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Friday, September 11, 2020

Someone Is Standing Outside - Bill Medley

Let Me Love Again
Bill Medley
Someone Is Standing Outside
Produced by Bill Medley - Medley Productions
Arranged and Conducted by Bill Baker
Engineer: John Neal
Director of Engineering: Jeremiah Bean
Art Direction: Sid Maurer
MGM Records SE-4640 STEREO

Let Me Love Again
Change Gonna Come
Love Me Tender
Hey Jude
Didn't We Girl
Little Green Apples
Blowin' In The Wind
Someone Is Standing Outside
For Once In My Life
My Way

By Myself - Julie London

The Thrill Is Gone
By Myself
Julie London
Produced Exclusively For The Columbia Record Club
A and R Coordinator: Lee Mendell
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Liberty Records, Inc. SCR-1

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
The Thrill Is Gone
It Never Entered My Mind
Where Or When
By Myself
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Love Is Here To Stay
A Cottage For Sale
I Love Paris

Julie Is Her Name - Julie London - Vol. 2

Spring Is Here
Julie Is Her Name
Volume Two
Julie London
Produced by Bobby Troup
Cover Design: Garrett-Howard
Engineer: Ted Keep
Liberty Records, Inc. LRP 3100

From the back cover: One's own success is always difficult to top. This is an old show business adage. Perhaps we're overly enthusiastic, but in this case we feel the good is followed by the better. "Julie Is Her Name – Vol. II" has all the sincerity and warmth of "Julie Is Her Name". The songs have the same tingling nostalgia. Howard Roberts' brilliant guitar work and arrangements capture every nuance of every mood. Red Mitchell's impeccable bass work couldn't possibly make a more musically marriage. And Julie's singing stature continues to grow and grow.

Blue Moon
What Is This Thing Called Love
How Long Has This Been Going On
Too Good To Be True
Spring Is Here
Goody Goody
The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
If I'm Lucky
Hot Toddy
Little White Lies
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans
I Got Lost In His Arms

El Mejor Mariach Del Mundo - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan

La Negra
El Mejor Mariach Del Mundo
Mariachi Vargas de Techalitlan
RCA Victor MKL-1156
Impreso en Mexico

La Negra
El Carretero
Camino Real de Colima
El Triste
El Becerro
El Son Del Gavilancillo
Las Olas
La Culebra
El Maracumbe
El Perico Loro
El Tirador
Los Arrieros

All The Hits - Chubby Checker

We Like Birdland
All The Hits
For Your Dancin' Party
By Chubby Checker
Cover Design: Miller, Boded & Rich - Philadelphia
Liner Notes: J. P. Byrne
Parkway P-7014

Twist And Shout
Havin' A Party
We Like Birdland
Dancin' Party
The Wah-Watusi
I Need Your Lovin'
Hully Gully Baby
Bristol Stomp
Limbo Rock
Mashed Potato Time

Here Comes The Bride - Virgil Fox

O Perfect Love
Here Comes The Bride
Virgil Fox - Organist
A DeLux Decca 2 Record Album
A complete program of music for Wedding Ceremony and Reception, as complied by Virgil Fox and the Editors of The Brides Magazine
Produced by Israel Horowitz
Cover photo courtesy The Bride's Magazine
Decca STEREO DXSB 7201

From the inside cover (double fold with extra page): Virgil Fox

Since the organ is often referred to as "the king of musical instruments," it is safe to refer to Virgil Fox as "a king among instrumentalists." For not only is he recognized by the largest audiences in the history fo organ music as one of the instrument's foremost virtuosos, but breaking the rules of generations, he has explored and developed a wholly new tonal spectrum and a totally new style of playing to give the organ hitherto undreamed of dimensions.

While he was for 19 years organist at New York's Riverside Church, Fox's greatest renown is in the concert and recording fields. He gives as many as 70 recitals a season, many of them in halls where the sound of an organ has never previously been heard. He was chosen to inaugurate the new organ at Philharmonic Hall, in New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and one month later earned a standing ovation for the first solo organ recital in Philharmonic Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the orchestras of Baltimore, Rochester, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles and Toronto, as well as with the orchestra of the Paris Opera. He has played 3 times at the White House, and performed 44 major organ works in a memorable series of 3 concerts at the Library of Congress under the auspices of the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation.

