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Floyd CramerClass Of 68/Class Of 69 ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $16.99
The Floyd Cramer sound at the end of the 60s – heard here on two pretty sweet albums! On Class Of 68, Floyd Cramer's piano hits some mighty great grooves in the magical year of 1968 – songs that were then fresh on the charts, all remade by Floyd's mighty talents in the Nashville studios of RCA! The arrangements are a bit more groovy than on some of Cramer's previous records – handled by Bill McElhiney at a level that really opens up for the cool choice of tunes – sweet and sexy instrumental readings of "A Man & A Woman", "Sunny", "The Look Of Love", "Mission Impossible", "Valley Of The Dolls", and "Love Is Blue". Class Of 69 has the previous Nashville groove of Floyd Cramer stretching out to embrace a whole host of styles he never would have touched a few years before – bits of rock, soul, and more – all laid out with some warm arrangements from Don Tweedy! Don keeps things in the relatively mellow, relatively laidback style of earlier Cramer records – but the fresh song choices make for a good sense of variety – on tracks that include "Soulful Strut", "Little Green Apples", "Tragedy", "Seattle", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "What The World Needs Now". CD

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Peter NeroDisco Dance & Love Themes Of The 70s/Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of 70s albums from Peter Nero – finally both out on CD! On Disco Dance & Love Themes Of The 70s, Peter Nero hits the disco years – and uses the groove to really transform his sound in a mighty great way! That bold piano that Peter put down in the 60s is still right out front in the mix – but it gets some soaring support from arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who adds in just the right blend of soul and strings to give the whole record a sweetly clubby sound! The approach is way better than most pop-disco modes of the time – thanks to the deeper pedigree of DeCoteaux – and the strong Nero piano lines really keep things moving, even in an instrumental mode. Titles include nice versions of "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Love's Theme", "Superstition", and "Theme From Emmanuelle" – plus a nice original called "Soul Ballet", a great funky number! Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose features some surprisingly great Fender Rhodes from Peter Nero – an artist who's normally just associated with acoustic piano! Nero didn't touch electric keys that often, but when he did the results were always great – these pointed, punctuated lines that had the same energy as his acoustic work, but with a very different vibe. Much of the record still features regular piano – mixed with nice charts from Nero and Bhen Lanzaroni – but the electric elements really make the whole thing great, and titles include "Woman Of The World", "A Million To One", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Loves Me Like A Rock", and "Daydream". CD
 
 
 
 



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