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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cha Cha Cha From Swingin' Partners - Pupi Prado And His Orchestra

Yama Yama Man
Cha Cha Cha From Swingin' Partners
Pupi Prado And His Orchestra
Celebrity Records
A Division Of Premier Albums Inc.
UT-127

A few of the tracks, including Yama Yama Man can be found on Fred Saterials's Big Band  B'Way Cha Chas.

Barippi Mompo can also be found on Noro Morales Plays Latin Favorites.

Kiss Me Again
La Sorella
Twilight In Barakeesh
Toyland
Yama Yama Man
Everyday Is Ladies Day
La Cucaracha-Cha
In Old New York
Barippi Mompo
Scampton Cha Meringue

Friday, February 20, 2015

True Love - The Silver Strings

Laura
Le Grisbi
True Love
The Silver Strings
Perfect
A Product Of Epic Records
PS 14003

Here is a budget lush strings album that features a spicy cover and a set of a "better than your average mood" that plays through with a dramatic and at times curious sound. Decent arrangements, consistent theme and good engineering help sell the set.

Laura
Love Theme From La Strada
Souvenirs de Vacances
Waltz In The Night
Arrivederci, Roma
I Love Paris
True Love
Le Grisbi
Charmaine
Ninotchka

Tonight At Midnight - Steve Allen

Let's Fall In Love
Tonight At Midnight
Steve Allen
His Piano And Orchestra
Coral CRL 57015
1956

From the back cover: Steve, as one who really knows Jazz, recognizes that modern music can derive distinctive character through the employment of instrumental soloists from the Jazz ranks. The master improvisors can invest a written phrase with subtle, suggestive freedom. Here, highlighted among the velvet waves of strings are Steve's own meditative piano. Billy Byers' richly-phrased trombone, Sam Taylor's whispery, virile tenor sax, and Taft Jordan's soaring legato trumpet… Shall we listen? – Bill Simon

Sexy packaging graces this typical mid-50s mood set that followed Allen's "best selling" Music for Tonight (Coral 1955). The album was released as (or announced as a) part of a three album release that included Jazz for Tonight and Steve Allen Sings.

The "jazz influenced" bridges helps to spice up the Allen "sound".

While We're Young
Please Be Kind
Junior Prom
The Boy Next Door
Let's Fall In Love
You Are To Beautiful
Young Love
You Better Go Now
Love Is Young
Tomboy
Last Night When We Were Young
Too Young

Friday, February 13, 2015

Revelations 666 - Will Jima

Revelation 666
Will Jima's Sensational New Recording
Fantastic Predictions, Disasters
Kim-Pat (AAA Recording)

Something a little different from The Atomic Attic. An obscure spoken word "sermon" LP that is more about Jima's "predictions" then preaching the word. 

From the back cover: (About Will Jima) Will Jima is a former shipbuilding executive, who in the late Autumn of 1973, had a UFO experience on the Gulf Coast of the United States, near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The experience caused Mr. Jima to resign his shipbuilding position and begin to travel around the country in what he describes as "a missionary zeal" trying to make the public aware of the real presence of UFO's. Mr. Jima maintains that the U.S. Government has been involved in a COSMIC WATERGATE for the past 25 years. Mr. Jima states that the Government is covering up the knowledge that aliens, from another world, have had the earth under surveillance for a number of years now.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Song Sung Blue - Terry Baxter

Heart Of Gold
I Didn't Sleep At All
Betcha By Golly Wow
Song Sung Blue
The Best Loved Songs of '72
Terry Baxter His Orchestra And Chorus
Executive Producer: Besty Cohen
Columbia House DS 1010
1972

Terry Baxter… Collect them all!

The Best Of '69
The Best Of '71
The Best Of '72

Ev'ry Day Of My Life
Song Sung Blue
Heart Of Gold
Isn't Live Strange
Everything I Own
I Didn't Get To Sleep At All
The Way Of Love
Don't Say You Don't Remember
Oh Girl
Betcha By Golly Wow
The Hands Of Time
Let's Stay Together

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sparkling Music For Fireside Listening - The Mayfair Strings

Wyoming
Sparkling Music For Fireside Listening
The Mayfair Strings
King 2009
1961

Total budget. Recycled mood licensed from EMI, London. This King release is so cheap that it makes Allegro Royale pressings look like high-end collectibles. The cover is a stunning piece of graphic design that features hastily stenciled violins (yes… the production department took a grease pencil and roughed out the violin shapes) that they then superimposed over a stock photo of hell.

