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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Al Goodman Salutes Irving Berlin

Heat Wave

Al Goodman Salutes Irving Berlin
An Album For Dancing
Produced buy Henry La Pidus
Promenade Records 2079

Exclusive Photo of Mary Martin and John Raitt from the production "Annie Get Your Gun" Irving Berlin's Greatest Show.

From the back cover: Al Goodman, famous conductor and musician, has devoted all his life to music. His love for music and his inherent musical ability were manifest when, at an early age, he sang soprano in his father's choir. He started his professional life as a pit musician in a local 'movie house'. Choosing music as his life-time work, he was awarded a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

In 1915, Al Goodman was selected by Earl Carroll as arranger and conductor for his musical extravaganzas. Goodman considers this his 'official' entry into show business... the start of an illustrious musical career which brought him into personal association with the all-time 'Greats' of show business. Many shows and musical productions were successful in great measure because of Al Goodman's outstanding ability.

Al Goodman produced musical comedies with Earl Carroll. Hits like "So Long Letty" and "Canary Cottage". Later he became Al Jolson's personal conductor and arranger. His next association was a musical director and composer for all Shubert musical productions.

Radio and TV claim him as consultant and director for such favorite programs as Hit Parade and Colgate Hour. He numbers as his friends and business associates such broadway luminaries as Earl Carroll, Al Jolson, George White, Sigmund Romberg, Jack Beeny, Fannie Brice, George Jessel, Flo Ziegfield, James Melton, Max Gordon, Bob Hope and many, many others.

There's No Business Like Show Business
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I've Got My Love To Keep My Warm
Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
Blue Skies
Puttin' On The Ritz
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Cheek To Cheek
How Deep Is The Ocean
I've Got The Sun In The Morning
They Say It's Wonderful
Heat Wave 

Jerome Kern's Roberta - Al Goodman


Something Had To Happen

Jerome Kern's Roberta
Al Goodman
Favorite Operettas / One Of A Series 
RCA Camden CAL-464

From Billboard - November 17, 1958: A low-priced version of the lovely Jerome Kern score that has seemed to improve each year since it's initial performance 25 years ago. For quality, this disk can't compete with Decca's Carlisle-Drake waxing but tunes get able handling here. Recent exposure on a TV spectacular will boost sales.

Let's Begin
You're Devastating
I Won't Dance
The Touch Of Your Hand
Lovely To Look At 
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Something Had To Happen

The Ethel Merman Disco Album


There's No Business Like Show Business

The Ethel Merman Disco Album
Produced, Arranged and Conducted by Peter Matz
Orchestra Conductor: Joe Soldo
Music Prepared by Bill Forman
Background Vocals Directed by Marilyn Jackson & Stephanie Spruill
Additional Background Vocals on "Something For The Boys": George Ferren, Steve Smith, Manny Stali, Jon Randazo, Bobby Borelli and John Joyce
Executive Producer: Kip Cohen
Art Director: Roland Young
Design: Amy Nagasawa
Front Cover Art: Lou and Pearl Beach
Photograph of Ethel: Mark Hanauer
Recorded and Mixed at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Mixed by Don Hahn - Assisted by Don Koldon
Mastered at A&M Recording Studios by Frank DeLuna
Management by Gus Schirmer
A&M Records SP-4775

Guitars: Michael Anthony, Dennis Budmir & Mitch Holder
Bass: Chuck Berghofer & Greg Lee
Drums: Steve Scaheffer
Keyboards: John Berkman & Peter Matz
Trumpet Solos: Warren Luening
Sax Solos: Bud Shank & Ernie Watts
Percussion: Paulinho & Garyno

From Billboard - August 11, 1979: Merman's forte has always been big, booming production numbers, so she fits into disco rather effortlessly. Here she revisits seven of her standards done up disco by veteran conductor Peter Matz. Despite the busy new orchestrations, Merman's famed show-off vocals steal the show. Subtlety and understatement have never been the singer's particular virtues, but she's tops in material like this.

There's No Business Like Show Business
Everything's Coming Up Roses
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Something For The Boys
Some People
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I Got Rhythm

Friday, July 30, 2021

The Best Of Stan Freberg


Banana Boat

The Best Of Stan Freberg
Capitol Records SM-2020

From Billboard - January 18, 1964: Today comedy albums are making it bigger than at any time in recent years. Freberg was among the pioneers of comedy on records. This collection of Frebergmaina includes such comedy classics as "St. George And The Dragonet,' "Great Pretender," "John And Marsha," "Banana Boat."

