quinta-feira, 30 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 11

  1. Peachtree Street
  2. Should I (Reveal)
  3. You Do Something To Me
  4. Lover
  5. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  6. It's Only A Paper Moon
  7. My Blue Heaven
  8. The Continental
  9. Goodnight Irene
  10. Dear Little Boy Of Mine
  11. Life Is So Peculiar
  12. Accidents Will Happen
  13. One Finger Melody
  14. Remember Me In Your Dreams
  15. If Only She'd Looked My Way
  16. London By Night
  17. Meet Me At The Copa
  18. Come Back To Sorrento (Torna A Surriento)
  19. April In Paris
  20. I Guess I'll Have To Dream The Rest
  21. Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)
  22. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  23. Take My Love
  24. I Am Loved
  25. You Don't Remind Me
  26. Love Means Love
  27. Cherry Pies Ought To Be You
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domingo, 19 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 10

  1. Let's Take An Old-Fashioned Walk
  2. (Just One Way To Say) I Love You
  3. It All Depends On You
  4. Bye Bye Baby
  5. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go)
  6. Every Man Should Marry
  7. If I Ever Love Again
  8. We're Just A Kiss Apart
  9. Every Man Should Marry
  10. The Wedding Of Lili Marlene
  11. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  12. Mad About You
  13. (On The Island Of) Stromboli
  14. The Old Master Painter
  15. Why Remind Me
  16. Sorry
  17. Sunshine Cake
  18. (We've Got A) Sure Thing
  19. God's Country
  20. Sheila
  21. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
  22. Kisses And Tears
  23. When The Sun Goes Down
  24. American Beauty Rose
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sábado, 18 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 9

  1. Help Yourself To My Heart
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. If I Forget You
  4. Where Is The One
  5. When Is Sometime
  6. It Only Happens When I Dance With You
  7. A Fella With An Umbrella
  8. Nature Boy
  9. Sunflower
  10. Once In Love With Amy
  11. Once In Love With Amy
  12. Why Can't You Behave
  13. Bop! Goes My Heart
  14. Comme Ci Comme Ca
  15. No Orchids For My Lady
  16. While The Angelus Was Ringing (Les Trois Cloches)
  17. If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon
  18. Kisses And Tears
  19. Some Enchanted Evening
  20. Bali H'ai
  21. The Right Girl For Me
  22. Night After Night
  23. The Huckle-Buck
  24. It Happens Every Spring
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sexta-feira, 17 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 8

  1. Mean To Me
  2. Spring Is Here
  3. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)
  4. When Your Awake
  5. It Never Entered My Mind
  6. I've Got A Crush On You
  7. Body And Soul
  8. I'm Glad There Is You
  9. I Went Down To Virginia
  10. If I Only Had A Match
  11. If I Steal A Kiss
  12. Autumn In New York
  13. Everybody Loves Somebody
  14. A Little Learnin' Is A Dangerous Thing (Part 1)
  15. A Little Learnin' Is A Dangerous Thing (Part 2)
  16. Ever Homeward
  17. But None Like You
  18. Catana
  19. Why Was I Born
  20. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  21. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  22. White Christmas
  23. For Every Man There's A Woman
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quinta-feira, 16 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 7

  1. But Beautiful
  2. A Fellow Needs A Girl
  3. So Far
  4. It Call Came True
  5. Can't You Just See Yourself
  6. You're My Girl
  7. All Of Me
  8. I'll Make Up For Ev'rything
  9. Strange Music
  10. Laura
  11. Night And Day
  12. My Cousin Louella
  13. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
  14. S' Posin'
  15. Just For Now
  16. None But The Lonely Heart
  17. The Night We Called It A Day
  18. The Song Is You
  19. What'll I Do
  20. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
  21. (I Offer You The Moon) Señorita
  22. The Music Stopped
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quarta-feira, 15 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 6