Terrific!

Jealousy
Wyoming
Amoureuse
Catari Catari
Greensleeves
The Blue Danube
Chiquita Mia
Emperor Waltz
Just For A While
Du And Du Waltz
Love's Last Word Is Spoken
Love's Dream After The Ball

Alefria Nortena

Yo Quiero Olvidar
Alegria Nortena
Dueto Torreon
Rafael Gama Y Sus Texanos
Discos Azteca, Inc.
AM-8036

Yo Quiero Olvidar
Nuevamente Volvere
Dame Un Besito
Sangrando Traigo El Corazon
Caunto Te Quise Triguena
Estoy Enamorado
Celos
Mujer Linda Mujer
No Supe Quererte
Recuerdo De Mariquita

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Maharaja Of The Saxophone - Lynn Hope

Sands Of The Sahara
A Ghost Of A Chance
The Maharaja Of The Saxophone
Lynn Hope
King 717
1961

This King set appears to have been released (according to the Wiki copy below) right about the time Hope quit the music business. So, depending on the circumstances, King may have had to scramble to find an image that they could use on the cover. The hand-tinted photo image/cover is graphically dated for a 1961 release, but nonetheless, pretty darn cool looking.

The set itself, as the Billboard review suggests, is "expressive" in that Hope manages to put his special "slow burn" or "jazz twist" on every song. He must have put on a good show.

The set receives 3 Stars from Billboard - January 30, 1961: Lynn Hope's sultry sax is featured here on a group of expressive instrumentals of originals and standards.

From Hope's Wiki page: Lynn Hope (September 26, 1926 - February 24, 1993) was an American Jazz and Blues tenor saxophonist noted for his outlandish dress style in the 1950s (he would often wear a fez or turban.) His most prolific period for recording was from 1951 to 1957 for Aladdin Records. Hope, who later converted to Islam and changed his name to El Hajj Abdullah Rasheed Ahmad, appears to have been inactive musically from 1960 until his death.

Tenor saxophonist Lynn Hope was noted for his apparel and instrumental remakes of established pre-rock pop anthems. Hope joined King Kolax's band when he graduated from high school in Birmingham during the '40s. He later converted to Islam, and became noted for wearing a turban, though few ever called him Al Hajji Abdullah Rascheed Ahmed. Hope signed with Miracle in 1950, but the contract proved invalid. He moved to Premium, where he cut "Tenderly," a song that was later picked up by Chess. Hope recorded often for Aladdin between 1951 and 1957, doing such reworked standards as "September Song" and "Summertime." While these numbers were often performed with little or no melodic embellishment or improvisation, the flip sides were often fierce up tempo blues or jump tunes. "Tenderly" earned Hope his only hit in 1950, reaching number eight R&B and #19 pop. He made his last sessions for King in 1960, then dropped out of sight. [Artist Biography by Ron Wynn]


Tenderly
Rose Room
Body And Soul
Sands Of The Sahara
Blue And Sentimental
Shockin'
OO Wee
A Ghost Of A Chance
Full Moon
Little Landslide
Stardust
Juicy

The World Of Harry Partch

Barstow
The World Of Harry Partch
Conducted by Danlee Mitchell under the supervision of the composer
Columbia Masterworks MS 7207
1969

From the inside gatefold cover (Partch's artistic statement): The work that I have been doing these many years parallels much in the attitudes and actions of primitive man. He found sound-magic in the common materials around him. He then proceeded to make the vehicle, the instrument, as visually beautiful as he could. Finally, he involved the sound-magic, and the visual beauty in his everyday words and experiences, his ritual and drama, in order to lend greater meaning to his life. This is my trinity: sound-magic, visual beauty, experience-ritual.

Reading Partch's statement might help the listener understand his approach. My first impression was that I was listening to a single stream of sound, that featured few "intersecting devices" and that stream may have have been created by someone (with a rhythm sense) who had just discovered a room full of instruments and started to bang away for the fun of it. Much of the sound created by Partch also reminds me of the structure I hear in Gamelan (music from Java and Bali, Indonesia).

