Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cocktail Capers: Ultra-Lounge Vol.8...Mondo Space-Age Bachelor Pad A-Go-Go

Powerful, high-fidelity and FUN! Cool music from the Mad Men era. A collection of lounge music by various artists with performers such as Gloria Wood whose "Hey Bellboy" is a hoot and Cy Coleman whose music is so sensual(his "Pussycat" will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck with some of its unexpected chords!).

Many of the selections that appear here are not available elsewhere, either because the original album on which the song appeared is out of print, or because the song was issued as a single and never collected in an album.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Indie artists The Gunboat Diplomats new album release "Manifest Destiny"...distinctive vintage vibe

The Gunboat Diplomats are an independent song shop in Jacksonville Beach, Florida that records original music with a vintage vibe in a variety of genres.

They have just completed the first two songs for their new record called “Manifest Destiny.” They are available for free streaming and downloading at Bandcamp (https://gunboatdiplomats.bandcamp.com/album/manifest-destiny) and on their web site (http://www.gunboatdiplomats.com). One is old school Bakersfield country and the other is folk.

The Gunboat Diplomats are the best-kept secret on the indie scene, and will be for the foreseeable future. Their melodic music, which is rich in harmonies with a distinctive vintage vibe, has been described as “music that is rich in harmonies with a distinctive vintage vibe.” When they are not writing and recording in Zoe Tribe Studios, they enjoy sending unsolicited promotional emails to unsuspecting recipients.

Also available: "Fine State of Affairs" album on Bandcamp HERE ..Songs for lonely hearts, obsessive lovers, and hopeless romantics

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Retro Rock and Roll artist Cado releases HOT new single "Satisfy My Soul" with sensational video

Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles’ album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music for people to dance to.

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B.Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!

The multi-instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. In August 2016 he released the "Take Me Back" EP. The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing
everything in his personal studio. Every instrument is performed by Cado allowing him make music that he truly loves.

Cado spent late 2016 and early 2017 recording his latest EP in a DIY studio in his hometown of Naas. The first single and title track "Satisfy My Soul" was released on Friday August 18 2017. Mixed by Martin Quinn (The Strypes, Heroes In Hiding) and mastered by Pete Maher, (U2, Jack White).

Single Links:

i Tunes - http://apple.co/2tIOnSA
Google Play - http://bit.ly/2v7visU
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2sL8mij
Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2uMMJiY

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Louis Prima...Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential Louis Prima

Louis Prima (né Louis Leo Prima; 7 December 1910 – 24 August 1978) was an Italian-American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920's, fronted a swing combo in the 1930's and a big band group in the 1940's, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940's and early to mid 1950's, and performed as a Vegas lounge act in the late 1950's and 1960's.

From the 1940's through the 1960's, his music further encompassed early R'n'B and rock'n'roll, boogie-woogie, and even Italian folk music, such as the tarantella. Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian identity with jazz and swing music. At a time when "ethnic" musicians were often discouraged from openly stressing their ethnicity, Prima's conspicuous embrace of his Italian ethnicity opened the doors for other Italian-American and "ethnic" American musicians to display their ethnic roots.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Julie London...Eight Classic Albums..including original album covers

Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and film and television actress, whose career spanned five decades of television. She was noted for her smoky, sensual husky voice and languid demeanor. She released 32 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950's and 1960's, with her signature song being the classic "Cry Me a River", which she introduced in 1955. She had also appeared as a guest on several talk shows and as a panelist on numerous game shows.

London began singing (under the name Gayle Peck) in public in her teens before appearing in film. She was discovered by talent agent Sue Carol (wife of actor Alan Ladd), while working as an elevator operator. Her early film career did not include any singing roles.

London recorded 32 albums in a career that began in 1955 with a live performance at the 881 Club in Los Angeles. Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, and 1957. She was the subject of a 1957 Life cover article in which she was quoted as saying, "It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of over-smoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate."

London's début recordings were for the Bethlehem Records label. While shopping for a record deal, she recorded four tracks that would later be included on the compilation album Bethlehem's Girlfriends in 1955. Bobby Troup backed London on the album. London recorded the standards "Don't Worry About Me", "Motherless Child", "A Foggy Day", and "You're Blasé".

