Friday, October 11, 2019

The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers and Their Orchestra..24 original mono recordings 1928-1935

The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra was formed as a recording band in 1928 and despite the brothers' differing temperaments, which led eventually to their falling out, they produced records of the highest order. It helped that they rubbed shoulders with the best on New York's scene, whose services they could call upon, men like Bunny Berigan, Bud Freeman, Manny Klein, Leo McConville, Glenn Miller, Phil Napoleon, Adrian Rollini, Charlie Spivak, Jack Teagarden, and Frank Teschemaker.

Amongst many high spots on this compilation are Jimmy Dorsey's showpiece "Beebe", and vocals by Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters. 

  1. My Melancholy Baby
  2. Out of the Dawn
  3. It's Right Here for You
  4. She's Funny That Way
  5. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  6. My Kinda Love
  7. Mean to Me
  8. Beebe
  9. Praying the Blues
  10. Breakaway
  11. When I Take My Sugar to Tea
  12. It's the Girl
  13. Parkin' in the Moonlight
  14. Sing, It's Good for You
  15. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  16. Mood Hollywood
  17. Old Man Harlem
  18. By Heck
  19. Stop, Look and Listen!
  20. Milenberg Joys
  21. Lullaby of Broadway
  22. Weary Blues
  23. Tailspin
  24. Dippermouth Blues

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Swingin' at the Speakeasy..The Sound of the Roaring 20's and 30's

Leaving aside a blatant error in the sub-title (roaring 20's yes, but the 30's were the depression era), this is a fascinating and fantastic collection. Many of these songs have stood the test of time well.

As with all music this old, it cannot be technically perfect. Some tracks have crackles and hiss, but this is often how these records sounded to listeners back then. When recorded music was a novelty, people tolerated the imperfections. 

There are more recent covers of many of these songs, and the compilers have included some here, which emphasize the limitations of the original ancient recordings. For example, the Puppini Sisters and the Temperance Seven, while these 20's/30's revivalists have made some excellent music, their inclusion here is debatable. Still, if their presence means more people discover the original music here, that's a good thing.

There are other less obvious later covers too, including the Ella / Louis cover of Dream A Little Dream of Me, which they recorded in 1950. This song dates from the thirties, but was revived in the sixties, first by the Shirelles and later by Mama Cass.

Despite some songs being later covers, most of the recordings are genuine recordings from the 20's and 30's, which capture the spirit of the music superbly. 

Whether you are just getting curious about this type of music or you have some already, this is an excellent compilation. (text from Amazon review)

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Julie London double ... The End of the World and Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast...smooth 60's jazz/pop

Digitally remastered edition containing two original albums on a single CD. The great Julie London seems destined to be re-discovered every ten years or so. It started in the 80's and then again in the 90's. The End Of The World was released in 1963. Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast was released in 1967. Older fans remember London for her string of sexy Pop singles and albums while slightly younger folks may remember her from acting stint on the popular 70's medical drama Emergency. Either way, London left her mark on many generations and is still fondly remembered.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Ultra-Lounge Volume Five...Wild, Cool and Swingin'.....finger snappin' vocals and cocktails after dark

1 –Dean Martin Ain't That A Kick In The Head 2:25
2 –Sam Butera and The Witnesses Dig That Crazy Chick 2:26
3 –Bobby Darin More 2:25
4 –Peggy Lee Fever 3:21
5 –Louis Prima Jump, Jive, An' Wail 3:30
6 –Sammy Davis, Jr. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 2:40
7 –Wayne Newton Danke Schöen 2:36
8 –Sam Butera and The Witnesses French Poodle 2:27
9 –Keely Smith What Is This Thing Called Love? 1:54
10 –Bobby Darin Sunday In New York 2:30
11 –Louis Prima Closer To The Bone 4:13
12 –Lou Rawls Nobody But Me 2:48
13 –Vic Damone Little Girl 2:02
14 –Nat King Cole L-O-V-E 2:34
15 –Dean Martin Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) 3:00
16 –Louis Prima and Keely Smith That Old Black Magic 2:57
17 –Julie London You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To 2:16
18 –Bobby Darin Hello, Dolly! 3:14

