quarta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2011

Otto Cesana and His Orchestra - Sugar and Spice

  1. My Beloved
  2. Hey, Professor!
  3. Devotion
  4. Night Train
  5. Mine At Last
  6. Reflection
  7. Whirlwind
  8. Whirlwind (Reissued Version)
  9. Devotion (Vocal Version)
Sugar and Spice 

Once a member of San Francisco's enormous Italian community, composer Otto Cesana (1899 - 1980) caused a good deal of controversy during his heyday, particularly among the crowd that likes to put labels on musical bottles. No less an expert than Leonard Feather thought Cesana was worthy of an entry in the 1960 Encyclopedia of Jazz, published several years after Cesana himself decided to travel to Italy. Yet Feather admits the man's work is "better judged by classical standards and involves no jazz improvisation." While defining jazz has always been a bit tricky, the presence of improvised sections is indeed an important if not requisite characteristic. Cesana most likely got the nod from Feather because his most famous composition is entitled "Symphony in Jazz."

Other classical composers heavily influenced by jazz -- Darius Milhaud or Karlheinz Stockhausen, for example -- do not show up in Feather's reference. But other blockades await as Cesana is herded over to the classical ranch. Noted Brazilian music critic José Domingos Raffaelli feels the composer should be associated with lighter forms of music, writing "...in my opinion easy listening music is the kind of music played by the string orchestras of Mantovani, Otto Cesana, David Rose, Peter Yorke, and others." Even without a clear consensus of how he should be categorized, Cesana also caused a form of retrospective controversy with the titles of his other compositions, particularly a piano roll entitled "Negro Heaven."

Cesana began his study of the piano in 1909. One fact beyond dispute is that the man liked to learn; he had many teachers and became adept at organ, orchestration, and harmony. He turned out compositions and arrangements for radio stations and the Hollywood film studios and began premiering his original works in the early '40s at prestigious venues such as New York City's Town Hall. The direction taken by his subsequent recording career tends to underscore the comments of Raffaelli. For example, Cesana was contracted by Columbia alongside company such as Ray Conniff. Clearly it was the easy listening, lounge, and bachelor pad/hi-fi crowd that was being aimed at, not serious modern classical listeners. 

(by Eugene Chadbourne from allmusic.com) 

terça-feira, 29 de novembro de 2011

Percy Faith His Orchestra and Chorus - For Those In Love

  1. Sunny
  2. The Look Of Love
  3. I Say A Little Prayer
  4. Brand New Morning
  5. Don't Sleep In The Subway
  6. Waitin' ('Round The Bend)
  7. Never My Love
  8. It Must Be Him
  9. Goin' Out Of My Head
  10. For Those In Love
  11. Live For Life
For Those In Love

"For Those In Love" offers current hits treated with the sweeping strings and voices in the stylings that have made Percy Faith famous.

The repertoire for the album includes the biggest and most recent hits available. The voices are alternatingly spirited and sensuous; the orchestration is pure Faith magic. Such exceptional songs as Sunny, Goin' Out Of My Head, Never My Love, The Look Of Love, I Say A Little Prayer and others move. This album is a great for everyone and especially for those in love.

(From the original liner notes)

domingo, 27 de novembro de 2011

The 20th Century Strings - Great Standards - Arranged and conducted by Hugo Montenegro

  1. Tennessee Waltz
  2. You Made Me Love You
  3. And The Angels Sing
  4. I'll Know My Love
  5. A Song Of India
  6. That's My Desire
  7. Blueberry Hill
  8. I Can't Get Started
  9. Heartaches
  10. My Happiness
  11. A String Of Pearls
  12. Stardust
  13. Harbor Lights
Great Standards

quinta-feira, 24 de novembro de 2011

Grand Fantastic Strings - Grandes Sucessos do Cinema

  1. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Tema do Filme "Suplício de Uma Saudade")
  2. Love Theme from The Godfather (Tema do Filme "O Poderoso Chefão")
  3. The Entertainer (Tema do Filme "Golpe de Mestre")
  4. Last Tango In Paris (Tema do Filme "Último Tango em Paris")
  5. Brother Sun Sister Moon (Tema do Filme "Irmão Sol, Irmã Lua")
  6. Johnny Guitar (Tema do Filme "Johnny Guitar")
  7. Love Story (Tema do Filme "Uma História de Amor")
  8. Un Homme Et Une Femme (Tema do Filme "Um Homem e uma Mulher")
  9. Amarcord (Tema do Filme "Amarcord")
  10. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Tema do Filme "Butch Cassidy")
  11. Mrs. Robinson (Tema do Filme "A Primeira Noite de um Homem")
  12. Emmanuelle (Tema do Filme "Emmanuelle")
Grandes Sucessos do Cinema

