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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Waltz Queen - Patti Page

The Waltz Queen
Patti Page
Vic Schoen And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20318

From Billboard - March 17, 1958: Exceptionally strong package. The gal has never been better in this creamy, nostalgic selection of three-beater favorites like "What'll I Do," "Till We Meet Again," "The Boy Next Door," etc. Excellent backings by Vic Schoen and ork. Several bands here are worthy of singles exposure and the entire set should set a brisk pace at the counter.

What'll I Do
Till We Meet Again
While We're Young
Now Is The Hour
You Always Hurt The One You Love
The Boy Next Door
Falling In Love With Love
Let The Rest Of The World Go By
You Will Find Your Love In Paris

The Cascading Voices Of The Hugo & Luigi Chorus With Brass

Autumn Leaves
The Cascading Voices Of The Hugo & Luigi Chorus With Brass
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
RCA Victor LSP-2789

From the back cover: In the rush to get to today's market with the new, the different, the novel, one thing is frequently overlooked – music. Music – pure melody – was the reason for the creation of Hugo & Luigi Chorus in the first place. And here, in this best-seller series, it has found a home. (The first two albums by the chorus, The Cascading Voices Of The Hugo & Luigi Chorus and Let's Fall In Love, are on the best-seller charts).

From Billboard - February 22, 1964: There is no more romantic music than the 12 tunes herein assembled. There is hardly a more romantic way to perform them than the choral technique used of gliding up and down the scales while backed by rhythm and brass. Unbeatable for dancing or romancing. Highly recommended.

Me And My Shadow
Fly Me To The Moon
Time On My Hands
All Alone
When You're Smiling
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Autumn Leaves
April Showers
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Girl Of My Dream

Love Me Or Leave Me - Doris Day

Love Me Or Leave Me
Doris Day
Orchestra Conducted by Percy Faith
Columbia Records CL 710

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art.

It All Depends On You
You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)
Stay On The Right Side, Sister
Mean To Me
Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)
Sam, The Old Accordion Man
Shaking The Blues Away
Ten Cents A Dance
I'll Never Stop Loving You
Never Look Back
At Sundown
Love Me Or Leave Me

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Theatre Organ In H-Fi - Leonard MacClain

Theatre Organ In Hi-Fi
Leonard MacClain
Epic LN 3273

From the back cover: Leonard MacClain, it is safe to say, is the best known organist in the Philadelphia area. For many years he has been heard on the air and in person playing the most notable theatre, concert, and church organs. Leonard first heard an organ when he was six years old, was captivated by the instrument and started studying organ when he was ten. His first theatre job was at the tender age of twelve, and he has been at it ever since. For nine years he played at the Commordore Theatre, adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania campus. He played the State Theatre, broadcast for seven years from the Uptown, and an even longer run of broadcasting over WIP (from the State) found him opening and closing that station morning and evening with organ recitals. At one time his program had the highest rating of any Philadelphia program, for he did a musical quiz that paid anyone who could submit a tune which would stump him. Very few persons got paid, because he had long since earned the name of "Melody Mac" for his repertoire of thousands of numbers which he could call forth in an instant.

Playing the theatre organ has not been MacClain's only musical experience. He had prepared his organist' career solidly, studying with several of the best teachers in Philadelphia, including Matthews and McCurdy. MacClain has been conductor of choral societies, church organist in some prominent churches such as the Chambers-Wylie Church, done some composing, and has played many fine programs on the great organ in the Wanamaker store, where, since 1944, he has been featured regularly in broadcasts and recitals.

Electronic organs have not escaped Leonard's attention. Indeed, it was Leonard MacClain who played the first electronic organ, in a nationwide broadcast. On April 6, 1935, the newly invented "Photona", built by Ivan Eremeef on the photoelectric cell principle, was first broadcast from station WCAU over the CBS network by the staff organist of that station, Leonard MacClain. Today, he is quite a specialist on the most popular of electronics, and has played many engagements on the electronic instrument, where no pipe organ is available. His current radio broadcasts daily are from a studio electronic, where he appears on the popular "Rise and Shine" program. In addition to being heard on the air continuously since 1923, Leonard MacClain has played more shows, dinners, conventions, and special programs in the halls, hotels and Convention Hall of Philadelphia than any other organist. His popularity is based squarely on his ability to play music people love – and he loves to play anything they want to hear. – Enos E. Shupp, Jr.

