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Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Bossa Nova Pops - Joe Harnell

Lullaby In Rhythm
More Bossa Nova Pops
More Joe Harnell
Cover: Milton Glaser
KAPP KP-1325

From Billboard - May 11, 1963: Joe Harnell comes through with more sparkling readings of a flock of pop standards in his most commercial manner. All of the tunes, including "Our Day Will Come, " "The Coffee Song," "There Will Never Be Another You," are pleasing to the ear and the feet. Good salable set here.

I Wish You Love
Dancing On The Ceiling
The Weaver
There Will Never Be Another You
True Love
Our Day Will Come
The Walking Song
Lullaby In Rhythm
Darn That Dream
The Coffee Song
Lullaby Of Birdland

Friday, March 17, 2017

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Madeline Bell

One Step At A Time
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Madeline Bell
Philips PHS 600-271

From the back cover: In Madeline's case the road to stardom started in New Jersey with an interested grandmother willing to invest in Madeline's career to the tune of 50-cent-a-session piano lessons. A hard young adolescence working behind supermarket wrapping counters, lightened by singing roles in school shows and evolving into weekend gigs (traveling 500 miles for $5 each) with a gospel group called the Glovertones, eventually led Madeline to an audition with the Bradford Singers, one of the nation's top gospel ensembles, and a whole new life for a nineteen year old young lady. The Bradford group performing in "Black Nativity" took Madeline far and wide on tour. The tour finally taking the group to England, and England finally taking Madeline out of the group and into a steady job in a new country – a "session singer" in England's top recording studios.

A session singer is a pro who backs other singers in their recording sessions when the arrangements calls for vocal background support. A singer's singer in short. And as such, Madeline backed the best England had. Dust Springfield, for example, appreciated Madeline's ever-present support so much she insisted on sending one "Gladys Thong" (who sounds exactly like Dusty) to reciprocate on this album.

So the years of being a bridesmaid but never a bride are happily behind her. And with the release – and subsequent success in the all important U.S. charts – of the title tune of this album as a single, the long deserved "discovery" of Miss Madeline Bell as a star in her own right has come to pass.

From Billboard - April 20, 1968: Madeline Bell has a Top 40 hit in her first U.S. single and now has a fine follow-up album with the hit as its title. She also is effective in such first-rate material as "Climb Every Mountain," "Can't Get Used To Losing You," and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." "Mr. Dream Merchant" is a special gem.

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Climb Every Mountain (from "The Sound Of Music")
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
One Step At A Time
The Last One To Be Loved
Picture Me Gone
I'm Gonna Leave You
Can't Get Used To Losing You
Mr. Dream Merchant
Baby, I'll Come Right Away

Blowin' Up A Storm - Jonah Jones

Moten Swings
Blowin' Up A Storm!
The Jonah Jones Quartet and Four Trombones play the best of the big-time rousers!
Produced by Bill Biller
Capitol Records ST 2087

The Jones Quartet dishes up a big band sound, swinging these 1920s/30s ragtime/Dixieland tunes. The energetic cover art sets the tone.

My Monday Date
Moten Swing
76 Trombones
Royal Garden Blues
Sleepy Time Gal
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
Ballin' The Jack
That's A Plenty
Muskrat Ramble
St. Louis Blues

Sleeping Beauty Ballet - Rias Symphony Orchestra

Highlights From The Sleeping Beauty Ballet
Opus 66 (Highlights)
By Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Herbert Charlier, Conductor

From the back cover: Herbert Charlier was born in 1902 in Frost, Germany. After finishing Gymnasium he studied music, composition and arranging at the Conservatory and University of Leipzig.

Through the recommendations of Fritz Busch, the famous deceased German conductor at the State Opera in Dresden, Herbert Charlier was engaged as a conductor and was given the responsibility as well, to familiarize the soloists with their parts.

At the outbreak of World War II, he attained the position of musical superintendent to the German theater in Lillie, France. During the war he was captured by the British and after his release in 1948 he entered the services of the city of Chemnitz as supervisor of all musical activities for the city. Finally in 1951, after leaving Chemnitz, he became director of "Theater am Goetheplatz" in Bremen.

Charlier has been recognized as one of Germany's most colorful conductors. His interpretive skill is beat indicated in his conducting of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty."

The Melodic Stan Getz

Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Melodic Stan Getz
A&R Coordinator: Irv Stimler
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Metro (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.)

Over The Rainbow
How About You
A Handful Of Stars
That Old Feeling
Spring Is Here
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

Hit Movie Themes - Enoch Light

Song From M*A*S*H*
Hit Movie Themes
Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
Executive Producer: Enoch Light
Associate Producer: Tony Mottola, Jeff Hest
Arrangements: Dick Hyman
Recording Engineer: Don Hahn
Mastering: Dave Crawford
Vinnie Bell courtesy of Decca Records
Project 3 Total Sound Stereo
The Total Sound, Inc.
PR 5051SD

From Billboard - September 19, 1970: The amazing Mr. Enoch Light has another gem of an LP here that should win immediate favor with programmers and buyers alike, and prove a steady top seller. His beautiful treatments of "Z" "Darling Lili," "Song From M*A*S*H*" and "Airport Love Theme" are just four of the many reasons why.

