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Monday 29 June 2020

Vic Damone....320 Kbps

A very energetic and dramatic live performance from "Vic Damone"....gone is the gentle "balladeer" of the MGM days....a real Gusty performance !!

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. Did'nt 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

Cleo Laine....320 Kbps

This is one of Cleo's best L/Ps...she sings all of the tracks with no vocal gymnastics just a great voice singing some classic songs....with a good solid band behind her she swings as only she can...recorded in 1962 with "Johnny Keating Orch"!!!!....CLASSIC !!!!!

1. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
2. I Don't Know Why
3. I Want To Be Happy
4. I Think Of You
5. I Can Dream Can't I
6. All About Me

1. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
2. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
3. I'm A Dreamer Arn't We All
4. I'm Just Wild About Harry
5. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
6. I'll Be Around / All About Me

      5. I Can Dream Can't I.

Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth - Oh Lady Be Good

Barry Manilow

Still keeping in the "Bob" mode we have a slightly different "BM" giving his "Swing" tonsils a good airing !!...seems that he giving his singing voice a few style changes which is great for the can only listen to a certain amount of "Big Power Ballads"before you put the ear-plugs in !!!...Barry does a great job with these tracks and his voice is spot on !!!

      3. Stardust.

Barry Manilow

From one "Barry Manilow" to another this time he dips into his "Jazzy" side and does a great job and may surprise many people !!....Thanks once again to "Belguim Bob"!!!....No information on the back sleeve about who wrote the songs...They are all original no standards so I assume that "Barry" has written them !!

Saturday 27 June 2020


Andre Previn And David Rose....320 Kbps

Here's another great piano L/P that goes with one of my favourite pastimes....Just putting my feet up on a settee/couch/lounger/hammock or whatever with a nice drink and just letting the music swirl around in your head and relax !! favourite pianist with the lush strings of "The David Rose Orch"....grrrrrrrrrrrrreat !!

1. Blame It On My Youth
2. Young Mans Lament

3. You Make Me Feel So Young
4. Young And Tender
5. While We're Young
6. Too Young To Be True

1. Last Night When We Were Young
2. Like Young
3. Younger Than Springtime
4. A Year Of Youth
5. Too Young To Go Steady
6. Love Is For The Very Young

      3. Younger Than Springtime.

Shirley Bassey....320 Kbps

It's 1965 in London in Piccadilly Circus at "The Pigalle" a very in place at that time and Shirley was booked for an 8 week engagement...this is the opening night !!!!
Today if you go to "The Pigalle" you get...Quote !!

The Pigalle is a deliberate throwback to the glam and glitz of the Moulin Rouge and it works. Walking under the hot pink sign you feel a palpable sense of excitement, cleverly maintained by the greeters, the efficient table service, and the smashing cocktails. When the band takes the stage around the time your main course arrives, everyone puts down their knives and forks and gives it some in true jazz club style

1. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening....Orch
2. On A Wonderful Day Like Today
3. I Get a Kick Out Of You
4. Who Can I Turn To
5. You'd Better Love Me
6. The Other Woman
7. He Loves Me
8. With These Hands
9. A Lot Of Living To Do
10. I Who Have Nothing

1. La Bamba
2. You Can Have Him
3. The Second Time Around
4. The Lady Is A Tramp
5. Somewhere
6. On A Wonderfull Day Like Today
7. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

Earl Bostic....320 Kbps

The first "Jazz" 78rpm that I bought when I was in my teens was "Earl Bostic's Flamingo"
of course didn't realise at the time that it was a Jazz Record I just liked the rasping sound of the Tenor Sax...It was on a "Vogue" label and as I said a very brittle 78rpm and they did break very easy...I think it lasted about a couple of years before it got smashed up with a load more when I was taking some of them to play at a mates house on my bike and I fell of my bike and they shattered all over the road....didn't have the comfort of a car in those days !!...Anyway back to the L/P most of the tracks are well known songs and are all played in the "Earl Bostic" rasping tenor sax sound so no surprises track of course is "Flamingo" which to me is as fresh sounding today as it was in the 50's...

1. Flamingo
2. Deep Purple
3. Always
4. Moonglow
5. Cherokee

1. Liebestraum
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. East Of The Sun
4. Beyond the Blue Horizon
5. Harlem Nocturne

      1. Flamingo.

Thursday 11 June 2020

The Four Aces

One of the most successful pre-rock vocal groups, the Four Aces did well during the early '50s with a narrow range of pop material but burned out before decade's end. Founded by Navy shipmates Al Alberts and Dave Mahoney, the act added Lou Silvestri and Sol Vaccaro before making a name for themselves around their native Philadelphia. Alberts left the group in 1958 to try to make it as a soloist, but never made the charts...It was then that Diodati led a new line-up, which consisted of Diodati, Alesi, Giglio, and Harry Heisler. After almost 19 years with the group, Alesi developed a medical condition that forced him to leave the group....In 1975, Diodati, Alesi, Giglio, and Heisler were awarded the right to the name in a court suit in which the original members tried to re-establish their right. The court allowed the founding members to tour as "The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts", which they did, finally retiring the act in 1987.

I believe that these are not the original 50's recordings but re- recordings of some of their hits....It is Al Alberts on the front I guess that it should have said
"The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts.

Don Mclean 's "And I Love You So" & "I Write The Songs" were not around in the 50's !!

      Thanks Bob !!!