London's most famous single, "Cry Me a River", was written by her high-school classmate Arthur Hamilton and produced by Troup. The recording became a million-seller after its release in December 1955, and also sold on reissue in April 1983 from the attention brought by a Mari Wilson cover. London performed the song in the film The Girl Can't Help It (1956), and her recording gained later attention in the films Passion of Mind (2000) and V for Vendetta (2006). The song "Yummy Yummy Yummy" was featured on the HBO television series Six Feet Under and appears on its soundtrack album. London's "Must Be Catchin'" was featured in the 2011 premiere episode of the ABC series Pan Am. Her last recording was "My Funny Valentine" for the soundtrack of the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's Machine (1981).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Frank Sinatra...Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!

These 2 albums were originally released back to back in 1954 on Capitol Records. Both have orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle and were very popular with Sinatra fans at the time. They have since become classics in their own right and essential listening for any Sinatra buff or collector.

Songs for Young Lovers was the seventh studio album by Frank Sinatra and his first on Capitol Records. It was issued as an 8-song, 10" album (Capitol H-488) and as a 45rpm EP set, but it was the first Sinatra "album" to not have a 78rpm multi-disc-album release. In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.

Swing Easy! was the eighth studio album by Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1954 as a 10" album (Capitol H-528) and consisted of only eight songs, as each side of the record only allowed approximately fourteen minutes of music. The album was Sinatra's second for Capitol and the first to feature arrangements by Nelson Riddle (Riddle had merely conducted on Songs For Young Lovers). As its title implies, the record concentrates on up-tempo swingers done with a light touch. Again, the songs were all standards -- "Just One of Those Things," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "All of Me" -- which the singer felt benefited from the new thematic setting, new arrangements, and his increasingly playful and textured vocal style. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Hangin' Around"...new release from Mike Teardrop Trio...Slappin' Rockabilly!

Mike Teardrop Trio might be a new name on the Swedish Rockabilly scene but the word is already spreading about this trio that really fills a void with their style and sound. With a driving Slap-bass, harmonies and a touch of good ole country music in there somewhere, they have formed a sound not present in many bands today.

Mike Teardrop himself has played bass with various bands on the Swedish circuit, although he has nurtured a dream to sing and front his own band for some time, so, when teaming up with Rasmus Andersson on guitar and Henrik Ulander on drums, there was no stopping and him and now it’s finally a dream come true!

On their debut album, "Hangin' Around", released through Enviken Records, they have gathered a lot of great songs from their favourite artists like Conway Twitty, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Horton, Russell Scott, Kingcats and lots more.

Hangin’ Around
What A Wonderful Life
Stay True Baby
Don’t Go Too Far
Living Too Fast
She’s Crazy For Leavin'
I’ll Wait Forever
Time Of My Life
Work My Magic
Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
Next In Line
Six Dollar Trim
Crazy Dreams

That’s It - I Quit – I’m Movin’ On

Marty's review: Fans of rockabilly will eat this one up. A driving beat, slapping bass, twangin' guitar and top-notch vocals combined with a song selection from past and present, these Swedish rockers know how to get you up on your feet, tap your toes and just get things moving. They have combined a vintage sound with a contemporary edge and deliver it in style. Have a look at the track list above and see if you recognise any of these, I know you will. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Me and My Girl..The Song is Noel Gay...22 tracks by various artists

Noel Gay (15 July 1898 – 4 March 1954) was born Reginald Moxon Armitage. He also used the name Stanley Hill professionally. He was a successful British composer of popular music of the 1930's and 1940's whose output comprised 45 songs as well as the music for 28 films and 26 London shows. Sheridan Morley has commented that he was "the closest Britain ever came to a local Irving Berlin".

He began writing popular songs, using the stage name Noel Gay. According to Morley the name was derived "from a sign he read on a London bus in 1924: 'NOEL Coward and Maisie GAY in a new revue'." Gay's career blossomed due to his talent for writing catchy, popular melodies in styles ranging from music hall to operetta. His most famous show, for which he contributed the music but not the lyrics, was Me and My Girl. It starred Lupino Lane as Bill Snibson and it ran for 1,646 performances despite being bombed out of two theatres. The "showstopper" in that work was "The Lambeth Walk" which has the distinction of being the only popular song to be the subject of a leader in The Times.

