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✨✧ Hugo MontenegroOthers By Brothers/Scenes & Themes ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of gems from Hugo Montenegro – back to back on a single CD! Others By Brothers is sweet 70s funk from Hugo Montenegro – an artist who really developed a great ear for electric styles by this point in his career! The album's very heavy on Arp – and includes variations on the instrument in many formats – all set to funky jazz arrangements that follow from Hugo's previous Stevie Wonder album – and like that one, offer up his own take on 70s soul! The Arp-y keyboards show up on nearly every track – adding in so many wonderful electronic elements – alongside warmer winds from Don Menza and Ernie Watts, and smooth grooves from a rhythm combo that includes Larry Carlton on guitar and Hal Blaine on drums. Titles include a great cover of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin", plus cuts by "other brothers", like "Feel Like Makin' Love", "What's Goin' On", and "Nothing From Nothing" – as well as the great original "Noah's Arp"! On Scenes & Themes, Hugo Montenegro takes on a whole host of soundtrack themes – but updates the music nicely in his 70s electronic style – which features a fair bit of Arp mixed with larger arrangements and strings! The approach isn't as funk-based as some of Hugo's other albums from the time, but still comes across with a mighty sweet vibe – analogue electronics bubbling amidst larger orchestrations, on groovy titles that include "Alfie", "The Look Of Love", "Learn To Say Goodbye", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Love Story", and "A Man & A Woman". CD
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Les & Larry ElgartGirl Watchers/Wonderful World Of Today's Hits ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of surprisingly sweet albums from the Elgart brothers – back to back on a single CD! Girl Watchers is maybe the grooviest album ever from the team of Les & Larry Elgart – as you can probably guess from the title! The set's awash in groovy tunes from the late 60s – not just the fab title cut, but a host of other sweet numbers that are given an inventive new take on the Elgart horn style! The style is pretty great – kind of a 60s update of older big band modes – lean at points, full at others – and given some sweet Bobby Scott arrangements on some of the album's best tracks. Titles include "Music To Watch Girls By", "That's Life", "The Spy With A Cold Nose", "Girl Watchers", and "Girl Talk". Wonderful World Of Today's Hits is way more than you'd guess from the title – as the arrangements are by Bobby Scott, and have this sweet mix of jazz and 60s mod – often worked in ways that really reboot familiar numbers of the time – with that soulful undercurrent that makes Bobby's own music so great. Teo Macero produced, and really knows how to bring out the best shimmering sounds in the horns – and titles include "The Bobo", "Torino", "When I Look In Your Eyes", "Spanish Eyes", "To Sir With Love", and a wild take on "Ode To Billie Joe", with some surprisingly fuzzy guitar! CD
 
 
 



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