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Monday, 29 June 2020

Vic Damone....320 Kbps

A very energetic and dramatic live performance from "Vic Damone"....gone is the gentle "balladeer" of the MGM days....a real Gusty performance !!

1. The Song Is You
2. All I Need Is A Girl Like You
3. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
4. Little Green Apples
5. Moment Of Truth
6. Did'nt We

1. The Look Of Love
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
3. When You've Laughed All Your Laughter
4. La Vita
5. Macarthur Park
6. Time After Time

Cleo Laine....320 Kbps

This is one of Cleo's best L/Ps...she sings all of the tracks with no vocal gymnastics just a great voice singing some classic songs....with a good solid band behind her she swings as only she can...recorded in 1962 with "Johnny Keating Orch"!!!!....CLASSIC !!!!!

1. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
2. I Don't Know Why
3. I Want To Be Happy
4. I Think Of You
5. I Can Dream Can't I
6. All About Me

1. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
2. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
3. I'm A Dreamer Arn't We All
4. I'm Just Wild About Harry
5. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
6. I'll Be Around / All About Me

      5. I Can Dream Can't I.

Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth - Oh Lady Be Good

Barry Manilow

Still keeping in the "Bob" mode we have a slightly different "BM" giving his "Swing" tonsils a good airing !!...seems that he giving his singing voice a few style changes which is great for the can only listen to a certain amount of "Big Power Ballads"before you put the ear-plugs in !!!...Barry does a great job with these tracks and his voice is spot on !!!

      3. Stardust.

Barry Manilow

From one "Barry Manilow" to another this time he dips into his "Jazzy" side and does a great job and may surprise many people !!....Thanks once again to "Belguim Bob"!!!....No information on the back sleeve about who wrote the songs...They are all original no standards so I assume that "Barry" has written them !!

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Music Makes The Movies....320 Kbps

A very good compilation from the AM stable....nice to hear different versions of hit songs not by the original hit versions......surprise version of "Moon River" and "Talk To The Animals"
by "Herb Albert".....TTTA's you would not know it was "Herb Albert"if it was not in black and white !!!!

1. Come Saturday Morning.....Lisa Minnelli
2.  What The World Needs Now....Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66
3. Windmills Of Your Mind....Julius Wechter & The Baja Marimba Band
4. That Night....The Sandpipers
5. Moon River....Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

1. Scarborough Fair / Chanticle....Claudine Longet
2. The Sundance Kid....Burt Bacharach & Orch
3. Maybe Tomorrow....Quincy Jones
4. Born Free....The Sandpipers
5. Talk To The Animals....Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

      5. Moon River.


Andre Previn And David Rose....320 Kbps

Here's another great piano L/P that goes with one of my favourite pastimes....Just putting my feet up on a settee/couch/lounger/hammock or whatever with a nice drink and just letting the music swirl around in your head and relax !! favourite pianist with the lush strings of "The David Rose Orch"....grrrrrrrrrrrrreat !!

1. Blame It On My Youth
2. Young Mans Lament

3. You Make Me Feel So Young
4. Young And Tender
5. While We're Young
6. Too Young To Be True

1. Last Night When We Were Young
2. Like Young
3. Younger Than Springtime
4. A Year Of Youth
5. Too Young To Go Steady
6. Love Is For The Very Young

      3. Younger Than Springtime.

Shirley Bassey....320 Kbps

It's 1965 in London in Piccadilly Circus at "The Pigalle" a very in place at that time and Shirley was booked for an 8 week engagement...this is the opening night !!!!
Today if you go to "The Pigalle" you get...Quote !!

The Pigalle is a deliberate throwback to the glam and glitz of the Moulin Rouge and it works. Walking under the hot pink sign you feel a palpable sense of excitement, cleverly maintained by the greeters, the efficient table service, and the smashing cocktails. When the band takes the stage around the time your main course arrives, everyone puts down their knives and forks and gives it some in true jazz club style

1. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening....Orch
2. On A Wonderful Day Like Today
3. I Get a Kick Out Of You
4. Who Can I Turn To
5. You'd Better Love Me
6. The Other Woman
7. He Loves Me
8. With These Hands
9. A Lot Of Living To Do
10. I Who Have Nothing

1. La Bamba
2. You Can Have Him
3. The Second Time Around
4. The Lady Is A Tramp
5. Somewhere
6. On A Wonderfull Day Like Today
7. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch In Concert - 1987