Gay went on to write songs for revues by The Crazy Gang, and for star artists like Gracie Fields, Flanagan and Allen and George Formby, as well as penning popular World War II songs such as "Run Rabbit Run" (with lyrics by Ralph Butler). He wrote two songs for the 1938 comedy film Save a Little Sunshine.

After the war, his musical output diminished and he concentrated more on production, in part because of increasing deafness and also because the fashion for cheerful Cockney-themed songs was on the wane.

  1. Let The People Sing - Evelyn Laye
  2. The Melody Maker - Jack Hylton & His Orchestra
  3. The Sun Has Got His Hat On - Ambrose & His Orchestra
  4. Leaning On A Lamp Post - George Formby
  5. That Started It - Billy Cotton & His Band
  6. All Over The Place - Geraldo & His Orchestra
  7. The Fleet's In Port Again - Jack Payne & His Band
  8. The Girl Who Loves A Soldier - Billy Cotton & His Band
  9. Lambeth Walk - Lupino Lane
  10. You've Done Something To My Heart - Evelyn Laye
  11. Medley: Gay Tunes Part 1: A) Love Makes The World Go Round/B) Moonlight Avenue/C)            You've Done.. - London Piano Accordion Band
  12. There's Something About A Soldier - Cicely Courtneidge
  13. Oh! What A Wonderful Night - London Piano Accordion Band
  14. Love Makes The World Go Round - Leslie Hutchinson
  15. Who Been Polishing The Sun - Jack Hulbert
  16. Me And My Girl - Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra
  17. Moonlight Avenue - Victor Silvester & His Ballroom Orchestra
  18. I Took My Harp To A Party - Billy Cotton & His Band
  19. Hold My Hand - Ray Nobles & His Orchestra
  20. Whose Little What's-It Are You? - London Piano Accordion Band
  21. Run, Rabbit, Run - Flanagan And Allen
  22. Medley: Gay Tunes Part 2: A)Whose Little What's-It Are You?/B) Run, Rabbit, Run/C) Let            The People... - London Piano Accordion Band

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Vintage Burlesque Style Video for "Holy Grail" by Dutch Bohemian Music band Zorita


Zorita are a raucous rousing rabble. The band’s bohemian music boasts an eclectic mixture of instruments like the accordion, trumpet and violin. In combination with bass, drums and guitars, as well as front man Carlos Zorita Diaz’ raw voice, this creates a completely unique sound. Boldly blending influences from South America, the Mediterranean, Balkan and Folk music, an evening with Zorita is guaranteed to breathe life into any party. In their own words, the eight musicians of Zorita describe their well-oiled ragtag collection of instruments, styles and personalities as ‘Musica Vagabunda’.

The Video: Zorita meets Zorita! 

Zorita (born Kathryn Boyd, 1915–2001) was an American burlesque dancer. She was best known for a twenty minute dance which she performed with two boa constrictors called Elmer and Oscar.

In 1949 Zorita starred in the sexploitation film 'I married a savage'. Only the trailer still exists. The movie poster reads: The strange thrill story of a savage love… with secrets unrevealed until now!

Zorita (the band) were intrigued by the obscurity – the story and footage fit their song 'Holy Grail' like a glove. It is a homage to the amazing Zorita.

Music and words: Carlos Zorita Diaz & Robert Orvalho

Music performance: Zorita

Other links to Zorita
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– Facebook

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Extra cool music video for the song "Take Me Back" by vintage rock artist Cado

Vintage Rock artist, Cado, has just released the first video from his recently released EP "Take Me Back". The song is a boppin', rockin', jivin' and swingin' number that harks back to the days of Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. The video is a very clever cut and mix effort with footage from American Bandstand combined with Cado "doing his thing". This will make you put on your dancing shoes and jump and jive along with it.

Get The Full EP Here *** https://cadomusic.bandcamp.com *** 



Music Video filmed, directed and edited by Second Frame Films

Music written, performed, recorded and mixed by Cado
Mastered by Peter Maher Mastering https://www.petemaher.com

See previous post on this blog about Cado HERE

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra..."Puttin' On the Ritz"

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra originally formed in 1978 and were an internationally acclaimed company of top musicians who specialized in performing authentic arrangements of Salon, Theatre and Dance Orchestra music from the era of 1900-1945.

Their music was not only sweet and sentimental but unexpectedly robust, syncopated, sparkling and humorous. They also displayed a talent for singing, whistling, tap dancing, very dramatic acting, fox trotting and wicked tangoing.

