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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Cissy Houston....320 Kbps

Now here we have a great singer that was very underestimated in her day...she has two claims to fame first one being that she has made hundreds of hit records as one of the best "Session Singers" since she started singing...she has sung with everybody and if you go onto "Wikipedia"and have a look it will surprise you !!.....The other claim to fame is the best one she is of course the Mother of "Whitney Houston"!!! you can now see where "Whitney" gets her voice from !!....This L/P stands out and she should have definitely made more....So if you want to hear a great voice have a listen !!....Her recording of "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" Equals the version of "Dusty's.....That how good she is !!!

1. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
2. Didn't We
3. I'll Be There
4. Any Guy
5. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

1. Be My Baby
2. This Empty Place
3. The Long And Winding Road
4. He / I Believe

     1. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself.

Gilbert O'Sullivan ....320 Kbps

Another 0ne from the 70's courtesy of "Lesley"....Gilbert's lyrics tell a story which is what I like in a song so enjoy some good "Tunes" with sensible lyrics !!

1. Matrimony
2. I'm A Writer Not A Fighter
3. Can't Get You To Love Me
4. January Git
5. Who Knows Perhaps Maybe
6. Get Down

1. Clair
2. Nothing Rhymed
3. The Marriage Machine
4. A Friend Of Mine
5. Permissive Twit
6. Alone Again Naturally

     5. Permissive Twit.

Sunday 26 April 2020

Jack Jones....320 Kbps

A good selection of contemporary songs of the time (1974) and not a "Standard Song" in sight !!

1. Here's To Love
2. Do Me Wrong But Do Me
3. It Didn't Come Easy
4. All Cried Out
5. Would You Say I Love You

6. Alone Too Long

1. Fools In Love
2. 'Till I Can't Take It Any More
3. I Never Had It So Good
4. That's What Friends Are for
5. Harbour

       5.Would You Say I Love You.

The Mike Sammes Singers....320Kbps

Another excellent L/P from TMSS's...I wish that they had made more L/P's than they did....I recon that they recorded about 6 featuring themselves..They definatly have their own sound and Mike Sammes was a great arranger and fiddling about with the sounds...I think they just went into the recording studio and sang with the orchestra..grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat L/P !!!!

1. Taking A Chance On Love
2. Nice To Know You Care
3. O Can Ye Sew Cushions
4. It Was A Lover And His Lass
5. Au Clair De La Silvery Moon
6. Little Drummer Boy

1. Comin' Thro' The Rye
2. I Know That You Know
3. Hi Lili Hi Lo
4. Love Is Here To Stay
5. Manhattan
6. I'm Begining To See The light

     2. I Know That You Know.

Saturday 25 April 2020

Ray Stevens....320 Kbps

If you are like me and like to hear different interpretations of standard songs then this might be the one for you to have a listen too... every track is so far from the original that you could be listening to a different song...The whole L/P has a Hill-Billy/Western slight feel to it but it is very cool...just imagine "Lady Of Spain" done as "Rock & Roll" and you might get some idea !!

P.S. This is a great L/P and well worth a won't hear the like of this again.....Unless "Ray" decides  after 37 years to do a follow up L/P of popular songs done in  his way !!....just been on YouTube to see if there was any "Vids" of any of the tracks but there wasn't anything...BUT thought that the one below is worth a "Giggle" at !!!!!! 

1. Misty
2. Indian Love Call
3. Over The Rainbow
4. Oh Lonesome Me
5. Sunshine
6. Cow Cow Boogie

1. Young Love
2. Deep Purple
3. Mockingbird Hill
4. Take Care Of Business
5. Lady Of Spain

     5. Lady of Spain.

Ray Stevens - The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore

Peggy Lee....320 Kbps

An early Peggy Lee recording a bit on the unusual
side...but like "Marmite" you will either love it or hate it...This is the kind of music that you should listen to beside a big log fire if you are lucky to have one...if not crank the central heating up and lounge on the settee/couch or whatever you like to call it and chill have to listen to every track no getting up for a tea or coffee just wallow in the sound....If the track "The Riddle Song" sounds familiar it's been re-incarnated as "The Twelve Of Never"....Go on get that coffee and have a listen......P.S....Its still a great record so if you havn't given it a go you will miss out on something special !!!

