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Friday, January 19, 2018

Basie's In The Bag - Count Basie

Memphis Tennessee
Basie's In The Bag
Brunswick Record Corporation
Produced by Teddy Reig
Directed by Chico O'Farriel
BL 754127


Count Basie: piano and organ
Harry Edison, Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Gene Goe: trumpet
Grover Mitchell, Harian Floyd, Richard Boone, Bill Hughes: trombone
Marshall Royal, Bobby Plater, Lockjaw Davis, Eric Dixon, Charlie Fowlkes: reeds
Freddie Green: guitar
Norman Keenan: bass
Louis Bellson: drums

Goin' Out Of My Head; Hang On Sloppy; Green Onions and Knock On Wood recorded Los Angeles, 15 August, 1967

Bright Lights; Big City; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' and Ain't Too Proud To Beg, recorded Los Angeles, 15 August 1967, Irv Cottler, drums replacing Louis Bellson.

Let The Good Time Roll; Reach Out I'll Be There; In The Heat Of The Night and Memphis Tennessee recorded in Los Angeles, 17 August, 1967, Lois Bellson, drums replacing Irv Cottler.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Hang On Sloopy
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
Ain't To Proud
Goin' Out Of My Head
In The Heat Of The Night
Green Onions
Knock On Wood
Let The Good Times Roll
Bright Lights, Big City
Reach Out I'll Be There
Memphis Tennessee

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Award Winning Album - Joni James

Purple Shades
Award Winning Album Of Million Sellers
Joni James
MGM E3934

From the back cover: Cover Photographer Jon Abbot has been a professional photographer for 23 years. His wide range of ability and experience has made him much in demand as an advertising photographer. He studied photography and music in his native Germany, has been a music scholar for 20 years and is an accomplished pianist.

From Billboard - June 2, 1958: MGM Records, following its successful special price push on sound track albums has set as its latest campaign a "June for Joni" promotion.

For the month of June, a customer can buy any one of a dozen Joni James albums for $1.98 with the purchase of one at the regular $3.98 price tag. The deal also includes EP's with a two-pocket job going for $1.49 with the purchase of one for the normal $2.49 price. For a one pocket EP, the price is 99 cents with one bought for the regular price of $1.29.

Also from Billboard - April 10, 1954 (10 inch MGM E 234 "Award Winning Album"): The tunes that brought the thrush to the attention of every teen-ager in the country, and to many others besides, are included on this collection of Joni James hits. "Why Don't You Believe Me?" "Have You Heard?" "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Is It Any Wonder" and "My Love, My Love" are all here. Little doubt that this set will move rapidly across the counters to the canary's large following.

Have You Heard
Almost Always
Purple Shades
Your Cheatin' Heart
Why Don't You Believe Me
Is It Any Wonder
Wishing Ring
My Love, My Love
How Important Can It Be?
You Are My Love
My Believing Heart
When We Come Of Age

Bill Justis Plays Hot Hits Of Our Time

Bill Justis Plays Hot Hits Of Our Time
Mercury Wing
A Product Of Mercury Record Productions
SRW 16378

Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Fly Me To The Moon
Wild Weekend
Only You
Zero Zero
Walk Right In
Mr. Cool

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Music, Mastro, Please - Sammy Kaye

Music, Maestro, Please
Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye
Photo by Bottwin-Sommer Studio
Columbia CL 668

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the graphically dynamic cover art and note excerpts.

From the back cover: Sammy Kaye was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a childhood comparable to that of any other American boy. For a time, athletics became his primary interest, and he was a member of the state relay championship team and became state low hurdle champion. Winning a scholarship at Ohio University, he continued his athletic career while studying civil engineering, and turned to music as a means of implementing his income. He organized an orchestra for college proms and hops that became so popular he opened his own dance hall. This establishment flourished under his direction, and he decided to stay with the music business.

