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David Carroll - Mexico

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:

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CarrollMexico.zip (37MB)

Side One:
Mexico
La Golondrina
Caribbean
Perfidia
Vaya Con Dios
El Rancho Grande

Side Two:
Amor
Mexican Joe
Senor
Bonita
Tequila
Mexican Hat Twist

Sleepy Serenade

Originally released in 1956, although this looks like a later re-issue. Wonderful ballads to croon you off to dreamland. Good night everyone.

Be Anything (But Be Mine):

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Sleepy.zip (37MB)

Side One:
Be Anything (But Be Mine)
Mademoiselle
Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear
I Don’t Know Any Better
Kentucky Babe

Side Two:
Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart
Street of Dreams
You’ve Got Me Cryin’ Again
What Will I Tell My Heart
Till We Two Are One

Caliente

There’s so much here to enjoy, it’s hard to know where to start. There are rousing versions of  “I Got You” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” There’s “Quien Sera Ska,” which takes the Ruiz-penned hit “Sway” and re-envisions it as sort of a polka/ska/Mexicali Brass mashup…it all has to be heard to be believed. And before you ask, this album was released the week of August 13, 1966. There was a “Living Stereo” version of this release, and this ain’t it. Glorious Mono.

For your next musical chairs drinking game session, why not play “La Banda Borracha”:

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Caliente.zip (40MB)

Side One:
Caliente, Caliente
Te Tengo (I Got You)
Llevame a La Luna (Fly me to the Moon)
Agua Miel
La Banda Borracha
Jamaica Ska

Side Two:
Sabado a las 5
La Sombra de tu Sonrisa (The Shadow of Your Smile)
Solo Para Dos
Quien Sera Ska
Picnic a Go-Go
Una Probada de Miel (A Taste of Honey)

Marterie 88 Strings

“The Fabulous Fifties found RALPH MARTERIE coming into his own as America’s Number One orchestra and this well-deserved and hard-won accolade easily carried over into the Sensational Sixties. Now Ralph pioneers into still another phase of music — that of the Big Sound. The fantastic arrangements that made the Marterie Music so outstanding still remain, but something new has been added in the lush strings, the augmented brass and reed sections, and the use of the human voice as an integral part of the arrangement. Here is good music and musicianship, sans gimmicks and tricks, played and recorded in the new Big Sounds. Led by the Golden trumpet of Marterie, this album stresses listening enjoyment for one and all, no matter what their musical taste may be, played and reproduced in the Sensational Sixties Sound, with all its brilliance, color and musical excitement.”

If you liked the earlier Marterie post, you should also take a liking to this early 60s release — mellow, relaxing lounge of the highest caliber. And the record is in pretty great shape as well. Enjoy!

Take a walk down Green Dolphin Street:

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Marterie88.zip (46MB)

Side One:
Truly
Sweet and Lovely
Someone Who Reminds Me of You
Moon Song
My Song
Looking for a Boy

Side Two:
Green Dolphin Street
Love Lies
Why Shouldn’t I
New Orleans
Try a Little Tenderness
Moonlight Becomes You

I think this is perhaps one of the strangest album covers ever — not sure what the bikini-clad dancer Dali painting is doing on a cover with the self-proclaimed “King of Organ” complete with crown and robe, but here we are, and I like it here! The music is top-notch with snappy arrangements of some standards of the day, pretty lively stuff.

Have a listen to Brazil:

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KingOfOrgan.zip (37MB)

Side One
Sweet Georgia Brown
Tea for Two (Cha-Cha)
Moonglow and Theme (from “Picnic”)
Josephine
Jalousie (Tango)
Bye Bye Blues

Side Two
Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue
Brazil
The Breeze and I
Happy Organ
The Shiek of Araby
Mighty Low

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