Theme From "Z"
"Airport: Love Theme
Darling Lili
Theme From Sunflower
Everything A Man Could Ever Need
Sweet Gingerbread Man
Patton Theme
Theme From "The Out Of Towners"
Pieces Of Dreams
Love Is A Funny Thing
Song From M*A*S*H*

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Portrait Of Petula Happy Heart

Portrait Of Petula
Happy Heart
Produced by Claude Wolff
Warner Bros - Seven Arts Records

From Billboard - May 3, 1969: Lilting, rhythmic and dramatic are some of the outstanding vocal qualities in this "Portrait of Petula." The selections range from the gaiety of her current hit "Happy Heart," to the beautiful old-fashionedness of "My Funny Valentine," to the sound of today's youthful awareness of life in "Games People Play," and the highly dramatic "The Ad." With such quality performances, as well as the tremendous popularity of Miss Clark, a wide audience is assured.

Happy Heart
If Ever You're Lonely
Games People Play
Love Is The Only Thing
When I Was A Child
The Ad
My Funny Valentine
Lovin' Things
When I Give My Heart
Let It Be Me
The Windmills Of Your Mind

Measure The Valleys - The Keith Textor Singers

Measure The Valleys
Measure The Valleys
The Keith Textor Singers
Arranged and Conducted by Keith Textor
Produced by Scott-Textor Productions
Production Supervisor: Victor Sack
Audio Engineers: David Greene, Dave Sanders and Fred Weinberg
Mixing Engineer: Fred Weinberg
Recorded at A&R Studios, N.Y.C.
Album Jacket by David Stahlberg
A&R Records ARL/STEREO/7100/001

Singers: Lesley Miller, Juli Christman, Jerry Duane, Bill Dean, Gene Steck and Keith Textor

From Billboard - August 15, 1970 (Special Merit Spotlight): Marking their debut on the new label, the smooth-blended group have a commercial winner in this rhythm ballad loaded with Top 40 appeal as well as Easy Listening.

Measure The Valleys
Raindrops Keep Falling' On My Head
Without Her (Solo: Keith Textor)
What The World Needs Now Is Love (Solo: Lesley Miller)
Games People Play
Something (Solo: Juli Christman)
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
We're Together (Vocal Solo: Lesley Miller & Guitar Solo: Al Caiola)
A New Generation
Theme From Measure The Valleys

Quadraphonic Spectacular - Peter Matz

The Sounds Of Silence
Peter Matz
Quadraphonic Spectacular
Arranged and Conducted by Peter Matz
Produced by John McClure
Engineering: Phil Macy and Larry Keyes
Cover Photo: Jerome Du Crot
Columbia Records CQ 31247

From the jacket notes (the lengthily explanation of "quad-sound" by producer, John McClure) this set would appear to be an early entry into the "four channel" market for Columbia. Good 70s light arrangements designed to give the buyer an introduction to a wide spectrum of quadraphonic pop sounds.

From the back cover: Peter Matz has arranged and conducted music for television, records, Broadway, and has served as musical director for a variety of award-winning TV shows and records. Currently, he is the arranger-conductor of the Carol Burnett Show on the CBS Television Network, and he also did the recent Carol Burnett-Julie Andrews CBS TV special at New York's Philharmonic Hall. He won a Grammy for arranging and conducting Barbra Streisand's recording of "People" and a second Emmy for one of her TV specials (his first Emmy was for a Burt Bacharach special). Other TV credits include a stint as music director on "Hullabaloo" and four years with "Kraft Music Hall." On Broadway, he was involved in the music of Noel Coward's "Sail Away" and Richard Rodgers' "No Strings." Other recording performers for whom he's arranged and conducted include Harold Arlen, Georgia Brown, Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Dionne Warwick, Kate Smith, Ruth Brown and Steve Lawrence.

With his wife and two sons, Peter Matz lives in Los Angeles where he hopes to become more deeply involved in films (he's done three scores already) because "that's the most fun next to recording for quad." The photo was taken by his son Peter Z. Matz who, according to his father, "needs the credit

Highlights Of The Best Of Bacharach
I Don't Know How To Love Him
Put Your Hand In The Hand
Help Me It Through The Night
Bridge Over Trouble Water
It's Too Late
You've Got A Friend
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
The Sound Of Silence
Highlights Of The Best Of The Beatles

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Time For Young Love - Mike Leander

Hey Jude

The Letter

A Time For Young Love
Mike Leander And His Orchestra
Produced by Mike Leander
Recorded in England
Decca Records DL 75144

Hey Jude
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Grazin' In The Grass
Wichita Lineman
Those Were The Days
Time Is Right
Here, There And Everywhere
Up, Up And Away
The Fool On The Hill

Invisible Tears - The Johnny Mann Singers

The Girl From Ipanema
Invisible Tears
The Johnny Mann Singers
Producer: "Snuff" Garrett
Engineer: Dave Hassinger
Cover Design and Photography: Studio Five
Liberty LRP-3387

From Billboard - August 29, 1964: Plenty of commercial appeal in this package. The songs, all beautifully sung by the Johnny Mann Singers supported by orchestra are familiar, popular and most current. Great listening and programming.

Invisible Tears
Love Me With All Your Heart
The Girl From Ipanema
Everybody Lovers Someone
Hello, Dolly
The World I Used To Know
A World Without Love
Blue Velvet