Saturday, 22 July 2017

LP Artwork: Patti Page/In the Land of Hi-Fi

This 1956 release was Patti Page's first on the EmArcy label (the jazz wing of Mercury Records) in mono. Two years later, they released a stereo version although they had to edit some of the tracks because of the time limitations on stereo releases in the format's infancy.

The arrangements were by Pete Rugolo, best know for his work with June Christy. (By coincidence, Rugolo's Sicilian birth surname was Patti!)

Page was the top-charting vocalist and best-selling female artist of the 1950s and her six-decade long career resulted in record sales in excess of 100 million.

Series 10, Prog 6


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

After You’ve Gone - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
Summer Is Gone - Carmen McRae: Blue Moon
Gone With the Wind - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella In Berlin
Lament (Love, I Found You Gone) - Dinah Washington: Drinking Again
He’s a Real Gone Guy - Nellie Lutcher: Real Gone
Good Days Gone - Martha Reeves: Home to You
I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone - Lou Rawls: Your Good Thing
Love Has Come, Love Has Gone - Toni Harper & Marty Paich & His Orchestra: Lady Lonely
Mama’s Gone, Goodbye - Peggy Lee: I’m a Woman
My Man’s Gone Now - Claire Martin: Time and Place
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Helen Humes: Songs I Like to Sing
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul
The Your Lover Has Gone - Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle: Lush Life
Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Marlene Dietrich: Where Have All the Flowers Gone (EP)
You’ve Been Gone Too Long - Nina Simone: The Amazing Nina Simone
All Gone - Cleo Laine: Johnny Dankworth / Let's Slip Away - Film And TV 1960 - 1973: The Servant
The Thrill Is Gone - Patti Page: In the Land of Hi-Fi

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

LP Artwork: Las Vegas Prima Style/Louis Prima & Keely Smith

Recorded live at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1958, featuring Sam Butera and The Witnesses.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Series 10, Prog 5


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

The Heather On the Hill - Norma Winstone: Manhattan In the Rain
Blueberry Hill (Version 1) - Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong: Swingin' With Bing: Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances [Disc 2]
Mountain Greenery - Clare Teal: Live at Ebenezer Chapel
Tomorrow Mountain - Lena Horn: Here’s Lena
It’s an Uphill Climb (To the Bottom) - Lou Rawls: I Can’t Make It Alone/The Axelrod Years
Mountain High, Valley Low - Morgana King: It’s a Quiet Thing
Somewhere In The Hills (O Morro Não Tem Vez aka Favela) - Salena Jones: Salena Sings Jobim With The Jobims
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Greatest Hits
Peace In the Valley - Barb Jungr: Love Me Tender
The White Cliffs of Dover - Louis Prima & Keely Smith: Las Vegas Prima Style
Gold In Them Hills - Carol Grimes: Mother
Theme from Valley of the Dolls - k d lang: Drag
Climb Ev’ry Mountain - Tony Bennett: The Singles Collection
The Folks Who Live On the Hill - Peggy Lee: The Man I Love
San Fernando Valley - Nancy Sinatra: California Girl
The Fool On the Hill - Bob Belden with Dianne Reeves & Javon Jackson: Bob Belden Presents Strawberry Fields
Climbing Higher Mountains - Diane Schuur: Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra

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

Saturday, 8 July 2017

LP Artwork: Yma Sumac/Mambo! and Mel Tormé/Olé Tormé

As stated in the program, here are two vintage album covers that I wanted to share with you. Make of them what you will, the music's certainly very good!

Mambo was release in 1955 and Olé Tormé in 1959.

Series 10, Prog 4


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

Lover - Anita O’Day: Anita O'Day And Billy May Swing Rodgers & Hart
Blues In the Night (Parts 1 & 2) - Billy May & His Orchestra with Trummy Young: Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Ella Mae Morse: Morse Code
Come Fly with Me - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
You’ve Changed - Nancy Wilson: Lush Life
The Rules of the Road - Nat King Cole: The Nat King Cole/Billy May Sessions
Alone Too Long - Nat King Cole: Ballads of the Day
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Song Book (Vol 2)
Baia - Mel Tormé: Olé Tormé/Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May
Street of Dreams - The Encores with Billy May & His Orchestra: Single
Two of a Kind - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind
You Fascinate Me So - Peggy Lee: Pretty Eyes
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe - The Four Freshmen: Voices In Fun
Bo Mambo - Yma Sumac: Mambo!
Bye Bye Blues - Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong: Bing & Satchmo
A Cottage for Sale - Billy Eckstine: One More with Feeling
I Got Rhythm - Ethel Merman: Her Greatest Hits
Say ''Si Si'' (Para Vigo Me Voy) - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here

