Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sweet with a Beat

To get us through the rest of the summer, we've chosen a compilation 6 record album produced by Reader's Digest in 1972. This particular album was purchased for just the sake of it. There were no strong intentions to drive the purchase. The surprise was listening. I felt as I took a huge step back in time when I used to listen to WRFM FM 105 from NYC in the 70's. Reader's Digest was known to compile some of the more unique RCA instrumental artists. Here are some of the best that you can recall from those great EZ listening stations from the past.

We're planning on posting each of the six records that make up Sweet with a Beat for the remaining weeks. It makes for some great summer time listening. We begin with record one, Gentle On My Mind (side 1) and Linger Awhile (side 2). Our favorite choice here is Linger Awhile. ENJOY!

Gentle On My Mind
Close to You
With a Little Help from My Friends
It's Impossible
Linger Awhile
Come Saturday Morning
Midnight Cowboy
Early in the Morning
A Warm Shade of Ivory
Wives and Lovers

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Last String

Presented here by the Juiliard String Quartet is Mozart's String Quartet No. 23 in F Major.

Quartet No. 23 in F Major I - Allegro moderato
Quartet No. 23 in F Major II - Andante (Allegretto)
Quartet No. 23 in F Major III - Menuetto: Trio
Quartet No. 23 in F Major IV - Allegro

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Honey & Strings

Today's post includes our third Mozart string quartet and some easy renditions of some hit 60's songs by Pete Fountain.


Pete Fountain - A Taste of Honey

I remember in the 70's, Stand By Me would play on the radio. My dad loved the arragement. After several times of asking who the artist was, I called the radio station to learn the artist was Pete Fountain.

It took me quite awhile in the new millenimum to think of eBay to get many of the recordings we enjoyed on the radio. This is one. Once it arrived, we slapped it on the turntable and immediately to Stand By Me!

Memories flowed vividly enough that I pictured the phone in my hand holding with the radio station to return with the artist, Pete Fountain.

In easy mode, enjoy some of the later hit songs of the 60's. We found another one of my favorites on the album, It's been a Long Long Time! ENJOY!

A Taste of Honey
The Shadow of Your Smile
The "In" Crowd
Theme from "The Yearling"
I Know a Place
It's Been a Long, Long Time
Cast Your Fate to the Wind
Lucky Pierre
I'm Henry VIII, I Am
Fountain in the Rain
Stand by Me
King of the Road

Mozart: String Quartet No.22 in B-Flat Major

Our third quartet presented by the Juiliard String Quartet. Number 22 in B-Flat.

Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major I - Allegro
Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major II - Larghetto
Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major III - Menuetto: Trio
Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major IV - Allegro assai