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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The Other Cool One..VA

 This is one of the first CD's that I made when I first got a computer many many many years has been in the car and played thousands of times hope you like the selection !

      1. Poor Butterfly

      11.History Repeating

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Lionel Bart

A rare look into the works of the composer of the words and music of "Oliver" !
Complete with his own introduction to the songs... 

 Lionel Bart (1 August 1930 – 3 April 1999) was a writer and composer of British pop music and musicals, best known for creating the book, music and lyrics for Oliver!
 He first gained widespread recognition through his pop songwriting, penning numerous hits for the stable of young male singers promoted by artist manager and music publisher Larry Parnes. Bart's pop output in this period includes the hits "Living Doll" (written for Cliff Richard) and "Rock with the Cavemen", "Handful of Songs", "Butterfingers" and "Little White Bull" (for Tommy Steele). During this period, Steele and Mike Pratt were his songwriting partners. He won three Ivor Novello Awards in 1957, a further four in 1958, and two in 1960. He wrote the theme song for the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love. His other hits include: "Do You Mind?" (recorded by both Anthony Newley and Andy Williams), "Big Time" (a 1961 cover by Jack Jones of his "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be" show tune), "Easy Going Me" (Adam Faith) and "Always You And Me" (with Russ Conway).

1. Contempery 
2. G'Night Dearie
3. Just Let It Happen
4. My Baby Wont Cha-Cha-Cha
5. Dear Mum

1. Lock Up Your Daughters
2. When Does The Ravishing Begin
3. Newmarket Nightmare
4. Dr Kinsey Says

5. Dear Mum

Michael Flanders & Donald Swann

This one and the one above is a taste of "English Humour"from the 60's...

Flanders and Swann were a British comedy duo. Actor and singer Michael Flanders (1922–1975) and composer, pianist, and lyricist Donald Swann (1923–1994) collaborated in writing and performing comic songs. They first worked together at a school revue in 1939 and eventually wrote more than a hundred comic songs together.
Between 1956 and 1967, Flanders and Swann performed some of their songs, interspersed with comic monologues, in their long-running two-man revues At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat, which they toured in Britain and abroad. Both revues were recorded in concert, and the duo also made several studio recordings....And here is one of them !!!

1. The Gas Man Cometh

Ray Conniff & Orchestra.

  Another great "Conniff" L/P...can't think of much else to say.. I think I've said it all in previous posts....BUT.... YES I AM SHOUTING !!....IT'S GRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!!!!!!!!!

1. Memories Are Made Of This
2. Tammy
3. Young Love
4. Three Coins In The Fountain
5. Moments To Remember
6. My Foolish Heart

1. Love Me Tender
2. Around The World
3. Love Letters In The Sands
4. Unchained Melody
5. Only You
6. No Other Love

1. Memories Are Made Of This

Friday, 3 September 2021

Gallagher & Lyle

Two or more of hits by G & L on this compilation will , I assume bring back some pleasant memories for quite a few people !

 Gallagher and Lyle are a Scottish musical duo, comprising singer-songwriters Bernard Joseph "Benny" Gallagher (born 10 June 1945, Largs, Ayrshire) and Graham Hamilton Lyle (born 11 March 1944, Bellshill, Lanarkshire). Their style consists mainly in pop, soft and folk rock oriented songs.
 But it was not until they teamed up with US producer David Kershenbaum for their fifth album Breakaway, in 1976, that they charted again, with the hits "Heart on My Sleeve" and "I Wanna Stay with You", both of which reached Number 6 in the UK Singles Chart and also charted in the US.

1. Breakaway
2. Stay Young
3. I Wanna Stay With You
4. Heart On My Sleeve
5. Fifteen Summers

1. Sign Of The Times
2. if I Needed Someone 
3. Storm In My Soul
4. Rockwriter
5. Northern Girl

4. Heart On my Sleeve

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

John Denver

A collection of some of John Denver's well known songs...Thanks Bob !