Abroad, Fox has performed on practically every important organ in the world. These have included the instrument at the historic Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach himself was organist, that of the Marienkirche in Lubbock, on which Buxtehude composed his organ masterpieces, and those of Notre Dame de Paris, Westminster Abby, Lincoln and Durham Cathedrals, the Kaiser's Church in Berline, and London's Temple Church, Royal Albert Hall, and Royal Festival Hall.

The Girard College Chapel Organ

The organ selected for this recording is situated in the non-sectarian Chapel of Girard Collage, Philadelphia – a unique elementary and secondary "school-home for fatherless boys" founded in 1848 under the will of Stephen Girard, the French businessman and banker who figured importantly in the American Revolution. The 4-manual, 102-stop, 6,587-pipe organ was built and installed by the Skinner Organ Company (now Aeolian-Skinner) of Boston in 1933, when the fan-shaped, 2,400-seat auditorium was dedicated. The organ has a novel installation 75 feet above the Chapel rostrum, where the main organ, in 2 chambers, and echo organ, in a separate chamber, are built around the 4 sides of a huge wedge-shaped mixing chamber, from which the sound is discharged through a perforated ceiling into the auditorium below.

Theme from Symphony No. 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Impatience (Schubert) (Ungeduld)
Silent as the Night (C. John) (Still wie die Nacht)
Theme from "Romeo and Juliet" (Tchaikovsky)
Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" (Wagner)
St. Anthony Chorale (Haydn)
Bridal March (C. H. Perry)
Trumpet Voluntary in D (Powell)
Rigaudon (A. Campra)
A Dream (Grieg) (Ein Traum)
O Perfect Love (J. Barnby)
Be Thou With Me (Bach) (Bist du bei mir)
Nocturne (Mendelssohn) (from "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
Theme from "Water Music" (Handel)
Praise My Soul (J. Goss)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven) (from Symphony No. 9)
Because (G. d'Hardelot)
I Love You Truly (C. Jacobs-Bond)
I Love You (Grieg) (Ich lid dich)
Through the Years (V. Youmans-E. Heyman)

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Rock Opera Mix - Gilbey's Gin

Everything's Alright - Superstar: Living Voices
Rock Opera Mix
Gilbey's Gin & Vodka
Production National Distillers Product Co.
Sales Manager: A. Joel Robinson
Design Production: Unigroup Inc.
Original Recipes: Tom Maloney
RCA Special Products STEREO PRS-403

Aquarius - Hair: Original Cast
Nature Boy - Joes Feliciano
Superstar - Superstar: Living Strings & Living Voices
Share The Land - The Guess Who
Everything's Alright - Superstar: Living Voices
Tommy Overture - Tommy: Henry Mancini Concert Orchestra
I Don't Know How To Love Him - Superstar: Living Voices
New Mother Nature - Friends Of Distinction
Let The Sun Shine In - Hair: Original Cast
John Nineteen Forty One - Superstar: Living Strings

Moods In Music - Herman Clebanoff

Moods In Music
The Clebanoff Strings
Featuring Herman Clebanoff and His Echoing Violin
Mercury Records MG 20270

From the back cover: This recording was made at Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago, with Bill Putnam at the controls. Recorded in Studio A, probably the largest studio in the world, extensive use was made of a series of 18 1/2 by 4-foot swinging all baffles to achieve the lush clarity of the strings and solo violin. A special miniature mobile band shell, equipped with multiple polycylindrical diffusers, covered the nine first violins. Microphones utilized to reproduce the various sections and instruments included: double standard bass (Altec 639); piano (RCA 77DX); strings (Telefunken M221); Clebanoff's solo violin (Telefunken U47); and drums (Telefunken 201). The entire session was taped at 15 its (inches per second) on an Ampex 350 Tape Recorder. The tape was mastered at Universal's studio on a Scully lathe equipped with a Cook feed back cutter head. (RIAA) – Malcolm Chislom , Universal Recording Corp.

Take Me In Your Arms
Birth Of Passion
Tango Orientale
Our Waltz
Forbidden Love
Noche De Ronde
La Seduccion
Wonderful One
Meditation (from "Thais")

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Manhattan - Mantovani

Harlem Nocturne
Mantovani / Manhattan
Mantovani and His Orchestra
Arranged by Roland Shaw
London MONO LL 3328

Give My Regards To Broadway
Autumn In New York
The Bowery
Harlem Nocturne
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Manhattan Serenade
Take The "A" Train
Manhattan Lullaby
West Side Story - Maria, Somewhere
Belle Of New York
Tenement Symphony

