1968 was a turbulent year for the Monkees. Their television series, which had debuted as a huge hit two years earlier, was cancelled in February. The Birds, The Bees &amp, the Monkees, released after the cancellation in April 1968, was their first alb
1968 was a turbulent year for the Monkees. Their television series, which had debuted as a huge hit two years earlier, was cancelled in February. The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees, released after the cancellation in April 1968, was their first album not to reach #1 on the Billboard chart. Internally, their group dynamic was changing, too. While they had previously collaborated on recording sessions as a unit, increasingly each Monkee took to working in a separate studio, away from the other band members (shades of the White Album, coincidentally also released in 1968). Yet, as the White Album proved, group members working individually could still deliver a brilliant album and such was the case with The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. The album was preceded by a #1 single, the melancholy ´Daydream Believer,´ written by former Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Recorded during the sessions for their previous album, it was selected as a single after a manufacturing delay caused Colgems to scrap their initial plan of releasing ´Love Is Only Sleeping´ as a 45. Featuring Davy Jones on lead vocal, it has since become one the songs most associated with him from the Monkees´ catalog. Jones also sang lead on The Birds other hit single, the million-selling ´Valleri,´ written by the stalwart team of Boyce & Hart. Interestingly, ´Valleri,´ like ´Daydream Believer,´ had also been in the band´s repertoire for a while, originally airing on the show during the first season. It was re-recorded for the album and single release, adding a brass section at the insistence of Colgems. Once again, the stellar Louie Shelton is showcased in the arrangement, playing a lightning-fast flamenco style guitar lead. The B-side of the ´Valleri´ single, Mike Nesmith´s ´Tapioca Tundra,´ was one of the album´s more exotic moments. Nesmith also contributed the psych-tinged ´Writing Wrongs,´ continuing his efforts to expand the band´s musical vocabulary. On a similarly adventurous note, Mickey Dolenz took the lead on ´Zor and Zam,´ an anti-war allegory that was right in line with the growing movement against the Vietnam War. Dolenz also brought his Moog back for ´P.O. Box 9847,´ another Boyce & Hart composition. Taking yet another stylistic departure, ´Magnolia Sims´ was recorded in the style of a jaunty ´20s tune, complete with dubbed 78 RPM pops and surface noise. Though Jones, Nesmith and Dolenz are all prominent on The Birds, Peter Tork´s sole contribution to album was playing piano on ´Daydream Believer.´ Tork, frustrated by the splintering of the members into individual camps, left the group in December 1968. (Always one for wry humor, Nesmith commemorated Tork´s departure by giving him a gold watch with the inscription, ´From the guys down at work.´) While the group would carry on for a time, this album would be the last to capture their initial exuberance. Fortunately, through this Sundazed reissue, we have that moment in time forever preserved on dynamic high-definition vinyl. It was sourced from the original analog Colgems master tapes and is packaged in an authentic recreation of the LP cover artwork. All smiles, sleepy Jean!
Titel: Odd Seasons - OddiseeFormat: Audio CDTracks: Disc 1:1. The Supplier 2. Almost A Year Since 3. Everything Changed Nothing 4. Every Day People 5. Say Myself Today 6. The Second Date 7. Theatre 8. Tell The Truth 9. The Blooming 10. Birds &
Hazmat Modine-Cicada,,So muss das sein!´´ (stereo, 06 / 2011)Disc 11 Mocking Bird2 Child of a Blind Man3 Two Forty Seven4 Cicada5 Buddy6 In Two Years7 Ive Been Lonely For So Long8 The Tide9 Ebb Tide10 Walking Stick11 So Glad12 Cotonou Stomp13 Dead Crow
LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von Bob Thompson - The Sound Of Speed 180g Vinyl THE SOUND OF SPEED by BOB THOMPSON Bob Thompson´s landmark orchestral tribute to wheels, wings, and whirly birds by Irwin Chusid In the late 1950s, when Mexican-born Space Age Pop avatar Esquivel was in his prime, orchestra leader/composer/arranger Bob Thompson was his American stylistic counterpart. They recorded for the same label (RCA Victor), employed many of the same musicians and vocalists, and experimented with sound in the same Los Angeles studios. His RCA albums, Mmm, Nice!, Just for Kicks, and On the Rocks, embody 1950s orchestral pop: brimming with sparkle and sophistication, an appealing soundtrack for the Good Life. Thompson won a number of Clio awards for excellence in advertising music, and in 1959 the title track of Just For Kicks was Grammy-nominated for Best Performance by an Orchestra. Thompson took temporary leave from RCA in 1960 to record The Sound of Speed. This ´concept´ LP rhapsodizes the technology of human transport, from Vespa scooters to Le Mans racers, from tricycles to rocket ships. Each of the dozen vehicular vignettes is book-ended by authentic sound effects, with vivid stereo motion. The music was composed and arranged by Thompson, and the album was recorded in Italy by the Orchestra dei Concerti de Roma, conducted by Paul Baron. Thompson is a long-admired Hollywood music figure who worked with Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Van Dyke Parks, Duane Eddy, and Bing Crosby, among others. But why take our word´ Take Henry Mancini´s: ´Bob´s writing skill has always impressed me.´ Or that of Van Dyke Parks: ´Bob Thompson is a giant. In music and character, a true romantic with an edge. His arrangements are incomparably thoughtful, subtle, flamboyant, and circumspect. With them, he brought the art of arranging to a new symbiosis.´ The Sound of Speed is an overlooked gem from a bygone era of orchestral elegance. It has been masterfully re-mastered by Sundazed svengali Bob Irwin in wide-angle stereo in the year that its creator, Bob Thompson, turns 85. The Sound of Speed is your ticket to explore the universe -- not in coach, with a bag of salted nuts, but in First Class. Cocktail´
