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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Machito Goes Memphis

Hold On, I'm Comin'
Machito Goes Memphis
Machito A Pioneer Of Latin-American Music
RCA Victor LSP-3944

From the back cover: When you think of the names of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, you think of what their drive and determination meant to the birth of this great nation. Therefore, when we think of Machito, we must realize what his "pioneering" has done for the ever-popular Latin-American music of today. Machito, one of the first real pioneers of Latin music, organized his band in 1940, and since then has never ceased to amaze his public with his Afro-Cuban influences and the fine, stylish contributions displayed in all of his 60-some-odd albums.

Now, almost 28 years later, we find Machito still exploiting and experimenting, and, as usual, the man has done it again…

Baby I Love You
Hip Hug Her
Knock On Wood
In The Midnight Hour
Green Onions
Soul American
Hold On, I'm Coming

Jet Set - 101 Strings

Jet Set
101 Strings
Alshire/Budget Sound S-6043

From the back cover: The Jet Set… A way of life – an attitude. Their spas and haunts – each has its glamour, sound and √©lan. New places, new dances, tastes and colors… all indigenous to the Jet Set…

Another collection of tunes by Monty Kelly (house writer/arranger) with A Hard Day's Night / Lennon-McCartney) and Paradise Lost (Montana) as exceptions.

The tracks, assembled from other 101 collections, can be found individually through multiple online vendors.

My copy features the "B" side label on both sides of the disc.

A Hard Day's Night
Puerto Vallarta
Paradise Lost
Cantina Tarosa
Carnaval Do Rio
Killer Joe A Go Go
Bahia De Acapulco

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today! - Billy May

Shadow Of Your Smile
Billy May
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Cover Photo (Capitol Photo Studio) by Ken Veeder
Capitol Records T 2560

From the back cover: Perhaps the real test of Billy's originality was "The Shadow Of Your Smile." There are now more than a hundred recorded versions of this mighty hit. Billy comes up with a new version that is really distinctive because it's spiced with his own original wit.

St. Joe, Mo.
Goin' Out Of My Head
Rain Sometimes
Strangers In The Night
Spanish Flea
You've Got Your Troubles
Lover's Concerto
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From The "Sandpiper")

South Pacific - Dino Martinelli

Bali Ha'i
South Pacific
Dino Martinelli And His Orchestra
Harmony HL 7092

There Is Nothin' Like A Dame
Younger Than Springtime
Some Enchanted Evening
Honey Bun
A Wonderful Guy
Bali Ha'i
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
This Nearly Was Mine
Happy Talk

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday Night Fever - Not The Original Soundtrack

Night Fever
How Deep Is Your Love
Saturday Night Fever
Music From The Motion Picture
Not The Original Soundtrack
Pickwick SPC-3817

Stayin' Alive
Manhattan Skyline
If I Can't Have You
Calypso Breakdown
More Than A Woman
You Should Be Dancing
How Deep Is Your Love
Night Fever

Romantic Echoes Of Hawaii - Ray Kinney And His Orchestra The Hawaiian Islanders

Hawaiian War Chant
Romantic Echoes Of Hawaii
Ray Kinney And His Orchestra The Hawaiian Islanders
Colortone C33-4907

Budget press featuring a nice "Hawaiian" set that blends more "traditional" sounds with a few swinging tracks.

To You Sweetheart, Aloha
The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai
My Little Grass Shack
Keep Your Eyes On The Hands
Song Of The Islands
Drifting And Dreaming
Aloha De
Hawaiian War Chant
Hawaiian Paradise
Pretty Maui Girl

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Twilight Dance Time - The Velvet Sounds

Twilight Dance Time
The Velvet Sounds
International Award Series

Budget "Three Suns" knockoff lounge set.

Canadian Sunset
Blue Velvet
It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane
Song Of India
There Will Never By Another You
We Three
Drifting And Dreaming
It's Been A Long, Long Time
Serenade Of The Bells

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brass And Bamboo - Tak Shindo

Brass And Bamboo
Tak Shindo
Capitol Records T1345

Available in some downloadable form from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

Shindo "east/west" sound makes this Capitol set as fresh sounding today as when it was pressed back in the "space age".

From the back cover: In his sparkling debut as a Capitol recording artist, young Tak Shindo offers a brand-new concept in music, combining the exotic sounds of ancient Japanese instruments with modern, big-band orchestrations, in tempo and moods that range from ballads to swing.

This, indeed, was a mammoth undertaking, as brass, flutes, clarinets, drums, bass, guitar, and vocal chorus were blended with the koto (the thirteen-string zither whose strange, harp-like tones are heard throughout the album), Kabuki drums, the samisen (three-string guitar), bamboo flutes, Buddha temple gongs and an assortment of bell and chimes. To add to the difficulty, Miss Kazue Kudp, featured here on koto and samisen, speaks limited English and reads only Japanese music, having only recently arrived her from her native Japan.

From Billboard - March 28, 1960: To prove there's still opportunity for originality, young Tak Shindo has found a way for East to meet West musically. He had added a few exotic Japanese instruments to a big swinging which includes some top Coast jazz musicians (including Bud Shank and Shelly Manne).

The Moon Was Yellow
No Place To Go
Bali Ha'i
The Song Of Delilah
I'm Beginning To See The Light
The Lamp Is Low
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Brass And Bamboo

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Misty Moods - Sam Taylor

Misty Mood
Sam The Man Taylor
Tenor Sax with Orchestra & Chorus
Decca DL 74302

From the back cover: Kentucky-born Sam Taylor went to school in Gary, Indiana, where he was taught to play the clarinet. It was at Alabama State Teachers College that he learned how to play the alto and tenor sax. The tenor became his favorite and specialty instrument. From amateur to professional was a quick jump with jobs with the Cab Calloway and Cootie Williams orchestras. Currently he is free-lancing, appearing as a side man soloist and sometimes leader in TV – radio – recordings – night clubs and theaters.

From Billboard - August 11, 1962: Smooth and often pretty, breathy, blowing by Sam Taylor on tenor, helps make this routine background music set stand out above the normal run.
Deep Purple
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
Darn That Dream
Between Two Lovers
Come Rain Or Come Shine
When I Fall In Love
Little Girl Blue
"Round Midnight
Warm Valley
Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

She Dotes On Dreamy Music - Harry Hermann

She Dotes On Dreamy Music
Harry Hermann And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8310

From the back cover: The Petty Girl as featured in Esquire / In his portraits of enticing young ladies for Esquire Magazine, Artist George Petty has performed a truly epochal marriage of the physics of the curved line and intangibles of glamor.

Also from the back cover: It is with great pleasure that we introduce The Girl Friend to this album marking Harry Hermann's debut on Decca Records. Viennese-born, Hermann's intensive classical background is pointed up by the fact that at seventeen, he was playing with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Richard Strauss.

From Billboard - November 17, 1956: Here's a perfect holiday gift package series for men who appreciate pin-up type calendar art. Altho the titles in the series are equally divided between music for "The Girl Friend" and "The Boy Friend" and "The Boy Friend," the covers – feature curvaceous Petty Girl drawings – are strictly for the boys, particularly those who were in their salad days when Petty works of art where in theirs.

Count Every Star
Will You Remember
Indian Love Call
Premier Rendezvous
Embraceable You
You're Too Dangerous, Cherie
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
My Foolish Heart
Sweet And Lovely