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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Improved Full Dimensional Stereo

Prelude To Act III Of Lohengrin
Great New Sound For '65
New Improved Full Dimensional Sound
The Exciting New Sound For '65 and Complete Tracks From Selected Capitol Albums for February
Capitol Records SPRO 2797

Gatefold 1965 Capitol promotion LP that was "Not Available To The Public" featuring a visually stunning "3-D" cover which, for the most part, my scanner was able to capture the look of. The design was printed on top of some type of plastic material (somewhat like you might see on a "winking postcard") that creates the impression of about 1/2 inch of depth.

A Hard Day's Night (The Hollyridge Strings)
Six-Nix-Quix-Flix (The George Shearing Quintet)
San Francisco Bay Blues (The Travelers Three)
Stick Around (H. B. Barnum)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (The Don Scaletta Trio)
Take Good Care Of My Baby (The Lettermen)
More (Fred E. Finn And His Friends)
Prelude To Act II Of Lohengrin (Stan Kenton And His Orchestra)

Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing

A Sinner Kissed An Angel
Lullaby Of Birdland
George Shearing
Pickwick SPC-3039

A fine Pickwick release of Shearing material featuring a seldom seen photo of George, sans glasses, printed on the cover.

From the back cover: ...Pickwick/33 is proud to present in the ten tracks on this record which highlight the smash Shearing career.

Don't Blame Me
Easy To Love
Lullaby Of Birdland
I Remember You
I Wished On The Moon
Over The Rainbow
A Sinner Kissed An Angel
There's A Lull In My Life
They All Laughed

Monday, July 24, 2017

Very Truly Yours - Don Ralke'

Pastel Blue
Very Truly Yours
Don Ralke' Orchestra
Photography: Todd Walker, Beverly Hills
Crown Records CLP 5018

Jazz inspired arrangements and top notch guitar solos are featured in this well paced, creative mood set.

From the back cover: Don Ralke' is a composer, conductor, and pianist of unusual talent. A graduate with honors from the University of Southern California, he holds the degree of Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music. He has also studied musical composition from such prominent modern composers as Arnold Schonberg and Ernst Toch and keyboard technique from the eminent Dr. Alice Ehlers. Don Ralke' has been a successful artist in the recording field for many years, and has gathered together some of the finest talent on the West Coast to record this alum.

Bud Coleman , the featured guitarist, has been active in the radio, television and recording segments of the music industry for many years. He has appeared on CBS Radio NBC TV and, as a guitarist with Frank DeVol. Among the many vocal artists with which he has been associated as guitar accompanist are Lena Horn, Herb Jeffried, Anita O'Day and Lucille Norman. The fluid technique and rich chordal progressions displayed here by Bud Coleman are designed to please the most discerning ear.

A few of the other outstanding soloists to be heard are Ed Kusby – trombone, and Frank Flynn – Vibraphone. Gloria Wood and David Diller are among the vocal artists.

All The Things You Are
When Your Lover Has Gone
Pastel Blue
Tango Of The Roses
The Moon Is Low
April In Paris
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
I Cover The Waterfront
Blue Moon
Don't Blame Me
Dark Eyes

Make Mine Manhattan - D'Artega

Fire And Ice Ballet (D'Artega)
Make Mine Manhattan
Moods In Music Featuring
D'Artega and His Orchestra
Mercury Wing MGW 12101

From the back cover: D'Artega was born in Spain and came to the United States as a youngster. For years he studied orchestration and composition under Boris Levenson, who had been a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. Early in the days of radio, D'Artega was attracted to this new magic medium which could bring music into the homes of everyone. But he knew that the techniques of classical music, while glorious to the ears of an initiate, would be strange to millions of Americans who had never had the opportunity to develop a taste for classics. So he committed his art to the development of a style which would combine the best of the familiar, popular music, with the most attractive qualities of his first love, the classics.

That he succeeded in striking the extraordinary balance is evidenced by the outstanding parade of successes which unfolded in his career. D'Artega soon was in demand by the already giant networks to display his unusual combination of easy listening pleasure with artistic distinction. He conducted on the Jell-O Program, You Hit Parade, Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not Show and the Cavalcade of Music. He became the director of "Pop" concerts for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Frequently he came to Carnegie Hall to conduct its famous Pop Concert Orchestra as a guest, until recently, when he was appointed its permanent conductor.

In The Blue
When Love Is New
Dreamer's Serenade
Concerto Pathetique
Wedding Of The Violins
Tulips In Springtime
Dagger Dance
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 1
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 2
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 3

Highway One - The Mystic Moods

Highway One
The Mystic Moods Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Don McGinnis
Produced and Directed by Brad Miller
Spoken Words by Rosko
Spoken Words written by Jim Molin
"Touch" features by Clare
Sound Effects recorded by Brad Miller
Production Assistance by Bob Todd
Recorded by Olympic Sound Studios, London
Remixed at Warner Bros. Studios, N. Hollywood
Recording Engineered by Bart Chiate and Vic Smith
Remix for stereo and quadraphonic sound by Lee Herschberg and Lanky Linstrot
Photography and Art Direction by Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. Records BS 2648

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the jacket and promotion label. If you are into The Mystic Moods, you will find that this set features another interesting artistic blend of recorded environmental sound and smooth mood arrangements. The mood is augmented by laid-back poetic spoken word lead-ins by "Rosko".

