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Monday 31 July 2023

Tony Bennett

Time for remembering a Great Singer.....RIP Tony... sing to the angels !

          7. I Can't Get Started

Barry Manilow.

 This L/P has a mixture of Barry's style of singing a couple of "Power Ballads" of which he is well known for a "Show Tune" and a great version of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter"....So overall its one of his better ones !!!

 1. I Wanna Do It With You
2. Here Comes The Night
3. Memory
4. Let's Get On With It
5. Some Girls

1. Some Kind Of A Friend
2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
3. Getting Over Losing You
4. Heart Of Steel
5. Stay
       7. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 

The Stylistics.

I suppose I should change my 50's & 60's to include 70's because it seems that I am posting a lot from that era "The 70's " via my sister !! we have one from 1974  when the "Pop" idiom was peppered with soul groups like "The Stylistics" ect !!! my knowledge this L/P contains three of their biggest hits... and the rest hits the spot !! spot on !!!!

1. Lets Put It All Together
2. I Got A Letter
3. We Can Make It Happen Again 
4. Keeping My Fingers Crossed
5. You Make Me feel Brand New

1. I Got Time On My Hands
2. Doin' The Streets
3. I Take It Out On You
4. Love is The Answer
5. Love Is The Answer (Instrumental)

           9. Love Is The Answer

Elkie Brooks

Here we have the distinctive voice of "Elkie" the first side is a bit rocky and loud but the voice shines through on the Second side with the slower ballad type songs....This is another singer who should have been more popular that she is....Just checked up on her and seems that she is popular !!
  She is generally referred to as the "British Queen of Blues". By April 2012, Brooks had released more albums that had reached the top 75 of the UK album chart than any other British female artist.

1. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
2. Be Positive
3. Since You Went Away
4. Putting My Heart On The Line
5. Stay With Me

1. As
2. Learn To Love
3. Too Precious
4. Shooting Star
5. Just An Excuse 

          5. Stay With Me

Sunday 30 July 2023

Jim Diamond.

 This one is by a Scottish singer who should be more popular than he is...He had a UK No 1 in about 1984 with "I Should Have Known Better"which was great..Then the theme song from the TV program "Boon" called "Hi Ho Silver....All you out there in "Australia America & Russia and others have a listen he has a unique voice and style don't think you will be disapointed if you are you can always leave a comment !!!

P.S This is a great L/P and deserves a listen to... as I said he has a unique voice....The arrangements are first class with a nice solid beat beat.

1. Double Crossed
2. I Sleep Alone At Night
3. After The Fire
4. I Should Have Known Better
5. Stumblin' Over

1. Remember I Love You
2. New Generation
3. Co-Operation
4. She Is Woman
5. I'm Yours

          1. Double Crossed

Saturday 29 July 2023

Billie Holiday

 This one comes under the category of a love or hate scenario !! it right to mess about with the original recordings ?.....They are defiantly re- great to hear some comments about this one !!.....I have included most of the original tracks as well just for a I said Love Or Hate !!

1. I Hear Music
2. I Hear Music (Original Recording)
3. More Than You Know
4. More Than You Know (Original Recording)
5. Spreading Rhythm Around
6. Spreading Rhythm Around (Original Recording)
7. Long Gone Blues
8. Long Gone Blues ( Original Recording)
9. Trav'lin All Alone
10. Trav'lin All Alone (Original Recording)
11. He Ain't Got Rhythm
12. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Original Recording)
13. Summertime
14. Summertime (Original Recording)
15. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key
16. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key (Original Recording)
17. Glad To Be Unhappy
18. Billie's Blues
19. Billie's Blues (Original Recording)
20. Your So Desirable
21. Your So Desirable (Original Recording)
22. Pennies From Heaven
23. Pennies From Heaven (Original Recording)
24. But Beautiful
25. All Of Me
26. All Of Me (Original Recording)

       11. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Remix)

      12. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Original)

Al Caiola & His Orchestra

Some Stereo Percussion now...pretty good Stereo

1. Frenesi
2. Chiapenecas
3. Guadalajara
4. Maria Elena
5. Vito Pasa Double
6. Adios

1. Valencia
2. Siboney
3. Espana
4. Ay Ay Ay 
5. Dengozo Samba
6. La Golondrina

          2. Siboney

Irene..London Cast

"Showtime" once again from across the channel via "Bob"....Its great to hear these L/P's and to listen to the well known classic "Standard" songs in there original settings....Thanks once again "Bob" for all of them which will be posted in this session and probably the next !!! Sooooooo folks enjoy some nostalgia !!!!!