Earl Bostic....320 Kbps

The first "Jazz" 78rpm that I bought when I was in my teens was "Earl Bostic's Flamingo"
of course didn't realise at the time that it was a Jazz Record I just liked the rasping sound of the Tenor Sax...It was on a "Vogue" label and as I said a very brittle 78rpm and they did break very easy...I think it lasted about a couple of years before it got smashed up with a load more when I was taking some of them to play at a mates house on my bike and I fell of my bike and they shattered all over the road....didn't have the comfort of a car in those days !!...Anyway back to the L/P most of the tracks are well known songs and are all played in the "Earl Bostic" rasping tenor sax sound so no surprises track of course is "Flamingo" which to me is as fresh sounding today as it was in the 50's...

1. Flamingo
2. Deep Purple
3. Always
4. Moonglow
5. Cherokee

1. Liebestraum
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. East Of The Sun
4. Beyond the Blue Horizon
5. Harlem Nocturne

      1. Flamingo.

Anita Harris....320 Kbps

This is definitely what you would call a "Concept" L/P all things fruity ect...Anita uses her top high range voice on most of the tracks and it suits her..all the tracks are not sung and played straight forward there are surprises on most of the tracks...soooooooooo the only way to find out the surprises is to download it....if you like her voice then you wont be disappointed

1. Somebody's In My Orchard
2. Watermelon Man
3. Cherry Ripe
4. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree
5. Inch Worm
6. Butterfly With Coloured Wings

1. Taste Of Honey
2. Lullaby Of The Leaves
3. Oranges And Lemons
4. Honeysuckle Rose
5. Adams Apple
6. Green Leaves Of Summer

      3. Oranges And Lemons.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

The Four Aces

One of the most successful pre-rock vocal groups, the Four Aces did well during the early '50s with a narrow range of pop material but burned out before decade's end. Founded by Navy shipmates Al Alberts and Dave Mahoney, the act added Lou Silvestri and Sol Vaccaro before making a name for themselves around their native Philadelphia. Alberts left the group in 1958 to try to make it as a soloist, but never made the charts...It was then that Diodati led a new line-up, which consisted of Diodati, Alesi, Giglio, and Harry Heisler. After almost 19 years with the group, Alesi developed a medical condition that forced him to leave the group....In 1975, Diodati, Alesi, Giglio, and Heisler were awarded the right to the name in a court suit in which the original members tried to re-establish their right. The court allowed the founding members to tour as "The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts", which they did, finally retiring the act in 1987.

I believe that these are not the original 50's recordings but re- recordings of some of their hits....It is Al Alberts on the front I guess that it should have said
"The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts.

Don Mclean 's "And I Love You So" & "I Write The Songs" were not around in the 50's !!

      Thanks Bob !!!

      6. Heart And Soul.

Wanda Jackson

Not heard much about this lady being that I'm not realy into CW music but this is a pleasant listening L/P and if you are a fam of CW then you'll love it !!...still can't get my head around the 1 2 1 2 tempo !!!.....BUT as I've said many times before "Variety Is The Spice Of Life "...and life would be a bore if we all thought the same !!!!....Thanks Bob for this one !

      1. Blue Yodel No 6.

3 Baritons.

So we had the 3 Tenors and now we have the 3 Baritones via "The Channel Ferry " !!! Bob from Belgium of course !!!....Can't say I've heard of them but this selection of classic songs will hit the spot for the classic lovers that are looking in !!!

      12. To All The Girls I've Loved Before.

Monday, 8 June 2020

Dennis Waterman...320 Kbps

 Another set of songs from the TV actor...none of the songs are well known but they are very interesting and well worth a listen !!

1. If Ever I Had To Say Goodbye To You 
2. It Ain't Easy 
3. Fly Away Little Bird
4. Louise
5.They Can't Take My Love Away
6. Smokie Joe

1. Heartbeat
2. Growing Old
3. Something Called Love
4. Yesterdays Papers
5. Cockney Cowboy
6.Another Whiskey Sour

       5. They Can't Take My Love Away.

The 5th Dimension.320.Kbps

 I bought this L/P for just for one track "One Less Bell To Answer" and also the fact that the cover is painted by one of my favourite artists "Leroy Neiman" persuaded me to buy it.....I never did play it much because I didn't think that the rest of the songs matched the brilliance of "Bell"......Listening to it again after all the years have flown by I don't think that my opinion has changed !!...No doubt there will be people out there who will disagree.........Sooooooooo leave a comment !!!

