Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.

Playlist from Saturday evening for one week:
When the world was Young/Peggy Lee (Capitol, 1956 from the LP 'Black Coffee')
Sea Cruise/Frankie Ford (Ace-US, 1958)
Just a little too Much/Ricky Nelson (Imperial-US, 1959)
TV THEME: No Hiding Place/Laurie Johnson (Pye, 1960)
Pick yourself Up/Nat King Cole & George Shearing Quintet (Capitol, 1961)
Goodbye cruel World/James Darren (Pye International, 1961)
Let's paint the Town/Billy Fury (Decca, 1962 from 'Play It Cool')
It's all over now baby Blue/Dion (Columbia-US, 1965)
Crying Game/Dave Berry (Decca, 1965)
When you move you Lose/Keith Powell (Piccadilly, 1966)
Ride on Baby/Chris Farlowe (Immediate, 1966)
FILM THEME: You only live Twice/Nancy Sinatra (Reprise, 1967)
Soul Cafe/Bobby Hatfield (MGM, 1968 - see below)
Lucky Me/ Richard Harris (Stateside, 1968 from 'Richard Harris Sings')
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Give me Time/P J Proby (Liberty, 1968 from the LP 'Believe It Or Not' this was a big hit for Dusty Springfield)
My sentimental Friend/Herman's Hermits (Columbia, 1969)
Spiral Staircase/Ralph McTell (Transatlantic, 1969 from the LP of the same name - see below)
Penthouse Pauper/Creedence Clearwater Revival (Liberty, 1969 from 'Bayou Country')
Rose Garden/Lynn Anderson (CBS, 1970)
Lah-Di-Dah/Rod McKuen & Petula Clark (Warners, 1971 - see below)
More than you Know/Cher (MCA, 1973 from the LP 'Bittersweet White Light')
5ft High and Rising/Johnny Cash (Columbia-US, 1974 but recorded earlier)
Old before my Time/The Impressions (Curtom-US, 1975)
Three times a Lady/Commodores (Tamla Motown, 1978)
I missed Again/Phil Collins (Virgin, 1981 from 'Face Value')
All the way Home/ Frank Sinatra (Reprise, 1981)
Ride On/Christy Moore (WEA, 1984)
Carry the Blame/River City People (EMI, 1989)
Old Friend/Marcus Dagan (MarkasMusic, 2004 – see )

CD's & vinyl of interest......

From ACE comes 'JON SAVAGES'S 1967 - THE YEAR POP DIVIDED'. Now this follows a similar treatment of 1966 and again there's a collection of hits and rarities. If you were around in those days you will probably remember just how varied the charts were that year - from Harry Secombe and Vince Hill to bands like The Soft Machine and The Buffalo Springfield. So here you have a 2-CD personal collection from the year featuring The Four Tops, Spencer Davis Group, Bar-Kays, The Byrds and many others. You''ll probably find a few on here that are not in your collection from that year...I did. 

Good to see a new release from Eden Kane from RPM Records. We're featuring tracks regularly and what sets this apart from the Deram release some years back is that this set contains many 'extras' album tracks and the like from this very talented Sarstedt brother. The double CD set also contains both sides of a single recorded in 1980.

Now watch for three new CD releases. The first is by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg (the couple responsible for THAT banned record in the late 60's).  Well, now from Parlophone France comes a set recorded with the Warsaw Polish Symphony Orchestra. Also a mention here for Lucas Romero (pictured below) a guitarist whose gypsy style is winning him fans throughout the world. His CD is titled 'Calle Gitana'. Lastly, a double CD from Ralph McTell. This is the first collection to draw together all of his recordings for the Transatlantic label from 1967-70 - we feature a track this week.

Now from Parlophone's Rhino series, a new Matt Monro CD concentrating on his years working with George Martin. The tracks cover 1959 through to the mid-70's, with a number of chart hits, including 'My King Of Girl'.....and one track making its debut on CD. 

On the playlist this week is a track by Bobby Hatfield from the CD 'The Other Brother'.  The release - from ACE also contains a couple of Righteous Brothers tracks plus some unreleased material as well. 

A while back, ZONE RECORDS issued a double CD of a classic Rod McKuen London concert and now there is a second release containing tracks from his BBC-TV series in the early 1970's. The liner notes tell the story behind the TV specials. This is a superb collection and we're featuring tracks from mid May. Highlight (for me) is the duet by Rod with Petula Clark of the Jake Thackray song 'Lah-Di-Dah' (in the programme this week).Wonderful stuff. It seems Zone are planning more releases from the Rod McKuen catalogue as well. 

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