          9. If Only He Knew

The Beach Boys

 As with most of the "Live "L/P's this one is recorded as Side 1 and Side 2.... It was recorded at "Finsbury Park" in London in 1968....This information is not on the back sleeve so I had to do a little detective work to find out when and where I hope its right !!.... it contains most of their hits and they do a good job replicating the "Beach Boys" Sound Live !! as stated on the back sleeve

 1. Darlin'
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice
3. Sloop John B
4. California Girls
5. Do It Again
6. Wake The World
7. Aren't You Glad

1. Bluebirds Over The Mountains
2. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
3. Good Vibrations
4. God Only Knows
5. Barbara Ann

Tom Jones.

Ok back to the "Pops" with a big bang !!...and according to the record label "13 Smash Hits"
Hmm !!..they redeem themselves by stating on the back  its the "Songs" that are the "Hits"..
as usual TG sings them as only he can !!

1. Don't Fight It
2. You keep Me Hanging On
3. Hold On I'm Coming
4. I Was made To Love Her
5. Keep On Running
6. Get Ready

1. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
2. I Know
3. I Wake Up Crying
4. Funny How Time Slips Away
5. Danny Boy
6. It's A Man's Man's World
7. Yesterday

          5. Keep On Running

Friday 28 July 2023

Lisa Of Lambeth..

I've not heard of this one but I Guess that there will be plenty Of folks out there who have so enjoy it !!!...I Guess its the "London Cast " !!


Johnny Mathis

 The last couple of posts of Johnny found him in the land of the "Disco" Boom....this one puts him firmly back to earth !! with a mixture of 70's classic songs and some not so well usual he does a perfect job with them sung in the typical "Mathis" style....Cooooooooooooool !!!

1. Killing Me Softly With Her Song
2. Aubrey
3. And I Love You So
4. Break Up To Make Up
5. Arianne

1. Neither One Of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye
2. Wildflower
3. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
4. Sing
5. Good Morning Heartache
6. Show And Tell

          6. Neither One of Us Wants To be the First To Say Goodbye 

So Rare 1..VA

Once again the DeLorean is on the move ! ! visiting the 30's and 40's....I guess that most of these recordings were from 78's as seen on the front cover held by Dame Edna Everage!...Ooops Barry Humphries !!
If you like vintage music then you will enjoy this...and if you are curious give it a download you will get hooked !!.....this comes from "The Vintage Music Blog"....thanks Marty !

          22. The Moon Got In My Eyes

          9. She Didn't Say Yes

Thursday 27 July 2023

Peggy Lee

Here we have Peggy Lee in 1977

1. The Hungry Years
2. Here Now
3. I Go To Rio
4. I'm Not In Love
5. Star Sounds
6. What I Did For Love

1. Misty
2. Every Little Movement
3.Courage Madame
4. Switchin' Channels
5. Just For Tonight
6. Lover

         12. Lover

The Unforgettable 50's..VA

Compilation time more blasts from the past !!...some well known and some not...but I'm sure  it will tug at the memory strings !!

         21. Here I Am Broken Hearted

Werner Muller

 Another great instrumental from Werner Muller with great Stereo !

1. South Of The Border
2. I Love Paris
3. American Patrol
4. A Foggy Day
5. Brazil
6. Vaya Con Dios

1. Arrivederci Roma
2. April In Portugal
3. Espana
4. Sayonara
5. Calcutta
6. Istanbul

          3. American Patrol

Close To You..VA

A great mixture of songs and singers on this L/P supplied by Bob...Thanks Bob !! doesn't get any better than this !!...vocal Gold !!