       16. Sunshine On My Shoulder

The Ray Conniff Singers.

 This is one of my favorite Conniff L/Ps...when I got it it was never off the turntable....It was the first time that Ray Conniff let his singers sing the words...that created a classic sound that still sounds good today !!

 1. It's The Talk Of The Town
2. You're An Old Smoothie 
3. Buttons And Bows
4. Let's Put Out The Lights
5. It's been A Long Long Time
6. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

1. Deep In The Heart Of Texas
2. Love Is The Sweetest Thing
3. They Say It's Wonderful
4. Hands Across the Table
5. My Heart Cries For You
6. Rosalie

       6. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Andre Previn.

 Another great one from Andre...could listen to him playing all night !!

1. Thinking Of You
2. When Will I Hear From You
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
4. P.S. I Love You
5. Hello My Lover Goodbye
6. Yours Sincerely

1. What's New
2. Lost Letter
3. I Remember You
4. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
5. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
6. Signing Off

       3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Colin Blunstone

Here is another one that I don't know much I  will Leave all the comment's open !!..feel free to have your say to any of the posts !!!...thanks John !!

1. She Loves Me The Way They Love Her

The Barry Sisters

 First time that I have heard the Barry Sisters some good arrangements with some good songs but I feel that all of the "Sisters" singers be it a Duo Trio Or even a Foursome ! there is not much difference in the sound !!...From "The Andrew Sisters " all the way to Englands "Bev's !!

Saying that !! here is a great recording of  "Your Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"

The Barry Sisters were an American vocal duo active from the 1950s–1970s

Minnie Bagelman (April 6, 1923 October 31, 1976) and Clara Bagelman (October 17, 1920 – November 22, 2014), best known under the stage names Merna and Claire Barry, were popular American Klezmer and jazz entertainers from the 1940s to the early 1970s.

      3. You've Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

5 x 45's. VA.

5 more 45's that fires blasts from the past !!!

1. You Don't Bring Me Flowers....Barbra Sreisand & Neil Diamond 
2. You Don't Brong Me Flowers....Instrumental
3. Love Ya Want Ya Need Ya....Barry Hopkins
4. A Little Too Much....Barry Hopkins
5. I Believe In love ....Hot Chocolate
6. Caveman Billy....Hot Chocolate
7. Goin' Out Of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes Of You....The Lettermen
8. I Believe....The Lettermen
9. If Hearts Could Talk....Caterina Valente
10. Fiesta Cubana....Caterina Valente

  9. If Hearts Could Talk

Maynard Ferguson

Not had any Trumpet for a while so here is some !!....The title does slightly suggest that it may be a vocal....WRONG !!...its the Ballad style via Trumpet !! Jazz interpretations just the straight melody...but boy!!! he does give some high notes !!...from the first notes on the first track  !!...Thanks John !!

5. You Only Live Twice

Monday, 16 August 2021

Marion Montgomery - Close Your Eyes (With Dudley Moore) (Marian)

Cleo Laine & Dudley Moore

A great pairing of talents here !!..Cleo singing and Dud on the piano ...certainly sounds like they were having fun !!

      2. When I Take My Sugar To Tea

A Little Night Music (Broadway Production).

Isn't it a pity that when L/P's were first thought of and invented they didn't incorporate a video built in or on it !!...because as with most of the "Soundtracks" from Shows and films you can not appreciate them 100% unless you have actually seen the show in a theatre and the film in a cinema !!......As in the case of this L/P...It is a typical Broadway/West End performance...and there is only one song out of the show "Send In The Clowns" that has had any real impact...just about every good singer has had a go at it !!....I am sure that if I had seen the show these comments would be different !!.....Unfortunately the songs to me don't seem to have a life outside of the show....not like some of the previous show posts !!!

