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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

"Will You Be My Lady...320 Kbps

Here is a track that a some people have had difficulty in downloading...It's From the "Cashman & West" "Moondog Serenade"

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Songs That Won The War

Now for something entirely different and definitely nostalgic and maybe relevant in view of today's troubles !!.....The sentiment of the people of the 30's & 40's when England was at war surely will once again with the present generation and with the rest of the world that is suffering at this moment in time come together.. and as the old Btitish Saying goes "Keep A Stiff Upper Lip" !!....The songs on this L/P may be dated but some and most of the sentiment is still valid for todays time !!...and the last track is a cracker !!!


Max Greger

Journey round the world over !! till the next time of course !!...BUT we are still in "Belguim" and a change of  Musical Instrument !! put those feet up sip a coffee or a GT and relax To the "SAX" courtisey of "Bob"....Cheerrs Bob !!


Maurice Larcange & His Accordions

Seems that we are still on a "Globe Trot" across the world !!!..we are now in "Paris" courtesy of "Belgium" Bob of course !!...I didn't realise that Accordian Music could sound as good as this it "Swings" !!..and its great "Stereo" as "Phase4 Stereo" always is...well worth a listen to...It's A Cool One !!


The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett...320 Kbps

Ok so "Mexico" was fine  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

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass...320 Kbps

After the night out at the "Opera" How's about a trip to "Mexico" !!!...A couple of tracks sung by "Herb" and the rest you can have a spin around the room too !!

1. This Guy's In Love With You 
2. Slick 
3. Bittersweet Samba
4. Miss Frenchy Brown
5. Let It Be Me

1. Without Her
2. Casino Royale
3. More And More Amore
4. Wind Song For Carlos
5. With A Little Help From My Friends


Great Operatic Duets...320 Kbps


 Okay lets put on the white gloves and dinner jacket and have a trip to the opera....some classic duets from some popular opera's are on the Menu....hope you enjoy this little diversion !!!

1. Au Fond Du Temple Saint (The Pearl Fishers)...Nicolai Gedda & Ernest Blanc
2. Bimba Dagli Occhi (Madam Butterfly)...Jussi Bjorling & Victoria De Los Angeles
3. O Dolci Mani (Tosca)...Carlo Bergonzi & Maria Callas
4. O Soave Fanciulla (La Boheme)...Nicolai Gedda & Mario Sereni & Mirella Freni

1. La Ci Darem La Mano (Don Giovanni)...Eberhard Wachter & Graziella Sciutti
2. Dunque Io Son (The Barber Of Seville)...Maria Callas & Titi Gobbi
3. Miserere D'un'alma Gia Vicina (IL Trovatore)...Gabriella Tucci & Franco Corelli
4. Tsarevich I Beg You (Boris Godounov)...Evelyn Lear & Dimitr & Ouzounov
5. Vicino A Te (Andrea Chenier)...Franco Corelli & Antonietta Stella & Paolo Pedani

The New Seekers...320 Kbps

Obviously named group from the 70's...taking over from the Australian Group "The Seekers"...but of course nothing like them !!...I believe they did have a hit with the title song...a pleasant enough set of 70's Songs sung competently !!...Dig The " 70's  Big Hair !!!

1. Look What They've Done To My Song Ma
2. Sing Out
3. Alright My love
4. Why Can't We All Get Together 
5. Friend Of Jesus
6. Blackberry Way

1. Song Sung Blue
2. Nickel Song
3. Rainmaker
4. Out On The Edge Of Beyond
5. Captain Stormy
6. Morning Has Broken 


Friday, 20 November 2015

Steve Race & Orchestra...320 Kbps

Re- Post
 This is a great L/P featuring some of Englands top musicians of the day..."Tubby Hayes" "Johnny Scott" & "Stan Roderick"...playing the TV Themes tunes like you've never heard them played before....Don't know about the "Dance" in the title its more of a "Jazz To The TV Themes"!!!!...../Great tracks of "Corrie" and "Z Cars"

