2013. augusztus 25., vasárnap

Howard Roberts Quartet - Whatever's Fair LP 1966. Digital restored,noise cleaning and mixed, at Audio Design Studio 2013th.

01 - The shadow of your smile
02 - Sweet september
03 - Pussy cat
04 - Whatever's fair!
05 - This is the life
06 - On a clear day (you can see forever)
07 - I'll only miss her when i think of her
08 - Manha de carnaval
09 - Michele
10 - A taste of honey
11 - Bye bye blues


Howard Roberts (guitar)
Henry Cain (organ)
Bill Pittman (guitar)
Chuck Berghofer (bass)
Earl Palmer (drums)
Jill Roberts (percussion)
Larry Bunker (drums)

We're still in the wild '60s when Howard Roberts was on a roll producing some very fine pop-oriented guitar jazz as was the fad these days, a fact easily witnessed by these two magnificent Capitol LPs on one CD. Forget rock 'n roll for a moment, this is expertly crafted Daiquiris-by-the-pool music by the top session men
( all that jazz )

2013. augusztus 16., péntek

Anoranza LP Digital transfer, restored, noise cleaning and mixed, at Audio Design Studio 2013th.






2013. augusztus 5., hétfő

Billy Vaughn - The Music of the 1960 LP1 - LP2 Digital transfer, restored, noise cleaning and mixed, at Audio Design Studio 2013th.



01 - Love Is Blue
     Written By:  Andre Popp*, Bryan Blackburn, Pierre Cour
02 - Let It Be Me
     Written By:  Gilbert Becaud*, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoe*
03 - Gentle On My Mind
     Written By:  John Hartford
04 - The Look Of Love
     Written By:  Bacharach And David
05 - This Guy's In Love With You
     Written By:  Bacharach And David

06 - Danke Schoen
     Written By:  Bert Kaempfert, Schwabach*, Gabler*
07 - Everybody's Talkin'
     Written By:  Fred Neil
08 - I Left My Heart In San Francisco
     Written By:  Douglass Cross, George Cory
09 - People
     Written By:  Bob Merrill, Julie Styne*
10 - A Taste Of Honey
     Written By:  Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

01 - The Girl From Ipanema
     Written By:  Jobim*, Gimble*, DeMoraes*
02 - Michelle
     Written By:  Lennon-McCartney
03 - Alfie
     Written By:  Bacharach And David
04 - The Shadow Of Your Smile
     Written By:  Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster
05 - Strangers In The Night
     Written By:  Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder

06 - Sweet Caroline
     Written By:  Neil Diamond
07 - Somewhere, My Love (Lara's Theme From Dr. Zhivago)
     Written By:  Maurice Jarre, Paul Francis Webster
08 - Little Green Apples
     Written By:  Bobby Russell
09 - Exodus
     Written By:  Ernest Gold
10 - Moon River
     Written By:  Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer

RE UPLOAD!! Ben Selvin and His Orchestra - Happy Days Are Here Again 1925 - 1931 Digital transfer, restored, noise cleaning and mixed, at Audio Design Studio 2012


Personal Sorting

01 - Happy Days Are Here Again 1930
02 - The One Man Band 1931
03 - Little Mary Brown 1931
04 - In My Bouquet of Memories 1928
05 - My Man From Caroline 1930
06 - Learn to Croon 1931
07 - Aint She Sweet 1930
08 - Do the New York 1931
09 - Baby Face 1930
10 - Bend Down, Sister 1931
11 - You Said It 1931
12 - Sing Another Chorus, Please 1931
13 - This Is The Missus 1931
14 - Smile, Darn Ya, Smile 1931
15 - Steppin' in Society 1925
16 - Nobody Loves My Baby Like My Baby Love 1927
17 - I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby 1931
18 - Potatoes Are Cheaper Now's the Time To 1929

