Monday, 28 April 2014

Bobby Goldsboro - Little Things [Mono 1965]


1965 / United Artist / UAL 3425
I confess, I found Bobby Goldsboro through being obsessed with the Burt Bacharach number Me Japanese Boy. I was on holiday in Vegas when I saw this LP above for 50 cents in Zia Records and snapped it up (along with thousands of others - difficult carrying on to a plane!) anyway I've remastered it and tidied it up and it sounds great considering how beat up it was! Enjoy!! Hopefully some more Goldsboro for you all soon....

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Burt Bacharach - Lost Horizon OST [1973]


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1973 / Bell / 1300
I kept getting messages to repost this - so here you go! The film was a massive flop when it came out in 1973; Bacharach was losing his vogue and the musical feeling in the air was changing. However, the soundtrack is still brilliant Bacharach - you want proof then check out "The Things I Will Not Miss", "Reflections" or the vibrant, life-affirming "Question Me An Answer". The film isn't as bad as everyone says - though I did watch it on pristine Bluray; the soundtrack has been spun a dozen times or so since I acquired it! This has been released on CD from a vinyl master - but IMHO this rip is ten - actually no - a hundred times better! Enjoy! 

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Joanie Sommers - Sommers' Season [Mono 1963]


1963 / Warner Bros. / W 1504
This is a delightful, seasonal-themed collection of numbers performed with gusto and charm by the beloved Joanie Sommers! I first learned of her brilliance when I picked up some Japanese-mastered albums whist visiting Tokyo last year, and since then I've been obsessed with this album in particular and tracked down a mono copy. Rare as moonshine, whatever that means! Tuck in - and check out my fave song here - When Winter Comes!

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

John Barry - Conducts His Greatest Movie Hits [1967]


1967 / CBS / 63038
Here's a treat! John Barry conducting his greatest mid-sixties movie hits - from Bond to Born Free to The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair! This is a lot of Barry-tinged fun, and captures Barry at the height of his popularity in the swinging/lounge set!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Bobbie Gentry - Touch 'Em With Love [1969 Mono]


1969 / EMI / Capitol - E-T-155
I think all of Bobbie Gentry's albums are first rate, but this is her best - available here in MONO (never released on CD!) - There is barely a filler song on the album; this is the peak of her country/folk/pop crossover and she really was at the top of her game. I also have the STEREO version of the record and might post it someday!

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ella Fitzgerald - Whisper Not [Mono 1967]


1967 / Verve / MGV 4071
Pristine-sounding late-sixties pure-jazz Ella! I had only listened to this in stereo and was delighted to snap up the MONO version from a seller. I love her version of Old McDonald, and her jazz-fusion take on Bacharach's Wives And Lovers! Tune in and enjoy!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Glitterhouse - Color Blind [1968]


1968 / Dynovoice / DY 31905
Here is a rare treat for you - Bob Crewe's protege The Glitterhouse's debut album; the band who performed sparkling vocals on the Barbarella OST also released a Long Player on their own name - and it's as if Bob Crewe produced Forever Changes. I paid a lot of money for this on eBay for your listening pleasure - so comments appreciated :)

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Twiggy - Please Get My Name Right [1977]


1977 / Mercury / 9102 601
Twiggy's brilliant follow-up to her debut self-titled album (also available on Vinyl Shipwreck) continues the fine country/pop sound with thirteen numbers. She went on to make a shelved disco album with Donna Summers, but anyone who doubted she could sing needs to check this out.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Lynn Murray - Promise Her Anything OST [1965]


1965 / Kapp / KS-3476
I hadn't seen this movie, but loved the title song by Tom Jones and penned by Bacharach / David, so when I saw this soundtrack in a Brooklyn Record store I snapped it - and what a delight it is! Zappy, swinging sixties-London vibe with good John Keating arrangements and a simply pounding Ron Grainer-penned track that opens Side Two - you'll love the soundtrack to Promise Her Anything, regardless of how forgettable the film is!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Raydio - Rock On [1979]


1979 / Arista / SPART 1087
I grew up with Ghostbusters, and I didn't realise Ray Parker Jr. was in Raydio before that hit soundtrack single!! This Long Player is a brilliant late-seventies fusion of funk, soul and disco in lush analogue bliss. The CD reissue sounds flat and dull - this needledrop Pows! from the start! What do you guys think?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Doris Day - Bright & Shiny [1961 Mono]


1961 / CBS / BPG 62053
Doris Day, movie and singing wonder-extraordinaire! Ol' Doris turned 90 last week; to celebrate, I've dusted off my favourite LP of hers in bright and shiny mono and shared the love. Not available on CD, and featuring classics such as I Want To Be Happy and great versions of Singin' In The Rain and Happy Talk. I love this and so will you!

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

KC & The Sunshine Band - All In A Night's Work [1982]


1982 / Epic / EPC 8584
This album appeared at a time when KC, Sunshine Band, Disco and anything non-synthesizer was consigned to the scrap-heap, only for KC to pull a comeback with the gloriously catchy Give It Up. I found this at a record fair for £1 at the weekend and the needledrop is immaculate. Seems to be that the CD version is rare indeed and OOP. What do you think of the album?

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Burt Bacharach - Hit Maker! [1965 Mono]


1965 / London / H-R 8233
Here's chief songwriter Burt Bacharach tackling a long-player for himself - featuring many of the classic songs that served artists such as Dionne Warwick and Jack Jones so well in the mid-sixties! Available here in glorious MONO that sounds like it's performing in your living roon; a delicious wall-of-sound production respectfully remastered by Vinyl Shipwreck studios!! Let me know what you think!

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Tom Jones - Along Came Jones [1965 Mono]


1965 / Decca / MONO LK 4693
This startling debut LP from Sir Tom of Jones just packs a pow from the moment you cue up Side A! Containing his number one smash It's Not Unusual - here in all of it's unavailable-on-CD-mono brilliance - remastered for your listening pleasure. As Otis Redding himself said to Tom, there ain't no filler on this album! Enjoy!

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

John Williams - Aisle Seat [1982]


1982 / Philips / 6154 328
This is a real joy, a collection of great movie soundtrack themes all given the John Williams early-eighties filter! Williams' own  classics such as E.T. and Raiders Of The Lost Ark all sit nicely alongside Chariots Of Fire and Singin' In The Rain'. It was recorded digitally at the time, but this is still a delicious, unlimited vinyl transfer! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Cliff Richard & The Shadows - The Young Ones [Mono 1961]


1961 / EMI/Columbia / 33SX 1384
Britain's soundtrack rival to Elvis, Cliff Richard dazzles with a fun and thoroughly exciting soundtrack that is delciously on a par with Blue Hawaii, GI Blues and even Cliff's own Summer Holiday. Available here in non brick-walled Mono (Unavailable on CD) for your listening pleasure! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cheryl Ladd - Cheryl Ladd [1978]


* New Remaster April 2014 *

1978 / Capitol / SW-11808
Another moonlighting singer here, Cheryl Ladd! Sure, Charlie's Angels was her claim for fame, but don't forget she used to star in Josie And The Pussycats if you needed further proof that she could sing. This album really is a forgotten masterpiece, for the opening "Think It Over", the equally-strong "Walking In The Rain" and the lush, beach-tinged "Skinnydippin'", included below as a sample track. Enjoy, and pick up Cheryl's second album "Dance Forever" here too! There are a couple of rips of this album floating around the internet, but in my opinion employs poor noise reduction and compression! Take your pick, but here is the album in what I feel to be optimal sound quality.

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