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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Merman In Vegas - Ethel Merman

Just A Lady With A Song
Merman In Vegas
World Premiere Night Club Engagement
Recorded Live At The Fabulous Flamingo Hotel
Arrangements by Billy May
Reprise R-6062

From Billboard - January 26, 1963: Ethel Merman's first night club appearance at The Flamingo in Las Vegas has been recorded before a live audience on this new waxing, and a most exciting new disk it is. Here is the one and only Merman, singing the songs she made famous, from "You're The Tops" and "I Got Rhythm," to "Small World" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Strong set for Merman fans.

Just A Lady With A Song
I Got Rhythm
This Is It
A Lot Of Livin' To Do
  Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
  The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball
  I Got The Sun In The Morning
  Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
  You're The Top
  You're An Old Smoothie
  Let's Be Buddies
  Anything Goes
  It's De-Lovely
  Small World
  Everything's Coming Up Roses
They Say It's Wonderful
Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please
You Can't Get A Man With A Gun
Blow, Gabriel, Blow
There's No Business Like Show Business

Friday, September 4, 2020

Folk Songs And Minstrelsy

Hangman's Tree or The Maid Freed from the Gallows 
John Jacob Niles
I'm Going Back To Red Clay County - Odetta
Folk Song And Minstrelsy
A Vanguard Recording
The Classics Record Library
Book-Of-The-Month Club
4 Record Boxed Set
Vanguard 7624

I. Traditional Songs And Ballads Of The British Isles

Two Old English Rounds
  Summer Is Icumen In
  He That Will An Alehouse

Three Famous Ballads
  Scotch, English and Irish
  Lang A-Growing
  The Hangman, Or The Maid Freed From The Gallows
  John Riley

Song Of War
  We Be Soldiers Three
  Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye

Love Songs
  The Whistling Gypsy
  When Cockle Shells Turn Silver Bells

Humorous Songs
  The Bold Fisherman
  The Cobbler's Song
  Eddystone Light

II. British - American -Ballads And Songs

Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies
  The Fox
  Go From My Window
  The Golden Vanity
  Johnny Is Gone For A Soldier
  Greenland Whale Fisheries
  Aweigh, Santy Ano
  The Streets Of Laredo

III. The American Traditions

Songs Of Love
  East Virginia Blues
  Cotton-Eyed Joe
  Poor Lolette
  Spanish Is A Loving Tongue

Work Songs
  The Erie Canal
  Saro Jane
  John Henry

Spirituals And Gospel Songs
  Virgin Mary Had One Song
  Wayfaring Stranger
  He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
  God's A-Gonna Cut You Down

Slavery And Emancipation
  All The Pretty Little Horses
  No More Auction Block For Me

Ballads Of The West
  The Ox Driver
  The Buffalo Skinners
  Get Along, Little Dogies

American Wit And Humor
  Old Dan Tucker
  We're All Doggin'
  The State Of Arkansas
  Old Joe Clark
  The Unfortunate Man

IV. Modern Minstrelsy

Prison And Work Songs
  Another Man Done Gone
  I'm Going Back To The Red Clay Country
  No More Cane On The Brazos
  I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain
  Water Boy

Desperate Men And Fallen Women
  John Hardy
  Railroad Bill
  House Of The Rising Sun
  East Texas Red

Humorous Songs
  The Cat Came Back
  Meet The Johnson Boys
  I Know An Old Lady

War And Tragedy
  The Foggy Dew
  The Wreck Of The Old 97
  The Sinking Of The Reuben James

Love Spurned And Love Betrayed
  Frankie And Johnny
  The Wild Goose Grasses
  Danville Girl

Hard Times And The Dust Bowl
  Hard Travelin'
  Bonneville Dam
  Do Re Mi


The Deller Consort
Alfred Deller - Counter-tenor
Edgar Fleet - Tenor
Gerald English - Tenor
Wilfred Brown - Tenor
Owen Grundy - Baritone
Maurice Bevan - Bass

