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Friday, December 2, 2011

Music Makes Me Want To Dance - David Carroll

Cry Of The Wild Goose
Music Makes Me Want To Dance
David Carroll
Mercury Records MG 20926

One of Carroll's great and groovy light pop albums!

I Love You - Bobbi Martin

One For My Baby
I Love You
Bobbi Martin
Coral Records CRL 57478

You can find a Martin compilation CD online. There are some tunes from this album released on that CD even though the more "space age" tracks seems to have been passed over in favor of her more traditional "country"style songs.

Enjoy the sample!

Hawaiian Percussion - Billy Mure

Sleep Walk
Hawaiian Percussion
Billy Mure
Strand Elite SL 1010

Here's another great Mure album featuring Command label (Enoch Light) inspired minimalist cover art.

Hawaiian War Chant
Pink Hawaii
Song Of The Islands
Hawaiian Paradise
On The Beach At Waikiki
I Found My Wahine
Hawaiian Drums
Blue Hawaii
Sleep Walk
Sweet Leilani
Drifting And Dreaming

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dancing On The Sunset Strip - Dick Stabile

Ballet Bleu
Dancing On The Sunset Strip
Dick Stabile His Saxaphone And Hollywood Orchestra
King 623

From the back cover: Cover photo by Bert C. Mitteman. Photo was shot in the main lounge of "Dino's Lodge", the fabulous new eatery on the Sunset Strip, owned by Dean Martin. Surrounding Dick are four of Hollywood's loveliest showgirls and songstress Besty Duncan.

Stabile worked with Dean Martin from 1949 until Martin's death. Read more on Stabile's wiki page.

The set appears to be a reissue of Dick Stabile Plays For You (Bethlehem Records - Cincinnati, Ohio).

Poor Butterfly
We'll Be Together Again
For You
Do I Love You
My Fate Is In Your Hands
Broadway Beat
Oh Baby
Ballet Bleu
Without A Song
I'm Glad There Is You
Man With A Horn
I Lead A Charmed Life

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

South Sea Moods - The South Seacombers

Vahine Paumoto
South Sea Moods
The South Seacombers
RCA LSP-1698

I don't know who The South Seacombers were. There is no info on the jacket and nothing that jumps out at me online.

This is one sedate, laid back "Hawaiian" album. As such, it stands out amongst the many others I've listened to. Pleasant stuff with a light hint of period "exotica" sound.

There are many fine tracks on this album.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Conflict - Phil Kraus

Phil Kraus Presents Conflict
A High Fidelity Percussion
Golden Crest Records CR 4004

I couldn't pin down the release date on this gem. My guess, 1959.

Looking at the cover art, I had no idea what to expect from the recording. The majority of the LP comes across as "minimalist" or "experimental". Side one features a a piece composed by Douglas R. Allan (...a fantasy for six percussion which tells the story of a Civil War battle). Kriss-Kraus is one of the more "traditional" or period sounding "pop" pieces from side two.

I'm not sure this is everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it!

Read about Kraus on

Paradise Found - Felix Slatkin

Paradise Found
Paradise Found
The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin
Produced by John DeMarco & Don McDiarmid
Selections from the library of Kula Music
Sound Engineering: Bob Lang & Bill Putman
Continuity: Jean Sullivan
Transportation: Hawaiian Airlines
Photos: Bob Newman/Island Holidays
Design of complete unit: Pate/Francis & Associates
Recorded In Hawaii
Liberty Premier LSS 14001

Expensive to produce Liberty book-fold package that includes a die cut cover and 4-page color insert.

From Billboard - October 17, 1960: The Slatkin Strings score handsomely here in a brilliant presentation of Hawaii. The production is designed to appeal to ear and eye, as the label has also taken pains to package the disk in a book fold set, with some gorgeous photos of the Islands along with descriptive copy. The songs which get the big string treatment include "Moon Of Monakorra"; "To You Sweetheart, Aloha"; "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "Little Brown Gal," etc. Cover has a colorful die-cut which makes for top display value.

