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Saturday 20 April 2024

Chess


 I would guess that if you have not seen the show then this might not mean much to anyone but as with most of shows soundtracks it will appeal to the that have seen it  and there is a couple of songs that have become hits.



As you can see there is no track listing of who sings what songs  !

The American – Murray Head
The Russian – Tommy Körberg
Florence – Elaine Paige
Molokov – Denis Quilley
The Arbiter – Björn Skifs
Svetlana – Barbara Dickson

Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, and book by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters, one American and the other Soviet, and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster (named Freddie Trumper in the stage version) was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.

          5. Bangkok / One Night In Bangkok

Thursday 18 April 2024

Ella Fitzgerald.

Ella as usual in good voice from the 60's.... selection of songs are more of a "Jazz" feel than her "Standards" and "Songbook Selections"....

1. A Night In Tunisia
2. You're My Thrill
3. My Reverie
4. Stella By Starlight
5. Round Midnight
6. Jersy Bounce
7. Signing Off

1. Cry Me a River
2. This Years Kisses
3. Good Morning Heartache
4. Born To Be Blue
5. Clap Hnads Here Comes Charlie
6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
7. The Music Goes Round And Around
          6. Jersey Bounce

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Linda Clifford.


 Well we've had Jazz, Classical, Hilbilly, Bluegrass, Piano, so I reckon its time for some "Disco"
a great L/P with a very different version of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"...hope you like it !!

1. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
2. Let Me Be Your Woman
3. Don't Give It Up
4. Hold Me Close

1. One Of Those Songs
2. Don't Let Me Have Another Bad Dream
3. I Can't Let This Good Thing Get Away
4. Sweet Melodies


          7. I Can't Let This Good Thing Get Away

Tony Mottola

Here's an L/P that will test your stereo equipment it's a brilliant one as are all the "Command Stereo" series !!.....Its from the early 60's and I can remember hearing a couple of tracks on the radio from a programme that  used to review the latest L/P releases...so off I went to the record shop to find it....It's been one of my favourites and has always been on and off the turntable from when I bought it....Play it loud to get the most from it..... But make sure the neighbours are not in !!!!!!
    2. Skip To My Lou

Deodato

 This is one of the most inventive arrangers since the likes of "Ray Conniff" ect ...saying that... it's nothing like RC....he seems to be able to incorporate "jazz" "clasical" & "Funk" as well as some of his own sounds to his arrangments...the reference to RC was just to say he is as different at this time as RC was when he first started his "Sound" in the 50s/60's.....If you folks out there have not heard him then do have a listen !!...Caravan / Watusi Strut is 11mins of pure magic !!

 1. Funk Yourself
2. Black Dog
3. Crabwalk
4. Adam's Hotel

1. Caravan / Watusi Strut
2. Speak Low
3. First Cuckoo

          1. Funk Yourself

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Clea Bradford

 Here's a great singer ! if you have not heard of her then you are missing out !! pure magic !!

          2. Don't Rain On My Parade
          8. Ol' Man River

Monday 15 April 2024

Tony Mottola

This L/P has definatly not got a little man fiddling with the knobs and slides !!...Its how a guitar should be played....Fantastic track "Something" and just listen to the arrangments on "Heart And Soul" & "Georgia"....A must for all you "Easy Listeners" out there !!!

1. Les Bicyclettes De Belsize
2. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
3. The Impossible Dream
4. Guitar Underground
5. Something
6. Little Green Apples
7. Lay Lady Lay

1. Little Arrows
2. Heart And Soul
3. Georgia
4. Lullaby Of The Leaves
5. Hey Jude
6. Tony's Tune
7. Tequila
          10. Georgia

Sunday 14 April 2024

Marti Webb

Tell Me on a Sunday was the first solo album released by Marti Webb
All tracks were written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black and told the story of an English girl who has emigrated to the United States and embarks on a succession of romances. The music later formed the first half of a stage show called Song and Dance, in which Webb also starred.

