Saturday, 25 June 2016

LP Artwork: Jackie and Roy: Jazz Classics by Charlie Ventura's Band / Frank Sinatra: Strangers In the Night

For the artwork selection this week, here are two examples. One is the very rare album, Jackie and Roy: Jazz Classics by Charlie Ventura's Band, recorded and initially released in 1948 and featuring I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles.

The second one is far from obscure: Strangers In the Night which became one of Frank Sinatra's best sellers. And the cover is one of my all-time favourites, in part due to the fact that it was the first Sinatra LP I purchased with my hard-earned pocket money!

The photo was taken by Ed Thrasher during the recording session for his very good Moonlight Sinatra album (also recorded in 1966) which, sadly, was obscured by the runaway success of the hit album which rode on the back of the title song - a song which Mr Sinatra hated.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Series 7, Prog 13


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Did You Ever - Jimmy Rushing: Five Feet of Soul
Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You - Dinah Washington: In the Land of Hi-Fi
Don’t Ever Go Away - Frank Sinatra & Anotonio Carlos Jobim: Sinatra & Company
Evergreen - Todd Gordon & Royal Air Force Squadronaires: Helping the Heroes
Did I Ever Really Love - Carmen McRae: Live at Century Plaza
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles - Charlie Ventura and His Band with Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Jackie and Roy
If Ever I Would Leave You - Nancy Wilson: Gentle Is My Love
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Dick Haymes: Dick Haymes Comes Home! Live At The Cocoanut Grove 1973
No One Ever Tells You - Cynthia Crane & Mike Renzi: Smokey Bar Songs
Have You Ever Seen the Rain - The Spin Doctors: Philadelphia (Soundtrack)
For You, For Me, For Evermore - Ella Fitzgerald: Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book - Vol 3
On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) - Frank Sinatra: Strangers In the Night
Don’t Ever Leave Me - Margaret Whiting: Margaret Whiting Sings The Jerome Kern Song Book - Vol 1
Only Forever - Dean Martin: Pretty Baby
If You Ever Should Leave - Mildred Bailey: The Blues Singer 1937-1939
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles: Love

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Series 7, Prog 12


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Madalena - Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic ’72
Linda - Perry Como: Como Swings
I’m Just Wild About Harry - Cleo Laine: All About Me!
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry: Johnny B Goode
Michelle - Sarah Vaughan: The New Scene
Julia - Todd Gordon: Love dot com
Marie - Randy Newman: Good Old Boys
Mrs Geraldine - Big Joe Turner: Singing the Blues
Ode to Billie Joe - Bobby Gentry: Single
Margie - Johnny Mercer: Sweet Georgia Brown
Alfie - Carol Kidd & Nigel Clark: Tell Me Once Again
Sheila - Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years [Disc 12]
Willie & Laura Mae Jones - Dusty Springfield: Dusty In Memphis
Emily - Tony Bennett: The Movie Song Album
Sam and Delilah - Ella Fitzgerald: The George & Ira Gershwin Song Book
Dinah - Bing Crosby & The Mills Brothers: Mills Brothers’ Golden Greats
The Lovely Linda - Paul McCartney: McCartney
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles: Single

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

LP Artwork: Sunshine of Your Love

The opening track in this week's edition of Todd's Turntable is Ella Fitzgerald's cover of the Cream rock group's hit, Sunshine of Your Love, recorded in October 1968.

It was a concert performance from the Venetian Room of the famous Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Unusually, producer Norman Granz edited out practically all of the applause and any chat.

The album was released by MPS Records and also Polydor with a later CD release on Verve. Here's a selection of the different artwork used for various issues including the eye-catchingly bright yellow, red and green original.

Series 7, Prog 11


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunshine of Your Love - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald's Sunshine of Your Love
You Are My Sunshine - Ray Charles: The Living Legend
East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen and Five Saxes
I Got the Sun In the Morning - John Altman Orchestra & Joan Viskant: Sure Thing
I Like the Sunrise - Mel Tormé: I Dig the Duke/I Dig the Count
The Midnight Sun Will Never Set - Michael L Roberts: Moving Is Living
When the Sun Comes Out - Peggy Lee: Sugar & Spice
Midnight Sun - Carmen McRae: Live at Century Plaza
The Other Side of the Sun - Janis Ian: Night Rains
On the Sunny Side of the Street - Charlie Wood: Lush Life
Red Sails In the Sunset - Dinah Washington: Dinah ’62
Sunny - Ernestine Anderson: Sunshine
Sunrise, Sunset - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ‘n Basie
Sunshine Superman - Donovan: Sunshine Superman
Walking In the Sunshine - Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Ella Fitzgerald: Montreux ‘77

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Thursday, 9 June 2016

LP Artwork: Spice

Spice was a 1971 release from Frank Sinatra Jr, one of two albums he made for short-lived Daybreak Records label (founded by  producer/composer, Sonny Burke).

Nelson Riddle provided arrangements that were more contemporary for the times, including some small group settings with the Larry O'Brien Octet and this week's program features the track Tomorrow Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life.

Two of the songs contained on the album were written by Sinatra Jr: the title track, Spice, and my personal favourite, Black Night, with a brooding, almost menacing arrangement with a great baritone sax solo.

There's also an excellent up-tempo version of the Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn song, Indiscreet. Originally written as the title song for the 1959 movie starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Frank Sinatra Sr recorded it as a heartfelt ballad but his son's version works very well, too.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Series 7, Prog 10


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

It’s Tomorrow’s World - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love
There’s Always Tomorrow - Tony Bennett: The Complete Improv Recordings
There’ll Be No Tomorrow - Carmen McRae & Dave Brubeck: Tonight Only!
Goin’ Home Tomorrow - Dr John: Goin’ Back to New Orleans
Reach for Tomorrow - Audrey Morris: Film Noir
Is It Tomorrow Yet - Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I
Don’t Forget Tonight Tomorrow - Frank Sinatra & The Charioteers: The Columbia Years
All My Tomorrows - Frank Sinatra: My Way
Save Your Sorrows for Tomorrow - Peggy Lee: Trav’lin’ Light
Small Day Tomorrow - Ian Shaw: A Ghost In Every Bar (The Lyrics of Fran Landesman)
One More Tomorrow - Eric Benét: Love & Life
Tomorrow (We Will Meet Once More) - Nina Simone: The Amazing Nina Simone
Tomorrow Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life - Frank Sinatra Jr: Spice
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Robert Flack: Softly With These Songs
There’s No Tomorrow - Dean Martin: Dino: Italian Love Songs
It’s Tomorrow’s World (Reprise) - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)