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Monday, 13 May 2019

Petula Clark.

This L/P is also known as "The Pink Album" to the fans of Petula Clark and is known as one of the best ones she has recorded....Most of the songs on it are written by "Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent" so it does have a good pedigree it is also arranged and produced by "Tony Hatch"

 7. Kiss Me Goodbye.

Judy Garland.

Track 1 on this L/P the orchestration by Nelson Riddle is one of the best !!...I bet Judy was out of breath when she finished the track...This is Judy at her vocal peak the rest of the tracks are all good... a good cross section of songs that fits her voice like a glove...just listen and be "Wowed"..

1. Come Rain Or Come Shine.

Bette Midler.

This I believe is Bette's first L/P partly produced by her then pianist a certain "Barry Manilow"....I bought it because of the track "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"and thought at the time that she had a so-so voice sounding like so many other singers....Apart from "Boogie" I thought her tracks with all the girl chorus's and loads going on were a bit much of a row and I still have that opinion and can't think why she decided to do a repeat track of "Friends"which is the worst on the L/P !!!...SAYING THAT !!!...I think that the tracks were she sings on her own are great and "Superstar" is one of the best versions around today....And I did get to like the L/P a lot "Hello In There" is superb so is "Am I Blue"and I wish she had carried on "Delta Dawn" on her own !!!.....So here is one L/P that earns the title "The More You Play It The Better It Becomes"

3. Superstar.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Jane Morgan

A nice selection of songs from the clear voice of Jane Morgan....Great recording of "The Bee Gees"song "I Started A Joke"...

1. Where Do I Go
2. Traces
3. Goodnight My Love Pleasant Dreams
4. I Started A Joke
5. Congratulations I Guess
6. Three Rest Stops

1. Devotion
2. My Way
3. Walk Away
4. Hey Jude
5. Marry Me Marry Me

4. I Started A Joke.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Nina Simone

Nina Simone's recording of "I Put A Spell On You" is one of the best on record plus her recording of "Feeling Good"makes this L/P a must for all lovers of great music !!It was recorded in 1965...the track "One September Day" proves that she could sing soft..sweet and simple !!!

8. One September Day.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Dean Martin

Dean Martin going all Italian with some well known songs...This should keep the ladies looking in well and truly pleased ! well as Supporter !

8. On An Evening In Rome.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Petula Clark..320 Kbps

This is an interesting alternative !!! with an extra track for good measure !!...and its a Mini CD !!

1. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love...( Extended Version )..89 Mix.
2.  I Couldn't Live Without Your love...89 Mix.
3. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love...( Original )
4. Come On Home
5. Call Me...( 89 Mix)
6. Happy Heart...( Junior Vasquez Remix )

2. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Sue & Sunny

I like this one it's a bit on the quirky side doesn't really come into any category but the voices are cool....If you remember "Joe Cocker's" "With A Little Help From My Friends" they are the backing vocalists....whoever designed the cover should have had his or her glasses on because the reverse side of the L/P is black and silver and you can't read anything that's why I've not bothered to scan it because all you would see would be a black 12 inch Blob!!!!!..........BUT the "net" came to the rescue and wallah !..a red black & white one found .
Best track is definitely "You Devil Cotton Eyed Joe"

1. Let Us Break Bread Together
2. Follow The Path
3. People Get Ready
4. You Devil Cotton Eyed Joe
5. Don't You Know I Love You
6. Little Green Apples

1. Michael From Mountains
2. Goodbye Big Town
3. After St Francis
4. The Love We Never Knew
5. Put Your Tears Away
6. River Deep Mountain High

4. You Devil Cotton Eyed Joe.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Judy Garland.

This is a great studio recording by Judy with "Nelson Riddle" at the helm !!...The Studio recordings of Judy in my opinion are some of the best she has done...Once again "My Opinion"

1. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
3. This Is it
4. More Than You Know
5. I Am Loved

1. I Had'nt Anyone Till You
2. I Concentrate On You
3. I'm Confessin'
4. Do I Love You
5. Do It Again

6. Day In Day Out

1. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Madeline Bell

If you like Dusty Springfield then give "Maddy" a listen....voices are very similar in fact she is one of the backing singers on this L/P...Madeline was nearly always one of "Dusty's" backing Singers..a nice set of 60's songs"Beat The Clock" and "Soul Time"are the two best..

