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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lonely Harpsichord Memories Of That Rainy Night - Jonathan Knight

Going Out Of My Head
Lonely Harpsichord
Memories Of That Rainy Night
Jonathan Knight
Produced by Al Capps
Arranged buy Al Capps
Engineer: Greg Venable
A Snuff Garrett Production
Viva Stereo V 36016
Distributed Nationally by Dot Records, Inc.

Going Out Of My Head
Over You
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
It Must Be Him
My Special Angel
Look Of Love
A Man And A Woman
Chances Are
I Say A Little Prayer
I Will Wait For You
Turn Around, Look At Me

Street Scene - Felix Slatkin

Lonely Street
Street Scene
The Fantastic Strings Of Fleix Slatkin
Producer: Si Waronker
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
Cover Design: Pate/Francis & Associates
Photography: Garrett - Howard, Inc. - Marty Newton
Liberty Premier Series
Visual Sounds Stereo LSS 14008

Street Scene
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Easy Street
On The Street Where You Live
Street Of Dreams
Lullaby Of Broadway
The Streets Of Laredo
Standing On The Corner
Lonely Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
The Lonesome Road

The Sky - Anita Kerr & Rod Mckuen

When Winter Comes
The Sky
Music by Anita Kerr
Words by Rod Mckuen
The San Sebastian Strings
Narrator: Gene Merlino
Produced by Rod McKuen and Anita Kerr
Arranged and Conducted by Anita Kerr
An Anor Production for Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records
Recorded in London at Olympic Studios
Engineer: Keith Grant
Remastered in Hollywood by Wally Heider
Vocal solo on "When Winter Comes" by Anita Kerr
Some of the material in this album is from the book "Lonesome Cities" by Rod McKuen
Cover Photo: Joseph Muench
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc WS 1720

From the back cover: Seven years ago when I conceived "The Sea," I hadn't met Anita Kerr, nor had I though of sharing my work with anyone else. It was to be an extension of myself and my feeling about love, using the sea as a canvas.

The many false starts my "Sea" project had, and the events that led to my meeting with Anita and asking her to compose music for my words, have been detailed on the jacket of "The Sea" album, so I won't go into them again here. The collaboration did take place, producing for the two of us a best-selling album, a sequel entitled "The Earth," and now the final set of the trilogy, "The Sky," all in the space of a year.

The year had ended as has the collaboration. For Anita and myself there are many memories left. For you, three shiny, black records... they are filled with a woman's feelings about how music should be written and a man's ideas about life. – Rod McKuen, January 1968

How Many Colors Of Blue?
The Butterfly Is Drunk On Sunshine
A Walk With The Angels
So Little Sun
Night Talk
When Winter Comes
My Dog Likes Oranges
The Forehead Of The Morning
A Patch Of Sky, Away From Everything
Mr. God's Trombones
Buy For Me The Wind
A New Lullaby (For Suzie and Kelly)
It Summing Up
Who Has Touched The Sky

Great! - Murray Arnold

He Sings Great!
He Plays Great!
He Is Great!
Murray Arnold and Trio
Recorded at Wilbur Clarke's Desert Inn, Las Vegas
Decca DL 74442

From the back cover: The Murray Arnold talents won early applause. He was playing the piano in vaudeville when barely ten, and soon after was demonstrating a surprisingly well-developed baritone while billed alongside the likes of Gus Kahn.

Right before World War II, the Arnold career got a big break when he was signed on as pianist for the Skinnay Ennis orchestra, and did a national tour for the Bob Hope Show.

After leaving the service, Murray joined the Freddy Martin Band, and for six years was featured pianist and vocalist. On his own ever since, Murray Arnold and Trio have won steadily increasing popularity via appearance in top clubs.

My Kind Of Girl
I Wanna Be Around
Alley Cat
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Lazy River
The Look Of Love
Mack The Knife
I'm A Fool To Want You
At Long Last Love
Cry Me A River

Up Up And Away - Jim Webb

Webb Of Blues
Up Up And Away
Hits By Jim Webb
The Soul Symphony
Under The Direction Of D. L. Miller
Manufactured By Haddon Record Corp. - Somerdale, N. J.
Gold Award GA-18

Up Up And Away
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Careless Love
Wichita Lineman
MacArthur Park
Happy Song
Webb Of Blues

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Candler By Candlelight - Norman Candler

Candler By Candlelight
The Magic Strings
Arranged and Conducted by Norman Candler
Cover Photo: Suzette Gibbs
Phase 4 Stereo - London
SP 44251
1975 - Teldec Schallplatten
1976 - The Decca Record Company Limited, London

From the back cover: When Norman Candler presented his first Magic Strings LP, little did he know how popular his romantic string sound would become. Now, recordings by this young Austrian composer/arranger/conductor are setting in nearly every country in the world.

Using a large orchestra of 80 strings, synthesizer and modern rhythm section, Norman Candler arranges with the stereo listener in mind, building sympathetic interplay between each string section yet never falling into the trap of burying the melody beneath a welter of sound. His idea is to complement the melody, by finding a mutually desirable meeting place, adding a filigree of string writing in his own style to the very special melodic material.

