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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Hits Of Kay Starr

Fool, Fool, Fool

The Hits Of Kay Starr
Capitol Records

From Billboard - June 5, 1954: Some of the top hits turned out over the past three years by thrush Kay Starr are contained in this new set. What more could any Kay Starr fan wants? The cover is attractive, too.

Wheel Of Fortune
Comes A-Long A-Love
Three Letters
Bone part's Retreat
Fortune In Dreams
The Man Upstairs
I Waited A Little Too Long
Kay's Lament
Half A Photograph
Fool, Fool, Fool
Alex-Vous-En, Go Away
If You Love Me

Ti Voglio Bene ...I Love You - Joni James

Arrivederci Roma
Ti Voglio Bene
...I Love You
Joni James
MGM E3939

MGM pushed this album in 1958 as part of a promotion named "June For Joni" during which a collection (" of a dozen") James albums could be purchased for $1.98 with the purchase of one at the regular $3.98 tag.

From the back cover: I dedicate this album to my father, Angelo Babbo, who died when I was just a little girl and whose love of beauty and music was born in me.

Santa Lucia
I Have But One Heart
Non Dimenticar
Torna A Sorriento
You're Breaking My Heart
Anema E Core
O Sole Mio
Dicitencello Vuie
Chitarra Romana
Luna Rossa
Per Un Bacio D'amor
Arrivederci Roma

Strolling In Lahaina With George Paoa

Lahaina Blues
Strolling In Lahaina With George Paoa
Arranged And Produced by J. K. Spencer
July 1977
Pua Kea Records PKRS 2001

From the back cover: This album is dedicated to my youngest daughter, Helen Kahanu Paoa, for which the song Honokawai Baby was written. Maui has been very kind to me and my family and also the many visitors and friends from all over the world. It was a pleasure for me and Pua to do this album arranged especially by my dearest friend, John K. Spencer, who got me my first job as a singer at the famous Niumalu Hotel in 1952. A special aloha to Herb Ono and staff of Sounds of Hawaii. – George Pace

According to Paoa's 2000 Honolulu Star-Bulletin obituary he played with Martin Denny.

Lahaina Blues
Hanalei Moon
Going To Maui Tomorrow
Kanaka Wai Wai
He Punahele No Oe
Hawaiian Lullaby
Morning Dew
Honokawai Baby
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Moho Mohi
Maui Waltz

Rubber Duckie & Other Pet Songs

I Love Little Pussy
Rubber Duckie & Other Pet Songs
The Kid Stuff Repertory Company
Kid Stuff Records KS 039

Rubber Duckie
Dog & Cat
Johnny Had A Little Dog
Pussy Cat
Where Has My Little Dog Gone
Goose Goosey Gander
I Love Little Pussy
All The Pretty Little Horses

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Aliza Kasha

Take Me In Your Arms
Aliza Kasha
Produced by Mike Bernier
Arranged and Conducted by Marty Manning
Cover Design and Photography by The Graffiteria
Art Supervision by Janie Gans
Jubilee Records JGS 8025

This package features strong vocals and a stunning cover. The are a variety of arrangement directions on this set which may have been written in a way to help "introduce" the versatility of the artist, but limit the number of groovy pop sounds as heard in the sample above.

Those Were The Days
Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero
Quando M'innamoro
All Alone Am I
Lift Your Glasses High
Take Me In Your Arms
Let It Be Me
Le Bicyclettes De Belize
Other Birthdays Other Years
Moscow Nights

Make Mine Manzanilla - The Manzanilla Sound

Mammy Blue
Make Mine Manzanilla
The Manzanilla Sound
GNP Crescendo Records GNPS-2062

Manzanilla produces a good early 70s groove on this set.

From the back cover: Spurred by the resounding success of his initial venture into the realm of contemporary sonics (GNPS-2058), Manzanilla, one of Britain's leading conductor-arrangers, returns to the scene with a new series of episodes that dramatically display his opulent touch with both pen and horn.

Mammy Blue
Summer Of '42
Matchmaker, Matchmaker!
I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
Why Can't We All Get Together
Cat Walk
Never My Love
Rangers Waltz
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Land For Lovers
Medway Magic

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Art Farmer Quintet Plays The Great Jazz Hits

Round Midnight
The Art Farmer Quintet Plays The Great Jazz Hits
Produced by Teo Macero
Engineering: Stan Tonkel and Russ Payne
Columbia Records CL 2746

Art Farmer, trumpet, fluegehorn
Jimmy Heath, saxophone
Cedar Walton, piano
Walter Booker, bass
Mickey Roker, drums

From the back cover: As loose and free and swinging as these performances sound, they are not "head" arrangements. Instead, Jimmy Heath sketched out some charts to preserve the character of the original number. But these are much more than just faithful renditions of timeless modern jazz standards. They are standards brought to new life, with just a touch of a new sound – Art Farmer's.

Song For My Father
'Round Midnight
Watermelon Man
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
I Remember Clifford
Take Five
The "In" Crowd

The Surfsiders Sing The Beach Boys Songbook

California Girls
The Surfsiders Sing
The Beach Boys Songbook
Design Records

Whoa... Um... It's hard to tell at what point this Design Beach Boy rip-off project went bad. My guess is that the entire production budget of nothing was spent on the cover art and the producer, with less than nothing left to spend on sessions musicians, threw up his hands and assembled enough people from the lunch room to barf up this gem. Everything is crazy. The results are as good as any zesty badtastical private press lounge album you will ever find.

California Girls
I Get Around
Little Duce Coupe
Little Honda
When I Grow Up
The Warmth Of The Sun
Fun, Fun, Fun
Help Me, Rhonda