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Sunday 31 May 2020

Ella Fitzgerald..320 KBps

 This is a 10 inch L/P of early Ella's....way before her move to Verve Records and all the "Songbooks".....I think there is a slight imperfection in the pressing of this L/P...on the track
"I've Got A Crush on you" if you listen very carefully you can hear the repeat of her singing it only goes on for a couple of lines... but it's worth a mention I wonder if anyone else who has got the album has also got it or maybe it's a one off....anyway its Ella and she can't do no wrong !!

     5. I've Got A Crush On You.

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Roberta Lee...Sandy Powell...Randolph Sutton.

A Trip Down Memory Lane.

1. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me......Roberta Lee
2. Do You Know Why......Roberta Lee
3. Sandy The Fireman Part 1......Sandy Powell
4. Sandy The Fireman.Part 2......Sandy Powell
5. Go Home Papa......Randolph Sutton
6. Don't Be So Unkind Baby......Randolph Sutton

Roberta Lee, born around 1922, was a singer from Dayton, Ohio. In the 1940s she sang with several bands including those led by Henry Busse and Les Brown. By 1947 she began a recording career and a solo night club act. She continued to have an active recording career until the late 1950s.

Albert Arthur Powell MBE (30 January 1900 – 26 June 1982), known as Sandy Powell, was an English comedian best known for his radio work of the 1930s and for his catchphrase "Can you hear me, mother?". He first said this in a theatre in Coventry. Fifty years later, deciding he needed a rest from the business (he planned a cruise around the world with his wife, Kay White), he again said it in a Coventry theatre, for the last time.

Randolph Sutton (born 24 July 1888 at Bristol and died Brixton 28 February 1969) was an English singer and popular stage entertainer in music hall and variety. He made his Bristol stage debut in 1910.Sutton was a prolific recording artist during the late 1920s and 1930s, and many of his records are of a suggestively humorous nature. While his best-known song was "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" this was never recorded commercially, but private recordings were made and subsequently released on commercial compilations.

     3. Sandy The Fireman Part 1.

Monday 25 May 2020

Judy Garland....320 Kbps

A recording of Judy's from 1960....not as good as the ones posted earlier with "Nelson Riddle" at the helm...never the less it's still a good one !!

1.That's Entertainment
2. Who Cares
3. I've Confessed To The Breeze

4. If I Love Again
5. Yes
6. Puttin' On The Ritz

1. Old Devil Moon
2. Down With Love
3. How Long Has This Been Going On
4. It Never Was You
5. Just You Just Me
6. Alone Together

     3. How Long Has This Been Going On.

Nana Mouskouri....320 Kbps

This is one of Nana's English Language L/P's recorded in America not very well known songs but sung great...Best one for me is "Danny Come Home".....when she was just starting her career she also made an L/P in America called"Nana In New York" "The Girl From Greece Sings"which is excellent recorded in 1962...It is definitely one of her best L/P's !! and you can hear how much her style and voice has changed over the years !!

1. To Be The One You Love
2. Mayday
3. I Dream You
4. Danny Come Home
5. Where Did They Go
6. Dance Over The Water

1. The Singer
2. The Loving Song
4. Like a Main Theme
5.Just Another Face

     4. Danny Come Home.

Keely Smith....320 Kbps

Here's Keely Smith singing some of the hits that she has had with "Louis Prima"...But now by herself....I keep waiting for Louis's voice to butt in !!!

1. I've Got The World On a String
2. Medley......a. When Your Smiling
                       b. The Sheik Of Araby
3. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
4. The Birth Of The Blues
5. Oh Baby

1. That Old Black Magic
2. Medley......a. Just A Gigolo
                       b. I Ain't Got Nobody
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Buona Sera
5. Pennies From Heaven

     5. Pennies From Heaven.

Judy Garland...320 Kbps

A "Judy Garland" L/P from her T/V show no need for me to make any comment it's all on the back sleeve !!

1. It's A Good Day
2. That's All
3. Some People
4. More
5. Island In The West Indies
6. As Long As He Needs Me

1. Get Me To The Church On Time 
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. I Wish You Love
4. Jamboree Jones
5. Battle Hymn of The Republic
6. Closing Theme (Maybe I'll Come Back)

Johnny Mathis...320 Kbps

This is a double set of L/P's featuring most of Johnny early hits and some tracks taken from some of his other L/P's...There is only 5 tracks a side so CBS could quite easily fitted all the tracks on one L/P....but I recon the "Marketing Guys" though that maybe "Joe Public" would think that they had a bargain 2 L/P's for the price of 1!!!!....don't think we are that guilable or are we !!!!....Just a note "Where Do I Begin & If We Only Have Love" is recorded as one track 

Side One                                                            Side Three

1. A Certain Smile                                            1. Where Do I Begin
2. When Sunny Gets Blue                                2. If We Only Have Love
3. Small World                                                  3. My Funny Valentine
4. Misty                                                              4. Come To Me
5. Chances Are                                                  5. Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet

Side Two                                                           Side Four

1. Venus                                                            1. Wonderful Wonderful
2. Maria                                                            2. All The Time
3. Misty Roses                                                  3. The Twelfth Of Never
4. Gina                                                              4. Wild Is The Wind
5. What Will My Mary Say                            5. It's Not For Me To Say

     1. Wonderful Wonderful.

Shirley Bassey....320 Kbps

A great set of songs is on this L/P by Shirley everyone a winner.....not every L/P of Shirley's boasts of every song a winner... But in my humble opinion this is one of them!!....Maybe its because most of the songs are well known and popular....that does make a difference I am sure and of course the arrangements of the songs can make it as well...Soooooooo congratulations to "Johnny Harris" for a job well done...also I suppose "Dame Shirl" had her say in it as well !!