Ben Selvin (March 5, 1898 - July 15, 1980), son of Russian-immigrant Jewish parents, was a musician, bandleader, record producer and innovator in recorded music. He was known as The Dean of Recorded Music.
Selvin started his professional life at age 15 as a fiddle player in New York City night clubs. A "husky" lad, he looked older than he was and as such was permitted into such establishments.
A mere six years later, as leader of his own dance band, the "Novelty Orchestra," Selvin released the biggest-selling popular song in the first quarter-century of recorded music. That single, "Dardanella", eventually went on to sell more than 5 million copies and an additional 2 million pieces of sheet music.
According to The Guinness Book of World Records, Selvin recorded more musical sides (on 78-rpm discs) than any other person. One reason for this prolific output is that he recorded for dozens of different labels during this high-growth time in the industry, using a different name (or slightly different name) for each label.
Selvin's output has been estimated at 13,000 to 20,000 song titles.
More information about Ben Selvin can be found at : http://www.redhotjazz.com/selvin.html

Ben Selvin data

  • During the Columbia era, he recorded under many different names including "The Broadway Nightlites", "The Knickerbockers", "The Columbians", "The Cavaliers", "Barney Trimble and his Oklahomans", "Perley Stevens and his Orchestra", "Jerry Mason and his Californians", "The Harmonians", "Rudy Marlow and his Orchestra", "Columbia Photo Players", "Frank Auburn and his Orchestra", "Kolster Dance Orchestra", "Lloyd Keating and his Music", "Earl Marlow and his Orchestra", "Ed Loyd and his Orchestra", Ray Seeley and his Orchestra", "Sam Nash and his Orchestra", "Mickie Alpert and his Orchestra", :Johnny Walker and his Orchestra", Chester Leighton and his Sophmores", "Wally Edwards and his Orchestra", "Roy Carroll and his Sands Point Orchestra", "Buddy Campbell and his Orchestra", "Golden Terrace Orchestra", "Ted Raph and his Orchestra", "Georgia Moonlight Serenaders", "Cloverdale Country Club Orchestra", and "Ed Parker and his Orchestra".
  • Had an instrumental part in the development of Muzak in the mid-1930s.
  • Was an A&R Director at RCA Victor in charge of the company's popular Camden Label and
  • served as the Musical Director for a recording in 1954 by John Serry, Sr..
Originally a violinist, Ben Selvin probably made more records than any other bandleader of the 78 rpm era, his career in the record industry spanning decades. He may be best known among record collectors not for specific recordings but for quantity. Articles on page 145 of the January 1924 issue of Talking Machine World and page 86 of the January 1924 issue of Metronome celebrated Selvin's 1,000th record--this was early in Selvin's career. The articles, evidently based on the same press release prepared by Selvin himself, state that the musician was "twenty-five years of age." Page 67 of the February 1925 issue of Metronome states that Selvin "recently made his 1200th phonograph record." He remained important in the record industry for decades, even becoming a vice president of Columbia during the heyday of Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Doris Day and Buddy Clark. Later he was an A & R man for RCA, overseeing the popular RCA Camden series of reissued material until forced to retire at age 65.
He was born around 1898 to Russian immigrants. His father, Max, was a tailor. Page 34d of the September 1927 issue of Talking Machine World gives this background information: "Ben Selvin, a native of New York, started fiddling at the age of seven. He made his first public appearance at the Star Casino at the age of nine. Acclaimed a prodigy, and presented with a gold medal in recognition of his genius, it was planned to send him to Paris for further study. Reverses prevented, but Ben was determined to succeed, so he kept on working in and around New York. In 1913 Mr. Selvin made his first appearance on Broadway. From there he went to Rector's, then to Reisenweber's and Healy's. When nineteen years old, Ben Selvin organized his own orchestra and played at the Moulin Rouge for Broadway's record orchestral run--a run of seven years." Page 86 of the January 1924 issue of Metronome states, "In 1922 he was assigned to the newly created Broadway, which, with an augmented orchestra, he took by storm. Soon his popular aggregation was transferred to the 'Pavilion Royal,' where more admirers were won."
