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Friday, September 27, 2013

The Now Sounds Of Today

The Way We Were

Stop The War Of People - Cathy Abston
The Letter - Charles Woodson
The Now Sounds Of Today
Columbine Records

Stop The War Of People
The Letter
I Could Never Stop Loving You
Colors Of Love
Someone Cares
You Will Be My Music
Wandering Feet
Then The Grass Was Green
My Immigrant Girl
Right Now I Can't See You
Can't You See
The Way We Were

Chic To Chic! - Nino Nanni

The Things I Want
Chic To Chic!
Nino Nanni
Recorded at Regent Sound Studios, New York City
Carlton Record Corporation
LP 12/108 & STLP 12/108

The word "STEREO" on the stereo issue was applied to the cover in manufacturing as a "felt" stick-on.

From the back cover: Other singers, too many singers, sing. Nino sells! At this point, however, let me dispel any vague notion you may be harboring that this is a Jazz album. Jazz-oriented, yes, Jazz only, no. Nino Nanni is a throughly fine cafe performer who has and does perform in the most chic boĆ®tes. He knows the taste of Cafe Society, but it has not limited his musicianship. – Jack Lazare

From Billboard - December 15, 1958: Nino Nanni has a distinctive sound in his rendition of these songs from hit show. He accompanies himself on piano, and he is nice paced  by a rhythm section. Stereo adds little. Numbers include "A Woman In Love" from "Guys And Dolls," " It's Love" from "Wonderful Town" and "Bewitched" from "Pal Joey."

Thank Heaven For Little Girls
Remind Me
A Woman In Love
It's All Right With Me
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
I Wish I Were In Love Again
It's Love
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Things I Want
I Like The Likes Of You
Allez-Vous-En, Go Away

Cloud Nine - Sounds Of A Thousand Strings

Besame Mucho
Cloud Nine
Sounds Of A Thousand Strings
Conductor - Frank Martin
Crown Records CST 194

Pleasant mood set. This copy was pressed on ruby red vinyl.

Autumn Leaves
Sleepy Lagoon
I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
My Only Love
My Heart I Give To You
That Old Black Magic
Besame Mucho
So Much In Love
Loving You This Way
Lovers Waltz

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Down At Papa Joe's - Dora Hall

I Can't Stop Loving You
Down At Papa Joe's
Cozy Record Company

One of the many releases from "Vanity Queen" Dora Hall.

Down At Papa Joe's
I Can't Stop Loving You
Beale Street Papa
I Cried For You
Every Street's A Boulevard
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
It All Depends On You
I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now
Up A Lazy River

Limbo Rock - The Tides

Let There Be Limbo
Limbo Rock
The Tides with The Merry Melody Singers
Mercury SR 60714

At first there was no rock in the Limbo Rock... The rock was hiding on the B side!

It sounds like there are two sessions on the record. One featuring the "limbo easy" Merry Melody Singers and one featuring the "limbo rocking" Tides.

Limbo Rock
The Banana Boat Song
Matilda, Matilda
Jamaica Farewell Song
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
La Paloma
Let There Be Limbo
Midnight Limbo
Rum And Coca Cola

Latin Swingers - Ted Heath And His Music

Latin Swingers
Ted Heath
London PS219

Terrific cover art featuring a mid-50s graphic flavor. Driving big band beat and excellent engineering.

Cherry Pink
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Say Si Si
Besame Mucho
Come Closer To Me
The Breeze And I

Silk Satin & Strings - The Radiant Velvet Orchestra

It's All Right With Me
Blues In The Night
Silk Satin & Strings
The Radiant Velvet Orchestra
Caesar Giovannini, Conductor
Concert-Disc CS-36

From the back cover: The arrangements and orchestrations are the work of Wayne Robinson and Caesar Giovanini, guarantee enough that these are settings full of verve, imagination, sparkle. And the whole production is under the baton of Giovannini himself (with time out for dazzling turns at the piano keyboard).