1. Close To You....Matt Monro
2. Fire And Rain....Anne Murray
3. Promises Promises....George Shearing
4. Everybodys Talking....Al Martino
5. Here Comes That Rainy Day Again....The Fortunes
6. Glad To Be Unhappy....Nancy Wilson

1. Is That All There Is....Peggy Lee
2. Both Sides Now....Glen Campbell
3. I'll Never Fall In Love Again....Bobbie Gentry
4. Bluesette....Laurindo Almeida
5. Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head....Mel Torme
6. Light My Fire....The Lettermen
         5. Here Comes That Rainy Day Again

Bob Thompson

A great great surprise with this one !! It's like Ray Conniff plus Jazz and Swing all in one go !!...Thanks John for this one a definite Luigi Plus !!

RCA wanted pop orchestra music.  They turned to Bob. He made Just for Kicks, MMM Nice!, and On the Rocks, which were more experimental and ambitious than what they wanted. He was nominated for a Grammy but nobody bought the records.
Throwing down the gauntlet, he composed Sound of Speed for Dot Records, an LP that combined sound effects and orchestra around the theme of rockets, cars, and trains. ​
Nobody bought that one either. The song Starfire, with its spaceship roar, became a classic in what became known as Space Age Pop music.

          3. Happy Talk

Wednesday 26 July 2023

John Zaradin

 Even tho' this L/P title "Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez" may not ring a bell I recon that most off you out there in the wide! wide! world will recognise it !! The second movement "Adagio" has been made into a popular song recorded by many singers...And the second side is a great collection of guitar pieces.......Go on indulge yourself and go classical !!

1. Concierto De Aranjuez 

1. Balletto
2. Air And Variations
3. Valse Criollo
4. Granada
5. Spanish Serenade
          5. Spanish Serenade

Vince Hill

The Underated Vince Hill with his hit Single "Edelweiss" Plus !!

1. The Sound Of Music
2. One Hand One Heart
3.  I Love You Samantha
4. Till The End Of Time
5. I Have Dreamed
6. Janie

1. Stranger In Paradise 
2. Maria
3. Smile
4. Forgotten Dreams
5. Take Me back Again
6. Edelweiss
          12. Edelweiss

Tuesday 25 July 2023

Ann Gilbert

We now have a set of standard songs sung by a classy singer that I've not heard of before so off I go to "Wikie" to see what I can find.

Discovered on Chicago's South Side, Ann Gilbert emerged briefly in the mid-'50s on the Groove label, RCA's blues/jazz subsidiary. She'd begun singing in church at the age of four and by ten, she was a regular on the radio program Young America Sings. She acted and sang in summer stock musicals and seemed destined for a career in classical music when jazz beckoned.  She began improvising at the piano and found that she preferred experimenting with music rather than the formality of classical study. Gilbert began singing in clubs, working as her own accompanist, and began building a reputation at clubs in Indianapolis and Chicago. In 1956, she got her big chance to record when she was signed to Groove Records by a talent scout passing through Chicago. 

In a Swingin' Mood pairs singer Ann Gilbert with arranger Elliot Lawrence, whose bold, buoyant charts keep the session every bit as lively as its title promises. Stock selections like "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Makin' Whoopee," and "Lover Come Back to Me" may not look particularly impressive on paper, but Gilbert's vocals are never anything less than heartfelt, yet remarkably free of pathos. A crack supporting unit featuring tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, altoist Hal McKusick, trumpeter Nick Travis, and trombonist Eddie Bert also contributes mightily to the album's effervescent spirit......(AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny)

1. Lover Come Back To Me
2. What'll I Do
3. Someone To Watch Over Me
4. Makin' Whoopee
5. What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry
6. Two Sleepy People

1. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
2. Imagination
3. You Took Advantage Of Me
4. Back In Your Own Back Yard
5. Sweet And Lovely
6. Love Is Just Around The Corner
          10. Back In Your Own Back Yard