engineering, excellent in most cases (another Command trademark). You get all of the good stuff even though the arranger mixed together a wide variety of approaches which make the set sound conceptually uneven.

Bond Street
The Maria Theme
MacArthur Park
Samba De Orfeu
That's What Love's About
If We Lived On Top Of A Mountain
Upa, Neguinho
Le Teresita
Love Was Here Before The Stars
Lullaby From "Rosemary's Baby"
Summer's Coming Back


Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Musikverein Herborn-Seelbach
Leitung: Erwin Gabriel
Prasentiert: Musik Fur All

Happy Seelbacher
Zirkus Reiz
Post Im Walde
Herzog Von Braunschweig
Semper Fidelis
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Latin Highlights
Amazing Grace
Yakety Sax
Einsamer Hirte
A String Of Pearls

Redd Harper And His Guitar

If Man Should Reach The Moon
Redd Harper And His Guitar
I Walk The Glory Road
Christian Faith Recordings RH-1253
Produced By Alma Records, Inc. - Reseda, California

From the back cover: Redd Harper was a famous entertainer before he decided one night to devote and dedicate his life to the work of God. This important change came about when he attended a meeting of the Hollywood Christian Group presided over by Roy Rodgers. From that moment, Redd Harper found that his God-given talent for singing and writing could be used to the glory of our Lord.

During the next three years, he traveled with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Group and was chosen to play the title role in the film "Mr. Texas." He later appeared in "Oil Town USA" and in other Christian films. Redd now has his own evangelistic meetings, singing and telling his thrilling testimony of what the Lord means to him.

Each Step Of The Way
Christian Fellowship
How Glreat Thou Art
Will You Meet Me
If Man Shoulld Reach The Moon
It Is No Secret
Lord Keep You Hand On Me
Does Jesus Lead The Way
The Truth Shall Make You Free
Dumb Ole Country Boy
I Walk The Glory Road
Until We Meet Again

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Exotique - Whittemore & Lowe

White Peacock (transcribed by Whittemore & Lowe)
Whittemore & Lowe
Duo Pianists
Produced by Richard C. Jones
Capitol Records SP 8550

Featuring "exotic" cover art and an intriguing title, Capitol geared this interpretive classical set to "exotica" buyers. The package theme/set is explained on the back cover using historical references to the "Exoticism" movement. Fine mood setting classical transcriptions, but not the "exotica" sound as late 50s/early 60s market understood it.

Maurice Ravel / Prelude To The Night
Cyril Scott / Lotus Land
Claude Debussy / Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun
Cesar Cui / Orientale
Charles Tomlinson Griffin / White Peacock
Claude Debussy / Clouds
Sergei Rachmaninoff / Tears
Arnold Bax / The Poisoned Fountain

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Richie Delamore In Stereo

Mucho Closer
Richie Delatore In Stereo
A Collection Of Folk Songs And Native Goombay
Bahamian Rhythms LTD.

From the back cover: A versatile young entertainer, self-styled and self-trained, Richie Delamore started in the entertainment field as a drummer, and was noted for his "Drum Conversations" with Berkley "Peanuts" Taylor.

During his six years of singing professionally Richie has appeared at the Fontainebleau, Eden Roc and Roney Plaza in Miami, has toured clubs in the United States and Canada and has been a featured entertainer at Nassau's major hotels and nightclubs. He is frequently referred to as the Belafonte of the Bahamas.

Brown Skin Gal
Like Ma-ad
Jamaica Farewell
Delia Gone
Destiny (Yellow Bird)
Calypso Island
When The Saints Go Marching In

Let's Dance Latin - Warren Covington

El Watusi
Let's Dance Latin
Warren Covington And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 4491

One of the last albums Covington produced under his own name before he focused on supporting other musicians in the studio. This set would have sounded fresh if released in the late 50s before the market became crowed with many fine "Latin" sets. None-the-less, although late to the market, this is lively big band Latin set worth collecting.

Cast Your Fate Into The Wind
O Barquinho
Mademoiselle Ay-Bo-Le
The Chase
Watermelon Man
Our Day Will Come
El Watusi
Garota De Ipanema
Oange Tamoure

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mood Italinao - Tommy Gumina

Mood Italiano
Tommy Gumina
Accordion With Rhythm Accompaniment
Decca Records DL 8630

Available for purchase from digital download sources, but not with this great cover art. The album is better than the title implies. The jazzy arrangements heard on this set transcend typical period "Italian" theme accordion music fair.

From Billboard - March 3, 1958: A mood set of Italian themes, several of which are from Italian flicks. Lush work setting complement Gumina's accordion wizardry.

Autumn In Rome
Giovanette Balamo
Souvenir D'Italie
Non Dimenticar
Woman Of The River
Summertime In Venice
Believe In Me
Maria Mia
Munasterio 'E Santa Chiara
Love Theme From "La Strada"
I Only Know I Love You

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I Could Have Cha Cha'd All Night - Willie Martinez

C'est Si Bon / You Don't Know What Love Is / All Or Nothing At All
I Could Have Cha Cha'd All Night
Willie Martinez And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8694

One of 13 period "dance themed" albums released by Decca, collectively known as "Dance Time".

Good stuff featuring a progressive sound for a late 50s Latin release.

Everybody Loves My Baby / You Always Hurt The One You Love / Southern Fried
I Love You Much Too Much / I'll Remember April / Teach Me Tonight
Lover Man / Little Girl / It's A Pity To Say Goodnight
Mama's Gone, Goodbye / I've Found A New Baby / Undecided
I'll Never Smile Again / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall / Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
Married I Can Always Get
C'est Si Bon / You Don't Know What Love Is / All Or Nothing At All