Embarking on a tour, the orchestra met with instant acceptance, and the now-famous "Swing and Sway" style was evolved. Then, in 1938, the orchestra opened at Hotel Commodore in New York and consolidated the success it had on tour. From that time on, Sammy Kaye and his orchestra have played a ceaseless round of dance halls, theaters and hotels with undiminished success, enjoying the favor of dancers and listeners of all ages with their ability to play sweet ballads or brisk novelties.

Music, Maestro, Please!
Blue Prelude
Just A Gigolo
Dream For Sale
Y (That's Why)
You've Got Me Crying Again
As Time Goes By
No Greater Love
You Oughta Be In Pictures
Till I Kiss You At The Altar
Sittin' And Waitin'

Door Of Dreams - Joe Reisman

Door Of Dreams
Joe Reisman And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1519

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover.

From the back cover: Using a good blend of all the orchestral colors in these arrangements for a thirty-five piece band, Joe collected some of the finest musicians and soloists in New York, among whom can be heard Urbie Green, trombone; Eddie Mason, harmonica; Tony Mattola, guitar; Jimmy Maxwell, trumpet; and Stanley Webb, oboe.

Door Of Dreams
El Dorado
Covered Wagon
Mi Corazon
Sunday Afternoon
Mi Vida
Front Row Center
Cheryl's Dream
When Sunny Gets Blue
Day Dream
For My Love
Joey's Song

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lily Pons Gala - Lily Pons, Soprano

Bell Song
Lily Pons Gala
Lily Pons, Soprano
Columbia Masterworks Ml 5073

From the back cover: She was born in Cannes, the city of flowers, on the French Riviera. Her childhood was a period of happy wanderings in elementary piano music, which she began to pick out for herself from the age of five. At thirteen she enrolled in the Paris Conservatory and within two years had won a first prize. A piano career was confidently predicted for her.

During the first World War Lily Pons made her first public appearances, in Cannes. It is typical of her life that these were before the wounded veterans in the hospital at which her mother served as a volunteer nurse. These unfortunate, the first of many toward whose welfare Lily Pons has devoted large amounts of her time and energy, changed her career. They applauded the little piano pieces she played them – but they begged her for songs!

Little by little the songs became predominant and Miss Pons decided to train her voice. Within six weeks she had encompassed the teaching available in the voice at Cannes. She decided to try her luck as a singer in Paris, where she got an ingenue role in a new show almost at once. Then she sang an audition for the famous teacher Alberti di Gorositiaga, who immediately pronounced her voice phenomenal and made her a solemn promise – she would sing at the Met within five years.

After conquering a half dozen coloratura roles, she mad her debut in provincial opera houses in France. In the spring of 1930, after an exchange of letters between her teacher and the General Manager of the Metropolitan, she set sail for America. The crossing was stormy and, as she relates in her preface to the complete recording of Lucia, she lost four of her 109 pounds "in transit".

Nevertheless, after two days rest in her hotel room, she was ready for her audition, almost five years to the day from her first meeting with Gorositiaga. On the vast, empty stage of the Metropolitan that morning she experienced her first serious "butterflies" in one's tummy," a pre-performance condition she since has come to regard as standard equipment for Metropolitan appearances.

The audition she sang was a "killer," designed to demonstrate as forcibly as possible that she was not, as the Metropolitan's General Manager had feared on first sight, simply too small to be an opera singer. With that thought in mind that she had, after all, come 3000 miles for that moment, she decided to "shoot the coloratura works." I sang the Bell song from Lakme." she writes, "the Caro Nome, from Rigoletto, "Una voce poco fa' from The Barber, and – just for good measure... I ended up with the long Mad Scene."

Enough to exhaust the voice of many a vocalist for a week, the repertory had to be repeated that afternoon for the benefit of the president of the Metropolitan Opera Board. However, midway through, she was suddenly stopped and told: "We've heard enough." "Oh, mon Died," she thought; "I didn't concentrate. It's all over..."

But it wasn't. It was only the beginning. They had simply heard enough to know that she belonged among the stars. Her contract was signed that day.

The full story of her career since her debut could, obviously, be written entirely in box office statistics and the quotes of marveling critics. More importantly, it can also be written in terms of Lily Pons' service to others.

