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Wednesday 24 August 2022

The Harmony Records Story.VA

 Even tho' the cover say's 1957-1962 I'm sure that some of the tracks date from the 40's and maybe the 30's...still i'm not complaining  there are some classic's on I said below  78's definatley !!.....AND the DeLeorean is still under covers !!!......Disc 2 coming at a later date !!

1. Tuxedo Junction......Gene Krupa
2. Saturday Night Fish Fry......Pearl Bailey
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter......Don Cherry
4. Hello Young Lovers......Rosemary Clooney
5. Hey Good Looking......Carl Perkins
6. Johnny B Goode......The Harmony Blazers
7. I Love You So Much It Hurts.....Floyd Tilman
8. Jambalaya......Little Jimmy Dickens
9. Shuckin' The Corn......Flatt & Scuggs
10. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine...... Don Cherry
11. Mad About The Boy......Dinah Shore
12. Stardust......Liberace
13. It's All In The Game......Sammy Kaye
14. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm......Les Brown And His Orchestra
15. I Take To You.....  Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa 
16. Bear Cat Crawl......Meade Lux Lewis
17. Secret Love......Hank Garland
18. Tallahasee Lassie......Rocky Curtis & The Harmony Flames
19. Wildwood Flower......The Carter Family
20. Kiss Of Fire......Toni Arden
21. The Man I Love......Billie Holiday
22. South Of The Border...... Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
23. That Lucky Old Sun......Sarah Vaughan 
24. Drifting And Dreaming.......The Chordettes
25. Riders In The Sky......Nelson Eddy
5. Hey Good Looking

25. Riders In The Sky

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Tony Bennett

Two great singers next......this one is the second of Tony early tracks maybe 78's definatley 45's !
Vol 1 is further down the posts !

1. Silly Dreamer
2. Sleepless
3. Somewhere The Way
4. I'm Lost Again
5. Have A Good Time
6. Here In My Heart
7. Roses Of Yesterday
8. You Could make Me Smile Again
9. Congratulations To  Someone
10. Anywhere I Wander
11. Stay Where You Are
12. Take Me
13. No One Will Ever Know
14. I'm The King Of Broken Hearts
15. I'll Go
16. Rags To Riches
17. Here Comes That Heartache Again

          16. Rags To Riches


Sarah Vaughan

The Great Sarah singing songs from the 60's and doing them justice definitely giving them the "Sassy" touch ..

The New Scene pairs Sarah Vaughan with arranger Luchi de Jesus for a luminously crafted collection of songs squarely in the style and sensibility of the mainstream pop of the mid-'60s and while jazz purists will have already recoiled in horror and moved on to another review, less myopic listeners will discover an effervescent, lively LP that refuses to sacrifice the sensitivity of Vaughan's remarkable voice in favour of crossover success. Decades removed from the album's original release, songs like "Michelle" and "Call Me" are now indistinguishable from the traditional standards they usurped, and to her credit Vaughan seems to grasp completely the excellence of the material at her disposal, savouring the lyrics and navigating the melodies with her trademark artistry. De Jesus' buoyant arrangements are similarly perceptive, playing to Vaughan's myriad strengths while channelling the lessons of Abbey Road and Hitsville USA to subtly update her approach for a brave new world.

1. One Two Three
2. What Now My Love
3. Love
4. Who Can I Turn To
5. Call Me
6. With These Hands

1. Michelle
2. Sneakin' Up On You
3. Everybody Loves Somebody
4. The Shadow Of Your Smile
5. Dominque's Discotheque
6. I Should Have Kissed Him More
2, What Now My Love

Ray Conniff. Concert In Rhythm VOL 2

DeLorian back under the covers !!...and time for another Concert !!