Norman Candler, the man behind the music, was born in 1937. His father was a member of the very famous Vienna Boy's Choir, and the son, having such a musical heritage became interested in all types of music. He studied piano and musical composition in Vienna and led various student choirs and orchestras before settling down to writing film and TV music.

He lives in a small romantic farm house in the heart of the Austrian Alps and as he puts it "these simple surroundings at home, balance the romantic moods that I get from the mountain." Here with the very minimum of interruptions from the pace of modern living, he is able to concentrate on his composing and arranging.

Every now and again, Candler leaves the idyllic countryside, his wife Heidi and their three young sons, to go to the recording
studios. There, after exhaustive rehearsals, the compositions and arrangements come to life.

Candlelight Waltz (Auld Lang Syne)
Petite Fleur
Notturno (String Quartet No. 2 in D major, 3rd met.)
With A Song In My Heart
Days Of No Return
Love's Theme
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Theme Of A Summernight (Symphony No. 1 in C major)
The Way We Were from the Rastar Columbia Film "The Way We Were"
Killy Me Softly With His Song

Movie Themes From Doctor Zhivago - Hollywood Studio Orchestra

Theme From Candy
Movie Themes From Doctor Zhivago and Others
By The Hollywood Studio Orchestra
Wyncote SW 9148

Somewhere My Love
Theme From Judith
Theme From The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
The Slender Thread
Theme From Candy
Theme From The Young Ones
Impossible Lovers
Young Lovers
Theme From A Starlet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hits A Poppin' - The Prom Orchestra

Way Of A Clown
Hits A Poppin'
With The Prom Orchestra and Chorus
Manufactured by Synthetic Plastics, Co.

The Old Lamp Lighter
Let The Little Girl Dance
I Love The Way You Love
Madison Time
Puppy Love
Way Of A Clown
Teenage Sonata

Top Hits - The Prom Orchestra

Red Sails In The Sunset
Top Hits
The Prom Orchestra and Chorus
Manufactured by Synthetic Plastics Co.

Hello Young Lovers
It Only Happened Yesterday
Happy Shades Of Blue
Walk, Don't Run
Theme From "The Apartment"
Red Sails In The Sunset
(You Were Made) For All My Love

Swingin' In Hi-Fi - Jerry Fielding

Ooo Wee
Swingin' In Hi-Fi
Rock 'n Roll Matriculates
Jerry Fielding and His Orchestra
Playback Equipment by Fairchild
Speakers by A/R Jansen
Decca Records DL 8371


George Red Callender - Bass
Martin J. Berman - Bariton
Ralph A. Fera, Maurie Harris, Frank Beach, John Audino, Buddy Maynard - Trumpet
Howard "Pete" Terry - Tenor Sax
Hynie Gunkler - Alto Sax
Buddy Collette - Tenor Sax
Marty Paich - Piano
Joe Howard, Bernie Hart - Trombone

From the back cover: One of the most sensitive and modest day bandsmen, Jerry Fielding, was born a little more than thirty years ago – June 17, 1923, to be exact – in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began as a performer on the saxophone and clarinet, but at seventeen he was already writing arrangements, and it was not long before he developed into one of the most expert arrangers in the field. He worked as arranger for some of the greatest men in the country, including Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Jimmy Lunceford, as well as for many top radio and TV shows, including the Groucho Marx show, the Mickey Rooney show, and his own Jerry Fielding show.

In 1952 Jerry formed his own dance band to provide, he says, "some relief from the shackles of the requirements of the commercial media." It met with instant acceptance. He band was staffed with top men, all seeking release from the nervous tension of their commercial work. The tours of the Jerry Fielding orchestra have been unreservedly successful, perhaps because Jerry thinks of his band as a unit. He refuses to divide credit in two parts – the band and the leader – believing that one is reflective and even useless without the other.

Smack Dab In The Middle
If I May
Razzle - Dazzle
Fish Roll
The Boss Is Home
Ooo Wee
Burn That Candle
Turkish Torture
Heavy Henry's First Flirtation
Doll Face

Romantica - Raymond Lefevre

Love In Portofino
Raymond Lefevre & His Continental Dance Orchestra
Recorded in Paris, France by Barclay Records
Cover Photo: Richard Heimann
Photo of Raymond Lefevre: Herman Leonard
Atlantic Recording Corporation

From the back cover: Raymond Lefevre, a French musician of taste, is responsible for this romantic diversion. Born to a music-loving grocer in the seaport town of Calais in 1929, he developed his musical gifts early, studying piano and sight-singing with his father, then flute and piano at a school nearby.

At 17, it became clear that he would no longer profit by staying in his home town. If a musical career was to be pursued, he would have to obtain conservatory training in one of the European capitals. His parents, however, hesitated to separate themselves from their beloved son. After a short time though, it was decided to give him his chance.