Moon Of Manakoora
My Little Grass Shack
My Isle Of Golden Dreams
Hawaiian Wedding Song
The Hukilau Song
To You Sweetheart, Aloha
Sweet Leilani
Little Brown Gal
Paradise Found
Beyond The Reef
Aloha Oe

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Emotions - The Mystic Moods Orchestra

The Mystic Moods Orchestra
Philips PHS 600-277

Available for purchase/download so I won't be posting a sample.

This is another excellent Mystic Moods album. Mystic Moods recordings blended environmental sounds and excellent easy listening arrangements to create albums that play almost as a single recording, rather than a collection of songs. Excellent space age stuff!

Off The Cuff - Bobby Dukoff

Off The Cuff
Bobby Dukoff
Vik LX-1105

This one is available for purchase/download, so I will not be posting a sample.

This is a surprisingly good early space age easy listening album. Good horn work by Dukoff built on a light jazz foundation, backed up by the Dooosss and Ooohhhsss of a few female vocalists. Fun stuff.

Impact - Buddy Morrow

Buddy Morrow
Arranged by Ray Martin
Produced by Herman Diaz, Jr.
Recorded in Webster Hall New York City, March 1959
Engineer: Bob Simpson
RCA Victor LSP-32042

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

From Billboard - June 15, 1959: Big Band treatments of the themes from several top TV shows add up to a promising album sales-wise. The arrangements are attractive and done with a jazz approach. It's a good jockey programming set. Numbers include themes from "Perry Mason," one of the smoothest in the set, "Rawhide" and "Highway Patrol."

Also see: Double Impact (RCA Victor LPM 2180)

This Is The Naked City – George Duning, Ned Washington
Rawhide – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
Riff Blues – Dave Kahn, Melvin Lenard
Richard Diamond – Pete Rugolo
Perry Mason Theme – Fred Steiner
Parade Of The Chessmen – Joseph Mullendore
M Squad – Count Basie
Sea Hunt Theme – Ray Llewellyn
Black Saddle – J. Michael Hennagin
Waterfront – Alexander Laszlo
Highway Patrol – Richard Llewelyn
Peter Gunn – Henry Mancini

Songs Of The Congo

Songs Of The Congo
EPIC LF 18005

Recorded in The Congo.

Mexico Party - Los Tijuana Mariachis

Put On Your Dancing Slippers
Mexico Party
Los Tijuana Mariachis
Europa E 148

Groovy brass album from a German publisher (operated by Somerset owner D. L. Miller) featuring cover copy printed in English.

Around The World In Percussion - Louis Bellson

Oriental Spice
Around The World In Percussion
Louis Bellson His Drum And Orchestra
Roulette Records R 65002

This is a fine big band/jazz space age percussion album featuring Herb Geller, Willie Green, Joe Maini, Buddy Colette, Martin Berman, John Audio, Jimmy Zito, Van Rasey, Ray Triscari, Fred Thompson, Nick Di Maio, Tommy Pederson, Dick Gould, Mike Barone, Arthur Maebe, Red Callender, Jimmy Bond, Morty Corb, Tony Rizzi, Bill Pitman, Paul Smith, Lou Singer and Gene Estes.

Fantastic Themes - Felix Slatkin

Brass Pizzicato
Fantastic Themes
The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin
Liberty Premier LMM-13021

Liberty's upscale product feature Poly 120 Sound (or a heavy grade vinyl) and an expensive book-fold jacket featuring a die-cut cover (there is a square hole punched through the cover that allows the photo of the instruments headstocks to peek through).

Released and marketed side-by-side with Martin Denny's Exotica Suite and 50 Guitars Visit Hawaii, this is a pretty straight forward orchestrated easy-listening set that doesn't take many chances.

Carmen's Hoedown (From Bizet's Carmen)
Wistful Haven (From Dvorak's New World Symphony)
Run Strings Run (From Mozart's Rondo In D)
Winter's Sadness (From Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto)
Brass Pizzicato (From Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony)
The Merry Cobbler (From Sarasate's Zapeteado)
Hi-Fi Hero (From Beethoven's 3rd Symphony)
 Für Elise (From Beethoven's Für Elise)
Hora Staccato
Pensive Prelude (From Rachmaninoff's Prelude In C Sharp Minor)
Three Plus Two (From Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony)
Twist The Can Can (From Offenbach's Orphée Aux Enfer's)