Greetings all. I know it’s been a long time, so I thought I’d drop in and say that the site is not dead. I’ve still been scouring the bins and have some great finds to share. Late last year the site was hacked, which was the style at the time. I cleaned it up, but not good enough, and it was hacked again earlier this year. (These people are very serious about their sweepstakes and contests). Cleaned again and this time it looks the vermin might be finally eliminated. Hopefully have some albums up real soon.
Love the cover on this Tico 10-inch from Joe Loco. These are some laid-back Latin jazz tunes for your cocktail hour.
Enjoy “Why Don’t You Do Right”:
Why Don’t You Do Right
There’ll be Some Changes Made
I Only Have Eyes for You
Sadie Thompson Song
The Nearness of You
If you are anything at all like me, you consider the Marty Cooper Clan’s recording of “Walk, Don’t Run” to be one of modern mankind’s greatest achievements. If that’s the case, you should also enjoy David Carroll’s “Mexico and Eleven Other Great Hits.” Pitched on the back cover as a cash in on the Nashville Brass bandwagon (recorded in Nashville and “will mark your introduction to the new ‘sound’ craze currently sweeping the country”), this album is really much, much more than that. In these dozen short tracks, the varied arrangements feature electric and acoustic guitars, groovy background vocals, and even manage to throw in an occasional Hammond organ, as we swerve from Ventures style surf into Boots Randolph territory all under the guise of Latin standards like Tequila and Vaya Con Dios. Another wonderful rescue from the Goodwill outlet, purchased by the pound, but the vinyl’s in very good shape. Presented in glorious mono.
I challenge anyone to find a more swinging version of Perfidia:
Vaya Con Dios
El Rancho Grande
Mexican Hat Twist
Regular visitors to this blog (and I’m not sure why there would be any given the erratic frequency of posting) know of my love for the Seeco record label. Well imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this gem at the local Goodwill outlet store. If you’ve never been to a Goodwill outlet store, it’s worth a trip just for the spectacle. Picture row after row of troughs, filled with the dregs and unwanted leftovers and castoffs from the thrift stores from the surrounding area. There’s always a sizable crowd of people digging through the troughs, and another long line anxiously awaiting the arrival of new troughs to be wheeled out. Everything is sold by the pound, so yes, this record was purchased by the pound. I bought a Gameboy and this record for the grand total of 79 cents.
Given the nature of this discovery, you can rightly imagine that the condition of the vinyl is less than ideal. In my mind, the music more than outshines the cracks and pops, and in fact, adds to the charm in my opinion. This one is a winner, no matter how you slice it.
This is a sampler of the Seeco “Una Noche en …” series. There are twelve Una Noche albums featured on the cover, and I have never actually seen any of them in the wild. Google tells me there was a series of samplers.
Check out “El Bombon de Elena”:
Havana – Micaela – Joseph Trouillot with Ernest Lamy Orch.
Mexico – Alma Triste – Mariachi Tres Piedras
Buenos Aires – Adios Muchachos – Hermanos Alak & Orch.
Rio – Samba Blanca – Noro Morales Orch.
Madrid – El Relicario – Espana Orch.
Caracas – Tu Rica Boca – Carlos Argentino with Sonora Matancera
Puerto Rico – El Bombon de Elena – Ismael Rivera with Cortijo and his Combo
Lisboa – Uma Casa Portuguesa – Marciel Bianchi & his Guitar
Bogota – Cuando Vuelvas Conmigo – Alberto Beltran with Hector de Leon and his Conjunto
Quisqueya – El Sombrero de Gaspar – Jaime Richetti with Conjunto Tipico Cibaeno Angel Viloria
Paris – Grands Boulevards – Aimable & his Parisians
Roma – Chichilo – Los Cuatro Acordeones
Going Latin and the brilliant Blue Ribbon Orchestra brings you hit tunes of the time in fascinating dance rhythms. Hear the happy sounds of strings in a boldly, modern beat! Explore the rhythms of the mambo, cha cha and more melodies you know!
Don’t know much about the “Blue Ribbon Orchestra,” but all the standards are here, performed competently, if a bit methodically. But you really can’t go wrong with this, and the vinyl is pristine. The first track is spelled “Taquila” on the jacket. Not really big drinkers in the Blue Ribbon Orchestra.
Have a listen to “April in Portugal”:
Going Latin.zip (43MB)
April in Portugal
Old Man River Cha Cha
Teach Me Tonight
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Cha Cha Amigo
Everyday is Ladies Day
Kiss Me Again Cha Cha