terça-feira, 22 de novembro de 2011

The Marina Strings - Play The Neil Diamond Solid Gold Songbook

  1. Play Me
  2. Cracklin' Rosie
  3. Holly Holy
  4. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
  5. Song Sung Blue
  6. Sweet Caroline
  7. Shilo
  8. Stones
  9. Solitary Man
  10. Kentucky Man
Solid Gold Songbook

domingo, 20 de novembro de 2011

The Gift of Music - 75 Romantic Memories from Your Favourite Orchestras - Record 2

  1. Just The Way You Are - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  2. Raining In My Heart - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  3. The Way We Were - Ronnie Aldrich and His 2 Pianos & The London Festival Orchestra & Chorus
  4. If You Leave Me Now - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  5. Fool (If You Think It's Over) - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
  6. Fly Away - Midnight Mood Orchestra
  7. Don't Give Up On Us - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
  8. One Day At A Time - The Arthur Greenslade Orchestra
  9. More Than I Can Say - Midnight Mood Orchestra
  10. Dancing Queen - Ronnie Aldrich and His Pianos & Orchestra
  11. She - Mantovani & His Orchestra
  12. Killing Me Softly With His Song - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  13. Vincent - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  14. This Guy's In Love With You - Ronnie Aldrich And His 2 Pianos & The London Festival Orchestra
  15. You Light Up My Life - Ronnie Aldrich and His 2 Pianos & Orchestra
  16. The Things We Do For Love - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
  17. Something - Ronnie Aldrich and His 2 Pianos & The London Festival Orchestra
  18. Love Ballad - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
  19. You're A Lady - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
The Gift of Music - Record 2

sábado, 19 de novembro de 2011

Werner Müller and His Orchestra - Great Strauss Waltzes

  1. Tales From The Vienna Woods
  2. Acceleration Waltz
  3. Roses From The South
  4. You And You
  5. Kiss Waltz
  6. Blue Danube
  7. Vienna Blood
  8. Lagoon Waltz
  9. Emperor Waltz
  10. Wine, Women And Song
Great Strauss Waltzes

sexta-feira, 18 de novembro de 2011

Peggy Lee - Make It With You

  1. One More Ride On The Merry-Go-Round
  2. The Long And Windind Road
  3. That's What Living's About
  4. The No-Color Time Of the Day
  5. Let's Get Lost In Now
  6. Make It With You
  7. Passenger Of The Rain
  8. I've Never Been So Happy In My Life
  9. You'll Remember Me
  10. Good-bye
Make It With You

By the early '70s Peggy Lee was pretty much relegated to serving the easy listening contingency of music lovers. Make It with You (1970) continues her run of moderately successful long-players for Capitol Records. Once again, she joins forces with Mike Melvoin (conductor/arranger) and Benny Golson (conductor/arranger) for a ten-song collection that concentrates on selections from concurrent -- rather than classic -- pop composers. The Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield number "One More Ride on the Merry-Go-Round" is a perfect match for the artist's interesting and at times dark, emotive, or -- in this case -- melancholy fare. Lee lends a similar yearning to her cover of the Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road." The score and Lee's delivery don't suffer from the typically heavy-handed and over the top strings that have essentially ruined many of the well-intentioned remakes of the McCartney-penned ballad. Paul Anka's "That's What Living's About" is a quirky "stop and smell the roses" slice of life that may make listeners of a certain demographic very nostalgic for not only the sweet sentiment set forth in the lyrics, but the deceptive simplicity that seems innate when referring to top-shelf talents such as Anka. The haunting and surreal "The No-Color Time of the Day" is one of those noir-tinged tracks that Lee seems to include on each of her mid- to late-'60s and early-'70s albums. It has likewise aged better than the majority of the platter's conservative and middle-of-the-road contents. Lee's jazzy roots make for a standout rendition of the too-mod-for-its-own-good "message" song "Let's Get Lost in Now" from the equally forgettable stage production Salvation. The title composition, "Make It with You," reaffirms David Gates' often underrated skills as a writer. Lee's inviting timbre and Melvoin's light yet affective orchestration are completely simpatico. The festivities begin to wind down with the bouncy and forcefully hip "I've Never Been So Happy in My Life," followed by "You'll Remember Me" -- a number that was blatantly recycled from an earlier Lee LP, Bridge Over Troubled Water (1969). "Goodbye" returns the vocalist to her status as one of America's singular torch balladeers, providing an opening for Lee to do what she does best, not to mention a fitting conclusion to the endeavor. After several decades out of print, in 2008 Collectors' Choice Music teamed Make It with You and Where Did They Go (1971) along with four non-LP bonus tracks onto a two-fer CD. 