"Puttin On the Ritz" was released in 1986 and the arrangements of the songs are all genuinely from the 1920's and 1930's using a violin trio, as well as saxophones and brass, that give that unique, evocative period sound of the Great Dance Band days.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Israel's Answer To Amy Winehouse, Leat Haber, new vintage style release "Wait for Me"

Leat Haber is a born romantic and optimist and has been described in Israel as their answer to Amy Winehouse. Be prepared to be transported back a few decades with this Israeli born singer. Leat is a typical Israeli woman, very strong and independent, and this comes across in her music.

Growing up listening to The Temptations, Jackson 5, Elvis and Cat Stevens, she is influenced by Dolly Parton, Jersey Boys, Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman and even modern day great Amy Winehouse and Craig David. Leat has a broad knowledge of music and the music she creates. She uses equipment from the 50's and 60's, even the drum kit was vintage. After the recording process she takes her music to a studio and uses a machine that makes the songs sound like they were recorded in an analogue way. Leat takes a vintage approach on not only the style of her music but the way she creates it too. Her EP 'Flying on a Kite' was produced by Noam Akrabi. who helped Leat's dreams come to life, they both connect and understand each other's style.

The lead single off of the EP is 'Wait For Me' which can be viewed here:


Leat raised the money for the video off of crowd funding, the single is upbeat and happy reflecting Leat's outlook on life.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

I Can Dream, Can't I? Hits of 1950...Various Artists

Hits of 1950

A nostalgic, 25 track collection of classic hits on the Living Era label from the year of 1950. This was the era of crooners, male and female vocal groups, popular vocalists and novelty songs that are well remembered. 

Artists include Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, The Ames brothers, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, The Andrews Sisters, Teresa Brewer, The Weavers, Perry Como, The Weavers and The Mills Brothers.

Hits of 1950

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Vintage Inspired Rock and Roll Artist Cado releases EP "Take Me Back"

Be transported back to the 50's & 60’s with Cado’s brand new EP

Vintage inspired rock and roll artist Cado, brings us a refreshingly nostalgic EP, ‘Take Me Back’.

Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music that will make   people smile, dance and enjoy themselves!

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!
The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. 

The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing everything in his home studio. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves. The retro sounding EP has strong nods towards classic artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Stream the EP here: 

Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/album/3SlafrQsP2ixHRjhy0yTtf

Bandcamp - https://cadomusic.bandcamp.com/

Marty's review: Cado takes us back to the 50's and 60's with this 4 track gem that rocks and sways with pure rockabilly and rock and roll on 3 tracks, "Take Me Back", "Record Machine" and "Would You Dance" and a little bit of balladry on "Oh Baby". Cado has captured the essence of the period with a raw and uncluttered sound that sounds fresh and exciting. An impressive debut that will please all lovers of vintage rock and roll.

Friday, August 19, 2016

So Rare 3..A third selection by Barry Humphries of his favourite gramophone records and songs

If you enjoyed the first and second releases in this series, then here is volume 3. 52 more tracks of classic nostalgia from the 1920's, 30's and 40's with artists such as Hildegarde, Sam Browne, Greta Keller, Lecouna Cuban Boys, "Hutch", Elsie Carlisle, Al Bowlly, Anne Shelton, Carl Brisson and a swathe of their contemporaries.

So place the needle on that gramophone or tune in to your wireless radio, take a seat in your favourite chair and let the memories float in.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pass That Bottle...The Devil's Daughters AZ Rockabilly..video clip

The Devil's Daughters are Mysti Moon and Lisa Mortensen, who have combined forces to create a devilish duet, and are backed up by three badass boys of Rockabilly, Leeroy Nelson, Shorty Kruetz, and Tommy Collins.

...say no more.....just watch the video!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Billie Holiday...Remixed and Re-Imagined

The most heartfelt vintage master-tape performances of Billie Holiday - quite simply the 20th century's preeminent jazz vocalist - were selected and then bestowed upon the groove-worthy re-mixers of the 21st century.

The result is this 14 track gem - a heart-stopping manifesto of love, beauty, rhythm and poetry. Had she been born 70 years later, there's little doubt that this is the kind of soulful sound Billie Holiday would have totally dug. Worlds colliding, indeed, but in the most beautiful way possible.


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