Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hammond & Strings

Here's a combination. Hammond organ and String Quartet! Pop & Classical!

You might notice that the Julliard String Quartet album is the Last Four Mozart String Quartets. So, we start with No. 20 in D Major! You know, the other three will follow.


Chris Waxman at the Hammond

From the late 60's is Chris Waxman on the Hammond with Organized. If you're an easy listening fan of the late 60's and early 70's, these bouncing light-hearted arrangements will bring back fond memories of your favorite EZ station. The sound is very reminiscent of the time. I suppose so is the album art.

Born Free
Can't Take My Eyes off of You
Strangers in the Night
Highway Speed
The Impossible Dream
Up, Up and Away
What the World Needs Now is Love
Love is Blue
Lara's Theme from Doctore Zhivago
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
Mas Que Nada

Mozart: String Quartet No. 20 in D Major

From the early 70's, the Julliard String Quartet offers Mozart's String Quartet No. 20. Relaxing and great for a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Enjoy!

Quartet No. 20 in D Mj, IV - Allegro
Quartet No. 20 in D Mj, II - Menuetto: Trio
Quartet No. 20 in D Mj, III - Adagio
Quartet No. 20 in D Mj, I-Allegretto

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major Op. 90, "Italian"

It's always time for a Good Classical piece. For the holiday, we chose one of Mehndelssohn's popular symphonies, #4 performed by one of our favorite conductors and orchestra's. Enjoy, George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra!

I - Allegro vivace
II - Andante con moto
III - Con moto moderato
IV - Saltarello: Presto

Follow the Bouncing Ball Sing-A-Long with Mitch Miller

Sing-A-Long with Mitch. I remember hearing this album at every family gathering. Easter was one occasion. What's odd about this memory is I recall the needle dropping onto this Columbia record where it only took a 'wave' of family to start singing with it. What I learned later in life is that these songs were form the 20's and early 30's. Depending on which song played, caused different family members to sing. Ah, the generation gap! Regardless of the gap, Easter has very fond memories with Mitch Miller and the Gang! Enjoy!

California Here I Come/Avalon
I Found a Million Dollar Baby
Breezin' Along with the Breeze
Happy Days Are Here Again
Medley: Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly/I've Got Rings on My Fingers
Shuffle off to Buffalo
Moonlight Bay
There's Yes! Yes! in Your Eyes
The Love Nest
Would You Like to Take a Walk

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Classic and Mancini

As we convert our vinyl collection, we choose one or few from one shelf and then move on to the next shelf. Well, for this post, we chose selections from two shelves. Classical and Popular! Two great choices. Enjoy!

Schubert's Unfinished

SMURF music!!!! You're wondering, HUH? Well, if you're not familiar with this great piece of music, the creators of the SMURFS thought it was appropriate for the background music of their series. Remember those intensifying scenes? Give a listen and you'll remember! For those of us that REALLY enjoy the classics, ENJOY!!!!

I- Allegro moderato
II - Andante

Mancini on Sunset

Somewhere in the 60's, Mr. Mancini shared his talents not only with RCA; with Liberty's Sunset series. Here is some 'poloneisian' styling of Mr. Mancini and chorus. It's soft and great to relax with a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.


Driftwood and Dreams
Moon of Manakoora
The Whispering Sea
Naked Sea
Off Shore
Sleepy Lagoon
The Breeze and I
Ebb Tide