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June ChristyBig Band Specials ... CD
Capitol (UK), 1962. Used ... $5.99
A very different album than usual for June Christy – one of her last for Capitol, and a very swinging, upbeat affair! As the title implies, June's singing a set of tunes made famous during the glory days of the big bands – tracks associated with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and others – all given a nice reworking here by June, in a style that's got a hipper, swinging California kind of groove! Arrangers on the set are Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, and Shorty Rogers – and they all keep things light and above board – shaking away the bluer tones and quieter moods of some of June's other records, taking her vocals back to the highly swinging style that first brought her fame in the 40s. Titles include "Frenesi", "Time Was", "Good Bye", "Night In Tunisia", "Stompin At the Savoy", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Skyliner". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ June ChristyJune's Got Rhythm ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
June's got rhythm, sure, but the real thing that makes her great is her dark and moody sense of melody! This album's one of June's late 50s efforts done with husband/arranger Bob Cooper – not as arch modern as some of her work with Pete Rugolo, but still in a style that's definitely inspired by that classic work. Backing is by a small group of LA jazzers – including Shelly Manne, Russ Freeman, Laurindo Almeida, Frank Rosolino, and Cooper – and titles include "My One & Only Love", "Blue Moon", "I Can Make You Love Me", "When Lights Are Low", and "Gypsy In My Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has wear and a split bottom seam.)
Also available June's Got Rhythm (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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June ChristyJune's Got Rhythm (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1958/1960. Used ... $6.99
June's got rhythm, sure, but the real thing that makes her great is her dark and moody sense of melody! This album's one of June's late 50s efforts done with husband/arranger Bob Cooper – not as arch modern as some of her recordings with arranger Pete Rugolo, but still in a style that's definitely inspired by the classic work of albums like Something Cool and Off Beat. Backing is by a small group of LA jazzers – including Shelly Manne, Russ Freeman, Laurindo Almeida, Frank Rosolino, and Cooper – and titles include "My One & Only Love", "Blue Moon", "I Can Make You Love Me", "When Lights Are Low", and "Gypsy In My Soul". CD also features 4 tracks from the rare Cool School album – "Small Fry", "Looking For A Boy", "Aren't You Glad You're You", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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June ChristySomething Cool (Mono version – blue cover) ... LP
Capitol, 1953. Very Good ... $6.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. Titles include "Something Cool", "It Could Happen To You", "Lonely House", "I'm Thrilled", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! Original Mono recording – from 1953. LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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June ChristySomething Cool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $1.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. And, on this CD reissue, you'll also hear the pair in a whopping amount of extra material, pulled from singles and albums issued around the same time, for a total of 24 cuts in all. Titles include "Magazines", "Whee Baby", "I'm Thrilled", "Out Of Somewhere", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! CD

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June Christy & Stan KentonDuet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1955. Used ... $9.99
Haunting stuff – and one of June Christy's darkest albums! June's singing here with her old boss, Stan Kenton, at the piano – no other real backing, just the pair of them working together in a session that's uniquely stripped down for the time. June's vocals are frail and tender – with even more sadness than in some of her more fully arranged sessions, all of which we love to death. Titles include "Come To The Party", "Angel Eyes", "Lonely Woman", "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "We Kiss In A Shadow", and "You're Mine You". Plus, the CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks not on the original LP! CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan Kenton with June ChristyDon't Want That Man Around/Harlem Holiday ... 78 RPM
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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✨✧ June ChristyBallad Collection ... CD
Capitol, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff from one of our favorite singers of all time! June has a way with a ballad that still leaves us breathless – turning simple somber songs into dark tapestries of despair and loss, infused with a boozy maturity that makes the lyrics resonate with a sense of pain that's always missing from other versions of the tracks (if there are other versions of the tracks – as some of June's are so good that nobody ever dared touch the songs again!) This CD brings together 16 cuts that perfectly illustrate June's incredible talents, including a number from her classic Something Cool album, issued here in the stereo recordings, which are completely different from the mono ones, which were recorded at a different session years earlier. Titles include "Interlude", "Winter's Got Spring Up Its Sleeve", "The Wind", "The Night We Called It A Day", "Night People", "Nobody's Heart", "Don't Explain", and "Cry Like The Wind". CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ June ChristyJune Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later Capitol gem by June – where she reprisies a number of classics from her early years with Stan Kenton – new versions of late 40s tunes, done here with Pete Rugolo arrangements that go a good way towards showing how both he and June had grown during the 50s. Titles include "How High The Moon", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Easy Street", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "She's Funny That Way", and "A Hundred Years From Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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✨✧ June Christy & Stan KentonDuet ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Haunting stuff – and one of June Christy's darkest albums! June's singing here with her old boss, Stan Kenton, at the piano – no other real backing, just the pair of them working together in a session that's uniquely stripped down for the time. June's vocals are frail and tender – with even more sadness than in some of her more fully arranged sessions, all of which we love to death. Titles include "Come To The Party", "Angel Eyes", "Lonely Woman", "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "We Kiss In A Shadow", and "You're Mine You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing.)
 