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

Sunday, 2 July 2017

LP Artwork: Tony Bennett/The Art of Romance

One of the hidden gems on this week's playlist comes from Tony Bennett's Grammy-winning album, The Art of Romance, released in 2004. Written by jazz pianist and composer, Geoffrey Clarkson and Johnny Mercer, it's entitled, Time to Smile.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Series 10, Prog 3


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

The Shadow of Your Smile - Peggy Lee: That Was Then, Now Is Now
Take a Little Time to Smile - Shirley Horn: Lazy Afternoon
Time to Smile - Tony Bennett: Art of Romance
With a Smile - Dena DeRose: I Can See Clearly Now
I’ll Never Smile Again - Frank Sinatra: No One Cares
I’m All Smiles - Nancy Wilson: Today - My Way
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! - Sammy Davis Jr: Mr Entertainment
Smile - Madeleine Peyroux: Half the Perfect World
Paris Smiles - Mel Tormé: That’s All (Bonus Track)
When I Just Wear My Smile - Mama Cass Elliot: Bubble Gum, Lemonade... And Something For Mama
It’s Hard to Laugh or Smile - Jimmy Rushing: Listen to the Blues
I Dance and Dance and Smile and Smile - Dory Previn: Reflections In a Mud Puddle
I Can’t Smile Without You - Vic Damone: The Best of Vic Damone, Live
Just One Smile - Dusty Springfield: Dusty In Memphis
Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella - Bing Crosby & Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band: Bing with a Beat
Smile Away Each Rainy Day (From the Film, "Darling Lili”) - The Mills Brothers: Single
A Smile Will Go a Long, Long Way - The Andrews Sisters: The Andrews Sisters Sing the Dancing 20s
The Shadow of Your Smile - Lou Rawls: Lou Rawls Live!

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

Friday, 23 June 2017

Series 10, Prog 2


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

When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - Nat King Cole: Love Is Here to Stay
I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl - Nina Simone: Nina Simone Sings The Blues
Sugar Stevie Ray - Ann Chris: single
Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine) - Mads Mathias: Free Falling
I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City - Peggy Lee & George Shearing: The Beauty and The Beat!
Sugar - Georgia Mancio featuring Laurence Cottle: Live at Revoice!
When I Take My Sugar to Tea - Frank Sinatra: Ring-a-Ding, Ding!
Sugar Town - Nancy Sinatra: Sugar Town
Burnt Sugar - Sue Raney: All By Myself
Sugar, Don’t You Know - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ’n Basie
Sugar Blues - Ella Fitzgerald: 78rpm single
Sugarfoot Rag - Ella Fitzgerald with Sy Oliver & His Orchestra: The Chronological Classics 1950
Sugar Rush - Estelle Kokot: The Sound of You
Sugar Buzz - k d lang: Sing It Loud
Can I Call You Sugar (Sugar Rum Cherry) - Lorraine Feather: Such Sweet Thunder
My Sugar Is So Refined - Johnny Mercer: Personality

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

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Series 10, Prog 1


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

Alley Cat Song - Peggy Lee: I’m a Woman
How Come My Dog Don’t Bark (When You Come ‘Round) - Dr John: Goin’ Back to New Orleans
Salty Dog Blues - Fionna Duncan with Ian Menzies & His Clyde Valley Stompers: Have Tartan, Will Trad
Just Me and My Dog - Iain Mackenzie: Be Brief (EP)
The Most Effectual Top Cat - Top Cat Theme Song: Original TV Soundtracks!
Some Cats Know - Liza Minnelli: Gently
Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton: single
Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Nöel Coward: The Noel Coward Album
Tom Cat - The Clare Fischer Voices: …And Sometimes Instruments
Gyp the Cat - Bobby Darin: Ultra Lounge Artist Series/Bobby Darin
Low Down Dog - Big Joe Turner: Boss of the Blues
Wendell’s Cat - Daryl Sherman: New O’leans
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra: The Main Event
Lonesome Polecat - Johnny Mercer & Bobby Darin: Two of a Kind
Old at 18/Dog Bowl - Lorraine Feather: Ages
Yellow Dog Blues - Nat King Cole: Songs from St Louis Blues

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

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

LP Artwork: Out There with Betty Carter

An eye-catching, Sputnik-inspired album cover for the 1958 album, Out There with Betty Carter.