Highway One (Adagion - from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major by J.S. Bach arranged and adapted by Don McGinnis)
The First Time (Don McGinnis)
Reason For Staying (Don McGinnis)
Electric Music And The Summer People
Rain (Don McGinnis and Bob Todd)
I Wonder How Long
My Love, My Life (Don McGinnis)
Touch (Bonnie Breitzman)
Reflections (Don McGinnis)
Images (Don McGinnis and Bob Todd)
Crystal Morning (Traditional, arranged and adapted by Ginseng Music/Medallion Avenue Music)
Highway One (Reprise)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shufflin' Along - The Four Aces

It's No Sin
Shufflin' Along With The Four Aces
Featuring Al Alberts
Orchestra Directed by Jack Pleis
Decca Records DL 8567

My copy of this LP came with a single sheet marketing insert (images above).

From the back cover: This album will obviously be a favorite. It is a natural successor to such previous albums by The Four Aces as "Mood Fo Love" (CL 8122), ""Sentimental Souvenirs" (DL 8227), and "Heart And Soul (DL 8228).

Also from the back cover: Everybody who knows The Four Aces is aware of the fact that the boys just seemed to find themselves – Al Alberts was completing a three year hitch in the Navy when he met Dave Mahoney and, after being discharged in 1946, Al and Dave began a combined singing career. A little later they added Sod Voccaro on trumpet and Lou Silvestri on drums. It is a pleasant coincidence that all four grew up and went through school in the same state: Pennsylvania.

Have You Been Lonely
Girl Of My Dreams
Miss You
Peg O' My Heart
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
It's No Sin
Lonely Wine
Day By Day
My Reverie
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
There I've Said It Again

The Faraway Part Of Town - Andre Previn

Trav'lin Light
The Faraway Part Of Town
Andre Previn
His Piano and Orchestra
Produced by Irving Townsend
Cover Photo: Horst
Columbia Records CL 1786

Winning lush string mood arrangements back Previn's smooth jazz inspired piano passages.

From the back cover: When Andre Previn was a little boy in Berlin, where his father was a lawyer and amateur pianist, he would sit under the piano at family musicales while his father and friends played for their own amusement. "I was involved unconsciously with music as far back as I can remember." The father left Germany to get out of the way of the Nazis and took his family to California, where Andre was unceremoniously deposited in a public school without possessing a single word of English. He felt terribly embarrassed and awkward; it must have been a traumatic experience. Yet, to compensate for what he felt, he turned to music as a means to showing his worth. In his early teens he began hanging around radio stations, playing piano and, when he was allowed to, arranging for house bands. (The conductors allowed him to do this free. "I didn't have to pay them for the experience," Andre says, ironically.) Presently someone at MGM heard of "that kid" and sent for him to do some arrangements for Jose Iturbi, who was to play jazz piano in a picture but hadn't the slightest notion of how to do it. That assignment led to his doing the scores for about thirty films, including Three Little Words, It's Always Fair Weather, Invitation To The Dance, Gigi, Porgy And Bess, Bad Day At Black Rock, Elmer Gantry, and most recently, One, Two, Three and The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. Scoring for films is only one of his many activities. He conducts and appears as piano soloist with symphony orchestras across the country, he leads a jazz combo in nightclubs and in concert appearances, he composes "heavy' music as well as popular, and he and his wife are working on a musical comedy. It is my suspicion that somewhere in his busy schedule he also finds time to make his own music. – Richard Gehman

From Billboard - August 18, 1962: Moody, wistful and introspective piano solos by Andre Previn, backed by a lush string ork, makes this a solid item for the market. The pianist turns in expressive and winning performances on a flock of standards, including "Where Are You," "Gone With The Wind," "Over The Rainbow" and "When Your Lover Has Gone." A tasteful and nostalgic set that should score throughout the fall.

Where Are You
Strangers When We Meet
A Place In The Sun
Trav'lin Light
Gone With The Wind
Lost In The Stars
Over The Rainbow
When Your Lover Has Gone
Where, I Wonder
Near To No One (Theme from "The Scapegoat")
Meet Me Halfway
The Faraway Part Of Town (From the Columbia Picture "Pepe")

Friday, July 14, 2017

Soul Of Hawaii - The Hawaiian Islanders

Beyond The Reef
Soul Of Hawaii
By The Hawaiian Islanders
4:35 Channels (MMF Millimeter Film)
Cover Design by Al Can and Miller, Bodden & Rich, Inc.
Photographed by Robert Wenkam
Courtesy of Hawaii Visitor's Bureau
Liner Notes by Herman Kaplan
Cameo C 4002

Song Of The Islands
The Hukilau Song
Beyond The Reef
My Little Grass Shack
Lovely Hula Hands
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Little Brown Gal
Sophisticated Hula
Hawaiian War Chant
Aloha De

An Ode To Young Lovers - Living Jazz

The Frog
An Ode To Young Lovers
Living Jazz
Arranged and Conducted by Phil Bodner
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recoding Engineer - Bob Simpson
RCA Camden CAS-2196

Phil Bodner - Leader, Sax, Flute
Irvin Markowitz, Mel Davis, Bernie Glow - Trumpets and Flugelhorns
Buddy Morrow, Alan Raph - Trombones
Dick Hyman - Organ and Harpsichord
John Pizzarelli - Gut String and Combo Guitars
Tony Mottola - Electric and Gut String Guitars
Russell A. Savakus - Fender Bass
Phil Kraus - Vibes, Tambourine and Bongos
Bobby Rosengarde - Drums

An Ode To Young Lovers
Gone With The Wind
The Frog
To Sir, With Love
Lush Life
Hello, Young Lovers
For Once In My Life
The Last Waltz
More Than A Miracle

Enchantment - Russ Garcia

Russ Garcia And His Orchestra
Play The Music Of Joe Greene (rear cover photo by Stan Lewey)
Liberty Records LRP 3062

Beautifully arranged lush string mood set.

All About Ronnie
Make Me A Present Of You
The Tender Thirds
Whispered Love
Dusky January
Some Women I've Known
Lost Kisses
Let's Have A Talk
Read My Lops