1. Maigret
2. Coronation Street
3. Naked City
4. Startime
5. Z Cars
6. Man Of The World

1. Perry Mason
2. Here And Now
3. Willow Waltz
4. Route 66
5. Stranger On The Shore
6. Doctor Kildare


Liberace...320 Kbps

Surprisingly this is the first time I have actually listened to a "Liberace" L/P and I am pleasantly surprised he's good !!...should have listened to him more !!....great arrangments with a dash of "Jazz" and "Symphonic"

1. You Were Ment For Me
2. It's Easy To Remenber
3. Sweet And Lovely
4. The Very Thought Of You
5. My Heart Stood Still

1. Kiss Me Again
2. You Go To My Head
3. Don't Blame Me
4. A Kiss In The Dark
5. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes



Thursday, 12 November 2015

Sacha Distel...320 Kbps

Ooops ! seems we are back on the track of the compilations !!!....Soooo here is that French Guy who co-wrote "The Good Life" singing a selection of  well known hit songs including the one he wrote !! I have said many times before all singers who sing well known songs and standards should put there own stamp on it and do something different with the arrangement's and style... "Sacha" has the saving grace of a "French" accent so I suppose you could say it's different !!!..But unfortunatly no surprises !!!...This one has some jumps...Sorry !!

1. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
2. Can't Take My Eyes Of f You
3. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
4. As Time Goes By
5. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
6. A Man And A Woman 
7. They Long To Be Close To You
8. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak tree
9. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
10. To Wait For Love

1. The Good Life
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. This Guy's In Love With You
4. What Now My Love
5. Beyond The Sea
6. My Cherie Amour
7. It's Impossible
8. Playground In My Mind
9. Autumn Leaves
10. I Wish You Love


Acker Bilk

So now we have a change supplied by "Bob" from "Belgium"....That cool cool cool sound of the clarinet from the master of that instrument !!!..with some great Hit sounds !

Perry Como...320 Kbps

Seems that we are stuck on "Compilations" at the moment so here is another one !!...Mr Laid Back himself singing a couple of his hits then filled out with a couple of standard songs ending with not so familiar songs !!....All sung as only Mr PC can do !!!...Horizontally !!!

1. Kiss Me Kiss Me And Kiss Me
2. Here's To My Lady
3. You'll Always Be My Lifetime Sweetheart
4. Carolina Moon
5. Somebody Loves Me

1. Juke Box Baby
2. Mandolins In The Moonlight
3. I Know
4. The Island Of Forgotten Lovers
5. That Old Gang Of Mine


Johnny Mathis...320 Kbps

Another compilation made up of tracks from "JM"s previous L/P's...20 tracks in all so I guess this one is good value considering that the average tracks on a studio recorded L/P is usually only about 12 to 14 tracks....all tracks are A1...BUT  "Song Of Joy" should have been left on the recording studio floor !!!...IMHO !!!...AND it includes one of my favourite "JM" tracks 
"Side 2 Track 9"....pure magic !!!

1. Don't Give Up On Us
2. Goodbye To Love
3. Gone Gone Gone
4. Midnight Blue
5. Solitaire
6. The Hungry Years
7. Alone Again Naturally
8. Too Much Too Little To Late...with Deniece Williams
9. Without You
10. Its Too Late

1. Laughter In The Rain
2. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
3. Everything Is Beautiful
4. The Most Beautiful Girl
5. You Light Up My Life

6. Just The Way You Are...with Deniece Williams
7. And I Love You So
8. Song Of Joy
9. Life Is A song Worth Living
10. Betcha Golly Wow  


Shirley Bassey...320 Kbps

Here's a very young "Shirl" recording and it evokes great memories for me from the late 50's seeing her at the start of her career at our local "Variety" Venue "The Palace" which unfortunately is now no longer there in its place is "Argos" and a Car Park !!!...I wish we had the Conservationists that we have now, in the 50's I'm sure that a lot of the great buildings that The "Council" in their wisdom got demolished would still be with us !!!...Ok Rant over back to "Dame Shirl" I would guess that these recordings would be some of the first that she recorded on the "Phillips" Label including her Hit "As I Love You "....Her Voice is now completely different owing to a throat operation later on and also with age the voice does change even those who can't sing like me !!!

