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Tuesday 31 March 2020

Johnny Mathis

  A "Live" performance from "Johnny Mathis" is always something good so we can thank "Bob" for this one ...seems like its a "German" release of his perfomance in "Paris" so its a sort of "European Goolash" !!!  From "Belguim" manufactured in "Germany" and Performed in "Paris" !!!

       7. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head.

Monday 30 March 2020

Randy Newman.

This is the first time I have heard anything by Randy Newman and I think that he has one of those voices that takes a lot of getting used to !....definitely a very individual one !!..and an L/P that might get a few people talking and commenting !!

       2. Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad

Thursday 26 March 2020

Re-Posts & Lock Down !

Its now been some time since all of my files from "Zippyshare" are not available as eveybody is now getting the 403 Forbidden page from England and many other countries......So if anyone wants a re-post on any of the posts just leave a comment on the page that you we are now in Lock-Down and confined to only go out when necessary I could be spending more time on the Blogs.... I will be using "PixelDrain" & "Mega" if one of these doesn't work for you let me know in the comment which one you want... so feel free to make  any comment for re-posts or anything else...Cheers....Luigi

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Verdelle Smith

Another new singer that is new to me...Its seems that this is the only L/P that she recorded which is a pity would have liked to have heard more of her !!

 Perhaps the closest parallel to Verdelle Smith would be Dionne Warwick: a soul singer by discipline but a dramatic pop singer by any other name. She cut two songs that were later covered by Nancy Sinatra and Scott Walker -- "In My Room" and "Tar and Cement," respectively -- and that gives a good idea of the symphonic melodrama that lies at the core of her work. This is not meek music. It's big, sweeping and grand, with mini pop symphonies that showcased her range and power.  Smith's appeal lies in how she never quite belonged in either the pop-soul world or in Hollywood pop. She fell through the cracks, a powerful soul singer but what's best about Smith is how she never belonged to any world, how she was soulful without being gritty, overblown without being sticky.

       6. Toot-Toot-Tootsie.

"Tar and Cement" w/Lyrics- Verdelle Smith

Sunday 22 March 2020

The Laurie Johnson Orchestra....320 Kbps

Roll Up!! Roll Up!! all you Big Band enthusiasts have a listen to this....It's great !!....I doubt if any of you out there will have heard of "The Laurie Johnson Orch" fact I don't think that it did exist as a working Orchestra I might be wrong but I think it was made up of session musicians and good English ones of the day....Laurie Johnson is a first class arranger doing film and tv scores...he has done arangements for "Ted Heath's...Jack Parnell...Geraldo Bands...And Mantovani so you can see he has a good pedigree !!!Soooooo if you like a good Big band Jazz Sound give this one a listen....would have loved to hear it in "Stereo"...don't know whether it was recorded in "Stereo" was recorded in 3 sessions 6th 13th 27th of August 1957....if anyone has any more info about it would be great to hear about it !!......Oooops just checked up on "Google"and it seems that it was a working Orchestra they made two more L/P's as well as this one.....marvelous what you can find out when you "Google" somebody !!

1. Chinatown
2. I Lead A Charmed Life
3. I Cover The Waterfront
4. In A Little Spanish Town
5. Hallo
6. Surrey With The Fringe On The Top

1. Iroquois
2. Aunt Orsavella
3.The Things We Did Last Summer
4.Donkey Serenade
5. Olwins Dream
6. Operation Orchestra

       6. Surrey With The Fringe on The Top.

Friday 20 March 2020

Peggy Lee...320 Kbps

Here's Peggy Lee at her sultry best....small voice seldom more than a it say's on the sleeve notes and I agree that's how she does most of the songs....but I recon that the last track "Deed I Do"seems to be recorded at a different session it doesn't seem to fit in with the other tracks !!

P.S. Thanks to Calvin we have the Original sleeve which is much better that the one that I had !!....Cheers Calvin !!!

1. As You Desire Me
2. It Could Happen To You
3. Pretty Eyes
4. Remind Me
5. You Fascinate Me So
6. I Wanna Be Loved

1. I'm Walking Through Heaven With You 
2. I Remember You
3. Too Close For Comfort
4. In Other Words
5. Because I Love Him So
6. Deed I Do

       1. I'm Walking Through Heaven With You.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Judy Garland..320 Kbps

 Here's Judy singing her heart out in one of the best of the "Garland "Films including one of the finest songs from it...and the video of it is below !!.....I can't believe that when the film was first released they cut out the "Born In A Trunk"...thank goodness that they put it back as that also is a great part of the film !!

P.S. Also found two great outtakes from the if Judy rocks your boat you'll enjoy them !!

 1. Gotta Have Me Go With You
2. Born In A Trunk

1. Here's What I'm Here For
2. It's A New World
3. Someone At Last
4. Lose That Long Face
5. The Man That Got Away 


Monday 16 March 2020

Barbra Streisand...320 Kbps

Barbra singing songs of today which was 1969 when this L/P was produced....she stamps her vocal style firmly with her foot....Nice pic on the back !!!

1. What About Today
2. Ask Yourself Why
3. Honey Pie
4. Punky's Dilemma
5. Untill It's Time For You To Go
6. That's A Fine Kind O' Freedom

1. Little Tin Soldier
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Alfie
4. The Morning After
5. Goodnight

       2. Ask Yourself Why.

Sunday 15 March 2020

Nana Mouskouri

This is the first English L/P that "Nana" recorded it was recorded in "New York"and originally Titled "The Girl From Greece Sings" "Nana Mouskouri in New York"....its a belter of a record and shows how good she was even at an early age....well worth a listen too !!..thanks Bob !!

