Ethel Ennis - This Is Ethel Ennis. CD. Baltimore native Ethel Ennis is an American national treasure. Famous for being the first singer to sing the National Anthem a capella (at Richard Nixon's 1973 presidential inauguration), she was loved by Sinatra and her home city where she became cultural ambassador in the late '70's. Collected here is her 1958 RCA debut album, available on CD for the first time alongside ten non album 45's from the mid 60's. A brilliant jazz singer capable of some really warm vocal performances, this would be a fine addition to anyone's collection. Booklet includes liner notes, memorabilia and label repro's.
(Label: Poker, Cat.No: DECKCD 108)
Four Freshmen - Graduation Day. CD. The greatest vocal group of all time. one whose influence on both contemporary jazz and rock is impossible to overestimate. It is easy to hear the Beach Boys (and any of the sixties vocal groups) in any one of these recordings. Twenty two tracks compilation featuring: "For All We Know", "I Remember You", "Someone Like You" and "Jo Ann."
(Label: El, Cat.No: ACMEM122CD)
Sugar Chile Robinson - Go Boy Go!. CD. Never before on CD format, this is the complete recordings of the Detroit Dynamite, child prodigy Sugar Chile Robinson. Discovered by bandleader Frankie Carle in 1945, within a year he was asked to play a WhiteHouse party for President Harry Truman, guested with Lionel Hampton's Orchestra and appeared performing the title song in the 1946 MGM movie "No Leave, No Love". In 1949, he cut his first sides in the company of jazz veterans Leonard Bibbs and Zutty Singleton. His subsequent tours broke box-office records. His appearance at Chicago's Regal Theatre remains the biggest one-week attraction of the theatre's history,beating jazz royalty like Count Basie and Duke Ellington. By 1952, like many child stars, he just vanished from the scene. This is everything he ever made.
(Label: Rev Ola Bandstand, Cat.No: CDBAND 23)
Bobby Darin - Sings Doctor Dolittle / Born Walden Robert Cassotto. CD. His last album for Altantic Records and his first on his own Direction label are an interesting two fer one combination as they bookend a time of personal tragedy for the singer and represent two very different sides of his characrer. As the title suggests, Darin sings the Leslie Bricusse numbers from the Doctor Dolittle film in his amiable swing pop style. His next album (titled with his birth name) was completely self written in a caravan in Big Sur California during a time of reflection and rebuilding of his personal life. It his first folk protest album and shows off a hitherto unknown side to him, touching on the death of Robert Kennedy and the slave trade. Never released on CD before, this sought after album features rare photos from the era. Twenty tracks in all, including: "At The Crossroads", "Long Line Rider", "After Today" and "In Memoriam."
(Label: Demon / Edsel, Cat.No: EDSS 1014)
Bobby Darin - Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile…plus / In A Broadway Bag…. CD. Released in 1965 and 66, these were Darin's last albums before he wandered into his folk poop stage a few months later. The first album features the five movie songs nominated for the Academy Award in 1966 as well as songs in a similar vein from the era, all performed in Darin's inimitable style. The second album concentrates on the hit musicals of the era, all the bonus tracks are the non album a and b sides from the same sessions. Booklet features a lengthy and detailed slevenot on the sessions and the tracks.
(Label: Demon / Edsel, Cat.No: EDSS 1012)
Peggy Lee - Moon Flowers. CD. This twenty nine track compilation focuses on the great singer's hits (charting and fan favourites) of the 50's and 60's. These remastered tracks feature a number of her songwriting collaborations with the greats of the era such as Duke Eliington, Johnny Mandel, Sonny Burke and Jack Marshall as well as her regular partner and her husband Dave Barbour. A vast range of material is covered here, from "Johnny Guitar", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and "A Woman Alone With The Blues."
(Label: Rev Ola, Cat.No: CRREV212)
Fabulous Fifties Divas: Their Hard To Find Hits - Various. CD. Twenty three compilation celebrating a time when "diva" was a mantle of honor bestowed on only the finest singers, the grandest dames of song, rather than just the latest streetcorner chanteuse. Concentrating on the early 1950's, when big bands were slowly going out of fashion and Rock n Roll was beginning to rear it's ugly head. At the same time female singers were starting to forge the way for future solo artists. Big hitters like Rosemary Clooney, Teresa Brewer, and Patti Page join forces with less known Denise Lor, Jane Turzy, and Dorothy Collins. Digitally remastered for the highest quality sound.