 1. Overture And Night Waltz
2. Now-Later-Soon
3. The Glamorous Life                           " Original Broadway Cast"
4. Remember
5. You Must Meet My Wife
6. Liaisons

1. In Praise Of Women
2. Every Day A Little Death
3. A Weekend In The Country
4. The Sun Won't Set
5. It Would Have Been Wonderful
6. Perpetual Anticipation
7. Send In The Clowns ****
8. The Millers Son
9. Finale

7. Send In The Clowns

Marvin Gaye

When I'm Alone I Cry is the third studio album by Marvin Gaye, released in 1964. It was one of several attempts by the singer and his record company, Motown, to make his name as a jazz vocalist.
 The album includes ten pop and jazz standards; at Gaye's request, two of the songs were taken from Billie Holiday's album Lady in Satin. The backing tracks were recorded by producer Clarence Paul in New York City and Chicago, using arrangers Jerome Richardson, Melba Liston, and Ernie Wilkins. Gaye overdubbed the vocal tracks after returning to Detroit from touring.

5. Because Of You

Steve Lawrence

Boy!! some nice goodies in this record store !!....fancy a samba or two ! or maybe a Cha-Cha-Cha !...Take it away Stevie !!!

1. It's Alright With Me
2. Shall We Dance
3. Just In Time
4. Bewitched
5. Small World
6. Too Close For Comfort

1. People will Say Were In Love
2. Everything's Comin' Up Roses
3. The Sound Of Music
4. Out Of This World
5. Tonight
6. Hello Young Lovers

      4. Bewitched

Lee Hazelwood

The year is 1969 and Lee Hazelwood Is 40.!!
 Listened to this one lot and it gets better every time..well worth a DL !!
1. It Was A Very Good Year
2. What's More I Don't need Her
3. Night Before
4. Bed
5. Paris Bells

1. Wait Till Next Year
2. September Song
3.  Let's Burn Down The Cornfields
4. Bye Babe
5. Mary

1. It Was A Very Good Year

Gayle Andrews

Another lost voice from the 60's...with a "Snappy" first track !!....leading into some very competent standards and songs of the time...tried to find more about her but not much on the net  only this L/P and not even a mention on "Wickie"...maybe someone out there knows something...Back sleeve has some info but the scan is not very good  and not to good to read...Ta John for the lost singers !!

1. Love's A Snap
2. Easy Does It
3. The Nearness Of You
4. Somethings Gotta Give
5. Time After Time
6. The Very Thought Of You

1. I Like The Likes Of You
2. You You Romeo
3. Your My Thrill
4. Suddenly
5. Easy To Love
6. Youre The Greatest


        1. Love's A Snap

Kay Starr

Wooooh I spy Kay rocking  !! to have this one !!.....Thanks John !!
Some great Bluesy Rock versions on this one well worth a listen Folks !!!

CLICK !! CLICK !!....I'm back home.. Thanks John for the above L/P's !!

1. Dry Bones
2. Rockin' Chair
3. I Gotta Get Away From You
4. Till We Meet Again
5. True Blue Lou
6. Lazy Bones

1. The Lonesome Road
2. The Glory Of Love
3. I'm Confessin'
4. Lover Man
5. How Deep Is The Ocean
6. Do I worry

3. I'm Confessin'

Ella Fitzgerald.

 Here's the second L/P of "Ella's first and best "Songbook" series...."Rodgers & Hart" coming soon....thats her second best songbook....wish I had taken a bit more care of the covers as you can see there in a bit of a state !!!....but the contents are stiil great !!!

 1. I Love Paris.
2. You Do Something To Me
3. Ridin' High
4. Easy To Love
5. It's Alright With Me
6. Why Can't You Behave
7. What Is This Thing Called Love
8. You're The Top

1. Love For Sale
2. It's Delovely
3. Night And Day
4. Ace In The Hole
5. So In Love
6. I've Got You Under My Skin
7. I Concentrate On you
8. Don't Fence Me In

11. Night And Day