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Janus - [1972] - Gravedigger (UK Heavy Prog Rock)

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:06 PM PDT
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Elvis Presley - Pot Luck (1962 2017)

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 01:03 PM PDT
https://allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com/2019/03/elvis-presley-pot-luck-1962-2017.html



Pot Luck with Elvis is the seventh studio album by Elvis Presley, released
on RCA Victor in mono and stereo,in June 1962. Recording sessions took
place on March 1961, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, and on June and
October 1961, and March 1962, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. It
peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top LP's chart.The album is dominated
by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, who had written the
chart-topping "Surrender" and the double-sided hit single "(Marie's the
Name) His Latest Flame" backed with "Little Sister". The tracks "Kiss Me
Quick" and "Suspicion" would be pulled off for a Top 40 single almost two
years later in April 1964, following a hit cover version of the latter song
by Terry Stafford (an Elvis sound alike). The rest of the tracks originated
from regular Presley contributors such as Don Robertson, Otis Blackwell,
and Paul Evans, with Blackwell's "(Such an) Easy Question" also being used
as a single release in June 1965 and climbing to #1 and #11 on,
respectively, the Billboard Adult Contemporary and Hot 100 charts, during a
time when Presley was involved mostly in feature film and soundtrack
work."That's Someone You Never Forget", with concept and title by Presley,
was written in conjunction with Red West and possibly in memory of Elvis'
deceased mother, Gladys Presley. The song would later go to number 92 on
the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1967 as the B-side to the single "Long Legged
Girl (With the Short Dress On)". Another song from these sessions, "You'll
Be Gone", written by Presley and West, this time with fellow "Memphis
Mafia" cohort Charlie Hodge, would appear as the b-side to "Do the Clam".
The song "Steppin' Out of Line" is an unused track from the sessions for
Blue Hawaii.Although like its predecessors in 1960 and 1961 - Elvis Is
Back! and Something For Everybody, - Pot Luck easily made the top ten on
the album chart, all three had been vastly outsold by the soundtrack albums
G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii, a pattern that would continue to hold for
Presley through the mid-1960s. The soundtracks had the advantage of the
films as a promotional tool and Colonel Tom Parker went against standard
practice in the American record industry by refusing to include hit singles
on albums, which would have likely increased sales. As a result, Presley
would concentrate on his movie career, and not make another non-soundtrack,
non-gospel studio album for another seven years, until From Elvis in
Memphis.
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Bobby Vee - The New Sound From England (1964 USA)

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:46 PM PDT
https://allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com/2019/03/bobby-vee-new-sound-from-england-1964.html




Bobby Vee's "Sings The New Sound From England!" was published in 1964. This
disc was probably one of the first American responses to the Beatles. This
album features Bobby Vee singing his top hits and other artists top hits
from the 1960's. He does an amazing version of the Beatles hits She Loves
You and From Me To You. Maybe the most snappy LP by Bobby Vee, who was at
his peak at that time. Some of the songs are reminiscent of Del Shannon
through that bite. Of course, there were also musical interludes like "Do
not You Believe Them", which do not spoil the album as a whole.Robert
Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 – October 24, 2016), known professionally as
Bobby Vee, was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was a teen
idol in the early 1960s and also appeared in films. According to Billboard
magazine, he had thirty-eight Hot 100 chart hits, ten of which reached the
Top 20. He had six gold singles in his career.Vee was born in Fargo, North
Dakota, to Sydney Ronald Velline (a chef, pianist and fiddle player) and
Saima Cecelia Tapanila, in a family of Norwegian and Finnish heritage. His
first single, "Suzie Baby," was written by Vee with a nod to Buddy
Holly's "Peggy Sue" and recorded for the Soma label, based in Minneapolis,
in 1959; it was a hit in Minnesota and drew enough national attention to be
purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him later that year.His
follow-up single, a cover of Adam Faith's UK number-one "What Do You
Want?", charted in the lower reaches of the Billboard pop chart in early
1960. His fourth release, a revival of the Clovers' doo-wop ballad "Devil
or Angel" (U.S. number six), brought him into the big time with U.S.
buyers. His next single, "Rubber Ball" (1961, U.S. number six, Australia
number one), made him an international star. He has cited as influences,
producer Snuff Garrett and his personal manager, Arnold Mills.Vee's
recording of "Take Good Care of My Baby" in the summer of 1961 went to
number one on Billboard magazine's U.S. pop chart and number three in the
UK Singles Chart. Known primarily as a performer of Brill Building pop
material, he went on to record a string of international hits in the 1960s,
including "More Than I Can Say" (1961, UK number 4), "Run to Him" (1961, US
number 2; UK number 6), "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" (1963, US number 3;
UK number 3) and "Come Back When You Grow Up" (1967, US number 3). On the
recording of "Come Back When You Grow Up" Bobby Vee and The Strangers are
credited. However, that was merely the record label giving a name to the
studio musicians working that day. Bobby's original band, The Shadows,
backed him on the road, but changed their name to The Strangers upon
learning of the UK band The Shadows who backed Cliff Richard. They had not
backed him since 1963. He also recorded, in 1961, a version of the
song "Lollipop", originally by Ronald & Ruby, which also became a success.
Vee had a total of ten hit singles in the UK, ending with "Bobby Tomorrow"
(UK number 21) in 1963.In 1963, American Bandstand signed Vee to headline
Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars national U.S. tour which was scheduled to
perform its 15th show on the night of November 22, 1963 at the Memorial
Auditorium in Dallas, Texas until suddenly the Friday evening event had to
be cancelled moments after U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
that afternoon while touring Dallas in an open car caravan.Vee was also a
pioneer in the music video genre, appearing in several musical films and in
the Scopitone series of early film-and-music jukebox recordings.
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Bobby Vee & The Strangers - Come Back When You Grow Up (1967 USA)