Originally released on Peacock Records, the line up musicians is incredible, including Benny Golson, Wynton Kelly and Sam Jones.

One of my top favourites by Ms Carter.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Series 9, Prog 20


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

By the Bend of the River - Betty Carter: Out There with Betty Carter
By the River Sainte Marie - Sy Oliver & Billy Eckstine: Dance to the Music of Sy Oliver
Cry Me a River - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge 3
Many Rivers to Cross - Martha Reeves: Martha Reeves
Lazy River - Bobby Darin: single
Moon River - Sarah McKenzie: We Could Be Lovers
River Shallow - Nancy Wilson: Lush Life
Ol’ Man River - Ray Charles: Ol’ Man River
River - Madeleine Peyroux & k d lang: Half the Perfect World
River, Stay ‘Way from My Door - The Dave Brubeck Quartet & Jimmy Rushing
River Weep - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Lady Lonely
River Deep, Mountain High - Annie Lennox: Coldest (EP)
Down by the Riverside - Louis Armstrong: Louis and the Good Book
Take Me to the River - Diane Schuur: Schuur Thing

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

Friday, 2 June 2017

Series 9, Prog 19


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

Eleanor Rigby - Mark Murphy: Satisfaction Guaranteed
Rocky Raccoon - Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo: Watch What Happens!
Can’t Buy Me Love - Hanna Vasanth (aka H Dawg): Demo
Come Together - Michael Ruff Band: Michael Ruff Band
The Long and Winding Road - Peggy Lee: Make It With You
Yesterday - Erroll Garner: Feeling Is Believing
And I Love Him - Lisa Lauren: Lisa Lauren Loves The Beatles
I Should Have Known Better - Muriel Zoe: Neon Blue
Here, There and Everywhere - Perry Como: Just Out of Reach
You Never Give Me Your Money - Sarah Vaughan: Songs of The Beatles
Norwegian Wood - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: Ye-Me-Le
For No One - Liza Minnelli: Liza Minnelli
In My Life - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
Because - Venessa Mae/Sir George Martin: In My Life
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple: Pleasantville (Soundtrack)

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

The Beatles 50 years ago...

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Series 9, Prog 18


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

I Never Knew - Peggy Lee: Pete Kelly’s Blues (Soundtrack)
I Never Knew (I Could Love Anyone Like I'm Loving You) - Keely Smith: Politely
The Girls I Never Kissed - Frank Sinatra: Reprise Studio Recordings (Disc 20)
I Never Had a Chance - Anita O’Day: Pick Yourself Up
I Hope I Never Leave This Place - Lorraine Feather: Attachments
I’ll Never Be the Same - Sarah Vaughan: The Lonely Hours
I’ll Never Smile Again - The Four Freshmen: Love Lost
I Never Felt This Way Before - Live at Umbria Jazz
I’ll Never Say Never Again - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra featuring Helen Ward - 78rpm single
I Never Told You - Dena DeRose: Travelin' Light - Live in Antwerp, Belgium
I’ve Never Been In Love Before - Todd Gordon & Sunny Kim: Unreleased Track
I Never Went Away - Carol Sloane: I Never Went Away
Never Let Me Go - Nancy Wilson: Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues
It Never Entered My Mind - Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is!
If You Never Come To Me (Inútil Paisagem) - Chris McNulty: Whispers the Heart
I’ll Never Be Free - Chris Connor: Witchcraft

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

Saturday, 20 May 2017

LP Artwork: Las Vegas Prima Style / Louis Prima, Keely Smith & Sam Butera

Period album cover featuring the then-husband-and-wife team of Louis Prima and Keely Smith.

However, our track from this album is Greenback Dollar Bill sung by New Orleans tenor saxophonist, Sam Butera, who was a regular feature on Prima gigs and many recordings as bandleader of The Witnesses.

