Sunday, 28 September 2014

LP Artwork: Drag

The album that inspired the "smoking" theme of this week's edition of Todd's Turntable: k d lang's 1997 release, Drag.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

LP Artwork: Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories

An album cover, and title, that epitomises a bygone era. Jeri Southern's 1959 release, Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories.

Arranged and conducted by Lennie Hayton, it was the last of three albums she recorded for the Roulette label.

Series 3, Program 9

SMOKING

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

My Last Cigarette - k d lang: Drag
Smoke Rings - The Mills Brothers: London Rhythm
Black Coffee - Julie London: Around Midnight
Smoking Gun - Mads Mathias: Free Falling
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Dinah Washington: Dinah
Don't Smoke In Bed - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
These Foolish Things - Nat King Cole: Let's Face the Music
Smoke Dreams - k d lang: Drag
Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories - Jeri Southern: Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories
London By Night - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Drinking Again - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable (A Tribute to Dinah Washington)
When the World Was Young - June Christy: Gone for the Day
Dream - The Pied Pipers: Dream
I'm So Tired - The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)
Gone with the Wind - Ella In Berlin
Smoke Rings - k d lang: Drag

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

Saturday, 20 September 2014

LP Artwork: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely


If ever an album deserved a Grammy, it was this one. And it did so - thought not for the singer nor the arranger, but for Nicholas Volpe's cover artwork... Someone was robbed!

Sinatra had planned to use Gordon Jenkins as arranger but, as he wasn't available, Nelson Riddle did the honours.

The inclusion of Jenkins' composition, Goodbye,  in this week's show is from the recently-released remastered, high fidelity, mono version.

Series 3, Program 8

SAYING GOODBYE

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

Bye, Bye Blues - Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong: Bing & Louis
We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye - Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll
The House Is Haunted By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye - Mel Tormé: Tormé
To Say Goodbye - Janet Seidel: The Art of Loung (Vol 1)
Mama's Gone, Goodbye - Peggy Lee: I'm a Woman
Bye, Baby, Bye - Johnny Hartman: single
I Will Say Goodbye - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
Goodbye - Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (mono MFSL release)
Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye - Eydie Gormé: Eydie Gormé Vamps the Roaring 20s
Make This a Slow Goodbye - Vic Damone: My Baby Loves to Swing
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Songbook
Don't Like Goodbyes - Tony Bennett: Art of Romance
Bye, Bye Love - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
Goodbye, Charlie - Bobby Darin: Hello, Dolly to Goodbye, Charlie
Goodbye (She Quietly Says) - Todd Gordon: Love dot com
Goodbye for Now - Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album

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

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Series 3, Program 7

THE SUN

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

Sunshine of Your Love - Ella Fitzgerald: Sunshine of Your Love
Midnight Sun - Carmen McRae: Live at Century Plaza
On the Sunny Side of the Street - Keely Smith: Politely
Golden Brazilian Sun - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge (Vol 1)
Canadian Sunset - Andy Williams: The Wonderful World of Andy Williams
Here Comes the Sun - Nina Simone: Here Comes the Sun
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles: Revolver
At Sundown - Morgana King: The Greatest Songs Ever Swung
I Like the Sunrise - Mel Tormé: I Dig The Duke/I Dig The Count
I've Got the Sun in the Morning - Bing Crosby: The Complete Radio Duets
Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise - June Christy: Something Cool (stereo version)
Walking In the Sun - Barb Jungr: Walking In the Sun
Sunrise, Sunset - Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is!
When the Sun Comes Out - Ann Richards: The Many Moods of Ann Richards
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Ella Fitzgerald: Montreux '77


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

LP Artwork: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova

The Hi-Lo's were an a cappella singing group founded in 1953 who went on to enjoy considerable chart success and critical acclaim. In many ways, the forerunners to The Manhattan Transfer, Take Six, etc.

I love the cover artwork for this release. The group recorded two albums for Reprise between 1962 and '63, both with the 'happen to' tag - the other being The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Songs with some great arrangements by Billy May.

There does appear to be an error on the LP label as the album was definitely released in 1963, not 1961 (the year in which Frank Sinatra launched Reprise Records).


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Series 3, Program 6

RAIN

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

September In the Rain - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra's Swingin' Session
Singin' In the Rain - Lena Horne: Lena In Hollywood
Yesterday I Heard the Rain - Tony Bennett: Yesterday I Heard the Rain
Walk Between Raindrops - Mel Tormé & The Marty Paiche Dek-tette: Reunion
Before the Rain - Nancy Wilson: A Touch of Today
After the Rain - Shirley Bassey: The Performance
Come In From the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
A Garden In the Rain - Sarah Vaughan: The Explosive Side of Sarah Vaughan
Raining In My Heart - Liane Carroll: Ballads
I Get the Blues When It Rains - Big Joe Turner: Big Joe Rides Again
Here's That Rainy Day - Sue Rainey: All By Myself
I Can't Stand the Rain - Lowell George: Thanks, I'll Eat It Here
I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Maxine Weldon: Chilly Wind
Rain - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie: Ella & Basie!
Rainin' - Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile
Come Rain or Come Shine - Chet Baker: Embraceable You
Every Time It Rains - Jacqui Dankworth: Back to You


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

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

LP Artwork: Yesterday I Heard the Rain

One of Tony Bennett's album releases on CBS in 1968, arranged and conducted by Torrie Zito who was Grammy nominated for his arrangement of the title song.

The melody for Yesterday I Heard the Rain was written by Mexican composer Armando Manzanero and English lyrics were added by Gene Lees.