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Saturday, March 31, 2018

On The Shores Of Waikiki - Jerry Byrd

Little Lani Jo
On the Shores Of Waikiki
The Guitar Of Jerry Byrd
And His Orchestra
Mercury Wing MGW 12183

From the back cover: To share his delight in making this album, Jerry brought in his long-time friend, Danny Kuaana and Danny's instrumental and vocal group, "The Islanders." Danny is today one of the few remaining exponents of the traditional ultra-high register singing style cultivated by islanders through the reigns of the Kamehamehas, Kalakauas and other historic Hawaiian ruling dynasties. When Sonja Henie developed her famed hula dance feature which became a high point of her ice show, she engaged Danny Kuaana and his group to travel with her wherever she went to insure the success of this single number.

From Billboard - May 27, 1957 (MG 20230): Packaging, featuring the usual assortment of Island medolies, will find strong competition from the seasonal load of similar albums. Sound here is rather dull and lacks the color and vigor of other sets available. Choicer items will distract from sales of this album. Sides were cut during shellac era.

Paradise Isle
Kaimana Hila
My Isle Of Golden Dreams
Pagan Love Song
Hula Blues
Little Lani Jo
Hilo March
Hawaiian Sunset
Maui Chimes
Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi
I Regret To Say Aloha

Sounds For Spies And Private Eyes - Al Caiola

Underwater Chase
Al Caiola
Sounds For Spies And Private Eyes
Produced by LeRoy Holmes
Cover Design: Frank Gauna
United Artist UAS 6435

Theme From "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
The Fugitive Theme
Secret Agent Man
Underwater Chase
The Third Man Theme
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Man Of Mystery
The Bronze Doll
Baker Street Mystery
The Eye In Flat Five
A Quiet Thing

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright

Pretty Little Vietnamese
Hello Vietnam
Johnny Wright
Decca Records DL 74698

From the back cover: Johnny Robert Wright, who grew up in Wilson County, Teen., and who met and married Muriel (Kitty Wells) Deason and fathered a namesake-son and two daughters, sings today in the same manner as when he began years ago. Not because he couldn't change to stay abreast of the come-and-go fads, but because he wouldn't change from what he believed to be America's most honest music.

Hello Vietnam
She' Gone, Gone, Gone
A Dear John Letter
Bright Lights And Country Music
Sweet Snow Dear
Blame It On The Moonlight
Pretty Little Vietnamese
Rainbow At Midnight
Walkin', Talkin', Cryin' Barely Beaten' Broken Heart
Soldier's Last Letter
Mexico City
Don't Give Up

Thursday, March 29, 2018

More Music From Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini

Goofin' At The Coffee House (stereo)

More Music From Peter Gunn
Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini
Produced by Dick Peirce
Orchestra Manager: Bobby Helfer
Recorded in the RCA Music Center of the World on February 17, and March 5 and 6, 1959
Recording Engineer: Al Schmitt
Cover by Frank Murphy/Fritz Miller
RCA Victor LSP 2040 & LPM-2040 (with red "ALL NEW!" circle sticker fixed to cover)

From the sound track of the NBC-TV series Peter Gunn starring Craig Stevens
Created by Blake Edwards
Published by Northridge Music Co.

Conrad Gozzo (lead)
Pete Candoli (soloist)
Frank Beach
Graham Young

Dick Nash (soloist)
Jimmy Priddy
John Halliburton
Karl DeKarske
Hoyt Bohannon

French Horns
Vincent DeRossa (lead)
John Cave
Richard Perissi
John Graas

Wood Winds
Ted Nash (alto sax soloist)
Ronny Land (baritone sax soloist)
Paul Horn
Gene Cipriano

Shelly Mann (drums)
Alvin Stolier (drums – "Timothy" only)
John T. Williams (piano)
Bob Bain (guitar)
Rolly Bundock (bass)
Joen Mondragon (bass – "My Manne Shelly," "Lightly," "A Quiet Gass")
Vic Feldman (vibes)
Larry Bunker (vibes)