Barstow (side 2) is different in that the vocal overlays help to create a more dense sound experience. The vocals also create "Zappa-like" moments in the work. At least that is what I hear. I don't know what Partch's conceptual influences are. Partch uses his made-up term "Hobo Concerto" to label the narrative.

If you want more of a break down, I suggest finding a copy because the gatefold is bursting with copy that explains each track in depth.

From Billboard - May 3, 1969: Current interest in Harry Partch should be parlayed into interest for this disk from one of the most individual of today's composers. The original instruments as as fascinating as their use here. "Daphne of the Dunes" and "Castor and Pollux' are engrossing instrumental pieces, which benefit from the originally of sound as well as construction. The narratives in "Barstow" enhance that piece.

Side 1

Daphine Of The Dunes

Harry Partch, Frank Berberich, Gary Coleman, Dean Drummond, Richard Lapore, John McAllister, Robert McCormick, Todd Miller, Emil Richards, Michael Ranta, Linda Schell

Adapted Viola, Kithara II, Surrogate Kithara, Harmonic Canons II and III, Chromelodeon I, Cloud-Chamber Bowls, Spoils of War, Gourd Tree, Diamond Marimba, Boo (Bamboo Marimba), Bass Marimba, Pre-recorded Tape

Side 2

Barstow

Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing At Barstow, California
Harry Partch and John Stannard, Voices; John McAlister, Danlee Mitchell, Michael Ranta, Linda Schell.

Surrogate Kithara, Chromelodeon I, Diamond Marimba, Boo (Bamboo Marimba)

Castor & Pollux
A Dance from the Twin Ryhythms of Gemini from Piectra & Percussion Dances
Gary Coleman, Dean Drummond, John McAllister, Danlee Mitchell, Emil Richards, Michael Ranta, Linda Schell.

Leda and the Swan (Kithrar II, Surrogate Kithara, and Cloud-Chamber Bowls)
Conception (Harmonic Canon II and High Bass Marimba)
Incubation (Diamond Marimba and Low Bass Marimba)
Chorus of Delivery from the Egg (All the foregoing instruments)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Big Band Pops - Box Set

Big Band Pops
The Miracle Of Stereo Sound In Motion
10 disc box set
Design: Burt Portnoy
Directional Sound
Premier Albums, Inc.

10 record box set that collects some of Premier's better projects (for the "space age" ear) under one roof. The LPs were also sold as single albums (many or all of them came in gatefold jackets) but marketed together in a "series". To tie the group together Premier borrowed jacket design inspired by the innovative work done at Command Records. The "percussion" theme was also borrowed from Command. None of the albums are "percussive" in the "Command" sense, and although there are a number of great space age recordings in the set the cover art for the most part, is misleading. The series was really meant to showcase the Premier's range of "stereo" releases but comes across as a "space age percussion" set, which it is not.

Jazz & Swinging Percussion
Bill Berry Quartet
Design: Sam Sullman
K-1091 (DS 5002)
1961

Dream Street


From March 20, 1961 Billboard: A handsome package, in book format, with modern design. Berry is an accomplished trumpeter, and with him are Alan Dawson on drums; Alex Cirin on bass and pianist Bob Freeman. Latter has written six originals for the package.

Excellent small combo jazz. The set is presented without the early 60s "percussion" gimmick as advertised on the jacket. The engineering is very good.

Dream Street
Almost Like Being In Love
Manhattan Blues
Times Square
Broadway And 10th
Schubert Alley
Old Devil Moon
June Is Busting Out All Over
Broadway By Night
How Do You Speak To An Angel
Blow Gabriel Blow
The Night Was Made For Love

Percussive Sounds Of The Big Band
John Evans And The Big Band
K-1092 (DS 5003)
1961

Peter Gunn


Bright and sometimes sexy big band set.