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:21 PM PDT
https://allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com/2019/03/bobby-vee-strangers-come-back-when-you.html



Robert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 - October 24, 2016), known
professionally as Bobby Vee, was an American singer, songwriter and
musician who was a teen idol in the early 1960s and also appeared in films.
According to Billboard magazine, he had thirty-eight Hot 100 chart hits,
ten of which reached the Top 20. He had six gold singles in his career.Vee
was born in Fargo, North Dakota, to Sydney Ronald Velline (a chef, pianist
and fiddle player) and Saima Cecelia Tapanila, in a family of Norwegian and
Finnish heritage. His first single, "Suzie Baby," was written by Vee with a
nod to Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" and recorded for the Soma label, based in
Minneapolis, in 1959; it was a hit in Minnesota and drew enough national
attention to be purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him later that
year.His follow-up single, a cover of Adam Faith's UK number-one "What Do
You Want?", charted in the lower reaches of the Billboard pop chart in
early 1960. His fourth release, a revival of the Clovers' doo-wop
ballad "Devil or Angel" (U.S. number six), brought him into the big time
with U.S. buyers. His next single, "Rubber Ball" (1961, U.S. number six,
e), made him an international star. He has cited as influences, producer
Snuff Garrett and his personal manager, Arnold Mills.Vee's recording
of "Take Good Care of My Baby" in the summer of 1961 went to number one on
Billboard magazine's U.S. pop chart and number three in the UK Singles
Chart. Known primarily as a performer of Brill Building pop material, he
went on to record a string of international hits in the 1960s,
including "More Than I Can Say" (1961, UK number 4), "Run to Him" (1961, US
number 2; UK number 6), "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" (1963, US number 3;
UK number 3) and "Come Back When You Grow Up" (1967, US number 3). On the
recording of "Come Back When You Grow Up" Bobby Vee and The Strangers are
credited. However, that was merely the record label giving a name to the
studio musicians working that day. Bobby's original band, The Shadows,
backed him on the road, but changed their name to The Strangers upon
learning of the UK band The Shadows who backed Cliff Richard. They had not
backed him since 1963. Vee had a total of ten hit singles in the UK, ending
with "Bobby Tomorrow" in 1963.Vee was also a pioneer in the music video
genre, appearing in several musical films and in the Scopitone series of
early film-and-music jukebox recordings.
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Bobby Vee & The Strangers - Look At Me Girl (1966 USA)

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:07 PM PDT
https://allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com/2019/03/bobby-vee-strangers-look-at-me-girl.html