1. Something
2. Spinning Wheel
3. Yesterday I Heard The Rain
4. The Sea And Sand
5. My Way
6. What About Today

1. You And I
2. Light My Fire
3. Easy To Be Heard
4. Life Goes On
5. What Are You doing The Rest Of Your Life
6. Yesterday When I was Young

     2. Light My Fire.

Sunday 24 May 2020

Mario Lanza...320 Kbps

I think we will now dip our toes into the light classical field....I loved the MGM films of Mario with "Kathryn Grayson" its a pity they didn't do more than they did...This L/P has Mario's recordings from RCA...On the back sleeve it says that he did a large number of recordings for them and this is some of them...a couple of the tracks are with a soprano by the name of "Norma Giusti" The sound is "Electronically Created Stereo" settle down and listen to a great voice that should have stayed around for longer than 38 years !!

"The Student Prince"

1. Serenade
2. Golden Days
3. Drink Drink Drink
4. Just We Two...with Norma Giusti
5. Gaudeamus Igitur
6. Deep In My Heart Dear...with Norma Giusti

"The Vagabond King"

1. Drinking Song
2. Love Me Tonight
3. Only A Rose
4. Song Of The Vagabonds
"The Desert Song"

5. The Desert Song
6.One Alone

     1. Serenade.

Nana Mouskouri....320 Kbps

This is a 1969 recording with "The Athenians"and a very good one Nana's voice is clear and precise without the big orchestra's she sounds great....Included is her hit "White Rose Of Athens"....later I think she recorded it with a full orchestra and that the "Hit" version (I think)...all the tracks are great and her version of "The First Time Ever I saw Your Face" is one of the best !!

1. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
2. The Last Thing On My Mind
3. The Lily Of The West
4. Try To Remember
5.Song For A Winters Night
6. Ereena

1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
2. Love Tastes Like Strawberries
3. White Rose Of Athens
4. Over And Over
5. Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu Paloma
6. My Friend The Sea

     1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Saturday 23 May 2020

Jan Gerber & Orch.... Debroy Somers Band....The Xylo-Rimba Orch....Tino Rossi

Still on the wind !!

1. Putting On The Ritz......Jan Gerber & Orchestra
2. Alice In Wonderland......Debroy Somers Band
3. Sometime.....The Xylo-Rimba Orchestra
4. Pearl Of Hawaii.....The Xylo-Rimba Orchestra
5. Santa Lucia.....Tino Rossi
6. Tarantella......Tino Rossi

Jan Garber (born Jacob Charles Garber, November 5, 1894 – October 5, 1977) was an American violinist and jazz bandleader.

Debroy Somers (born William Henry Somers, on 11 April 1890 in Dublin and died on 16 May 1952 in London was a twentieth-century big band bandleader.His band, the Debroy Somers Band, was also known as the Midnight Minstrels.In 1930 they covered
 Amy, Wonderful Amy, a song about Amy Johnson.

Constantin "Tino" Rossi (29 April 1907 – 26 September 1983) was a French singer and film actor....Rossi, born in Ajaccio, Corsica, was gifted with a voice well suited for opera. He became a tenor in the French cabaret style. Later, he appeared in various movies. During his career he recorded hundreds of songs and he appeared in more than 25 films, His romantic ballads had especially women swooning. ( All Info Edited From Wikipedia )

     5. Santa Lucia.

The Beatles....320 Kbps

There's no need to make any comment about this L/P it talks for of the most iconic record sleeves going !! recorded as Side 1 and Side 2...once again very little gaps between tracks !

1. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band
2. A Little Help From My Friends
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4. Getting Better
5. Fixing A Hole
6. She's Leaving Home
7. Being For The Benifit Of Mr Kite

1. Within You Without You
2. When I'm Sixty Four
3. Lovely Rita
4. Good Morning Good Morning
5. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band (Reprise)
6. A Day In The Life

Delaney And Bonnie....320 Kbps

Don't know much about this L/P only know that "Delaney & Bonnie" were married...I first heard this L/P at one of my friends and liked it so much I went out and got it the next day....maybe someone out there could fill in the gaps !!...Track "The Love Of My Man" is the best one !...and "Soul Shake" !