From Billboard - September 8, 1956: Label's "Hit Of The Month" LP is aimed at hi-fi fans. Using a theatre organ, MacClain plays a surefire collection of all-time favorites including "Tenderly," "My Romance," Serenade" (Student Prince), "Warsaw Concerto," "Charmain," "Intermezzo" and "Laura." Special dealer bonus deal makes this a good one to push.

Knightsbridge March
My Romance
Moonlight In Vermont
Warsaw Concerto
Moonlight On The Ganges
Beyond The Sea
When The Organ Played At Twilight

Hullabaloo With The Stars

Rules Of Love
With The Stars
Wyncote W9080

Hey Bobba Needle - Chubby Checker
Lover Boy - Dee Dee Sharp
The Third House - Bobby Rydell
View From My Window - Times
No No No - Dovells
Let's Make Love Tonight - Bobby Rydell
Cheat - Dovells
Everything's Gonna Be All Right - Chubby Checker
You'll Never Be Mine - Dee Dee Sharp
Rules Of Love -- Orlons

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gabor Szabo Live With Charles Lloyd

Gabor Szabo Live With Charles Lloyd
Featuring Spellbinder
Produced by Tommy LiPuma
Album Design & Front Cover Photo by Tom Nikes Prod., Inc.
Liner Notes by Barry Fienstein
Recorded at Troubadour, Hollywood, California
Recording Facilities by Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, California
Engineered and Mixed by Bruce Botnick
Blue Thumb Records BTS 6014


Gabor Szabo - Guitar
Wolfgang Pelz - Bass
Mailto Correa - Congas and Percussion
Charles Lloyd - Flute
Tommy Eyre - Keyboard
Tony Ortega - Flute and Echoplex

From Billboard - July 20, 1974: Lovely music from the guitarist and guest flutist with emphasis on melodic lines. These cuts done nearly three years ago at the Troubadour, showcase each performer's virtuosity. Bassist Wolfgang Melz and drummer John Dentz add a vital kick to the arrangements. Best Cuts: "Spellbinder," "Stormy."

Sombrero Sam

Sunday, February 18, 2018

At The Candlelight Cafe - The Three Suns

Vagabond King Waltz
At The Candlelight Cafe
The Three Suns
Produced by Al Nevins
RCA Camden CAL-513

From the back cover: Guitarist of the group is Al Nevins, Al was born in the nation's capitol and credits his musical gifts as coming from his parents, both of whom were enthusiastic amateur singers. His early professional interest, however, was in the unrelated field of architectural drafting, and when he did shift his focus to the world of music, the emphasis was very much along classical lines. What followed was an intensive period of study in theory, counterpoint and harmony. His first instruments were violin and viola (which he studies und the direction of Leon Barzin). Al then extended his knowledge of playing to cover all the string instruments and he finally settled, of course, on the guitar.

The Nevins guitar is a custom-built instrument with a specially constructed amplification system that enable him to create some highly diverse musical effects.

It was Al's insistence that brother Morty Nevins decided to enter the music arena. Morty holds down two jobs in The Three Suns: he's featured as both pianist and accordionist. Of particular interest is his most unusual accordion. Morty has devised a special chamber for the instrument that offers a sound remarkably like that of a violin, and another accessory that permits him to play reinforced octaves. The instrument itself weighs thirty-three pounds, but under the pressure of playing this increases to one hundred pounds, thus keeping Morty in musical and physical trim at the same time.

Boston-born Artie Dunn rounds out the trio. Incidentally, Artie's a cousin of the Nevin brothers, thereby keeping the Suns very much a family affair. Artie's initial dip into the musical pond was as a Ruby Vallee-styled, megaphone-clutching crooner, but a stint at the great Wurlitzer of the Hub's Grand Theater decided him on a keyboard career. Before long he was playing the piano for one of Tin Pan Alley's top publishing houses, demonstrating the hits of the day for some of show business' top personalities. It was just such as occasion that brought about a reunion with his musical cousins and marked the birth of The Three Suns.

The Hammond organ which he plays is quite unique. Its attractive white shell hides some very intricate specifications. In addition to the unusual electric tones, it can reproduce the orchestral colors of the oboe, English horn and fluegelhorn. Its bell effects recreate the sounds of the carillon, chimes and vibrchord bells.

