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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Monty Sunshine..Chris Barber's Jazz Band..Mark Hambourg..Jack Hylton & Orch.

Howz's about a bit of wind up Music !!!

1. Old Rugged Cross......Monty Sunshine Quartet.
2. Bye And Bye......Chris Barber's Jazz Band.
3. Lilac Time Part 1......Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
4. Lilac Time Part 2......Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
5. Chopin's Polonaise In B Flat Major Op 71 No 2......Mark Hambourg
6. Chopin's Waltz In G Flat & Waltz In D Flat......Mark Hambourg
7. The Springtime Reminds Me Of You......Jack Hylton & Orchestra
8. Love For Sale......Jack Hylton & Orchestra

                                                               Monty Sunshine

Monty Sunshine (9 April 1928 – 30 November 2010) was an English jazz clarinetist, who is known for his clarinet solo on the track "Petite Fleur", a million seller for the Chris Barber Jazz Band in 1959. During his career, Sunshine worked with the Eager Beavers, the Crane River Jazz Band, Beryl Bryden, George Melly, Chris Barber, Johnny Parker, Diz Disley and Donegan's Dancing Sushine Band.

                                                       Chris Barber's Jazz Band         

Donald Christopher Barber OBE (born 17 April 1930) is an English jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of many musicians, notably the blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who was at one time his wife, and Lonnie Donegan, whose appearances with Barber triggered the skiffle craze of the mid-1950s and who had his first transatlantic hit, "Rock Island Line".

Mark Hambourg (Russian: Марк Михайлович Гамбург, 1 June 1879 – 26 August 1960) was a Russian-British concert pianist.
Mark Hambourg recorded for HMV and made his first records in 1909. He can be seen in action as the down-and-out pianist nicknamed "Chopin" in John Baxter's 1941 movie The Common Touch.

                                                                Jack Hylton

Jack Hylton (born John Greenhalgh Hilton; 2 July 1892 – 29 January 1965) was an English pianist, composer, band leader and impresario.Hylton rose to prominence during the British dance band era, being referred as the "British King of Jazz" and "The Ambassador of British Dance Music" by the musical press.

      1. The Old Rugged Cross.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Caterina Valente And Silvio Francesco....320 Kbps

Here's another excellent L/P of Caterina's and her brother Silvio just singing and playing their guitars....It does say on the back that this was a first but perhaps they forgot that they did it in 1956 on "Polydor" !!.....This one was recorded in 1966 !!

1. El Cumbanchero
2. Perfidia
3. Bahia
4. Saudade Da Bahia
5. Brasil
6. Tico Tico

1. Cielito Lindo
2. Adios
3. Pepito
4. Maria Dolores
5. Quiereme Mucho
6. Angelitos Negros

    2. Adios.

Shirley Bassey.....320 Kbps

This one from "Dame Shirl"was recorded in "Vancouver"or at least the vocals were and it seems that the music was recorded and mixed in "Hollywood" it tells us on the back sleeve !!!......Now that to me is a bit disillusioned....I always imagine that a great singer like Shirley would want to have the orchestra at the back of her and record it "Live".....But I suppose that this goes on quite a bit when the two factors can't be in the recording studio at the same time.....It does not deter the fact that this is still a great L/P with some great tracks and "Shirl" in in a quieter mode.....Hey Ho !!...the wonders of technology go on and on and on !!!

1. All By Myself
2. This Masquerade
3. If And When
4. He's Out Of My Life
5. New York State Of Mind

1. Can You Read My Mind
2. Only When I Laugh
3. Solitaire
4. New York Medley
5. We Don't Cry Out Loud

    4. He's Out Of my Life.

Jackie Trent...320 Kbps

 This is from 1969....Jackie is in fine voice and there is only a couple of their songs glad that she had a go at the standard songs and didn't try to compete with Petula...One of the video's below is from a TV Show in New Zealand singing a medley of the songs that they both wrote hope you enjoy looking !!..........P.S. Hear Jackie Belting Out "There I've Said It Again"....pure bliss!!!!!

