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Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Misty Miss Christy - June Christy

The Misty Miss Christy
June Christy
Arranged and Conducted by Pete Rugolo
Capitol Records T725

From the back cover: The arrangements, consciously fashioned to reflect this mood, were conceived by Pete Rugolo. They're different from the hard-blowing arrangements that usually accompany June, for Pete uses a string quintet throughout, a harp, vibes and bells, a French horn and three trombones for the subtle color they give. The effect is a gentle sound, ethereal sometimes, steadfastly imaginative, and a perfect accompaniment to the songs so painstakingly chosen.

From Billboard - August 25, 1956: Miss Christy, one-time Kenton thrush, has a good follow-up to her smash "Something Cool" package. Jocks will like it and the color photo portrait on the cover will add impetus. Sides include: "I Didn't Know About You," "Dearly Beloved" and "There's No You."

That's All
I Didn't Know About You
Sing Something Simple
Maybe You'll Be There
Dearly Beloved
'Round Midnight
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
The Wind
This Year's Kisses
For All We Know
There's No You

Guitars Go Country - Carl Miller

I Walk The Line
Guitars Go Country
I Walk The Line
And Other Dobro Guitar Favorites
Carl Miller & The Playboys
Crown Records CLP 5496

I Walk The Line
John Henry
Flint Hill Special
Crawdad Song
Mountain Dew
Columbus Stockade Blues
Wreck Of Ole 97
Frankie And Johnnie
Red River Valley
Fireball Mail

Keys To Your Mind - Mike Melvoin

Are You There
Keys To Your Mind
Mike Melvoin
Producer: Marshall Leib
Engineer: Dino Lappas
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Cover Photography: Ivan Nagy
Liberty LRP-3485


Mike Melvoin - Concert Grand, Tack Piano, Electric Piano, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Ondioline (the secret weapon)
Don Peake - Guitar
Gene Estes & Emil Richards - Percussion
Jim Hughart - Bass
Hal Blaine & Bill Goodwin - Drums

Sweet Talkin' Guy
Looking With My Eyes
Eleanor Rigby
Paperback Writer
Along Comes Mary
Summer In The City
Are You There
For No One
You Are My Sunshine
I Want to Tell You
Keys To My Mind

Just For Listening - Sounds Of A Thousand Strings

Just For Listening
Sounds Of A Thousand Strings
Crown Records CLP 5260

Does Your Heart Beat For Me
In Love
Twilight Of Love
I've Got A Date With An Angel
Moonlight And Romance
Jealous Love
Dreamers Lullaby
The Thrill Of Love

Sing 'N Clap Along - Edmundo Ros

Standing On The Corner
Sing 'N Clap Along
With Edmundo Ros
His Orchestra & Chorus
Cha Cha Cha's / Merengues
Cover Design: Barbara Bert
London LL 3233

From Billboard - March 20, 1961: The sparkling music of Edmundo Ros is utilized for a Latin-based sing and clap along. A chorus of mixed voices does the singing on a number of very popular tunes – most of them from hit shows. Among the material are "People Will Say We're In Love," "Hey There," "I Love Paris" and "There's Is Nothing Like A Dame." Tunes are done in either cha-cha-cha or merengue tempo. Song sheets are enclosed. This set sells retail for $2.98 for a limited time.

There's No Business Like Show Business (Merengue) from Annie Get Your Gun
People Will Say We're In Love (Merengue) from Oklahoma
Heart (Cha Cha Cha) from Damn Yankees
I Could Have Danced All Night (Cha Cha Cha) from My Fair Lady
Get Me To The Church On Time (Merengue) from My Fair Lady
There's Nothin' Like A Dame (Merengue) from South Pacific
The Say It's Wonderful (Cha Cha Cha) from Annie Get Your Gun
Hey There (Cha Cha Cha) from The Pajama Game
I Love Paris (Merengue) from Can-Can
On The Street Where You Live (Merengue) from My Fair Lady
Standing On The Corner (Cha Cha Cha) from The Most Happy Fella
Almost Like Being In Love (Cha Cha Cha) from Brigadoon

Twilight Music

Pale Moon
Twilight Music
National Salon Orchestra
Halo 5072

Brahms Lullaby
Pale Moon
Busy Holiday
Thousand And One Nights
Emperor Waltz
Flower Dance
Shine On Harvest Moon
Lazy Mary
Scotch Airs
Fantasie Impromptu
Sonata In C
Minute Waltz
Valse Bluette