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Atlantic Jazz Singers...classic jazz vocal tunes by the classic jazz vocalists

-Ray Charles Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) 2:53
–Joe Turner I Want A Little Girl 4:16
–Jimmy Witherspoon Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 5:11
–Joe Mooney Have You Met Miss Jones 2:48
–Lavern Baker Empty Bed Blues 4:50
–Ruth Brown I Can Dream, Can't I 2:32
–Helen Merrill Any Time 2:36
–Lurlean Hunter Crazy He Calls Me 3:22
–Ann Richards Love Is A Word For The Blues 1:59
–Mose Allison Your Mind Is On Vacation 2:34
–Chris Connor Lonely Woman 4:05
–Mel Tormé Whisper Not 2:45
–Nancy Harrow Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 4:10
–João Gilberto Deasfinado 1:57
–Betty Carter The Good Life 2:32
–Vi Redd         Salty Papa Blues 2:38
–Esther Phillips Confessin' The Blues 2:58
–Earl Coleman There's No You 3:54
–Carmen McRae I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good 3:26
–Al Hibber  Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 4:38
–Aretha Franklin Moody's Mood 2:55
–Peggy Lee Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 4:02
–Sarah Vaughan Something 4:16
–Sylvia Syms Lonely Woman 4:15
–The Manhattan Transfer Sing Joy Spring 4:15

Friday, May 17, 2019

Doris Day....Hits, Hollywood and Broadway

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, achieving commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" with Les Brown & His Band of Renown. She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.

Day's film career began during the latter part of the classical Hollywood era with the film Romance on the High Seas (1948), leading to a 20-year career as a motion picture actress. She starred in films of many genres, including musicals, comedies, and dramas. She played the title role in Calamity Jane (1953) and starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart. Her best-known films are those in which she co-starred with Rock Hudson, chief among them 1959's Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also worked with James Garner on both Move Over, Darling (1963) and The Thrill of It All (1963), and also starred with Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Cagney, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Richard Widmark, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Rod Taylor in various movies. After ending her film career in 1968, only briefly removed from the height of her popularity, she starred in the sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968–1973).

Day became one of the biggest film stars in the early 1960s, and as of 2012 was one of eight performers to have been the top box-office earner in the United States four times. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album My Heart which contained new material and became a UK Top 10 album. She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures in 1989. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; this was followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

An introduction to....Finest Vintage Jazz...various artists

An excellent 2 disc, 49 track compilation of original mono recordings from 1917 to 1941 featuring the cream of jazz artists of the time. Ideal for the collector or if you are a recent convert to nostalgic music.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile and In A Broadway Bag...original albums plus

2007 digitally remastered two-fer from the legendary vocalist. Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile features the five movie songs nominated for the Academy Award in 1966, including 'The Ballad Of Cat Ballou' from Cat Ballou, and 'What's New Pussycat', as well as a host of popular songs from the era, all given the Darin treatment. 

In A Broadway Bag, also released in '66, displays Darin's winning style on a selection of outstanding songs from then-current and recent hit musicals. On the up-tempo side are 'Mame', the dramatic 'Don't Rain On My Parade' from Funny Girl and the soulful 'Feeling Good' from The Roar Of The Greasepaint - The Smell Of The Crowd. The ballads include the classic 'Try To Remember' from The Fantasticks. 

The seven bonus tracks are the contemporary non-album A and B-sides, including the Byrds-like 'We Didn't Ask To Be Brought Here', which indicated the rather more folky direction Darin's career was about to take.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Scott Joplin...Original Rags...historical piano roll recordings from the King of Ragtime

Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the King of Ragtime. During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first and most popular pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.

Joplin was born into a musical family of railway laborers in Texarkana, Arkansas, and developed his musical knowledge with the help of local teachers. He grew up in Texarkana, Texas, where he formed a vocal quartet and taught mandolin and guitar. During the late 1880's he left his job as a railroad laborer and travelled the American South as an itinerant musician. He went to Chicago for the World's Fair of 1893, which played a major part in making ragtime a national craze by 1897.

