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.