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I stumbled across this album yesterday. I'd never heard of Montez. Apparently this was his "comeback" album after releasing a successful rock song titled Let's Dance Monogram 1962.
He was talked into making this "middle of the road, soft ballad" record instead of a rock follow up to Let's Dance. The single Call Me did very well and has been used, according to his wiki page, many times in movies. However, this album isn't listed on his website discography.
All that aside, I would say this is a light pop/jazz album and not at all "middle of the road". The vocals are hard to describe... but up here in The Atomic Attic... if you follow the stuff that I like to post... this album is worth searching out. It is unique and cool. I generally prefer female vocals, but Montez stylings are so different and light and at times almost... but not exactly "bubble gum" that I'll listen to this one again soon (something I don't usually do because I have so many records in the pile that I need to spin).
The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow
Crazy Rhythm By Guitars Unlimited Plus 7
Produced By Marty Gold
RCA Victor LSA-2371
It's been a while since I've found a Stereo Action album. This is a nice space age package. The series of Stereo Action albums was RCA's way of promoting "stereo" when the technology was new(ish). The jackets are lavish numbers featuring interesting die-cuts that allowed the heavy gloss inner sleeve art to peek through.
On this album the stereo effects aren't pushed to the point of annoying. The sound and engineering is a bit like a good Command ping pong album (the successful competition).
Diga Diga Doo
Lady Of Spain
The Can't Be Love
The Donkey Serenade
Air Mail Special
Puppet On The String
Al Bollington At The Wurlitzer Electronic Theater Organ
Concert Recording - Lynwood, California
From the back cover: The cover shows Al seated at the Wurlitzer Electronic Theatre Organ at his home in Woodland Hills which is about 10 miles west of Hollywood, California.
Bollington made an album on Dot (Organ Hues In Hi-Fi) and one on Decca (Presenting Al Bollington At The Conn Organ). There is a reference on the back cover to another album titled What A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, which is also on Concert Recording. I'm not sure how this LP fits into Bollington's timeline although this effort doesn't seem like Dot or Decca material.
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Sammy Laului Orchestra
Weird how some budget records like this one seem to be online for download everywhere and others are not. Anyway, this album is another in the long line of dime store LPs pressed when everybody and their mother was doing The Hula next to their backyard Tiki Bar. The songs are more western swing than "island" swing except for the few filler songs Diplomat threw in that do not sound like western swing.
Tony Mottola And His Orchestra
Originated and Produced by Enoch Light
Command Records RS 864 SD
Mottola's warm and very laid back guitar stylings blended with easy and touches of jazz.
From the back cover: Sentimental Guitar is Tony's answer to these requests – an answer that follows in the footsteps of Romantic Guitar part of the time and at other times expands on it by adding an intimate group of unobtrusive strings and woodwinds.