Oliver - Good Morning Starshine- The Best Of. CD. (Label: Taragon, Cat.No: TARCD1104)
The greatest hits of this legend of easy listening and sunshine pop all assembled for the first time on CD. Oliver (for 'twas he) was of course known for his rendition of the title track (which came from the hit show 'Hair') but also recorded many folk rock and country rock ballads, songs by Rod McKuen ('Jean' being a particular favourite) and his own compositions such as 'Young Birds Fly' and 'Buddy' show the kind of music he wanted to create: complex, orchestrated, sometimes dramatic adult folk-pop similar to that of Bob Lind. There are also tracks here that result from his collaborations with Lesley Gore, which should have reached a larger audience had the world taken him more seriously. Still, he's a legend to us lot in the know. Grab this and find out why!!
Korla Pandit - Grand Moghul Suite / Universal Language Of Music. CD. (Label: El, Cat.No: ACMEM128CD)
One of the most exotic and enigmatic of all of the artists in the genre, two of Korla Pandit's astounding early concept albums are packaged together. Widely available for the first time in decades, Pandit's David Lynchesque wurlitzer playing has aged very well indeed and will appeal to fans of Martin Denny, Les Baxter and Esquivel.
Ferrante And Teicher - Soundproof - The Sound Of Tomorrow Today!. CD. (Label: El, Cat.No: ACMEM124CD)
Space age pop, exotica, bachelor pad, lounge, cocktail music, hi-fi sounds, "Sundproof" is the definitive mid-century album and (having never been re-released in any format) one of the rarest and most sought after. Mid fifties standards meet the arrangements and production of Joe Meek and the technical approach of John Cage. Twenty four tracks in total.
A nalbum perfect for Ennio Morricone fans, who played trumpet inthe extraordinary Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza from 1965 when it was founded by composer Franco Evangelisti. These lengthy improvised sound collages are challenging to listen to but have their own beauty and are of serious historical importance. Traclisting: EFLOT, SCRATCH, SETTIMINO and SOUP.
At last a real christtmas CD that features a fine collection of groovy carols interpreted by classic 60's/70's Jazz, Soul and Easy Listening Artists. Enjoy!Tracklisting: 1) KENNY BURRELL - Children Go Where I Send Thee (3:06) 2) BERT KAEMPFERT - Jingo Jango (2:09) 3) DONNY HATHAWAY This Christmas (3:34) 4) JAMES BROWN - Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay (4:21) 5) JIMMY SMITH - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:17) 6) THE BEACH BOYS - Winter Symphony (3:02) 7) THE VENTURES - Snow Flakes (What Child Is This) (2:19) 8) THE BOB CREWE GENERATION Winter Warm (2:55) 9) MARGIE JOSEPH - Christmas Gift (3:28) 10) RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO - Here Comes Santa Claus (2:38) 11) THE FREE DESIGN -Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) (2:07) 12) BOOKER T. & THE MGS - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (2:23) 13) RAY ANTHONY AND HIS BOOKENDS - Christmas Kisses (1:56) 14) HELMUT ZACHARIAS - Swinging Christmas (2:06) 15) THE TEMPTATIONS - Rudolph, the Red-Nosed reindeer (2:55) 16) JIMMY MCGRIFF - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (6:38) 17) THE DRIFTERS - White Christmas (2:38) 18) THE EMOTIONS -Black Christmas (2:45) 19) CLAUDINE LONGET - Snow (2:42)
Rene was born in New York City, but his parents moved back to Germany, and Rene grew up in Berlin, studying at the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin. Returning to the U.S. in 1936 he became musical director for the international department of RCA Victor. In 1941, he formed the first continental-styled small pop orchestra in the US. In the 1950s, he returned to RCA as musical director in International, backing a variety of singing stars, such as Harry Belafonte and Eartha Kitt. This first collection of some of Rene's finest 1950s work uses one of his most famous covers.