1. Sea Fever
2. Nine Thorny Thickets
3. Little Old Car
4. Greensleeves
5. Chinese Love Poems
6. The Happy Monks
7. The White Birch And The Sycamore
8. Of Such Is The kingdom Of God

1. A Brown Bird Singing
2. I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard
3. The Maid With The Flaxen Hair
4. The Wearing Of The Green
5. Chaconde
6. Chinese Love Poems
7. The Riddle Song
8. The Gold Wedding Ring

     2. I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard.

Thursday 23 April 2020

Leo Sayer....320 Kbps

This is one of Leo's lesser known L/P's....all songs co-written by Leo and recorded in 1975...great track is "On the Old Dirt Road"....This L/P I think didn't get as much exposure as his other ones did...hence my coment on "Lesser Known L/P !!!...but it's a "Gun Un" !! and well worth a listen too !!!

1. Bedsitterland
2. Unlucky In Love
3. The Last Gig Of Johnny B Good
4.On The Old Dirt Road
5. I Will Not Stop Fighting

1. Moonlighting
2. Streets Of Your Town
3. The Kids Grown Up
4. Only Dreaming
5. Another Year

     4. On The Old Dirt Road.

Johnny Mathis..320 Kbps

Another great L/P from Johnny recorded early 70's.....I think that as he got older his voice and vocal style became more suited to the up tempo songs.....haven't heard him live for quite some time so I don't know if his voice has changed...will have to go onto "YouTube" and see what there is the meantime have a listen its a good one !!
I think the reason its a good one is the choices of songs are good and the arrangements are first class...and he puts his own interpretations  on the songs in the "Mathis" Style.... not copying the originals which is great !!

I. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me
2. We're All Alone
3. All The Things You Are
4. One
5. When I Need You
6. Sweet Surrender

1. The Most Beautiful Girl
2. Tomorrow
3. Evergreen
4. I Always Knew I Had It In Me
5. Don't Give Up On Us

     6. Sweet Surrender.

Tony Orlando And Dawn....320 Kbps

This one should bring a smile to your face and if you are down in the dumps it should get you dancing around the room!!

P.S download this one it will make you smile !!....and Boy! do we need it at the moment !!

1. Overture / Steppin' Out I'm Gonna Boogie Tonight
2. Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose
3. If It Wasn't For You Dear
4. Sweet Summer Days Of My Life

1. Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally
2. Daydream
3. Atlanta
4. Ukulele Man
5. You say The Sweetest Things
6. Reprise (Strawberry Patch)

     2. Daydream.

Monday 20 April 2020

Frank Sinatra...320 Kbps

 Here's Sinatra Swingin' without "Nelson Riddle"

     1. Tangerine.

Buddy Greco....320 Kbps

Here's a live performance that is 100% spot on!!!!! need to say anything about it but
Just Listen !!!....

1. Like Young
2. Only Love Me
3. Misty
4. That's What I Thought You Said
5. Just In Time
6. I Laughed At Love

1. The Lady Is A Tramp
2. How About You
3. The More I See You
4. Something's Gotta Give
5. Cheek To Cheek

Saturday 18 April 2020

Sammy Davies & Carmen McRae

Okay !...the Bubble gum era is over !! we have two greats showing how it should be done !

1. Happy To make Your Acquaintance.
2. Tea For Two
3. They Didn't Believe Me
4. You're The Top
5. Cheek To Cheek
6. Baby It's Cold Outside

1. People Will Say Were In Love
2. There's A Small Hotel
3. A Fine Romance
4. The Things We Did last Summer
5. Two Sleepy People
6. Who Cares

     2. There's A Small Hotel.

Patience & Prudence

Some Catchy songs from the 50's !....typical of the Bubble Gum Era !

Patience Ann McIntyre (born August 15, 1942) and Prudence Ann McIntyre (born July 12, 1945), known professionally as Patience and Prudence, are two sisters who were a young vocal duo active from 1956 to 1964.

Their song "Gonna Get Along without Ya Now" reached #11 on the Billboard chart and #22 in the UK; its B-side, "The Money Tree," reached #73 in the U.S. They appeared on the Perry Como Show on television in September of that same year. They also released other singles such as "Little Wheel" and "All I Do Is Dream of You" but failed to reach the charts again.

1. Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now
2. Tonight You Belong To me
3. A Smile And a Ribbon
4. Dreamer's Bay
5. We Can't Sing Rhythm And Blues
6. You Tattletale

1. Very Nice In Bali Bali
2. The Money Tree
3. Witchcraft
4. Over Here
5. Tom Thumb's Tune
6. Golly Oh Gee

     5. Tom Thumb's Song

Enoch Light & The Light Brigade

Below we have some hissy and scratchy music here we are right up to date with some fantastic percussion that  the "Command" label are famous for...Sounds that bounce across the room !!

