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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Georgia Gibbs


I Feel So Smoochie

Georgia Gibbs and Orchestra
Royale 19160 (10 inch 33 RPM)

I Feel So Smoochie
You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
The Things We Did Last Summer
Willow Road
Anvil Chorus
Flow Gently
Long Long Ago
Old Black Joe

The Drums Of Rodriguez



The Drums Of Rodriguez
Wille Rodriguez
Cook Laboratories, Inc.
1086 (10 inch 33 RPM)

From the back cover: "I (Rodriquez) was born in Puerto Rico in 1918. Been playing drums since I was 17 years old. Come to New York in 1938, and have been playing steady since then (thank God). The Latin bands I have worked with are Jose Curbelo, Noro Morales, Miguelito Valdes and a few other bands. Worked for two consecutive years with Paul Whiteman as only and featured drummer, in his band when I was 20 years old."

Carioca (from Flying Down To Rio)
Mambo A La Basie (based on Jumping At The Woodside by Count Basie)
Hi Fi Mambo by Al Romero
Willie's Drums by Willie Rodriguez and Al Romero
Nocturnal by Jose-Sabre Maroquin
Alamac by Al Romero
Lullaby To Frances - Improvisation by Willie Rodriguez

Planet Of The Apes


Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes
4 Exciting Stories
Produced by Arthur Kolb
Power Records 8147

Planet Of The Apes
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Friday, November 20, 2020

Polynesia - The Polynesians


Vana Vana

The Music Of Hawaii - Tahiti - Samoa
The Polynesians featuring Harry Baty, Sam Kaapuni & Bob Nichols
Photography: Joe Tauber
Cover Design: Hobo Arts
Crown Records CST 169

From the back cover: Crown Records wishes to thank the owners of the Polynesian Restaurant (Torrance, California) for their invaluable assistance in making the stunning cover shot available to us.

Also from the back cover: The Polynesians, Harry Baty, Sam Kaapuni and Bob Nichols are of the background to perform perfectly the exotic melodies and rhythms of the Islands.

Harry Baty, leader of the gourd, is of Hawaiian-English ancestry. Today he ranks with such other greats of the Polynesian music field as Alfred Alpaka, Andy Iona and Augie Goupil. Harry Baty has achieved success not only on recordings but in motion pictures as well.

Sam Kaapuni, the arranger and guitarist, is of Hawaiian ancestry. Besides backing such stars as Alfred Alpaka and Dorothy Lamour, he has been a member of the famed Harry Owens Orchestra at the world-renowned Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Bob Nichols is also of Hawaiian descent. Bob has toured throughout the world with Lani McIntrye.

Ben Chapman (with Freddie and Ernie Tavares), vocal guest artist with The Polynesians, is of Tahitian French and English extraction. He extends a true flavor of the peoples of French Oceania and the Puamota's. A new rising personality who is now being featured in motion pictures and television.

From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Authentic, both from the standpoint of material and performance. Cover is a good one, suitable for display. The instrumentalists are three, and there are guest vocalists who sing in their native languages.

Tahitian Festival
Marchelle A Vahini
Mine Minoi
Vana Vana
Cafe Au Lait
Vahine Anamite
Tanga Tika
Marry A Vau

Cool Coleman - Cy Coleman


Alley Cats

Cool Coleman
Cy Coleman
Westminster Hi-Fi WST 15001

Cy Coleman - Piano
Aaron Bell - Bass
Charlie Smith - Drums

From the back cover: Cy Coleman, one of the fastest rising young performers in the jazz field, got his start as a youngster playing in bars on New York's Third Avenue, at weddings and at private parties, and by the time he had reached seventeen he was already making important professional appearances. Two years later he gave up playing solo to form a trio, and has since gone on to bigger and more numerous engagements. He has appeared at many of New York's best night spots – The Copacabana, Little Club, Shelbourne Hotel, Cafe Society, Bop City, The Embers, La Vie en Rose, and the Waldorf-Astoria – at The Sahara in Las Vegas, and at Eden Roc Hotel and L'Aiglon in Miami Beach. He has made thirty-five appearances on the Kate Smith Television Hour, and has been featured on the Steve Allen Show, the Stork Club Show, the G.E. Theatre, the first Morning Show on NBC (three years), and had his own Cy Coleman Show on the Dumont Network for one year. Most recently he has been appearing on Art Ford's Greenwich Village Show.

