Saturday, December 31, 2011
Current Supplied By Marty Gold
Available on both CD and by purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample.
I had to post this one because of the fabulous cover art! The cover reflects the nature of the music. This is a great early space age recording.
Sid Ramin worked with Gold on this album. It is noted on the back that both Gold and Ramin also worked together on "...all of the Three Suns and Orchestra albums."
You can hear a touch of The Three Suns more experimental sound on this album.
Southern Tropical Harmony Steel Band
Here we have another fabulous Audio Fidelity album cover. AF understood the value of cover art. AF printed on the best paper stock The colors still pop.
Also, back in 1962, there was no legal disclaimer to warn buyers not to set fire to limbo equipment in the middle of their living rooms... Ah, the good old days when we could set fire to our dates and not be sued.
The Electronic Concept Orchestra
Here is another in at least six albums release by The Electronic Concept Orchestra (including this album, there are photos of six albums on the back of the jacket). I have one other Electronic Concept album titled Moog Groove. There is one album found on the back cover titled "Flowers of Evil LS 86066. That sounded cool to me so I wen looking for a copy online and could not find a cover image. Was that album released?
This is an easy listening album. The treatments are pleasant and interesting with Misty being the more unique track.
The Look Of Love
Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus
Romeo & Juliet Theme
Like A Lover
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Stella By Starlight
Love Is Blue
This Guy's In Love With You
Friday, December 30, 2011
Enoch Light & The Light Brigade
Arrangements by Jeff Hest
Project 3 - Quadraphonic/4 Channel
Here's another interesting recording that Enoch Light produced several years before he retired from the music business.
Quad engineering on the several Light projects I've heard is outstanding.
Light got help making the LP from old friends and outstanding musicians including Tony Mottola, Vinnie Bell (you can hear his "water drop" guitar on one track), Urbie Green, Marvin Stamm, Mel Davis, Phil Bodner, Arnie Lawrence, Dick Hyman, Julie Ruggiero, Billy LaVorgna, Phil Kraus, Charles McCracken, Paul Faulise, Walt Levinsky, Bob Rosengarden and The Marilyn Jackson Singers.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
One For My Baby
The only info I could find, while doing an online search for Mexie Marlowe came from a blurb found in Billboard Magazine, November 24, 1962: Mexie Marlowe is a young thrush with a touch of Nina Simone's unusual style plus a few sounds of her own. She has definite possibilities and she show off her vocal stylings on "I Cover The Waterfront," One From My Baby." I Hade The Craziest Dream" and "All The Way." Worth a listen.
From the back cover: From the age of fourteen, she was advised many times to sing like singers who were in the limelight at the time, but even as a youngster, she refused to mimic or copy any other singer, saying, "If you want to hear me sing, you will have to listen to me, as I will not copy any one else. I will always sing naturally in my own style".
An Occasional Man
The John Evans Orchestra
Direction Sound/Premier Albums
This line of records was Premier's answer to the success of Enoch Light's "percussion" LPs. Premier copied the cover graphic/gatefold approach and tried, not always successfully, to capture some of what Light was doing in the studio.
This particular album is good fun if you are a collector of "exotica" Many songs copy Martin Denny/Arthur Lyman style complete with bird calls. The covers are fun, but nothing new. Supporting those tracks are more straight forward Lyman-like Latin/jazz tracks. These tracks carried the album and are very nice. I've posted one as the sample.
Bad And Beautiful
Eso Es El Amor
An Occasional Man
Return To Paradise
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Theme From The Exorcist
Richard Hayman And His Orchestra
Musicor Records MS 3256X
One of my favorite Hayman albums is an exotica LP titled Voodoo! (Mercury SR 60147 - 1959).
Hayman made many more conservative sounding albums after Voodoo! I took the chance on this album because of the interesting song titles such as The Exorcist, Theme from Serpico and Theme From 2001 Space Odyssey.
This set is a fun and funky 70s light pop LP. Hayman's harmonica solos work on some tracks like the "harpsichord" sound you often hear during this period. Hayman is also credited on the back cover for playing The Conn Electronic Organ.
