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Friday, April 14, 2017

Sweet Tunes Of The Swinging 30s - Earl Bostic

All The Things You Are
Sweet Tunes Of The Swinging 30's
Earl Bostic
King 632

I Cover The Waterfront
In The Still Of The Night
The Thrill Is Gone
The Night Is Young
My Reverie
Body And Soul
The Way You Look Tonight
Dancing In The Dark
The Breeze And I
Stars In My Eyes
There Is No Greater Love
All The Things You Are

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Romance On The Range - Patti Page

Romance On The Range
Songs By Patti Page
Favorites Of Patti Page (label title)
Mercury Custom
MG 20076

Tracks from the set are available from online vendors. Presented here to share the dynamic cover art.

From the back cover: Like many singers, Patti started the hard way. She was first discovered by the man who is now her manager, while listening to a radio program in his Tulsa, Oklahoma hotel room. He called the station, and within the hour he had a signed contract with her. Six months later, Patti was featured vocalist on the Don McNeil "Breakfast Club" program over ABC's coast-to-coast network. She later moved to her own show, and finally, in a move that was to revolutionize the record industry, she signed a contract with Mercury Records. Altho Patti Page has been at the top of the ladder of success for quite a while, she has had a phenomenal record in the sale of her disks. She has really never had anything but a hit record. Her followers number in the hundred of thousands and these fans and record buyers alone bring her record sales up to hit proportions.

Down In The Valley
Leanin' On The Old Top Rail
Tumbling Tumble Weeds
I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
The Prisoner's Song
Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet
San Antonio Rose
Oklahoma Blues
Mockin' Bird Hill
Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hollywood Brass - Jerry Fiedling

Can't Get No Satisfaction
Hollywood Brass
Conducted by Jerry Fielding
Produced by Bob Thiele
Supervised by Hank Levine
Cover Photo by Guy Webster
Cover Design: ARW Productions, Inc.
Liner Design: Joe Lebow
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
ABC-Paramount ABCS 542

From the back cover: Although a familiar name in Hollywood motion picture circles because of his musical participation  in many movies, including Advise and Consent, Jerry Fielding's work has also enhanced countless television specials and series, most recently Bewitched, Farmer's Daughter, Hogan's Heroes, and New York, New York, the Gene Kelly special televised in 1966. He has turned his talent toward four March Of Dimes specials on TV, and has worked in many others with stars like Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and Danny Kaye. He has composed and/or conducted for a long and growing list of night club performers, among them Berry Hutton, Eddie Fisher, Teresa Brewer, The Ritz Brothers, Mitzi Gaynor, Juliet Prowse, Vic Damone, Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin and Debbie Reynolds. He has also served as conductor and arranger for these and many other stars including The Barry Sisters, Polly Bergen, The McGuire Sisters and Steve Lawrence.

Jerry's remarkable achievements are due in large part to one of those often-talked-about "blessings in disguise" which happened when he was a sixteen-year-old in Pittsburgh. A series of illnesses smashed his ambitions to be an instrumentalist, but turning his attentions to the arranging and conducting crafts, under the direction of his teacher Max Adkins, the young Jerry found eager audiences for his work among the band leaders who played with Stanley Theater, where Adkins was music director. Two years later, at eighteen, Jerry landed a job as arranger with the Alvino Rey band and was on his way – first to New York with Rey, where he wrote for as many name bands as he could – and the to Hollywood with the Alvino Rey group. His reputation grew and radio proved to be a great boost to his career, offering him lengthy service as an arranger with shows starring Kay Kyser, Kate Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Crosby, The Andrew Sisters and many others. His first conducting assignment was with the first Jack Parr Lucky Strike radio show, followed by conducting duties on numerous top-rated shows, culminating in his own CBS-TV starrer The Jerry Fielding Show.

King Of The Road
Hand On Sloppy
It's Not Unusual
Goin' Out Of My Head
Yeh, Yeh
I Can't Get No Satisfaction
You'd Better Come Home
Cover Me
Spanish Flea

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dance Date - Mark Andrews

Heat Wave
Dance Date
Drifting And Dreaming In Hi-Fi
Mark Andrews And His Orchestra
Parade Record Co. SP-6

Offering more budget packages the Parade label, this time out, dishes up a graphically impressive cover and a pretty good big band/lush strings set.

There's No Business Like Show Business
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Doin' What Comes Naturally
Blue Skies
Puttin' On The Ritz
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Cheek To Cheek
How Deep Is The Ocean
I've Got The Sun In The Morning
They Say It's Wonderful
Heat Wave

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scarlatti - Fernando Valenti

Longo 474 in F Major
Domenico Scarlatti
Sonatas For Harpsichord
Volume 19
Fernando Valenti
Westminster XWN 18705

From the back cover: Fernando Valenti, one of the leading concert artists before the public today is currently engaged in the monumental project of recording for Westminster the complete sonatas for harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti. He inaugurated his career as a harpsichordist with a tour of South America in 1946, playing for audiences that had never heard this instrument before. He proved such a persuasive interpreter of the great keyboard literature of the 17th and 18th centuries – playing the authentic instruments – that these audiences demanded a repetition of the tour the following year. Though still only in his twenties, Valenti was selected from among all his colleagues to play at the now legendary Bach Festival in Prades, France. Later during the same summer (1950), he played and taught at the Institute of Humanistic Studies in Aspen, Colorado, where his performances were voted the most popular of the entire season. In the spring of 1951 he was appointed to the faculty of the Juilliard School Of Music – the first harpsichord instructor in the history of this institution.

From – High Fidelity Magazine - November, 1958: Another fascinating batch. L. 474, with its innocent beginning, pathetic continuation, and dramatic finish is each half; L. 11, with its highly expressive ornamentation; the seemingly programatic L. 45, with its sharp changes of mood; the festive L. 240; and L. 483, with its easy-going gaiety – these are perhaps the most striking of the group, but each of the others has something of interest. Valenti seems to be getting even better as he goes alone. I have not heard him play more fancifully or with more feeling. – N.B.

Longo 474 in F Major
Longo 328 in F Major
Longo 11 in D Major
Longo 248 in B Flat Major
Longo 312 in G Minor
Longo 45 in A Major
Longo 483 in A Major
Longo 337 in D Major
Longo 319 in B Flat Major
Longo 240 in A Major
Longo 333 in G Major
Longo 340 in G Major

Sounds Like Barbra Streisand - Mirror Image

You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Sounds Like Barbra Streisand
As Performed By Mirror Image
Photography: Tony Berthiaume
Cover Design: Yves Roux
Pickwick SPC-3717

My Heart Belongs To Me
Second Hand Rose
My Man
The Way We Were
My Coloring Book
Stoney End
You Don't Bring Me Flowers