Leon Bibb
Instrumental ensemble conducted by Milt Okun
John Stauber - Guitarist'

Ronnie Gilbert
Fred Hellerman - Guitar
Erik Darling - Banjo

Cisco Houston
Accompanying himself on guitar

The Weavers
Lee Hayes
Ronnie Gilbert
Fred Hellerman
Erik Darling


Ed McCurdy
Accompanying himself on guitar

Ewan MacColl

Joan Baez and Bob Gibson
Bob Gibson - Guitar
Bill Lee - String Bass

Bob Gibson
Accompanying himself on guitar
Dick Rosmini - Guitar
Herb Brown - String Bass

Alan Mills

Tom Makem
Pete Seeger - Banjo
Eric Weisberg - Guitar

Pete Seeger
Accompanying himself of banjo

Columbia Hall Of Fame

September Song
Columbia Hall Of Fame Series
A Treasure Chest Of Song Hits
Columbia CL 613

Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
The Song From Moulin Rouge - Percy Faith
Because Of You - Tony Bennett
Half As Much - Rosemary Clooney
September Song - Liberace
Jezebel - Frankie Laine
Linda - Buddy Clark and Ray Noble
It's Magic - Doris Day
High Noon - Frankie Laine
Secret Love - Doris Day
My Heart Cries For You - Guy Mitchell
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney

My Fair Lady - Sammy Kaye

The Rain In Spain
For Dancing
Sammy Kaye Swings And Sways
My Fair Lady
Columbia Records CL 885

From Billboard - July 21, 1956: This is the label's third "My Fair Lady" package, but the legit show score is such a smash that this LP will undoubtedly chalk up an impressive sales record in its own right. Kaye plays pleasant instrumental arrangements in danceable tempo on a group of the musical's best songs including "On The Street Where You Live" and "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face."

I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
With A Little Bit Of Luck
Wouldn't It Be Lovely
You Did It
The Rain In Spain
Show Me
I Could Have Danced All Night
Get Me To The Church On Time
On The Street Where You Live
Just You Wait
Ascot Gavotte
Without You

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Christmas Favorites - Tops Orchestra & Choristers

Jingle Bells
Christmas Favorites
Tops Orchestra & Choristers
Tops Hi-Fi L1525

White Christmas
Silent Night
Deck The Halls
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Joy To The World
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Frosty The Snowman
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Winter Wonderland
O, Come All Ye Faithful
Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing
Jingle Bells
Santa Claus Is Riding Through The Sky
The First Noel
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Away In A Manger
Good King Wenceslaus

Country & Western Hits Vol. XII

Country & Western Hits Vol. XII
Nashville Country Singers
Photo by Tad R. Yoder
Mountain Dew Records S 7055
Ambassador Record Corp.

Oklahoma Sunday Morning
A Thing Called Love
Only Love Can Break A Heart
Kiss An Angel Good Morning
The Writing's On The Wall
Coat Of Many Colors
Ain't That A Shame
Easy Loving

The Four Freshmen In A Class By Themselves

Hurdy Gurdy Man
The Four Freshmen
In A Class By Themselves
Produced by Jack Tracy
Arranged and Conducted by Ian Freebairn-Smith
Engineer: Lanky Linstrot
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Design: Gabor Halmos
Cover Photography: Jerry White
Back Liner Photography: Grant Studio
Liberty Records STEREO LST-7590

  It's A Blue World
  By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Misty Roses
My Special Angel
Old Friends
Winchester Cathedral
Another Day On Lonely Street
Canadian Sunset
Girl Talk
Hurdy Gurdy Man
My Kind Of Sunshine
A Beautiful Friendship

Dance Along With Lopez - Vincent Lopez

Cha Chas
Dance Along With Lopez
Vincent Lopez and His Hotel Taft Orchestra
31 Wonderful Songs In Exact Tempo
Produced by Eddie Heller
MGM Records E3981

