Jun 20

Various Artists – Crooners & Divas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:34:19  minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Vocal Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Music square

Tracklist:

Disc#1: Crooners
1. Frank Sinatra – The Lady Is a Tramp
2. Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
3. Ray Charles – Georgia on My Mind
4. Frank Sinatra – Stars Fell on Alabama
5. Nat King Cole – If I Give My Heart to You
6. Nat King Cole – A Blossom Fell
7. Tony Bennett – Chicago
8. Frank Sinatra – Lonely Town
9. Nat King Cole – Smile
10. Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco
11. Brook Benton – Rainy Night in Georgia
12. Nat King Cole – Mona Lisa
13. Tony Bennett – Love Is Here to Stay
14. Nat King Cole – Answer Me, My Love
15. Frank Sinatra – Autumn Leaves
16. Dean Martin – The Test of Time
17. Tony Bennett – Stranger in Paradise
18. Nat King Cole – A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
19. Nat King Cole – Forgive My Heart
20. The Platters – Only You
21. Frank Sinatra – Where Is the One
22. Dean Martin – Buona Sera
23. Perry Como – More Than You Know
24. Frank Sinatra – Night and Day
25. Ray Charles – Unchain My Heart

Disc#2: Divas
1. Dinah Washington – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
2. Dinah Washington – Never Let Me Go
3. Helen Merrill – Yesterdays
4. Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Frayer
5. Nina Simone – The Other Woman
6. Ella Fitzgerald – A Fine Romance
7. Ella Fitzgerald – Cotton Tail
8. Nina Simone – Cotton Eyed Joe
9. Patsy Cline – Crazy
10. Ella Fitzgerald – Mr. Paganini
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Miss Otis Regrets
12. Ella Fitzgerald – Mood Indigo
13. Ella Fitzgerald – On the Sunny Side of the Street
14. Ella Fitzgerald – Misty
15. Ella Fitzgerald – Solitude
16. Ella Fitzgerald – Stormy Weather
17. Ella Fitzgerald – Autumn in New York
18. Julie Andrews – Cheek to Cheek
19. Mary Martin – My Favourite Things
20. Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants
21. Carmen McRae – Give Me a Simple Life
22. Billie Holiday – How Deep Is the Ocean
23. Doris Day – Stardust

Personnel:
Aretha Franklin
Billie Holiday
Brook Benton
Carmen McRae
Dean Martin
Dinah Washington
Doris Day
Ella Fitzgerald
Frank Sinatra
Helen Merrill
Julie Andrews
Mary Martin
Nat King Cole
Nina Simone
Patsy Cline
Perry Como
Ray Charles
Sarah Vaughan
The Platters
Tony Bennett

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May 07

Esquivel – More Of Other Worlds Other Sounds (1962/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:20 minutes | 1,33 GB
Genre: Easy Listening / Lounge | Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com

The multi-talented Esquivel was a triple threat in music history as a composer, arranger and pianist. He released his most celebrated work in 1962, More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds. The recording flourished with orchestral flair, eccentric arrangements, a booming horn section and widely unique vocal effects. With relentless energy, this exotic effort opens with the bullfighting inspired track, “The Breeze and I (Andalucia).” The album enjoyed commercial success, as various tracks have appeared in both television programs and motion picture soundtracks. For those unfamiliar with his work, this is a definitive recording.

Traditionally the most sought after and highest valued Esquivel record, More of Other Sounds Other Worlds should be considered in context. First, it is not a sequel to the RCA record of three years earlier. The title only reflects Stanley Wilson’s desire to record Esquivel since having heard the earlier LP. Second, the label switch is significant. Reprise, a division of Warner Bros., started out giving old masters a fresh shot (hence the name). While the dual 35mm film recording process is played up, it is more important that new people are involved after hi-fi and stereo have become old hat. (Another great, similar “Reprise” from this period is Les Baxter’s return to exotica in The Primitive and the Passionate.) The album begins with “The Breeze and I (Andalucia),” a brassy bullfighting number. “Street Scene” and “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” belong to the bluesy urban crime jazz idiom. The rest of the album is typical of the style of Esquivel’s later U.S. RCA work. While not his quirkiest or most sensational, it is among his best and most interesting.

Tracklist:
01 – The Breeze and I (Andalucia)
02 – Chant To The Night
03 – Canadian Sunset
04 – Street Scene
05 – I Get A Kick Out Of You
06 – Primavera
07 – Street Of Dreams
08 – La Mantilla
09 – One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
10 – Dancing In The Dark
11 – Snowfall
12 – Travelin’

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Apr 15

The Three Suns – A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:35:34 minutes | 773 MB | Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1959; Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in NYC

The instrumental trio The Three Suns had been around for about two decades, capturing fans as far-ranging as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and the Platters (who took their “Twilight Time” to the top of the charts), when they cut this record for RCA’s famed Living Stereo series in 1959. And, no doubt inspired by the new-fangled recording technology in RCA’s Studio A, they turned in one of the most wacky and entertaining Christmas albums of the era, adding rock and roll guitar and instrumentation as varied as chimes, bells, oboes and two (!) tubas to create a Space Age stereophonic spectacular suitable for the Jetsons’ next holiday party. This record’s long been cherished by Christmas music devotees, and our Real Gone worldwide CD debut reissue features a sparkling remastering job by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios and liner notes by Joe Marchese. Every bit as fizzy as the champagne you’re going to open to toast the season!

