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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Anita Kerr Singers Reflect On The Hits Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David

In Between The Heartaches
The Anita Kerr Singers Reflect On The Hits Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Arranged, Conducted and Produced by Anita Kerr
Assistant Producer: Alex Grob
Engineer: Lee Herschberg
The Anita Kerr Singers: Lead and Solos, Anita Kerr; Alto, Jackie Ward; Tenor, Gene Merlino; Bass, Bob Tebow
Cover Photography by Apple Graphics
Art Direction: Christopher Whorf
Dot Records ST-91602

A set of creative, sweet, silky pop arrangements featuring Kerr's smooth solos.

What's New Pussycat?
Are You There (With Another Girl)
In Between The Heartaches
The Windows Of The World
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Don't Make Me Over
Walk On By
Whoever You Are, I Love You
I Say A Little Prayer
The Look Of Love
A House Is Not A Home
What The World Needs Now Is Love

Friday, March 24, 2017

Love After Midnight - The Moonlight Strings

Send For Me In The Summer
Love After Midnight
The Moonlight Strings
Produced by Betsy Cohen
Engineer: Frank Decker
Design: Harry W. Fass
A Product of Columbia Musical Treasures
CBS Direct Marketing Services
Columbia DS 441

Send For Me In The Summer from "The Swimmer"
How To Handle A Woman From "Camelot"
The World We Knew (Over And Over)
Love After Midnight
Melody Of Love
Strangers In The Night
A Dream Of Love (Liebestraum)
I'll Get by (As Long As I Have You)
Lonely Is The Name
Days Of Wine And Roses
Spanish Flea
My Reverie
Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Rumbas Solamente Rumbas - Orquesta Serenata Tropical

Rumbas Solamente Rumbas
Orquesta Serenata Tropical
Cover Photo by Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia XLP 5134 (radio station promotion press)

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

Nicely presented light orchestrated (lush strings/brass) rumba mood set played with period pop touches.

Negra Consentida
Para Vigo Me Voy
Maria La O
El Meanisero
Lamento Borincano
Vereda Tropical
Principe Igor Rumba

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Santo & Johnny

Slave Girl
Santo & Johnny
Arranged and Conducted by Bob Davie
Canadian American Records, LTD
CALP 1001

Top notch steel guitar based mood/swing set featuring creative arranging and excellent engineering.

From the back cover: In April, 1959, the haunting, magical guitar sounds of Santo and Johnny first floated over the air waves, and two Brooklyn youths were on their way to stardom. Several Weeks later, their initial recording, "Sleepwalk", zoomed up to the number one song all over America.

Theirs is a wonderful and heartwarming success story – of two brothers, Santo 21, and Johnny 19, working and living with one goal always foremost in their minds – a burning desire for success. And that desire has paid off in great abundance. To date, the boys have traveled all over the United States, doing numerous television shows, night club and personal appearances, climaxed by their appearance on the Perry Como Show, an opportunity afforded very few young performers.

Now, Canadian American Records proudly presents their first album entitled simply, "Santo and Johnny".

All Night Diner
Blue Moon
School Day
Slave Girl
Canadian Sunset
Harbor Lights

Tango - Rafael Vargas

Llora Tango
Rafael Vargas And His Orchestra

Adios Muchachos
Tango In D
Cordoba Tango
Esterlla Del Sur
Llora Tango
El Choclo
Vidita Mia
Tango Miedo
La Partida
Hijo Mio

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Hermann Scherchen

Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Hermann Scherchen
Photography by Tommy Waddelton from Shasta!
Westminster XWN 18733

This post is all about the cover art as the disc was too worn, in this case, to offer an audio sample. The Westminster art department created some of the most impressive classical music album covers of the time.

Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Chabrier - España
Ravel - Bolero
Falla - Ritual Fire Dance (From "El Amor Brujo")
Fall - Dance Of Terror (From "El Amor Brujo")

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Big C - Johnny Hamilton

Johnny Hamilton Presents
The Big C
Balf - Cliff - Gene
The Herbert Happy Lawson, Inc.

No back cover printing.

It's Now Or Never
The Wanderer
Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful You're Mine
Bill Bailey
River Of No Return
Johnny Be Good
Hey Baby

Wack Wack - The Young Holt Trio

Wack Wack
The Young Holt Trio
Instrumental Group Directed by Gerald Sims
Produced by Carl Davis
Cover Photo by Hal Buksbaum
Brunswick BL 754121

From the back cover: Many of you who are familiar with the famous "Ramsey Lewis sound" are also familiar with the co-leader of The Young Holt Trio, bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac "Red" Holt. For together they were two-thirds of the sound that sold hundreds of thousands of albums and singles under the name of The Ramsey Lewis Trio.

The Young Holt Trio, however, is not an extension of the sound they helped to make a house-hold word – and for a very good reason. His name is Hysear Don Walker, a pianist who prefers to be called Don, and who prefers to swing rather than waste time talking. Don's piano style is uniquely his own, and in a world where so many pianists sound alike, it is refreshing to hear one who sounds like nobody else, and yet conveys an exciting musical message.

Don began studying the piano at the age of six, and by the time he entered high school, in his home town of Evanston, Illinois, he was a seasoned band leader. Don also studied the saxophone and the trumpet, and won two consecutive championships for his proficiency on the latter. In addition, he studied at Northwestern University, and prior to his joining The Young Holt Trio accompanied such stars as Joe Williams, Lurlean Hunter, Mose Allison and Bill Henderson.