Ramsey Lewis Trio - In Person Volume 1: 1960 - 65. CD. (Label: Rev Ola, Cat.No: CRREV221)
A fifteen track collection of the best tracks by this soul jazz pop group, recorded live on their record breaking tours of the early 60's. Featuring Maurice White (fouder of Earth, Wind & Fire), this three piece were hugely popular in this era for their accessable jazz pop numbers that attracted many fans who were not previously drawn to the genre. Fifteen remastered tracks in all.
Seventte ntrack cojpilation celebrating the voice of Italian cinema. Anyone who has ever watched one of the Sergio Leone spaghettit westerns from the 60's and 70's will already know her, Dell'orso's vocal refrains featured on ennio Morricone's earliest scores. This CD includes tracks from numerous films composed by (largely) Morricone, Roberto Pregardia, Armando Trovajoli and Piero Piccioni.
Twenty instrumental dancefloor kliiers from the 60's and 70's. Wild rare grooves, slick funk workouts, sleazy soul beats, wah-wah guitars,Fender-Rhodes, Hammond organs, meaty drum breaks, snappy horn sections - everything the easygoing 60s and 70s had to offer. Alongside orchestral greats like James Last, Max Greger, Peter Thomas and Amros Seelos, a number of lesser known, but none the less exciting musicians.
11 Metallica classics head East for a spiritual transformation into awesome Buddha lounge versions. Metallica fans won't be able to resist this unique and evocative collection - it's spiritual medicine for headbangers! Includes mystical reinterpretations of "Enter Sandman", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "One", "Nothing ElseMatters" and more.
Bird's N Brass - Soundsational Sort Of Soul. CD. (Label: RPM, Cat.No: RETRO 816)
Drawn mainly from a pair of rare and sought-after UK-only LP's issued in the early 1970's under the name 'Birds n' Brass' on the Rediffusion label, the tracks were created by arranger and composer Keith Roberts, famous for his contributions to Scott Walker's classic early solo albums. Also included here are ten never before released tracks from the Rediffusion production library. A healthy mixture of pop, lounge and jazz funk, including "Sort Of Soulo" which would become the TV theme to ITV's coverage of the world ice skating championships in the 70's. Trivox fans please note, one of the twenty tracks found on here features the rare / curious keyboard instrument in all it's glory.
Nelson Riddle - We Love Nelson Riddle. CD. (Label: El, Cat.No: ACMEM118CD)
Best known for his arrangements on Sinatra's 1950s Capitol Records releases as well as work with Nat King Cole and especially HenryMancini he dominated the era.. Nelson Riddle was also an accomplished soundtrack composer. This set collates rare solo recordings made when Nelson was working with Sinatra at the very top; his work is the sound of mid-century America. 26 tracks, Includes: "Body And Soul", "Shadow Waltz", "Port Au Prince" and "Love Letters." A bumper twenty six tracks in total.
Jim Reeves - Distant Drums: The Collection. Dble CD. (Label: Music Club, Cat.No: MCDLX047)
Thirty six track compilation covering the best of the late great Radio friendly singer. A fine introduction to his career that covers his initial success in the 50's and his greater body of work that became popular after his fatal accident in 1964. These studio recordings represent the best album and 45 tracks the country crooner released, including: "I Love You Because", "It Hurt's So Much To See You", " Adios Amigo" and "I Guess I'm Crazy."
Jackie Trent - The Magic Of. CD. (Label: El, Cat.No: ACMEM114CD)
Jackie was a major star both as a singer and as half of a songwriting/marriage partnership with Tony Hatch, and she topped the charts in 1965 with 'Where Are You Now'. her debut album "The Magic Of" is augmented here with her finest recordings from the latter half of the '60's to make making a total of twenty six tracks. Includes some serious rarities such as "7.10 From Surburbia", a few psychedelic tracks "Morning Dew" and her extrraordinary cover of "Such A Smal Love."