(by Lindsay Planer from allmusic.com)


Peggy Lee's alluring tone, distinctive delivery, breadth of material, and ability to write many of her own songs made her one of the most captivating artists of the vocal era, from her breakthrough on the Benny Goodman hit "Why Don't You Do Right" to her many solo successes, singles including "Mañana," "Lover" and "Fever" that showed her bewitching vocal power, a balance between sultry swing and impeccable musicianship.

Born Norma Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she suffered the death of her mother at the age of four and endured a difficult stepmother after her father remarried. Given her sense of swing by listening to Count Basie on the radio, she taught herself to sing and made her radio debut at the age of 14. She made the jump to Fargo (where she was christened Peggy Lee), then to Minneapolis and St. Louis to sing with a regional band. Lee twice journeyed to Hollywood to make her fortune, but returned unsuccessful from both trips.

She finally got her big break in 1941, when a vocal group she worked with began appearing at a club in Chicago. While there, she was heard by Benny Goodman, whose regular vocalist Helen Forrest was about to leave his band. Lee recorded with Goodman just a few days later, debuting with the popular "Elmer's Tune" despite a good deal of nerves. That same year, several songs became commercial successes including "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and "Winter Weather." In 1943, "Why Don't You Do Right" became her first major hit, but she left the Goodman band (and the music industry altogether) later that year after marrying Goodman's guitarist, Dave Barbour


After just over a year of domestic life, Peggy Lee returned to music, first as part of an all-star jazz album. Then, in late 1945, Capitol signed her to a solo contract and she hit the charts with her first shot, "Waitin' for the Train to Come In." Lee continued to score during the late '40s, with over two dozen chart entries before the end of the decade, including "It's a Good Day," "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" -- the most popular song of 1948 -- and "I Don't Know Enough About You." Many of her singles were done in conjunction with Barbour, her frequent writing and recording partner.

After moving to Decca in 1952, Peggy Lee scored with the single "Lover" and an LP, Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues recorded with Ella Fitzgerald (both singers also made appearances in the film). She spent only five years at Decca however, before moving back to Capitol. There, she distinguished herself through recording a wide variety of material, including songs -- and occasionally, entire LPs -- influenced by the blues, Latin and cabaret as well as pop. Lee also used many different settings, like an orchestra conducted by none other than Frank Sinatra for 1957's The Man I Love, the George Shearing Quintet for 1959's live appearance Beauty and the Beat, Quincey Jones as arranger and conductor for 1961's If You Go, and arrangements by Benny Carter on 1963's Mink Jazz. Barbour's problems with alcoholism ended their marriage, though they remained good friends until his death in 1965.

Peggy Lee was an early advocate of rock and made a quick transition into rock-oriented material. Given her depth and open mind for great songs no matter the source, it wasn't much of a surprise that she sounded quite comfortable covering the more song-oriented end of late-'60s rock, including great choices by Jimmy Webb, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burt Bacharach, Randy Newman, Goffin & King and John Sebastian. She nearly brushed the Top Ten in 1969 with Leiber & Stoller's "Is That All There Is?" She continued recording contemporary material until 1972's Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota brought her back to her roots. It was her last LP for Capitol, however. Lee recorded single LPs for Atlantic, A&M, Polydor UK and DRG before effectively retiring at the beginning of the 1980s. She returned in 1988 with two LPs for Music Masters that revisited her earlier successes. Her last album, Moments Like This, was recorded in 1992 for Chesky. Her voice was effectively silenced after a 1998 stroke, and she died of a heart attack at her Bel Air home in early 2002. 

