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Friday 30 September 2022

Mrs Mills

Change of pace and style and tempo now !! more from across the channel  a selection of songs from films that will get your feet a-tapping and maybe a whirl or two across the room !! That is if you have room of course !!!

          5. On The Good Ship Lolipop

Leo Sayer

 A collection of Leo's Hits produced by Richard Perry !!....Best track Is "I Think We Fell In Love To Fast !!

1. Hold On To My Love 
2. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
3. Reflections
4. When I Need You
5. No Business Like Love Business

1. I Hear The Laughter
2. Magdalena
3. How Much Love
4. I Think We Fell In Love To Fast
5. Endless Flight
           4. I Think We Fell In Love To Fast

Thursday 29 September 2022

Eddie Condon & His Orchestra

Two now from Duke.....I should thing that this original L/P would be in the Rare category ....Thanks Duke !

1. We Called It Music
2. Nobody Knows
3. My Melancholy Baby
4. Down Among The Sheltering Palms
5. Ida Sweet As Apple Cider
6. Aunt Hagar's Blues

      1. We Called It Music

Jimmy Dean

Country at its best now with some great tracks that do tell stories with lyrics that do makes sense !!

1. Big Bad John
2. Smoke Smoke That Cigarette
3. Sixteen Tons
4. Oklahoma Bill
5. Grasshopper MacClain

1. Make The Waterwheel Roll
2. Gotta Travel On
3. Night Train To Memphis
4. I Won't Go Hunting with You Jake 
5. To A Sleeping Beauty

          3. Night Train To Memphis

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Britxotica Goes East..VA

I didn't know we Brits did "Exotica" but here's some fun tracks that  are pretty good !!.....I guess that maybe some of them might be on the rare list !!

1. Sphinx Wont Tell......The Beverley Sisters
2. Yashmak......Chico Arnez & His Orchestra
3. Caravan......Stanley Black & His Orchestra
4. Four Beats To The Casbah......Johnny Keating & The Z Men
5. Persian Twist......Charles Blackwell & His Orchestra
6. Baghdad Bazaar.......Philip Green & His Mayfair Orchestra
7. Sheik Or Morocco......Kenny Day
8. Marrakesh......Tony Osborne & His Orchestra
9. Climb Up The Wall......Yana
10. Misirlou......Stanley Black & His Orchestra
11. Delilah's Theme......Johnny Keating Kombo
12. Call Of The Casbah......Laurie Johnson
13. Lonely One......Roy Tierney
14. Turkish Coffee......Tony Osborne & His Orchestra
15. Kazoo......Reg Owen & His Orchestra
16. The Sultan Of Bezaaz.......Ray Ellington

        10. Misirlou

Monday 19 September 2022

Billy May

Two driving big bands next !!

1. When Your Lover has Gone
2. Huguette Waltz
3. It Happened In Monterey
4. Unforgettable
5. Lemon Twist
6. Say It Isn't So

1. The March Of The Toys
2. Makin' Whoopee
3. The Man With The Golden Gun
4. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
5. Lean Baby
6. I'll Never Say Never Again Again
          3. It Happened In Monterey

Ted Heath & His Music

 Great arrangements..  Great Idea that swings merrily along London Bridge !

1. Lincolnshire Poacher
2. Greensleeves
3. D'ya Ken John Peel
4. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
5. There's A Tavern In the Town
6. Barbara Allen

1. Cherry Ripe
2. Sweet Polly Oliver
3. London Bridge Is Falling Down
4. Early One Morning
5. The Lasse Of Richmond Hill
6. The Foggy Foggy Dew

          3. London Bridge Is Falling Down
          4. Early One Morning

Eddie Condon & His All Stars

Some Dixieland now recorded in of the 20's...fill your ears with this great sound then put your feet up ready for 2 Pianos !!!

1957's The Roaring Twenties, salutes a host of jazz luminaries of the pre-swing era, from Lee Wiley and Turk Murphy to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Condon -- appearing with cornetist Wild Bill Davison, drummer George Wettling, clarinetist Bob Wilber, bassist Leonard Gaskin, and trombone player Vic Dickenson -- illustrates perfectly how much fun jazz was before it took itself seriously, jamming on "Minor Drag," "That's a Plenty," and ten other tunes.
A lighthearted session with not much to challenge listeners but plenty to entertain them, The Roaring Twenties features a couple of longtime veterans of Dixieland-inspired jazz enjoying themselves playing the songs they'd known for decades.