  1. Always
  2. I Want To Thank Your Folks
  3. That's How Much I Love You
  4. You Can Take My Word For It, Baby
  5. Sweet Lorraine
  6. Always
  7. I Concentrate On You
  8. My Love For You
  9. Mam'selle
  10. Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back
  11. Stella By Starlight
  12. There But For You Go I
  13. Almost Like Being In Love
  14. Tea For Two
  15. My Romance
  16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  17. Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)
  18. The Stars Will Remember (So Will I)
  19. It All Came True
  20. That Old Feeling
  21. If I Had You
  22. The Nearness Of You
  23. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
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terça-feira, 14 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 5

  1. Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful)
  2. Lost In The Stars
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Falling In Love With Love
  5. Hush-A-Bye Island
  6. So They Tell Me
  7. There's No Business Like Show Business
  8. (Once Upon) A Moonlight Night
  9. Strange Music
  10. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
  11. The Music Stopped
  12. Why Shouldn't It Happen To Us
  13. Time After Time
  14. It's The Same Old Dream
  15. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
  16. None But The Lonely Heart
  17. The Brooklyn Bridge
  18. I Believe
  19. I Got A Gal I Love (In North And South Dakota)
  20. The Dum-Dot Song (I Put A Penny In The Gum Slot)
  21. All Of Me
  22. It's All Up To You
  23. My Romance
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segunda-feira, 13 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 4

  1. From This Day Forward
  2. Where Is My Bess
  3. Begin The Beguine
  4. Something Old, Something New
  5. They Say It's Wonderful
  6. That Old Black Magic
  7. The Girl That I Marry
  8. I Fall In Love With You Ev'ry Day
  9. How Deep Is The Ocean (How Blue Is The Sky)
  10. Home On The Range
  11. The Song Is You
  12. Soliloquy (Parts 1 & 2)
  13. Somewhere In The Night
  14. Could'Ja
  15. Five Minutes More
  16. The Things We Did Last Summer
  17. You'll Know When It Happens
  18. This Is The Night
  19. The Coffee Song (They've Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil)
  20. Among My Souvenirs
  21. I Love You
  22. September Song
  23. Blue Skies
  24. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
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domingo, 12 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 3

  1. Someone To Watch Over Me
  2. You Go To My Head
  3. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
  4. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
  5. The House I Live In (That's America To Me)
  6. Day By Day
  7. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
  8. You Are Too Beautiful
  9. America The Beautiful
  10. Silent Night, Holy Night
  11. The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young)
  12. I Only Have Eyes For You
  13. The Old School Teacher
  14. Just An Old Stone House
  15. Full Moon And Empty Arms
  16. Oh, What It Seemed To Be
  17. I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)
  18. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance
  19. Why Shouldn't I
  20. Try A Little Tenderness
  21. Paradise
  22. All Through The Day
  23. One Love
  24. Two Hearts Are Better One
  25. How Cute Can You Be
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sábado, 11 de junho de 2011

Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943 - 1952 - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 2

  1. Embraceable You
  2. When Your Lover Has Gone
  3. Kiss Me Again
  4. (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way
  5. My Melancholy Baby
  6. Where Or When
  7. All The Things You Are
  8. Mighty Lak' A Rose
  9. I Should Care
  10. Homesick - That's All
  11. Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)
  12. A Friend Of Yours
  13. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
  14. Over The Rainbow
  15. You'll Never Walk Alone
  16. If I Loved You
  17. Lily Belle
  18. Don't Forget Tonight Tomorrow
  19. I've Got A Home In That Rock
  20. Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land
  21. Stars In Your Eyes
  22. My Shawl
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sexta-feira, 10 de junho de 2011

Ray Anthony - Plays for Dream Dancing... Around The World!

