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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Vic Damone..320 Kbps

 A cool interpretations of some exotic songs from the South Seas...with arrangements and Orchestra By "Billy May "...Definitely one for the "Smoochers"!!!!
Although the cover says "Mono" the actual tracks are in "Stereo" courtesy of "WRC"

1. Strange Enchantment
2. The Hawaiian Wedding Song
3. Shangri- La
4. Humming Waters
5. Poinciana
6. Flamingo

1. Beyond The Reef
2. You're Adorable
3. The Moon Of Manakoora
4. Bali Ha'i
5. Forevermore
6. Ebb Tide 


Hollies..320 Kbps

Another compilation that does exactly what it says on the tin!!...All of their hits from the 60's and not a fill in track in sight !!....I wonder if there ever was a "Jennifer Eccles" !!!

1. I Can't Let Go
2. Bus Stop
3. We're Through
4. Carrie Anne
5. Here I Go Again 
6. King Midas In Reverse
7. Yes I Will

1. I'm Alive
2. Just One Look
3. On A Carousel
4. Stay
5. Look Through Any Window
6. Stop Stop Stop
7. Jenniffer Eccles 


Wings..320 Kbps

Mixed feelings about this one !!..never realy listened to "Wings" before so I think that it comes into my category as "The more you play it the better it becomes" doubt there will be some die hard "Wings" fans that will disagree...but what a boring life would be without diferences of opinions !!!....The second side I do recognise a couple of tracks !!

1. London Town
2. Cafe On The Left Bank
3. I'm Carrying
4. Backwards Traveler
5. Cuff Link
6. Children Children
7. Girlfriend
8. I've Had Enough

1. With A Little Luck
2. Famous Groupies
3. Deliver Your Children
4. Name And Address
5. Don't Let It Bring You Down
6. Morse Moose And The Grey Goose


Shirley Bassey..320 Kbps

Here's "Dame Shirl" at the begining of her career...First side is a live performance from "London's "Cafe De Paris" and contains a great version of "Somebody Loves Me"...also on the track list first song is "Born To Sing The Blues" not "The Birth Of The Blues" !!...somebody definately was not looking !!!.....Back in the day's gone by the "Cafe De Paris" was one of Londons top exclusive cabaret venues....Second side is singles and tracks from her first L/P!

Café de Paris is a London nightclub, located in the West End, beside Leicester Square on Coventry Street, Piccadilly.
It opened in 1924 and subsequently featured such performers as Dorothy Dandridge, Marlene Dietrich, Harry Gold, Harry Roy, Ken Snakehips Johnson and Maxine Cooper Gomberg.[1] Louise Brooks made history when she worked there in December 1924, introducing the Charleston (dance) to London.
Much of the early success of the Café de Paris was due to the visit of the then Prince of Wales who became a regular guest, often dining with notables from high society across Europe.[2] Cole Porter was a regular, as was the Aga Khan.[3]
  During World War II, on 8 March 1941, the café was bombed The venue did not reopen until 1948[2] but re-established itself as one of the leading theatre clubs in London, playing host to Frank Sinatra, Tony Hancock and Grace Kelly. In the 1950s Noël Coward often performed cabaret seasons at the Café de Paris[2] as did Marlene Dietrich. It was also used in the 2006 music video for I Think We're Alone Now by Girls Aloud.
                                        AND IN 2016 WE HAVE......the names say it all !!!!!

 The Café de Paris plays host to regular cabaret shows. "Cabaret Des Distractions" runs on Fridays, created and hosted by renowned Cabaret performer Reuben Kaye featuring a variety lineup that features the likes of Bettsie Bon Bon, Stephen Williams, Anna The Hulagan, Sammy Dineen, Snake Fervor, Chrisalys and Slim Chance.

1. Born To Sing The Blues
2. Somebody Loves Me
3. My Body's More Important Than My Mind 
4. Sex
5. I've Got You Under My Skin

1. There's Never Been A Night Like This
2. Night And Day
3. The Wall
4. Wabash Blies
5. Careless Love Blues
6. St Louis Blues



Geoff Love & Orchestra..320 Kbps

Fancy a trip to the "Movies"....Nah to far to walk so settle down on your sofa and listen to some music from some Favourite War Films....At least you wont get the "Crackle" from Crisp Packets and "Slurping" from big tubs of "Coca Cola"....not forgeting the anoying "Mobile" rings !!!

1. Colonel Bogey 
2. Theme From Lawrence Of Arabia
3. Guns Of Navarone
4. Battle Of Britain Theme
5. The Longest Day
6. Theme From Where Eagles Dare

1. 633 Squadron
2. The Dam Busters
3. The Great Escape March 
4. The Green Berets Theme
5. Theme From Is Paris Burning
6. Theme From Reach For The Sky


Matt Munro

Frank Sinatra once said that his favourite "British" male singer was "Matt Monro"..and here is proof of that statement !!


Della Reese

We now have courtesy of Bob from "Belguim" acouple of first class singers singing some classic standard songs and doing a great job with them....Singers of today should take note !!!!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Boots Randolph..320.Kbps

I always thought that "Boots Randolph" was a "Modern Jazz" instrumentalist with the sound of "MJQ" and all the "Jazz" Improvisation" musicians ....But was pleasantly surprised when I heard this L/P from my sister !!...Its a great one with a great sound...It does say on the back that it was recorded in "Nashville" so maybe I was right and "Boots" was having a night off from all the "Improvisions " !!!!!......It certainly does swing !!!

1. Gentle On My Mind
2. Flowers On The Wall
3. Mickey's Tune
4. Jackson
5. Elusive Butterfly
6. Crackety Jacks

 1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
2. I'll Just Walk Away
3. Don't Touvh Me
4. All The Time
5. Make The World Go Away
6. Green Green Grass Of Home


Lena Horne ..320 Kbps

This is some early recordings of Lena's and there are some great tracks on it...some of the tracks are just with a piano bass and drums so it gives the feeling of a jazzier Lena  I'm sure that there are more L/P's around that has her singing witha small combo's but this is the only one I have....Most of the L/P's and CD's I have heard of Lena feature big Songs and full orchestra's...I would like to hear more of her earlier work !! track for me is definatly the last one "Deed I Do"...

1. A Foggy Day
2. He Makes Believe He's Mine 
3. Pass Me By
4. Something To Live For
5. The Man I Love

1. I've Got The World On A String
2. Sometimes I'm Happy
3. It's Mad Mad Mad
4. Love Of My Life
5. Deed I Do

Vic Damone..320 Kbps


 This is a great "Live" performance it has no date on the sleeve but found out from "Google" that it was from about 1969 which is about right it fits with most of the songs he sings on it from the 60's !!....Pity About Macarthur Park it goes on too long....apart from that as I said a great "Live" One !!!

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. Didn't 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 

Johnny Mathis..320 Kbps

A good balanced compilation of well known songs from "JM"...this time the record company did not pick out the "record filler" songs.....and do I detect some "alternative" versions !!!...will have to play the tracks side by side to be definate.....all in all a good L/P !!!

1. What'll I Do 
2. More That You Know
3. Stranger In The Night
4. Baby Baby Baby 
5. Danke Schon
6. Stranger In Paradise

1. Misty
2. By Myself
3. Spanish Eyes
4. There Goes My Heart
5. L.O.V.E.
6. That's All