From the back cover: Vincent Lopez has proved one of the hardiest evergreens in show business. A bustling, energetic bandleader for most of his adult life, Lopez was responsible for many innovations in the playing of dance music, and has had a hand in the launching of scores of careers of today's music favorites. Lopez was one of the first genuine stars of radio, and has added to that many personal triumphs in TV, night clubs, the movies, and in personal appearances. For four decades the story of Vincent Lopez and his orchestra has been the story of American show business. In addition to his long and fruitful career in entertainment, he is the author of two top-selling books" Lopez Speaking, his autobiography and Numerology, a fascinating volume on the science of numbers in which Lopez is an international authority.

From Billboard - December 4, 1961: This is a very smart album and one that will have strong appeal to hosts and hostesses looking for music to dance at home. The Vincent Lopez crew plays six different types of rhythms here, the six that appeal to everybody. They include the cha cha, merengues, tangos, society or business man's bounce, fox trot and waltzes. All that's missing is the Twist. Good wax.

Just One Of Those Things
You Do Something To Me
I Know That You Know
Thou Swell
Fine and Dandy

Dancing In The Dark
When Your Lover Has Gone
Alone Together
I Only Have Eyes For You

A Kiss In The Dark
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
I'll See You Again

If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
Chinatown My Chinatown
Tea For Two
I Want To Be Happy
Carolina In The Morning
Mack The Knife

Italian Street Song
When My Dream Boat Comes Home
Bilbao Song
American Dancer

I Kiss You Hand, Madame
La Veeda
La Vie En Rose

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Noel Coward In New York

Half-Caste Woman
Noel Coward In New York
Orchestra Direction, Piano Accompaniment and Arrangements by Peter Matz
Columbia Masterworks ML 5163

From the back cover: "I have only had two music session in my life," Noel Coward wrote for the dust jacket of Simon and Schuster's "Noel Coward Song Book. "These were the first steps of what was to have been a full course at the Guildhall School of Music, and they faltered and stopped when I was told by my instructor that I could not use consecutive fifths. He went on to explain that a gentleman called Ebenezer Prout had announced many years ago that consecutive fifths were wrong and must in no circumstances by employed. At that time Ebenezer Prout was merely a name to me (as a matter of fact he still is, and a very funny one at that) and I was unimpressed by his Victorian dicta. I argued back that Debussy and Ravel used consecutive fifths like mad. My instructor waved aside this triviality with a pudgy hand, and I left his presence forever with the parting shot that what was good enough for Debussy and Ravel was good enough for me."

Being steadfastly "unimpressed by Victorian dicta" was, it seems, destined to be a more integral part of Mr. Coward's fabulous career than any conceivable amount of music training he might have acquired. And in the end, even if he had graduated with his weight in diplomas, one feels he would have immediately turned to putting on paper the kind of enchanting and peculiarly telling songs that are so markedly his. Not what Ravel or Debussy would have written, but splendid enough in wit and finesse to match anything put on paper in Montmartre.

Twenty of his "opera" are here eight of them in the New York Medley. In the geography of Noel Coward, New York is next to London, which is half a day from anywhere. And so, in New York, he sings of India and gypsy life and the rolling seas. The world he sings about he carries with him, and if this is called Noel Coward in New York it is because New York is where he lifts today's particular cup of tea (and where Goddard Lieberson records him).

I Like America
Half-Caste Woman
I Went To A Marvelous Party
Time And Again
Why Must The Show Go On
New York Medley
What's Going To Happen To The Tots
Sail Away
Wait A Bit, Joe
20th Century Blues
I Wonder What Happened To Him
The Party's Over Now

Songs Of Our Mountains - Harold And Margaret Winter Of Wee Loch

Loving Henry
Songs Of Our Mountains
Harold and Margaret Winter of Wee Loch
Art Director: Ron Wilson
Queen City Album, Co, - Cincinnati, Ohio
QCA 70517
November 12, 1966

From the back cover: Harold and Margaret Winters were born in the remote mountainous area of Western North Carolina. Their forefathers were among the first settlers in the southern mountains. The Winters are both from singing families, their music is a part of their life that they have known and loved from earliest childhood. Most of the songs that they sing were learned orally from their families and friends. They make their home at Wee Loch, Elk Park, North Carolina.

