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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Donald Martino - Charles Wuorinen - Speculm Musicae

Daniel Shulman and Fred Sherry, Conductors
Nonsuch H-71300

Speculum Musicae: Paul Dunkel, piccolo, flute & alto flute - Steve Taylor, oboe - Virgil Blackwell, clarinet and bass clarinet - Daniel Reed, violin and viola - Fred Sherry, cello - Donald Palma, contrabass - Ursula Oppens, piano and Richard Fitz, percussion.

From the back cover: Speculum Musicae ("A Mirror of Music"). a chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of music ranging from early-20th-century "classics" to newly commissioned works, consists of 15 young instrumentalists noted - individually and in ensemble activities - for outstanding accomplishments in contemporary music making. Speculum Musicae's first appearance (1971, at the Public Theatre of New York) was followed by a formal debut at Town Hall in 1972 resulting from a Young Concert Artist award. Since its inception, the ensemble has toured the U.S.A.widely to enthusiastic acclaim. In 1972, Speculum Musicae was honored with the first Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, enabling the group to give two concerts at New York's Alice Tully Hall and to commission new works. The results of these commissions are heard in this recording - Speculum Musicae's first appearance on Nonesuch.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Shadow Of Your Smile - Harry James & His Orchestra

Going Out Of My Head
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Harry James & His Orchestra
Pickwick SPC-3126

From the back cover: Now on the eve of the 1970s, Harry James is producing fresh new sounds – we invite you to enjoy them.

The Shadow Of Your Smile
Mexicali Rose
Streets Of Laredo
Malaguena Salerosa
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Going Out Of My Head
Don't Be That Way
A Taste Of Honey
I Can Dream, Can't I

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Best Of '69 - Terry Baxter

You've Made Me So Very Happy
The Boxer
Windmills Of You Mind

For Once In My Life

Hey Jude
The Best Of '69
Terry Baxter And His Orchestra
A Columbia Musical Treasury
P2S 5332

Here's another LP in the series of cover albums jammed full of impossible musical moments by orchestra conductor Terry Baxter and producer Betsy Cohen.

Songs are arranged on the back cover by arranger:

Billy Sherrill:
I Love How You Love Me
Wichita Lineman
Still Around
Stand By Your Man
To Know You Is To Love You
Singing My Song
You Gave Me A Mountain

Don Sebesky:
Soulful Strut
This Girl's In Love With You
Windmills Of You Mind
Both Sides Now
Terry's Tune

Jimmy Wisner:
The Boxer
Happy Heart
Baby Driver
Don't Give In To Him
Me So Very Happy

Johnny Spence:
For Once In My Life
I've Gotta Be Me
Hey Jude
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In

Music To Help You Stop Smoking - Living Strings

April In Paris
Music To Help You Stop Smoking
Living Strings
RCA Camden CAL-821

From the back cover: Reach for a melodious bud… instead of a butt.

Autumn Leaves
April In Paris
Medley- The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful, In The Night, If There Is Someone LovelierThan You
Medley - Clair De Lune, Yellow Bird
Theme From Carnival
Penthouse Serenade
If Ever I Would Leave You
Love's Old Street Song
Medley - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto In B-Flat Minor - Chopin: Polonaise In A-Flat

Friday, July 25, 2014

Disco Duck - The Homesteaders

Play That Funky Music
Disco Duck
20 Of Todays Hits
Recorded By The Homesteaders
Homestead Records H-10012

Introduction To Stereo

Introduction To Stereo
Westminster WSS-1

Needless to say, this album is no "introduction to graphic design". Why Westminster, having published many fine album covers, spent no money on this design is a mystery.

The contents, for the most part, also seem "budget" or "dashed" together. The stereo engineering sounds weak to my ears. However, Ralph Font's cover of Tabu (or Taboo) is worth posting as a sample to compare with any mono versions that may floating around out there.

I thought I had the Font's LP that this track was lifted from, but I can't find the copy. Instead, check out this super fun Font project: Longhair Goes Cha-Cha

Sabre Dance - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Espana - Vienna State Orchestra
Castaldo March - Deutschmeister
Bank Holiday - Vienna State Orchestra
Trepak - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Toccata In D Minor - Carl Weinrich
Sound Effects
A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Mary Lou Brewer
Tabu - Ralph Font
Dixie - Dick Leibert
Peg-Leg Menegue - Ferrante and Teicher
The Spirit Of Christmas

Yippee Ole - Western Songs The Latin Way - Melino

Along The Navajo Trail
Western Songs The Latin Way
Melino And His Orchestra
Jubilee JLP 1042

Blending traditional western song titles and Latin rhythm suggests that this is one album that I should not purchase. However, the black fishnet hose clad model on the cover demands that I must purchase the album. And so here the record is, hose cheesecake and cha cha cowboy rhythm song sample, featured now in The Atomic Attic.

Actually, the album presents a pretty decent Latin set that is only slightly "western" in sound, although the Cha Cha dance beat does sound somewhat like a horse plodding down the dirt street of some gold rush town.

From the back cover: Introduced at the world-famous Grossinger, N.Y. Country Club, where Melino has been featured with his band the past two hears, "Yodelin' Cowboy" (the only vocal number)  as greeted with such enthusiastic reaction that Melino was prompted to refashion a raft of well-known Western airs in Latin tempos.

On The Trail
Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddles
Yodelin' Cowboy Cha-Cha
Tumbling Tumble Weeds
Along The Navajo Trail
The Last Roundup
Don't Fence Me In
You Are My Sunshine
I'm An Old Cowhand
Empty Saddles
Wagon Wheels
Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Prieta Caldera - Con Guitarras

Prieta Caldera
Con Guitarras
Paloma 1004

For Reminiscent Lovers - Bill Doggett

Angel Eyes
For Reminiscent Lovers
Romantic Songs By Bill Doggett
King Records 706

Nice, subdued lounge set from organist Bill Dogget featuring this sexy cover of Angel Eyes.

A Sinner Kissed An Angel
My Romance
Accent On Youth
A Sunday King Of Love
For All We Know
Angel Eyes
Trav'lin Light
My Foolish Heart
I'm Yours
If I Should Lose You

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Parisienne Accordion - Francois Chantal

Guitare A Napoli
Parisienne Accordio
Francois Chantal & Orchestra
Coronet Records CXS 154

I bought this album because I liked the "sinister" accordion player/street walker photo on the jacket. This duo is up to no good and the cover image seems like strange marketing to me.

The set plays through like a collection of "stock" tracks. There are a few "lounge" tunes on side one, including the sample above.

Les Petites Nichons
La Fin
Guitare A Napoli
Les Amours De Pigalle
Les Flics
Chemise Rouge
Tango Montmarte
Mon Petit Chou