Bubble Waltz
Just One More Chance
Under A Blanket Of Blue
Vagabond King Waltz
I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
For You
Tango Of Roses
Sugar Blues
Sleepy Serenade

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Red Velvet - Stanley Black

Red Velvet
Stanley Black And His Orchestra
Featuring Stanley Black at the piano
London Records LL 1592

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art and cover notes.

A beautiful piano driven mood set for the period.

From the back cover: London born, Stanley developed his musical ability at an early age and studied piano at the Matthay School Of Music

As the piano lessons went by, his aptitude for music developed and it soon became apparent that Stanley Black was destined to do big things in the music world. However the days of big headlines in the show columns were still a far way off during his youth. First had to come the basic grounding so essential to the successful musician.

Stanley was only twenty-three when he wrote a contribution to the score of the 1936 film "Rhythm Racketeers" and started off on a screen association which has lasted right up to the present day. Nearly thirty-five important British films have received the "Black Magic" touch and the outstanding ones that come immediately to mind are "Top Secret," "Laughter In Paradise" and "An Alligator Named Daisy."

His film work was temporarily interrupted at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 when he spent the early years of conflict in R.A.F. blue. Here too he helped to entertain his fellow servicemen through the Entertainment Branch.

It didn't take Stanley long to find his civilian feet after leaving the service and in 1944, after some freelance work, he was appointed conductor of the B.B.B. Dance Orchestra – a post he held until 1952.

It was during this spell with the B.B.C. that Stanley became as well known as the stars on such shows as "Hi Gang," "Much Binding in the Marsh," " Forces All Star Bill," etc. and his now "Black Magic," "Top Score" and "Tropical Magic" programs ran up a huge following.

The B.B.C. also made full use of Stanley's facility in composing original music. He wrote many scores for documentary broadcasts and signature tunes for programs like "Double Top" and "The Goon Show," in addition to the attractive familiar Light Program interval music.

Considered an authority on Latin American style music, Stanley is a member of the advisory board for the publication "Who's Who In Music." Naturally, all his talent is not concentrated on that particular brand of music as you read this will undoubtedly know.

His work with the B.B.C. was recognized officially and publicly in 1951 when it was announced that Stanley would front his orchestra at the Royal Command Variety Show. This followed close on the heels of Stanley receiving another honor – he was elected a member of that famous theatrical organization, the Grand Order Of Water Rats.

Despite his numerous commitments, Stanley still finds time to write may popular ballads and dance tunes. Two examples of his flair from the Latin American idiom, both as composer and executant, are to be found on his recent London album, "Cuban Moonlight: (LL 1166) their titles are Nostalgia and Hold Me Close Tonight, and both demonstrate his melodic gifts in a typical authentic setting.

Commercial television was quick to appreciate his talents. The short ear-catching jingles which we hear whilst looking at the advertisements on the screen must make a lasting impression on our minds if we are to remember the particular commodity, and Stanley has produced several little tunes which do just that.

In the comparatively new television medium Stanley was and is a prominent performing artist. He featured a 35-piece orchestra in the first of the highly successful "Off The Record" shows and conducted an orchestra for the equally popular "Hit Parade" series which ended its run recently. Jimmy Watson

Isn't It Romantic
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Kiss Me Again
Lovely To Look At
You Leave Me Breathless
I'm Falling In Love With Someone
They Say It's Wonderful
Isn't It Heavenly
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
The "Moulin Rouge" Theme
Red Velvet
Sophisticated Lady
May I?
Would You?

The Impossible Dream - The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra

Get On Board
The Impossible Dream
The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra
Somerset SF-33100

Super budget set that features tracks that sound as though they may have been borrowed from a  conservative "101 Strings" orchestral set. Then Somerset filled out this LP with three funky organ tracks that they robbed from some other project. What a bizarre mix...

The Impossible Dream
Evening Star
Get On Board
I Want To Be Ready
The Quiet Hours
Nobody Knows The Trouble I See
Slow With Soul
Serenade (Schubert)
Swing Low, Sweet Truth
And The Meek

The Big Sound - Heart Of Hawaii

Red Sails In The Sunset
The Big Sound
Heart Of Hawaii
Pirouette FM 34

A very nice space-age set of "island-flavored" big orchestral mood pieces spiced with vocal passages.

Red Sails In The Sunset
Moon Of Manakoora
Beyond The Reef
Maoris Farewell
Hawaiian War Chant
Sweet Leilani
Drousy Waters
Blue Hawaii
Dark Dawn