Actually bought quite a bit over the last couple of days - nothing suprising in that. Reddingtons, an iconic Birmingham record shop that people either loved or hated, has finally closed it's doors. Here are some highlights that I picked up from its giveaway sale.
Quite a few here I could do with some information on....
Shelly Manne and Friends – Modern Jazz Performances of songs from My Fair Lady (Vogue)
The Mastersounds – The King and I, A Jazz Interpretation (Vogue) This, of course, features Monk and Buddy Montgomery. Love anything on Vogue, and “jazz interpretations" are always good for a giggle. This turns out to be a bit sedate.
Cleo Laine – Soliloquy (Fontana) Awesome. Startlingly modern.
Gloria Lynne – Intimate Moments (Fontana) A new name to me, very smooth and soulful vocal.
Shorty Rogers – The Fourth Dimension in Sound (Warners) Part of the Warners Workshop series; “a musical experiment in the adaptation of instruments to modern electronics”. Playing this while updating these notes. Not very experimental yet.
Duke Ellington – Peer Gynt/Suite Thursday (CBS)
Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan – Last Set at Newport (Black Lion) Take Five stretched out nearly 10 minutes, plus a side long piece.
Stephan Grappelli/Barney Kessel – I Remember Django (Black Lion) They might remember him but pity they don’t play any of his compositions on this. Nice none the less
Stephan Grappelli – Just One Of Those Things (Black Lion) ’73 Montreaux set.
Harold Weiss – Trommelgefluster (ECM) No idea where to file this yet. Any clues welcome. All the sleeve notes are in German. Two side long pieces of percussion with a distinct eastern feel. Interesting.
Sarah Vaughan – The Devine One (Roulette Birdland)
Donna Hightower – Take One (Columbia)
Plus; Mahalia Jackson, Roland Hanna, and Mel Torme and Buddy Rich.
A Man Could Get Killed, 90 Minuten nach Mitternacht, No Way To Treat a Lady, M*A*S*H, The Mission (Morricone), Mishima (Glass), Bound for Glory, Magnificent 7, New York Stories, Zachariah
Label samplers and compilations
Warners Reprise, Fruity. In a round sleeve.
Dandelion, There is some fun going forward. With Peel in the bath on the sleeve; Kevin Coyne, Bridget St. John, et al.
Island, You Can All Join In.
Elektra, New Magic in a Dusty World.
Decca, Wowie Zowie The World of Progressive Music.
CBS, Rockbuster. Soft Machine, Poco, Trees, and a severely edited version of “Miles Runs The Voodoo Down”. Oh dear.
Apollo, Apollo Compilation. Ambient sampler with Aphex Twin, et al.
Private Music, Some Music is…, Kottke, Shankar, Tangerine Dream.
CBS, Hard Travelin’. What could be an above par country compilation. Lots of songs about, well, travelin’.
Bobby Gentry. Picked up four albums in all and enjoying them very much. Why have I not discovered her before! The albums are; Fancy, with Glen Campbell, Local Gentry and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.
Plus; Joni Mitchell, Leo Kottke (x2), Buddy Guy, Steve Earle, Jean Durand (curious folk album, info needed), Vangelis, Steve Hillage (x4), String Driven Thing, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, Josh White (x2), Clarence Turner, Scott Walker (x2), The Skifflers, Rickie Lee Jones (x2), Jonathon Kelly, Phil Harris, Guillotine, Lowell George, Emmylou Harris (x4), Echo and the Bunnymen, Gregson and Collister (x3), Dobie Gray, Earl Grant, Thijs Van Leer, Tangerine Dream, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and the first Lyle Lovett album.
A last few bits of interest from Reddingtons
[i]Barbara Streisand - …[/i]and other Musical Instruments (CBS) Been after this for a while. It’s reputation proceeds it.
Deben Bhattacharya – Music From Israel (Argo) Happy to add to this series. Strangely a big sticker has been put on the front saying “Novelty”.
Cora Indian Festive Music (Folkways) More field recordings.
Womad – Talking Book and a Benefit album, both doubles.
Michel – Muhammad Ali introduces Michel, First Flight of the Gizzelda Dragon (Camelion Music) A man with a guitar in a troubadour type style. You wouldn’t guess it from the sleeve or title. Anybody come across this guy before?
Fives Company – The Ballad of Fred Pixie (Fidelity)
Chris Hillman – Clear Sailin’ (Asylum) Predictable but enjoyable country rock twang from ex Byrd-man.
Plus some library stuff which has gone straight on the trade list.
From other sources
Culture – International Herb (Virgin) From the backroom of a Monmouth Charity shop. Who’d of thought it?
Ella Fitzgerald – Gershwin Songbook Vol 1 and 2 (Metro) Two handsome double albums, both spare so also on the trade list.