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Friday, February 12, 2021

A Night At The Copacabana - Tony Martin


For Every Man There's A Man

A Night At The Copacabana
With Tony Martin
Michael Durso and His Copacabana Orchestra
Directed by Hal Borne
RCA Victor LPM-1357
Special RCA Victor Re-release

From the back cover: Everything was done to assure a "typical" Copacabana performance, including the enthusiasm of the audience and the casual small talk Tony indulges between songs to give his upper register brief respite after his hard-sell endings. IT came out precisely right the first time – full of the excitement and enthusiasm of a Copa performance, Tony's voice full and fine with the hard-to-describe extra dimension of mood and manner only a "live" audience can extract from any entertainer.

It took a lot of planning, including field trips by RCA Victor engineers who had to size up the acoustics and assay the limitations or contributions the luxurious basement might include. This was voted a distinct pleasure, for it included listening to Tony, and  by May 14 the size-up regretfully was ended and the single performance staged. It is unusual to the point of disbelief for a recording artist to make a merchandisable record of a song on the first "take," but somehow Tony Martin, lifted on the waves not only of song but of the ringsiders' approval, did it just as everyone hoped, the very first time. To ensure the proper Copacabana music mood, the orchestra was that of Michael Durso, who has been conducting the very good Copacabana band for, lo, these many hangovers; with Tony's personal baton man, Hal Borne. The efficacy of a band such as Mike Durso's might be emphasized at this point by noting there is a vast difference between a dance band, say, and a "show band," for which Mike's crew primarily is noted. It is the cafe equivalent of the best pit orchestras at musical comedies; or, to repeat an earlier parallel, the Palace Theater orchestra of old. In this album you will hear how well and efficiently Durso's dozen does by Tony. – Jack O'Brian

Let's Face The Music And Dance
For Every Man There's A Woman
Love And Marriage
Autumn Leaves
September Song
Begin The Beguine
Good Night Sweetheart

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Flamenco - Ramon Montoya & Juan Ortega



The Ramon Montoya Dance Group with Juan Ortega on Guitar
Coronet Records CXS-135
A Division Of Premier Albums, Inc.

Fandangos For Solea
Brises Del Genil
Melodia De Un Corazon Dolorido
Solera Gaditana
Fandaguillos Variados
Danza Moro
Recuerado A Sevilla
Seguidellias Gitanas

Blues Is A Woman - Casey Anderson


Trouble In Mind

Blues Is A Woman Gone
Casey Anderson
Supervision: Arif Mardin & Phil Iehle
Cover Design: Haig Adishian
Cover Photo: Pete Sahula
Recording Engineer: Phil Iehle
ATCO Records ATCO 33-178

Vocals and Guitar: Casey Anderson
Guitar: Carl Lynch (All guitar solos by Carl Lynch)
Bass: Bobby Bushnell
Drums: Panama Franics

Say Yes
Please, Please, Please
A Little Lovin' Done
Little Girl
How Long Blues
Blues Is A Woman Gone
You Don't Know
Bag Of Blues
Trouble In Mind
Good Lookin' Woman
Honky Stomp
Show Some Sign

Sing The Top-40 Hits



Sing The Top-40 Hits
Instrumental Re-Creations Of The Original Backgrounds
Includes Printed Words To All The Songs
Produced by Steve Douglas
Cover Photo: George Whiteman
Capitol Records ST 2504

California Dreaming' in the style of The Mamas And The Papas
Time Won't Let Me in the style of The Outsiders
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration in the style of The Righteous Brothers
Walkin' My Cat Named Dog in the style of Norma Tanega
Sloop John B in the style of The Beach Boys
Kicks in the style of Paul Revere & The Raiders
Secret Agent Man in the style of Johnny Rivers
Daydream in the style of The Lovin' Spoonful
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction in the style of The Rolling Stones
Sure Gonna Miss Her in the style of Gary Lewis & The Playboys

Dance Party - Fontanna


Fiesta Cha Cha

Dance Party
Fontanna and His Orchestra
Palace M 616

Fontanna may be credited for only two or three tracks on this set. Most of the tunes are filler.

