Saturday, March 29, 2014

CHINESE OPERA



This album was recorded in 1955 in Paris at the 2nd International Festival of Dramatic Art by the Peking Opera Company....

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THE BIG BAY BAND'S LATIN BEAT




Francis Bay (Rijkevorsel, 1914 – Bonheiden, 2005)leader of some of the wildest big band ensembles of the space age pop era, Francis Bay started honing his chops at the young age of seven, playing clarinet with local orchestras in his area. By fourteen, he was already writing his own compositions and soon after, began a lifetime captivation with jazz. He won first prize for clarinet performance at the Conservatoire of Malines (Mechelen) in 1930, and later added saxophone and trombone to his repertoire. In the late 1930s, he played with several of the more successful European swing bands, including Paul Godwin's and Boyd Bachman's. He continued to work professionally during World War Two, mostly with Belgian and Dutch dance bands.

In the late 1940s, he helped form an influential European big band, the Skymasters. He also arranged and composed music for Dutch and German films and played with groups throughout northern Europe. Finally, in 1954, he formed his own big band, the group with which he came to greatest fame. Within its first year of existence, the band won the Golden Gondola award at the International Music Fair in Venice. Two years later, in 1956, Bay was selected to be director for popular music at Vlaams Radio-Televisie (the official Flemish radio and television network in Belgium).

Although Bay's band was quite popular on radio in Europe, it was the lucky coincidence of the 1958 World's Fair being held in Brussels that brought him to the attention of American audiences.

Bay's band shared the World's Fair stage with numerous major American jazz and pop stars, including Benny Goodman, and Omega, a small American jazz label, licensed a slew of Bay's Belgian recordings for release in the U.S. Unlike many European bands, which offered loving but pale imitations of American bands, Bay's not only produced flawless duplicates of hits by Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and others, but staked out their own territory as well. On his Latin-flavored recordings, Bay sounds like he could go head-to-head with Perez Prado in a battle of bands.

In addition to his many Omega albums, Bay also provided the material for a number of albums released on Directional Sound. Credited to "John Evans"--the Americanized name of his piano player, Jean Evans--or "Don Catelli"--these are certainly the best of an attractive and well-produced (if shoddily annotated) series of glossy gatefolds clearly targeted at the same market as Enoch Light's Command albums.

As American listeners' interest in jazz in general and European jazz in particular waned in early 1960s, Bay's albums vanished from the U.S. racks. His work in Belgium continued, however. He composed, arranged, and conducted music for dozens of shows on VRT, including everything from game shows to Belgium's annual competition for its entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest. When he retired in 1979, however, he cut off all ties with the network, refusing to return in the late 1990s for VRT's 50th anniversary celebrations.

He also made records using the names John Evans and Don Catelli...

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CHAD & JEREMY - 3 IN THE ATTIC




Three in the Attic is a 1968 movie, starring Christopher Jones and Yvette Mimieux, with Judy Pace and Maggie Thrett. Nan Martin, John Beck, and Eve McVeagh appear in supporting roles.
The soundtrack was performed by the British duo Chad & Jeremy with the music being composed by Chad Stuart for Sidewalk Records and this is some pretty cool 60's psych-pop. If you like the later work of The Beatles you're going to love this....

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THE TRAVELERS




Here's an other album from Singapore's The Travelers and I think this is a movie-score, some pretty groovy music and quiet a bit of dialog (in Chinese)....

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Friday, March 28, 2014

SONIA ROSA - GOLDEN BOSSA NOVA



Sonia Angelica De Carvalho Rosa is a Brazilian-born singer and songwriter living in Japan, she was born in 1949 in São Paulo and here's a lovely bossa nova album from here recorded in the studios of EMI's Tokyo associate Toshiba Musical Industries and this album came out in 1969....

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THE BROTHER'S HAWK



Here's a 7" from The Brother's Hawk...

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THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN GUITARS WITH THE MERRY MELODY SINGERS - HAWAIIAN GOLDEN HITS


Great swinging EP from The Royal Hawaiian Guitars with The Merry Melody Singers and this one came out in 1962....

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WONG CHING YIAN AND THE MELODIANS - A GO GO AND OFF BEAT CHA CHA



I so love this incredible 7" from Wong Ching Yian and The Melodians!!! Little bit of damage at the beginning of the first song but the fourth song! I LOVE IT!!!!! This one came out in 1966....

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CHINESE CLASSICAL MUSIC



More beautiful Chinese traditional music....

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REG GUITAR - GUITAR SOUND OF THE HIT TUNES VOL. 6



Reginald Verghese aka Reg Guitar was the lead guitarist of 60's Singapore band The Quest, he also made a load of solo albums and he was a pretty successful producer for EMI Singapore in the 70's....

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GOGO! PARTY



Well. it doesn't say anywhere who this is, it's a Japanese record and there are some pretty cool instrumental covers of pop songs on here....

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ERVINNA & THE STYLERS



Here's another album from Ervinna with The Stylers....

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THE WYNNERS - UNDER THE LION ROCK



Here's another album from The Wynners....

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Monday, March 24, 2014

CHARLIE & HIS GO GO BOYS



So here's a 7" from Singapore's Charlie & his Go Go Boys and it's a beautiful mix between Chinese and Latin music, haven't heard anything from Charlie & his Go Go Boys like this, in fact, haven't heard anything like this from any band and I can really recommend you download this one....