A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas is nuts all the way through. There is at least one other Three Suns Christmas record, but nothing approaches this one. Santa’s sleigh is hauling fast with this all-uptempo platter of holiday mayhem. And for a stocking present, there is an extra track on each side. ~~ AllMusic Review by Tony Wilds

Tracklist:
1 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town 1:59
2 Skaters Waltz 2:52
3 The Chipmunk Song 2:00
4 White Christmas 3:15
5 Ding Dong Dandy Christmas 2:52
6 The Christmas Song 2:26
7 Russian Sleigh Song 2:35
8 Jingle Bells 2:40
9 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 2:14
10 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 1:56
11 Jingle Bell Rock 2:12
12 Sleigh Ride 2:54
13 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 2:17
14 Winter Wonderland 2:42

Personnel:
Artie Dunn – Organ
Al Nevins – Guitar
Morty Nevins – Accordion

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Apr 07

Tommy Leonetti – Sings the Winners (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 31:35 minutes | 697 MB | Genre: Pop, Easy Listening
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Tommy Leonetti (10 September 1929 – 15 September 1979) was an American pop singer-songwriter and actor of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In Australia his most famous song was “My City of Sydney” (written by Leonetti & Bobby Troup) and was used by the Australian TV channel ATN7 in Sydney for station identification into the 1980s. In America he achieved greater success as a songwriter for movies and Broadway plays.

Tracklist:
1. Spanish Harlem 2:55
2. So Much In Love 2:09
3. The Wayward Wind 2:19
4. Looking Back 2:56
5. Save the Last Dance for Me 3:26
6. (You’ve Got) Personality 2:40
7. Wonderful! Wonderful! 3:06
8. Moments to Remember 2:15
9. Come Softly to Me 2:42
10. Our Day Will Come 2:42
11. I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:35
12. Oh Lonesome Me 1:50

Personnel:
Tommy Leonetti, vocals
Claus Ogerman, arranger, conductor

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Mar 31

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Mega Movies (2000) [Reissue 2006] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:31 minutes | Scans included | 4,51 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,32 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60535 | Genre: Easy Listening, Score

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes.

In the main, this is a collection of film music resembling others by Erich Kunzel and the indefatigable Cincinnati Pops, featuring short excerpts from film scores like those to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Rock, Godzilla, and Titanic. Kunzel’s performances are brisk, a bit subdued compared to those in the original films, technically faultless, and carefully consistent. Anyone who has enjoyed other Kunzel discs will enjoy this one, but this is a film-music disc with a difference: there are five tracks of sound effects included. These are quite short, but they’re well worth hearing. For one thing, they’ll give a full workout even to stereo equipment costing thousands of dollars. The booklet contains various disingenuous warnings about not turning up the volume too high while playing these, but they are in no way oversold. What’s remarkable about them is that for the most part they don’t rely on synthetic sound synthesis. The bee attack in The X-Files: The Movie was recorded by engineer Michael Bishop in a field, with six microphones placed at the entrances of a beehive. It’s uncanny. This may be the only audiophile album in existence whose credits thank a beekeepers’ association. The sound, auditioned on a good conventional stereo, is the main attraction here, and those with the equipment to take full advantage of the glories only hinted out by mere mortals among sound reproduction systems ought to be fully satisfied.

Tracklist:
01. THE MUMMY – The Sand Volcano
02. Don’t Mess with “Z” (SFX)
03. THE MASK OF ZORRO – Main Title
04. AIR FORCE ONE – Main Title / The Parachutes
05. Chopper Flyby (SFX)
06. THE ROCK – End Title
07. CONTACT – End Credits
08. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG – Dedication and Windsong
09. Day at the Races (SFX)
10. STAR WARS: The Phantom Menace – Main Title / The Flag Parade
11. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL – Badge of Honor / L.A. Confidential
12. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT – When You Believe
13. What’s that Hum? (SFX)
14. THE X-FILES – Threnody in X
15. A BUG’S LIFE – The Time of Your Life
16. ELIZABETH – Main Title
17. A Stroll in New York City (SFX)
18. GODZILLA – Main Title
19. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – Main Title
20. Iceberg! (SFX)
21. TITANIC – Back to Titanic
22. ARMAGEDDON – Main Title

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