1. Wolverine Blues
2. Chimes Blues
3. Put Em' Down Blues
4. Davenport Blues
5. What Cha Call em' Blues
6. Minor Drag

1. China Boy
2. My Monday Date
3. Apex Blues
4. Heebie Jeebies
5. St James Infirmary Blues
6. That's a Plenty

          3. Apex Blues

Lew Davies & His Orchestra

Command Stereo does it again !!...some great piano voices and stereo !....a relaxing and put your feet up type of L/P !!...if you like piano music then your in for a treat !!

1. Cheek To Cheek
2. I'll Never Smile Again
3. These Foolish Things
4. Sleepy Lagoon
5. April In Paris
6. Tea For Two

1. Let's Put Out The Lights
2. Paradise
3. Embraceable You
4. Adios Querido
5. Lets Do It
6. How Deep Is The Ocean
         3. Embraceable You

Thursday 15 September 2022

Charley Pride.

We now go "Country & Western" for the next three posts courtesy of my brother from the "Hoard" that I got....not forgeting "Ken & my niece "Nicola"who also made a substantial contribution !!...But now back to the Music !!..can't say That I have heard any of "Charley's" work the name seems familiar but not the songs....The selection that is on this L/P seems to be more or less the same but with different words....the tempo is the same I wish there was a "Gem" on this one but can't see or hear one !!...maybe my ears are not attuned to the 123 tempo !!!

1. I'd Rather Love You
2. Time Your Not A Friend Of Mine
3. Jeanie Norman
4. Anywhere Just Inside Your Arms
5. When The Train Comes In

1. Piroque Joe
2. Was It All Worth Losing You
3. Instant Loneliness
4. This Highway Leads To Glory
5. Time Out For Jesus


            1. Piroque Joe

Billie Jo Spears.

Now this compilation is spot on !!..true the 123 tempo is still hanging around but it has been mixed in with popular hits and cover versions of songs by other singers...and the record company has been generous with a great 22 tracks !!

1. Blanket on The Ground
2. Here You Come Again
3. Crystal Chandeliers
4. What I've Got In Mind
5. Fire And Rain
6. Blue Blue Day
7. Just The Way You Are
8. It's a Heartache
9. All I Have To Do Is Dream
10. This Ole House
11. Tennessee Waltz

1. 57 Chevrolet
2. Cryin' Time
3. I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again 
4. For The Good Times
5. I'll Never Love This Way Again
6. Love Of The Common People
7. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
8. Blue Bayou
9. Rocky Top
10. Till I Get It Right 
11. Queen Of The Silver Dollar

          10. This Ole House

This Is Country Music.

These compilations are getting better and the last one is the best !!....out of the 12 tracks I am only familiar with 2 of the singers !!..the rest are all new to me but I bet your bottom dollar that the CW fans out there have heard of all of them !!...this is definatley full of "Gems" so don't hesitate give it a download and enjoy !!!

1. Jackson...Johnny Cash & June Carter 
2. Big Dummy...Tommy Collins
3. Help Stamp Out Loneliness...Stonewall Jackson
4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry...The Carter Family
5. Don't Let Me Cross Over...Carl & Pearl Butler
6. Foggy Mountain Breakdown...Lester Flatts & Earl Scruggs

1. Tonight Carmen...Marty Robins
2. Saginaw Michigan...Lefty Frizzell
3. Deep Water...Carl Smith
4. Danny Boy...Ray Price
5. You Can't Have Your Kate And Ethel Too...The Statler Brothers
6. The Wheels Fell Of The Wagon Again...Johnny Dollar

           6. Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Ella Fitzgerald

 This is a concert by Ella Fitzgerald, which was recorded in 1973 at Carnegie Hall as part of the Newport Jazz Festival of the same year......The concert was attended by the Tommy Flanagan Orchestra, guitarist Joe Pass and Ellis is not the complete concert but the second half in  which Ella sings....

