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This five cd set showcases all of Lionel Bart's early triumphs including music from the historic productions of Oliver! which featured the young Steve Marriott - an outstanding Artful Dodger soon to be fronting Small Faces - Stanley Holloway, the English actor renowned for his comic monologues and songs, and from the original 1960 hit show Ron Moody's immortal Fagin, Georgia Brown's Nancy and a certain Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker.
The Swinger and The Pleasure Seekers, films featuring the charismatic Swedish actress Ann-Margret are quintessential 1960s Hollywood pop cinema; light and frothy, flawed, but full of period bric-a-brac and stylish music. The title song of The Swinger was written by André and Dory Previn and the score composed by Marty Paich with additional arrangements by Johnny Williams and Quincy Jones.
Having made an enormous contribution to the establishment of the Nashville Sound and the modernisation of country music, Anita Kerr felt the need to expand her artistic horizons and in 1965, made the move from Nashville to Hollywood. She wanted to work with different people, to get her own songs recorded, to play jazz, to conduct an orchestra, to take on more ambitious and more varied projects musically, and to form a vocal group which, rather than be confined to studio sessions, might also appear in club and concert settings.
An exciting television crime jazz double feature presentation from Ember's historical jazz vaults, two soundtracks of similar late '50s, early 1960s vintage; pairing Edwin Astley's score for the Associated-British production International Detective, starring Arthur Fleming, Millicent Martin and Nigel Green, with Tony Crombie's Manciniesque soundtrack music for the Danziger Brothers series Man from Interpol, with Richard Wyler in the lead role as Interpol Agent Anthony Smith, an officer from Interpol on assignment to Scotland Yard. Both scores are an impressive combination of widescreen modern big band and limpid, esoteric chamber jazz; befitting the cosmopolitan settings of each production.
The legendary Annie Ross is arguably the finest jazz singer Britain has produced. This two-cd edition combines A Handful of Songs with A Gasser!, where Annie is joined by Zoot Sims and Bill Perkins on tenor, pianist Russ Freeman, and guitarists Billy Bean and Jim Hall and by the original London Production of the surrealist musical, Cranks, the brainchild of choreographer John Cranko, with music by John Addison, a set designed by John Piper, a production in which Annie features alongside Hugh Bryant, Gilbert Vernon, and a young Anthony Newley.
In February 1966, José Feliciano flew from New York to appear before seventeen thousand people at the Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina. He sang and played guitar and the crowd "almost went out of their minds". The impact was so great that he was rushed into a local studio to create these, his first, Spanish-language recordings. All across Latin America these albums were smash hits, and the prelude to a successful international career.
This Two disc set is completed by the original British cast recording of Anthony Newley's revolutionary musical, one of the biggest hits of the '60s, STOP THE WORLD - I WANT TO GET OFF and a selection of satirical sketches and songs and from THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS and THE ESTABLISHMENT; which include the performances by Millicent Martin, David Frost, Roy Kinnear, Lance Percival, Willie Rushton, Eleanor Bron and John Fortune.
“For you, three shiny, black records... they are filled with a woman's feelings about how music should be written and a man's ideas about life.” Rod McKuen. 1968
• A 'must-have' for the true romantic, these timeless recordings were the fruit of the inspired collaboration between the popular American poet Rod McKuen and the great arranger / vocalist Anita Kerr.
Baritone vocalist, percussionist, bandleader Machito and his brother-in-law, the arranger Mario Bauzá were first to create a musical dialogue between Cuban music and jazz. Bauzá, it was, who in 1938 persuaded Machito to follow him to New York in search of opportunities which were not available at home in Havana. It was a bold move. "If we have to starve, we'll starve together," Bauza wrote.
The centrepiece of this 29 track edition is Amor De Gente Moça (Young Love), Sylvia's wonderful 1959 album devoted entirely to recordings of Jobim works and the first really complete showcase of the nascent bossa nova style which would soon revolutionise international popular music. It includes remarkable songs which the composer wrote with Sylvia's voice specifically in mind, including her first major domestic hit, Dindi.
• Amor De Gente Moça, like so many of Brazil's historic recordings is inexplicably out of print. Yet its importance as a landmark and a portent is undeniable. A showpiece for Jobim's writing and a springboard for bossa nova at home, it cemented Sylvia's popularity with Brazilian record-buyers and alerted North American record companies to her brilliance. Now, under the auspices of her husband and former label manager at Odeon and Elenco, Aloysio de Oliveira, she was beginning to record albums for the USA market with arrangers like Nelson Riddle and the legendary jazz guitarist Barney Kessel before, late in 1966 she lost her life in a tragic automobile accident.
The smooth vocal harmonies of the Johnny Mann singers played a big part in creating the sound of the sixties in America as heard on radio and television commercials. Our edition comprises three mid-century concept albums, which showcase Johnny Mann's tremendous musical versatility and genius for arrangement; Night, with its controversial smoking nude packaging, and two exuberant sets which pay impressive tribute to the popular songs of the 1920s and '30s.