Margaret, author of "How To Play The Dulcimer," published by Boston Music Company, plays a Wee Loch Dulcimer designed by her husband. She and Harold have been associated with Jean Thomas, "The Traipsin' Woman" Founder and Director of The American Folk Song Festival, for the past twelve years. They were featured in the film "Bascomb Lunsford and His Friends," shown throughout the country on Educational Television Network. They are truly Folk Singers, not singers who make folk songs their business. They sing what they really know and they sing it well.

The Winters dislike leaving Wee Loch, even for short periods of time, however, they stay very busy making appearances in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida. This, in addition to operating Wee Loch Mountain Crafts. Visitors to Wee Loch find the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable, there is always time for a chat and a song.

Whistle Daugher
Willow Garden
Bird Song
Soldier, Soldier
Black Jack Davie
Loving Henry
Courtin' Song
Cockle Shells And Silver Bells Riddle Song
I Never Shall Marry
The Lonesome Dove
Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn, Raccoon, Derby Ram
Prodical Son, Bile Them Cabbage, If I Could Hear My Mother

Show Spectacular - Enoch Light

This Can't Be Love
Show Spectacular
New Recordings of Hit Songs from Broadway's Greatest Shows in New High Fidelity Sound
Performed by The All Star Show Orchestra
Arrangements by Lew A. Davies
Conducted by Enoch Light
Grand Award G.A. 33-393
Produced by Grand Award Record Corp.
World's Finest High Fidelity

From the back cover: Cover painting by Tracy Sugarman

Tracy Surgarman has been in the forefront of the young illustrators who have been giving new diversion to graphic art since the end of World War II. A graduate of the Syracuse University College of Fine Arts in 1943. Mr. Sugarman was the winner of the graduate award in illustration.

For three years he served as a Lieutenant in the Navy seeing action in the European Theatre. At the end of hostilities, Mr. Sugarman studied for two years with David Stone Martin at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His career in illustration has ranged far afield. He has done work for several publications such as Esquire, Colliers, McCalls, the American Magazine and Parents Magazine; has illustrated several juvenile editions for Wm. Morrow Publishers and has done extensive work for many of the large advertising agencies in the East.

Tracy Sugarman has sold many of his paintings to lovers of modern art. He has constantly sought new forms and explored new media, feelings always that the commercial field of Madison Avenue can be as challenging and creative as 57th Street around the corner.

This young artist brings to record covers a creative talent rarely utilized in this field. Unlike most artists, he did not receive specific instructions to produce a particular type of cover, but was merely told the subject of the record album and from there his wonderful creative ability took over to produce the imaginative cover you see. His use of strong blacks and bold splashes of color combine to give a feeling of movement and directions.

Tracy Sugarman was born in Syracuse, New York, and now makes his home in Westport, Connecticut with his wife and two children. He has an extensive interest in Jazz as well as classical music, and has a very fine collection of records.

Buckle Down Wisocki
How Are Things In Glocca Morra
This Can't Be Love
Seventy-Six Trombones
Lida Rose
Grant Avenue
June Is Bustin' Out All Over
This Nearly Was Mine
There's A Small Hotel
Don't Marry Me
If I Loved You

The Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick

That's Not The Answer
The Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick
Arranged and Conducted by Burt Bacharach
Produced by Bacharach & David
Design by Moscow-Morrison, Inc.
Scepter Records 528

From Billboard - February 27, 1965: This well-produced package of standard material hand-picked to fit the outstanding emotional Warwick style. "Unchained Melody" is a prime example of her feel and know-how with a lyric. A "Bolero" styled arrangement gives a full driving support. "Who Can I Turn To" is a trump in warmth and tenderness of lyric. Exceptional Bacharach arrangements.