  1. Feelings
  2. Love Story
  3. My Way
  4. The Girl From Ipanema
  5. It's Impossible
  6. Yesterday
  7. Snowbird
  8. Wonderland by Night
  9. The Shadows
  10. Hawaiian Sunset
  11. Dreamtime for Jedda
  12. To Be the One You Love
  13. A Japanese Love Song
Dream Dancing

quinta-feira, 9 de junho de 2011

Ray Conniff and The Singers - Music From Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music

  1. A Spoonful Of Sugar (From the Motion Picture "Mary Poppins")
  2. Chim Chim Cher-ee (From the Motion Picture "Mary Poppins")
  3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (From the Motion Picture "Mary Poppins")
  4. Feed The Birds (From the Motion Picture "Mary Poppins")
  5. Jolly Holiday (From the Motion Picture "Mary Poppins")
  6. Pass Me By (From the Universal Picture "Father Goose")
  7. The Sound Of Music (From the musical production "The Sound Of Music")
  8. My Favorite Things (From the musical production "The Sound Of Music")
  9. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (From the musical production "The Sound Of Music")
  10. On The Street Where You Live (From the musical production "My Fair Lady")
  11. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (From the musical production "My Fair Lady")
  12. Dear Heart (From the Warner Bros. picture "Dear Heart")
Mary Poppins

Syd Lawrence - As Melhores Orquestras Do Mundo - A String Of Pearls

  1. A String Of Pearls
  2. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  3. Elmer's Tune
  4. In The Mood
  5. Tuxedo Junction
  6. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)
  7. Moonlight Serenade
  8. Little Brown Jug
  9. American Patrol
  10. Flying Home
  11. I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
  12. Pennsylvania 6-5000
A String of Pearls

Syd Lawrence (26 June 1923 – 5 May 1998), was a British bandleader from Chester, England, who became famous in the UK for his orchestra's Big Band sound, which drew on the 1940s style of music of Glenn Miller and Count Basie amongst others.

Born in Wilmslow in 1923, Lawrence was a talented trumpet player during World War II. He wrote and arranged music. He was based in Cairo during the war years, playing and arranging for the RAF service bands. After he left the armed forces, he played with some of the leading British dance bands of the 1940s, finally being invited to join the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra in 1953. He stayed with this band for sixteen years playing alongside fellow trumpet player Stan Hibbert.

In 1967, Lawrence teamed up with several of his colleagues at the Northern Dance Orchestra to play the music that he was most enthusiastic about, that of Glenn Miller. Early concerts at the Mersey Hotel in Manchester were a success, and larger venues were found to play in as the reputation of his band grew.
Yorkshire Television gave the Syd Lawrence Orchestra a regular spot on the comedy show Sez Les. As the music became more popular, Lawrence and his band started touring around the UK, which they did with great success for many years. Several records were made along with radio and television appearances on variety shows.

Lawrence retired from touring in 1994 and died of an aneurysm in 1998. Following his death, the Syd Lawrence Band continued on and still tours. The orchestra has been led by Brian Pendleton, and presently by Chris Dean.

(from answers.com)

quarta-feira, 8 de junho de 2011

The Percy Faith Strings - Bouquet (1959)

  1. Bouquet
  2. Tenderly
  3. Laura
  4. The Song From Moulin rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)
  5. Beyond The Sea
  6. Autumn Leaves
  7. Speak Low
  8. Solitude
  9. Deep Purple
  10. Intermezzo
  11. Ebb Tide
  12. Fascination

Icy strings swoop and sway in an ocean wave of sound on Percy Faith's Bouquet, one of this talented conductor/arranger's most popular albums. Piano chords swell and xylophones delicately plink in the distance, but Faith's arrangements are really all about the massed strings: the melodies, the counter-melodies, the gorgeous undulation of violins (32 of them!). If you have a good stereo system, find a CD or clean vinyl copy of Bouquet and turn up the volume -- immerse yourself in the glorious flux and reflux of pure sound. This is one of the most beautiful and distinctive mood music albums ever made, and if hearing it does not give you a new appreciation for the genre, then there is no hope for you. Highly recommended. 