1. Liebestraum
2. Yours Is My Heart Alone
3. None But The Lonely Heart
4. I'll See You Again
5. My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice
6. Poem

1.Warsaw Concerto
2. Chopin's Nocturne In E Flat
3. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
4. Favourite Themes From Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony
5. Favourite Themes From Grieg's A Minor Concerto
6. One Fine Day

          4. I'll See You Again

Best Of The Answer Songs.VA. Vol 1

We are still cruising around with the DeLorean !! forward 10 Years to the 50's......the Swing has Swung and now the softer side of music has arrived...But not to soft there are still some Belter's Around !!
1. Run Around Sue......Dion
2. Stay At Home Sue......Linda Laurie & The Del Satins
3. Who Put The Bomp In The Bomp Bomp Bomp
4. I Put The Bomp......Frankie Lymon
5. Oh Carol......Neil Sedaka
6. Oh Neil......Carol King
7. The Lion Sleeps Tonight......The Tokens
8. The Tigers Wide Awake......The Romeos
9. Book Of Love......The Monotones
10. Reading The Book Of Love......The Monotones
11. There Goes My Baby......The Drifters
12. I Found My Baby......Joey & The Lexingtons
13. Wooden Heart......Bobbi Martin
14. I Know Your Hearts Not Made Of Wood......Marie Ann
15. Save The Last Dance For Me......The Drifters
16. I'll Save The Last Dance For You......Damita Jo
17. Who's That Knocking......The Genies
18. Its Me Knocking.......Jeanie & Her Boyfriends
19. Take Good Care Of My Baby......Bobby Vee
20. He Takes Good Care Of Your Baby......Carole King
21. Return To Sender......Dave Edmunds
22. Don't Want Your Letters.......Gerri Granger
23. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do......Neil Sedaka
24. Making Up Is Fun To Do......Tina Powers
25. Honey I Miss You......Gary Pucket & The Union Gap
26. Honey I Miss You Too......Margaret Lewis
27. Poetry In Motion......Danny Fisher
28. Enormity In Motion......Simon Crum
29. I Know You Cheated On Me......The Roomates
30. Please Don't Cheat On Me......The Roomates
          5. Oh Carol 
          6. Oh Neil

Monday 22 August 2022

Glenn Miller & The Andrews Sisters

It seems that the "DeLorean" is being dusted down and whooshing away to 1940 !!
with some great swing and big band sounds plus the swingin' Andrews !!
18 Tracks on the first Disc & 21 on the second giving a total of 39 Swinger's !!
All these broadcasts were made from December 1939 till March 1940....most of them was only 15 mins long but for these recordings they all have been strung together to make a one long concert !!....All the Producers notes and info is included in the folks give it a download and remember some memories !!!......Complete with the Ciggy's Commercials !!!

Courtesy Of Duke...Thanks !!

         13. Say Si Si

Saturday 20 August 2022

Tammy Jones.

When I first saw this L/P I thought that "Tammy" was an American CW singer it was not til I "Googled" her that I found that she is a "Welsh" singer that won "Oportunity Knocks" for several weeks !!!....Once again we "Brit's" let this crystal clear singer get away !!....She Only had one moderate hit  which is Track One "Let Me Love Again"....she should have had more she has a great voice....On this L/P the arrangments let her down apart from "Amazing Grace" that she sings in "Welsh" and a great arrangment of "My Happiness" The rest are very similar to the original hit versions.....and as you know I like to hear singers own interpritations of well known songs !!!

1. Let Me Try Again
2. Answer Me
3. The Way We Were
4. Amazing Grace
5. With These Hands
6. The Day The Rains Came
7. May You Always
8.  The Wedding

1. No Regrets
2. Loves A Carousel
3. Behind Closed Doors
4. It Must Be Him
5. Wonderful Dream
6. My Happiness
7. All The Love In The World
8. My Way

           6. My Happiness

Friday 19 August 2022

Caterina Valente

 Now we have comparison that I believe shows that sometimes Vinyl wins over CD's

I managed to find Stereo versions and CD's of several Caterina Valente L/P's.. I Have posted one below "The Caterina Valente Singers" in "Stereo' which by the way is great.. an improvement on the Mono Version...BUT this one "Superfonics" seems to have lost its "Oomph"......or maybe its my hearing !! interesting if anyone has an opinion on this one.....saying that, the stereo is still good but I defininatly prefer the Vinyl copy....the track order will be Vinyl  first then the CD Version

