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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Artie Shaw & Orchestra

Another  one from "Belgium"....Its great to see that these are the original recordings on the back sleeve they give you the year which is good info for all the big band fans !!...also great to read the line up of instrumentalists as well !!

        2. My Blue Heaven

Friday, 8 October 2021

Ella Fitzgerald.

Here is the first of the other "Best" Song Book.....I think that the first two that she did are by far the best "Ella" recorded !!

1. Have You Met Miss Jones
2. You Took Advantage Of Me
3. A Ship Without A Sail
4. To Keep My Love Alive
5. Dancing on The Ceiling
6. The Lady Is A Tramp
7. With A Song In My Heart
8. Manhattan

1. Johnny One Note
2. I Wish I Were In Love Again
3. Spring Is Here
4. It Never Entered My Mind
5. This Can't Be Love
6. Thou Swell
7. My Romance
8. Where Or When
9. Little Girl Blue

       2. You Took Advantage Of Me

Tony Bennett.

Here's a "Tony Bennett" that I have not seen or heard of !!...It's a great one as well even tho' its on a "Budget Label"and has "Electronically Created Stereo" !! the back cover says he uses drums in many ways and it is definatly a good sound....I should think that it dates to the late 60' dated on the record or sleeves !!!.....Pity There Is Only 10 Tracks !!!

1. Lets Begin
2. Lullaby Of Broadway
3. Let There Be Love
4. Love For Sale
5. Crazy Rhythm

1. The Beat Of My Heart
2. Blues In The Night
3. Lazy Afternoon
4. Let's Face The Music And Dance
5. Just One Of Those Things

       2. Lullaby Of Broadway

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Emile Ford.

A bit of a creepy front cover that hides some pretty neat cover versions of popular songs....sung very different from the originals !!....That's what I like to see and listen to...Anyone can do a copy of an original note for note!!!....Proves that some thought has gone into the production !!...It seems that this L/P was made and produced  by "Emile Ford"....No well known Record Label in fact the number on the record is ICPS 001 (Interclub Records Ltd)....So To me that suggests that it was made and on sale when he was doing his gigs....also proved by the fact of a Signature in the left hand corner.....But back the Music !!....Very clever use of the title and concept 100% for a different and good listen !!!.....Doesn't the back cover look as if it doesn't belong to the front!!!!....BUT it does !!!

1. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For
2. I Can't Take My Eyes Off You
3. Rovin' Eyes
4. Bloodshot Eyes
5.Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
6. Spanish Eyes

1. Ma She's Making Eyes At Me
2. Eyes Of A Woman In Love
3. Yes Yes In Your Eyes
4. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
5. Jealous Eyes
6. Them There Eyes

      4. Bloodshot Eyes

Motown Magic.

Nice compilation L/P from Tamla...half well known hits and once again filling it with lesser known I supose they left the "Hits" off the title and covered thenselves with "Magic" !!!!!!

1. Love Is Like A Heatwave...Diana Ross & The Supremes
2. My Guy...Mary Wells
3. Get Ready...Temptations
4. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever...Marvin Gaye
5. The Onion Song...Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
6. The Stranger...Gladys Knight & The Pips

1. Just Walk In My Shoes...Gladys Knight & The Pips
2. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You...Marvin Gaye
3. I Can't Help Myself...Four Tops
4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine...Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 
5. Shotgun
6. Dancing In The Street...Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

      2. How Sweet It Is

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Gene Vincent.

I should imagine that this is an L/P of "Gene's" early recordings 1964 to be exact !!..there are some great classic "Oldies" on this one !!!...I'm quite suprised about the clarity in "Gene's" voice even when he is singing and rocking you can here every word !!'s singers should take note !!!

1. Hey Hey Hey Hey
2. Lavender Blue
3. Private Detective
4. Shimmy Shammy Shingle
5. Someday
6. Another Saturday Night
7. Slipin' And Slidin' 

1. Long Tall Sally
2. Send Me Some Lovin'
3. Love Love Love
4. Good Golly Miss Molly
5. Baby Blue
6. Susie Q
7. You Are My Sunshine


      3. Private Detective

Elvis Presley.

Its great that the record company has done the listener a good turn for once and what its say's on the L/P is what you get !! Elvis's all well known hits are on this one all 20 of them are some of his finest...No obsure tracks to fill the L/P are used !!....Sooooo Well done RCA !!....There are some stylus jumps here and there but nothing to spoil the mood !!

1. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
2. Heartbreak Hotel
3. Hound Dog
4. Jailhouse Rock
5. Are You Lonesome Tonight
6. Wooden Heart
7. King Creole
8. Blue Suede Shoes
9. Guitar Man
10. Suspicious Minds

1. Love Me Tender
2. It's Now Or Never
3. Hard Headed Woman
4. Crying In The Chapel
5. You're The Devil In Disguise
6. Return To Sender
7. My Baby Left Me
8. Can't Help Falling In Love
9. I'm all Shook Up
10. In The Ghetto

      6. Return To Sender 

Ella Fitzgerald.

Well now!!! we have "Ella" in the late 60's coming away from the influence of "Norman Granz" and being produced by one of the top producers of the 60's & 70's "Richard Perry" and recorded in London... I still can't make my mind up whether I like it or not...there is only a couple of the tracks that sounds like the Ella we all know and love....It seems to me the rest of the tracks the orchestra is too loud and that makes Ella fade into the background....the production of the tracks seem to concentrate on the sound and not the vocals...still I suppose she had to have a go at the "Pop" far as I know this is the only one she did with Richard Perry...It was released on the "Reprise" label and then I think she went onto "Norman Granz" label "Verve"...Still not sure whether I like it !!!.....Comments on this would be see what others think !

P.S....My personal jury is still out on this one...can't seem to come to a decision even with me listening to it again... it still seem to me to be over produced...this is definatly  NOT one that the more you hear it the better it becomes.....BUT its Ella and the voice is still great and cool !!!

1. Get Ready
2. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
3. Yellow Man
4. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
5. Got To Get You Into My Life

1. I Wonder Why
2. Ooo Baby Baby
3. Savoy Truffle
4. Open Your Window
5. Knock On Wood

      3. Yellow Man

Friday, 24 September 2021

Yma Sumac

 If you like unusual then have a listen to this..Its Great !!

Fantastic! This is Yma Sumac's rock album from the early 70's – and it's got a wild sound that's totally different from any of her work at Capitol! The record includes lots of electric instrumentation, and Yma's voice moves from the exotic to the psychedelic, as she sings along with some great organ/guitar small group backing produced by Les Baxter. Sounds weird at first, but it's great, and almost a bit funky! 
Miracles re-unites the extraordinary five-octave voice of Peru's Yma Sumac with Les Baxter, the producer of her first album, "The Voice of Xtabay" (released in 1950). Acclaimed for her powerful and unique artistry, Miss Sumac achieved world fame during the Fifties with the use of Mr. Baxter's productions. He has chosen to record Yma in a contemporary setting with a four-piece rock band and modern recording techniques. The results are a stunning showcase for an unparalleled performer.
Yma is an adventurous musician. She has conquered many modes, from Peruvian folksongs, through operatic arias, as well as popular Latin songs and international folk music. Now, in her very unique way, she tackles improvisational tour de force.

1. Remember
2. Medicine Man
3. Let Me Hear You
4. Tree Of Life
5. Flame Tree

1. Zebra
2. Azure Sands
3. Look Around
4. Magenta Mountain
5. El Condor Pasa

          2. Medicine Man

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Bernard Mannings 40 Singalong Party Hits.

 It seems that my friends and relations might have a fixation for "Sing-a- Long" music with all the L/P's that have been posted featuring just that !!!...This is one of the better ones and does deserve a listen too and maybe a "Sing-a-Long"..SOOOOOO altogether Now 1. 2. 3.!!!!!

Glenn Miller & Orchestra

 Now here's a treat for all you "Big Band Enthusiasts" this is from"Bob"....So lets enjoy a trip down memory lane...All 72 tracks are "Magic"....Probably never hear anything like it again !!!
BUT then maybe !!!!!

          Record One..                           Record Two..

1. Moonlight Serenade                                1. Slumber Song
2. Make Believe Ballroom Time                 2. Ida Sweet As Apple Cider
3. Stardust                                                    3. St Louis Blues march
4. I Want To Be Happy                               4. Our Love Affair
5. Stairway To The Stars                            5. My Blue Heaven
6. Anvil Chorus

1. A Handfull Of Stars                               1. Alice Blue Gown
2. Farewell Blues                                        2. The Lady's In Love With You
3. Medley                                                    3. Londonderry Air
4. Five O'clock Whistle                             4. Song Of The Volga Boatmen
5. Yours Is My Heart Alone                      5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
                                                                    6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