(by Greg Adams from allmusic.com)

terça-feira, 7 de junho de 2011

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - South Of The Border (1964)

  1. South Of The Border
  2. The Girl From Ipanema
  3. Hello, Dolly!
  4. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
  5. Up Cherry Street
  6. Mexican Shuffle
  7. El Presidente
  8. All My Loving
  9. Angelito
  10. Salud, Amor Y Dinero
  11. Numero Cinco
  12. Adios Mi Corazon
South of the Border

Herb Alpert was still using an array of SoCal studio all-stars as his Tijuana Brass when South of the Border (1964) began to restore the combo's good name after the modest Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Vol. 2 (1963) failed to ignite a fire in listener's ears. In his essay accompanying Shout! Factory's 2005 Signature Series reissue of South of the Border, Alpert comments that the Sol Lake composition "Mexican Shuffle" "opened a new door for me." That passageway meant the loss of the Tijuana Brass' practically forced mariachi style and the rise of Alpert's approach in arranging familiar melodies in fresh, creative settings. Nowhere would this stylistic progression be as pronounced as in the horn-driven updates of several then-concurrent chart hits. For instance, the mod sonic wrinkle in "Girl from Ipanema" emits a darkness veiled in mystery, directly contrasting the light buoyancy of "Hello! Dolly" or the footloose feel of the Beatles' "All My Loving." They seamlessly fit in with Sol Lake's "Salud, Amor y Dinero" and a cover of Julius Wechter's playful mid-tempo "Up Cherry Street" -- which Wechter's own Baja Marimba Band had just recorded for their 1964 self-titled debut. The ballads "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Angelito," and "Adios, Mi Corazon" provide contrasts with Alpert's sensitive scores never seeming maudlin or unnecessarily over the top. If the regal "El Presidente" sounds particularly familiar, it may well be due to Alpert's slight renovation of the "Winds of Barcelona" from the Tijuana Brass' previous effort, the less than impressive Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Vol. 2. It was renamed "El Presidente" presumably to honor the recent memory of the slain U.S. leader John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

(by Lindsay Planer from allmusic.com)

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965)

  1. A Taste Of Honey
  2. Green Peppers
  3. Tangerine
  4. Bittersweet Samba
  5. Lemon Tree
  6. Whipped Cream
  7. Love Potion # 9
  8. El Garbanzo
  9. Lady Fingers
  10. Butterball
  11. Peanuts
  12. Lollipops And Roses
Whipped Cream

Building upon South of the Border's (1964) Top Ten success, Herb Alpert dismissed the contingency of Los Angeles-based studio instrumental all-stars, which he had christened the Tijuana Brass. Because there was enough demand for live dates, just like a musical Gepetto, Alpert formed a real Tijuana Brass. The bandleader/trumpeter was joined by Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Robert Edmondson (trombone), Pat Senatore (bass), John Pisano (guitars), Lou Pagani (piano), and Nick Ceroli (drums). Ostensibly, the personnel wasn't a primary consideration as Alpert and company had already begun making serious inroads on the pop music scene. Not bad, considering the market was being heavily infiltrated, if not practically dominated by the British Invasion. With Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965), they would take that momentum to new heights -- including three Grammy Awards alone for the update of the Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow-penned theme to Shelagh Delaney's play of the same name, "A Taste of Honey." The remainder of the material on the dozen-song album was chosen with food as the underlying thematic motif. Sol Lake -- who provided Alpert "The Lonely Bull" and "Mexican Shuffle" returns, and this time he has custom-made the upbeat and, above all, catchy trio of "Green Peppers," "Bittersweet Samba," and "El Garbanzo." Allen Toussaint's title composition "Whipped Cream" garnered significant attention, but not as a chart hit. Rather, it could be heard as bachelorettes were being introduced on ABC-TV's The Dating Game. Early in the series run, additional Alpert offerings were also incorporated as incidental music: "Spanish Flea," as the bachelors were being announced, "Lollipops and Roses," when the lucky winners were being told where they would be spending their date, and both "Ladyfingers" and "Lemon Tree" were in rotation as contestants mulled over their answers.

After several poor analogue-to-CD transfers in the '80s and '90s, Whipped Cream & Other Delights was reissued as part of Shout! Factory's Herb Alpert Signature Series and boasts remarkably improved sound. 