1. Puppet Man
2. One Less Bell To Answer
3. Feelin' Alright
4. This Is Your Life
5. A Love Like Ours

1. Save The Country
2. Medley.
    a. The Declaration
    b. A Change Is Gonna Come
    c. People Gotta Be Free
3. Dimension 5ive 

      2. One Last Bell To Answer.

Timmy Thomas...320 Kbps

This is an L/P that I wish I had listened more to in the past....I bought it for the title track which is a great one...but like so many L/P's /CD's if there is only one track that you buy it for the other tracks seem to disappear and after a while it gets left to gather dust....BUT now after reviving it after so many years of non play....its a cracker !! have a good listen....and if you havn't heard the "Why Can't We live Together" track then you are in for a treat !!!!

1. Why Can't We Live Together
2. Rainbow Power
3. Take Care Of Home
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. The Coldest Days Of My Life

1. In The Beginning
2. Cold Cold People
3. Opportunity
4. Dizzy Dizzy World
5. Funky Me

      1. Why Can't We Live Together.

Peter Nero...320 Kbps

Back to the jolly old "Joanna"!!....This Peter Nero L/P is entirely different from the one that I posted earlier...Its a real 70's style music which I suppose is not surprising being that most of the tunes where written in the 70's !!....and he has changed his appearance check the sleeve of the one posted earlier....I suppose that 10+years will and does make a difference !!...the last track "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is the best one !!

1. Say has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose
2. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
3. Daydream
4. Will It Go Round In Circles
5. The Morning After

1. Loves Me Like A Rock
2. Yesterday Once More
3. Woman Of The World
4. A Million To One
5. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/Two O'Clock Jump

      5. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy / Two O'clock Jump.

Tangerine Dream...320 Kbps

This is a first..... "Electronic Music" at its best !!....Not knowing much about "TD" except it is a German I will leave it up to all the "Electro" Fans to leave some comments and educate us all !!!

1. Phaedra

1. Mysterious Semblence At The Strand Of Nightmares
2. Movements Of A Visionary
3. Sequent C

Ray Conniff Singers...320 Kbps

The "Ray Conniff" singers doing justice to some 70's popular songs....still one of the best Band Singers to this day !!

1. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
2. Everybody's Talking 
3. Someone
4. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
5. Leaving On A Jet Plane

1. Honey Come Back
2. Something
3. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
4. Midnight Cowboy
5. All I Have To Do Is Dream
6. Early In The Morning

      4. I'll Never fall In Love Again.     

Jack Jones

Another classy singer doing justice to some great songs..

1. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
2. Autumn Leaves
3. Somewhere There's A Someone
4. Watch What Happens
5. People Will Say We're In Love
6. Love After Midnight

1. Somewhere My Love
2. The Shinning Sea
3. The Face I Love
4. Street Of Dreams
5. The Snows Of Yesteryear
6. I Don't Care Much

         2. Autumn Leaves. 

Johnny Mathis....320 Kbps

Another good selection of songs by Johnny featuring the two tracks he did with "Deniece Williams"

1. You Light Up My Life
2. Emotions...with Denice Williams
3. All I Ever Need
4. Where Or When
5. If You Believe

1. Too Much Too Little To Late....with Denice Williams
2. How Deep Is Your Love
3. Till Love Touches Your Life
4. I Wrote A Symphony On My Guitar
5. It Was Almost Like A Song

      2. Emotions..with Deniece Williams.

Caterina Valente.320 Kbps

Back now in the Computer Room at home doing some Re-Posts.

 Another "Polydor" recording of Caterina's she sings in 6 languages on this one....

P.S. Sorry for the jumps on some of the tracks have tried to get rid of them but failed !!....Still it is over 50 years old and been played thousands of times !!!

1. Haiti Cherie
2. Just You Just Me
3. Un Poquito De Tu Amour
4. Lorsque L'Amour Vient
5. Forsok Med Mej
6. Amedeo
7. Wo Meine Sonne Scheint

1. Jeremie Voici L'Heure
2. Pardon Madame
3. Jalousie
4. IL Sole Mi Fa Cantare
5. El Mosquito
6. Istanbul
7. Une Nuit A Rio Grande

      6. Istanbul.