Tri-Fi Drums - Stan Levey, Alvin Stoller, Irv Cottler with Billy May
I assume that Capitol collected together the various tracks from a variety of sources to produce the album. The Billy May track above also appeared on a later Capitol album titled Wild Stereo Drums.
Regardless of how the album was produced, all the mix sounds Big Band good.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Label by Doris Walker
The Impossible Dream & I Believe In Music
By The Students Of Hope School
Directed by Doris E. Walker, Music Teacher, Hope School
Educational Activities, Inc. AR 696
From the back cover: Hope School opened its doors in September, 1969 to serve the trainable mentally retarded of the Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim, California.
The Hi Hopes recordings have to be among my favorites. Whenever I feel grumpy or blue... I just listen to the Hi Hopes and presto, suddenly the sun is shinning on my sad little world and I'm feeling less crappy! Thank you Hi Hopes! Besides couldn't we all learn a lesson from The Label song?
A photo autographed by "Lori" came with this LP as well as the 45 shown above. I believe the full audio file of the album can be found elsewhere online, so I'll just post a favorite track, written by the Hi Hopes Music Teacher, Doris Day. As a treat I'll post the entire 45.
Want more? For a really rare Hi Hope LP I stumbled across (Play And Sing) click the link.
Everything Is Beautiful
Welcome To My World
Label (Doris Walker)
King Of The Road
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Ability (Doris Walker)
Miracle (Doris Walker)
Monday, December 26, 2011
Composer/Arranger, Cal Lewiston
Soloists: Dean Parks, Alto Sax - Cal Lewiston, Trumpet - Ken Maslak - Flute
North Texas State University
Leon Breeden, Conductor
Century Custom Recording
From the back cover: We appreciate the many letters from those who have our albums and recognize the creativity of our writers and performers. It has been an inspiration to all of us – we hope to give you an album each year which will be such that it stands unique on your shelf, completely apart from commercially-produced records, since our goal is aimed at one thing – the presentation of young writers and performers at our school doing THEIR THING!! – Leon Breeden, Director
Sweet And Lovely - I Cried Fro You and Blue Moon
With Irving Fields
Here's an amazing Irving Fields cover.
Here's the first obscure Fields record I stumbled across titled The Fabulous Fingers Of Irving Fields.
If you are into space age you are probably looking for a copy of Fields popular Bikinis And Bongs and Bagel And Bongos, both of which feature wild cover art.
At the time of this posting I found that Mr. Fields has a website and may still playing about town at the age of 95!
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Decca DL 4799
The set exactly reflects the space cool vibe of the cover art! What more could you ask for? Cugat, himself said that "I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve." And here he is, keeping up with mid-60s Chiquita Banana light pop trends.
The album is great fun all the way through!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Orquesta Serenata Tropical
Obscure early 60s import. Outstanding space age Latin.
The Skip-Jacks (Stella Stevens, Estelle Mann and Morris Redding)
Orchestration - Sid Bass, Al Cohn and Ray Martin
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Obscure vocal album featuring great music by some of the top space age arrangers as noted above.
Apparently the "Skip-Jacks" made at least one other album on RCA title Let's Get Away From It All LSP-2060.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Theme From "Mr. Broadway"
Arranged and conducted by England's inventive Frank Barber
Capitol ST 2794
The title might suggest an "easy listening" album. What you'll hear are fine light pop tunes that are throw back to Enoch Light's pop stuff of the early 60s. The vibe of the record is actually "brighter" and more "jangling" than most percussion records I've listened to. The percussion seems more "dense" somehow (probably due to the blending of vibraphone, marimba and xylophone). Some tracks are more dramatic and have more of a "jazz" sound. Well... all that probably made no sense. The sound is unique compared to all the period percussion recordings that I've listened to. Good, inventive stuff.
LPM 1956 RE
LPM 1956 RE2Peter Gunn
Composed and conducted by Henry Mancini
From The NBC Television Series Peter Gunn
RCA Victor LPM-1956
Available for purchase/download/CD so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry.
I happened to dig 2 copies out of my "waiting to be listened to stack...OK stacks(!), and noted jacket differences. For the heck of it, here they are. The only informational differences seem to be the catalog number found on the back (as noted above under each version). The labels were also redesigned for the second pressing.