1. Hernandos Hideaway
2. Speak To Me Of Love- Cha Cha
3. Matilda
4. Good Night Sweetheart-Cha Cha
5. What Is This Thing Called Love
6. Lady is a Tramp

1. Speak Low
2. I've Got A Right To Sing The blues
3. Mack The Knife
4. Temptation
5. The Natives Are Restless Tonight
6. Foggy day Cha- Cha

     3. Matilda.

Monday 13 April 2020

Helen Shapiro....320 Kbps

When I bought this L/P I was pleasantly surprised....I've always liked Helen Shapiro in her "Pop" days and always thought that when she got older she would be good....a couple of her old tracks reminded me of an early Ella....well folks' I was 100% right....It's a corker...she joined forces with "Humphrey Lyttelton" and the "Jazz" influence has been brought out......Don't know whether "Humph" has had any input in this L/P but the producer and arranger has managed to do something different with the standard songs on it....You usually find that most of standard songs follow similar arrangements this one doesn' track is "Its Only A Paper Moon

1. Let Yourself Go
2. You Go To My Head
3. The Way You Look Tonight
4. Where Or When
5. Straighten Up And Fly Right
6. Cry me A River

1. It's Alright With Me
2. It's Only A Paper Moon
3. Serenade in Blue
4. They Can't Take That Away From Me
5. Funny

     2. It's Only A Paper Moon.

Sunday 12 April 2020

Louis Armstrong....320 Kbps

It seems incredible that Louis was nearly 60 (59) to be presise !....when he recorded this L/P....and it has his voice "Matured" so it say's on the back sleeve....but I would have thought that there would have been some difference in his younger vocals being as his voice is so unique and with that great trumpet playing...but no its as fresh as when he first started in 1917 !!....but perhaps not so wild !!....A very nice selection of standard songs sung as only Louis can !!!

1.When Your Lover Has Gone
2.You're The Top
3. You Turned The Tables On Me
4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
5. Little Girl Blue

1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
2. We'll Be Together Again
3. I've Got The World On A String
4. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
5. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

     2. We'll Be Together Again.

Thursday 9 April 2020

Dusty Springfield...320 Kbps

The first side of this L/P is the up tempo tracks and the second side is the ballad side...excellent album from Dusty when she made this L/P she was well and truly established as one of Englands finest singers !!...her version of "This Girls In Love With You" is second to none !!..and she even has a cool "Swinging Track " as well...

P.S. The back side of the L/P as you can see is one hell of an "Orange" Zest !! I have scanned Dusty's comments in Black & does make better reading you don't have to strain your eyes !!

1. Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone 
2.Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
3. Another Night
4. Mr Dream Merchant
5. I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You
6. Love Power
1. This Girls In Love With You
2. I Only Wanna Laugh
3. Who Will Take My Place
4. I Think Its Gonna Rain Today
5. Morning
6. Second Time Around

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Georgie Fame....320 Kbps

This is some of Georgie's early recordings with "The Blue Flames" 1964/65/66...included in this compilation is also his Hit singles...It says on the back cover that his sound was "Rhythm and Blues"with a "Jazz" influence otherwise known as "Rockhouse"....Thats a new one on me !!
The Hammond Organ that features in quite a few of the tracks is played by Georgie....To me its all "Rock n' Roll "!!!

1. Yeh Yeh
2. Sunny
3. Point Of No Return
4. Like We Used To Be
5. Get On The Right Track Baby
6. Outrage
7. Let The Sunshine In

1. Getaway
2. Sitting In The Park
3. In The Meantime
4. Something
5. Do Re Mi
6. Sweet Thing

7. Li'l Darlin'

     8. Getaway.

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Eagles...320 Kbps

 No need for any introduction to "The Eagles" just listen  !!!

 1. The Long Run
2. I Can't Tell You Why
3. In The City
4. The Disco Strangler
5. King Of Hollywood

1. Heartache Tonight
2.Those Shoes
3. Teenage Jail
4. The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks
5. The Sad Cafe

     6. Heartache Tonight

Peggy Lee....320 Kbps

 This L/P is more of a swinger than the last one I posted Peggy back in her "Swinging" Mode !!

1. Charley My Boy
2. Good For Nothing Joe
3. I Love To Love
4. When A Woman Loves A Man
5. I Like Men
6. I'm Just Wild About Harry

1. Bill
2. So In Love
3. Jim
4. It's So Nice To Have A Man About The House 
5. Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
6. Life Is So Peculiar

     5. Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh.