Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor" — Friedrich Gulda, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera (196?)
|Supraphon record sleeve|
|Another Supraphon record sleeve|
Cubist violin = AWESOME!!!
|Tchaikovsky: Ouverture Solennelle, Capriccio Italien — The Concertgebouw Orchestra (195?)|
|Twistin' 'N' Twangin' — Duane Eddy (1962)|
A1. Peppermint Twist
B.3 Moanin' 'n' Twistin'
|Off Beat Percussion — Don Lamond and His Orchestra (1962)|
The track we have today is "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". Yes, it's been done to death by soooooo many artists, but this version is fresh and different. It's the only version I can listen to over and over without getting sick of it!
|Machito and his Orchestra — Irving Berlin in Latin America (1959)|
So today we have Machito and his Orchestra. I just love this album. I found it for $2 it in an Op-shop many months ago. I just had to look at it to know it would sound totally kick-ass. The only thing wrong with it was that a small grand-child perhaps scribbled all over the back cover with a blue pen. But anyway, if you ever happen to find anything by Machito and his Orchestra BUY IT!!! That is if you like 50s Latin music of course!
This track is a lovely Latin version of "Blue Skies". It's a pretty song and I really like the Doris Day version too.
|Bill Shepherd and his Border Brass — Tijuana Style (1967)|
How could I not get this record? It looked freakin hilarious and I had to get it! The best way to describe it is super-cheesy latin. If you see the words "Tijuana", "Mariachi" or "Brass" on a cover, this is what it'll sound like. Most of the time, anyway.
The track below is called "Beautiful Dreamer", and it sorta brings back memories. Back when I was in Highschool music class, there were a whole bunch of keyboards on one side of the classroom. One of the auto-play songs on the keyboards was "Beautiful Dreamer". And it actually sounded a lot worse than this version!
|Jay Norman Quintet — Dancing and Dreaming: Volume 2 (195?)|
As soon as I saw it, I just knew it'd be awesome. Those crazy-ass colours just spoke to me, this is what space-age pop looks like in a nutshell!
|The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra — Around the World in 80 Days (1956)|
"Sky Symphony" from Around the World in 80 Days is simply "delightful". Never has an adjective described something so perfectly! Again, I found this in an Op-shop for $2!
|The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Steinberg — Johann Strauss Jr. (195?)|
Anyway, Today we have a little Strauss Jr. with an amazing illustration. That guy kinda reminds me of Rhett Butler for some reason. Nothing beats 50s script fonts either!
|Orquesra Cristobal Chavez — Tropical Fire (1967)|
|Enoch Light — Spaced Out (1973)|
|Vienna State Opera Orchestra — Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 1, 2, 3 and 6 (1961)|
Here's a bit of trivia for ya...
• In the Tom and Jerry short film "The Cat Concerto", Tom is playing is Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No.2".
• "The Cat Concerto" won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1947.
|Johnnie Gray and His Saxophones — Movietime: Themes From the Big Films (1969)|
This track is called "Limbo Line".
|The George Shearing Quintet — Latin Escapade (1956)|
I'll give a proper explanation Space Age Pop very soon... With pictures!!!
This track is called "Anitra's Nañigo"
|Koichi Oki — Yamaha Superstar! (1972)|
It's sorta like the Moog Synthesiser but slightly different. It still fits into the Moog category. The track is called "Summer in Shima". If you ever come across this baby, get it! You won't be sorry.
|Stanley Black — Plays the Big Instrumental Hits (1959)|
|Mr. Acker Bilk With The Leon Young String Chorale — Mood Fore Love (1966)|
Here's the best track — Theme from Madame "X"