(by Lindsay Planer from allmusic.com)

One of the most successful instrumental performers in pop history, trumpeter Herb Alpert was also one of the entertainment industry's shrewdest businessmen: A&M, the label he co-founded with partner Jerry Moss, ranks among the most prosperous artist-owned companies ever established. Born March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, Alpert began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. After serving in the Army, he attempted to forge an acting career, but soon returned to music, recording under the name Dore Alpert for RCA.

With Lou Adler, Alpert co-wrote a number of Sam Cooke's most enduring hits, including "Wonderful World" and "Only Sixteen." Under the name Dante & the Evergreens, he and Adler also recorded a cover of the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop"; additionally, Alpert produced tracks for the surf duo Jan & Dean. In 1962 he teamed with Moss to found A&M Records, scoring a Top Ten hit with the single "The Lonely Bull."

From its humble origins as a company run out of Alpert's garage, A&M grew to become the world's biggest independent label; among its greatest successes were the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. Nevertheless, Alpert and his backing unit, the Tijuana Brass, remained the label's flagship act: on the strength of the hit "A Taste of Honey," his 1965 LP Whipped Cream and Other Delights topped the charts, popularizing his Latin-influenced style (dubbed "Ameriachi"). The follow-up, 1965's Going Places, also hit number one, launching the hit "Spanish Flea."

After 1966's What Now My Love -- his most popular effort, remaining at number one for nine weeks -- Alpert continued to dominate the charts with records including 1966's S.R.O. and the following year's Sounds Like and Herb Alpert's Ninth. In 1968, he scored his first number one single by taking a rare vocal turn on a rendition of Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's in Love With You"; the album Beat of the Brass followed the hit to the top of the charts, becoming Alpert's fifth and final number one LP.

Released in 1969, Warm was the first of Alpert's 11 albums not to crack the Top 20; by 1971's Summertime, his commercial fates had fallen to the point where he no longer reached the Top 100. As A&M continued to thrive, he moved his primary focus from music to industry, although he regularly recorded throughout the early '70s; 1974's You Smile -- The Song Begins was his most successful outing in several years, but subsequent releases like 1975's Coney Island and 1976's Just You and Me met with greater chart resistance.

In 1979, Alpert staged a major comeback with Rise; not only did the album reach the Top Ten, but the title track topped the singles charts and became the biggest hit of his career. The follow-up, 1980's Beyond, was a Top 40 success, but subsequent efforts like 1982's Fandango and 1985's Wild Romance fared poorly. In 1987 Alpert enjoyed another renaissance with the album Keep Your Eye On Me; the lead single "Diamonds" hit the Top Five and featured a guest vocal from Janet Jackson, one of A&M's towering successes of the late '80s.

Alpert continued recording throughout the 1990s, producing work like 1991's North on South Street, 1992's Midnight Sun, and 1997's Passion Dance. After selling A&M to PolyGram in 1990 for a sum in excess of $500 million, he and Moss founded a new label, Almo Sounds, in 1994; among the imprint's hit artists was the group Garbage. His own albums, including 1997's Passion Dance and 1999's Colors, were also released on the label. Alpert also tackled other forms of media, exhibiting his abstract expressionist paintings and co-producing a number of Broadway successes, including Angels in America and Jelly's Last Jam. He also established the Herb Alpert Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to establishing educational, arts, and environmental programs for children. 

(by Jason Ankeny from allmusic.com)

Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers! - with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1956)

  1. You Make Me Feel So Young
  2. It Happened in Monterey
  3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
  4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
  5. Too Marvelous For Words
  6. Old Devil Moon
  7. Pennies From Heaven
  8. Love Is Here To Stay
  9. I've Got You Under My Skin
  10. I Thought About You
  11. We'll Be Together Again
  12. Makin' Whoopee
  13. Swingin' Down The Lane
  14. Anything Goes
  15. How About You?
Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle

After the ballad-heavy In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle returned to up-tempo, swing material with Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, arguably the vocalist's greatest swing set. Like Sinatra's previous Capitol albums, Songs for Swingin' Lovers! consists of reinterpreted pop standards, ranging from the ten-year-old "You Make Me Feel So Young" to the 20-year-old "Pennies From Heaven" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Sinatra is supremely confident throughout the album, singing with authority and joy. That joy is replicated in Riddle's arrangements, which manage to rethink these standards in fresh yet reverent ways. Working with a core rhythm section and a full string orchestra, Riddle writes scores that are surprisingly subtle. "I've Got You Under My Skin," with its breathtaking middle section, is a perfect example of how Sinatra works with the band. Both swing hard, stretching out the rhythms and melodies but never losing sight of the original song. Songs for Swingin' Lovers! never loses momentum. The great songs keep coming and the performances are all stellar, resulting in one of Sinatra's true classics. 

(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from allmusic.com)

Frank Sinatra - Come Dance with Me! - with Billy May and His Orchestra (1959)

  1. Come Dance With Me
  2. Something's Gotta Give
  3. Just In Time
  4. Dancing In The Dark
  5. Too Close For Comfort
  6. I Could Have Danced All Night
  7. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
  8. Day In - Day Out
  9. Cheek To Cheek
  10. Baubles, Bangles And Beads
  11. The Song Is You
  12. The Last Dance
Arranged and conducted by Billy May

Working with Billy May again, Frank Sinatra recorded his hardest swing album ever with Come Dance with Me! Driven by an intensely swinging horn section, the album has a fair share of slower numbers, but the songs that make the biggest impression are the up-tempo cuts. With May's charts wildly careening all over the place, Sinatra relies on his macho swagger; as a result, Come Dance with Me! is an intoxicating rush of invigorating dance songs. 

(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from allmusic.com)

Frank Sinatra - Come fly with me - with Billy May and His Orchestra (1958)

  1. Come Fly With Me
  2. Around The World
  3. Isle Of Capri
  4. Moonlight In Vermont
  5. Autumn In New York
  6. On The Road To Mandalay
  7. Let's Get Away From It All
  8. April In Paris
  9. London by Night
  10. Brazil
  11. Blue Hawaii
  12. It's Nice To Go Trav'ling
All selections arranged and conducted by Billy May

Constructed around a light-hearted travel theme, Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra's first project with arranger Billy May, was a breezy change of pace from the somber Where Are You. From the first swinging notes of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's "Come Fly With Me" -- which is written at Sinatra's request -- it's clear that the music on the collection is intended to be fun. Over the course of the album, Sinatra and May travel around the world in song, performing standards like "Moonlight in Vermont" and "April in Paris," as well as humorous tunes like "Isle of Capri" and "On the Road to Mandalay." May's signature bold, brassy arrangements give these songs a playful, carefree, nearly sarcastic feel, but never is the approach less than affectionate. In fact, Come Fly With Me is filled with varying moods and textures, as it moves from boisterous swing numbers to romantic ballads, and hitting any number of emotions in between. There may be greater albums in Sinatra's catalog, but few are quite as fun as Come Fly With Me

(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from allmusic.com)

Franck Pourcel - Classic in Digital - Vol. 3

  1. Carmina Burana (Nº 1 "O Fortuna") (Carl Orff)
  2. Cavatine (Joachim Raff - Transcription: Franck Pourcel)
  3. Chevauchée Des Walkyries (Richard Wagner)
  4. 4e Gnossienne (Erik Satie)
  5. Allegro Du Concerto En Ré Mineur (Antonio Vivaldi - Transcription: Franck Pourcel)
  6. Elegie (Jules Massenet - Transcription: Franck Pourcel)
  7. Pomp And circumstance (Marche Nº 1) (Sir Edward Elgar - Transcription: Franck Pourcel)
  8. 5e Gnossienne (Erik Satie)
  9. Grande Valse "Les Patineurs" (Emil Waldteufel - Transcription: Franck Pourcel)
  10. Melodie En Fa (Anton Rubinstein - Transcription: Franck Pourcel)
  11. "Aranjuez Mon Amour" (Extrait du 2e mouvement du Concerto d'Aranjuez)  (Joaquim Rodrigo)
Classic in Digital 3
Enregistré aux Studios Abbey Road - London
Directeur artistique - Eric MacLeod
Ingénieur du son - Christopher Parker
Technique - Geoffrey Goddard, Mark Vigars and Richard Langham
Pathe Marconi EMI 064 73148T

