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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Songs Of Vice And Virtue - Julie Meredith

Songs Of Vice And Virtue
Julie Meredith
Imperial LP 12052

Meredith apparently made only two albums, both in 1960 on Imperial. In addition to this set she worked with Rod McKuen and Tak Shindo on a project titled The Yellow Unicorn.

There is not much information to be found on Meredith, including from the back cover of this project.

From the back cover: Because this album is a most unusual undertaking by a most unusual young lady, dealing with a most unusual subject, it may well become a best-seller in today's unusual record market. The live, in-concert performance of Julie Meredith here deals with folk songs and humor – and records by folk singers and humorists are the ones most sought after by discriminating buyers.

Few singers are better able to carry off in a proper vein than the Hati-born, Hollywood raised girl who tried opera and chorale work before discovering that writing and performing folk songs are her true love

Come All Ye Fair
Vaine Ladye Gaye
The Cuckoo
Monday Morning
The Lady And The Unicorn
The Ruined Maid
The Bold Robber

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Twist By The Candymen

Space Twist
The Twist By The Candymen
Diplomat FM 100

Space and earthbound twisting sound pretty much the same on this budget set. Saxophone and organ passages help beef up the sound on some tracks.

Doin' The Twist
Stand Around, Move Around
Goin' Steady
Come Twist With Me
Space Twist
Spearmint Twist
New York City Twist
I Really Love The Twist
Twistin' Out Of Space
Honey Twist

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Concert In Jazz - Earle Spencer

Spencerian Theory
Concert In Jazz
Earle Spencer And His Orchestra
Tops L1532

From Wiki: When (Stan) Kenton was in his Artistry in Rhythm phase, Earle Spencer was running a roadshow version of the same thing. The evidence is on Concert in Jazz, Tops 1532, dimmed by relatively inadequate recording.

There seems to be some discrepancy between the wiki entry, i.e, the Tops release date and when Spencer dropped out of the music scene in "1946".

Wiki: In 1946, Spencer formed his band in Los Angeles after being discharged from the U.S. Navy. Its compositions were progressively styled in the spirit of Stan Kenton, Johnny Richards, and Boyd Raeburn. High-note trumpeter Al Killian, trombonist Tommy Pederson, tenorman Lucky Thompson, trumpeter Buddy Childers and altoist Art Pepper, were among the notable members. Spencer apparently dropped out of music altogether by the end of 1949 – when he was still just 23 – and nothing much has been heard from him since.

Seems like this Tops release (a correct 1957 date) is a decade old republished collection of Spencer's work.

Bolero In Boogie
Soft And Warm
Production On Melody
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Rhapsody In Boogie
Spencerian Theory
Five Guitar In Flight
E. S. Boogie
Piano Interlude
Concerto For Guitar

Monday, April 11, 2016

Quiet Time - Harrell C. Lucky

Rainbows by H.C. Lucky
Quiet Time
Music For Resting, Relaxing Or Enjoyable Listening
Harrell C. Lucky, D.M.A.
Custom Pressed in USA
Melody House - Oklahoma, City

This budget orchestral mood "concept" album features a nice original tune by the arranger/producer. Good set pacing and arrangements help sell the "relaxing" concept.

Toy land
Evening Fair
Prelude In C
Prelude In B Minor
All Through The Night
Moonlight Sonata
Prelude In E Minor
After A Dream
Toy land