Victor's November 1919 supplement credits Benjamin B. Selvin for arranging the two numbers on Victor 18614 performed by Selvin's Novelty Orchestra, "Mandy" and "Novelty One-Step." Soon afterwards came his best-selling record, "Dardanella," with lyrics by Fred Fisher, music by Johnny Black and Felix Bernard. This was cut by Selvin's Novelty Orchestra for Victor 18633 on November 20, 1919, and issued in February 1920.
The June 1921 issue of Talking Machine World announced that Selvin's Novelty Orchestra, engaged at the time at the Moulin Rouge in New York City, "signed up exclusively for the making of Vocalion records." (Curiously, Brunswick and other companies continued to issue discs of Selvin's Orchestra.) The September 1922 issue of the trade journal announced that Selvin would continue to be exclusive to the Vocalion label, and page 143 of the September 1923 issue of Talking Machine World announced that Selvin again signed to be an exclusive Vocalion artist, adding, "Although only twenty- eight years old he not only directs the Selvin Orchestra at the Moulin Rouge, New York, but he directs and manages the Bar Harbor Society Orchestra and the Broadway Syncopators, both exclusively Vocalion combinations....It is said, besides furnishing six records or twelve selections a month for the Vocalion list, his orchestra also accompanies most of the Vocalion artists in their recordings of popular songs....[H]e keeps three arrangers busy preparing effective and novel orchestrations."
He worked often in radio by 1924. Page 57 of the June 1924 issue of Dominant Orchestra Monthly states, "Few radio orchestras have so completely captivated 'listeners-in' as has Ben Selvin's Moulin Rouge Orchestra, Vocalion record artists who broadcast every Monday night over Station WJZ." Page 54 of the November 1924 issue of Talking Machine World describes WJZ programs sponsored by the Aeolian Company in New York City: "The program on Monday was opened by several irresistible dance numbers by Ben Selvin's Woodmansten Inn Orchestra, Vocalion record artists..."
His status as an exclusive Vocalion artist ended on September 1, 1924. He began recording for Columbia, Paramount and the Plaza Music Company, which issued records on Banner and related labels. In 1926 and 1927 he also worked for Brunswick--he had last recorded for the company in 1922 before signing as an exclusive Vocalion artist. He continued to record for Vocalion, which became a Brunswick subsidiary in January 1925.
Page 70 of the February 1925 issue of Metronome announced that "The Famous Phonograph Orchestras Bureau has been organized with headquarters in the Publicity Building, 1576 Broadway, New York City. Associated in this enterprise are Charles Dornberger, Ben Selvin and George D. Lottman. Bookings are made for several of the orchestras that record for the phonograph companies, and a very satisfactory business is reported."
Now with even closer business ties to phonograph companies, he vigorously attacked the new medium of radio, doing it in a way to make phonograph recordings seem a perfect product. Page 67 of the February 1925 issue of Metronome quotes a press release issued by Selvin: "Radio in its present stage is a menace to the artist who broadcasts; its publicity value dwindles into insignificance when compared to the harm that it does. I have decided to cancel all future broadcasting dates because I find that radio goes a long way toward impairing one's reputation. The tonal balance perfected in the phonograph recording studios is utterly lacking in radio reproduction; some instrument always stands out as a rule over the air, to the complete exclusion of all the rest. I have investigated this condition intensively, but no amount of position- moving or special orchestrating seems to remedy it. The banjo, particularly, will often muffle the dulcet and sweet tones of the saxophone, and other instruments prove similarly offensive. Then, there is a harmful tendency on the part of many musicians, particularly amateurs, to 'hog' the air in their over-anxiety. This, combined with the very poor balance achieved by the broadcasting orchestra, makes radio music a really hideous thing. Until these evils are remedied, I, for one, am going to let the radio alone."
He soon performed on radio again, presumably lured to the medium by a sufficiently lucrative contract. Page 60 of the March 1925 issue of Metronome states, "Ben Selvin has added three men to his Woodmansten [Inn] orchestra and will have nine musicians on the job for the coming season. Selvin is now broadcasting through station WFBH and is doing his own announcing." That all of radio's "evils" listed a month earlier by Selvin had been remedied so quickly is unlikely.