Unchained Melody
Who Can I Turn To
How Many Days Of Sadness
Is There Another Way To Love You
Where Can I Go Without You
You Can Have Him
Wives & Lovers
Don't Say I Didn't Tell You So
Only The Strong, Only The Brave
Forever My Love
That's Not The Answer

The Josh White, Jr. Album

What Now My Love
The Josh White, Jr. Album
Arranged by Josh White, Jr.
Produced by Danny Kessler
Engineer: Sandy Sina
United Artists Records STEREO UAS 6627

That's My Song
The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
Early Mornin' Rain
Leaving On A Jet Plane
Goin' Out Of My Head
What Now My Love
I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free
The World I Used To Know
I Will Love You

Monday, August 31, 2020

Walking In Space - Quincy Jones

Walking In Space
Walking In Space
Quincy Jones
Arranged and Conducted by Quincy Jones
Produced by Creed Taylor
Cover Photograph by Pete Turner
Album Design by Sam Antupit
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded June 18, 19, 1969
A&M Records STEREO A&M SP 3023

Saxophone / Flute / Reeds
Joel Kaye (1, 2, 3) & Roland Kirk (1, 2, 3)
Tenor Sax Solo "Walking In Space"
Hubert Laws, (1, 2, 3)
Flute Solo "Walking In Space"
Tenor Sax Solo "Love And Peace"
Jerome Richardson (1, 2, 3)
Soprano Sax Solo "I Never Told You"

Ray Brown (1, 2, 3)
All Electric Bass except "Killer Joe"
Chuck Rainey (3) "Love And Peace"

Eric Gale (1, 2, 3) all solos
Toots Thielmans (2)

Paul Griffin (1)
Bob James (2, 3) Electric Piano

Trumpet / Flugelhorn
John Frosk (2, 3)
Freddie Hubbard (1, 2, 3) all solos;
Trumpet Solo "Walking In Space"
Lloyd Michels (1, 3)
Marvin Stamm (1, 2, 3)
Dick Williams (1)
Snooky Young (2)

Jimmy Cleveland (1, 2, 3)
Solo "Walking In Space"
George Jeffers (2)
J. J. Johnson (1, 3)
Norman Pride (3)
Alan Raph (1, 3)
Tony Studd (1, 2, 3)
Kai Winding (2)

Bernard Purdie (3)
Grady Tate (1, 2)

Toots Thielemans (2)

Hilda Harris
Marilyn Jackson
Valerie Simpson
Solo "Walking In Space"
Maretha Stewart

Freddie Hubbard, Roland Kirk, Hubert Laws appear through the courtesy of Atlantic Records.
Grady Tate appears through the courtesy of Skye Records

From the inside cover: Viewing the ridiculously vast musical output of filmscore composer/big band arranger Quincy Jones, one might conclude that there are many Quincy Joneses. The fact that Quincy Jones the filmscorer is the same man who: played trumpet as a kid, started as an arranger with two chart for an Oscar Pettiford album, studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, took a job with Barclay Disques in Paris in order to study classical composition with the venerable Nadia Boulanger, interrupted his love affair with New York City several times to take up with Europe, touring with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and finally his own band, piling up awards all over Europe. This very same Quincy later spent several years as a vice-president of a large record company.

Through all these lifetimes, Quincy Jones wrote. He wrote albums, TV shows, you name it, and more albums. It's hard to think of a singer who, at one time or another, hasn't had Quincy Jones' arrangements to fall back on.

After his executive fling came films. It started slow. "'The Pawn Broker' was my first shot – discounting a Swedish film that was too weird to get released here – and the second was 'Mirage.'" After that, films started flooding in and the deluge has never stopped. Quincy's scores are full of blues. Hollywood no longer panics.