Cy Coleman is also a very talented composer, as several of his numbers heard in this album prove. Frank Sinatra has recorded Cy's Witchcraft and Why Try To Change Me Now?, Nat "King" Cole his I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life, Tony Bennett his Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, The Autumn Waltz and It Amazes Me, Sylvia Sims his You Fascinate Me So, Patti Page his My How The Time Goes By, and his Tin Pan Alley appears in John Murray Anderson's Almanac. Cy also composed the background music for Compulsion, an adaptation of the Meyer Levin best-seller for Broadway.

From Billboard - October 13, 1958: Pianist Coleman plays a light, melodic brand of jazz-flavored piano, ably backed by bass and drums. Selections include Coleman's own tune, "Witchcraft," along with "Isn't It Romantic," "Gypsy In My Soul," and other standards. Pleasant mood package for jocks and well-produced item for stereo fans

Jazz Mambo
Hooray For Love
Isn't It Romantic
You Fascinate Me So
Gypsy In My Soul
Alley Cats
Foggy Day
Sing You Sinners
Bess, You Is My Woman
I Want To Be Happy

A Man And A Woman - The Johnny Mann Singers


So Rare

Un Homme Et Une Femme
A Man And A Woman
The Johnny Mann Singers
Producers: Jack Tracy, Snuff Garrett & Dave Pell
Arranged & Conducted by Johnny Mann
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Cover Photography: Ivan Nagy
Liberty Records, Inc. LSP-3490

Mindy (Don't You Cry) - Vocal Solo by Gene Merlino
Mr. And Mrs. Millionaire 
She's Just My Style
My Baby's Gone
A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme) - from the motion picture "A Man And A Woman"
In The Arms Of Love (from the Mirisch-Geoffry Production "What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?")
Born Free (from the Columbia Picture "Born Free")
So Rare
Green Hills
My Inamorata (from the Warner Bros. Picture "Not With My Wife, You Don't!")

Song For Christmas Time - Various Artists


Jingle Bells

Songs For Christmas Time
The Pied Piper, Martha Tilton and Other Great Hollywood Vocalists
Golden Tone Hi-Fidelity C 4047

Jingle Bells - Martha Tilton
The First Noel - Norma Zimmer
Silent Night - Bill Reeve
Deck The Halls - Pied Pipers
O, Little Town Of Bethlehem - Marni Nixon
Good King Wencesalas - Pied Pipers
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Pied Pipers
Away In A Manger - Marni Nixon
O, Come All Ye Faithful - Pied Pipers
Joy To The World - Thuri Ravenscroft
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Norma Zimmer
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - John Gabriel

Thursday, November 19, 2020

America's Most Danceable Music - Griff Williams


Thou Swell

America's Most Danceable Music
Griff Williams And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20288

From Billboard - October 14, 1957: Another in the string of society dance band packages to hit the market in recent months. The band is not quite in the typical society voicing and the album contains fewer tunes than competition by the Lester and Howard Lanin bands. Still the music is well recorded and danceable and the simple cover should get good display.

Thou Swell
I Could Write A Book
Tales From The Vienna Woods
When Spring Is In The Air
Medley #1
The Lady Is A Tramp
La Golondrina
Artist's Life
Medley #2

The Romantic Rachmaninoff - The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra


The Silver Sleigh Bells from The Bells, Op. 35

The Romantic Rachmaninoff
Camarata Conducting The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra
Produced by Tony D'Amato
Engineer: Arthur Lilley
Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series
London SPC 21029

Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - excerpt
The Silver Sleigh Bells from The Bells, Op. 35
Piano Concerto, Op. 18 - theme from 1st movement
Prelude In G Minor, Op, 23, No. 5
Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 - theme from 3rd movement
Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Symphony No. 2 In E Minor, Op. 27 - scherzo
The Loud Alarum Bells from The Bells, Op. 35

