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Count Basie & The Mills BrothersBoard Of Directors ... CD
Dot (Japan), 1967. Used ... $14.99
A late 60s swinger from The Mills Brothers – with the aging vocal group get some great assistance from the Count Basie Orchestra! By the time of this sessions, The Mills Brothers had been recording for at least 4 decades – and although their early hits had gained the group a great deal of fame, their career as a whole was fading considerably in the 60s. Enter Basie, whose group was still very much at the top of its form in the decade – thanks to a great ear for transforming older tunes into fresher takes, and newer tunes into more swinging jazz-based vehicles. Working here with arranger Dick Hyman, the Basie group gives the Mills Brothers a soaring, bouncing kind of support – one that takes their vocals, tightens them up, and really sends the tunes home with a nice sort of zing! Old and new numbers come off great in the setting – and titles include "Release Me", "I Want To Be Happy", "Down Down Down", "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", "Let Me Dream", "April In Paris", "I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful", and "Tiny Bubbles". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print. 20bit K2 HQ CD pressing! Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Shirley BasseyLet's Face The Music ... CD
EMI (UK), 1961/1962. Used ... $8.99
An early gems from Shirley Bassey – recorded before her worldwide "Goldfinger" fame, in a mode that's got a lusher, more serious feel! Let's Face The Music has Nelson Riddle at the head of the orchestra – and gives Shirley the kind of full backing and rich sound needed to take her voice into some very heady territory! Features 12 tracks in all, and titles include "Imagination", "All The Things You Are", "Let's Fall In Love", "All Of Me", and "Spring Is Here". CD
(Out of print.)

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Noel CowardNoel Coward At Las Vegas ... CD
DRG/Columbia, 1955. Used ... $6.99
One of our favorite vocal albums of the 50s – an incredibly witty live set from Noel Coward, recorded in Las Vegas, with a very different style than some of his other records! The Noel Coward you'll hear here is still steeped in the mannered wit of his earlier plays, but he's also let himself go considerably – working in front of a live audience with an eager ear for well crafted lyrics and innuendo. The songs are mostly numbers from Coward's earlier shows, but they're sung in a hip swinging loungey style that really gives them legs – moving them past their staid roots into strong 50s vocal territory. Includes 2 great remakes of Cole Porter numbers – "Let's Do It" and "Begin The Beguine", both with Coward's own lyrics – plus "Uncle Harry", "A Bar On The Piccola Marina", "World Weary", and "Mad Dogs & Englishmen". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mitzi GaynorMitzi (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1958. Used ... $19.99
The debut vocal album from Mitzi Gaynor – a talent best known at the time for her work in the field of dance, but who comes across pretty nicely on this Verve set! Backings are by Pete King, who gives the record a lightly swinging quality that almost recalls some of Mitzi's more evocative moves on the dancefloor – and Mitzi follows through with a lusty, womanly style that's very much in keeping with the sexy image on the cover! Titles include "Rain", "Nobody Else But Me", "Do What You Do", "Lazy", and "Do It Again". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lee HazlewoodCowboy In Sweden ... CD
Smells Like Records, 1970. Used ... $7.99
There was never anyone like Lee Hazlewood – and this album is a true testament to his genius! He's the kind of guy you think you've got figured out when you first look at him – but the more you listen to his music, the more you want to raise him above all of the other hip singer/songwriters he seems to be like (Gram Parsons, Leonard Cohen, etc). At heart, Lee was a Cowboy – much more so than any of those fake LA "desperadoes" of the Sunset rock years – and this album, recorded as part of the enigmatic film A Cowboy In Sweden, is true testament to Lee's incredible ability to be both totally serious about his image, yet still maintain a sense of wit and distance that makes him incredibly hard to pin down, genre-wise. He's the country singer Scott Walker always wanted to be, and he's got a pop genius that Leonard Cohen painfully tried to reach in his later years. This album is brilliant, and its rerelease is one of the happiest events in to grace our shallow lives in years! Filled with beautiful titles like "Forget Marie", "Pray Them Bars Away", "Easy & Me", "No Train To Stockholm", and "The Night Before" – and one that you won't forget for a long time! CD

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Lambert, Hendricks & BavanLive At Newport '63 ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1963. Used ... $9.99
The Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross tradition lives on – in a smoking live set that features Indian singer Yolanda Bavan joining the group in place of recently-departed Ross! Bavan's ability to groove and improvise is every bit as great as that of Annie Ross – and she fits in nicely next to the warm lyrics of John Hendricks, and the sweetly crackling bop vocals of Dave Lambert. Plus, the live setting seems to open the whole group up even more – as they're working with a great combo that features Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry sitting in with the Gildo Mahones trio that includes George Tucker on bass and Jimmie Smith on drums. The tunes are all very soulful and swinging – and the album easily sits with the best Columbia work by the older version of the group! Titles include "Watermelon Man", "Sack o Woe", "Deedle-Lee Deedle-Lum", and "Walkin", taken in a nice long stretch1 CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Pat LundyOnly Love Spoken Here ... CD
RCA/P&C, 1973. Used ... $7.99
A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album's one of Pat's best – and has her working in a sophisticated soul style that's a lot like Marlena Shaw, with but some deep soul undercurrents too – a really great blend that was way ahead of its time when first issued back in 1973 – and a set that's still unlike most other records we can think of! Burt Keyes handles the arrangements, and he gives the whole thing a great sense of class right from the start – but also knows how to hit some funkier moments too, which really let Lundy unlock the bolder side of her vocals. Titles include "Only Love Spoken Here", "What Is Love", "Friend Of Mine", "Love Child", "He's The Father Of My Children", "No More Tears To Cry", and "I've Never Been A Woman Before". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66Equinox (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M/Verve, 1967. Used ... $7.99
The second album by Sergio and crew – and a real push forward for the group! The basic format of two-female harmony leads is still in place – but for some reason, this album gives a bit more of a nod to Brazilian roots than before, and really spices things up with an even more interesting array of songs! There's a bit less of the pop/cover style than before, and a bit more of a nod towards the hipper side of Brazilian music – especially the modernists of the bossa nova generation. Brazilian tunes include versions of "Constant Rain", "Cinnamon & Clove", "Bim Bom", and "Wave" – and there's also a few nice English numbers, like their hit version of "Night & Day", and a great reading of "Watch What Happens"! (Brazil, Vocalists) CD
(Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover – very cool! Out of print. Includes US obi.)

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Frank SinatraThat's Life ... CD
Reprise, 1966. Used ... $3.99
Sweet arrangements from Ernie Freeman – who gives Frank Sinatra that great little bounce that made the title hit, and so many other 60s tunes, so great! Titles include "That's Life", "Sand & Sea", "What Now My Love", "Tell Her", "Give Her Love", and "I Will Wait For You". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available That's Life ... LP 9.99
 
 
 



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