1. Burn my Candle
2. Night And Day
3. Crazy Rhythm
4. The Banana Boat Song
5. Love For Sale
6. From This Moment On

1. Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss me
2. You You Romeo
3. My Funny Valentine
4. How About You
5. Fire Down Below
As I Love You

Jack Jones..320 Kbps

Not had any JJ in a while so here's a compilation of tracks that seem to be taken at random from his previous L/P's...not much to say about this one I've said it all before in previous I'll leave it to the back of the L/P to do just that !!!

1. Without Her
2. The Look Of Love
3. Don't Talk To Me
4. You And The Night And The Music
5. I Can't Get Started
6. Homeward Bound

1. Live For Life
2. Hushed Whispers
3. Isn't It Romantic
4. Mean To Me
5. For all We Know
6. Goin' Out Of My Head


Friday, 6 November 2015

The Spinners...320 Kbps

Not knowing much about "Folk Music" I will leave the main comments to the Back Sleeve !!...I enjoyed this L/P so maybe those of you out there who are in the same mind as me and don't know much about "Folk" give it a listen it will broaden your taste !!!

1. The Family Of Man
2. A Roving
3. Abiyoyo
4. Liverpool Judies
5. Navy Boots
6. Wimoweh

1. Drunken Sailor
2. Gungu Walk
3. Black And White
4. Long Time Ago
5. Mandy
6. Rothsay-o


Opportunity Knocks All Winners...320 Kbps

In the far distant past in England we had a Pre-X Factor show which as you can see from the obove Record Sleeve was called "Opportunity Knocks" and here are some of the winners with there versions of some of the songs that made them the winners !!...Most of the artists on this L/P have disapeared into the cosmos or have earned the "One Hit Wonder" Tag !!!...with the exception of maybe a couple.. leave that to everybody to have a guess at who they are !!..or maybe there is more !!

1. Wecome Home....Peters & Lee
2.  Billy Don't be A Hero...Paper Lace
3. Amanda....Stuart Gillies
4. Mother Of Mine....Neil Reid
5. Come With Me....Candlewick Green
6. Borsalino Theme....Bobby Crush

1. It's You...Freddie Starr
2. I'm Confessin'....Peters & Lee
3. Let There Be Peace On Earth....Michael Ward
4.  Emily Jane....Airborne
5. Theme From Love Story....Rosemary Noble
6. Etude in G Flat Op 10 No 5....Clara Evelyn 

Engelbert Humperdinck..320 Kbps

Engelbert getting his teeth into some well known standard songs...its a pity that he does not put his own stamp on some of them... by this I mean that all of this selection is more or less sung the same as hundred of singers have done in the past..there are no surprise arrangements which as you may know I like....He should have taken a leaf out of "Ray Stevens" "Misty" L/P for originality !!!!....SO  saying all that it is a very good versions sung well and very pleasant to the ear...."Engelbert" fans will love it !!!

1. As Time Goes By
2. Red Sails In The Sunset
3. In The Still Of The Night
4. I Don't Want To Walk Without You
5. The More I See You
6. You Belong To My Heart
7. The Very Thought Of You
8. Moonlight Becomes You

1. A Lovely Way To Spend an Evening
2. Stardust
3.  You'll Never Know
4. Embracable You
5. I'll Walk Alone
6. Harbour Lights
7. Far Away Places 
8. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You


Rock Follies..320 Kbps

When I came across this L/P I got exited because this was one of my favourite TV Series from the 70's....BUT unfortunately it doesn't come across on record as it did on the screen !!...Now whether its because of the time lapse 29 years to be exact or the fact that for most of the time you can't hear the lyrics of the songs owing to the volume of the orchestra !!....Still its nice to hear the songs again...I fondly remember The "Glenn Miller" song and "Biba Nova"

1. Sugar Mountain
2. Good Behaviour
3. Stairway
4. Daddy
5. Lamplight
6. The Road

1. Glenn Miller Is Missing
2. Biba Nova
3. Talking Pictures
4. Hot Neon
5. Roller Coaster
6. Rock Follies