At the famous Paris Conservatoire, he studied piano, flute, and harmony, becoming interested in popular music not long after arriving in the French capital. This growing concern for "lighter" forms of music motivated him to get a job playing piano in a dance hall.

During his second year in Paris, Lefevre met bandleader Hubert Rostaing who further aroused his interest in popular music, and introduced him to the charms of jazz. Shortly thereafter, the bandleader engaged him as his pianist and arranger, and in 1949, the young musician played with the Rostaing band in various resort towns on the Riviera, including San Remo, Cannes and Biarritz.

1951 and 1952 were spent with the Bernard Hilda orchestra. The unit toured extensively through Italy, Spain, Portugal and England, finally locating in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for an engagement which lasted several months.

Monsieur Lefevre became active in television upon his return to France, frequently directing his own orchestra. However, when the opportunity to play in the United States presented itself in 1955, he took it, re-joining Hilda for an extended engagement at Hollywood's fashionable Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Profiting from exposure to American music, particularly American Jazz, he made large strides once back in his homeland, becoming an orchestra director on a permanent basis, and distinguishing himself on TV and as a recording artist.

Equipped to score and conduct many types of music, Lefevre favors jazz, especially of the Stan Kenton-Count Basie big band variety, and would like to engage in this kind of musical activity more frequently. Perhaps the next Lefevre album for American consumption will illuminate a talent for big band jazz, as this program illustrates his sensitivity for the romantic emotions, and the sounds and rhythms which bring them to life. – Burt Korall

The Cricket Serenade
Come Softly To Me
Gouli-Gouli Dou
If I Cared A Little Less
Spring In Seville
Love In Portofino
Millions Of Teardrops
Too Much Tequila
The Right Girl On The Left Bank
Le Monde A Change
Hava Naguila

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Best Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David - The Wilders

Rain Drops Keep Fallin' On My Head
The Best Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David
The Wilders
GNP Crescendo GNPS 2059

From the back cover: Though their musical careers have spanned many years, the approach of the Wilder Brothers; George, Walter and Warner, is as contemporary as the musical magic of Bacharach and David. Their first important "gig" was appearing, all three of them together, in the sax section of the Stan Kenton band. They played collectively and or individually with the Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet bands.

Forming their own act some years ago, they continue to appear in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe; the Copa in New York, the Star On The Roof at the Beverly-Hilton in Los Angeles, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans and many other leading showcases throughout the U.S. Their TV credits include the Ed Sullivan Show.

Simultaneously they became involved in record production and eventually started their own studio. Among the many stars they've "produced" have been Wayne Newton and Dick and Deedee, including their super-smash "Mountain-High."

The studio gave The Wilders the unique opportunity to explore and experiment – to search for inventive new sounds. The results are evident in this album – a distinctive new style emerges – reminiscent of their early years in the Big Band ear – but as fresh as tomorrow morning's newspaper.

The warm and resonance of their reeds, featuring the clarinet lead, supported by brilliant brass and modern rhythm, add an irresistibly romantic flavor to the superlative songs of Bacharach and David

One Less Bell To Answer
Where There's A Heartache
All Kinds Of People
Alfie (From the film "Alfie")
This Guy's In Love With You
I Say A Little Prayer
Close To You
The Look Of Love (From the film "Casino Royale")
Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (From the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid")
Walk On By
What The World Needs Now

Monday, August 12, 2019

Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff? - Rosa Linda

Rhapsody On A Theme From Paganini By Rachmaninoff
Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff?
Classics In Rhythm
Rosa Linda - Piano Soloist with Trio
Music Supervision: Ted Dale
Orchestrations: Rosa Linda
Producer: Sam Rosey
Cover Photography: Phil Howard
Color Jacket Designed and Printed in U.S.A. by Howard's Techni-Krome Press
ERA Record Company - Hollywood, California
EL 20010

From the back cover: Rosa Linda was born in Chicago and studied piano from the age of three. When she was six years of age she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She created such a sensation that she was immediately booked to appear with the Detroit, Oklahoma and New York Symphonies.

She toured Europe as a child prodigy and studied with the late and great Moritz Rosenthal. When Igor Stravinsky wrote his Piano Concerto he engaged Rosa Linda for the world premiere which took place in Budapest with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer.

Returning to this country she was picked by NBC to appear in a series of concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Later she toured this country with Paul Whiteman introducing such famous works as the Gershwin Cuban Overture, the Warsaw Concerto, etc.

A few years ago she felt the urge to develop her present style which turned out to be a very lucrative field for her talents. – Sam Rosen and Ted Dale

From Billboard - February 9, 1957: In attempting to kid the classics, pianist Rosa Linda will most assuredly be the butt of her own humor. There's little to recommend this album other than the title, and even this will be repugnant to many. Music is of the background family, and best be appreciated with the volume down low – very low.

Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff?
88 Key
Prelude In G Minor
18th Variation On A Theme From Paganini By Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody On A Theme From Paganini By Rachmaninoff
Joe Gree Goes To Town
Carmen Has A Bizet Day
A Dream Or Two
Habanera Boogie
2nd Piano Concerto
Samba A La Chopin