(by John Bush from allmusic.com)

quarta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2011

The Gift of Music - 75 Romantic Memories from Your Favourite Orchestras - Record 1

  1. When I Need You - Ronnie Aldrich
  2. Feelings - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  3. I'm Stone In Love With You - Ronnie Aldrich
  4. One Day In Your Life - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  5. I Will Survive - Stanley Black & His Orchestra
  6. When Your In Love With A Beautiful Woman - The Arthur Greenslade Orchestra
  7. For Your Eyes Only - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  8. Hopelessly Devoted To You - The Alan Tew Orchestra
  9. Don't Make My Brown Eyes Blue - The Arthur Greenslade Orchestra
  10. Imagine - Midnight Mood Orchestra
  11. Chariots Of Fire - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra
  12. Evergreen - Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos & Orchestra
  13. Just When I Needed You Most - Ronnie Aldrich
  14. Somewhere In The Night - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
  15. Woman - Midnight Mood Orchestra
  16. Lucille - The Arthur Greenslade Orchestra
  17. Love Is In The Air - The Alan Tew Orchestra
  18. Long And Winding Road - Syd Lawrence & His Orchestra
  19. Nights In White Satin - Ronnie Aldrich
The Gift of Music - Record 1

sábado, 12 de novembro de 2011

segunda-feira, 7 de novembro de 2011

George Melachrino and His Orchestra - Christmas Joy

  1. Winter Wonderland
  2. Adeste Fideles
  3. I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
  4. The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. Silent Night
  7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  9. Jingle Bells
  10. The First Noel
  11. White Christmas
  12. Good King Wencelas
  13. Riders In The Sky
  14. Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer
  15. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman
  16. Christmas Alphabet
  17. Joy To The World
Christmas Joy

One of the most special joys of Christmas is the splendid and varied music associated with it. Here, Melachirno, the master exponent of mood music, plays the cream of the Christmas songs and carols, old and new, sacred and secular, from the majestic "Adeste Fideles" to the fun-flecked "Jingle Bells".

Wide in both origin and vintage, this glittering Melachrino concert stretches from "The First Noel", thought to have originated in France about 1500, and "Good King Wenceslas", adapted from a Swedish Lutheran Hymnal (Piae Cantiones) circa 1582, to latter-day Tin Pan Alley exports such as "Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer" and Irving Berlin's beloved "White Christmas".

Another classic included here originally served to curb a crisis at a Tiny church in Oberndorf, Bavaria, on Christmas Eve, 1818. The church organ was out of commission and new music was needed for the Christmas services. Overnight, church organist Franz Gruber put music to Joseph Mohr's hastily written words, arranging the collaboration for three voices and guitar accompaniment. On Christmas day, the congregation had its new music. And the world had "Silent Night".

Handsomely arranged in the lush and lovely style which has made Melachrino an international favorite, and set off strikingly in flawless Stereophonic high fidelity, these sixteen Yuletide songs emerge fresher, more enjoyable and, especially, more reflective of the joyous essence of Christmas than ever before.

(Jack Fuller, from the original liner notes)

sexta-feira, 4 de novembro de 2011

The Melachrino Strings and Orchestra - Music For Romance

  1. My Romance
  2. My One And Only Love
  3. You and I
  4. With Every Breath I Take
  5. Be My Love
  6. I'm Always Be In Love With You
  7. I'll Take Romance
  8. Moonlight Becomes You
  9. Isn't It Romantic
  10. Love, Your Spell Is Everywhere
  11. Romance
  12. If Ever I would Leave You
Music For Romance

"A Sumptuous Concert Of Love Songs"

French champagne...a gondola in Venice...moonlight shining on the Taj Mahal. Can you think of anything that blends perfectly with all these things? Is it "romance"? Can you think of any musician who is perfectly equipped to convey an exciting sense of romance? Is it Melachrino? Well, if you have any doubts that he is the ideal romantic host, just be his guest for this silken and sumptuous concert of love songs.

The Melachrino Strings and orchestra play here an impeccably selected group of pieces which are woven into a glowing musical tapestry. Here is music to bring back memories of special occasions...music to give a hint of those romantic evenings in the future...music that will remind you of some of your favorite star personalities.