Sleepy Lagoon
Holiday For Strings
From This Moment On
Falling In Love With Love
It's All Right With Me
Stella By Starlight
Jazz Pizzicato
El Choclo
Blues In The Night
Out Of My Dreams.

Musical Smoke Rings - Glen Gray

Under A Blanket Of Blue
Musical Smoke Rings
Songs Made Famous By Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra
With Kenny Sargent
Decca DL 5089

10 inch 33

South Of The Border Favorites

South Of The Border Favorites
Tops Masterpieces
Al Sack Orchestra
10 inch 33

Mexican Hat Dance
La Cucaracha
Adios Muchachos
Orchids In The Moonlight
La Cumparsita

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Swinging On A Harp - Betty Glamann

Betty's Blues (Rufus Smith)
Swinging On A Harp
Betty Glamann
Mercury Records MG 20169

This album is, apparently, Glamann's single solo project.

Also check out Glamann backing Marian McPartland on After Dark

From the back cover: When Betty Glamann was only 13 years old, she was first harpist for a symphony orchestra broadcasting twice weekly on NBC. Her accomplishment of the next few years were enough to fill out an illustrious career for most musicians. But for Miss Glamann they were merely prelude to the crowning glory, her emergence as the world's greatest harpist in the idiom of swing.

In this Long Playing set of swing classics, Mercury Records presents one of the most distinctive, engaging and amazing talents not only on the harp but in all of jazz music.

After taking her degree in music at Goucher College and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland – where she learned to speak Portuguese along with the more conventional French and Spanish – Miss Glamann won a place as harpist with the Baltimore Symphony. She stayed for three years, then gracefully executed a violent switch. From the symphony, she joined Spike Jones and His Orchestra. As a foundation for his element of zaniness, Spike sets rigorous standards of musicianship which only the top layer of professionals have been able to meet. Then in another quick reverse, Miss Glamann swung from the delirious plane of Spike Jones to a call from the great lady of theater, Katherine Cornell, to play harp in the Broadway production of Antony and Cleopatra. She followed this with a contract as solo harpist for Jacobowsky and the Colonel starring Tallulah Bankhead.

Meanwhile, Miss Glamann's ear had begun to bend to jazz, and in her off-hours with other musicians, she applied the idiom to her instrument which previously had been restricted to more angelic sounds. Word began to get around the field about Betty's swinging harp. The late Fred Allen heard one of her remarkable sessions and opened a guest spot for her on a TV show. Garry Moore then did the same and then Steven Allen, always on the search for fresh jazz talent, spotlighted her.

In some of these off-hour sessions with musicians, Miss Glamann began to develop some ideas with Rufus Smith, the respected arranger and jazz bassist, about a quintet build around new sounds of the harp. The group was a sock success on Arthur Godfrey's TV shows. Then in 1955, after the incomparable Duke Ellington heard her, he added a place for the harp in his orchestra for the first time in his 30-year career and appointed Betty Glamann to the enviable place.

So here, then, is a smooth and ringing sampling of swinging on the harp by Betty Glamann, backed by Rufus Smith on bass (and he's the arranger too); Osie Johnson, drums; Barry Galbraith, guitar; and Eddie Costa, vibraphone and celeste.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Continental Zither - Ruth Welcome

Continental Zither
Ruth Welcome
Dominic Cortese - Accordion
Capitol ST 2472

I've got a number of Welcome posts here in The Attic, but check out my favorite: Zither Magic!

The Poor People Of Paris
Be Mine Tonight
The Cabby
Al Di La
The Happy Wanderer
Come Back To Sorrento
April In Portugal
Oh! My Papa
Until Then

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kings Road 1978 TV Theme Covers

Mission Impossible
Star Trek
Kings Road 1978 TV Theme Covers
Pickwick SPC-3551

Here we have another album without a title... or too many titles. Once again, Kings Road, covers all your 70s pop favorites!

Welcome Back
Chico And The Man
Baretta's Theme
Making Our Dreams Come True
Theme From Star Trek
Happy Days
Theme From S.W.A.T.
Movin' On
Mission Impossible