          Record Three..                       Record Four..
1. Frenesi                                                   1. It Happened In Sun Valley
2. The Story Of A Starry Night               2. In The Mood
3. Rug Cutters Swing                               3. At Last
4. Falling Leaves                                      4. Sun Valley Jump
5. Who's Sorry Now                                5. I Know Why
6. Boulder Bluff                                       6. Chatanooga Choo Choo

1. Along The Santa Fe Trail                   1. Serenade In Blue
2. The Spirit Is Willing                           2. American Patrol
3. Elmers Tune                                        3. Moonlight Sonata
4. The Angels Come True                       4. I've Got A Girl In Kalamazoo
5. Medley                                                 5. People Like You And Me 
                                                                  6. Bugle Call Rag

         Record Five..                           Record Six..                        
1. Rhapsody In Blue                               1. Carribean Clipper
2  Sweeter Than The Sweetest               2. Oh You Crazy Moon
3. Moon Love                                          3. Boogie Woogie Piggy
4. Pavanne                                              4. Fools Rush In
5.  Adios                                                  5. Deep Purple
6. Glen Island Special                            6. Yes My Darling Daughter 
                                                                 7. The Nearness Of You
1. Sunrise Serenade
2. Shake Down The Stars                     1. I'm Old Fashioned
3.  Baby Me                                            2. I Got Rhythm
4.  The Lamplighters Serenade            3. Polka Dots And Moonbeems
5. Slow Freight                                      4. CrossTown
6. Dreamville Ohio                                5. My Devotion 

       2. In The Mood

Sunday, 19 September 2021

British Number One Hits..1953 & 1954

Here's another 50's compilation that you should all enjoy !!...There were no UK record charts before 14 November 1952. in England..this was the start of the lists of the Top Twenty record sales and the first No 1 was "Al Martino's Here In My Heart"...
Up to November 1952 the Top Songs Lists were made up of the sale of Sheet Music 
I think I had most of these tracks as 78's at some point...
If you want to hear some of music on 78's check out this Blog it's a good one !!

1. Here In My Heart......Al Martino
2. You Belong To me......Jo Stafford
3. Comes A-long A love.......Kay Starr
4. Outside of Heaven......Eddie Fisher
5. Don't Let The Stars get in Your Eyes......Perry Como
6. She Wears Red Feathers......Guy Mitchell
7. Broken Wings......The Stargazers
8. How Much Is That Doggie In The Window......Lita Roza
9. I Believe.......Frankie Laine
10. I'm Walking Behind You......Eddie Fisher
11. Theme From Film Moulin Rouge......Mantovani
12. Look At That Girl......Guy Mitchell
13. Hey Joe.......Frankie Laine
14. Answer Me.......David Whitfield
15. Answer Me.......David Whitfield

       1. Here In My Heart.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Terry Dene

 Some classic 50's Rock'n Roll.....Thanks Ozzieguy for this one !!

Terry Dene (born Terence Williams, 20 December 1938) is a British rock music singer popular in the late 1950s and early 60s. He had three Top Twenty hits between June 1957 and May 1958.
Dene was born in Lancaster Street, Elephant & Castle, London, and was discovered by Paul Lincoln at the 2i's Coffee Bar (the London club that helped launch Tommy Steele, Adam Faith and Cliff Richard) in Soho in the late 1950s. Jack Good, producer of Six-Five Special, and Dick Rowe helped him obtain a recording contract with Decca. At the time he was regarded as the British Elvis and recognised as one of the best voices of the rock and roll era of pre-Beatles Britain. His first single, "A White Sport Coat", in the first seven weeks sold in excess of 350,000 copies, together with "Stairway of Love", which remained in the chart for eight weeks, and his own version of "Start Movin'" at number 14, put his records in the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart twice in the same year, securing his name in the Guinness Book of Records. He toured Britain, was one of the first to appear in the BBC Television's first pop show, Six-Five Special in April 1957, and appeared in a film, The Golden Disc (1958).

1. A White Sports Coat And A Pink Carnation
2. Start Movin'
3. C'mine And be Loved
4. Bimbombay
5. Come And Get It
6. Lover Lover
7. This Is The Night
8. Baby She's Gone
9. The Stairway of Love
10. Pretty Little Pearly

1. Charm
2. Teenage Dream
3. The man In The Phone Booth
4. The Golden Age
5. Seven Steps Of Love
6. Now And Always
7. Careless Hands
8. I've Come Of Age
9. A Boy Without A girl
10. Thank You Pretty Baby

        2. Start Movin'

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The Cool One...VA

This is one of the first CD's that I made when I first got a computer many many many years has been in the car and played thousands of times hope you like the selection !