Joplin moved to Sedalia, Missouri, in 1894 and earned a living as a piano teacher. There he taught future ragtime composers Arthur Marshall, Scott Hayden and Brun Campbell. He began publishing music in 1895, and publication of his "Maple Leaf Rag" in 1899 brought him fame. This piece had a profound influence on writers of ragtime. It also brought Joplin a steady income for life, though he did not reach this level of success again and frequently had financial problems. In 1901 Joplin moved to St. Louis, where he continued to compose and publish, and regularly performed in the community. 

In 1907, Joplin moved to New York City to find a producer for a new opera. He attempted to go beyond the limitations of the musical form that made him famous, but without much monetary success. 

In 1916, Joplin descended into dementia as a result of syphilis. He was admitted to a mental institution in January 1917, and died there three months later at the age of 48. Joplin's death is widely considered to mark the end of ragtime as a mainstream music format; over the next several years, it evolved with other styles into stride, jazz, and eventually big band swing.

Joplin's music was rediscovered and returned to popularity in the early 1970's with the release of a million-selling album recorded by Joshua Rifkin. This was followed by the Academy Award-winning 1973 film The Sting that featured several of Joplin's compositions, most notably "The Entertainer", whose performance by pianist Marvin Hamlisch received wide airplay. In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Mel Torme..Swingin' On the Moon...classic album from 1960 on Verve

Mel Tormé was so outrageously talented that even the fans of his "velvet fog" timbre under-estimate him--undoubtedly the one singer who approaches Lady Ella in terms of his commanding musicianship, his voice and all that he could do with it. He had definitely reached his prime by 1960, and this Sinatra-type "concept album," an idea stolen from Frank, pre-dates by five years the album ("Moonlight Sinatra") Ole Blue devoted to moon songs. Either way you can't go wrong.

Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Gunboat Diplomats seasonal release A Shot Of Christmas Cheer..keep the old time party goin'

The Gunboat Diplomats have recently released their swiggin' and swinging seasonal offering "A Shot of Christmas Cheer". So "keep the old time party goin', drink in the atmosphere and raise a glass of razzamatazz!". These guys will keep your party in high spirits!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Down Home Blues: New York, Cincinnati and the North Eastern States: Tough Enough

Just released is the third box set in Wienerworld’s Down Home Blues series that explores the unique regions of the black American blues scene. This release features 37 artists, many of whom were influential in developing the down home blues scene, including Brownie McGhee, Big Chief Ellis, Alonzo Scales, Cousin Leroy and others.

The box set contains the down home blues of the territories of the North Eastern States that encompasses two important cities that certainly helped in the development and growth of this blues genre. Mainly from artists who were far more comfortable playing their music within the bars and out-of-town juke joints. The tough little venues that were quite different from the bigger rhythm and blues, jazz orchestrated venues that New York and North-eastern cities had established for those bigger sounds.

A four CD set, packaged in a deluxe digipak with an outer slip case, featuring 110 rare tracks, all digitally remastered, some of which have never been reissued since their original release.

Also features an 80 page book on the origins of the music and the blues scene in this region by eminent blues writer and scholar Chris Bentley, complete with essay, rare photos, track listing and full sessionography.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Billy Swan and Buzz Cason new release Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy...tribute to Buddy Holly

On Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy, the new album from Billy Swan and Buzz Cason, the Nashville music legends revisit the songs of one of their first musical heroes, pioneering rocker Buddy Holly.

“We both have a lot of love for Buddy Holly,” says Swan, who is best known for “I Can Help,” his 1974 No. 1 hit. “He was the real deal.”

The album, which was released by Arena Recordings on August 17, features 11 songs originally recorded by Holly, plus a song about Holly, “Thank You Buddy,” co-written by Cason and Swan. “We figured that would be a nice way to wrap up the album,” says Cason, who is most widely recognized as the co-writer of the pop and R&B standard, “Everlasting Love,” and the producer of Robert Knight’s original hit recording of the song.