1. Falling In Love With Love + CD Version
2. The Party's Over + CD Version
3. Boom + CD Version
4. Stella By Starlight + CD Version
5. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face + CD Version
6. Two Ladies In The Shade Of A Banana Tree + CD Version

1. Taboo + CD Version
2. Invitation + CD Version
3. You Stepped Out Of A Dream + CD Version
4. Out Of This World + CD Version
5. Serenata + CD Version
6. Goody Goody + CD Version

        2. The Party's Over

Jerry Murads Harmonicats

Don't think we have had any "Harmonica's" on here yet so we have now...the arrangements are first class and the harmonica's blend in well with the orchestra...not so much featuring them as solo's but incorporating them in the orchestra....Most harmonica music I have heard don't do that !! this L/P sounds like a fresh sound !!.....Of course they are featured but to my mind they blend in perfectly !

1. Peg O'My Heart
2.  Bewitched
3. Malaguena
4. Charmaine
5. Galloping Comedians
6. Maria Elena

1. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
2. Yesterday
3. A Taste of Honey
4. Diane
5. The Last Outpost

          3. Malaguena

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Richard Harris.

We now have a "Mr Harris"singing the songs of "Jim Webb"..still wondering if he finally got time to bake that cake again !!!....I would guess that this might be the first of "Richard's" venture into the recording studio....If I am wrong I guess somebody will put me right !!!

1. Prelude / Didn't We
2. Interlude / Paper Chase
3. Interlude / Name Of My Sorrow
4. Interlude / Lovers Such As I
5. In The Final Hours

1. Mac Arther Park
2. Dancing Girl
3. Interlude / If You Must Leave My Life
4. A Tramp Shining

      2. Dancing Girl

Charly Foster

This one is great fun !!...courtesy once again from "Bob" across the channel..a great selection of tunes some well known ones and some not so !!...BUT we have some enthusiastic instrumental playing and once again never heard of them....with a guess and seeing on the back it was recorded in "Belguim" its a "Belguim" based band....well worth a download !!

      1. Liebestraum

Saturday 6 August 2022

Werner Muller & His Orchestra

As the title say's the Strings are Cascading !!..another great instrumental  L/P  from the German orchestra.
1. Tango In The Rain
2. Lisbon Antigua
3. Bistro
4. La Cumparsita
5. Simonetta
6. Monte Carlo Melodie

1. Arpanetta
2. Song Of The Pearl Fisher
3. Guitar Mambo
4. Valse Baccara
5. Bolero Bleu
6. Tango Of The Drums
          3. Guitar Mambo

Yma Sumac

Queen Of The Exotica 6 tracks including the 50's hit Virgin Of The Sun God !

1. My Destiny
2. Virgin Of The Sun God
3. Anthem
4. Forest Creatures
5. Love
6. Farewell

          2. Virgin Of The Sun God

The Caterina Valente Singers

It's great to have this L/P now in "Stereo"....I have got and posted my version "Mono" earlier on this here is the Stereo Version !...and there is definitely a difference !!

1. Dominique
2. Desifinado
3. I Want To Hold Your Hand
4. Moon River
5.Cuando Calienta El Sol
6. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

1. Stardust
2. Baubles Bangles And Beads
3. Maria
4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
5. Cheerio (Addio) (Chariot)
6. Midnight In Moscow
          1. Dominique

Vic Damone

Below we visited Hollywood for a live performance,now off we go to New York to Basin Street East to be precise for another "Live" gig !!......some of the well known songs are defiantly given a different treatment.. but it does take a couple of songs before Vic gets in his stride vocally of course !!
1. You And The Night And The Music
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. What Kind Of Fool Am I
4. At Long Last Love
5. Fascinating Rhythm
6. They Can't Take That Away From Me

1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The  World
2. Adios
3. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
4. Lot Of Livin' To Do
5. Your Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
6. On The Street Where You Live