Series 9, Prog 17


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

When the Wind was Green - Frank Sinatra: September of My Years
The Grass Is Greener - Nancy Wilson: How Glad I Am
Blue In Green - Dena DeRose: Travelin' Light - Live in Antwerp, Belgium
Mountain Greenery - Mel Tormé: Live At The Crescendo 
Blue, Green, Grey and Gone - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
All the World Is Green - Tom Waits: Blood Money
Under the Greenwood Tree - Maxine Sullivan & Dick Hyman: Sullivan/Shakespeare/Hyman
Bein’ Green - Lena Horne: Nature’s Baby
Green Door - Cannonball Adderley & Ernie Andrews: Live Session!
Little Green - Joni Mitchell: Blue
Evergreen - Todd Gordon & The Royal Air Force Squadronaires: Evergreen
Green Eyes - Helen O’Connell: Green Eyes
Greenback Dollar Bill - Sam Butera: Las Vegas Prima Style
Greensleeves - Morgana King: Folk Songs a la King
Little Green Apples - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ’n Basie
On Green Dolphin Street - Carmen McRae: Carmen McRae at The Great American Music Hall (Vol 1)

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

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Series 9, Prog 16


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

Guilty - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman: Sail Away
Have You Seen My Baby - Fats Domino: Sweet Patootie/Complete Reprise Recordings
Baltimore - Nina Simone: Baltimore
Love Story - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
Is That All There Is? - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
Dayton, Ohio 1903 - Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Sings Newman
You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker: Cocker
Every Time It Rains - Jacqui Dankworth: Back to You
Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield - Lou Rawls: You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore - Lorez Alexandria: In a Different Bag
I Wonder Why - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today - Curtis Stigers: I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
Only a Girl - Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
Let Me Go - Barbra Streisand: Barbra Joan Streisand
Look at Me - Bobby Darin: Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie
Marie - Randy Newman: Good Old Boys

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

Saturday, 6 May 2017

LP Artwork: Ring-a-Ding, Ding! / Frank Sinatra

Buoyed with all the enthusiasm of a kid with a new toy, Frank Sinatra's first album recorded for his very own label - Reprise Records - was an upbeat affair. With West Coast jazz-style arrangements by Johnny Mandel, it found the singer in ebullient form with the title track written by his old pals, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.

The week's program, however, features the impressive version of the Schwartz/Dietz classic, You and the Night and the Music.

Series 9, Prog 15


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

Night and Day - Anita O’Day: Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter with Billy May
Another Day - Denise Donatelli: Soul Shadows
The Night We Called It a Day - Chet Baker: Embraceable You
Our Day Will Come - Martha Reeves: Martha Reeves (Bonus Track)
Night Wind - Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo: Watch What Happens!
You and the Night and the Music - Frank Sinatra: Ring-a-Ding, Ding!
Day By Day - Ernestine Anderson: A Song for You
What a Diff’rence a Day Makes - Ernestine Anderson: Never Make Your Move Too Soon
The Day the World Stopped Turning - Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is!
When Day is Done - Keely Smith: I Wish You Love
Some Fine Day - Marlene VerPlanck: One Dream at a Time
Have a Nice Day - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ’n Basie
One Day I’ll Fly Away - Randy Crawford: Now May We Begin
Day In - Day Out - Mel Tormé: Night at The Concord Pavilion
Oh, What a Night for Love - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Swings Lightly

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

Saturday, 29 April 2017

LP Artwork: I've Got the Music In Me / Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker

When I was buying my first proper hi-fi back in the mid 1970s, this was the album that the specialist was using for demonstration purposes.

It was released in 1975 on the Sheffield Lab label who specialised in direct-to-disc recordings.

The band featured seasoned jazz/fusion session musicians such as Larry Carlton and Tom Scott, and the track included in this week's program, Don't Misunderstand, remains one of my personal favourites.

This great ballad was written by the multi-talented Gordon Parks who was, as well as a songwriter, a gifted photographer (working for LIFE Magazine and Vogue) and film maker (The Learning Tree, Shaft, etc).

