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Monday, March 27, 2017

The Dorsey Touch - Maury Laws

Quiet Please
The Dorsey Touch
Maury Laws Chorus And Orchestra
Prepared and Directed by Maury Laws
Hollywood Records LPH-136

Getting Sentimental Over You
Marie
Royal Garden Blues
Embarceable You
Opus No. 1
Swanee River
Quiet Please
Yes Indeed
Once In A While
There Are Such Things
I'll Never Smile Again
Songs Of India
This Love Of Mine
Boogie Woogie
Will You Still Be Mine
Sunnyside Of The Street

Here's To My Lady - Matt Monro

When Sunny Gets Blue
Here's To My Lady
Matt Monro
Musical Direction by Sid Feller
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio - Ken Veeder
Capitol Records
T2608
1966

From Billboard - December 3, 1966: Monro gives a solid performance on these tunes ranging from old standards to newer pop numbers. He turns out swingers like "You've Got Possibilities" and "Sweet Talkin' Hannah" with real zing. "Laura" and "People" are right in the ballad groove.

When Jonna Loved Me
Real Live Girl
When Sunny Gets Blue
Laura
People
Here's To My Lady
The Good Life
You've Got Possibilities
Rain Sometimes
Sweet Talking' Hannah
Nina Never Know

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Love, Love, Love - Jimmy Roselli

Our Love Is Here To Stay
Love, Love, Love
Jimmy Roselli
Produced by Jimmy Roselli
Recorded at Chappel Studios, London, England
Recording Engineer: John Timperly
Agita Productions, Ltd.
C1002
1975

From the back cover: Jimmy Roselli is often referred to as the "Dynamic Belter." However, in Jimmy's own "Love–Love–Love," his renditions are so emotionally from the heart that they set this album apart from anything he has ever done. You know and feel love as he masterfully sings every word of every lyric. Here is the "nonpareil" excellence of Jimmy at his best as recorded in London un the superb arranging and conducting of Pete Moore.

Questions And Answers
I Won't Cry Anymore
Our Love Is Here To Stay
This Is All I Ask
What A Difference A Day Made
My Way
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Roses In The Rain
Why Did You Leave Me
It's Impossible
Just A Gigolo

Don't Give Up/Kiss Me Goodbye - Petula

Beautiful In The Rain
Don't Give Up/Kiss Me Goodbye
Petula
Produced and Arranged by Tony Hatch
Conducted by Johnny Harris
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
An Original Vogue Recordings
Warner Bros. ST 91536
1968

Excellent set. Tony Hatch's smooth, quiet arrangements help showcase Petula Clark's more subtle vocal qualities.

Don't Give Up
Have Another Dream On Me
Your Love Is Everywhere
One In A Million
Beautiful In The Rain
This Girl's In Love With You
Kiss Me Goodbye
The Sun Shines Out Of Your Shoes
We're Falling In Love Again
Days
Why Can't I Cry?
The Good Life

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
1969

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

What's New Pussycat?
Alfie
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
1969

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
Alfie
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
Greensleeves
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Estrellita

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)
1965

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
Cachita
Maria La O
El Meanisero
Serenata
Lamento Borincano
Caravan
Vereda Tropical
Frenesi
Poinciana
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
1959

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".

Caravan
Summertime
All Night Diner
Blue Moon
School Day
Sleepwalk
Tenderly
Slave Girl
Dream
Canadian Sunset
Harbor Lights
Raunchy

Tango - Rafael Vargas

Llora Tango
Tango
Rafael Vargas And His Orchestra
Masterseal
1957

Adios Muchachos
Tango In D
Cordoba Tango
Poema
Esterlla Del Sur
Llora Tango
El Choclo
Vidita Mia
Lococita
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
1960

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 - EspaƱa
Ravel - Bolero
Falla - Ritual Fire Dance (From "El Amor Brujo")
Fall - Dance Of Terror (From "El Amor Brujo")