Title - 4 Brand New Select-O-Hits CDs!
Artist - Various
For those not in the know, Hindsight Records, known for timeless recordings tastefully enhanced for today’s listeners will release new albums by Patti Page and Peter Myers.
Adjunct company, Country Rewind Records who brings unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary era will release new projects by Merle Travis and Tex Ritter.
The new music will be available on October 2nd, 2020, distributed by Select-O-Hits and available to order on associated websites for Hindsight Records and Country Rewind Records website as well as all digital music platforms for streaming and download to include Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora and more.
First up us Patti Page's This Can’t Be Love. A part of the Hindsight Records-Reimagined Series, the project was produced by John Forbes with Tom Gramuglia assuming the role of Executive Producer.
This Can't Be Love
1. 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me'
2. 'Blue Moon'
3. 'This Can’t Be Love'
4. 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart'
5. 'I‘ll Never Smile Again'
6. 'Exactly Like You Again'
7. 'Don’t Blame Me'
8. 'It All Depends On You'
9. 'I Can’t Get Started With You'
10. 'It Started All Over Again'
11. 'The Prisoner’s Song'
12. 'The Glory Of Love Again'
13. 'You’ve Changed Again'
14. 'Goody Goodbye Again'
When one thinks of Clara Ann Fowler, known better by her stage name Patti Page, it is of a very appealing pop and country vocalist who had a giant hit with 'Tennessee Waltz' and recorded other best sellers; including the popular novelty song 'How Much Is That Doggie In The Window.'
More than 60 years after her heyday in the 1950s, she is still remembered today for her warm voice and accessible style. But even her longtime fans will likely be surprised by the music on this release, for Patti Page is not generally thought of as a jazz singer.
However early in her career and on a few occasions later in the 1950s, she showed that she sounded quite at home swinging jazz standards.
On Nov. 30th, 1950 and Nov. 16th, 1951, Patti Page cut two sessions that were recorded for radio use. The singer is heard backed by the great pianist Lou Stein and his quartet on a set of tunes that were mostly from the swing era.
Those performances were not sold to the general public and instead were designed for radio stations to use as fill-ins between shows in case their live programs ended early.
Indeed, after the mid-1950s, the performances went unheard for decades before their rediscovery.
Hindsight’s reissue of these classic performances with the Lou Stein quartet sound brand new for they have been enhanced quite tastefully by the arrangements and orchestrations of John Forbes for his Sentimental Pops Orchestra.
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Next ups is Oye Como Va from The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra. Directed by Peter Myers, it is was released on the Hindsight Records label and produced and directed by Peter Myers, with the Executive Producer on the project being Thomas Gramuglia.
Oye Como Va
1. 'Oye Como Va'
2. 'The Trolly Song'
3. 'Senor Blues'
4. 'Love For Sale'
5. 'Star Crossed Lovers'
6. 'The Hornet'
7. 'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight'
8. 'Try A Little Tenderness'
9. 'Oye Como Va (Radio Version)'
10. 'Michael and Hank (Billy Jean and Peter Gunn)'
11. 'Three Trios'
12. 'The Chicken'
Myers drew his band members from the large amount of Southern California talent that he had seen through the years. Every guy in this band is a strong soloist and is also prepared to play in an ensemble.
The 15-piece orchestra, which consists of four trumpets, three trombones, five saxophones, the leader’s piano, bass, and drums plus guest percussionist Alex Acuna, has performed at a variety of top-notch venues but after five years had not made an official recording.
For over a half-century, Peter Myers has been a very prolific arranger and composer, writing for a countless number of films, television series, theater productions, studio orchestras, famous stars, symphonies, and jazz greats.
However he had one goal that was unfulfilled until five years ago. “I had been working in the movie business and television business for 35 years and felt it was time to retire from that. I decided to put a big band together and have some fun.”
The 15-piece orchestra, which consists of four trumpets, three trombones, five saxophones, the leader’s piano, bass, and drums plus guest percussionist Alex Acuna, has performed at a variety of top-notch venues but after five years had not made an official recording. “This is something that I’ve been meaning to do for some time. I spoke with Gordon Goodwin about a studio and an engineer, telling him that I was getting to ready to record our first record."