segunda-feira, 6 de junho de 2011

Magnificent Organ - As Melhores Orquestras do Mundo - Marcha Nupcial

  1. Marcha Nupcial de "Sonho de Uma Noite de Verão" (Mendelssohn)
  2. Toccata em Ré Menor (Bach)
  3. Aria (Bach)
  4. How Beautifully Shines The Morning Star (Nicolai)
  5. Largo (Haendel)
  6. Marcha Nupcial de "Lohengrin" (Wagner)
  7. The Heavens Declare (Beethoven)
  8. Ave Verum (Mozart)
  9. Nun Danket Alle Gott (Krueser)
  10. Coro dos Peregrinos de "Tannhauser" (Wagner)
  11. Marcha Fúnebre (Chopin)
  12. Great God, We Praise Thee (Arr. Breuer)
Marcha Nupcial
Performer: Guenther Brausinger, at the organ

Victor Young e Sua Orquestra - Apresenta Victor Young

  1. Alone At Last (Theme From "Something To Live For") (1953)
  2. The Wonder Of You (1956)
  3. Stringin' Along (1951)
  4. Theme For Love (1951)
  5. My Love (1951)
  6. Rita (1955)
  7. The Call Of Far-Away Hills (Theme From "Shane") (1953)
  8. Twilight Nocturne (1951)
  9. Bright Lights (1954)
  10. Wintertime Of Love (1953)
  11. Love Theme to Love You (1956)
  12. Latin Rhythm (1949)
Apresenta Victor Young
Track 1 - with Bernie Leighton, piano soloist
Track 4 - with Ray Turner, piano soloist
Track 5 - with Tommy Dorsey, trombone soloist
Track 7 - with Carl Prager, sax-alto soloist

Falecido em 1956, aos 56 anos de idade, Victor Young foi considerado, através de sua carreira de compositor, orquestrador e regente por 22 anos consecutivos, um dos campeões mundiais da música ligeira. Nascido em Chicago, EUA, estudou música durante 10 anos em Varsóvia, no Conservatório Imperial. Em 1920, ao retornar a seu país, Victor Young tentou desenvolver carreira de violinista, chegando a apresentar-se como solista com orquestras importantes, inclusive a Sinfônica de Chicago, a esse tempo dirigida por Frederick Stock.

A música popular, todavia, acabaria por atraí-lo, principalmente porque o recebeu de braços abertos, dando-lhe oportunidades de trabalho. Victor Young, decididamente, não era violinista para competir com um Heifetz ou um Mischa Elman. Quanto a isso, ele não alimentava ilusões. Mas seu talento teria lugar em outra área que não a do recitalista, e isso Victor Young compreendeu logo. Trabalhou durante algum tempo com diversas orquestras de dança (inclusive a de Ben Pollack, onde também começou Glenn Miller), até que formou a sua própria. Entrementes, já se pusera a compor e, uma das baladas de sua autoria, Sweet Sue, Just You, seria um dos maiores sucessos dos anos 20.

Em 1934, foi um dos primeiros contratados do novo selo Decca (hoje MCA), juntamente com Bing Crosby, Guy Lombardo e Mildred Bailey. À frente de uma orquestra com muitas cordas, metais e madeiras, Victor Young não só fazia a maioria dos acompanhamentos para cantores da Decca, como também gravava num estilo semelhante ao de Paul Whiteman e Nathaniel Shilkret, produzindo discos que logo chamariam a atenção pela inventividade e bom gosto.