(Label: Eric / Hit Parade, Cat.No: ERIC 12301)
Fabulous Fifties Crooners: Their Hard To Find Hits - Various. CD. Despite high billboard placings when they were first released in the early '50's, (every single one of these twenty three songs was aTop 40 hit, fourteen went Top 10, two reached umber one) many of these tracks are now considered to be amongst the rarest of the crooner genre. Amongst the classy cast assembled here you will find big names alongside almost forgotten performers: Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Nick Noble, Mitch Torok, Rex Allen and Georgie Shaw.
(Label: Eric / Hit Parade, Cat.No: ERIC 12302)
Hard To Find Jukebox Classics: 1956 - Various. CD. This exciting, audiophile-quality disc is bulging with 24 classic pop, vocal group, folk, and early rock 'n' roll hits. All these platters made the Top 40, sixteen hit the Top 10, three made it all the way to #1, but just try and find these terrific songs today! Eight of these tracks make their debut on CD, others seem to have disappeared from the format altogether. Includes tracks by Tony Bennett, Patience & Prudence, Vic Damone, Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly, Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group, Kay Starr and Chuck Miller .
(Label: Eric / Hit Parade, Cat.No: ERIC 12303)
Charles Brown - Groovy. CD. The incredible piano skills and laid back vocal delivery have remained mesmerising over the half century he performed for. These thirty tracks are a highlight of his beginnings in 1945 with Jonny Moore's Three Blazers and his early post war solo work. Together with his band he created a sophisticated, jazz inflected sound that was ultra mellow and highly popular. While the Nat King Cole trio were the ones that hit the big time, it was Brown and his band that played the cooler clubs and proved a hit with the cooler black audiences of the time. His solo stuff was far more commercial successful, with ten R&B hits in three years before early rock n roll tunes brushed his laid back style aside. A high number of these more uptempo tracks have never madeit to CD before nw.
(Label: Rev Ola Bandstand, Cat.No: CRBAND 13)
Atomic Cocktails - Various. CD. Twenty eight tracks celebrating the joys of drinking, in the Club Blues style. With tracks like, "I Got Loaded", "Drunk, "Cheap Old Wine", "Wine & Whiskey", "Wine, Wine, Wine" and "What's The Use Of Getting Sober When You're Going To Get Drunk Again", this realy isn't an album for new year detoxers. Featuring tracks by Nat King Cole, Amos Milburn, Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris and Billy Witherspoon, they emphasise the benefits of "Groove Juice."
(Label: Giant Step Records, Cat.No: GIST 007)
Jimmy Witherspoon - The Blues, The Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues. CD. 12 killer tracks from the magnificent blues voice of Jimmy Witherspoon. The most admired of the post war singers, he easily switched, seemingly at will, to jazz when his style of blues went out of fashion in the '50's. These '40's highlight his versatile performances in the blues. Includes: "Help Me Operator", "Think" and "It Never Rains But It Pours" and "Sooner or Later."
(Label: Indigo, Cat.No: IGOCD2001)
Peggy Lee / George Shearing - Beauty And The Beat. CD. Originally released as a live album, the tracks were in fact recorded in the studio with canned applause put on after (sadly the audience has gone for this CD release). The pair had never worked together before recording these fourteen tracks in 1959. The pair skillfully run through some standards of the time, aranging them into Blues and Swing numbers that suit their pairing perfectly. This late night, laid back affair highlights the two performer's fabulous working relationship that sadly never went further than this album and a few live performances.
(Label: Blue Note, Cat.No: 5423082)
June Christy - June's Got Rhythm. CD. Normally backed by an orchestra, this blusy effort finds her backed by a small band that really alters the atmosphere of the recording. This intimate environment suits her ecellent swing like vocals and creates one of her best albums. Eleven track album exanded with four bonus numbers from the same sessions. Includes: "Blue Moon", "The Gypsy In My Soul", "My One And Only Love" and " Looking For A Boy."
(Label: Blue Note, Cat.No: 4775492)