This is music of rich associations, familiar enough to bring with it, for example, echoes of the soaring voice of Mario Lanza as you hear Be My Love. The Melachrino treatment captures the thrilling melody of the song so well that you get its message even without hearing the words. Another particularly appealing tune is You And I, penned by the versatile Meredith Wilson. You probably know the lyric of this "pop" standard, but you may not have realized that he entire text of the song comprises just one complete sentence. Mr. Wilson once stated that You And I was the only popular song he knew which could boast this peculiar grammatical distinction. Maestro Melachrino does not get involved with the grammar and just says it with music.

Words are not really necessary to enjoy the romantic mood conveyed by these songs, but many listeners will find themselves automatically supplying the words as Melachrino furnishes the music. He offers you the choice of simply luxuriating in the splendid sounds he provides, or of running through the familiar lyrics to his expert accompaniment.

The titles of this album alone are enough to give any romantic hero sufficient ammunition to win his lady's heart: With Every Breath I Take...My One And Only Love...I'm Always Be In Love With You...Isn't It Romantic...Love, Your Spell Is Everywhere...If the titles seem to fit together to form a single poetic message in the moonlight idiom, just wait until you hear the single potent message Melachrino conveys through the magic of his music - the message of romance.

(Leonard Raphael, from the original liner notes)

terça-feira, 1 de novembro de 2011

The International Pop Orchestra - 110 Figuras

  1. Dança Ritual do Fogo (Manuel de Falla)
  2. Hymne a L'Amour (Mannot-Piaf)
  3. Habanera (Bizet)
  4. La Strada (Galdierri-Rota)
  5. Lisboa Antiga (Portela-Galhardo-Vale)
  6. Exodus (Ernest Gold)
  7. Miserlou (Roubanis-Russel-Wise-Leeds)
  8. Summer Day (Che Gelida Manina) (Puccini)
  9. Melodia Perdue (Giraud-Broussolle)
  10. Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin)
  11. Pepe (Wittstatt-Langdon)
  12. Swedish Rhapsody (Wildman)
110 Figuras

Você que gosta de boa música, que procura enriquecer sua discoteca, escolhendo gravações dignas de seu bom gosto, muitas vezes deve ter ficado confuso numa loja de discos. Centenas e centenas de LPs de todos os tipos. As músicas mais populares são gravadas de maneira mais diversa e algumas vezes, por que não dizer, mais absurdas.

O padrão comum já está muito explorado. O que você realmente deseja é algo excepcional. Algo diferente. Você quer qualidade, som, perfeição técnica e um repertório que não ofenda sua sensibilidade e seu apurado senso de arte.

Eis aqui o que você procura. Não é nenhum exagero e isso é fácil de provar. Perca alguns minutos de tempo e ganhe meses de devaneio e alegria. Coloque esse disco na eletrola e ouça. Você vai ficar encantado. Cento e dez homens reuniram-se para oferecer a VOCÊ com letra maiúscula, porque as pessoas de bom gosto devem ser tratadas com especial distinção. Se você não pode ser incluído entre essas pessoas, deixe o disco no lugar onde estava e até logo. Vá procurar seus bagulhos.

Mas é claro que estamos falando com VOCÊ em letra graúda. Cento e dez homens estão contidos nestas faixas, executando as melodias mais belas, mais puras e mais famosas. Sinta a qualidade de som. Sua eletrola parecerá outra com esta técnica aperfeiçoada de gravar. Procure notar o colorido especial de cada arranjo. Como o maestro soube explorar o sentido exato de cada compasso. E delicie-se com a famosa Dança Ritual do Fogo, com o famoso Hymne a L'Amour, com a conhecida Habanera da ópera Carmen, com o tema romântico de La Strada, com o ritmo brejeiro de Lisboa Antiga, e com a grandiosidade trágica de Exodus. Na outra face, outra coleção de surpresas. Miserlou, o popular tema de Veraneio do famoso filme que chocou tanta gente, a doce Melodia Perdue, a consagrada Rhapsody in Blue, o irrequieto Pepe e por fim Swedish Rhapsody, saltitante e alegre.

Tudo isso num só LP. Dirão que é muita coisa. Diremos que não. Para o seu bom gosto não há o que chegue. O melhor ainda é pouco. E esteja certo, amigo, que isso é exatamente o melhor a que referimos.

Boa música para você. Excelente. Extraordinário. Um verdadeiro passeio ao encanto, ao devaneio e ao mundo da fantasia.

(Fred Jorge, das notas originais do LP)

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