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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Rhapsody In Rhythm - Ray Conniff


My Romance

Rhapsody In Rhythm
Ray Conniff
Produced by Rain Productions, Inc.
Production Coordinator: Ernie Altschuler
Recording Sessions Supervised by Bob Ballard
Columbia STEREO 360 Sound CS 8678

From Billboard - September 29, 1962: Freshness and originality always have abounded in Ray Coniff's use of orchestra and chorus, but in his new LP he has exceeded even his previous efforts. Orchestrations, use of wordless male and female quartets, intelligent and musically tasteful use of stereo, all characterized this LP that will grab the public's fancy in a big way. Several selections use Spanish rhythms with dramatic effect. Eddie Miller assists with three fine tenor solos, and Conniff himself solos on Clavietta into selections.

Lady Of Spain
Beautiful Love - Tenor solo by Eddie Miller
Moonlight And Roses
Love Walked In
Our Waltz - Tenor solo by Eddie Miller
I Concentrate On You
Take Me In Your Arms - Clavietta solo  by Ray Conniff
Imagination - Tenor solo by Eddie Miller & Clavietta solo by Ray Conniff
Kiss Of Fire
To My Love
My Romance

Motorcycle Scramble Sound Effects - Davos Scramble


Welcome To The Scramble & Class Five Expert

Motorcycle Scramble 
Sound Effects
Davos Scramble - Woodridge, New York
Production: A&R Sidney Frey
Engineering: William Hamilton
Re-recording: Barry Oslander
Cover Art: Irving Sloane
Audio Fidelity Stereodisc DFS 7035

From the back cover: The scramble recorded here took place at the Davos Ranch in Woodbridge, New York and was promoted by the Davos Motorcycle Club. As at all AMA-sanctioned scrambles, a doctor and ambulance were standing by and all riders wore AMA-approved helmets. The doctors, by the way, are rarely needed. The riders are there for a serious purpose and they pursue it with intelligence and skill.

This recording is unique. No one has ever attempted to record the excitement of a Motorcycle Scramble up a ski slope for the simple reason that Scrambles have previously been held on somewhat tamer terrain. If, in listening to it, you decide to forsake the modes of transportation for the motor-driven two-wheeled kind, we won't blame you. The rabbits and the wood chucks might complain but don't listen to their chatter. Just tighten your helmet, open the throttle, and head for the slopes full-bore. – Ralph Freas - High Fidelity Columnist, Esquire Magazine.

Return To Rome - Rudy Adamo


Luna Rossa

Return To Rome
Rudy Adamo
Cover Photo: Bernard Freidman
Roulette SR 25153

Rusella E Maggio
Non Ti Scordar Di Me
Sott'er Cello De Roma
Luna Rossa
Te Sto Aspettando
Vieni Su
Concerto D'Autunnio
Tango Delle Rose
Ritron' A Roma

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Duet - Stan Kenton & June Christy


Angel Eyes

Kenton Christy
Stan Kenton & June Christy
Capitol Records T656

From the back cover: One day back in 1945, when Stanley Kenton was looking for a new vocalist, he auditioned and hired blonde and blue-eyed Shirley Luster of Decatur, Illinois, and introduced her to the musical world as June Christy. Band dates, concerts and tours, splits and reunions followed in dizzying sequences as Stan and June pursued their ambitious careers. But until now, there has been no real opportunity to hear what these two sound like all alone – undistracted by hot and cool saxes, volcanic rhythm sections and stratospheric brass. This time, not even an arranger is around to complicate their lives. The total effect is unexpected, ingenious, and refreshing.

From Billboard - November 5, 1955: A great many pop as well as jazz buyers will be attracted to this distinctive program of intimate, jazz-oriented vocal stylings by the one-time Kenton vocalist. Kenton at the piano is the sole accompanist, and while he isn't the most fluid pianist, his Ellington-like chordings are sympathetic. The titles include fairly obscure show tines and off-beat ballads, and Miss Christy turns in the warmest work we have heard from her. The people who have been buying Chris Connor should take just as quickly to her model.

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Lonely Woman
Just The Way I Am
You're Mine, You!
Angel Eyes
Come To The Party
Baby, baby All The Time
We Kiss In A Shadow
How Long Has This Been Going On

Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers


Since Randy Moved Away

Joanie Sommers Sings Johnny Get Angry 
And Other Top Pops
Warner Bros. High Fidelity WS 1470

From the back cover: In the past couple of years – "Not long enough for me to catch my breath even!" as Joanie puts it – she's spun to the top of show business. Through a jam-packed schedule of TV, film, and concert appearances, touring nation-wide with Mort Sahl in concert, and a set of the hippest singing commercials ("For Those Who Think Young" for Pepsi Cola) ever aired, the singular style of Joanie Sommers has become as identifiable and accepted as that of any singer in recent memory.

Johnny Get Angry
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
The Piano Boy
I Don't Want To Walk Without You
Mean To Me
Shake Hands With A Fool
One Boy
Since Randy Moved Away
Theme From A Summer Place
Seems Like Long, Long Ago
Little Girl Blue
I Need Your Love

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Latin King - Edmundo Ros


I Adore You

Edmundo Ros
The Latin King
Producer: Ray Richardson
Executive Producer - Phase 4 Stereo; Tony D'Amato
Engineer: Arthur Bannister
Photography/Painting: David Wedgbury
Sleeve Designer: Gillian Jackson
Phase 4 Stereo
London SP 55169

I Adore You
El Gallo
Pancho De Bull
Coco Seeco
How Insensitive
El Gato Montez
Night Of Adventure
Norma De La Guadalajara
La Cumparsita
Alma Llanera
The Coffee Song