Monday, July 22, 2019

Songs For Rainy Day Lovers - The Rainy Day Orchestra

Killing Me Softly
Songs For Rainy Day Lovers
The Rainy Day Orchestra
Produced by Odyssey Productions, Inc.
Cover Concept and Executive Producer: Dick Heard
Cover Logo Design: Pinwheel Studio
Art Direction: Eric Wrobbel Design
Cover Photo: Sam Causey, Causey Photography
Sunnyvale Records 9330-1004
Sunnyvale Records, a division of GRT Corporation

Those Were The Days
Killin Me Softly
Love Is The Message
When I Will See You Again
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Sweet Gypsy Rose
Have You Never Been Mellow
Everlasting Love
You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Someone, Somewhere - The Stradivari Pops Orchestra

Blue Skies
Someone, Somewhere
The Stradivari Pops Orchestra
Coronet Records CXS-263
Premier Albums, Inc.

When The Day Is Done
Someone Somewhere
Wish You Were Here
Blue Skies
Love's Old Sweet Song
Melody Of Love
Kiss Me Again

Reminiscing - International Pop Orchestra 110 Musicians

Sacred Elephant
International Pop Orchestra
110 Musicians
Wyncote W-9123

Ha Ha Ha
Sentimental Tango
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
La Paloma
Lazy Haze
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Sacred Elephant
My Old Kentucky Home
Camptown Races

Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Sounds Orchestral

Scarlatti Potion No. 9
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Sounds Orchestral
Featuring Johnny Pearson on Piano & Harpsichord
Kenny Clare: Drums
Peter McGurk, Frank Clark & Tony Reeves: Bass
Produced and Directed by John Schrodeder
Parkway P-7046

From the back cover: "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" was written and recorded by Vince Guaraldi, an American musician living in California, and it was first brought to my attention by Tony Reeves, an astute young friend of mine, who incidentally played bass on that session. The tune although not easily memorable, had a fantastically elusive magic about it that really got me. It seemed to have been written with tremendous soul as thought it were an interpretation of feeling about something that was deeply realistic to the composer. Most of all, the change of moods provided me with the opportunity of creating the sound and treatment I had in mind. The title was a gas solo. As I thought it important basically not to change Guaraldi's conception, I decided the piano must have the lead and so I called upon the services of one – John Pearson – Pianiste fantastique! John has been a friend of mine for many years now. I first heard him when he had his own radio program and was so enthralled by his technique as a pianist and abilities as an arranger, that I immediately got together with him and we made an album. Since then, John has continually made an envied name for himself and such artists as Lena Horne, Vanessa Lee, Shirley Bassey, Connie Francis and more recently, Cilla Black have benefited by and owe a great deal to his phenomenal talent. – John Schroeder

Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Something's Coming
Scarlatti Potion No. 9
At The Mardi Gras
When Love Has Gone
To Wendy With Love
Have Faith In Your Love
Carnival (From "Black Orpheus")
Scarlatti Potion No. 5
Love Letters
Like The Lonely

Music From Across The Sea - Sidney Torch

The Last Spring
Music From Across The Sea
Sidney Torch and His Orchestra
Cover - Photograph by Anthony Guyther
Recorded in Europe by Parlophone
Coral Records CRL 37007

From the back cover: The title of this collection is self-descriptive, and if any man can export the very latest of light music from across the sea, that man is Sidney Torch. A native Londoner (born in 1908) Torch was devoted to music from birth, a child prodigy who performed so brilliantly at the piano that he seemed destined to become concert pianist. However, after studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he became a vital part of the world of entertainment.

In the 1920's Sidney Torch became eminent not only as a pianist and conductor of musical comedies, but as an arranger. He taught himself to play the organ; for several years after 1930 he was solo organist at some of the largest cinema palaces in London. His career was interrupted when Touch joined the R.A.F' but when the war was over, he resumed the making of orchestral arrangements.

His varied talents are revealed in the present collection. This successor to his previous Coral album display new facets of his skill. No mood music has ever been rendered with greater smoothness, subtlety and sympathy.

From Billboard - May 28, 1955: Britain's Sidney Torch and his orchestra are featured here with lush deep-toned treatments of 12 lovely instrumentals. With the exception of an Alec Wilder's "I'll Be Around" and a couple of George Siravo melodies, most of the tunes are unfamiliar. But they all convey a haunting mood of melodic melancholy and deejays should find them eminently suitable for romantic programming. The cover features an eye-catching montage photo, with a close-up of a beautiful girl projected against a only expanse of ocean.

It's True
Falling In Love All Over Again
The Last Spring
Should I Dream
The Long Hours
This Is A Dreamers Romance
Open Up Your Heart
That's The Time I Dream Of You
La Femme
Spring It Was
Melancholy Waltz
I'll Be Around