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Odyssey - Charles Earland


Son Of The Gods

Charles Earland
Produced by Charles Earland
Associate Producers: Betty Earland & Von Joy
Executive Producer: Robin McBride
Design: Roberto
Photography: Benno Friedman
Mercury SRM-1-1049
1976 Phonogram, Inc., a Polygram Company

Intergalactic Love Song

Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist, ARP String Ensemble, Electric pPiano, Echo-plex
Robert Lowe: Guitar
Richard Himsvark: ARP Odyssey
Ron Carter: Bass
Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion
Howard King & Abe Speller: Drums

Songs Of The Gods

Charles Earland: AXE ARP synthesizer, organ, ARP Sting Ensemble, Clavinet, ARP Pro-Soloist
Jack Turner: Guitar
Arthur Grant: Lead Vocal
Billy Colburn: Bass
Hosea Choo Santos: Percussion
Lawrence Killian: Congas
Abe Speller: Drums

Cosmic Fever

Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, ARP Sting Ensemble, Electric Piano, Echo-Plex
Robert Lowe: Guitar
John Abercombie: Violin
Ron Carter: Bass
Randy Brecker: Electric Trumpet
Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion
Richard Himsvark: ARP Odyssey Synthesizer
Howard King: Drums

From My Heart To Yours

Charles Earland: ARP Stings Ensemble, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Jack Turner: Guitar
Billy Colburn: Bass
Hosea Cheo Santos: Congas
Abe Speller: Drums
Gene Skinner, Vernon Brown, Jr. & Robert Brooks: Background Vocals


Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, AXE ARP Synthesizer, ARP String Ensemble, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Jack Turner: Guitar, Background Vocal, Lead Vocal
Arthur Grant: Tenor Sax
Billy Colburn: Bass
Hosea Cheo Santos: Percussion
Lawrence Killian: Congas
Abe Speller: Drums
Gene Skinner, Vernon Brown, Jr. & Robert Brooks: Background Vocals

Journey Of The Soul

Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, ARP String Ensemble, Electric Piano, Echo-Plex
Robert Lowe & John Abercrombie: Guitar
John Blair: Violin
Randy Brecker: Electric Trumpet
Ron Carter: Bass
Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion
Abe Speller & Howard King: Drums

Anthology Of The Twelve String Guitar


Six By Twelve - Joe Maphis

Anthology Of the Twelve String Guitar
Featuring: Glen Campbell, Mason Williams, Joe Maphis, Howard Roberts, Billy Strange, James McGuinn and Bob Gibson
Everest Records 2071

From the back cover:

Glen Campbell presents hard driving original melody by Glen Campbell reminiscent of the old hoe-down. Campbell is one of the hottest recording stars today. He brings a delightful "country" feel to the twelve string guitar. He provides a slightly "hot" version of the traditional melody, utilizing several techniques to provide the variations of which the instrument is capable.

Mason Williams is an accomplished Folk performer whose wide background in Folk realms has given him a qualified insight into Folk interpretations. Williams utilizes the perfect intervals, fourths and fifths, providing the usual octave sound of the twelve string guitar rather dissonant speaking quality. He just achieved national popularity by his No. 1 record – "Classical Gas."

Bob Gibson is an accomplished writer, arranger and performer. One of Folk Music's stalwarts, Gibson treats the traditional rhythms of ragtime music with massive chords as moving voices. Minute arabesque melodies are developed into grand theme while the notes change from major to minor with naturalness and fluidity. An excellent example of composing, through acculturation, a piece containing traditional European, Middle Eastern and contemporary American influences.

Howard Roberts is primarily a jazz man. He has several FUNKY albums to his credit. His own composition is a good example of the manner in which the instrument is put to general use today. In one passage he emulates the autoharp with finesse.