Of course, as with many early Mancini albums, this one is outstanding and cool!
Friday, December 23, 2011
The Cocoanut Wireless
The Ray Charles Singers
Originated and produced by Enoch Light
Art Direction - Charles E. Murphy
Command RS 845 SD
Light and easy pop album featuring another great Command minimalist cover design.
Un Homme Et Une Femme
United Artists SW-91032
Available on CD, so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry!
I put this one on the turn table without the intent of blogging the album. But the vocal tracks on the album really grabbed me. so I thought I'd plug the record. The vibe is unique and intimate. The second track, on the B side titled, In Our Shadow, is especially wonderful and mysterious. Good 60s stuff.
Specialists In The Physiological And Psychological Applications Of Music
Just in time for last moment holiday shopping. Do you feel the progressive urge to consume? Off to ebay with you!
From the back cover: The result (of the Stimulus Progression) is a sense of forward movement and change, designed to mitigate tension, boredom, melancholy and fatigue.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Available for purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry!
Billboard Magazine: Here is a fascinating blend of the classical and jazz schools, a much talked about concept where very little has been accomplished at the recording level. The MJQ, working as a sort of concerto soloist all by itself in front of the distinctively classical ork passages to pick up a similar theme in readily identifiable jazz connotations.
Well... that explanation and the rather subdued cover art would not have perked my interest back in the day (as I'm not a jazz or classical music buff). And I don't normally post jazz stuff here (I mean reasonably straight forward jazz stuff), but this album will be of interest to others who collect the same type of music that you see on my blog.
To me, the sound is better explained (so that I get it) as a bridge between dramatic movie soundtrack passages and small combo jazz. Going out on a limb... the vibe is sort of as if Arthur Lyman did something "heavy", without the bird calls. You may also hear a bit of some early 60s private-eye or detective TV show thing happening.
From the back cover: John Lewis (director MJQ) and this writer (Gunther Schuller) do not claim that these works represent the final and ultimate stage in this particular musical development. On the contrary, we feel they mark only a beginning and it is our hope that the music contained herein will stimulate further interest in works of this nature.
Find yourself a copy! You will enjoy the experience!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hot Pastrami With Mashed Potatoes - Discotheque Orchestra
Recorded under the supervision of Slim Hyatt
Decca DL 74556
From the May 30, 1964 Billboard: The discotheque is spreading from the society saloons and fashionable private clubs to the home phonograph. The do-it-yourself discotheque is being initialed by Decca Records which is hitting the market with a "Dance Discotheque" album this week.
According to Harry Meyerson Decca artists and repertoire producer who conceived the idea of bringing the current Jet Set vogue to the masses, the LP duplicates the recording program played in the discotheques around the country, especially at Shepheards in Drake Hotel here. In fact, Meyerson had Slim Hyatt, the "disquaire" (disk jockey) at Shepeards assist him in programming the album. At the club, Hyatt spins a variety of records that run the gamut from Louis Armstrong's Hello Dolly to Trini Lopez's "If I Had A Hammer."
Fun cover art! Songs are available for purchase/download, so sorry I will not be posting a sample.
This is one of the few accordion albums that works for me like a Three Suns LP. A bit spacey and swinging.
From the back cover: In the language of the hipster, "Crazy Rhythm" is 'crazy, man, crazY-y-y-y-!... (English Translation: it's Happy, Hearty and Hear-Marked for a hitherto un-new sound).
Lady Be Good
Exactly Like You
Echo Echo Echo
After You've Gone
Bells Of St. Mary's
Arranged and conducted by Roger King Mozian
Swinging album that swings between big band, Latin and a touch of "exotica" percussion. Mozian has a good grasp on late 50s/early 60s groove.
Curiously the producer seemed to be worried that Mozian was too far out. This from the back cover: The selection of tunes leans heavily on the rhythmic and exotic but, remarkable enough, almost every one is danceable, particularly South Of The Border and Caripoca.
Mozian wrote the sample, Repercussion.
Summer Of '42
The Cinema Soundstage Orchestra
A/S Recording (Alshire)
Here is another budget record most pickers leave behind. But the smart buyer would take noted of the "Theme From Shaft" cover and risk the 50¢.
As budget easy goes, this album isn't whacky or completely lame. The LP features standard easy that includes, on most tracks, a 70s vibe which includes the lead track on the A side, Theme From Shaft. But for some reason, the organ intro featured on the cover of Summer Of '42 grabbed me...
The Swinging Sounds Of Bill Doggett And His Combo
Columbia CS 8614
From the back cover: For the past nine years, Bill Doggett and a Hammon Organ have been transported about the country as the major cargo of a six-passenger bus. On at least 250 nights out of each year, the bus has parked outside of a dance hall somewhere between Vancouver and Orlando, Doggett and crew have unloaded and for the next four hours, hundreds of people have danced and smiled, laughed and sung to the accompaniment of the kind of music you hear on this album.
At the age of 22, Philadelphia-born Bill Doggett was a pianist leading his own band. He worked with the Lucky Millinder band in 1940 and was pianist for the Ink Spots from 1942 to 1944. Later, he worked with Louis Jordan, and in 1951 he took up the organ. Bill then worked with Ella Fitzgerald and has written arrangements for one of the vocalist's recent albums.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Alice In Wonderland
Joe Reisman's Orchestra And Chorus
RCA Victor LPM-1119
Apparently this is a somewhat obscure album. I picked it up because of the great cover image.
Reisman was a prolific producer working on nearly 1,000 recordings.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Aquarius - Percy Faith And His Orchestra & Chorus
Columbia Special Products 50-2023 CQ-10869
Here's another quadraphonic album that was made as a promotion for Realistic (Radio Shack).
Unlike the Popular Science/Enoch Light "Test Record", this album is a straight forward compilation of songs, that may have been recorded in stereo and converted or remastered into quad sound. I don't know. All I can say is the Popular Science LP sounds so much better through my stereo headphones that there is no comparison.
Since these songs are, for the most part, available on CD or by the purchase download, I can't post the album (my apologies to the Quad blogger!). However, the Percy Faith tune seems not to be available, so enjoy the one sample. FYI: The Miles Davis track is killer.
Chase - Open Up Wide
Santana - Oye Come Va
Barbra Streisand - Free The People
Johnny Mathis - You've Got A Friend
Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills - Stop
Miles Davis - Mile Run The Voo Doo Down
Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World
Percy Faith, His Orchestra & Chorus - Aquarius
Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden
Sly And The Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher
Clair De Lune
Mercury SR 60738
Melis's work is too conservative for me. There are bongos backing up Melis on this album, but the songs never spill over into that space age sound. However, side one sports an excellent and engaging cover of Clair De Lune featuring a guitarist that blends his/her work nicely with Melis's subdued approach.
This version is not the version available for purchase/download (that track appears to be a more fully orchestrated version, from another album).
Exotic Sounds Of Milt Raskin
Crown CST 212
Here we have a very nice exotica album from Milt Raskin. This album is available for purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample.
I don't know why Crown didn't spend a few dollars to produce a halfway decent cover for this album. The project was worth a flashy cover to help boost sales.
The title is a misleading. I would not lump this album in with all the percussion albums that hit the market at about this time. Raskin's work here is more of a blend between Arthur Lyman, a touch of Lex Baxter and Raskin's own instrumental sensibilities.
Raskin is also responsible for another fine "exotica" recording on Crown Titled KAPU (Forbidden). Crown did spend some money on that cover.
Omega OSD 2
This one looks like it was released in... oh, say 1960/61. The LP is a compilation of whatever Omega had on the shelf at the moment... including several weird tracks that include a sound effects track from an automobile race and the track titled A Visit To A Hindu Monastery (that I tacked onto the sample track above)! There are no artist credits and there is precious little "percussion" on the album. Actually this is more of a "jazz" album. Omega slapped the provocative title and cheesecake photo on the cover and they were good to go.
Sports Car Races
Mickey Mouse Theme
Take The "A" Train
Dancing On The Ceiling
Island Of Desire
Return To Paradise
It Ain't Necessarily So
A Visit To A Hindu Monastery
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
Percussion In Brass
Command Records RS 818 SD
The fab cover art by S. Neil Fujita is not available with the purchase/digital download. I will not be posting a sample because the LP is available online.
This is another fine example of Light's brand of light pop that includes bongos, ping pong, the engineer who throws audio from left to right channels as well as humorous arrangements.
Theme From The Apartment
Rachmaninoff Prelude In C#m
No Rest For The Drummer Man
Lullaby Of Broadway
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba
Rambling Wreck From Georgia Tech
Friday, December 16, 2011
Eddie Gomez And His American Orchestra
Crown CLP 5032
As with almost all freaking Crown records, this one is available for digital purchase download. So, sorry, I will not be posting a sample.
Tracks titled Cuban Mist, Two Guitars and Le Fleur are my recommended downloads. These are nice instrumentals. Other tunes featuring vocal treatments just don't work for me.
Performances By Los Admiradores
Produced by Enoch Light
Command Records RS 812 SD
This one is available as digital/purchase download, so I will not be posting a sample.
This is an excellent example of Light's "light pop" "ping-pong" sound. Not too "cartoony" just total 60s fun featuring the terrific Command stereo engineering I've come to know and love.
How Hight The Moon
C'est Ci Bon
My Funny Valentine
Birth Of The Blues
East Of The Sun
By The Rive St. Marie
I Can Dream, Can't I
The Breeze And I
Enoch Light Orchestra
The Fontanna Orchestra
I guess Palace managed to secure the rights to several Light songs and felt that they could legally market an album of older, mismatched off the shelf stuff with Light's name on the cover. Some of the filler isn't even credited to Fontanna. Palace went so far as to rip off the Command jacket graphic style in the hopes that buyers would think that they they were getting the good stuff. Even the Light tracks are no where near his best effort.
Place never lets me down as a budget label.
Omega OSL 24
Apparently the back cover was changed during the pressing. The back cover on this album features a track list and Omega catalog. I found another image of the back cover online that explains that the band is conducted by Francis Bay, who had made at least 12 records on Omega at that time. The cover photo (why I bought the album) was taken by Ray Avery. The sculpture, by Dupagne, was located in the Belgian Congo Pavilion during the Brussels World's Fair.
Francis Bay was a Belgian conductor who was noted in the August 8, 1960 Billboard as having "...fashioned a Big Band that stands among the best around today."
Omega had a flare for releasing budget albums featuring graphically dynamic covers.
This Guy's In Love With You
Guth Brothers Post 111 Roger Bacon Band
Recorded by Insight Communications, Inc
Artist Recording Company - Cincinnati, Ohio
6920 - 700651
OK... this one is coming out of left field even for me... but I couldn't resist the great cover image. You are looking from the south shore of The Ohio River, probably from Newport, Kentucky across the river into downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
I live in the area... it's a local thing for me.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hard Day's Night
Si Zentner And His Orchestra
Zentner's big band, and at times, light pop approaches to popular tunes of his time including many Beatle songs.
Wishin' And Hopin'
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
And I Love Her
A Hard Day's Night
All Cried Out
The House Of The Rising Sun
Twist And Shout
How Do You Do it
I Want To Hold Your Hand
My Cup Of Tea
Original score composed, arranged and conducted by Johnny Pate
ABC Records BCX-793
From the cover graphic, the best I could have hoped for was some 70s movie musical magic cheese. Yes, there is some of that 70s fun going on. But this album also features a great blend of funk, jazz and little exotica, if you will, along with great Four Tops vocals. Good stuff!
Available as mp3 down loads so I will not be posting a sample. It helps if you search for the mp3 files to add "pate" as a keyword.
You Can't Even Walk In The Park
Are You Man Enough
Aleme Finds Shaft
Shaft In Africa
Are You Man Enough
Are You Man Enough (End Title)
RCA Victor LSP-3496
Here we have another one of those album covers that assures that the album will be passed over at the thrift by most pickers. I always check the track titles to see if I should risk, in this case... my 50¢... Spy film titles are always good bet... But the winner on this album is a cover of The Beatles Help!
The album, aside from the sample posted above, isn't "over-the-top" space age fair, but nicely blends easy listening with light pop.