1. I Fall In Love With You Every Day
2. I Will Wait For You
3. Remember Me 
4. While The City Sleeps
5. The Shadow Of Your Smile
6. There I've Said It Again

1. Time Is
2. If You Go Away
3. Such A Small Love
4. The Look Of Love
5. Our Song
6. I'll Be There

    6. There I've Said It Again.

Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch In Concert - 1987

Frank Sinatra...320 Kbps

Here is the follow up L/P of "Sinatra's" "SFSLovers" There is no need for any comment from me about it...But pure CLASS !!!
Sorry For The Jumps at the end of "Night And Day" tried to get rid of them but no luck !!

Once again a generous 15 Tracks !!

1. Night And Day
2. I Wish I Were In Love Again
3. I Got Plenty Of Nothing
4. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
6. Stars Fell On Alabama
7. No One Ever Tells You
8. I Wont Dance

1. The Lonesome Road
2. At Long Last Love
3. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
4. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
5. From This Moment On 
6. If I Had You
7. Oh Look At Me Now

    7. Oh Look At Me Now.

Barbra Streisand....320 Kbps

The L/P was produced By "Richard Perry" who in the 60's 70's 80's was producing all the top singers of the day's L/P's...Barbra once again sings some of the 60s &70's songs rather than Standards....note her duet with herself on track 5 Side One...its a gud un !!!

1. Beautiful
2. Love
3. Where You Lead
4. I Never Meant To Hurt You
5. One Last bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home

1. Space Captain
2. Since I Fell For You
3. Mother
4. The Summer Knows
5. I Mean To Shine
6. You've Got a Friend

    3. Where You Lead.

Harry Nilsson....320 Kbps

This is a 1968/69 recording of "Harry Nilsson".....I think it was about his 3rd or 4th L/P most of the songs on it are his and it gives a glimpse of was what to come later....A great selection of tracks even the ones that are not written by him are excellent....I assume it is him on the front!!

1. The Puppy Song
2. Nobody Cares About The Railroad Anymore
3. Open Your Window
4. Mother Nature's Son
5. Fairfax Rag
6. City Life

1. Mournin' Glory Story
2. Maybe
3. Marchin' Down Broadway
4. I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City
5. Rainmaker
6. Mr Bojangles
7. Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear

    1. The Puppy Song.

Jack Jones....320 Kbps

A 1967 set of recordings from JJ....sorry about the surface noise on some of the tracks....I reckon that somebody must have been playing it with a well worn stylus...hope it does'nt spoil it too much !!

1. Alfie
2. Strangers In The Night
3. I Will Wait For You
4. Then Was Then And Now Is Now
5. All Or Nothing At All
6. Feeling Good

1. The Shadow Of Your Smile
2. A Beautiful Friendship
3. This Is All I Ask
4. What Now My Love
5. You Better Go Now
6. Along The Way

    4. What Now My Love.

Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco....320 Kbps

 I just love this recording just Caterina and her brother Silvio singing and playing their guitar's...So!!!.. I can't understand what they are singing about but who cares it's the sound that counts... no orchestra and it still sounds great after thousands of plays and being over 50 years old....okay sorry for the couple of jumps and "Snap Crackles & Pops "...I have another one that they recorded for "Polydor" "Aribba Caterina" and two more on the "Decca " label I shall be posting them later...So have a listen and treat yourself to an experience !!!

1. Maria Cristina
2. El Cumbanchero
3. Babalu
4. Quien Sera
5. No Te Importa Saber
6. Mucho Mucho Mucho

1. Anna
2. Por Un Capricho
3. Ah Si Ah Si
4. Aquarelo Do Brasil
5. Quiereme Mucho
6. Tres Claveles

      1. Anna.

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

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.