By the end of 1927 he was closely associated with Columbia. Page 34d of the September 1927 issue of Talking Machine World states, "Ben Selvin, besides being known as one of the greatest of American orchestral leaders, has accepted the post of Program Director of the Columbia Phonograph Hour, sponsored by the Columbia Phonograph Co., to be presented every Wednesday evening over the entire chain of the Columbia Broadcasting System, starting September 28." The Columbia Broadcasting System, a broadcasting chain controlled by the Columbia Phonograph Company, had been formed only months earlier.
Page 128 of the November 1927 issue states, "The Columbia Phonograph Co. announces that it has secured a three-year contract with Ben Selvin and His Orchestra, by which this celebrated dance orchestra and its leader will record exclusively for Columbia. The first release under the new contract is a coupling of 'Playground in the Sky' and 'Wherever You Are,' both...from the new musical comedy success, 'Sidewalks of New York.' Ben Selvin has the distinction of recording the famous phonograph record of 'Dardanella' back in 1919, the record which sold more copies than any other up to the recent phenomenal success of Columbia's 'Two Black Crows' records. Another early great hit of Mr. Selvin's was 'Three O'Clock in the Morning.' Ben Selvin has recorded more than 3,000 selections for various phonograph companies in the past."
This article's claim that "Dardanella" was the industry's best-seller prior to 1927 is probably not true though the disc was genuinely popular.
A few records among his thousands are "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" (Victor 18603, 1919), "Yes! We Have No Bananas" (vocal by Irving Kaufman, Vocalion 14590, 1923), "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight" (Columbia 359-D, 1925), "Manhattan" (Columbia 422, 1925), "Blue Skies" (Columbia 860-D, 1927), "Happy Days Are Here Again" (Columbia 2116-D, 1930), and "When It's Springtime in the Rockies" (Columbia 2206-D, 1930). In the early 1930s he led orchestras on radio. For example, during the winter of 1933-34 he directed The Taystee Breadwinners over New York City's WOR on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 p.m. on a show sponsored by the Taystee Bread Company and starring Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, who were called "The Taystee Loafers."
Joseph Lanza reports on page 46 in Elevator Music (St. Martin's Press, 1994), "Selvin was Muzak's chief programmer in its early years; he supervised its first New York City transmission in 1936 and had helped the company devise its first standardized programming."
George T. Simon writes in The Big Bands (New York: Schirmer Books, 1981) about Selvin's connection with James Caesar Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, who was worried about musicians being put out of work by radio broadcasts as well as jukeboxes reproducing music from records: "...[P]erturbed by the possible adverse effects of recording on his membership, he hired Ben Selvin, a highly respected recording executive and orchestra leader, to conduct a thorough study of the entire recording field as it affected musicians. Selvin's report was exhaustive. Presented at the annual convention of the musicians' union, it received a standing ovation from the delegates..."
Selvin argued against a ban on recording, pointing to other ways to address the problem of large numbers of musicians being unemployed, but Petrillo ordered that a ban go into effect on August 1, 1942. The ban was arguably a disaster for working musicians--for example, it contributed to the decline of big bands or the "swing" era--but in the end the major record companies did agree to pay the union a royalty for released records.
Around 1947 Selvin worked for Majestic Records as chief of artists and repertory. Late in life he worked for RCA, overseeing the popular RCA Camden reissue series. In the early 1960s, he was forced to retire from RCA at age 65. He became a consultant for 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing), a company that transferred recordings to audiotape. He recommended records to be transferred to the new tape medium. In the mid-1970s he was reunited with former Brunswick recording director Walter Haenschen ("Carl Fenton") for a taped interview at Lincoln Center. The unpublished interview is part of the Haenschen collection at Ithaca College in upstate New York.
He married three times. His first wife, Alice, bore him a son, Robert, in 1924 (he died in 1999). In 1944 he married Gloria, and they had two children, Rick (1944) and Rene (1950). Following Gloria's death in the 1970s, he married a woman named Dorothy. He died July 15, 1980, while recuperating from a heart attack.