Additional Solos
Plas Johnson (solo tenor on "Spook!")
R. Lang (alto flute on "The Little Man Theme," "Goofin' At The Coffee House," "Odd Ball")
T. Nash (piccolo on "The Little Man Theme" – alto flute on "Walkin' Bass")
R. Bundock (bass on "Walkin' Bass")
V. Feldman (vibe solos except "Blue Steel")
L. Bunker (vibe solo on "Blue Steel")

Walkin' Bass
My Manne Shelly
Goofin' At The Coffee House
Odd Ball
Blue Steel
The Little Man Theme
A Quiet Gass
Blues For Mother's

Plug Me In - Eddie Harris

Lovely Is Today
Plug Me In
Eddie Harris & His Electric Saxophone
Arranged and Conducted by Charles Stepney
Produced by Joel Dorn
Recording Engineer: Bruce Tergesen
Cover Photo: Lee Friedlander
Cover Design: Marvin Israel
Atlantic SD 1606

On Live Right Now, It's Crazy & Theme In Search Of A T.V. Commercial, the personnel is: Eddie Harris, electronically amplified tenor sax; Haywood Henry, baritone sax; Jimmy Owens, Melvin Last & Joe Newman, trumpets; Tom McIntosh, trombone; Jodie Christian, piano; Melvin Jackson, bass or Charles Rainey, fender bass & Richard Smith or Grady Tate, drums.

On Ballad (For My Love), Lovely Is Today & Winter Meeting, the personnel is: Eddie Harris, electronically amplified tenor sax; Haywood Henry, baritone sax; Jimmy Owens, Melvin Last & James Bossy, trumpets; Garnet Brown, trombone; Jodie Christian, piano; Melvin Jackson or Ronald Carter, bass & Richard Smith or Grade Tate, drums.

Eddie Harris plays tenor sax with a Maestro amplifier made by CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument Company), Chicago, Ill.

Live Right Now
It's Crazy
Ballad (For My Love)
Lovely Is Today
Theme In Search Of A T.V. Commercial
Winter Meeting

A Swingin' Thing - The Three Suns

Painted Desert
A Swingin' Thing
The Three Suns
Produced by Al Nevins
Arranged by Roy Glover
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Ernie Oelrich
RCA Victor LPS 2963

A totally swingin' jazzy small combo Three Suns sound.

From the back cover: Once again Roy Glover has arranged and provided the working plan for a Three Suns recording. To add a little bit of something new to the already inviting list of standard selections, Roy has composed two original compositions for the Three Suns in Nite Trix and Painted Desert. Both of these songs are fused with the new sound of the unique Three Suns.

Sweet Georgia Brown
Mean To Me
African Waltz
Georgia On My Mind
Honeysuckle Rose
A Taste Of Honey
Ain't Misbehavin'
Sleepy Time Gal
Nite Trix
Painted Desert
Lazy River

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Whatever Julie Wants - Julie London

Whatever Julie Wants
Julie London
Producer: Felix Slatkin
Cover Design: Pate/Francis & Associates
Photography: Garrett-Howard, Inc.
Diamonds Designed by Marvin Hime, Beverly Hills
Champagne by the Popular Wine Growers of California
Furs by Harry Rosoff, Los Angeles
Liberty Records, Inc.
LST 7192

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

From Wikipedia: For the cover photograph of this release Julie London had herself photographed in furs, jewels, and $750,000 in U.S. bills. A team of armed police officers were also present on the set.

From Billboard - August 14, 1961: Julie London applies her smoky and torch pipes to a string of 12 tunes tailor-made for the worldy-wise woman. She sings the tunes in her own breathless style with nice ork backing. The worldy, gold-digger motif is carried through with such titles as "My Heart Belongs To Daddy," "Daddy," "Love For Sale," and "take Back Your Mink." Good jock wax here too.