La Cucaracha
Tales Of The Vienna Woods
Clarinet Polka
Marching Through Georgia
La Cumparista Tango
Fiesta Cha Cha
Blue Danube
Hoopai-Shoopai Polka
Isle Of Capri
La Paloma Tango

Sleep Warm - Dean Martin


Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

Sleep Warm
Dean Martin
With Orchestra Conducted By Frank Sinatra
Produced by Lee Gillette
Capitol Records T1150

From the back cover: Pete King, who arranged the songs for this album, has long been one of Hollywood's most popular arrangers. Just a few achievements of his twenty-year career include motion-picture scorings for An Affair To Remember, April Love, Mardi Gras and Bernardine. He backed such top songsters as John Raitt, Julie London, Kay Starr, Eddie Fisher and Bing Crosby; and among his many recording credits are arrangements for several of the famous Jackie Gleason mood music albums for Capitol.

From Billboard - March 16, 1959: Martin's relaxed ingratiating delivery is at its persuasive best on a group of nostalgic bedtime themes – "Let's Put On The Lights,' "Dream," "Sleepy Time Gal," etc. Sock deejay programming and strong sales item name-wise.

Sleep Warm
Hit The Road To Dreamland
Cuddle Up A Little Closer
Sleepy Time Gal
Good Night Sweetheart
All I Do Is Dream
Let's Put Out The Lights
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Goodnight, My Love
Brahms' Lullaby

Monday, February 8, 2021

That Old Feeling - Frank Sinatra


Blue Skies

That Old Feeling
Frank Sinatra
Orchestra und the direction of Axel Stordahl, Hugo Winterhalter, Jeff Alexander and Mitchell Ayres
Columbia Records CL 902

From Billboard - October 26, 1956: A number of Sinatra's old single cuttings from the label's vault have been re-released on this new package, including "That Old Feeling," "Autumn In New York," "The Nearness Of You," etc. Dressed up as they are with the backings of Hugo Winterhalter, Axel Stordahl, Jeff Alexander and Mitchell Ayres, they have a pleasant, reminiscent hue. Big color shot of the singer adorns the cover.

That Old Feeling
Blue Skies
Autumn In New York
Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go
The Nearness Of You
That Lucky Old Sun
Full Moon And Empty Arms
Once In Love With Amy
A Fellow Needs A Girl
For Every Man There's A Woman
Mean To Me

Vol. 1 The Biggest Hits Of '59 - RCA Camden Rockers


It's Late

Vol. 1 The Biggest Hits Of '59
RCA Camden Rockers
RCA Camden CAL 523

From Billboard - June 22, 1959: Here's a solid rack item for the teen-age set and or rock and roll fans of all ages. A group of talented warblers and canaries wrap up a group of recent best-selling single hits in stylings very similar to the originals.

Pink Shoe Laces
Come Softy To Me
It's Just A Matter Of Time
I Need Your Love Tonight
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
For A Penny
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Hawaiian Wedding Song
It's Late

Sunday, February 7, 2021

For Lonely Lovers - Dianah Washington



For Lonely Lovers
Dinah Washington
Mercury Records MG 20614

You've Got Me Crying Again
The Sun Forgot To Shine This Morning 
I Don't Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry Over You
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Don't Go To Strangers
You Taught Me
It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream
Harbor Lights
I Wish I Didn't Love You So

Gigi And Music Man - Jacques Darieux



Gigi and Music Man
Jacques Darieux and His Orchestra
Palace Records PST-609

I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore
I Remember It Well
'Til There Was You
Lida Rose
76 Trombones 
Wells Fargo Wagon

String Quartets - The Amadeus Quartet


Benjamin String Quartet no. 2 in C op. 36

String Quartets
Benjamin Britten String Quartet no. 2 in C op. 36
   Allegro calmo senza; Vivace; Chacony-Sostenuto
P. Racine Fricker String Quartet no 2 op. 20
   Inquieto (Allegro); Molto allegro; Adagio
The Amadeus Quartet
Recorded in association with The British Council
Cover Design: George Mayhow
London CS 6370 Stereo
Argo Record Company Limited, London


Violins: Norbert Brainin & Siegmund Niesel
Viola: Peter Schidlof
Cello: Martin Lovett