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For Men Only
Arranged and Conducted By Lew Raymond
Jane Mansfield cover. Mansfield won a Golden Globe in 1957 for New Star Of The Year – Actress beating Carroll Baker and Natalie Wood. In 1959 her mainstream film roles had dried up but she continued to make low-budget films and stay in the public eye until her death in a car accident in 1967.
The record isn't, of course, very "naughty". This is pop recording featuring some decent unnamed studio vocalists.
The Astromusical House Of Virgo
Arranged and Conducted by Ed Bland
Astro Stereo 1006
Apparently GWP released a set of records based on astrological signs in 1969. This is the first one I've run across. It appears that each record features a different arranger/conductor.
Each cover features a groovy chick decked out in some period costume. This outfit is credited to Oscar De La Renta. The jacket is a gatefold with pages of copy attached to the spine written by "world renowned" astrologer, Carroll Righter whose photo is featured predominantly on the back cover.
The music, for the most part, is dreamy, well executed easy listening. The cover of Satisfaction is the one "rocking" track. My question would be whether or not the arranger was tasked with creating a musical "vibe" that suited the "sign" or was the concept created simply as a trendy way to market a series of easy listening records? Either way, I like the results.
This was a fun find today! A recording celebrating the roots of Jazz (Funeral Music). Each track gets a brief introduction.
The record features a terrific cover signed by all the members of the Eight Balls!
From the back cover: The Eight Balls formed as a specialty Dixieland group in 1957, and, as all are active members of the Brass Band, they are not recognized as an official unit of Oleika Temple (Lexington, Kentucky). The group is completely self supporting and, as unofficial Goodwill Ambassadors of Oleika, play only for Shrine and Masonic functions.
Members of the group have been honored by a number of special awards, including being commissioned as Kentucky Colonels by the Governor Of Kentucky; receiving the Order of the Braying Burro from Past Imperial Potentate Barney Collins; being appointed, in Spring 1970, Honorary Mayors of the City of Bessemer, Ala., by Past Potentate Jess Lanier, Zamora Temple, the official Mayor.
From the back cover: Played by the world's largest orchestra hit songs from the era of soul, psychedelia and the new generation – over 130 players "turned on" with the songs and sounds of today – the most astounding "trip" ever to be taped.
101's Astro-Sounds may be 101's most astounding "trip", but this LP comes in a close second. This is a great light pop album with a fun psych edge.
Monty Kelly is credited for the arrangements, and if I'm reading the song credits correctly he wrote four of the tunes (Stone Baroque, Karma Sitar, Blues For The Guru and Strings For Ravi).
Here we have an obscure three track orchestral album. Track titles include: Cuban Overture/Gershwin, Mexican Rhapsody/McBride and Latin-Amercian Symphonette/Gould. This is a fun album that wins you over first with the fab cover art and then the music, which has a nice period pop flavor to it.
Here's an example of "what was the record label thinking"? When I find jackets that cost a small fortune to produce, the first question I ask is why did the label think that this recording was worth the cost of the packaging. Or was it just time, in the minds of those in charge, to invest in a "trend"?
This is a heavy gatefold jacket with a die-cut cover (the hat shape is punched out of the cover). There are three pages fixed to the spine the feature 4-color and 2-color printing. They also feature nice graphic design. Decca paid Richard Joseph, Esquire Travel Editor, to write the copy which is a somewhat dry history of the region.
The album is constructed in such a way to be a "concept" album... meaning that the tracks blend into one another, bridged mainly by canned sound effects. The track I selected from side 2 may be the most "exciting". None of the tracks, in my opinion, mutually support one another so the effort to create a "seamless" presentation or overall "sound" is lost.
As you can tell from the sample, Decca at this time was competing against the likes of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman along with a host of other artists and labels who were milking folk and exotica trends. A tough market to crack with this product.
Havana... 2 A.M.
Jose Madeira and his Orchestra
Carlos Montoya, Guitarist
This is one of those albums that the artists don't play "together". Each artist gets a side. Montoya is well known and his stuff is likely available for purchase/download. Madeira seems to have made a few LPs but is lost to history. The sample is from the Madeira side.
Palace Records M 740
Nice cover for the budget label, Palace. But, budget the record is none-the-less. Manolo Escobar, according to his wiki page, is a Spanish singer. I can't tell you if any of the tracks can actually be attributed to him. The tracks are obviously cobbled together from a number of sources.
Moods Impressions Fantasies
Featuring Stanley Black: Percussion Fantasy
New Concert Orchestra - Nat Nyll, Conductor
VOX VX 25-270
Nice early "percussion" album featuring an extended piece written by Stanley Black. Black would go on to release a fine album titled Exotica Percussionin 1961. This could have been a "concept" album for Vox, but only Black's piece and Liter's Two Southern Impressions/Rhumba support each other, the title and cover art. The remaining tracks are standard fair for the time.
Percussion Fantasy (Stanley Black)
A. Caribbean Festival
B. Chinese Show
C. A la Marcia
D. Congo Invocation & Dance
E. Spanish Scena
F. Dolly's Bedtime
G. Ritmos do Brasil
Jota (Monia Liter)
Band 3 Savior Faire (Fredrick Curzon)
Two Southern Impressions (Monia Liter)
A. Bolero - Montuno
B. Cadenza - Rhumba
Aperitif ( Douglas Brownsmith)
Impressions of London ( Ronald Binge)
D. Fleet Street
E. The Tower
F. St. Paul's
Latin Party Rhythms
Wallis Original Record Corp. W4-LP
10 inch 33 rpm on red vinyl. Many or all of the tracks are available for purchase/digital download. Wallis made a name for herself singing risque, satirical songs. Wallis managed to deliver the material she wrote, backed by a studio band, in such a way that her songs sounded like any other decent pop tune of the period, until you focused on the lyrics which were loaded with double enterdre.
This is my first exposure to Driscoll. I purchased the album because of the make-up job and the "downer" song titles. I thought something had to be happening on the vinyl. And what a terrific vocalist Driscoll is. After reading her wiki page I find out that since the 70s she "concentrated on experimental vocal music".
There is a note on the jacket that the tracks "have been perviously released". You can tell that side two tracks were release somewhat earlier than side one and tend to be more "60s" while side one tracks are more "emotive", foreshadowing, if I may be so bold, New Wave song writing and vocal trends. Side one tracks are available purchase/digital download. I couldn't find side two tracks online. However, it's probably best that I don't post a sample.
I Know You Love Me Not
I Didn't Want To Have To Do It
If You Should Ever Leave Me
Don't Do It No More
I Don't Know Where You Are
Shadows Of You
Baby Take Me
12 Smash Hits
The Enoch Light Singers
Total Sound Project PR 5021 SD
This is one of the LPs Light released after he sold Command to ABC. He was still using cover designer, Charles E. Murphy. Murphy designed this cover. As a designer myself, I find, what must be a pink gloved hand with a ring blurred in front of the model's mouth to be very odd.
The album, as you can tell from the sample, is stocked with groovy 60s easy listening covers of pop songs.
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
I Say A Little Prayer
It Must Be Him
Love Is Blue
Ode To Billy Joe
Kiss Me Goodbye
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"
Up Up And Away