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Friday, August 26, 2016

Flamenco - Mantila Dancers

La Alhambra
Flamenco
By The Mantila Dancers
Wyncote W 9178

Flamenco Andaluz
Solea Canasterea
Sones Gitanos
Fiesta Trinara
Ecos Del Rocio
La Alhambra
Bolero Clasico
Noches MalagueƱas
Recuerdos De Huelva
Guajira Flamenca

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hollywood Cha Cha - Edmundo Ros

High Noon
Hollywood Cha Cha Cha
Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra
Decca SKL 4045
1959

Super glossy, super awesome cover art is featured on this import. Solid late 50s Latin from Ros. Excellent engineering.

From Billboard - February 9, 1959 (reviewing the London LL 3100 release): Another in the Latin rhythm series by the popular maestro, "Hollywood," in the album title, refers to the fact that numbers have been culled from top-drawe films – several of them Academy Award winners. Cha-Cha dance adherents are in front rank of potential buyers. Melodic, rhythmic, it's altogether an attractive album.

The Moulin Rouge Theme
It's Magic
Tammy
Theme From Picnic/Intro: Moonglow
The Harry Lime Theme
Around The World
Love Is A Many-splendored Thing
High Noon
Fascination
Three Coins In The Fountain
True Love

Twist With Cugat - Xavier Cugat

Twist With Cugat
Xavier Cugat
Mercury Records MG 20705
1962

Available from your usual online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

From the back cover: The twist is not a new beat for the Cugat baton. It has been in his repertoire since well before the dance step bloomed into a national mania. Cugat had laid down that insistent, thumping beat not for the ballroom dancers, who in those days would have been bewildered by it, but for a single dancer – his dazzling wife and performing partner, Abbe Lane (cover model). Her twist a la mambo renditions are still the torrid highlights of their nightclub act.

From Billboard - May 12, 1962: Cugat serves up a tasty sampling of the Twist in Latin tempo. A top quality dance LP, with excellent orchestrations lending color to the disk.

In The Mood
Jazz Me Blues
In A Little Spanish Town
Ballin' The Jack
Johnson Rag
Woodchopper's Ball
Chattanooga Choo Choo
The Hucklebuck
Patricia
Makin' Whoopee
Hot Toddy
Fascinating Rhythm

The Immortal Ladies - George Melachrino

Laura
The Immortal Ladies
The Melachrino Orchestra Conducted By George Melachrino
RCA Victor LPM-1110
1956

From the back cover: And George Melachrino, judging from these latest musical sounds, has more than a semantic interest in girl's names. For, to his usual complement of strings he has added horns and woodwinds, brass and rhythm, as he performs delightfully, and with exciting variety, a dozen works dedicated to his Immortal Ladies

From Billboard - December 31, 1955: This LP spotlights the old, but solid commercial idea of packaging tunes with girl's names. Melachrino's lush, imaginative instrumentals add up to an excellent mood music package, which should get plenty of deejay spins. A montage photo of a curvaceous blonde in four different come-hither poses makes the cover an eye-catching display item.

Sweet Sue
Irene
Mona Lisa
Dolores
Louise
Laura
Rosalie
Liza
Marie
Sally
Chloe
Dinah

Relax With Victor Herbert - Al Goodman

To The Land Of My Own Romance
Relax With Victor Herbert
Al Goodman And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM 1023
1954

Absinthe Frappe
Kiss Me Again
I'm Falling In Love With Someone
A Kiss In The Dark
Love Is Best Of All
My Dream Girl
Toyland
When You're Away
Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life
Gypsy Love Song
Sweethearts
To The Land Of My Own Romance

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colors Of Love - Hugo Montenegro

Undue
Colours Of Love
Hugo Montenegro
Arranged and Conducted by Hugo Montenegro
Produced by Jack Pleis
Cover Design: Rick Drobner, Gavin & Dom Studios
RCA Victor LSP-4273
1970

Don't get me wrong, I love and respect Montenegro's work. He was an inventive, top-notch arranger, but he went a bit crazy when on this set when he decided to do up covers of 60s pop tunes in a light pop or easy listening style. To say the least, doing something like this was a difficult sell in the early 1970s market. Furthermore, he went beyond his safe zone, which would have been arranging purely instrumental covers, to add male/female chorus into the mix.

Never-the-less and just because... this is a great set because it is so out there.

Here Comes The Sun
Didn't We
Undue
Something
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
When It Was Done
Holly Holly
Just Like A Woman
Good Morning Starshine
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

Cugat In Spain - Xavier Cugat

Malaguena
Cugat In Spain
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LSP-1894
1959

From Billboard - April 13, 1959: Cugie provides happy, rhythmic instrumental treatments of Spanish tunes – ranging from pasodobles to gypsy and classical items – but all styled with a cha cha beat. Effective stereo sound, and fine terp wax.

El Beso
Valencia
El Relicario (Dance No. 5 from "The Spanish Dances" by Granados)
Malaguena
Clavelitos
Madrid
Ritual Fire Dance
El Gato Montes
Granada
La Violetera (There Is Danger)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Holiday For Strings - David Rose

Laura
Holiday For Strings
The Exciting Music Of David Rose And His Orchestra
Cover Photography by Richard Meer
MGM Records E3215
1955

One of several MGM releases of this Rose collection.

Holiday For Strings
Deserted City
Sweet Sue – Just You
Laura
Four-Twenty A.M.
Estrellita
Manhattan Square Dance
Intermezzo
Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
Fiesta In Seville
Hora Staccato
La Ronde (Merry-Go-Round)

L.O.V.E. - Paul Mauriat

Get Back
L.O.V.E.
Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
Philips PHS 600-320
1969

From Billboard - September 6, 1969: Paul Mauriat continues to ride high on the best-selling LP charts with his competing renditions of current pop hits, and this newest outing will keep him there. His lush stringed orchestrations of "Get Back," "The Windmills Of Your Mind," "Isadora" and "Oh Happy Day" are a boon to middle of the road programmers, and sales are sure to follow closely behind.

Oh Happy Day
Get Back
You, Love, And Me (Toi L'Amour Et Moi)
Silver Fingertips
Windmills Of Your Mind
Aquarius
Serenade To Summertime
Catherine
Isadora
Goodbye
Un Jour Enfant (Through The Eyes Of A Child)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

James Bond Thrillers! Goldfinger - Zero Zero Seven

Pussy Galore Meets Bond
James Bond Thrillers
Goldfinger
The Pulsating Big Band Sounds Of Zero Zero Seven
Recording Director: D. L. Miller
Cover Design: Chic Laganella
Somerset SF-23200
1966
D. L. Miller deserves credit for his effort to deliver a "Mancini-styled" big band "secret agent/spy set to compete with similar music produced by RCA and Mercury. However, compared to work produced by the major labels, this project features, at times, clumsy or at least quirky arranging which the studio band tries to play well even though it sounds like all of the musicians have not had the time to practice the numbers. The engineers also struggle to produce decent sound. None-the-less, and perhaps due to the budget production value, Miller created a decent space age collectible.

Goldfinger Theme
Violence
From Russia With Love
Blues For Dr. No
Pussy Galore Meets Bond
James Bond Theme
"M" Joins The Hunt
A Gilded Corpse
Warm And Deadly
Death Of Goldfinger