Interestingly, both Cason and Swan have a connection to Holly’s old band, The Crickets. In the early 1960's, Cason co-wrote and produced The Cricket’s hit, “They Call Her La Bamba” before joining the band as lead singer for a year. The Crickets continued to make records over the decades, and in the mid-1990's, they covered a song written by Swan, “Betty Sue’s Still Breaking Jimmy Lee’s Heart.” Crickets drummer Jerry Allison even makes an appearance on Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy, contributing percussion to their cover of “Well...All Right.”

I’m Lookin’ For Someone To Love” is slated to be the first single from Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy, and they have already posted their hilarious music video for the song to YouTube. Conceived by Cason and featuring a cameo by rockabilly guitar legend Scotty Moore, to whom the album is dedicated, the video was shot at various locations around Nashville including the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Centennial Park, and Lower Broad.


Marty's review: What can I say about this brilliant album, it's a classic! Whether you're a Buddy Holly fan or not (and who isn't), Billy and Buzz have done a superb job with their passionate renditions of these timeless songs. Buddy and The Crickets would certainly approve as will their legions of fans. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ed Cavin & The Blue Kings debut album release Street Joint... a new generation of Rockers!

Street Joint” is the debut album from Swedish rockers Ed Cavin and The Blue Kings. It's filled with prime 50’s style rockin’ music delivered with that youthful enthusiasm just as it was back in the day. 16 tracks in all, fast paced rockers, mid-tempo boppers and a couple of slow numbers makes the album a treat. 

A selection of covers and original songs, although they sure have put their own mark on the covers, just listen to the Lightnin’ Hopkins song ”The Life I Used to Live” here turned into a SUN styled Rockabilly tune.

These youngsters made an immediate impact back in 2016 when they released a video for their version of the classic song ”Love Me” originally by The Phantom. As a result they got requests for gigs not only in Sweden but also around Europe, and they sure went down a storm when they hit the stages. In 2017 they released a limited edition 7” with the self-penned track ”Don’t Be Like That” and the aforementioned ”Love Me” on the flip side. It further spread word about the band around the globe, and the 7” is now almost sold out. Not bad for a couple of local teenagers from the Enviken area that barely had a drivers license when they started out. 

It is no doubt that this album will take the band to stages where they have never been before.

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Marty's review: These young guys just ROCK and bring the house down on this their debut album. Sounding like they are coming straight out of the 1950's, the raw energy and talent comes across on this 16 tracker that will have you boppin', rollin', reelin' and rockin'!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ultra-Lounge Volume and Martinis for lovers only

This is one of the more LAID BACK albums in the Ultra-Lounge series and is an excellent example of the "lounge" genre.

Classic mid century modern music, it's like a soundtrack to Mad Men. Lush arrangements:" Sleep Walk"," Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Tenderly", "Girl Talk", and the" Theme From Picnic". Sexy, fun lyrics performed by amazing female vocalists: "Go Slow" by Julie London, "You're My Thrill" by Dolores Gray, and "Do It Again" by April Stevens. Also notable are "Serenata" by the Jonah Jones Quartet and Jackie Gleason's "Tenderly".

For those who are uninitiated, I recommend this as an excellent entry into the genre...though really any of the Ultra Lounge collections would do about as well.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo new release "Rhythm and Roll"..vintage 50's sounds

Sometimes the best results happen from unplanned events.  Tammi Savoy coming together with The Chris Casello Combo is one of those results.  Chris had Tammi jump on stage at one of his shows to do a cover of Lavern Baker's "Jim Dandy" and the place went crazy.  They recorded a few covers at his home studio with plans to record an original releasing this fall on Swelltune records and the show offers started pouring in.  The chemistry between their styles is immediately evident.  This feels like an album recorded in the late 50's but with a freshness to it that will blow you away.

Imagine a young woman with a powerful soulful voice that nails the classic 40’s, 50's and early 60's R&B and rock and roll sounds. Match that with a great stage presence and drop dead gorgeous looks accompanying a perfect visual adherence to mid century vintage style. Now combine her with the killer rockabilly instrumentation of slapping upright bass, swinging drums and virtuoso guitar and you’ve got Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo.

Miss Tammi grew up listening to classic rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll and jazz. She is the baby sister of the multi platinum contemporary R&B phenom Next. Tammi, however digs deep into the roots of American soul. Tammi effortlessly captures the feel and sounds of Ruth Brown, Laverne Baker, Sarah Vaughan and many more obscure greats of that genre.

