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Here's a Song! (Great Record Finds) Vol. 2

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This second in the continuing series of great obscure record-finds by artists in various stages of their careers, again all produced and/or arranged by veteran record producer/arranger/artist, Alan Lorber is of his "New York Music Story" reissue series & book. NYMS tells the story of the music industry through the hits he made between 1960-65. The following is a brief synopsis of the songs contained in this compilation: In this first cut, made in 1971, (outside the series time-frame but featuring the famed doo wop group, The Capris, famous for their early 60’s recording, “There’s A Moon Out Tonight”) has a version of the multi-covered Orpheus hit “Can’t Find The Time To Tell You”; The lush, “Look In Your Eyes” recorded by Scott McKenzie was part of a Capitol Records session in 1965, (made before “If You Go To San Francisco”), and demonstrates Scott’s lush baritone which carried him to fame. Scott was part of the management-team of the Mugwumps, which Lorber produced in 1964, consisting of Cass Elliot,, Denny Doherty, Cass’s first husband Jim Hendricks and Zal Yanovsky, which eventually splintered into The Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas & Papas; Lorber’s “Twilight Concerto” was specifically tailored as a compact semi-classical work for an unreleased indie film project featuring concert pianist John DeMaio; Chevy Chase (that’s him on the cover in shades of blue) made this piano solo recording of Bill Evans’ “Waltz For Debby” in 1969 as part of the Chamaeleon Church sessions, in which he was the drummer, pianist and vocalist. During the session-breaks, Chevy played the piece continually, until a recording was finally made. His late night TV show demonstrated that he was a pretty good pianist; The multi-hit group of the early 50s, The Four Aces, recorded “It’s All Over But The Crying” in 1964, and was aptly chosen, since it probably was their last record together, and exhibits the same great vocal sound that made them famous; Gary Bonds is featured in this volume with his recording of “Blue Grass”, a poignant love song, with solo obbligato by artist/songwriter great, Valerie Simpson; Really a find is Louis Prima’s Lorber-arranged cover of John Sebatian’s Lovin Spoonful hit, “Jug Band Music”. The session took place in L.A. in 1965; The wonderful, much sought after blue-eyed soul version of multi-covered standard, “Ain't No Big Thing” was made for Mercury Records in 1964 with young Scotty Todd, a talented North Carolina native, whose parent’s snapped him up from show-biz right after this record was released to become a banker; Roberta Sherwood was one of the great voices of our time. Known best for her “Up A Lazy River”, this recording made when she was in her mid-50’s is a fantastic version of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” with Lorber’s unique bossa-nova arrangement of the song; Lastly, and probably the most important song in this collection is the war-song made in 1964, “I Close My Eyes” (“and I see you over there . . .”) made with The Toys, telling the story of a woman’s wait for her soldier (to come “marching back to her some day”). This emotional recording stands tall among the songs made popular during the terrible times over the past decades.

Here's a Song! (Great Record Finds) Vol. 2
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Jun 25, 2007

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