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D'VENUS - A GO GO 'N OFF BEAT CHA CHA



Excellent 7" from D'venus from Malaysia and this one came out in 1968....

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BUCKIE SHIRAKATA AND HIS ALOHA HAWAIIANS - HAWAIIAN ALL HITS ALBUM VOL. 2



Here's an album from Buckie Shirakata and his Aloha Hawaiians. Buckie was one of the most successful musicians coming out of Hawaii, made over 200 albums, he was born in 1912 and passed away in 1994....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

S. D. BURMAN - ANURAAG



Here's another album from S. D. Burman and this one came out in 1973....

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TRIO LOS PARAGUAYOS - PARAGUAYAN SONG



From Wikipedia:

Los Paraguayos is a music group consisting of musicians from Paraguay. Since its foundation in the 1950s, the group has featured many singers and musicians, playing guitars, bongo drums and a Paraguayan harp, including Luis Alberto del Paraná and Carlos Espinoza. The group performs many South American and Mexican tunes and songs, including classics, such as Guantanamera, El Cóndor Pasa and La Bamba. Having had many changes in their line-up, the group has retained its popularity, selling many albums and appearing at many concerts throughout the world. In 2007, Los Paraguayos played a world tour, including appearances in The Netherlands and Israel.

And from Discogs:

Folk (guarania) trio assembled to introduce Paraguayan music to Europe.

On November 24, 1953 President Chaves and Finance Minister Velloso signed Executive Decree No. 1736 which promised each artist the sum of 3200 dollars to spread Paraguayan music in Europe. Although harpist Digno Garcia and singer/guitarists Agustín Barboza and Luis Alberto Del Parana were well-known on their native continent and had, in fact, already performed in this combination before (under the same/similar name, no less), they were unknown in the old world.

Travelling on diplomatic passports, the "Trio Los Paraguayos" arrived via the Italian port of Genoa in May 1954, with one of their first performances being the song "India" on Vatican Radio. They eventually found their way to Antwerp, Belgium where they were signed to Philips, outputting a number of recordings for the label and achieving a gold record a year later for sales in Europe.

Once the "Official Cultural Mission" was over in 1956, the trio split up but remained in Europe: Agustín went on to do various loose projects, Digno signed to Palette and made a string of records, and Luis continued the legacy with his new group, Luis Alberto del Parana y Los Paraguayos.

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PIPIN SUPINI - WARU DOYONG


Here's a nice ketuk tilu cassette from Pipin Supini....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

BILL BLACK'S COMBO - TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT






Bill Black (bass; born September 17, 1926, died October 21, 1965)

Bill Black was a participant in a major event in the evolution of rock and roll: the recording of Elvis Presley’s first single for Sun Records on July 5, 1954. On that day, Presley – along with bassist Black, guitarist Scotty Moore – spontaneously broke into a rocking arrangement for “That’s All Right,” a blues song by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Black slapped the bass strings, providing the rhythm to go along with the blues, and the chemistry between the three musicians helped launch Presley’s career and the rock and roll revolution. The flip side, a rollicking cover of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” came from Black, who began playing it as Elvis and the others fell in. Elvis Presley’s singles for Sun were jointly credited to “Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill.” Later, Elvis’s sidemen were renamed “the Blue Moon Boys.”

At the time, Moore and Black were both members of a hillbilly band called the Starlite Wranglers. Moore had made contact with Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Recording Studio, and Phillips thought of him when he wanted to test out Presley as a singer. Though he didn’t bowl over either Moore or Black at an impromptu audition at Moore’s home in Memphis, Phillips wanted to hear how the three of them would sound on tape – and the rest is history.

Black remained with Presley through 1958. During these years, Presley went from reserved truck driver to charismatic “Hillbilly Cat” to hip-swiveling superstar. All the while, Black’s string-popping bass and infectious personality were on display wherever Presley played, from small-time shows all over the South to the breakthrough TV appearances following Presley’s signing to RCA. Black’s bass was an important element in the skeletal arrangement of “Heartbreak Hotel,” Presley’s first single for RCA. Black switched from standup bass to electric bass at the 1957 session for “Jailhouse Rock,” making him one of the first to play a Fender Precision on a rock and roll recording

Black and Moore first parted ways with Presley in September 1957 over disagreements about money. They had been put on a modest salary – by Col. Tom Parker, Presley’s manager - while Presley’s income was skyrocketing. For a two-week period, they were out of the band and Presley looked for replacements, but both sides relented and they were rehired at a higher per diem.

After leaving Presley for good in 1958, the bassist became a bandleader in his own right, forming a group that was known both as Bill Black’s Combo and the Bill Black Combo. Recording for Memphis-based Hi Records, they charted an impressive 19 instrumental hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 between 1959 and 1965. These included “Smokie – Part 2” (Number 17 pop, Number Four R&B), “White Silver Sands” (Number Nine pop, Number Four R&B) and a remake of Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” that reached Number 11.

Like many instrumental outfits of that time, the Bill Black Combo had a danceable country-soul sound built around saxophone, organ, guitar, drums and Black’s driving bass. They called it “the untouchable sound.” Bill Black died of a brain tumor in October 1965 at the age of 39, but the combo continued without him, playing into the Eighties.

And this funky, soulful album came out 4 years after he died, in 1969, and a great album it is....

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