Sunday, 20 July 2014

LP Artwork: I'm a Woman & Mirrors


As we've featured two animal-related tracks by Peggy Lee in this show, here's there artwork from the respective albums. The Alley Cat Song was one of the best tracks on her I'm a Woman release and, of course, in keeping with the times, it found its way on to an EP as well as a single release. Ah, the record-buying heyday!

The other cover design was for the ambitious and commercially-challenged 1975 album: Mirrors. All selections, including Professor Hauptmann's Performing Dogs, were written by the great and highly successful team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The artwork even had a hint of aluminium foil about it... Very reflective!




















Saturday, 19 July 2014

Series 2, Program 20

ANIMAL CRACKERS!

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Talk to the Animals - Sammy Davis Jr: Dr Doolittle
Alley Cat Song - Peggy Lee: I'm a Woman
White Horses - Dean & Britta: Back Numbers
Swinging On a Star - Mark Murphy: Playing the Field
Let's Do It - Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington Orchestra: Côte d'Azur Concerts (Disc 6)
Underneath the Apple Tree - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's
Bye Bye Blackbird - Esther Phillips: Confessin' The Blues
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman: Sail Away
Taking a Chance On Love - Frank Sinatra: Swing Easy
Gimme a Pigfoot - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
Lonesome Polecat - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind
Professor Hauptmann's Performing Dogs - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Mel Tormé: I Dig the Count, I Dig the Duke
At the Zoo - Simon & Garfunkel: Bookends
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Todd Gordon: Moon River to the Days of Wine 
and Roses/The Genius of Johnny Mercer
Blackbird - Sarah Vaughan: Songs of The Beatles

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)


Sunday, 13 July 2014

LP Artwork: Nature's Baby


From this Changing with the Times show playlist, here is the now-hard-to-find 1971 release by Lena Horne. Its cover features an amazing image of the highly-photogenic singer/actress. Interesting and eclectic selection of songs by composers such as Paul McCartney, Leon Russell, Joe Raposo, Harry Nilsson, Bernie Taupin and Elton John.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Series 2, Program 19

CHANGING WITH THE TIMES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

The Way You Make Me Feel - Paul Anka: Rock Swings
A Song for You - Rosemary Clooney: Live at The London Paladium
Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree - Bing Crosby: single
If - Frank Sinatra: Some Nice Things I've Missed
Get Ready - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella
New York State of Mind - Tony Bennett & Billy Joel: Playing with My Friends
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Peggy Lee: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Feelings - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concert 1976
Think About Your Troubles - Lena Horne: Nature's Baby
And I Love You So - Perry Como: And I Love You So
Bein' Green - Mark Murphy: Once to Every Heart
The Girl from Tiger Bay - Shirley Bassey: The Performance
Somewhere In My Heart - Todd Gordon: Love dot com
Let's Love (reprise) - Peggy Lee: Let's Love

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Where are you?

In this age of the internet it's amazing how we can all connect so easily, and it was interesting to see the top ten countries where people tune into Todd's Turntable:

UK
USA
Russia
Germany
Netherlands
France
Ukraine
Sweden
Brazil
Spain

Sunday, 6 July 2014

LP Artwork: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!


The seminal Songs for Swingin' Lovers! The very first Frank Sinatra album I ever heard. My mother only had two of his LPs (this one and a re-issue of Close to You). Sitting doing my homework while this played in the background, I very quickly became hooked!

Here are the two covers most closely associated with this timeless Sinatra release.

This week's theme is each artist's version of a sad song in contrast with a more melancholy number. I took the small liberty of including Swinging Down the Lane as a happy song; the upbeat arrangement camouflages the song's actual sentiment.



Series 2, Program 18

DOWN IN THE DEPTHS/ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

I'm Sitting On Top of the World - Aretha Franklin: The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin
Today I Sing the Blues - Aretha Franklin: Aretha with the Ray Bryant Combo
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Della Reese: Della
Come-on-a My House - Della Reese: Della Cha, Cha, Cha
Only the Lonely - Frank Sinatra: Only the Lonely
Swinging Down the Lane - Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Say It Isn't So - Peggy Lee: If You Go
I've Got Those Feelin' Too Good Today Blues - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
Day By Day - Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook
All By Myself - Carmen McRae: Can't Hide Love
Yes Indeed! - Dinah Shore: Dinah, Yes Indeed!
I'll Be Seeing You - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Help Me Make It Through the Night - Johnny Hartman: Today
Isn't It Romantic? - Johnny Hartman: Unforgettable
Russian Lullaby - Ella Fitzgerald: The Irving Berlin Songbook
Old MacDonald - Ella Fitzgerald: Whisper Not
Down In the Depths (On the Ninetieth Floor) - Syliva Syms: Sylvia Syms Sings 


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

LP Artwork: Mr Top Hat


Never mind Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé or Vic Damone and the like, when it came to Irving Berlin - the elder statesman of the Great American Songbook genre - his favourite male vocalist was Fred Astaire. Perhaps because Mr Astaire seldom took any liberties with the songs.

Not bad for someone who did his first screen test and the verdict from a studio executive was, "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." The rest, as they say, is history!

The selection, Change Partners, in this week's show comes from Astaire's 1956 release, Mr Top Hat, with the ever-so-suave and relaxed cover artwork. And talk about surrounding yourself with the best: Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Barney Kessel (g), Alvin Stoller (d), Flip Phillips (ts) and Charlie Shavers (tpt).