Joe Maphis is one of the nation's greatest country guitarists. In this instance Maphis utilizes the Merle Travis style and produces a theme and several variations. He treats the development of style in an almost classical Allegro Sonata (Theme and it's variations and return to theme) form, returning easily to the original theme.

Billy Strange has long been an oustanding guitarist on the West Coast. Is currently featured singer-guitarist on the Tennessee Ernie Ford ABC-TV show. To his original composition he brings the soul and deep feeling of the real "Funk" man. One can almost feel his inner tension as he pursues the phrasing and chordal structure of the piece. He has had many hit albums.

Bull Durem - Glen Campbell
Nashville - Mason Williams
12 String Guitar Rag - Bob Gibson
Saints Soul Song - James McQuinn
Color Him Folky - Howard Roberts
My Little Maggie - Billy Strange
Honey Miss Me When I'm Gone - Mason Williams
Cottonfields - Howard Roberts
Six By Twelve - Joe Maphis

George Wright Goes South Pacific


Bali Ha'i 

George Wright Goes South Pacific
HiFiRecord Album No. R176

Dites Moi
There's Nothin' Like A Dame
Honey Bun
Some Enchanted Evening
Bloody Mary
Bali Ha'i
Younger Than Springtime
Happy Talk
This Nearly Was Mine
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-A My Hair
I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy

Mississippi Gambler - Herbie Mann



Mississippi Gambler
Herbie Mann
Featuring David Newman
Atantic Recording Corporation SD 1610

Gatefold jacket with the color circular graphic of Mann's face along with the steamboat image featured on the inside of the jacket.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Arranged by Herbie Mann
Mississippi Gambler - Herbie Mann
Dippermouth - Herbie Mann
Respect Yourself - Mack Rice & Luther Ingram
I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding & Jerry Butler
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Mick Jagger & Keith Richard

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Cold Hard Facts Of Life - Porter Wagoner



The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
Porter Wagoner
Produced by Bob Ferguson
Recording Engineer: Jim Malloy
Recorded in RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
RCA Victor STEREO LSP-3797

From June 10, 1967: Some cold hard stories in song, led by the hit "The Cold Hard Facts Of Life." Porter Wagoner seems to get better and better. He really packs a wallop in these tunes including "The First Mrs. Jones." Will be one of his biggest albums to date.

The First Mrs. Jones
Words And Music
The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
Hundred Dollar Funeral
If I Could Only Start Over
Tragic Romance
Try Being Lonely
I'll Get Ahead Some Day
I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye

This Old House - Martha Carson


Crying Holy To The Lord

This Old House
Martha Carson
Scripture Records 111
A Product of Synthetic Plastics, Co.

From the back cover: Backing up Martha Carson vocally on this record is some of her friends, the Rangers, who also record for Scripture. The Rangers are augmented with other voices to give a full, rich back up group.

This Old House
Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot
Lonesome Valley
We'll Understand It Better
Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
Crying Holy To The Lord
Do Lord
He'll Understand And Say Well Down
That Lonesome Road
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Shout And Shine
I'll Fly Away

Sunbelt - Herbie Mann



Herbie Mann
Produced and Arranged by Herbie Mann
Design and Art Direction: Paula Bisacca
Atlantic Records SD 19204
A Warner Communication Company


Herbie Mann - Flutes
Claudio Roditi - Trumpet
Amaury Tristao - Acoustic Guitar
Frank Gravis - Bass
Portinho - Drums
Rahael Cruz - Percussion
The Girls Of Bahia - Voices
(Additional back cover credits are obscured or impossible to read as printed)

Watermelon Man
The Closer I Get To You
What Would I Do?
Dona Palmeira (Madame Palm Tree)
Let's Stay Together
Sunbelt - Mulher Renderia (Weaver Woman)

Tell Her You Love Her - Frank Sinatra


I Got It Bad

Tell Her You Love Her
Frank Sinatra
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records DT 1919

Tell Her You Love Her
Ill Wind
Love Is Here To Stay
It Never Entered My Mind
Can't We Be Friends
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Makin' Whoopee
Weep They Will
Pennies From Heaven
When You Lover Has Gone
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Night And Day