Vangelis


Hmmm. Did my dad get this because of my mom? My mom’s father was Greek (please don’t ask me to spell her maiden name, she yells when I call to make sure I got the Os and Us in the correct order) and so that side of the family is like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Well, minus the Windex.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. His work has continued through to this day, working on music for events like the 2001 Mars Odessey and the 2002 World Cup.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies. In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack, for use in Chariots of Fire, the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title.

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is the world’s most celebrated creator of electronic music.

 Vangelis

Side One

Chariots of Fire – Titles

Side Two

Eric’s Theme

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band


When entering this album, I went about my usual Wikipedia routine for info and about two seconds in, screamed in excitement. I’m a TV addict and Seth MacFarlane’s shows are some of my Sunday night regulars!

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He rose to fame with the hit instrumental “A Fifth of Beethoven”, a disco adaptation of passages from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in 1976, when disco was rising in popularity.

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Murphy has written music for numerous films and TV shows, including Stingray, Wiseguy, Hunter, The Commish, Profit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Channel Umptee-3, Changing Hearts, Looney Tunes, and Foodfight!. He has had a long association with Seth MacFarlane, composing the music for his films and TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, American Dad!, and Ted.

WalterMurphy

Side One

A Fifth of Beethoven

Side Two

California Strut

Liechtensteiner Polka


Will Glahé (February 12, 1902 – November 21, 1989), was a German accordionist, composer, and bandleader. Glahé was born at Elberfeld. In the 1930s, he was, along with Heinz Munsonius and Albert Vossen, one of the most successful accordionists in Germany. He led his own orchestra from 1932 and became successful particularly in popular music.

His “Liechtensteiner Polka” was also a hit in the U.S., hitting #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957. The follow-up single “Sweet Elizabeth” (1958) appeared in all major U.S. charts, nearing the top 40 in Cashbox and Music Vendor.

WillGlahe

Side One

Liechtensteiner Polka

Side Two

Schweizer Kanton Polka

Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra


You know what’s kind of funny? Leading up to getting the singles, the roomie actually picked up one of Xavier Cugat’s albums while on his international kick. You can find the first post HERE for the artist information. It was great that we did get the other album since it does have different songs on it.

Cugat

Side One

Mambo at the Waldorf
Cuca

Side Two

La Cumparsita
Mambo Retozon

Side Three

Mambo Gallego
Jamay

Side Four

Mambo Gordo
Mambo en Espana

Side Five

Mambo No 8
Sax Cantabile

Side Six

Yo Quiero un Mambo
Mondongo

Sophisticated Lady


Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until he died, his career spanning over 50 years.

Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big-band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, he is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other traditional genres of music. His reputation increased after his death and he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1999.

Gunther Schuller wrote in 1989: “Ellington composed incessantly to the very last days of his life. Music was indeed his mistress; it was his total life and his commitment to it was incomparable and unalterable. In jazz he was a giant among giants. And in twentieth century music, he may yet one day be recognized as one of the half-dozen greatest masters of our time.”

Duke

Sophisticated Lady

Duke Ellington

Side One

Sophisticated Lady
Solitude
Caravan
It Don’t Mean a Thing
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart

Side Two

Prelude to a Kiss
Dark Dawn
Green, Pink and Plaid
Jane
Hum Drum

Echoes of Spain


Carmen Dragon (July 28, 1914 – March 28, 1984) was an American conductor, composer, and arranger who in addition to live performances and recording, worked in radio, film, and television.

EchoesSpain

Echoes of Spain

Carmen Dragon conducting the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

Side One

Espana
Ritual Fire Dance
Intermezzo From “Goyescas”
Andalucia

Side Two

Jalousie
Estrellita
Malaguena
El Relicario

La Bamba!!


This album was another Garnick’s hidden gem. Seriously, the international offering there is amazing, but you need DIG through the stacks.

Xavier Cugat (1 January 1900 – 27 October 1990) was a Spanish-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a personality in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music.

In 1940, his recording of “Perfidia” became a big hit. Cugat followed trends closely, making records for the conga, the mambo, the cha-cha-cha, and the twist when each was in fashion. Several of the songs he recorded, including “Perfidia”, were used in the Wong Kar-wai films Days of Being Wild and 2046. In 1943, “Brazil” was a big hit, reaching No. 17 in the Billboard Top 100.

Cugat

Chile Con Cugie

Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra

Side One

La Bamba
La Feria de las Flores
Guadalajara
Medley (La Adelita; Zacatecas; Las Altenitas)
Medley (Adios Mi Chaparrita; Ojos Tapatios; La Borrachita)

Side Two

Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes
Medley (La Casita; Pajarillo Barranqueno; Las Mananitas)
La Raspa
La Barca de Oro
Medley (Jesusita en Chihuahua; La Cucaracha; Jarabe Tapatio)
Cielito Lindo

The Great Groups


Another album, another round of various artists. As much as I love a good mix, entering these is rough on the wrists!

I’m happy to be back though. I haven’t thanked you for your patience while I posted an entry every six months or so! Between needing to pay for upgrades on this and my roommate being sick, it was rough for a while. The roomie’s new treatment is working for his CIDP so I can finally focus back here. I don’t want to get into that though, it’s all about the music here!

I promise I’m back for real and will get to the singles soon! I’m hoping by my birthday, April 28th (send gifts! cookies!), to have reached them.

GreatGroups

The Great Groups

Various Artists

Side One

In the Mood – The King Sisters
You, You, You – The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and his Orch.
Star Dust – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch; the Pied Pipers
I’ll be with You in Apple Blossom Time – Andrew Sisters
You Always Hurt the One You Love – Mills Brothers

Side Two

Street of Dreams – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch; the Pied Pipers
Ole Buttermilk Sky – The Mello-Larks
‘Till Then – Mills Brothers
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen – Andrew Sisters
Dream – The Pied Pipers
Rag Mop – Ames Brothers with Sid Ramin’s Orchestra

Side Three

Paper Doll – Mills Brothers
Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive – The King Sisters with Buddy Cole and his Orch.
I’ll Never Smile Again – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch.; The Pied Pipers
Twilight Time – The Three Suns
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Ames Borthers

Side Four

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrew Sisters
Melodie d’Amour (Melody of Love) – The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and his Orch.
Moonglow – The King Sisters with The Rhythm “Reys”
Peg O’ My Heart – Harmonicats
There Are Such Things – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch.; The Pied Pipers
This Land is Your Land – The Limeliters