1. I've Gotta Be Me
2. Good Morning Heartache
3. Some Of These Days
4. Miss Otis Regrets
5. You Turned The Tables On Me
6. Nice Work If You Can Get It

1. Any Old Blues
2. Lemon Drop
3. Don't Worry Bout Me
4. These Foolish Things
5. A Tisket A Tasket....with Chick Webb Orchestra
6. Smooth Sailing

It's great being able to hear Ella's Concerts She was one of the Greats and I doubt that we will ever hear the like of her again !!..RIP Ella !!

          2. Lemon Drop

          4. These Foolish Things

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Caterina Valente

 Here's an L/P of Caterina that I missed....I don't think it was released in England only later when it was paired up with Fire And Frenzy (Vocalion)......a couple of the tracks have been  re-mastered by someone so the volume is a bit up and down !!

1. Malaguena
2. Ay Chabela
3. En El Mar
4. Cu-Cu-Ru-Cu-Cu
5. Nunca Nunca Nunca
6. La Hiedra

1. La Flor De La Canela
2. Cachito
3. Oracion Caribe
4. La Cigarra
5. Franqueza
6. Donde Estas Corazon

          2. Ay Chabela

Sunday 11 September 2022

Mel Torme

 Now here we have a mixed post of a CD and L/P 
The CD say's that its the Complete Recordings from 1954 & 1957...But I Only have the 2nd CD
This one is with the Marty Paich Quintet......And The L/P is with Al Pellegrini Trio.
There is also a Bonus track on the CD

CD Tracks...1957
1. It's Only A Paper Moon
2. What Is This Thing Called Love
3. One For My Baby And One For The Road
4. Love Is Just A Bug
5. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
6. Just One Of Those Things
7. The Girl Next Door
8. Lover Come Back To Me
9. Looking At You
10. The Tender Trap
11. I'm Beginning To See The Light
12. Autumn Leaves (Gag Intro)
13. Autumn Leaves (Straight In French )
14. Tenderly
15. I Wish I Were In Love Again
16. It's Delovely
17. It's Alright With Me
18. Manhattan
19. Taking A Chance On Love
20. Home By The Sea
21. Nobody's Heart
22. I Got Plenty Of Nuttin' ( Bonus Track)

1. From This Moment On
2. That Old Black Magic
3. Get Out Of Town
4. Goody Goody
5. Love Is Here To Stay
6. Blue Moon
7. Old Devil Moon

1. Get Happy
2. Mountain Greenery
3. The County Fair
4. The Christmas Song
5. Jeepers Creepers
6. You're Driving Me Crazy
7. Bernie's Tune

5. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

        7. Old Devil Moon

Female Legends Of The 50's..2.VA

 Here is the 2nd one of the Legend Gals !

A leap in time now to the 50's when the pace of life was more slower ! and not so frantic !!

1. You Send Me.....Teresa Brewer
2. Fire Down Below......Jeri Southern
3. Alright Okay You Win......Peggy Lee
4. Teach Me Tonight......Jo Stafford
5. Goodnight My Love Pleasant Dreams......The McGuire Sisters
6. Mr Wonderful......Peggy Lee
7. How Important Can It Be......Joni James
8. Secret Love......Doris Day
9. I Wanna Be Loved.....The Fontane Sisters
10. Gonna Get Along Without You Now......Patience And Prudence
11. Allegheny Moon.....Patti Page
12. Happiness Street......Georgia Gibbs
13. Something's Gotta Give......The McGuire Sisters
14. Hey Joe......Kitty Wells
15. Old Cape Cod......Patti Page
16. The Banjo's Back in Town.......Teresa Brewer
17. Mango's......Rosemary Clooney
18. Mama Teach Me To Dance......Eydie Gorme
19. Go On With The Wedding......Patti Page
20. Sisters......Rosemary Clooney
21. Ready Willing And Able......Doris Day
22. Tra La La.......Georgia Gibbs
23. Music Music Music......Teresa Brewer
24. I Love My Baby My Baby Loves Me......Jill Corey
25. Under The Bridges Of Paris......Eartha Kitt

