Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Fugitives - "Fugitive"

Remember this great post from 2011? Well here finally is the flip side to Freeway.
"Fugitive" by The Fugitives!



 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Four Tops - "I Can't Help Myself"

My introduction to the Motown sound of Detroit, came by way of this record from dad's black plaid box.
This song was one of two #1 hits the The Four Tops had in the mid-60s. The other being "Reach Out, I'll Be There." Both songs were penned by the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Music from "The Man With The Golden Arm" by Elmer Bernstein

The 1955 Otto Preminger film, The Man With The Golden Arm starring Frank Sinatra, featured a riveting score written by Elmer Bernstein. The jazz sequences were arranged and performed by Shorty Rogers and His Giants with Shelly Manne on drums. Shorty plays a mean flugelhorn on the menacingly intense, "Frankie Machine."
Here is the "A" side of this Decca Extended Play (EP) 45.











"Frankie Machine"



"Desperation"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Earl Bostic - "Where Or When"

The 1956 version of "Where or When" features Bostic growling through the mid-range of his alto sax behind a heavy backbeat and loud bass and it is a marked departure from his approach to the same tune recorded on Gotham in 1947 which showed off his sweet "singing' in the upper register with barely audible percussion. Bostic proved that saxophone instrumentals could climb the hit charts and other saxists with hits including Boots Randolph and Stanley Turrentine have acknowledged his influence.
Great stuff from a man who passed away too soon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dion - "He'll Only Hurt You"

I posted the plug side, "Ruby Baby" a couple years ago. I never really listened to this one much as a kid. It was too slow and sappy. I think it sounds a bit like Roy Orbison. Anyway, here it is in all it's teenage heartbreak glory, "He'll Only Hurt You"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cannonball Adderley - "Blue Brass Groove"

Way back in May of 2011, I posted the B-side of this 45 and am happy to finally share the other side. This was another one that dad bought for the flip and I did not hear "Blue Brass Groove" much until more recently and I must say that I love it. It has such an uplifting feeling when I listen to it.
Both of these songs were included on Adderley's 1961 album, African Waltz.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boots Randolph - "Windy And Warm"

Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III (June 3, 1927 – July 3, 2007) was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit "Yakety Sax" (which became Benny Hill's signature tune). Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville Sound" for most of his professional career.