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Dorothy CarlessMixed Emotions ... LP
Hi Fi, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $43.99
Nothing mixed about Dorothy Carless' vocals here – as they're rock-solid, and put together beautifully for the record – nicely understated at most points, and sung with a warm jazz-based approach! Carless has the careful manner of some of the best 50s small group singers – the easygoing, almost naturalistic feel you'd hear in June Christy or Chris Connor – presented here with spare backings that mostly feature piano as the prominent instrument next to the voice! There's an undercurrent of sadness that really makes the album work – and titles include "Little Girl Blue", "When The Wind Was Green", "Fancy Free", "One For My Baby", and "Susan's Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover has light surface wear.)

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Chris ConnorPortrait Of Chris ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $9.99
A very moody album from Chris Connor – one that features arrangements by Ronnie Ball and Jimmy Jones, on a somber set of songs that makes the album one of Chris' darkest for Atlantic! Most of the tunes are in small group settings – a bit tightly arranged, but in a good way that gives the record a kind of June Christy sort of sound – never to overdone on the vocal tip, with a sense of restraint that only further creates tensions in the tunes! There's a level of sophistication here that's way different than the somewhat cheesy image on the cover – and titles include "Where Flamingos Fly", "Alone Together", "I'm Glad There Is You", "If I Should Lose You", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Love". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Billy EckstineBilly Eckstine's Imagination ... CD
Mercury, 1958. Used ... $0.99
A beautiful pairing of the vocals of Billy Eckstine and the arranging talents of Pete Rugolo – a real standout set that's easily one of Eckstine's greatest albums ever! By the time of this set, Rugolo had made a great name for himself arranging other vocal sides for June Christy, The Four Freshmen, and others – and he's bringing a sense of poise and space to the album that's often missing from much of Billy's later work. The warm Eckstine voice is allowed plenty of space to do its thing here – floating out effortlessly over the larger orchestrations and gliding with the gentle darkness that first made him stand out from the pack so many years ago. There's nothing too fancy or fussy going on here, and Billy's performance is a key example of his strong talent for understatement at its best. Titles include "It Was So Beautiful", "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues", "Imagination", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "That's All", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "A Faded Summer Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Julie LondonJulie London at Home ... CD
Liberty/EMI (Japan), 1960. Used ... $6.99
One of Julie London's strongest overall albums – a great session that features small group backings with a warm and intimate feel! There's less of the languid sadness of some of Julie's other records, and more of the dreamy floating style of singers like Chris Connor or June Christy on this one. The feeling of the album's great, and it shows that Julie was much more than a pop singer with sexy looks and a smoky finish – although we're happy to hear that on here too! Titles include "Let There Be Love", "Goodbye", "You've Changed", "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", "Lonesome Road", "They Didn't Believe Me", and "The Thrill Is Gone". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Mary Ann McCallDetour To The Moon ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the rare few albums from vocalist Mary Ann McCall – a hell of a great singer, and one with a really moody, dark style! Mary Ann's got all the sad tones and blue hues we love in June Christy's best work – and she arguably works with even hipper backings, too – some inventive small group material that mixes performances by Teddy Charles on vibes, Mal Waldron on piano, and Jimmy Raney on guitar with some occasional violin and viola – used sparingly, and worked into these very offbeat arrangements that make the album unlike anything else we can think of – and every bit as striking as the title and cover! Tunes include "Detour Ahead", "Blue Moon", "Moonlight Becomes You", "Moon Country", "East Of The Sun", and "The Moon Was Yellow". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Detour To The Moon ... LP 14.99

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Mary Ann McCallDetour To The Moon ... LP
Jubilee, 1958. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the rare few albums from vocalist Mary Ann McCall – a hell of a great singer, and one with a really moody, dark style! Mary Ann's got all the sad tones and blue hues we love in June Christy's best work – and she arguably works with even hipper backings, too – some inventive small group material that mixes performances by Teddy Charles on vibes, Mal Waldron on piano, and Jimmy Raney on guitar with some occasional violin and viola – used sparingly, and worked into these very offbeat arrangements that make the album unlike anything else we can think of – and every bit as striking as the title and cover! Tunes include "Detour Ahead", "Blue Moon", "Moonlight Becomes You", "Moon Country", "East Of The Sun", and "The Moon Was Yellow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has mostly split seams.)
Also available Detour To The Moon ... CD 14.99