(1995/Brill Tone) 56 tracks - all the Hits plus 21 unreleased tracks with 12 page booklet. - Much has been written and published about Ellie Greenwich, so it´s really hard to choose the right words for a compilation like the one presented here. Ellie´s for sure most famous for her composer work (together with former husband Jeff Barry) — a work that gave us countless hits in the sixties when recorded by the Crystals, Dixie Cups, Lesley Gore, Darlene Love, Ronettes, Beach Boys, Ike & Tina Turner - just to name a few of the more well-known artists. When it comes to her own performances, her mid ´80s ´´Leader Of The Pack´´ musical is often mentioned, sometimes a side note is added concerning her two unsuccessful solo albums from the late 60s / early 70s — plus her work with the Raindrops, but all her early solo work is almost non-existent in ANY form. You are more lucky because you´ve bought this CD set — it will change the situation. For the first time ever here´s the chance to hear how it started —inside the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway. This collection adds together for the first time the complete early work of Ellie Greenwich, her first singles under the names of Ellie Gaye (from as early as 1958), Ellie Gee & The Jets (1960), Kellie Douglas (1962) plus the mid 60´s releases for Red Bird, United Artists and Bell. We´ve skipped her work with the Raindrops that is available (almost) complete on another CD, but space allowed us to added the complete content of her two albums for United Artists and Verve in pristine original Stereo quality. This might be a minor duplication with other CDs, but the others missed some of the tracks to make it as complete as it is now. Nevertheless, the greatest surprise comes last — almost 20 tracks recorded during the 60s by Ellie Greenwich (but not released) survived the years and found a new home on this CD set. After all these years, here´s a chance to hear how it had started inside the Brill Building, 1916 Broadway. Many of these songs (sung by Ellie Greenwich) were meant as demos for the publishers and A & R managers to find the right artist to get them recorded.
(EMI Records) 14 tracks Let´s All Go To The Music Hall A) Let´s All Go To The Music Hall B) Champagne Charlie C) The Night I Appeared As Macbeth D) A Bird In A Gilded Cage E) Julius F) Just Like The Ivy. G) Any Old Iron All Aboard The Minstrel Train A) The Great American Railway B) Chattanooga Choo Choo´´ C) Take The A Train´ D) Shuffle Off To Buffalo E) On The Atchison Topeka And The Santa Fe F) Choo Choo Train (Ch Ch Foo) Spotlight On John. A) Loveliest Night Of The Year B) Moonlight And Roses C) Who´s Sorry Now D) Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss E) Three O´clock In The Morning F) You Say The Sweetest Things G) Lovely Day H) All Alone I) Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing Around The Emerald Isle: A) If You´re Irish Come Into The Parlour B) Mick Mcgilligan´s Ball. C) With My Shillelagh Under My Arm., D) Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms E) Dear Old Donegal´´ In The Moonlight A) Shadow Waltz. B) Me And My Shadow C) By The Light Of The Silvery Moon D) Dream Dream Dream. E) When I Grow Too Old To Dream* Comedy Characters A) Where Did You Get That Hat? B) I´m Following In Father´s Footsteps C) Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? (Solo: Margaret Savage) D) I´m Shy Mary Ellen.. E) Waiting At The Church (Solo: Eve Blanchard & Dai Francis) F) Maggie! Yes Ma (Solo: Dai Francis, John Boulter & Eve Blanchard) G) Sister Susie´s Sewing Shirts For Soldiers H) Yacki Hicki Doo La,. I) I Want To Sing In Opera. J) Spaniard That Blighted My Life, K) Ta-Ra-Ra Boom De Ay (Solo: Margaret Savage & Tony Mercer) Ole-Ole!!! A) Torero. B) Valencia C) Penny Serenade., D) Barcelona ´´ E) Granada F) Lady Of Spain A Tribute To Al Jolson A) I´m Sitting On Top Of The World´´ B) There´s A Rainbow ´round My Shoulder C) Carolina In The Morning D) California Here I Come E) Swanee F) Let Me Sing And I´m Happy G) My Mammy H) Rockabye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody´ Spotlight On Dai A) When You´re Smiling B) I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight C) Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy D) I Want A Girl, Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad E) Who Were You With Last Night? F) Did You Ever Get That Feeling In The Moonlight G) It Goes Like This H) Yankee Doodle Boy Calypso Time: A) Coconut Woman. B) Scratch Scratch Me Back´´ C) Cindy Oh Cindy D) Jamaica Farewell E) Without The Sun F) Coconut Woman In Bonnie Scotland: A) I Belong To Scotland B) A Gordon For Me. C) The Highlandman´s Umbrella D) Bonnie Mary Of Argyle E) Wi´ A Hundred Pipers Songs From Films: A) We´re Off To See The Wizard B) Spring, Spring, Spring. C) Meet Me In St. Louis Louis D) Something´s Gotta Give (Solo: Tony Mercer & Margaret Savage) E) All I Do Is Dream Of You F) You Are My Lucky Star (Sung By The Jackpots) G) Three Coins In A Fountain´ H) It Happened In Monterey´´. I) Zip A Dee Doo-D. Spotlight On Tony A) Soft Shoe Song B) Honeysuckle And The Bee C) I´ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time D)Don´t Sit Under The Apple Tree E) East Side West Side F) They Didn´t Believe Me Spotlight On Music Hall: A) Here We Are, Here We Are, Here We Are Again B) I Lift My Finger And I Say Tweet Tweet C) Has Anyone See A German Band D) Comrades´ E) It´s A Great Big Shame F) Give Me A Little Cosy Corner G) Captain Ginjah H) Goodbye Dolly Gray