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Percussion In Velvet
Westminster WST 15046
This is a terrific album featuring colorful cover art. I believe that I blogged the shorter track from side one, The Japanese Temple in this post: Nothing But Percussion Vol. 2. Side one from this album was reproduced on that record.
So I'll feature, as my sample track, an outstanding tune from side two. Enjoy!
The Torch Is Burning
The Poetic Voice Of Franklyn MacCormack
With Russ Garcia And His Orchestra
Liberty LRP 3086
If you were expecting to hear this lovely cover model sing... that's not gonna happen. This is a fun oddball recording featuring long time Chicago radio personality Franklyn MacCormack. All of the songs are instrumentals over which MacCormack reads the lyrics.
I believe this is the only album MacCormack made. I'll include the notes from the back cover as MacCormack's wiki page doesn't contain some of the info.
For over twenty years Franklyn MacCormack's poetry has been featured on all four major radio networks. Outstanding were such programs as "Poetic Melodies", "Nocturne, The Readings of Franklyn MacCormack", "Shades of Blue", "Memories of You" and others, known from coast to coast. An indication of his tremendous appeal to people in all walks of life was his average mail – from ten to fifteen thousand letters a month.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, one of five children, Franklyn forsook a college education for the theater. His association with Wayne King, one of the great band leaders of the early days of radio, lasted for twelve years. During this time he recorded his famous "Melody of Love" with the Waltz King, which has sold over two million copies to date.
Mr. MacCormack was a member of the WBBM radio staff in Chicago from 1932 until 1939. He free-lanced until his return toWBBM-TV in 1954.
Whether you know him for his radio and television shows, recordings or motion pictures, we are sure you will be pleased that we have brought Franklyn MacCormack into your home again, with all the poetry, nostalgia and passion for which his voice is so famous.
Russ Garcia would go on to make one of my favorite albums on Liberty in 1959 titled Fantastica.
The Broadway Theater Orchestra
Premier Albums 1003
Weird and obscure budget album with some fun stuff to offer, including this inventive cover of Good Morning Starshine! Weird, because there is no rhyme nor reason for the blend of styles featured. Check out the lounge version of The Impossible Dream. Wow! They pressed whatever they had on the shelf that day to vinyl.
Performed on the Lowrey Organ
Originated and Produced by Enoch Light
Art Director Charles E. Murphy
Command Records RS 33-875
Here we have another inventive early 60s light pop album from Enoch Light. Light's brand of light coming out of his studio at this time might be considered sort of goofy... but I like it and this is a good example.
Ramon Marquez And His Orchestra
International Records LP 5065
Some of the tunes from this album may or may not be available online. The name of the albums the available tunes are said to come from don't match up with this LP. Nice jacket graphic. The music is a somewhat tame by comparison.
Popular Science Test Record
To Set Up/Calibrate/Check Out Quadraphonic System
Total Sound PR401 SQ
Fun Popular Science Magazine advertising piece. Produced by Enoch Light and Jess Hest side one of this record features a variety of "tests". But since I don't have a quad system, I jumped right to side two to listen to the music. All I can say is that all "stereo" records should sound this good! Light's engineering was always superb! The sound is amazing.
He (She) Dance With Me - Waltz theme from The Slipper And The Rose
The Birchwood Pops Orchestra
Wow... You know, Pickwick produced some fun stuff for a budget label. Most of what you may have collected from Pickwick probably doesn't surprise you all that much. Some of it pleases the senses and some just isn't for you. But occasionally I'll pickup a Pickwick LP that is a bit unique somehow. This is one of those albums.
The first two tracks, Evergreen, from A Star Is Born and Car Wash actually include vocals. Oh boy, hard to believe stuff... But then the album shifts gears and goes into the trippy waltz (that I've posted above). Gonna Fly Now, the theme from Rocky is a cheese synth number which is sandwiched between other more straight forward orchestrated numbers that are nice light pop mood setting tracks.
The engineering is some of the best I've heard from Pickwick on this odd collection of tunes.
The Nearness Of You
The "Sensational" Guitars of Dan & Dale
Diplomat DS 2390
The album cover is a bit misleading. You are not getting into some lame easy listening album. What you are getting is a fun and quirky light pop or jazz 60s guitar album that sometimes doesn't seem all that tight.