      6. Heart And Soul.

Monday 8 June 2020

The 5th Dimension.320.Kbps

 I bought this L/P for just for one track "One Less Bell To Answer" and also the fact that the cover is painted by one of my favourite artists "Leroy Neiman" persuaded me to buy it.....I never did play it much because I didn't think that the rest of the songs matched the brilliance of "Bell"......Listening to it again after all the years have flown by I don't think that my opinion has changed !!...No doubt there will be people out there who will disagree.........Sooooooooo leave a comment !!!

1. Puppet Man
2. One Less Bell To Answer
3. Feelin' Alright
4. This Is Your Life
5. A Love Like Ours

1. Save The Country
2. Medley.
    a. The Declaration
    b. A Change Is Gonna Come
    c. People Gotta Be Free
3. Dimension 5ive 

      2. One Last Bell To Answer.

Peter Nero...320 Kbps

Back to the jolly old "Joanna"!!....This Peter Nero L/P is entirely different from the one that I posted earlier...Its a real 70's style music which I suppose is not surprising being that most of the tunes where written in the 70's !!....and he has changed his appearance check the sleeve of the one posted earlier....I suppose that 10+years will and does make a difference !!...the last track "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is the best one !!

1. Say has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose
2. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
3. Daydream
4. Will It Go Round In Circles
5. The Morning After

1. Loves Me Like A Rock
2. Yesterday Once More
3. Woman Of The World
4. A Million To One
5. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/Two O'Clock Jump

      5. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy / Two O'clock Jump.

Ray Conniff Singers...320 Kbps

The "Ray Conniff" singers doing justice to some 70's popular songs....still one of the best Band Singers to this day !!

1. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
2. Everybody's Talking 
3. Someone
4. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
5. Leaving On A Jet Plane

1. Honey Come Back
2. Something
3. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
4. Midnight Cowboy
5. All I Have To Do Is Dream
6. Early In The Morning

      4. I'll Never fall In Love Again.     

Johnny Mathis....320 Kbps

Another good selection of songs by Johnny featuring the two tracks he did with "Deniece Williams"

1. You Light Up My Life
2. Emotions...with Denice Williams
3. All I Ever Need
4. Where Or When
5. If You Believe

1. Too Much Too Little To Late....with Denice Williams
2. How Deep Is Your Love
3. Till Love Touches Your Life
4. I Wrote A Symphony On My Guitar
5. It Was Almost Like A Song

      2. Emotions..with Deniece Williams.

Saturday 6 June 2020

Your Own Thing....320 Kbps

Here's another show that I know nothing about....Its says on the back sleeve that it was an Off Broadway Musical...but it seems to have played at the "Comedy Theatre" in London in about 1968 or thereabouts....Its the original New York Cast and there is some fine singers in it....there is not as far as I know any well known songs from it....but I think its a case of "You have to see it " to apreciate it to the great if someone who has seen it could make a comment about it and fill in all the empty spaces !!!!

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Helen Merrill...320 Kbps

 This one I got in a junk shop for 50p...I was intrigued by the song selection and hadn't heard any songs by Helen Merrill...It is a "Mainstream Recording" and they usually release "Jazz" releases.I had heard of "Charlie Byrd" he is a Jazz guitarist...soooooo I thought that for 50p you cant go wrong....Yep It was worth every penny and more!!!....I supose you could call it "Folksy Jazz"....I expected it to be a big band bash but was pleasantly surprised sooooooo all you out there over the pond and in the freezing snow have a listen and see what you think!!!

P.S. For any of you out there who might be hesitating in giving this one a listen too DO IT...
it's a great one and its becoming one of my favorite re-listening and re-playing L/P's...SO treat yourselves to a good ear bashing !!! Music Wise !!...of Course !!!

1. Quiet Nights
2. Careless Love
3. Scarlet Ribbons
4. The House Of The Rising Sun
5. I Left My Heart Behind
6. Cannetella

1. The River
2. Minha Rocca
3. Itsi No Komoriuta
4. Forbidden Games
5. John Anderson My Love


      4. The House Of The Rising Sun.

Leo Sayer....320 Kbps

These compilation L/P's do a great job of putting together most of the hits from a performer...Sometimes they only put a couple of hits together and fill the rest of the L/P with tracks that nobody has heard of....But on this one they deliver ok !!
The first side contains most of "Leo's"well known hit singles....And they are all produced by Once again "Richard Perry".....The second side is mainly tracks from some of his earlier L/P's produced by his manager at that time "Adam Faith"......So I reckon that you get Two "Leo Sayer's" for your listening pleasure!!!

1. When I Need You
2. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
3. Raining In My Heart
4. How Much Love
5. Dancing The Night Away
6. I Can't Stop Loving You

1. One Man Band
2. Giving It All Away
3. Train
4. Let It Be
5. Long Tall Glasses
6. Moonlighting
7. The Show Must Go On

      5. Long Tall Glasses.

Steve Race & Orchestra...320 Kbps

 This is a great L/P featuring some of Englands top musicians of the day..."Tubby Hayes" "Johnny Scott" & "Stan Roderick"...playing the TV Themes tunes like you've never heard them played before....Don't know about the "Dance" in the title its more of a "Jazz To The TV Themes"!!!!...../Great tracks of "Corrie" and "Z Cars"

1. Maigret
2. Coronation Street
3. Naked City
4. Startime
5. Z Cars
6. Man Of The World

1. Perry Mason
2. Here And Now
3. Willow Waltz
4. Route 66
5. Stranger On The Shore
6. Doctor Kildare

      2. Coronation Street.