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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener - Petula Clark

Black Coffee
The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener
Including The Cat In The Window
Petula Clark
Produced by Sonny Burke
Arranged and Conducted by Ernie Freeman
Engineer: Lowell Frank
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
An Original Vogue Recording
Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc.
WS 1719

Black Coffee
The Last Waltz
Answer Me My Love
The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener (Produced by Tony Hatch)
Today, Tomorrow (Boa Palavra)
I Could Have Danced All Night
At The Crossroads (Produced by Tony Hatch)
Isle De France
The Cat In The Window (Produced by Charles Koppelman and Don Rubin, Arranged by Jack Nitzsche)
For Love
Ballad Of A Sad Young Man

Prevailing Airs - Paul Mauriat

Rain And Tears
Prevailing Airs
Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
Philips PHS 600-280 (applied as a sticker on the cover)

Book-fold jacket featuring a die-cut cover that reveals the album title and track list.

Mrs. Robinson
Comme Un Garçon (What A Guy)
Rain And Tears
Eleanor Rigby
L'Amour Te Ressemble (Love Is the Image Of You)
This Guy's In Love With You
La Source (The Spring)
Lady Madonna
I'm Coming Home

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Too Much! - Lou Rawls

You're Takin' My Bag
Lou Rawls
Too Much!
Arrangements: H. B. Barnum
Produced by David Axelrod
Recording Engineer: Joe Polito
Capitol Records T 2713

The Backing Includes:

Gerald Wiggins - Piano
Earl Palmer - Drums
James Bond - Bass
Barney Kessel - Guitar
Jim Horn, Teddy Edwards - Saxes
Tony Terran, Fred Hill - Trumpets

From Billboard - May 6, 1976: This album is misnamed. The listener does not get "Too Much" of Lou Rawls. Rawls sings with soul. He gives real meaning to the lyrics. His current hit, "Dead End Street," is included and plugged with a stick-on sign on the album jacket.

Yes, It Hurts (Doesn't It?)
It's An Uphill Climb To The Bottom
I Just Want To Make Love To You
You're Takin' My Bag
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Dead End Street (Monologue)
Dead End Street
Twelfth Of Never
Righteous Woman (Monologue)
I Wanna Little Girl
Why? (Do I Love You So)
I'll Take Time
You're Always On My Mind

Brad Swanson's Greatest Hits

Satin Doll
The Whispering Organ Sound Of
Brad Swanson's Greatest Hits
Thunderbird Records STEREO/THS 9007

Alley Cat
Peg O' My Heart
Hello Dolly
Satin Doll
Quentin's Theme
Those Were The Days
Paper Doll
My Happiness
Love Makes The World Go Round
Mac The Knife

Musical Nightcap - Armando Trovajoli

Love Is Just Around The Corner

Musical Nightcap
Armando Trovajoli
His Piano, Harpsichord and Orchestra
Photo: G. R. Sommerville
RCA Camden CAS 598 & CAL 598

Ponto Final
On The Street Where You Live
The Lady Is A Tramp
Canadian Sunset
Lisboa Antigua
Love Is Just Around The Corner
Kiss Me, Miss Me
Rio De Janeiro
Magic Moments

Our Love Is Here To Stay - Peter Nero

Groovy Times
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Peter Nero And His Trio
Also Featuring The Magic Rhythms Of Mike Di Napoli
Spinorama S-151
A Division Of Premier Albums, Inc.

From the back cover: This tall, slim, sensitive handsome man, who has emerged as an artist of consummate skill, was born in New York City, started at the keyboard at the age of seven and by the time he was fourteen he was the recipient of numerous awards, had made symphony half appearances and was the possessor of a Juilliard Scholarship. He went on to Brooklyn College, where he graduated to invade the music world as a winner of TV talent contests and as a promising concert pianist.

This is a split set disc featuring Mike De Napoli on side 2. Napoli receives almost no mention on the back cover.

Peter Nero

Our Love Is Here To Stay
There Will Never Be Another You
Lullaby Of The Leaves
The Way You Look Tonight
Groovy Times

Mike De Napoli

Blue Moon
Devilish Love
Little Girl

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Swingin' Abroad - Frank Ortega

The Swedish Rhapsody
Swingin' Abroad
The Frank Ortega Trio
Produced by Morty Palitz
Photograph: Charles Varon
Cover Design: Sy Leichman
Jubilee Records JLP 1080
A Product of Jay-Gee Record Co., Inc.

"Stereo Sonic" sticker applied to front cover.

From the back cover: The Frank Ortega Trio add up to three serious musicians, playing in a happy style. Frank is no mis-placed concert artist, though he qualifies, in technique and training and feeling. Frank was born in Los Angeles in 1927. Edith Knox trained him as a serious musician. When he was 10 he joined the Roger Wagner Chorale. Frank remained with them for 6 years. These formative years, then, were focused on a font of fine music.

At 17, Frank started his first band. That was in Sacramento, Calif. Since then he has been heard up and down the West Coast. For 5 years he has been heard at the Desert Inn... in Las Vegas at the Flamingo, at The Town House, The Encore, The Melody Room. In Palm Springs he has been heard at the Desert Inn... in Las Vegas at the Flamingo, The Royal Nevada and the Riviera.

The entire trio has equal respect for the harmonics and arrangements of the serious composer. All began their careers in classical music. Walter Sage, the drummer, studied with Ian Kerr, tympanist of the Cleveland Orchestra and, himself, played with the Peter Merenblum Symphony. Bert Hanson, who is heard here on bass, originally studied violin. He played cello with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Bruno Walter, Stokowski, et. al. – Mort Goode

My Bonnie Lassie
C'est Si Bon
Take Me In Your Arms
The Third Man Theme
Strange Music
Sabre Dance
The Swedish Rhapsody
Summertime In Venice
Anema E Core (With All My Heart And Soul)
The Gypsy
Swingin' Abroad

Bacchanal! - Frank De Vol


The Passions And Pageantry Of Gods And Goddesses Of Mythology
Frank De Vol And His Orchestra
Columbia Records CL 1287 & CS 8054

From the back cover: Albert Harris is an English-born composer, conductor and teacher who is now a citizen of the United States residing in Los Angeles. He is actively engaged in composing and arranging for motion pictures, records and television, and is the winner of numerous awards. He has been music director for NBC, guest lecturer at the University of California at Los Angeles, and is the composer of concert music in many various forms.

From Billboard - April 13, 1959: There are 15 short musical portraits here, each one depicting one of the gods, goddesses, heroes or heroines of ancient Greece. Musically honored, are such figures as Hades, Orion, Diana, Circe, etc. The compositions, imaginative and moody, are the work of British-born Albert Harris, now active on the film music scene in Hollywood. The DeVol Ork makes interesting use of the big ork components and the fidelity and stereo quality is excellent. This one can be solid.

Helen Of Troy

The Rhythm And The Fire - Joe Harnell

Little Lost Love
The Rhythm And The Fire
Joe Harnell
Kapp Records KL-1416

From the back cover: The day after Joe Harnell had been awarded his "Grammy" for his prize-winning record of "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova." he received a telegram from fellow-arranger-conductor Nelson Riddle congratulating him, a telephone call from fellow-pianist Andre Previn congratulating him, and an autograph request from a neighborhood youngster with these words of praise: "Boy, Mr. Harnell, you sure know what us kids like!"

It's hard to say which compliment thrilled him most, for Joe Harnell has set out on one of the most difficult courses any creative musician could decide to follow: to satisfy the demands of both his critical acclaim and sales will attest, he did both of these remarkably well with "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova." Hopefully he will do just as well – 12 times (or maybe on or two less) over – with this new album of his.