In June of 1938 Miss Pons received the first annual award of the National Bureau for Blind Artists for her work on behalf of the blind.

At the outbreak of World War II, she turned her back completely on footlight glamour and toured the globe singing to American G.I.s. Today millions of long-discharged soldiers and sailors still remember their petite friend from her plucky performances in the torrid sun of the Persian Gulf or the bitter cold of the Belgian front. She was the first woman performer to visit many a remote base, among them those in western China, which she could reach only by being flown over the perilous Assam "Hump" chained to a bucket seat in a B-29.

The countless decorations bestowed on her by dozens of countries, including the United States, of which she became a citizen in 1940, are a source of pride to Lily Pons. But they can be only a token of the esteem of a world to which she has brought so much pleasure and joy.

Delibes: Lakam – "Bell Song" - Orchestration conducted by Pietro Cimara

Verdi: Rigoletto – "Tutte Le Feste Al Tempio" Andre Kostelanetz conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Rossini: The Barber Of Seville "Una Voce Poco Fa" Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra

Thomas: Mignon – "Je Suis Titania" Andre Kostelanetz conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Meyerbeer: Dinorah – "Ombre Legere" (Shadow Song) Pietro Camara conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Delibes - De Musset: Les Filles De Cadiz Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra

Faure: Apres Un Reve, Op. 7, No. 1 Orchestra conducted by Maurice Abravanel

Ponce: Esterllita (Little Star) Andre Kostelanetz conducting and his Orchestra

Rachmaninoff: Oh, Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra

Adenis-Bachelet: Chere Nuit Orchestra conducted by Maurice Abravanel

Strauss: Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314 Andre Kostelanetz conducting his Orchestra

North And South Of The Border - Percy Faith

North And South Of The Border
Percy Faith And His Orchestra
Vocalion A Product Of Decca Records
VL 3600

From Billboard - June 23, 1958: Percy Faith's artistry of arrangement and presentation is extremely well represented here and should certainly make this one of the more popular of the low-priced entries. The resurrected Vocalion label has a winner in this album, in which the Faith touch is applied to half a dozen of the best known Latin favorites on one side, and six domestic standards on the other. An attractive cover also should help this move, in quantity.

La Cumparsita
Negra Consentida (My Pet Brunette)
Capullito De Aleli
Long Ago
I Love You
Star Dust
Embraceable You
Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
If There Is Someone Lovelier That You

Let's Cha Cha Cha - Tito Morano

Ala Concord
Let's Cha Cha Cha
With Tito Morano And His Orchestra

From the back cover: Tito Morano and his orchestra are known in Puerto Rico as "the terrors of the Antilles." Here is a full thirteen piece surging musical aggregation with a sparkly and drive that won't quit. For dancing or listening, we are sure you will understand Tito's popularity.

His versatility as a song writer is evinced in the very powerful Concerto for Cha Cha and several of his other compositions in this album. Along with the well known standards contained, Tito's originals make this one of the finest latin dance albums ever produced.

Recorded in Puerto Rico under the direction of D. L. Miller

Having A Ball
Sweet And Gentle
La-La Cha Cha
Cha Cha With Bridget
See Of Se Cha Cha
Mambo #5
Ala Concord
Concerto For Cha Cha
Acapulco Cha Cha
Mambo Jambo
Cha Cha Felicidad

Sounds Of The Annual International Sports Car Grand Prix Of Watkins Glen NY

Sample from side 1
Sounds Of The Annual International Sports Car
Grand Prix Of Watkins Glen NY
The Schuyler - Carrera - Glen Trophy - Grand Prix
Folkways FX 6140
1956 (disc label date) 1959 (jacket date)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Music Of Jerome Ken And Irving Berlin - Stanley Black

Heat Wave
Music Of Jerome Kern And Irving Berlin
Stanley Black And His Orchestra
Richmond High Fidelity
A Product Of London Records
B 20011

A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Say It With Music
Simple Melody
No Strings
Heat Wave
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
The Touch Of Your Hand
I've Told Every Little Star
The Way You Look Tonight
The Night Was Made For Love