       6. Till There Was You.

Ady Zehpnfennig

Getting quite fond of these organ L/P's from Bob they are  becoming quite entertaining and the arrangements and playing are something to shout about !! anybody who thinks that they wouldn't enjoy it give it a go you might be pleasently surprised !!

       4. Claire De La Lune.

The Hill Bowen Concert Orchestra....320 Kbps

Here is an outing to the film scores from "Readers Digest"......if you like your music "Concert" wise then this is the one for gimmicks just plain good film music !!

1. Warsaw Concerto
2. Laura
3. La Strada
4. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing
5. The Song From Moulin Rouge
6. Intermezzo

1. Exodus
2. Over The Rainbow
3. Tara's Theme
4. The High And Mighty
5. Gigi

       4. The High And Mighty.

Peggy Lee...320 Kbps

Another of Peggy's Latin L/P's...unfortunately this copy is not in Stereo but it still sounds great!!

1. Come Dance With Me
2. By Myself
3. You're So Right For Me
4. Just Squeeze Me 
5. Fantastico
6. Together Wherever We Go

1. Love And Marriage
2. Non Dimenticar
3. From Now On
4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
5. Ole
6. I Can't Resist You


       1. Come Dance With Me.

Saturday 14 March 2020

Simon And Garfunkel....320 Kbps

 This is an early recording of S&G 1967 it includes hit from "The Graduate".All the songs were written by "Paul Simon" and he had a hand in the production of it...I think that this was the L/P that helped them on their rise to be one of the great duo's of that period...

1. Bookend Theme (Instrumental)
2. Save The Life Of My Child
3. America
4. Overs
5. Voices Of Old People
6. Old Friends
7. Bookend Theme

1. Fakin' It
2. Punky's Dilema
3. Mrs Robinson
4. Hazy Shade Of Winter
5. At The Zoo

       3. Mrs Robinson.

Bert Kaempfert....320 Kbps

 The record company has done a good job with this L/P...It's title lives up to the content...usually on "The Very Best Of ??" there is about one or two hit tracks and the rest is made up of recordings that don't mean much....BUT this one delivers the goods....I remember buying "Wonderland By Night" (to give it the English title) on a 45rpm quite a number of years ago...even had a stab at writing lyrics for it...can't remember what they were and must have got throw away at some point in time they couldn't have made a very good impression otherwise I would have remembered them .

1. Wunderland Bei Nacht 
2. Catalania
3. A Swinging Safari
4. Livin' It Up
5. That Happy Feeling
6. Africaan Beat

1. Strangers In The Night
2. Moon Over Naples
3. The World We Knew
4. Something
5. My Way Of Life
6. Danke Schon

      3. A Swingin' Safari

Thursday 12 March 2020

The Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers were originally an American musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They began performing together in 1962 in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called the Paramours, but adopted the name "The Righteous Brothers" when they embarked on their recording career as a duo. Their most active recording period was in the 1960s and 70s, and although the duo was inactive for some years, Hatfield and Medley reunited in 1981 and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003. Their emotive vocal style is sometimes dubbed "blue-eyed soul".

The duo split up in February 1968, a breakup that would last for more than six years, when Medley left to pursue a solo career.

Jimmy Walker accepted an offer by Bobby Hatfield to replace Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers. For the next four years they played major venues and concerts across America and Japan and also appeared on several US TV shows. These included the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell Good Time Hour. They then recorded the album Rebirth in 1969. He wrote a song called Nobody’s Gonna Take Me and played drums on the whole album.

Hatfield and Jimmy Walker recorded an album, Re-Birth, as "The Righteous Brothers" before disbanding in 1971. In a 2013 interview, Jimmy Walker said he had wanted to continue, but Hatfield decided to take a break and broke up the act. In 1969, Hatfield appeared in a TV movie, The Ballad of Andy Crocker. and also recorded "Only You". He released a solo album, Messin' In Muscle Shoals in 1971....( Info Edited From Wikipedia )

And here is the "Re-Birth! L/P !!

1. Woman Man Needs Ya
2. Born On The Bayou
3. Lighten Up
4. Good N' Nuff
5. You Don't Know Like I Know

1. Po' Folks
2. I Can Remember
3. Nobody's Gonna Take Me To This Feeling
4. And The Party Goes On
5. Put A Little love in Your Heart

      5. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Monday 9 March 2020

Jack Jones....320Kbps

This IMHO is a better set of songs than on the "Michel Legrand" one....maybe as I said before these songs on this L/P are more well known...I like the songs that tells some kind of story and there are two great ones on here "Happy Anniversary" and "You've Let Yourself Go" usual JJ is in good voice and sings all the tracks great...

1. Write Me A Love Song Charlie
2. The I Love You Song
3. Like Roses
4. After Loving You
5. We Had It All
6. She

1. Happy Anniversary
2. The Old Fashioned Way
3. Yesterday When I Was Young
4. The Happy Days
5. You've Let Yourself Go

      2. The Old Fashioned Way.

Nina Simone...320 Kbps

 This was recorded in September 1959 in New York and is one of the best L/P's of Nina's there was not enough gaps in the tracks so I had to record Side One as  Track 1 and Side Two as Track 2...Just listen to "The Other Woman" & "You Can Have Him" for sheer perfection

1. Black Is The Colour of My Tue Loves Hair
2. Exactly Like You
3. The Other Woman
4. Under The Lowest
5. You Can Have Him

1. Summertime....Insrumental
2. Summertime...Vocal
3. Cotton Eyed Joe
4. Return Home
5. Fine And Mellow