Repeat (originally broadcast October 2016)


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

Everybody Says Don’t - Barbara Cook: Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim/Live at Carnegie Hall
Don’t Rain On My Parade - Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag
You Don’t Know Me - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
I Don't Care Who Knows (Baby I'm Yours) - Sammy Davis Jr: The Capitol Years
Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) - Aretha Franklin: Single
No, I Don’t Want Her - Nat King Cole: Where Did Everyone Go?
Why Don’t You Do Right - Shirley Horn: You’re My Thrill
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at The Sands
Don’t Wait Too Long - Blossom Dearie: May I Come In?
I Don’t Know - Jimmy Witherspoon: Hey, Mrs Jones
I Don’t Care - Eydie Gormé: Eydie Gormé Sings Showstoppers
Honey Don’t - The Beatles: Beatles for Sale
Don’t Let It Bother You - Rebecca Kilgore: A Further Remembrance Of Maxine Sullivan - Vol 2
Don’t Stay - Michael Dees: The Michael Dees Affair
Don’t Misunderstand - Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker: I’ve Got the Music In Me
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone - Dean Martin: This Time I’m Swingin’
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing - Carmen McRae & Cal Tjader: Heat Wave
Don't Know If I'm Comin' Or Goin’ - Billie Holiday: The Real Billie Holiday

Outro: Come In from the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel

Friday, 21 April 2017

Series 6, Prog 14

WELL VERSED: celebrating the well-written verse
Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Johnny Mercer: Personality
I Remember You - Nat King Cole: Touch of Your Lips
The Man I Love - Carmen McRae: Can’t Hide Love
There’s No Business Like Show Business - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra and Sextet/Live In Paris
‘S Wonderful - Susannah McCorkle: Most Requested Songs
The Folks Who Live On the Hill - Sammy Davis Jr: Sammy Davis Jr Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays
I Want to be Happy - Cleo Laine: All About Me
Over the Rainbow - Tony Bennett: Here’s to the Ladies
Stardust - Daniel Nahmod: Jazz Audiophile Voices
After You’ve Gone - Dinah Washington: Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith
What’ll I Do - Harry Nilsson: A Little Touch of Schmilsson In the Night
What Is This Thing Called Love - Sue Raney: All By Myself
For All We Know - Billie Holiday: Lady In Satin
Anything Goes - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Loves Cole

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

Monday, 17 April 2017

LP Artwork: Helen O'Connell/Here's Helen

One of the most infectious songs ever, in my opinion, must be Helen O'Connell's big band swing version of I've Got a Feelin' You're Fooling' - the closing track on this week's show.

You hear it, and it's really hard not to start humming it over, and over, and over!!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Series 9, Prog 13


I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling - Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats
Feelin’ Good - Lena Horne: Feelin’ Good
Once More With Feeling - Billy Eckstine: Once More With Feeling
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Nancy Wilson: Today - My Way
That Old Feeling - Frank Sinatra: Nice ’n’ Easy
I Have the Feeling I’ve Been Here Before - Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love
It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling - Carmen McRae: A Whole Lot of Human Feeling
That Funny Feeling - Bobby Darin: Ultra Lounge Artists Series/Bobby Darin
Feelings - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concert 1976 (Disc 2)
The Feeling of Jazz - Susannah McCorkle: The People That You Never Get to Love
Feelin’ Sad - Ray Charles: The Genius Sings The Blues
I’ve Got Those Feelin’ Too Good Today Blues - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
Feelin’ Lowdown - Andy Bey: Tuesdays In Chinatown
I Miss That Old Time Feeling - Sheila Jordan & Harvie Swartz: Old Time Feeling
The Feeling Sublime - Angeline Morrison: Are You Ready Cat?
I’ve Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ - Helen O’Connell: Here’s Helen

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

Monday, 10 April 2017

LP Artwork: Carmen McRae/I'm Coming Home Again

One of the strangest album covers in my collection belongs to the 1978 release from Carmen McRae. Originally on the Buddha label, it seems to represent a New York tenement window with a fire burning behind. I presume that this was to suggest a warm glow; instead it looks as though the apartment is on fire!

It has been re-released on other labels but with unimaginative, albeit less surreal, artwork. The best is the (third from the bottom) Trio Records repackaging.

One wonders if sales might have been better with  a cover design that was more inviting...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

LP Artwork: Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent/Songbook

The new album from singer/lyricst Georgia Mancio and composer/pianist Alan Broadbent opens with the The Journey Home - one of twelve brand new songs written by this talented pair. And that track has provided the inspiration for the theme of this week's program.

The illustrations for the album cover and sleeve notes are by West Yorkshire-based artist, Simon Manfield.