1. Picture Me Gone
2. You Don't Love Me No More
3. Baby I'll Come Right Away
4. Beat The Clock
5. Mr Dream Merchant
6. Can't Get Used To Losing You

1. Soul Time
2. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
3. I'm Gonna Leave You
4. The Last One To Be Loved
5. I Didn't Wanna Have To Do It
6. Mercy Mercy Mercy

4. Beat The Clock.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Sergio Franchi

Not in the same class as "Mario Lanza" but a good tenor from the 60' says on the back sleeve that his appearance on British TV namely "Sunday Night At The London Palladium" started his career...its a good nostalgic walk or stroll down the "Italian Streets" !!!

P.S. Just a quick note !..the year is1962 ! so when the "Italy's Brilliant New Tenor" that is on the front is 53 Years ago !!!!......Cor' don't time Fly !!!!

1. Core 'ngrato
2. Funniculi Funicula
3. O Sole Mio
4. Mattinata
5. Mamma Mia Che Vo' Sape
6. La Vilanella

1. Marechiare
2. A Vucchella
3. Come facette Mammeta
4. Fenesta Che Lucive
5. Torna a Surriento
6. O Surdato Namorato 

7. Marechiare.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr.

Whaooooooooooo whats that right at the back !!!...a real 50's blast from the past..and if you are into"Eurovision Song Contest" then this is a gem !!...they came second for Britain in 1959 !! with the first track  !!!....the following tracks I guess are most of their 78's /  45's... info coming up !!!
" Nostalgic Fans " come to the Front !!!!!!!

Carr was born in Exmouth, Devon, while Johnson was born in Surbiton, Surrey. They were both successful solo singers before their marriage in 1955. Carr had been lead singer with the Keynotes, who had two British hits in 1956 with Dave King: "Memories Are Made of This"  and "You Can't Be True To Two" She also was a popular radio singer and comedian on Bernard Braden's Bedtime With Braden radio show.
Johnson had led his own teenage band, was a professional drummer and a recording artist for Columbia in the early 1950s. He also was a DJ on Radio Luxembourg[1] and later on BBC Radio 2, and had appeared in television shows such as the BBC's children's Crackerjack.

 Pearl Carr now 94 and Teddy Johnson now 97 both live in Brinsworth House a home for retired entertainers.

 1. Sing Little Birdie
2. How Lucky You Are
3. Be Mine
4. My Dearest Dear
5. Forbidden Love
6. Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me
7. To Know That You love Me
8. The Young At Heart

1. When The Tide Turns
2. If I Loved You
3. If Only I Can Live My Life Again
4. Pickin' Petals
5. i Can Give You The Starlight
6. How Wonderful To Know You
7. Tell Me Again And Again

6. How Wonderful To Know You.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Abbe Lane.

A selection of Latin based songs with some good stereo !

1. Pan, Amore y Cha Cha Cha
2. Take it Easy
3. Noche De Ronda (Be Mine Tonight)
4. Too Marvelous For Words
5. Nightingale
6. Oyeme Mama

1. Whatever Lola Wants
2. Arrivederci Roma
3. Green Eyes
4. Anna
5. The River Seine
6. Babalu

3. Green Eyes.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Billie Holiday.

This is a fantastic L/P maybe perhaps for the Jazz lovers...but maybe after reading this some of you out there with good music taste will perhaps give it a listen...Billie sings with a jazz group of Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Piano, Guitar And Drums and all the tracks except one is done in a Jam Session Style.. that is Billie Sings then you have the solo's of trumpet, sax, ect ending with Billie singing again...The Track "One For My Baby" is a corker she sings all the time all 5 and a half minuets of it and it even beats the "Sinatra's" version and boy does that take some doing !! Billie voice is definitely an acquired taste when I first heard her I didn't take much notice but as the years went by and I got older and wiser then the appreciation kicked in...This was recorded in 1956 unfortunately 3 years later Billie died.....