          18. Mama Teach Me To Dance
          25. Under The Bridges Of Paris

Thursday 8 September 2022

Don Costa Echoing Voices & Trombones

We now have an Orchestra doing a "Ray Conniff !!.. that  usually arranged and conducted for singers like Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence, Frank Sinatra....Sounds are great Stereo 

Dominick P. "Don" Costa (June 10, 1925 – January 19, 1983) was an American conductor and record producer. He discovered singer Paul Anka and worked on several hit albums by Frank Sinatra, including Sinatra and Strings and My Way.
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé invited Costa to write vocal backgrounds for their recordings. He agreed and thus began an association that led to their joining a record label headed by Sam Clark: ABC-Paramount Records. Costa accepted the position of head A&R man as well as chief arranger and producer. Many hits were to follow, not only with Lawrence and Gormé, but with Lloyd Price, George Hamilton IV, and Paul Anka.

1. Day In Day Out
2. Deed I Do
3. The Breeze And I
4. Just In Time
5. But Not For Me
6. I'm Beginning To See The Light

1. Skyliner
2. Echo Of Love
3. Opus No 1
4. Adios
5. Thou Swell
6. Nice Work If You Can Get It
         4. Adios

Thursday 1 September 2022

The Harmony Records Story VA..Disc 2

 Now we have the second Disc of a great Various Artists selection Disc One is below !!..together with my comments of this Great selection !!!

1. Autumn Leaves......Hank Garland
2. Dream A Little Dream Of Me......Dinah Shore
3. My Melancholy Baby......Ella Fitzgerald
4. Blue Moon Of Kentucky......Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
5. Book Of Love......The Harmony Blazers
6. Personality......Pearl Bailey
7. As Time Goes By......Liberace
8. On A Little Street In Singapore......Harry James with Frank Sinatra
9. For Me And My Gal......The Chordettes
10. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White......Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
11. San Antonio Rose.......Polly Bergen & Bill Bergen
12. Too Young......Rosemary Clooney
13. Sabre Dance......Woody Herman & His Orchestra
14. Slippin' Around......Floyd Tillman
15. My Rough And Rowdy Ways......Lefty Frizzell
16. Come Back To Sorrento......Toni Arden
17. Boogie Blues......Gene Krupa with Anita O'Day
18. Fool Am I......Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa
19. Pistol Packin' Mama......Al Dexter & His Troopers
20. Without A Song......Nelson Eddy
21. Foggy Mountain Special......Flatt & Scruggs
22. The Lonesome River......The vStanley Brothers
23. Just As I Am......Jimmy Dean
24. Nice Work If You Can Get It,,,,,,Sarah Vaughan
25. Worried Man Blues

           3. My Melancholy Baby
           21.Foggy Mountain Special

50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett

The man with 50 Guitars at his disposal does "South America" and it sounds great !!...courtesy of "Bob" !!

      1. Maria Elena

The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett.

 Let's now jet off now to Sunny "Spain" and do some "Flemenco" Dancing !!
 This one is IMHO one of the best of The 50 Guitar series....and again we have that little man running around fiddling with the knobs and sliders !!....Seriously I shouldn't deride the talent of the main guitar performers who according to the back of the sleeve and one or two other people that have made a comment is...TOM TEDESCO......But I like the thought of that little man running around the recording studio !!!

 1. Lady Of Spain
2. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
3. Conquest
4. Meditation
5. La Violetera
6. Adios Mariquita Linda

1. Valencia
2. In A Little Spanish Town
3. El Relicario
4. Blue Tango
5. Marcheta
6. Temptation

   4. Blue Tango

The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett.

 This L/P begs the there really 50 people playing their Guitars or have they got the "Multi Track" machine on !!!...or a little man sliding the slides or twiddling the knobs !!
Whatever it is its a great sound !!....a handfull of well know tunes played brilliantly....easy listening people will love it !!

1. Lara's Theme From Dr Zhivago
2. Spanish Eyes
3. Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu-Paloma
4. What Now My Love 
5. Courtin'

1. Guantanamara
2. Anna
3. Michelle
5. If You Go Away

   4. What Now My Love