Graffiti Gold - 40 Original Hits

Kathy Young And The Innocents - A Thousand Stars 
Graffiti Gold
A Two Record Set 40 Original Hits By Original Artists
Dee-Jay Records VJ-2-9000

The Spaniels - Goodnight Sweetheart
The Crests - 16 Candles
Buster Brown - Fannie Mae
The Olympics - Shimmy Like Kate
The Cleftones - Heart & Soul
The Regents - Barbara Ann
Lee Dorsey - Ya Ya
Buddy Knox - Party Doll
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Peppermint Twist
Frankie Lymon - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow
The Heartbeats - 1000 Miles Away
The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
Bobby Freeman - Do You Wanna Dance
The Tempos - See You In September
Sonny Till & The Orioles - Crying In The Chapel
Johnny Bond - Hot Rod Lincoln
Joe Jones - You Talk Too Much
Joe Jones - California Sun
The Dubbs - Could This Be Magic
Big Wheelie & The Hubcaps - At The Hop
Little Anthony & The Imperials - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Shout
The Playmates - Beep Beep
Wilbur Harrison - Kansas City
J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers - Last Kiss
Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts Baby - Let Me Bang Your Box
Jimmy Clanton - Just A Dream
Jimmy Clanton - Venus In Blue Jeans
Frankie Ford - Sea Cruise
Jimmy Charles - A Million To One
Little Richard - Lucille
Jerry Butler - He Will Break Your Heart
Dee Clark - Raindrops
Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl
The El Dorados - Crazy Little Mama At My Front Door
Kathy Young And The Innocents - A Thousand Stars
The Teen Queens - Eddie My Love
Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl
Betty Everett - The Shoop Shoop Song
The Olympics - Western Movies
The Spaniels - Goodnight Sweetheart

Subyugante - Los Hermanos Castro

La Palomita
Los Hermanos Castro
Y Su Conjunto Folkorico
Orion LP 25025
Industria Fonografica Ecuatoriana S.A.

El Conjunto Folkorico de Los Hnos. Castro, Lo Integran Juan y Gonzalo Castro (Arpas), Jose Castro y Juan Ruales (Violines), Pedro Chinga y Sergio Bedoya (Guitarras) y Ramon Alarcon (Bajo). Maximos Interpretes de la Musica Nacional.

The Folk Ensemble of Los Hnos. Castro, is made up of Juan and Gonzalo Castro (Harps), Jose Castro and Juan Ruales (Violins), Pedro Chinga and Sergio Bedoya (Guitars) and Ramon Alarcon (Bass). Maximum Interpreters of the National Music.

Subyugante - Carlos Bonilla
Cantares del Alma - Carlos Bonilla
Adoracion - Enrique Ibanez Mora
Ausencia - Bolivar Ortiz
Angustia de Vivir - Gonzalo Castro
Jaguay - Arturo Garcia
Pobre - Corazon - Guillermo Garzon
Consuelo Mio - Victor Salgado
Bajo el Cielo de Quite - Traditional
Dulce Mirada - Gonzalo Castro
Madrigal - Gonzalo Y Juan Castro
La Palomita - D.A.R.

A Taste Of Honey - The Mexicali Brass

When The Saints Go Marchin In 
A Taste Of Honey
The Mexicali Brass
Crown Records STEREO CST 487

A Taste Of Honey
El Relicario
Dark Eyes
When The Saints Go Marchin In
La Virgen De La Macarena
La Cumparsita
Bill Bailey
Careless Love

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

An Orchestral Portrait Of Nat "King" Cole - Nelson Riddle

Sweet Lorraine
An Orchestral Portrait Of Nat "King" Cole by Nelson Riddle
And His Orchestra
Produced by Sonny Burke
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
Reprise STERE RS-6162

From the back cover: One day in March, 1950, Carlos Gastel, an agent, called me and asked me to meet his client, Nat Cole, that night at a downtown Los Angeles club called Tiffany's to discuss the arrangements for a forthcoming recording session that Nat would be doing. My wife and I dutifully showed up and were ushered into a dimly lit room where Nat Cole and his trio were playing to a packed house.

At this time and place began a wonderful musical and personal relationship that was to last from "Mona Lisa," one of the songs we discussed that evening, to March 1960, when Nat and I recorded an album called "Wild Is Love." It seemed that every recording session that Nat and I did in that ten years had its hits: "Too Young," "Unforgettable," "Pretend," "Somewhere Along The Way," "Ballerian," and so on, until it seemed that as a team we could do no wrong. But most important, while welding this unbroken chain of successes, I came to know a wonderful, sensitive, and gifted artist, and a warm gentle human being.

