Seeco Sampler

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”:

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SeecoSampler.zip (46MB)

Side One:
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

Side Two:
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

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”:

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Going Latin.zip (43MB)

Side One:
Taquila
Patricia
April in Portugal
Old Man River Cha Cha
Gualione
Barrippi Mompo

Side Two:
Teach Me Tonight
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Cha Cha Amigo
Mambo Jambo
Everyday is Ladies Day
Kiss Me Again Cha Cha

Greetings everyone. I apologize for the extended absence. Looks like folks have still been enjoying the back catalog of posts, which is great to see. Thank you for all the comments as well. They are always really appreciated.

I’ve been busy moving to a new job, and a new town, which means…NEW THRIFT STORES. I’ve found some great ones too, so I’m anxious to get posting again.

In fact, I have something ready to go and just need to get the cover scanned in. Look for it in the next day or so. Other great stuff is on deck, so stick around.

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

Vive La Difference

This cover makes me smile. I’m not sure whether it’s the sideways glances, casually strewn posters or lack of shoes, but it all adds up to a wonderful cheesy whole, which kind of strikes me in the same way as this cover. There is some great music inside as well. “Working with a guitar accompaniment Miss Meinert creates some sounds on these familiar melodies that spice them with an air of frivolity, sadness, deep romance and the pulse of life that course through the city as steadily as the Seine.”  Looks like this is a 1960 release.

Have a listen to April in Paris:

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Meinert.zip (37MB)

Side One:
I Love Paris
La Vie en Rose
April in Paris
Under Paris Skies
The Poor People of Paris
Under the Bridges of Paris

Side Two:
Paree!
The River Seine
Paris in the Spring
The Last Time I Saw Paris
C’est Si Bon
Autumn Leaves

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