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Anita O'DayIncomparable! ... LP
Verve, 1960. Very Good ... $7.99
Lovely work from Anita O'Day – a relatively obscure session that has her working with west coast arrangements from the pen of Bill Holman. The sound of the album's almost in the mood of a classic 50s Capitol album by June Christy – with a sophisticated and jazzy sound that O'Day didn't always have, and which could sometimes get lost on her more gimmicky albums. Tracks have a wonderful glide and an easy-going approach – and titles include "Easy Living", "Can't We Be Friends", "It Could Happen To You", "Avalon", "The Party's Over", "Blue Champagne", and "Indian Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Pete RugoloIntroducing/Adventures In Rhythm ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, Mid 50s. Used ... $8.99
2 of the records that arranger Pete Rugolo cut for Columbia in the years after he parted company with Stan Kenton. As most modern jazz ears will know, Rugolo was one of the main reasons for Kenton's uniquely swinging approach in the early 50s – and he also lent his talents to some fantastic records by June Christy, The Four Freshmen, and other hip vocalists of the time. These two sides have plenty of Rugolo's modern touches – but they also manage to swing nicely, spending a bit of time with strange assemblages of instruments and odd phrasings, but also getting back to the groove in time to keep things lively. Titles include "Sambamba", "Here's Pete", "Mixin The Blues", "Rugolo Meets Shearing", "Early Stan", "Manana", "Theme From The Lombardo Ending", "Good Evening Friends Boogie", "Conversation", and "Bazaar". CD

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✨✧ Stan KentonInnovations Orchestra ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant collection of work from Stan Kenton – recordings from his Innovations Orchestra, the groundbreaking group from the years 1950 and 1951, which featured players that include Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, and Laurindo Almeida! The work features Kenton in some of his most modern modes – taking the broad range of colors and tones he first started forging in the late 40s, and fusing them onto some modern jazz ideals of the early 50s. The result is some incredible music that still sounds extremely fresh today – tracks that still have a swinging rhythm and jazz-based solos, but which also have a keen ear towards the 20th Century Classical Music of mid century. Titles include "Solitaire", "Soliloquy", "June Christy", "Shelly Manne", "House Of Strings", "Cello-logy", "Art Pepper", "Halls Of Brass", "In Veradero", "Blues In Riff", and "Coop's Solo". 2CDs, great notes, and 30 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ann RichardsAnn, Man! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever recorded by 50s vocalist Ann Richards – best known for her work with Stan Kenton in the post-June Christy days, stepping out very nicely here in a small group session! Ann's definitely got a touch of the June in her approach – but she's also a bit warmer, and slightly more lusty, and sings here with good backing that includes guitar by Barney Kessel, playing in that spare moody way he used with Julie London on her Liberty sides. Titles include "An Occasional Man", "There's A Lull In My Life", "You Go To My Head", "And That's All", "Bewitched", and "How Do I Look In Blue". CD
(Cover image differs slightly.)

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✨✧ Ann RichardsMany Moods Of Ann Richards ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from Kenton vocalist Ann Richards – and a set that really helps her break into some new territory too! The set's definitely got the many moods implied in the title – thanks to arrangements from Ralph Carmichael, Bill Holman, and Tak Shindo – all of whom do a good job of pushing Ann past the standard torchy female singer styles of the time – especially Shindo, who brings in a nice touch of the exotic! Richards has a great sound – one that's clearly inherited from June Christy, but in the best possible way – and titles include "Something's Coming", "I'm Late", "Lazy Afternoon", "By Myself", "I'm Gonna Laugh", and "Where Did You Go" – a nice vocal take on "Jordu"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide clear tape along the top seam.)

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✨✧ Pete RugoloRugolomania ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pete Rugolo first came into prominence with Stan Kenton's group of the late 40s/early 50s – and he had a penchant for creating arrangements that dipped heavily into modernism, but never forgot to swing. He went on to do some fantastic arranging works for the likes of June Christy and The Four Freshman – but also managed to cut a few great albums on his own over the years! Rugolo's work for Columbia featured groups that were filled with excellent west coast players, and in a manner that was similar to (but more interesting than) the work of Kenton, Rugolo gave ample space to the skillful soloists in the band. This album's his first for the label, and includes the tracks "Montevideo", "Bobbin With Bob", "Me Next", "4:20 am", and "Hornorama". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ VariousImmortal Popular Vocal Collection (11CD set) ... CD
Sony (Japan), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very rare, unusual, Japanese-only CD collection – one that aims to present the key moments in American vocals during the postwar years – served up in large slices devoted to each artist! Includes sections on Nat King Cole, Julie London, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Jo Stafford, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Greco, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, The Platters, Andy Williams, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, June Christy, Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Nancy Wilson, and a number of shorter segments on others. CD
(Also comes with a large oversized book – 60 pages, with some notes in Japanese, and song lyrics in English!)
 
 
 



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