It seemed to me that he stood for all that was clean and decent and yet, he did not build for himself a righteous pedestal on which to pose. Rather, he reminded me of one of my early dance band buddies: quick with jokes, always ready to laugh, and with an innate, colloquial humor that was charmingly extemporaneous. He could find a chuckle in least likely situations.

Nat loved all sports, especially baseball, and could tell you the life history of many of his favorite players, among them Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays, to name a few. His devotion to his family and his home was ever-present and unmistakable. He was immensely proud of his children, and spent as much time with them as his busy life as an entertainer would permit.

One of Nat's last commitments was as an actor in a picture called "Cat Ballou," filmed at Columibia Studios in the Summer of 1964, A young lady, Lucille DeLoach, met him by chance in the course of her duties in the Columbia Music Department. Actually, she was a fan of many years standing, having followed his career on records and television with great pleasure. But it was this chance meeting that inspired her to compose the following poem, presented here to in its entirety. It seems to express the deep affection and sense of loss felt by millions of people who knew him through his efforts in the entertainment field. I thought you'd like to read it for yourselves, perhaps with some of Nat's wonderful music as a background. – Sincerely, Nelson Riddle

"A Man That Passed Our Way"
A Certain glow has left this earth
And reached the great above...
Another star now lights the sky
In brightness of its love...

It leaves us with such sorrow,
This dark and saddened day...
But the world is so much richer
For his having passed our way...

The happiness he gave us,
Through his music and song...
The memory of his cheerful smile
Will linger on and on...

For this man was a giant,
In a world – sometimes so small...
It make me wish, with all my heart
I could be half as tall...

So sleep in peace, Dear Mr. Cole,
We weep for you, in prayer...
We ask that God watch over you,
In special loving care...

For there is a special place for you,
In the hearts of young and old...
But there will never be – for me,
Another Nat "King" Cole

Straighten Up And Fly Right
Too Young
It's Only A Paper Moon
Nature Boy
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Mona Lisa
Night Lights
Sweet Lorraine
Ramblin' Rose
The Christmas Song

These selections, with the exception of "Ramblin' Rose" are faithful reproductions of Nat Cole's arrangements, many of which I originally wrote myself. The piano soloist is Jimmy Rowles, a fine jazz pianist and friend of Nat's. The overall impression we have tried to create is that of Nat attending a rehearsal of his arrangements and, perhaps, sitting down at the piano and sketching out the vocal line with one finger – Nelson Riddle.

Turn Around, Look At Me - The Vogues

She Is Today
The Vogues
Blow The Life Off Tomorrow With Turn Around, Look At Me
And Other Sensations, Including The Impossible Dream
Arranged and Conducted by Ernie Freeman
Produced by Dick Glasser
Engineers: Chuck Britz, Lee Herschberg, Rudy Hill & John Neal
Cover Art: John Van Hamersveld
Art Directions: Ed Thrasher
Reprise Records STERE RS 6314
Reprise Records, A Division of Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc.

Right to left, on the back cover: Don Miller (Baritone), Bill Burkett (Lead Baritone), Hugh Geyer (First Tenor) & Chuck Blasko (Tenor)

I Keep It Hid
So This Is Love
Just Say Goodbye
Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
The Impossible Dream
My Special Angel
Come Into My Arms Again
No Sun Today
She Is Today
Turn Around, Look At Me

A Baroque Christmas - Johannes Somary

In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum
A Baroque Christmas
Amor Artis Chorale
Conductor: Johannes Somary
Produced by Israel Horowitz
Decca Records
Gold Lable Series DL 9427

From Billboard - November 5, 1966: Attractive packaging is combined with an outstanding performance in the Amor Artis Chorale's renditions of Christmas music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Interest in his package should transcend baroque buffs. It's solid Christmas fare for the 1960's.

In Dulci Jubilo - Michael Practorius (1571 - 1621)
In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum - Marc-Antoine Charpenteir (1634 - 1704)
O Her Liben Hirten - Andreas Hammerschmidt (1612 - 1675)
Magnificat - Charles Theodore Pachelbel (1690 - 1750)
Von Himmel Hoch - Johann Herman Schein (1586 - 1630)
In Dulci Jubilo - Dietrich Duxtehude (1637 - 1701)
Lauft, Ihr Hirten, Alizugleich - Michael Haydy (1737 - 1806)