Eldee Young received his musical apprenticeship at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He began his professional career as a guitarist, but later switched to bass. In 1959, he was nominated to Downbeat's New Star Poll and later recorded an album on which he made his debut as cellist. Eldee, called the diminutive "string" man by most critics, is credited with effectively introducing the cello to "soul" sounds, and his many recordings with this instrument have been heralded by fans and performers alike.

Issac "Red" Holt also studied at Chicago's Conservatory Of Music. His professional credits include playing with the last Lester Young, Wardell Gray and James Moody. "Red" is one of the few drummers to draw on the primitive style of using everything available – cymbals, tambourines, triangles, even fingers and elbows – to make his playing more versatile and exciting. "Red" cannot be called simply a drummer. He is a percussionist personified, and is credited with introducing the tambourine to jazz.

Monday, Monday
Strangers In The Night (From The Universal Picture, "A Man Could Get Killed")
Song For My Father
Girl Talk
Wack Wack
Red Sails In The Sunset
You Know That I Love You
This Little Light Of Mine

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pourcel Of Paris - Franck Pourcel

Julie La Rousse
Pourcel Of Paris
Enchanting Instrumentals In Hi-Fi by France's Finest Arranger-Conductor
Franck Pourcel
Capitol Records T10174

Tu N'as Pas Tres Bon Caractère (You Don't Have A Very Good Disposition)
Le Tour Du Monde (Around The World)
Swinging Sweethearts
Champagne Cocktail
Dors, Mon Amour (Sleep, My Love)
Loin De Vous (Only You)
Ma Jolie (My Lovely)
Vivre Avec Toi (To Live With You)
Julie La Rousse (Julie The Redhead)
Maman La Plus Belle Du Monde (Mother, The Most Beautiful In The World)
Le Moulin Aux Tulipes (The Tulip Mill
I Love Paris

McGuire Sisters

Caro Giovani
McGuire Sisters
And The De John Sisters with "Castellano Strings"
Hall Of Fame
Palace 755

Budget mess featuring one fantastic cover and exactly one McGuire Sisters and one De John Sisters track mixed in with various filler tracks including ragtime, pop country and folksy male chorus tracks. One track attributed to The Snowhill TV Singers sounds like a one-man-band but features no singing what-so-ever. The second track sounds like the same male chorus heard on several other tracks with no credit. Caro Giovani is rendered by a girl group, but is not attributed.

I Just Went Along For The Ride (The McGuire Sisters)
When The Saints Go Marching In
Hello, My Baby
Ring, Ring De Banjo
Hot Time (The Snowhill TV Singers)
Caro Giovani
Beyond The Reef (The De John Singers)
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Oh Susannah
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
When You And I Were Young (The Snowhill TV Singers)

Percussion In Waltz Time - Fontana And His Orchestra

Emperor Waltz
Percussion In Waltz Time
Fontana And His Orchestra
Palace PST-674

Nice space age cover design, but probably the most silly budget "percussion" set I've yet run across. Not only did the engineer layer typical stock percussion intros onto stock waltz tracks (Palace decided that the two forms could co-exsist) but also added another layer of percussion touches throughout each track to augment the tune in an effort to mimic the trendy period Command-like "ping-pong" percussion sound.

Emperor Waltz
Morning Journals
Artist's Life
Acceleration Waltz
Roses From The South
Wiener Blut
Tales Of The Vienna Woods
Fledermaus Waltzes
Wine, Women And Song
Blue Danube Waltz

Music For The Harpsichord - Sylvia Marlowe

Music For The Harpsichord
Sylvia Marlowe
Decca Records DL 10001

From the back cover: Sylvia Marlowe made her American debut in a series of coast-to-coast broadcasts featuring the entire Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach. Since then, she has appeared with such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston, Chicago and Seattle Symphony Orchestra and L'Orchestre National de Paris. Her solo recitals have been supplemented by concerts with her own chamber ensemble, the Harpsichord Quartet.

With the conscientiousness of the true artist, Miss Marlowe has taken pains to inform herself of the correct and complex performance traditions of the music she plays. Her distinguished career has earned her not only the affection of a world-wide public, but the esteem of her fellow-musicians as well.

Miss Marlowe is music director of the Harpsichord Music Society, an organization whose activities include the commissioning of new works for the harpsichord, the establishment of scholarships for advanced study of the harpsichord, and the bringing together of players and musicologists for discussion of performance of older music.

Haydn: Sonata No. 37 in D major - Allegro con brio - Largo e sostenuta - Finale – Presto ma non troppo

Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses from Ordre No. 6 in B flat, Second Book 1717

Couperin: Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les maillotins from Ordre No. 18 in F, Third Book, 1722

Rameau: Gavotte and Variations from Third Book in A minor

Rameau: Tambourin from Second Book in E minor

Daquin: Le Coucou from First Book, 1735

MePhee: Lagu Delem from the Balinese Shadow Play

Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 545 Allegro - Andante - Rondo - Allegretto

Purcell: Ground in C minor

Byrd: Lord Wilobies Welcome Home

Handel: Air with 5 Variations, The Harmonleus Blacksmith, from Suite No. 5 in E major

Haieff: Three Bagatelles