 1. Day In Day Out
2. A Foggy Day
3. Stars Fell On Alabama
4. One For My Baby
5. Lets Call the Whole Thing Off

1. Just One Of Those Things
2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3. Comes Love
4. Embraceable You
5. They Can't Take That Away From Me

3. Stars Fell On Alabama.

Bernard Cribbins.

This L/P features an "English" character actor and singer who started his career in the 50's and is still with us !! on the way he's collected an OBE !...Gud on you Lad !!! here's a slice of "British" humour !!!!

 In 1962 he released three comic songs. "The Hole in the Ground" was about an annoyed workman who eventually buries a harasser. "Right Said Fred" was about three workmen who struggle to move an unspecified heavy and awkward object into or out of a building. Both these songs were produced by George Martin for Parlophone, with music by Ted Dicks and lyrics by Myles Rudge. "Hole in the Ground" and "Right Said Fred" both reached the top ten in the UK Singles Chart  His third and final single was "Gossip Calypso", which was another top 30 hit.

1. Hole In The Ground
2. Folk Song
3. Right Said Fred
4. Winkle Picker Shoes Blues 
5. I Go A Bundle
6. Quietly Bonkers 
7. Sea Shanty

1. Gossip Calypso
2. The Tale Of A Mouse
3. Verily
4. The Bird On The Second Floor
5.  Double Thinks
6. I'd Rather go Fishing
7. One Man Band  

1. Gossip Calypso

Sunday, 31 March 2019

20 Star Tracks.VA

Now for something from the 70's a great compilation of hits some well known and some not so !
An interesting track is track 9 Side 2 "Brandy" by "Scott English" I wonder if it would have become a bigger hit if "Barry Manilow" hadn't recorded it as "Mandy" !!!
All in all this is a good reflection of the songs that defined the hits of the 70's !! 

6. In The Summertime.

Charles Aznavour.

A set of Charles Aznavour's songs sung in English by him..some are a bit "Frantic" but they are great lyrics...I wonder if he wrote the lyrics or composed the songs or maybe did both..there is one or two other names credited after the song titles on the back of the L/P...Maybe someone out there could enlighten me and tell me !!....The best song for the best lyrics has to be"You've let Yourself Go"and I just love "I'll Go On Loving Her" !!!

1. All Those Pretty Young Girls
2. Love Is New Every Day
3. You've Got To Learn
4. C'est Fini
5. Two Guitars
6. You've Let Yourself Go

1. Yesterday When I Was Young
2. We'll Drift Away
3. I'll Go On Loving Her
4. My Hand Needs Your Hand
5. Go On Laugh Little Girl
6. Somewhere 

3. I'll Go On Loving Her.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Eydie Gorme.

Along with "Eydie Vamps The Roaring Twenty's" this is my favourite Eydie L/P...This is what you call Mood Music and she sings brilliantly !!!! 
Yes this cover is worn and battered so you know what that means... "Yep" correct a favourite once more....Its one to remember... I did read somewhere that she won an award for it... and if she did it is worth it...not got a favourite track because everyone is a gem!!....Having said that I just love "Why Try To Change Me Now"...not because of the way she sings it but the lyrics blow me away....This was recorded in 1958....61 years ago...Another brilliant vocalist that was taken from us too soon !!

1. When The World Was Young
2. In Love In Vain
3. Here I Am In Love Again
4. Why Shouldn't I
5. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
6. Love Letters

1. In Other Words
2. When I Fall In Love
3. Idle Conversation
4. Why Try To Change Me Now
5. Impossible
6. It Could Happen To You

4. Why Try To Change Me Now.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Lita Roza

This L/P has to be listened to when the lights are low and you have 100% get the most out of listening to it put your feet up grab yourself a drink and just relax and let the voice waft over you !!....a beautiful set of songs sung by a great singer who unfortunately is no longer with us....and just one swinging track so if you fall asleep it will bring you back with a bump !!

 1. How Did He look
2. Trust In Me
3. This Is No Laughing Matter
4. Misty
5. I'll Close My Eyes
6. Paradise

1. Wild Is The Wind
2. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
3. But Beautiful
4. Tenderly
5. Wee Small Hours
6. They Say

 1. How Did He Look.