From Billboard - February 6, 1965: Beginning with a pulsating rendition of "Ill Wind," Harnell creates piano magic with tremendous support of warm, fiery strings with lush flute sounds, etc. "Exodus," "A Test Of Honey," "Sweet September" and his current single "When Sunny Gets Blue," are standouts. Joe's original composition, "Little Lost Love," is a powerhouse.

Ill Wind
The Girl From Ipanema
Main Theme From Exodus
That Look You Wear
Little Lost Love
A Taste Of Honey
St. Thomas
When Sunny Gets Blue
Theme From "Black Orpheus"
Sweet September
The Orinoco

Wailin' At The Trianon - Lionel Hampton

Wailin' At The Trianon
Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra
Recorded July 22, 1954 at The Trianon Ballroom Chicago
Columbia Records CL 711

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art.

From Billboard - April 13, 1955: The Hampton jazz concert, recorded in the presence of a live audience, is a heavy hunk of "Go-Go-Go"; noisy and exciting, but offering little nourishment for discriminating jazz lovers. On the up-tempo numbers the tasteless drumming eliminates the possibility of anything interesting emanating from the soloists. Camp, of course, swings no matter how trite his invention on vibes. The whole business is like Jazz at the Philharmonic with microphones in the right places, and there could still be a market for this decidedly "uncool" music.

The Chase
Mark VII
How High The Moon
Love For Sale
Wailin' At The Trianon

Portraits - Frank De Vol

Come On-a My House
Frank De Vol And His Orchestra
Illustration: Arnold Roth
Photograph: Jon Engstead
Columbia Records CL 1108

From the back cover: Since joining Columbia as West Coast Director of Popular Artists and Repertoire, he (De Vol) has had a hand in some of the biggest hits of the season. Beginning his musical career with Horace Heidt's Orchestra, he later moved on to George Olsen's group, thence to Alvino Rey, with the King Sisters. In 1943 he settled down in Hollywood as musical director for a radio station and began his extensive recording career two years later. In addition to arranging and conducting, Mr. DeVol has been musical director for such television shows as the Rosemary Clooney Show, the Dinah Shore Show and the Betty White Show. In this collections, he establishes himself firmly as one of the most imaginative and gifted arrangers of today with a series of witty and tuneful "portraits" of twelve great recording artists.

From Billboard - May 12, 1958: A series of suave instrumental re-workings by arranger-conductor Frank De Vol of a list of tunes whose Columbia Record waxing sold over a million copies. he "portrait" aspect is due to the platter's salute to such artists as Johnny Mathis, Mitch Miller, Rosemary Clooney and others originally associated with the tunes. A catchy cover, featuring sketches of the saluted artists, lends appeal.

Chances Are
On The Street Where You Live
You Belong To Me
Yellow Rose Of Texas
The Little White Cloud That Cried
Stranger In Paradise (From "Kismet")
My Heart Cries For You
Come On-A My House
Moments To Remember
Whatever Will Be Will Be

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Enrique Guzman

No Debo Decirlo
Enrique Guzman
Arreglos y Dirección de Chuck Anderson
Discos Columbia De Mexico S. A. DCS 1063

Mi Corazon Canta
Gracias Por El Recuerdo
Asi Que Adios
No Debo Decirlo
El Amor Es Una Cosa Esplendorosa
Tal Vez
El Mar
Las Hojas Muertas
Pon Tu Cabeza En Mi Hombro
Cuando Platicas De Mi

Instant Death - Eddie Harris

Instant Death
Eddie Harris
Produced by Eddie Harris and Marvin Lagunoff
Recoding Engineer: Bruce Sweden
Photography: Neal Preston
Album Design: Haig Adishian
Atlantic SD 1611

Available from online vendor so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

#18 "Best Selling Jazz LP's" Billboard - June 3, 1972
#20 "Best Selling Jazz LP's" Billboard - July 1, 1972

Mild avant grade jazz concept set that plays through with a lot of mood.