"He said ‘It’s long overdue’ and I got the point. I’m a pretty prolific arranger and there are over 100 charts in the book from the past five years."
"I selected songs that the guys played very very well and that our audiences loved. By the way, all of the performances on this recording were first takes; we didn’t do a second take on any of the songs.”
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Next we get Merle Travis's Sixteen Tons on the Country Rewind Records-Western Heritage Collection, and which was produced by Rex Allen Jr. for Boxer Productions with Thomas Gramuglia as Executive Producer.
1. 'Cincinnati Lou'
2. 'Cannonball Rag'
3. 'Common Folks Common Folks Don't'
4. 'Midnight Special'
5. 'I'll See You In My Dreams'
6. 'Louisiana Boogie'
7. 'Sixteen Tons'
8. 'Lawdy, What A Gal'
9. 'I Am A Pilgrim'
10. 'Merle's Boogie Woogie'
11. 'Kentucky Means Paradise'
12. 'If You Want It, I've Got It'
13. 'Fat Gal'
14. 'John Henry'
15. 'That's All'
This recording of Merle Travis’s music is one that even his most ardent fans never expected to hear, but now these tracks have been saved for posterity. “The talent that the man had has been greatly overlooked in my opinion, until now,” says the album’s producer, Rex Allen Jr.
"With this album, the world will really see what a huge influential talent he was.”
Entitled Sixteen Tons, a song written by Merle Travis about a coal miner, based on life in mines in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Travis first recorded the song at the Radio Recorders Studio B in Hollywood, California, on August 8yh, 1946.
Cliffie Stone played bass on the recording and it was first released in July 1947 by Capitol on Travis's album Folk Songs of the Hills (which went on to become a gold record.
That said, and as a lot of his songs' lyrics often discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners, he is also known for songs such as 'Re-Enlistment Blues,' 'I am a Pilgrim,' and 'Dark as a Dungeon.'
However, it is his unique guitar style, still called "Travis Picking" by guitarists, as well as his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, for which he is best known today.
These tracks were ‘reimagined’ under the direction of producer Rex Allen Jr. “My concept on this album, when I started listening to these tracks, I didn’t just hear country,” Rex says. “I heard more rockabilly and I heard New Orleans jazz. To me it represents a combination of what Merle Travis was."
"He was a folk singer, yes; but he also was one of the keynote guys when it came to rockabilly. He could hold his own when it came to New Orleans jazz.”
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Finally we get Tex Ritter's The Songs Of The West which is released on the Country Rewind Records-Western Heritage Collection, and which has been produced by Jim Farrell and co-produced by Rex Allen Jr., with Executive Producer on the project being Tom Gramuglia.
The Songs Of The West
1. 'Best Time Of All'
2. 'You Will Have To Pay'
3. 'Have I Stayed Away Too Long'
4. 'I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven'
5. 'Remember The Alamo'
6. 'The Wayward Wind'
7. 'Boll Weevil'
8. 'Green Grow The Lilacs'
9. 'Beaumont Rag'
10. 'A Fallen Star'
11. 'Cielito Lindo'
12. 'These Hands'
13. 'I've Lived A Lot In My Time'
14. 'High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)'
Woodward Maurice, better known as Tex Ritter, was a true multimedia celebrity, a star of stage, screen, records and radio, and it is on radio that the recordings on this album came to life.
An American country music singer and actor popular from the mid 1930s into the 1960s, and the patriarch of the Ritter acting family (son John, grandsons Jason and Tyler, and granddaughter Carly), he is also a well-deserved member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The recordings on this album have a unique origin. “Tex recorded these tracks for broadcast on the radio and these versions of the songs were never commercially released,” notes Jim Farrell, who produced Tex Ritter: The Songs of the West.
Farrell took on the project of producing this collection after Country Rewind Records president Thomas Gramuglia rescued the ‘lost’ master tapes that required expert forensic recovery to bring them to twenty-first century audio quality.
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