Dead Walking
Walking In Spance
Killer Joe
Love And Peace (Arranged by Bob James)
I Never Told You
Oh Happy Day

(1) June 18, 1969 - Killer Joe
(2) June 19, 1969 - Dead End, Walking In Space - I Never Told You So
(3) June 19, 1969 - Love And Peace - Oh Happy Day

Portraits In Jazz

A Different Journey - Chico Hamilton
Portraits In Jazz
Reprise R9-6084
Essex Productions, Inc.

Afro-Bossa - Duke Ellington
I Remember You - Mavis Rivers and Shorty Rogers
Frankie And Johnny - Sidney Bechet
Swing Guitars - Django Reinhardt
Always - Dizzy Gillespie
Nice 'N' Easy - Count Basie
Latin Dance #1 - Barney Kessel
Good Lil' Man - Marv Jenkins
A Different Journey - Chico Hamilton

Flamenco Fury - Jose Greco

Fiesta Jerezana (Bulerias)
Flamenco Fury
Jose Greco
Cover Photo: by Harold Corsini - Gamma
MGM Records E3741

Members of Jose Greco Dance Company who, in addition to Mr. Greco, are heard in this recording include Rosario Caro (Cupletera Flamenco), Manuel de Jerez (Flamenco Singer), Ramon Velez (Bailor), Paco Fernandez (Bailor), Curro Rodrguez (Bailor) and Richard Blasco, Miguel Garcia and Enrique Heredia (Guitarists).

From the back cover: Jose Greco was born of Spanish-Italian parents in Montorio Italy. He was seven years old when he first visited Spain. He lived there for the next three years and it was at that time that his interests in Spanish dance first found form. When he was ten, his parents migrated to the United States. Here, after completing his elementary schooling, he attended the Leonardo da Vinci Art School in New York City. Although he displayed great talent for painting, he was drawn more seriously toward dancing. After strenuous study of Spanish dancing, he made his professional debut in the opera "Carmen" at the New York Hippodrome. Still further years of intensive study and research of Spanish dance followed, interspersed by various public appearances. In 1941, the fabulous Argentinita, preparing to embark on an American tour, saw him dance and engaged him for her company. From 1941 to 1945, he danced as her partner and as the featured male dancer of her company. Upon Argentinita's death in 1945, Greco returned to Spain, soon resuming his career heading a company with Pilar Lopez, Argentinita's sister. In 1948, he formed his own company in Spain and toured England and Europe with great success. In 1951, while appearing at the world-famous Sadlers' Wells Theatre in London, he drew his first bid for his company to appear in the United States. His debut at the Schubert Theatre in New York City in October 1951 met with tremendous critical and public acclaim and his engagement was extended. Since that time, he has returned to the United States yearly for transcontinental concert tours, breaking attendance records for concert dance companies at a number of concert halls and legitimate theaters as well as outdoor summer concerts at places like the Hollywood Bowl and New York's Lewisohn Stadium.

Cabales del Tablado
Alegria en Cadiz (Alegrias)
Vente Pa la Nina, Vente
Cana de los Cabales
Sol Cubanito (Rhumba Flamenca)
Fiesta Jerezana (Bulerias)
Llama y Fuego (Bulerias)
Querente (Tientos Gitanos)
Los Trovadores (Farruca)
Recuerdos (Fandangos)
Filigranas (Zapateado)
Falito de Son (Rumba)
Encuentro (Soleares)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Harpsichord Recital - Andreas Angelo

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Harpsichord Recital
Andreas Angelo - Harpsichord
Alshire Presents
Audio Spectrum Classical Series
Alshire Production manufactured by Budget Sound, Inc.

The Italian Concerto (Allegro-Andante-Presto)
3 Preludes in C-Major, F-Major, F-Major
Allegro and Allemande C-Major
Inventions C-Major, D-Major, D-Major and F-Major
Preludes C-Major and G-Major from the "Well-Tempered Clavier"
Gavotte G-Major – Minuet G-Major
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue