Search Manic Mark's Blog

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Passport To Pleasure - Raoul Meynard

Bagdad Bazaar
Passport To Pleasure
Tour The World First Class With Europe's Deluxe Maestro
Raoul Meynard And His Orchestra
Cover photo by Sid Avery
Warner Bros. Records W1469
1962

Wonderful Copenhagen
On A Little Street In Singapore
Summertime In Venice
Berlin Melody
Paris Pastiche
Valencia
Calcutta
Summer In Cyprus
Midnight In Moscow
Palma De Majorica
Vienna, My City Of Dreams
Bagdad Bazaar

Let It Be Me - Brenda Lee

Dancing In The Street
Let It Be Me
Brenda Lee
MCA Coral CB-20044
1973

*All selections previously released on Vocalin album number VL7-3890 entitled Let It Be Me.

Let It Be Me
He Loves You
Why Don't You Believe Me
Blue Velvet
Can't Buy Me Love
Danke Schoen
As Usual
There's Always Something There To Remind Me
Tammy
Dancing In The Street

Jeff Chandler Sings For You

I Wished On The Moon
Jeff Chandler Sings To You
With The Spencer-Hagen Orchestra
Liberty Records, Inc.
LRP 3067
1957

Billboard's Album Cover Of The Week (September 16, 1957): A colorful closeup of Chandler with his steel grey crew cut exudes sex in a sort of cheesecake-in-reserve fashion. Should be a top draw for female patrons.

From the back cover: No Johnny-come-yesterday to the recording business, Jeff has long been known for his musical prowess. In his early days in radio when he played on "Our Miss Brooks" and other shows, the listeners came to know his wonderful speaking voice. And though it was not until 1954 that he made his first recordings, he had carefully prepared himself for his debut with a meticulous regard to detail that has characterized his approach to every phase of his career.

It is this quality that forced Jeff to forego the obvious rewards of recording and personal appearances when his picture and other business commitments bid for his time. He has starred in such top Hollywood productions as "War Arrow," "Foxfire," "The Tattered Dress." "Toy Tiger," and "Drango" (personally produced by Jeff and his own company). In his most recent leading role, Jeff shares the limelight with Kim Novak in "Jeanne Eagels." His performance in this picture has entrenched him permanently as one of the film industry's brightest stars.

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Hold Me
With My Eyes
Wide Open I'm Dreaming
The More I See You
To You
You And I
I'll String Along With You
Welcome Stranger
I Wished On The Moon
Where Am I
Tell Me
Let's Get Lost

Sing Me A Love Song - George Gade

Love Came Between Us Last Night
Sing Me A Love Song
George Gade: Executive Producer and Composer
Alexander Street Music - Newport Beach, California

Produced by Jim Schlichting for Starborn Productions
Conducted and Arranged by Sven Liback
Production Consultant and Coordinator: Paul Cacia
Mixdown Engineer: John Neal

Looking Back
Teach The Children Love
We Took So Long To Fall In Love
Highway One
Lost In Love
Sweet & Lovely
Baby I Just Wanna Love You
Sing Me A Love Song
Love Cam Between Us Last Night
Step Into My World
Should've Never Let You Go
Stormy Weather

Saturday, February 25, 2017

We Could Have Dance All Night - Bill Savill

Samba
We Could Have Dance All Night
Bill Savill And His Orchestra
Cover photo: Arnold Behr
Decca Records LK 4284

Quickstep: So In Love; Do I Love You; June Is Bustin' Out All Over; Always True To You In My Fashion; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Waltz: I Give My Heart; Glamorous Night
Fox Trot: Lovely To Look At; The Folks Who Live On The Hill
Quickstep: Love Walked In; Shall We Dance; Let's Call The Whole Thing Off; Long Ago (And Far Away); Can I Forget You; How High The Moon
Quickstep: I've Got You Under My Skin; This Is My Lovely Day; Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love; The Last Time I Saw Paris; I Love Paris; C'Est Magnifique
Tango: No Other Love
Rumba: Wish You Were Here
Samba: Carioca
Fox Trot: September Song; Bewitched
Quickstep: Dance Little Lady; A Room With A View; Pick Yourself Up; Easy To Love; All Of You; I Could Write A Book

Holiday On Those Magical Island Of Hawaii - Willie Alunuai

Hawaiian Promenade
Holiday On Those Magical Islands Of Hawaii
Parade Records SP 340

Hawaiian Wedding Song
Luau
Mood Hawaiian
Pineapples, White Sand, And Coconuts
Island Maid
Hawaiian Promenade
High Tide
Stars Over Hawaii
Hawaiian Serenade
Beautiful Girls And Sunshine
Hawaiian Moon
Lost Love

People One To One - Hugo Montenegro

El Condor Pasa
People... One To One
Hugo Montenegro
Arranged and Conducted by Hugo Montenegro
Produced by Pete Spargo
RCA Victor LSP-4537
1971

Bouzouski played by Peter Tsombris
Moog Synthesizer performed by Eddie Kalehoff
Recorded in RCA's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineers: Mickey Crofford and Rick Ruggieri

From Billboard - June 19, 1971: Montenegro proves once again, in this package, that he is by far one of the most creative and imaginative arrangers around today. Of the many standout cuts, "I Am, I Said," "Joy To The World," "El Condor Past," and a Bread medley "If," "Make It With You" and "It Don't Matter To Me" are gems.

El Condor Pasa
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Bridge Over Trouble Water
Another Day
Medley: If; Make It With You; It Don't Matter To Me
Joy To The World
Lordy
Someone Who Cares
Come Again

Show Time - Don Raleigh

Out Of My Dreams
Show Time
Don Raleigh And His Orchestra
Palace Records PST-620

Look To The Rainbow
I Could Have Danced All Night
Oklahoma
Out Of My Dreams
Marian The Librarian
Some Enchanted Evening
Around The World In 80 Days
Waltz At Maxims
Dites - Moi
Arrivederci Roma

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Memories Of Paradise

King Kalakama
Memories Of Paraise
La Brea L8015

From the back cover: The music contained in this album was recorded on the Island or Oahu by native born Hawaiians and is authentic in every detail.

Tomi Tomi
Bali Hai
Song Of The Islands
Aloha March
Hawaiian Wedding Song
King Kalakama
Hawaiian Memories
Lei Ilima
Na Mokueha
Iniki Malie
Pua Carnation
Paradise Isle

Music For Quiet Dancing - Paul Weston

Maybe It's Because
Music For Quiet Dancing
Paul Weston and His Orchestra
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia Records CL 659

From the back cover: Born in Springfield, Mass., in 1912 Paul Weston attended Dartmouth College and here organized his first orchestra. The Weston touch was at once evident and after graduation he did further scholastic work at Columbia University. His interludes in the classroom were varied with extra-curricular work making the arrangements for Rudy Vallee and Phil Harris, among others, and shortly thereafter he began making arrangements for Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby,. His reputation as a dependable man with a musical idea spread quickly and he was summoned to the West Coast to do musical arrangements for such successful films as Holiday Inn and the Road To Morocco. Finding himself with a little time still left on his hands he began doing radio work as well and wound up with a number of network programs, accompanying vocalists and supplying musical interludes of his own. So successful were his contributions together with his recording artists that he soon had his own show for the Naval Air Reserve Recruiting campaign and a number of first rate popular songs to his credit including Day By Day and I Should Care. In 1950 he joined Columbia Records as West Coast Director of Artist and Repertoire and West Coast Musical Director.

Nevertheless
Dutch Treat
These Foolish Things
Anna
Maybe It's Because
Gigi
The Glory Of Love
The Song From Desiree
I Went Out My Way
Shane
The Morningside Of The Mountain
Planters Punch