Robert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 - October 24, 2016), known
professionally as Bobby Vee, was an American singer, songwriter and
musician who was a teen idol in the early 1960s and also appeared in films.
According to Billboard magazine, he had thirty-eight Hot 100 chart hits,
ten of which reached the Top 20. He had six gold singles in his career.Vee
was born in Fargo, North Dakota, to Sydney Ronald Velline (a chef, pianist
and fiddle player) and Saima Cecelia Tapanila, in a family of Norwegian and
Finnish heritage. His first single, "Suzie Baby," was written by Vee with a
nod to Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" and recorded for the Soma label, based in
Minneapolis, in 1959; it was a hit in Minnesota and drew enough national
attention to be purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him later that
year.His follow-up single, a cover of Adam Faith's UK number-one "What Do
You Want?", charted in the lower reaches of the Billboard pop chart in
early 1960. His fourth release, a revival of the Clovers' doo-wop
ballad "Devil or Angel" (U.S. number six), brought him into the big time
with U.S. buyers. His next single, "Rubber Ball" (1961, U.S. number six,
e), made him an international star. He has cited as influences, producer
Snuff Garrett and his personal manager, Arnold Mills.Vee's recording
of "Take Good Care of My Baby" in the summer of 1961 went to number one on
Billboard magazine's U.S. pop chart and number three in the UK Singles
Chart. Known primarily as a performer of Brill Building pop material, he
went on to record a string of international hits in the 1960s,
including "More Than I Can Say" (1961, UK number 4), "Run to Him" (1961, US
number 2; UK number 6), "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" (1963, US number 3;
UK number 3) and "Come Back When You Grow Up" (1967, US number 3). On the
recording of "Come Back When You Grow Up" Bobby Vee and The Strangers are
credited. However, that was merely the record label giving a name to the
studio musicians working that day. Bobby's original band, The Shadows,
backed him on the road, but changed their name to The Strangers upon
learning of the UK band The Shadows who backed Cliff Richard. They had not
backed him since 1963. Vee had a total of ten hit singles in the UK, ending
with "Bobby Tomorrow" in 1963.Vee was also a pioneer in the music video
genre, appearing in several musical films and in the Scopitone series of
early film-and-music jukebox recordings.
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The Tremeloes - May Morning (OST) (1970 2000 UK)

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 11:43 AM PDT
https://allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-tremeloes-may-morning-ost-1970-2000.html




Previously Unissued Italian Psycheldelic Soundtrack From 1970
May Morning (Italian: Alba pagana) is a 1970 Italian thriller-drama film
co-written and directed by Ugo Liberatore. Three young students have
different experiences (including sexual) at Oxford University in
England.Cast: Jane Birkin as Flora Finlake, Alessio Orano as Valerio
Montelli, John Steiner as Rodrick Rodney Stanton, Rossella Falk as Mrs.
Finlake, Micaela Pignatelli as Amanda, Ian Sinclair as Professor
Finlake.Music by Alan Blakley, Len Hawkes, Armando Trovajoli & The Tremeloes
It's not every day that a three-decade-old, previously unheard soundtrack
surfaces - especially one written by one of the most successful pop/rock
bands in England. That alone would make May Morning a reasonably important
release, but equally to the point, it's a great record - one of the group's
very best, in fact, and essential listening not just for fans of the Trems,
but also for anyone who liked the very late-'60s sounds of the Beatles,
Badfinger et al. And that comes from someone who has never seen the movie
for which the songs were written. The Tremeloes were supposedly just a
little past their creative peak by the time they recorded this album - they
were riding a number two hit in England at the time, but their fortunes
were about to turn, a fact that no one could have guessed when they cut the
soundtrack for Ugo Liberatore's movie May Morning in Rome in the summer of
1970. May Morning is a cheerful, often bracing, always tuneful mix of
upbeat pop/rock, bluesy songs, exquisite instrumentals, and soft,
acoustic-textured balladry that rates right alongside their best work of
the 1960s. Oddly enough, it's sort of the equivalent for the Tremeloes
(which was principally a vocal-oriented band) to what Obscured by Clouds
and More (both psychedelic soundtracks) were to Pink Floyd (which was,
immediately post-Syd Barrett, principally an instrumental band). There are
some enjoyable instrumental tracks here, including "Turn on With Thee," on
which the group surprises us with some reasonably inventive playing (though
one suspects they just didn't have time to write lyrics). Rick West's
digital dexterity on the guitar and other instruments gets a workout (with
and without amplification) on "Beer Duel" and "Hard Time", as well as the
bluesy reprise of the title track and the sitar-dominated second reprise
that follows. And bassist Len "Chip" Hawkes generates a full palette of
experimental sounds on the Mellotron that, according to annotators Geoff
Leonard and Pete Walker, he'd recently purchased from Idle Race alumnus
Jeff Lynne (and which had been used by the Beatles on "Strawberry Fields
Forever"). The money was well spent, even if the results weren't as
impressive as that earlier effort. The group even takes a brief plunge back
to its distant, 1950s rock & roll roots with "Bunch of Rapes," which is
driven by a Bo Diddley-beat. In all, this might be the most solid
long-player the band ever cut - another irony, since it wasn't released
until 15 years after the end of the LP era, so that it could become their
best non-compilation CD.
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