Em 1935, Hollywood requisitou-o para fazer música de filmes. Trabalhou durante muitos anos com exclusividade para a Paramount Pictures, mas, com o correr do tempo, tornar-se-ia "free-lance", produzindo partituras para a Warner, Republic, etc. Muitas dessas partituras receberiam prêmios, destacadamente as feitas para sucessos de bilheteria como "Por Quem os Sinos Dobram", "A Volta ao Mundo em 80 Dias", "Sansão e Dalila", "Palavras ao Vento", "Um Amor em Cada Vida", "Os Brutos Também Amam" e "O Meu Maior Amor"; mas, ao lado disso tudo, Victor Young também entraria várias vezes em "paradas de sucesso", assinando, como autor, canções ainda hoje em repertório, ressaltando-se My Foolish Heart, Stella By Starlight, Love Letters e Beautiful Love.

O número de gravações que Victor Young com sua orquestra fizeram para a Decca é incontável, se somarmos as só instrumentais às de acompanhamento para cantores. Em reedições que lançamos recentemente ("Temas de Hollywood com Victor Young" e "Oscars com Victor Young"), selecionamos muitas dentre as melhores, mas, como o título dos LPs bem o demonstram, não nos preocupamos senão com o repertório, dando Victor Young como o intérprete.

Neste disco, contudo, o assunto é somente Victor Young. Reunimos algumas de suas melhores composições (não reeditadas, evidentemente, nos lançamentos anteriores) sob sua própria regência. Resultou, é lógico, um LP onde Victor Young apresenta Victor Young, disco há muito aguardado pelos apreciadores de nosso saudoso focalizado.

Há duas faixas que se colocam entre as derradeiras gravações que o músico fez, ambas realizadas em 1956: o tema do filme "O Fruto do Pecado" e a canção The Wonder Of You. Aparecem pela primeira vez em LP. Note-se, por outro lado, a presença do também saudoso Tommy Dorsey na faixa My Love, uma das melodias mais notáveis que Victor Young criou em sua carreira. Incluímos, outrossim, composições sem vinculação com o cinema, valendo observar que uma delas - Latin Rhythm - embora constitua peça independente, teve o seu "trio-central" melódico aproveitado como tema de abertura do filme "Chaga de Fogo", em 1951.

No programa deste disco, enfim, buscamos por um pouco de tudo. Há líricas peças noturnais, baladas românticas, ritmos latino-americanos, fantasias de grande brilho orquestral, ternos solos de piano, coberturas melódicas para filmes e, sobretudo, a até hoje inimitável capacidade de Victor Young para levar ao ouvinte uma linha melódica clara e precisa, usando, a seu modo, de meios orquestrais altamernte sofisticados e com equilíbrio sonoro fora do comum.

Repondo em catálogo antigas matrizes há muitos anos reclamadas de volta pelos apreciadores, esperamos, de nossa parte, ter contribuído para a preservação dessas autênticas jóias fonográficas, mantendo-as ainda intactas junto do convívio de quem realmente aprecia a boa música.

(J.L. Ferrete, das notas originais da gravação)

sexta-feira, 3 de junho de 2011

Helmut Zacharias - As Melhores Orquestras Do Mundo - Ave Maria No Morro

  1. Ave Maria No Morro
  2. O Sole Mio
  3. Theme From "A Summer Place"
  4. Black Eyes (Les Yeux Noir)
  5. Theme From "The Apartment"
  6. El Relicario
  7. Strangers In The Night
  8. Yes Sir That's My Baby
  9. Moon Over Naples
  10. Maria La Ô
  11. Theme From "Never On Sunday"
  12. My Melancholy Baby
Ave Maria no Morro

Jimmy Müller Orchestra - A Era de Ouro do Fox Trot (1975)

  1. Cheek To Cheek
  2. Night And Day
  3. Misty
  4. The Lady Is A Tramp
  5. Stardust
  6. Fly Me To The Moon
  7. Stella By Starlight
  8. Moonlight Serenade
  9. Bubbles, Bangles And Beads
  10. I've Got You Under My Skin
  11. I'm In The Mood For Love
  12. Laura
  13. I Only Have Eyes For You
  14. Tenderly
Fox Trot

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