Ronald Muldrow: Electric Guitar
Rufus Reid: Bass and Electric Bass
Billy James: Drums and Kilimba (African Thumb Piano)
Richard Abrams: Electric Piano and African Whistle
Henry Gibson: Conga Drums and African Talking Drums
Eddie Harris: Electric Saxophone, Trumpet with reed mouthpiece, Cowbell,
Shaker and Horn Vocals (Condour Innovex, Ampeg Amplifier, Maestro Guitar Unit, Color Sound Was Way, Eddie Harris Saxophone Mouthpiece by J. J. Babbit Co.)

Instant Death
A Little Wes
Zambezi Dance
Written-By – Billy James, Henry Gibson, Richard Abrams*, Ronald Muldrow, Rufus Reid
Summer's On Its Way

Adventure In The Sun - Percy Faith

Tropical Holiday

Aventure In The Sun
Percy Faith And His Orchestra
Photo: Jon Abbot
Columbia CL 1010

From the back cover: Percy Faith is famous for such musical tours as these: earlier Colombia albums such as "Continental Music" and "Passport To Romance" have drawn upon the beautiful songs or Europe and Latin America to become treasured components of any collection. And, of course, his orchestral settings of Broadway scores have helped to spread their songs even farther abroad. When Percy Faith left his native Canada to come to the United States, he already had great familiarity with fine popular music gained from studies and from his active career in Canadian broadcasting. On his arrival he almost at once was appointed conductor of one of the largest-running musical programs in radio, The Contented Hour, and shortly thereafter began his distinguished recording career. In the beginning, he concentrated primarily on vocalists, then branched out into purely instrumental work, and has since divided his time between the two. He has introduced, among other innovations, the "Magic Voices," an unusual handling of choral effects, and has searched endlessly for the little-known and unusual instruments, beyond the scope of the ordinary orchestra.

In recent years, he has been the distinguished conductor of The Woolworth Hour.

From Billboard - June 24, 1957: Mild general appeal. Program has international flavor, skipping all over the globe to present bright melodies from South America, Scotland, Sweden, Italy, etc. The collection is characterized by general gaiety with Faith arrangements and cover photo to match.

Yropical Merengue
The Fiddling Bullfighter
Hey Jose!
Bahama Lullaby
Bubbling Over
Tropic Holiday 
The Bandit

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sophisticated Approach - Stan Kenton

From The Fabulous Dance Library Of Stan Kenton
Sophisticated Approach
Arranged by Lennie Niehaus
Produced by Lee Gillette
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio / George German
Capitol Records ST 1674

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.


Piano & Leader
Stan Kenton

Jim Amlotte
Bob Fitzpatrick
Newell Parker
Jack Spurlock

Dave Wheeler

Latin Rhythm:
George Acevedo

Bob Behrendt
Bud Brisbots
Bob Rolfe
Dalton Smith
Marc Stamm

Jerry McKenzie

Keith Mitchell

Dwight Carver
Keith LaMotte
Gene Roland
Carl Saunders

Gabe Baltazar
Sam Donahue
Wayne Dunstan
Marc Holladay
Paul Renzi

From Billboard - March 17, 1962: A very lush and beautiful set of ballads is played by the big Stan Kenton band here. The tunes are almost all drawn from the standard repertoire and feature the brass and reed choirs that do much to bring the mood and nostalgic reflections of the melodic material vividly to life. Album makes a fine programming item, and should score with adult listeners and dancers. Among the better tracks are "But Beautiful," "You Stepped Out Of A Dream," "Memoirs Of A Lady" and "Like Someone In Love."

But Beautiful
Darn That Dream
It Might As Well Be Spring
Moonlight Becomes You
How Do I Look In Blue
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
How Long Had This Been Going On?
Memoirs Of A Lady
Time After Time
Easy To Love
My One And Only Love
Like Someone In Love