Here's one of "Andrew Lloyd Webber's" lesser known work....Its a "One Act Song Cycle One Women Show"....First done as this L/P then produced on stage...it has some very good songs in it "Take That Look Off Your Face"got to No 3 in the English Hit Parade....best song for me is "I'm Very You You're Very Me
 
1. Take That Look Of Your Face
2. Let Me Finish
3. Its Not The End Of The World (If I Lose Him)
4. Letter Home To England
5. Sheldon Bloom
6. Capped Teeth And Caesar Salad
7. You Made Me Think You Were In Love
8. Its Not The End Of The World (If He's Younger)
9. Second Letter Home

1. Come Back With The Same Look In Your Eyes
2. Lets Talk About You
3. Take That Look Of Your Face (Reprise)
4. Tell Me On A Sunday
5. Its Not The End Of The World (If He's Married)
6. I'm Very You You're Very Me
7. Nothing Like You've Ever Known
8. Let Me Finish (Reprise)


Nelson Riddle And Orchestra.



This is another great recording from about 1958.....I keep thinking that Sinatra is going to start singing as the arrangements are very similar to his SFSL's especially on the tracks "Without A Song" & "I'll Get By" !!!

1. Jeannine
2. Without A Song
3. September In The Rain
4. S'posin'
5. Am I Blue
6. Rain

1. I'll Get By
2. Diga Diga Doo
3. For All We Know
4. Time Was
5. Something To Remember You By
6. Get Happy





   5. Am I Blue

Cass Elliot.

When you listen to "The Mama's & The Papa's" Cass's voice blends in well and it is only when she does a solo bit and this L/P when you realise how good a voice she had got and very distinctive.I believe that this was the first solo one that she did...a great selection of songs...love "Cherrie's Jubilee" !!!

1. I'll Be Home
2. Baby I'm Yours
3. Jesus Was a Cross Maker
4. That Song
5. When It Doesn't Work Out

1. I'll Be There
2. Disney Girls
3. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
4. Cherries Jubilee
5. All In The Game



2. Baby I'm Yours.

The Musicmakers


 Ok folks we are now going on a musical journey with a few surprises on the way !! .so hold onto your hats as we start off with a good party sing song before we go "Cosmic" on a journey maybe to Venus !!..were all the women are !!...as in the quote by "John Gray"... "Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus" !!!!...so altogether now 123 !



Boney M

Whosh !! and are we away to Venus ?..who knows !! maybe in a dream !!....but the throbbing beat of Boney M will bring us down to earth 




 

Tony Bennett

 Continuing this great selection of  Tony's missing tracks from "The Complete Box" !!
To complete the "The Complete Box" !!

1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco....with Judy Garland
2. The Lady Is A Tramp.....with Frank Sinatra
3. Young At Heart....with Shawn Colvin
4. I've Got The World On A String....Diana Krall
5. Steppin' Out With My Baby.... with Michael Buble
6. If I Ruled The World....with Wang Hom Lee
7. Steppin' Out With My Baby....Deltra Goodrem
8. New York State Of Mind....with Billy Joel
9. When You Wish Upon A Star....Jackie Evancho
10. They Can't Take That Away From Me....Brad Paisly
11. New York New York....with Andrea Bocelli

          8. New York State Of Mind

Saturday 13 April 2024

Benny Goodman

We now have some of Benny Goodman's tracks from I guess the 40's because of the style of his singers and also the reproduction of the sound on this German pressing is not to clever ...and also on Side Two the tracks are mixed up at the end ...even on the record label does not match the tracks on the
 back cover. But I guess that if you like big band sounds then that will be okay !!

          12 Jumpin' At The Woodside

Friday 12 April 2024

Nina Simone


Nina Simone's recording of "I Put A Spell On You" is one of the best on record plus her recording of "Feeling Good"makes this L/P a must for all lovers of great music !!It was recorded in 1965...the track "One September Day" proves that she could sing soft..sweet and simple !!!




8. One September Day.

George Melachrino


 Now another dose of souring strings !! 12 tracks to be exact ! in the guise of "The Melachrino Strings"...you can even do a comparison of the track "Diane" by Mantovani !...so you lovers of lush orchestra's enjoy this one as well !!



          8. Blue Room

Wednesday 10 April 2024

My Fair Lady..Broadway Production

I don't think that this L/P needs me to say anything about it except that it is from the "Broadway" production....if anybody doesn't know about it then they must be like "Rip Van Winkle"asleep for a 100 years !!!

2. Wouldn't It Be Luverly

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains

Geoff  Love's alter Ego.... "Studio 2 Stereo".....and some Exotic sounding song titles what more can you ask for !!
           7. Hasta La Vista