Friday 5 August 2022

Luiz Bonfa

There is something truly majestic in the guitar playing and composing of Luiz Bonfá
The Brazilian Scene, released in 1965 on the Philips imprint, sits right on the knife edge between something as wonderfully organic as his solo recordings and the more stylized Anglo projects that were flooding the bins at the time. This date was produced by Hal Mooney, who also served as co-arranger along with Bonfá. The Brazilian Scene set features 12 tunes, seven of which are Bonfá originals, and one an arrangement of a traditional song ("Malaguena Salerosa"). The rest are pop standards and some that would be (the Beatles' "Yesterday"). The studio group includes Bonfá's New York studio band, featuring the great drummer Hélcio Milito, bassist Donald Payne, and flutist Jerome Richardson, Of the pop standards, his reading of "That Old Black Magic" transforms the tune into a top-flight samba, with ticking triple-time percussion by Milito. The band performs this one without accompaniment from the orchestra, and it is among the set's highlights. This is colorful and polished Brazilian jazz performed by a crack group with tasteful -- if sometimes overly busy arrangements
                                                                        (Edited) Review by Thom Jurek Of AllMusic
1. Avocado
2. Moonlight In Rio
3. Malaguena Salerosa
4. Zomba
5. Yesterday
6. That Old Black Magic

1. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
2. Embolada
3. Bye Bye Blues
4. Her Face
5. Samalero
6. Dream Girl

          6. That Old Black Magic

Ella Fitzgerald

If you are an Ella fan then this is a must for you...IMHO this is the best live performance ever by Ella....As I have said before I have seen her 5 times in the 60's/70's...BUT I would have loved to be in this audience in 1956...The comunication with the audience is MAGIC MAGIC !!

So why did this recording sit in the vault for over 60 years?

The enchanting archival live album, Ella at Zardi's, finds legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald in concert at the famed Los Angeles club Zardi's in February of 1956. No random session, the Zardi's show was captured in the wake of producer Norman Granz founding his then-newly minted label Verve Records for the sole purpose of recording Fitzgerald. While the singer had long been under Granz's management, in his estimation she had languished at Decca, suffering under the label's choice of average songs and poor promotion. In moving Fitzgerald to Verve, Granz sought to showcase her virtuosic talent on record much in the same way that he had with the vibrant Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts since the mid-'40s.While all of her talent is on display here, the charm of the album is just how intimate, low-key, and seemingly off-the-cuff everything sounds. Backing Fitzgerald with urbane sensitivity is pianist Don Abney, bassist Vernon Alley, and drummer Frank Capp.The result is a breezy cabaret vibe with Fitzgerald fielding requests from the audibly enthusiastic audience. Included are many of her most well-known songbook standards at that point, including such standouts as "Tenderly," "How High the Moon," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." She even offers up an exuberantly swinging reading of her signature 1938 original hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket,"....Ella's dazzling vocal skills, that make Ella at Zardi's such a magical experience.
             Edited Review By Matt Collar From AllMusic

 The Zardi’s recording has great historic importance, as it is undoubtedly the earliest authorized recording of Ella Fitzgerald working in a nightclub....Zardi’s, located on Hollywood Boulevard, was one of the popular jazz spots in 1950s Los Angeles.

      4. Airmail Special.......(Wow!.. what a performance nobody does Scat Like Ella !)

Thursday 4 August 2022

Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson

Some great Ella's live performances now this one from 1953 JATP tours....

 In March 1953, Ella & Oscar and a group of people visited Switzerland on a JATP tour performed at a large theater there. Ella started off cheerfully with a youthful voice. The fast tempo scat and the ballad that makes you listen carefully are impeccable. From the ninth track, Peterson performed with Brown and Kessel in a straightforward manner. The sound quality is also superb, and the stage is full of enthusiasm and activity, typical of jazz of this era, and the audience also applauds with a crackling applause. 
                                                       Pure Magic !
Tracks 1-8....Ella
Tracks 9-13....Oscar Peterson

          7. St Louis Blues