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Friday, August 28, 2015

Prom Date - Stanley Applewaite

Prom Date
Stanley Applewaite Orchestra
Design DLP 23

What looks like a budget mood set from the cover is actually a fine big band set that features swinging arrangements and quality engineering.

From the back cover: Born in Sheffordshire in 1925, this young pianist made his professional debut at the local music hall at the tender age of nine. He played piano and recited "The Ballad Of Lower Ipswich," a twenty minute long piece of saccharine prose written by his great uncle Harry Applewaite. The short piano selection was met with enthusiastic response. The long dissertation concerning the problems of a horsecarman in Lower Ipswich was greeted with nothing but a dull lull. At that moment young Stanley decided that music was a far more satisfying life than acting, reciting (certainly a lost art), or even following in his great uncle's footsteps and writing. He is currently conducting the Norton Green Symphonia and has recently signed to score and conduct a new musical movie based on the life of Henry the Eight.

Hawaiian War Chant
Tiger Rag
Weepin' Willie
True Blue Lou
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Stompin' At The Savoy
One O'Clock Jump
C-Jam Blues
Take The "A" Train

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Strictly For Dancing

I'm Lucky

Lost In The Rain
Strictly For Dancing
Cover by Louise Gordon
Lyrichord Hi-Fi Sampler LLS-2

The price printed on the back cover: $1.98.

Decent budget small combo Latin set with no artist credit.

Springtime In Rio
Dew From Heaven
I Still Love You
Luna Rossa
On Your Shoulder
Hello, Dream Girl
I'm Lucky
You're For Me
My Island Song
Brazilian Pavillion
Lost In The Rain
Pas Quitter Paquita

In Touch Penumbra - Jerry Grant

Love To Love You
In Touch Penumbra
Arranged and Conducted by Jerry Grant
Produced by Jeff Penning for Place Productions
Hot Steps Records

Nights On Broadway
One Of These Nights
Annie's Song
Love To Love You
Who Loves You
Lady Marmalade
Something Better To Do
Love Will Keep Us Together
At Seventeen

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dance 'til Dawn - Larry Green

Dance 'til Dawn
Larry Green And His Orchestra
Designed for Dancing/one of a series
Cover photo by David B. Hecht
RCA Camden CAL-334

Time On My Hands
Tea For Two
Sometimes I'm Happy
I Want To Be Happy
More Than You Know
It's A Big Wide Wonderful World
I'll Get By
Almost Like Being In Love
Heather On The Hill
Near Your

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Wind

Canadian Sunset
Summer Wind
The Columbia Musical Treasuries Orchestra And Chorus
Columbia Record Club

California Dreamin'
I Will Wait For You
Summer Wind
A Man And A Woman
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Music To Watch Girls By
Love Me With All Your Heart
The More I See You
Go Away Little Girl
Canadian Sunset

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sweet Beat - Caterina Valente

We Can Work It Out
Sweet Beat
Caterina Valente
London PS 536

From the back cover: A trait of a great artist is versatility; and Caterina Valente is one of the most versatile performers of our time. Italian, French, Spanish and English are second nature to her, her repertoire of music knows no limit.

We Can Work It Out
You've Got Your Troubles
Music To Watch Girls By
Ol' Man River
San Francisco
Blueberry Hill
Don't Sleep In The Subway
C'est Si Bon
Waterloo Sunset
Terrible Feeling
I Dig Rock And Roll Music
Happy Together

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dynamic Dimensions - Henri Rene

Punctuated Performance
Dynamic Dimensions
Henri Rene And His Orchestra
Produced By Herman Diaz, Jr.
Stereo Action - The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow
RCA LSA-2396

Traditional solid late 50s sounding mood from Rene augmented with ping-pong effects borrowed from stereo effects inventions by Enoch Light (Command). Additionally, there are a number of more creative tracks on the set and, by-way-of-sample, the cool tune featuring a driving bass line, Punctuated Performance.

From the inside sleeve: Not only is this the first Stereo Action album for Henri Rene, but it is also the first Stereo Action project recorded in RCA Victor's newest and most up-to-date recording studio: Studio C in New York City. This is truly a Stereo Action studio in the most literal sense. Certainly, no recording studio in the world can more fully handle the technical needs of RCA's new sound-in-motion recording technique. Right at his finger tips, engineer Bob Simpson has full control of a massive three-track mixing panel, containing twelve microphone inputs that can be switched into any channel of the Ampex 300-3 three channel tape recorders at will. An additional fourth channel is incorporated into the mixing console to handle the unique sound-in-motion, moving pickup of Stereo Action. "C" can accommodate, within its physical environment, any spatial requirement call for by the arranger.

My Blue Heaven
Sweet Sue – Just You
Me And My Shadow
Temptation Rag
Manhattan Idyl
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Tea For Two
Dizzy Fingers
Punctuated Performace
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
Time On My Hands
Swanee River

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Memories Are Made of These - Ira Wright

Dark Eyes
Memories Are Made Of These
Ira Wright Orchestra and Singers
Rondo-lette SA 166

Graphically pleasing jacket art credited to Burt Portnoy. The disc features an annoying budget set scraped off the bottom of the stock music barrel to include only two tracks that feature "singers"… meaning one big band male vocalist who works hard to mimic Al Jolson.

Dark Eyes
Anvil Chorus
Spanish Serenade
Blue Tango
After The Ball
Yankee Doodle
King Cotton
O Susanna
Because You're Too

Soul Flutes: Trust In Me

Trust In Me
Soul Flutes: Trust In Me
Arranged By Don Sebesky
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, February 21,22; March 13, 18, 1968
A&M Records A&M SP-3009

Herbie Hancock - Piano, Organ and Harpsichord
Eric Gale and Herbie Hancock - Finger Piano
Ron Carter - Bass
Gardy Tate - Drums
Eric Gale and Bucky Pizzarelli - Guitar
Ray Barretto - Percussion
Henry Watts - Vibes and Marimba
Joel Kaye, George Marge, Romeo Penque and Stan Webb - Soul Flutes

Try A Little Tenderness
Trust In Me
In The Wee Small Hours
Scarborough Fair
Bachianas Brasileiras #5
Cigarettes & Coffee
Pu Po
Early Autumn

35 Guitar Favorites

Theme To A Theme
35 Guitar Favorites
Premier PS-9032

This is the first album I acquired, begging my Mom to buy it for me when we were grocery shopping at our small town supermarket, Big Bear. I couldn't have been more than 13 years old. Up until I found this LP, yet again just yesterday, I could only remember the cover image. I can not remember if I was impressed by the contents which are tracks cobbled together from any source that Premier could find them, including a number of Flamenco tracks along with songs I have heard on a number of budget pressings. There are so many short tracks jammed together that there are no "track bans" on the disc.