1. When The Battle Is Over
2. Dirty Old Man
3. Only You And I Know
4. We've Got To Get Outselves Together
5. Where There's A Will There's A Way
6. Never Ending Song Of Love

1. Coming Home
2. The Love Of My Man
3. Soul Shake
4. Medley
5. Free The People

     3. Soul Shake.

Peter Nero....320 Kbps


Can't say much about this one every track is a one being "Night And Day"....So let the Arrangements & Piano & Peter
Speak for themselves....

P.S. This L/P is definatly "The Best " of his releases it shows his piano style off to perfection....It's Great !!

1. Mountain Greenery
2. Moon River
3. Secret Love
4. Maria
5. On Green Dolphin Street
6. More In Love

1. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
2. Night And Day
3. When The World Was Young
4. It's Aright With Me
5. Mood Indigo
6. Midnight In Moscow

     2. Night And Day.

Julio Iglesias.320 Kbps

  Here we have "The Daddy" showing the "Son" how to make a good "hit" record !!...not that "Enrique" needs it but it helps !!!...several of the tracks I'm sure everybody will know !!

1. Begin The Beguine
2. Quiereme
3. Me Olvide de Vivir
4. Por Un Poco De Tu Amor
5. Grande Grande Grande
6. Como Tu
7. Guantanamera
8. Quiereme Mucho

1. Hey
2. Un Dia Truhan Soy Un Senor
3. Candilejas
4. El Amor
5. 33 Anos
6. Isla En El Sol
7. Preguntale 

     1. Begin The Beguine.

Leo Sayer...320 Kbps

This is one of Leo's first recordings containing one of his first hit songs....The Lyrics to all the songs on this L/P was written by Leo it was produced by Adam Faith !!!

1. Innocent Bystander
2. Goodnight Old Friend
3. Drop Back
4. Silverbird
5. The Show Must Go On
6. The Dancer

1. Tomorrow 
2. Don't Say Its Over
3. Slow Motion
4. Oh Wot A Life
5.Why Is Everybody Going Home

     5. The Show Must Go On.

Count Basie & The Alan Copeland Singers...320 Kbps

If I didn't know I would think that it was "The Mike Sammes Singers"that was singing on this L/P....but that does not distract from it being a good set of songs and a good L/P...Basie swinging with his "One Note Piano Style"and "The Alan Copeland Singers" just doing that !!

1. Happiness Is
2. I Surrender Dear 
3. Oh Lady Be Good
4. You Are My Sunshine
5. Until I Met You
6. Candy

1. Down By The Old Mill Stream
2. Fantastic That's You
3. One For My Baby
4. Girl Talk
5. Call Me

     1. Down By The Old Mill Stream.

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Johnny Mathis.

With the event of "Disco" most of the top recording singers decided to give it a go...this is "Johnny Mathis" effort !!.....Nearly all the L/P's I have heard featuring the Disco sound seem to concentrate purely on that "Strolling Disco Beat" as I call it leaving the singer in the background....but I supose it was a good "Bandwaggon" to get on at the time...and despite all I am saying some good tracks have been produced by different singers in the "Disco" Mode !!
And Johnny does some good ones on this one...Seems that the "Standard" songs are a good bet for the "Strolling Disco Beat"we have two on here "Night And Day" & "That Old Black Magic"!!......Not all Tracks Are "Disco"...some nice typical JM songs !!...notably "New York State Of Mind " !!!

1. No One But The One You Love
2. Night And Day
3. Love
4. My Body Keeps Changing My Mind
5. New York State Of Mind

1. She Believes In Me
2. That Old Black Magic
3. You Saved My Life
4. To The Ends Of The Earth
5. Heart Soul Body And Mind

     2. That Old Black Magic.

Monday 11 May 2020

Don McLean....320 Kbps

Do not listen to this L/P as background music otherwise you will miss a great set of lyrics on every song....he certainly knows how to compose the music... and the lyrics that make perfect sense and do actually tell a story so at the end of the song you do have a beginning-middle and an excellent storyteller in music !!....Tho' the last track seems to have been recorded in a bit of a hurry !!....Take particular note of "Three Flights Up" doesn't get any better than that !!!

1. Castles In The Air
2. General Store
3. Magdalene Lane
4. Tapestry
5. Respectable
6. Orphans Of Wealth

1. Three Flights Up
2. And I Love You So
3. Bad Girl
4. Circus Song
5. No Reason For Your Dreams

     1. Three Flights Up.

Dean Martin....320 Kbps

These are tracks from the 50's...there is no info on the back sleeve about them but I used to have a couple of the tracks on a 78rpm which as I said before "accident on my bike" which smashed quite a few of them...Also on a few of the tracks you have a sax doing a solo bit and I remember on the label the orch was conducted by a "Dick Stabile"and the Sax I think is an Alto Sax is featured on quite a few....I think it's an Alto it's not a "Raspy" sound like the Tenor Sax....Its like the "Sloping Sax's" of the "Billy May's Orch" !!

1. I Ran All The Way Home
2. Love Me Love Me
3. I Know A Dream When I See One
4. Hanging Around With You
5. Never Before
6. Aw C'mon

1. Try Again
2. Till I Found You
3. Solitaire
4. You Belong To Me
5. Second Chance
6. If I Could Sing Like Bing

   4. Hanging Around With You.