The Yellow Rose Of Texas
John And Marsha
St. George And The Dragonet
Banana Boat
Ya Got Trouble
C'est Si Bon
Heartbreak Hotel
Rock Island Line
The Great Pretender
The Quest For Bridey Hammerschlaugen

Country & Western Top Hits Of '66 - Nashville Country Singers


Husbands And Wives

Country & Western Top Hits Of '66
Nashville Country Singers
Mountain Dew Record S 7005

Waitin' In Your Welfare Line
Almost Persuaded
England Swings
Think Of Me
Hurt Her Once For Me
Husbands And Wives
Take Good Care Of Her
I Want To Go With You
Distant Drums

Waltzes, Wine And Candlelight - David Carroll



Waltzes, Wine And Candlelight
David Carroll And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20086

From the back cover: When asked why the selections in this album were chosen over other similar tunes, David Carroll gave this answer, "We started with the basic ingredient of "Melody Of Love." Since the tune is done predominantly with violins and in the style of Wayne King, I decided to put together a set of waltzes which would create an atmosphere. The three best suited were "La Colondrina," "My Evening Star," and "Blue Hours," which was written by the waltz king himself. I rounded out the pattern by selecting two tunes not made popular by King but which have lived through the years, "Let The Rest Of The World Go By" and "Till We Meet Again."

Melody Of Love
La Golondrina
My Evening Star
Blue Hours
Let The Rest Of The World Go By
Till We Meet Again
The Blue Scarecrow
Sugar Loaf
Tambourin Chinois

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Experience - Enjay


Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

Memorable Achievements In American Music
Assembled For You By Enjay In This Special Collectors' Album
Enjay Chemical Company / Paramins & Specialties Division
Columbia Special Products Vol. 1 Stereo CSS 687/07

From the inside cover: Our experience in developing additives for industry has led to the recent introduction of Paraflow antifoulants. Many refiners now use these additives in their feedback to coup with fouling of heat transfer equipment. They're not only getting increased throughputs and extended turnaround periods, but their equipment lasts longer, too.

These are just a few of our credentials. Credentials earned by studying tomorrow's marketing and process problems today.

In the end, experience usually boils down to this: "What have you done for me lately?"

Why not give us a try? It could be a rewarding experience.

For both of us.

George Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue
Leonard Bernstien at the Piano and Conducting

Charles Ives - Putnam's Camp
The Philadelphia Orchestra - Eugene Ormandy, Conductor

Leonard Berstein - Overture To Candide
The Cleveland Pops Orchestra - Louis Lane, Conductor

Richard Rodgers - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue - Ahmad Jamal

Samuel Barber - Addgio For Strings 
The N. Y. Philharmonic - Thomas Schippers, Conductor

Arron Coplond - Hoedown From Rodeo
The N. Y. Philharmonic - Leonard Bernstein, Conductor

Double Life - Tony Chance


She's A Lady

Tony Chance
Double Life
Producer: Tony Chance
Arrangers: Tony Chance & Richard Hurt
Engineer: Kurt Uhlig
Photography: Curtis Clifford
Album Design: Jennifer Johnson
Recorded at Swanson Florida Productions
Twelve Tree TC-101


Tony Chance - Piano
Steve Barberio - Guitar, Special Effects
Marv Ripper - Drums
Richard Hunt - Bass Organ, Trombone
Kurt Uhlig - Vibes
Ben Champion - Tenor Sax, Flute

Double Life
Help Me Make It Through The Night
A Little Bit Of Love Is Better Than No Love
Solitary Man
Bobby McGee
She's A Lady
Watching Scotty Grow
It's Impossible
Like To Get To Know You

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Naughty, But Nice! - Pearl Bailey


Pas Ce Soir

Naughty, But Nice!
Pearl Bailey
Orchestra Conducted by Don Redman
Produced by Teddy Reig
Roulette R 25125

Gettin' A Man
Since I Became A Hussy
For My Husband
Never Give Anything Away
Satin And Silk
Nobody Makes A Pass At Me
Pas Ce Soir
Not Now John
Mouton To Muskrat To Mink
I Hate Men
They're Either Too Young Or Too Old
Around The World With Me
Always True To You Darling In My Fashion

Sentimental Journey - Les Brown


A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Sentimental Journey
Les Brown
Harmony Columbia HL 7211

Twilight Time
Bizet Has His Day
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Mexican Hat Dance
Leap Frog
Out Of Nowhere
Blue Danube
Daybreak Serenade
Sentimental Journey

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Naturally - Judy Lynn



Judy Lynn
Arrangements: Jerry Styner
Produced by Kenny Myers and Jerry Styner
Recorded at Sunset Studios, Hollywood, California
Mastered by Arnie Acosta
Cover Illustration: Craig Nelson
Amarettos AST-5014

Acknowledgements: Jim Gordon, Hal Blaine, Ronnie Tutt, Larry Brown, Alan Estes, Joe Osborn, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Larry Carlton, Dean Parks, Al Casey, J.D. Manues, Bud Brisboism, Bubby Childers, Ollie Mitchell, George Bohannon, Lou McCreary, Dick Hyde, Jackie Kelso, Plaz Johnson, Side Sharp (Concert Master), Ron Hicklin, Stan Farhner and Gene Morford

Footprints On The Moon
Pour Me A Little More Wine
And You Love Me
Posters On The Wall
Two For The  Show
I'll Never Sing You A Sad Song
Give Me Something To Believe In
1927 Kansas City
Most Of Us Are Sad

Super Hits - The Ace Highs


Take It On Home

Super Hits
Performed by The Ace Highs
Music Trends Country & Western MTS-4102

It's Not Love But It's Not Bad (Merle Haggard)
This Is The Best I'm Gonna Feel (Don Gibson)
Neon Rose (Mel Tillis)
Sylvia's Mother (Bobby Bare)
Don't Pay The Ransom (Nat Stuckey)
You Ain't Gonna Have Ole Buck (Buck Owens)
Pride's Not Hard To Swallow (Hank Williams Jr.)
Take It On Home (Charlie Rich)
Got The All-Overs For You (Freddie Hart)
Who's Gonna Play This Piano (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Long Way 'Round (Bill Campbell)
I Lost Her And Cried (Bill Campbell)

Latin With Love - Geoff Love


One Note Samba

Latin With Love
In The Mood For Dancing
Geoff Love and His Orchestra
Produced by Norman Newell
Assistant Producer: Gil King
Photography: Peter Phipp
Recording Engineer: John Timperley

La Bamba
Spanish Harlem
Sucu Sucu
The Girl From Ipanema
One Note Samba
South Of The Border
Maria Elena
Spanish Eyes
The Breeze And I
Mexican Hat Dance

Dallas - Floyd Cramer



Floyd Cramer
Produced by Floyd Cramer and Jerry Bradley
Arranged and Conducted by Bill McElhiney
Recorded at Music City Music Hall, Nashville, Tennessee
Mastering: Randy Kling, Randy's Roost
Art Directions: Herb Burnette, Pinwheel Studios
Liner Photo by Herb Burnette
RCA Records AHL1-3613

The Incredible Hulk
All In The Family
The Waltons
Little House On The Prairie 
The Young And The Restless
Laverne & Shirley
Knots Landing

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Recorded Live (And Then Some)! - Johnny Rivers


You Must Believe

Johnny Rivers
And I Known You Wanna Dance
Recorded Live (And Then Some)!
Producer: Lou Adler
Engineer: "Bones" Howe
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Cover Photo: Ken Kim
Liner Photos: Guy Webster
Cover Concept: Lulu
IR Imperial - A Product Of Liberty Records
LP 9307

Drums - Mickey Jones
Bass & Guitar - Chuck Day & Joe Osborn
Organ - Larry Knechtel

The Snake
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
You Must Believe
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
In The Midnight Hour
Secret Agent Man (from The CBS-TV Show "Secret Agent")
Every Day I Have To Cry
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Run For Your Life
You Dig

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book - Vol. 1


Let Yourself Go

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book
Vol. 1
Paul Weston and His Orchestra
Arrangements and Orchestra Conducted by Paul Weston
Produced by Norman Granz
Cover Photo: Herman Leonard
Art Direction: Sheldon Marks
Verve Records MG VS-6052

From the back cover: Paul Weston, who wrote all the arrangements as well as conducted the orchestra for the Irving Berlin Song Book, recently was the subject of a newspaper article citing the fact that he had made more phonograph records than any other performer in America since he accompanied, for various record companies, such singers as Frankie Lanie, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Margaret Whiting, Betty Hutton, Gordon MacRae and Johnny Ray. Besides this, Paul made so many mood music albums, such as "Music For Memories," "Music For Dreaming," "Music For Romancing," "Music For The Fireside," that he was once dubbed "Master Of Mood Music" in a Coronet Magazine profile. Obviously, then, Weston's background more than adequately prepared him for the task of accompanying Ella Fitzgerald and writing the kind of arrangements best evoking the moods inherent in the melodies written by Irving Berlin.

Let's Face The Music And Dance (from Follow The Fleet - 1936)
You're Laughing At Me (from On The Avenue - 1937)
Let Yourself Go (from Follow The Fleet - 1936)
You Can Have Him (from Miss Liberty - 1949)
Russian Lullaby (1927)
Puttin' On The Ritz (from Puttin' On The Ritz - 1929)
Get Thee Behind Me Satan (from Follow The Fleet - 1936)
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails (from Top Hat - 1935)
How About Me? (1928)
Cheek To Cheek (from Top Hat - 1935)
I Used To Be Color Blind (from Carefree - 1928)
Lazy (1924)
How Deep Is The Ocean How Hight Is The Sky (1932)
All By Myself (1921)
Remember (1925)