        2. Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered

        21. Cuncho

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Richard Clayderman.

Now this one is playing on the same page as me !!!....The arrangements are definitely an improvement and imaginitive than on the last two L/P's....Piano playing with Oomfffff !!! it gets the "Luigi's" seal of approval !!!..It wont be the last time I will play it !!

1. Bewitched
2. Embraceable You
3. Long Ago And far Away
4. Night And Day
5. The Way You Look Tonight
6. Smoke Get In Your Eyes

1. People
2. All The Things You Are Are Mine
3. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
4. On The Street Where You Live 
5. If I Loved You
6. You'll Never Walk Alone


        4. Night And Day

Dinah Shore & Ella Fitzgerald.mpeg

Another Video that's Pure Magic !!

Judith Durham - Fifties Medley

A great video showing a great underestimated singer !!!....Why oh Why are there none around these day's that sound as good as "Judith"

Friday, 10 September 2021

Ray Conniff And Billy Butterfield.

 This was a favourite of mine when I first bought it in the late 50's just loved the Swing and Shuffle Beat that was Conniff's Trade mark not played it for a while till I've put it on here and it still sounds great !!...One more for the Easy Listening Brigade....Best track I think would be "Something To Remember You By " quite a few Conniff's so if you like him keep a lookout!!

1. Beyond The Blue Horizon
2. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby 
3. All The Things You Are
4. Oh What A Beautiful Morning
5. Time On my Hands
6. Something To Remember You By

1. What A Difference A Day Made
2. South Of The Border
3. Can't We Be Friends
4. Rosalie
5. A Love Is Born
6. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

        6. Something To Remember You By

Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong.

This is the perfect matching of two great musicians one a singer Ella of course.. and Louis a great trumpet player and a voice that you could not mistake for anyone else....I think that everyone in the world should have a copy of this....Not this one... definitely not... got too many "clicks" "jumps" and stylus getting stuck which I apologise for....but it has been played thousands of times and is over 50 years old...Go down to your local record store and get the CD....I have it but this is a Vinyl Blog !!!.......Every track is fantastic and I hope that everyone who does download this will go out and buy the CD
1. Can't We Be Friends
2. Isn't This A Lovely Day
3. Moonlight In Vermont
4. They Can't Take That Away From Me
5. Under A Blanket Of Blue
1. Tenderly
2. A Foggy Day
3. Stars Fell On Alabama
4. Cheek to Cheek
5. The Nearness Of You
6. April In Paris



        3. Stars Fell On Alabama

Tony Bennett.


An early Tony Bennett set of songs...this is one of his best L/P's in my opinion !!..Title Song is a "Corker"...doesn't get any better than that!!

1. The Good Life
2. If I Love Again
3. I Wanna Be Around
4. Love Look Away
5. Until I Met You
6. Lets Face The Music And Dance

1. Once Upon A Summertime
2. If You Were Mine
3. I Will Live My Life
4. Someone To Love
5. It Was Me
6. Quiet Nights
        3. I Wanna Be Around

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Samantha Jones

"Wikie" is certainly getting a lot of hits from me !!

 Jean Owen (born 17 November 1943), known as Samantha Jones is a former English singer whose career spanned the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. She won three international pop music contests and charted records in the Benelux countries. Her recordings later experienced a revival on the Northern soul scene.In 1964, with the help of producer Charles Blackwell, Owen embarked on a solo career and signed with the international record label United Artists, who gave her the stage name Samantha Jones. Her first TV performance as a solo performer was a duet with Long John Baldry on 20 November 1964,[1] with whom she had also duetted in Around the Beatles while a member of the Vernons Girls. She released several unsuccessful 45s (amongst them "Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine," later a staple on the Northern soul circuit). Two of Jones' songs were covered by Françoise Hardy and released on the LP known as L’Amitié. In 1967, two of Samantha Jones's performances were included in the soundtrack of the film The Vengeance of Fu Manchu.[1] Her first album Call It Samantha was released in US only in 1968.

With all the above information the "Gal" has definatly got a distinctive voice and its a pity that she was not more appreciated in her Home Country !!


Des O'Connor.

 Some great tracks from a comedian that sings !

1. My Cup Runneth Over
2. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
3. Heartaches
4. You No One But You
5. Just In My Dreams
6. The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener
7. I Pretend

1. This Guys In Love With You
2. The Sunshine Of Love
3. Thinking Of You
4. All I Need Of You
5. Happiness And Haertaches
6. Didn't We
7. Never My Love