Chris Casello is a veteran of Detroit, Nashville and Chicago music scenes. Mr. Casello is the 2017 Ameripolitan Musician of the year and has played in over a dozen countries; backed up countless pioneers of rock, country and blues; voted Best of Nashville Scene Honk Tonk Hero and critic’s choice in 2012. Chris is also a 2nd generation inductee to Rockabilly Hall of Fame and has performed everywhere from The Lincoln Center to the Grand Ol’ Opry.

After meeting at a gig in Chicago the pair started jamming and recording. The basically live recordings from those sessions started receiving an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from those who were privy to hearing them. Incredibly, in a few short weeks, the group has already made appearances at Viva Las Vegas, the Nashville Boogie and are booked on several festivals from blues and jazz to hot rod shows.

The group, featuring Chicago rhythm section Jesse Woelfel on bass and Russ Deluca on drums have released a new six song EP and are slated for a vinyl single on Swelltune Records for release September 2018. The combined following on the social networks of these two artists is upwards of 25,000+ conservatively. The Tammi Savoy and Chris Casello Combo is contagiously fun and irresistibly danceable. Have a listen and see what the excitement is all about!

Marty's review: Well, what can I say, for anyone into vintage sounds this EP has it all. Sounding like it's coming straight out of the 1950's with a jivin', slappin' and rockin' beat plus Tammi Savoy's powerful vocal delivery, this will have you tapping your toes and clickin' your fingers from start to finish. It literally ROCKS!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Indie/Retro artists The Gunboat Diplomats new release "Original Sin" vintage vibes

Indie/Retro artists The Gunboat Diplomats have recently released their new song "Original Sin". It has a definite vintage vibe about it with a nostalgic 1940's/Cha-Cha sound and delivered in the very unique way only the GD's can. 

Read more about the GD's on previous post on this blog:

..and also on their official website:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Song Is....Cole Porter...various artists...recordings from 1927 to 1935

  1. Just One Of Those Things (From 'Jubilee') - Richard Himber And His Ritz-Carlton Orchestra
  2. Anything Goes (From 'Anything Goes') - Cole Porter
  3. I'm In Love Again (From 'Up With The Lark') - Ben Bernie And His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra
  4. I Get A Kick Out Of You (From 'Anything Goes') - Ethel Merman
  5. How Could We Be Wrong? (From 'Nymph Errant') - Al Bowlly
  6. Miss Otis Regrets (From 'Hi-Diddle-Diddle') - Douglas Byng
  7. Lady Fair (From 'Anything Goes') - The Anything Goes Foursome
  8. I'm A Gigolo - Cole Porter
  9. Let's Do It (From 'Wake Up And Dream') - Bing Crosby
  10. Night And Day (From 'The Gay Divorcee') - Fred Astaire
  11. They All Fall In Love (From 'The Battle Of Paris') - Jack Hylton And His Orchestra
  12. You're The Top (From 'Anything Goes') - Cole Porter
  13. Love For Sale (From 'New Yorkers') - Libby Holman
  14. All Through The Night (From 'Anything Goes') - Ambrose And His Orchestra
  15. Be Like The Bluebird (From 'Anything Goes') - Cole Porter
  16. Experiment (From 'Nymph Errant') - Gertrude Lawrence
  17. Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby - Cole Porter
  18. What Is This Thing Called Love? (From 'Wake Up And Dream') - Leo Reisman And His Orchestra

Monday, May 28, 2018

Letters From Home's Vintage Music supports Veterans / Military

Erinn Diaz- America's Bombshell Patriot

Letters From Home is made up of founder, Erinn Diaz, and co-stars who sing and tap-dance their way all over the country, performing shows that support veterans, active military and families on a mission to revive patriotism nationwide. Their shows give a strong nod to the 1940's USO-style shows of decades ago.

You will be dazzled with tap dancing.
Your memories will be filled with song.
You will be charmed by charisma and personality.
​Your hearts will be touched forever with patriotism.

Find out more:

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