Personnel:

Leader – John Evans
Bass – Clement Mayer
Coordinator – Charles Goldberg
Design – Sam Suliman
Drums – Armand Van Der Walle
Guitar – Freddy Saunder
Piano – John Evans
Production Manager – Sam Suliman
Saxophone – Benny Couroyer, Frank Church, Guy Dossch, Jeff Verhagen, "Prezz" Creado
Trombone – Al Mertens, Paul Annee
Trumpet – Charlie Knectel, Ed Harnie, John Cortois, Louis Hays

St. Louis March Blues
Blue Skies
American Patrol
Kings Cross Climax
Peter Gunn
Habanera
Strike Up The Band
Jungle Drums
As Time Goes By
Trumpet Blues
Peanut Vendor

Exotic Percussion And Brilliant Brass
John Evans And The Big Band
K 1095 (DS 5006)
1961

An Occasional Man


This particular album is good fun if you are a collector of "exotica" Many songs copy Martin Denny/Arthur Lyman style complete with bird calls. The covers are fun, but nothing new. Supporting those tracks are more straight forward Lyman-like Latin/jazz tracks. These tracks carried the album and are very nice.

Bad And Beautiful
Temptation
Eso Es El Amor
Mambo Inn
An Occasional Man
Cuban Caper
Quite Village
Caravan
Return To Paradise
Mambo Italiano
Lisbon Antigua
Cool Mambo

Potent Percussion
Don Catelli And The All Stars
K 1099 (DM 5010)
1962

This album is one of the better LPs in the series. Tracks can be purchased by digital download, so I won't be posting a sample. There is a consistent smooth, smoky, ping-pong lounge vibe to be enjoyed on this LP.

I Love Paris
Manhattan
So In Love
Lady Of Spain
Old Cape Cod
I've Got You Under My Skin
In The Still Of The Night
Always True To You
Small World Isn't It
Glow Worm
Balling The Jack

Brass Band Bash
The Regimental Band Of Windsor Guards
K 1097 (DS 5008)
1961

Guadalcanal March


Straight marching band brass. Whose idea was it to include this LP in the series?

Gualdalcanal March
Stars And Stripes
Spirit Of Liberty
El Capitan
Semper Fidelis
Colonel Bogey
Service Midely
King Cotton
Liberty Bell
Hands Across The Sea
On The Mall
Washington Post

Passionate Percussion
Don Catelli And The All Stars
K 1098 (DS 5009)
1961

Taboo


Solid and playful covers of many of your exotica favorites.

From Billboard - March 20, 1961: The Don Catelli group tears right into his LP of Latin-American warhorses. Each of the tracks can be judged a Latin-American standard. The music and musicians have been given depth by stereo recording. The small group under Catelli's baton performs admirably.

Brazil
Taboo
La Machicha
The Breeze & I
Malaguena
Mama Inez
Jungle Drums
Say Si Si
South Of The Border
Miami Beach Rhumba
Cha Cha #5
Amapola

Percussion & Piano Honky Tonk
Mike Di Napoli and Trio
K 1094 (DS 5005)
1961

Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight


Here's another disc in the set that doesn't fit the theme of the series if you judge a book by the cover.

Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Under The Bamboo Tree
Turkish Honky Tonk
School Days
Honky Tonk Serenade
Kentucky Babe
Meet Me In St. Louis
Mozart Sonata
Merry Oldsmobile
Toreador Song
In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
La Donna E Mobile

Latin Brass
John Evans And The Big Band
K 1090 (DS 5001)
1961

Gualione


Good big band Latin, but lacked the punch needed to help the set stand out in the early 60s "space age" market.

April In Portugal
Patricia
Everyday Is Ladies Day
Gualione
Mamo Jambo
Teach Me Tonight
Tequila
Barrippi Mompo
It Ain't Necessarily So
Kiss Me Again Cha Cha
Old Man River Cha Cha
Cha Cha Amigo

Percussion Classics
Karl Reiner Conducting The Hamburg Philharmonic
K 1093 (DS 5004)
1961

More series filler and not, of course, "percussive" in the space age sense.

Ravel's Bolero
Tchaikovski's 1812 Overture
Sizzling Strings Castanets Percussion
Don Luis Quintero and The Madrid Festival Orchestra
Mario Valero Group with Jose Alvarez on Guitar
K 1096 (DM 5007)
1960

Not sizzling or space age.

Granada
Espana
Fiesta Trianera
La Paloma
Viva Navarra
Capriccio Espanol
Ravel's Bolero
Seranata Espanola
Solea Canastera―Soleares
Estudiantina