Why Don't You Do Right
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Hard Hearted Hannah
Do It Again
Take Back You Mink
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
An Occasional Man
Love For Sale
Always True To You In My Fashion
There'll Be Some Changes Made

I Can Cook Too - Nancy Walker

Some Other Time
I Can Cook Too
Songs By Nancy Walker
Back cover illustration: Al Hirschfeld
Dolphin Records EB 3010

From Billboard - February 25, 1956: Broadway star comedienne Nancy Walker is as hot as she's ever been right now, what with the sock notices she drew recently for her tour de force performance in the current legit revival of Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels." However, she doesn't register nearly as strongly on records as she does in person, and, consequently, this album's main appeal will be to those who have caught her act and can use their imagination to get more out of the disk. She handles ballads in okay fashion, but is vastly more effective on special material ditties, scoring particularly with "Get Married Shirley," "Irving," "I Can Cook Too" and "Down to the Sea" from her hit revue of last season "Phoenix '55."

I Can Cook Too
Some Other Time
I'm Tired Of Texas
Get Married, Shirley
Down To The Sea
Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet
Oh, So Nice
The Charade Of The Marionette
A Funny Heart
My Cousin In Milwaukee

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mozart Klarinettenkonzert - Benny Goodman

Allegro (side 2)
Benny Goodman Spielt Mozart
Benny Goodman, Clarinet
Recorded on the occasion of the Berkshire Festival
Cover Photo: Bob Ritta
RCA Victrola 26.41188

Obscure reissue featuring a "Victrola" sticker applied to the upper right, front cover and the catalog number "26.41188" which was handwritten on a sticker and then fixed on top of the printed back cover catalog number "VICS 1402". The VICS 1402 identifier was left undisturbed on the jacket cover and disc label.

Side 1

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A - K.622
Allegro - Adagio - Rondo: Allegro

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Charles Munch

Side 2

Clarinet Quintet in A - K. 581
Allegro - Larghetto - Menuetto - Allegretto con variazioni

Boston Symphony String Quartet
Richard Burgin, 1st Violin; Alfred Kripps, 2nd Violin; Joseph de Pasquale, Viola; Samuel Mayes, Cello

Concerto For Clarinet and Orchestra, in A, K. 622
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, Conductor
Clarinet Quintet in A. K. 581
Boston Symphony String Quartet
Richard Burgin, 1st Violin, Alfred Korps, 2nd Violin, Joseph de Pasquale, Viola and Samuel Mayes, Cello
Benny Goodman, Clarinet
Recorded at the Berkshire Festival
RCA Victor LM-2073

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Stay As Sweet As You Are - Nat King Cole

Stay As Sweet As You Are
Nat King Cole
Pickwick SPC-3105
By Arrangement with Capitol Records

Stay As Sweet As You Are
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Angel Eyes
If I Give My Heart To You
On The Street Where You Live
Get Me To The Church On Time
What Is There To Say
Don't Get Around Much Any More
When You Lover Has Gone

A Man Could Get Killed - Bert Kaempfert

Beddoes Shadows
Music By Bert Kaempfert
From The Universal Picture
A Man Could Get Killed
Music Composed and Conducted by Bert Kaempfert
Cover Photo: Decca Photo Studio - Hal Buksbaum
Decca Records DL74750

From Billboard - December 4, 1965: Decca Records international star Burt Kaempfert has been singed by producer Robert Arthur to score "A Man Could Get Killed" for Universal Pictures. Assigment marks the German orchestra leader's first American film scoring. Decca will release the soundtrack LP.

Main Title
Explosive Welcome, Bi-Naveled, Key Note
Beddy Bye
Beddoes Shadows
Clues Dropper, A Tape Sandwich, Rude Awakening
Noted Arrival
Talking De-Tour
Sale Fish
Down To The Docks, A Deadly Game
Foiled In Oil
Handy Brandy, Hail The Azalea
No A Go Go (End Title)