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I fell in love with this record cover the moment I laid eyes on it. Nothing says 1969 like inflatable furniture — a trend that died before it’s time. This is a quintessential easy listening/lounge record.  Ralph Marterie was a big band leader with a long career, and this release sees him put a contemporary, late 60s, somewhat “Esquivelian”  spin on some old favorites.  The back cover states, “THE BIG BEAT … the famous sound of the Big Bands is played in hit style by one of the Big Band leaders of all time, Ralph Marterie. He makes you want to dance with his swinging and rocking rhythms.”

Check out “Don’t Be That Way”:

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Side One
When the Saints go Marching in
Little Brown Jug
Lullaby of Birdland
Jersey Bounce

Side Two:
Don’t be that Way
Tuxedo Junction
Opus One
Boogie Woogie
Woodchopper’s Ball

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