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VA: - You Heard It Here First! Vol. 2
As a concept it’s a revelation – the original versions of (mostly) familiar songs that went on to become big hits by other artists. Familiarity is turned on its head as mental receptors attuned to the better-known hit versions – the received wisdom, if you like – are challenged for attention by the performers who made the original recordings to little or no acclaim. It’s a parallel universe where the reassuringly familiar landscape is a beautiful illusion.

Volume 1 of “You Heard It Here First” was among our best sellers of last year and we believe that this sequel is an even stronger package. Here again are pop hits as the soundtrack to our lives – but not as we know them.

Many of these original versions are exceedingly rare in vinyl form, notably Dan Penn’s self-penned original version of ‘I’m Your Puppet’ (on which Penn actually sings the line ‘I’m The Puppet’, in contrast to all the versions which followed) and the Corporation’s barnstorming ‘Candida’, subsequently a US #3 for Tony Orlando’s Dawn, though one wonders why the Corporation’s torrid original failed to make the same impact.

Tony Joe White’s ‘Polk Salad Annie’, a top 10 hit on the Monument label in 1969, laid down the template for the so-called swamp rock sound and was later popularised by Elvis who had a UK hit with the song in 1973. But for all his seeming self-assurance, White had struggled to make the song work , having cut it for Monument as ‘Old Man Willis’ a year earlier before re-recording it with a fresh set of lyrics as ‘Polk Salad Annie’. Here’s how it sounded before the re-write – a truly intriguing juxtaposition.

Most of Brian Hyland’s hits were written for him so it comes as a surprise to learn that his signature tune, ‘Sealed With A Kiss’, had first been recorded some two years earlier by the Four Voices, a clean-cut vocal group. That is the version which displays the apparent debt the song owed to ‘The Green Leaves of Summer’, a big hit of the day.

Transmogrified by successive generations of folk and pop artists into ‘Wimoweh’ ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, Solomon Linda’s African tribal chant, ‘Mbube’, must be one of the most misappropriated tunes in post-war pop music, though in recent years Linda began to receive the acknowledgement for his memorable if inadvertent contribution to the pop canon and we are proud to present it here.

Sixties wheeler-dealer Simon Napier-Bell and TV maven Vicki Wickham took it upon themselves to pen English lyrics to a contemporary Italian hit, ’Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)’ in the back of a cab on their way to an evening meal at a restaurant in London’s West End in early 1966 – or so the redoubtable Napier-Bell has claimed in various autobiographies. Those twenty or so usefully occupied minutes produced ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, under which title the song has provided something of a lifelong annuity for the pair. Pino Donaggio’s gorgeous Italian original of this classic power ballad is among the highlights of the set.

‘Sorrow’ was knocked out without much conscious effort as a filler for the McCoys’ first album in the wake of their 1965 mega-hit ‘Hang On Sloopy’. Maybe the producers (who also happened to write the song) missed a trick by consigning ‘Sorrow’ to makeweight status, but no matter as Brit duo the Sorrows took the song into the UK Top 10 a few months later. That was the version that inspired David Bowie’s recording but it’s the McCoys’ stripped-down original which probably packs the mightiest charm of all.

The songs, compellingly sequenced, are all hits, the technicolour packaging incorporating all the prerequisite fax’n’info, gives off a warm comforting glow, and the entire concept constitutes a little bit of pop history in the making. What’s not to like?

By Rob Finnis (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2010 CD 17.00 €
VA: - Your Hit Parade 1949
popular music recorded in 1949
Time Life Music LP 10.00 €
Vaughan Monroe - A Musical Contribution By America's Best
For our armed forces overseas
Collector's Choice Music 1997 CD 13.00 €
Vaughn Monroe - On The Moon-Beam / Down Memory Lane
21 biisiä. 2 LP:tä = 1 CD
Jasmine Records 2000 CD 13.00 €
Ventures - Kayo Taizen
Vain Japanissa julkaistu albumi. 22 raitaa. Mukana (?) japanilainen (?) laulusolisti (?)
M & I Company 1999 CD 35.00 €
Vernons Girls - We Love The Vernons Girls 1962-1964
In popular music terms, the Vernons Girls story had it all. Girls, first and foremost; a lightning flash of late fifties rock ‘n’ roll, the dawning of pop culture on TV, more girls, the start of the swinging sixties, Mersey Beat, the rise and rise of the Beatles; and still those girls kept coming. There was even ‘the beautiful game’ and a few score draws thrown in for good luck too.Assembled from employees of Vernons Football Pools in Liverpool, the original 70 piece choir quit singing about Nymphs and Shepherds and became TV regulars on ‘6.5 Special’ and ‘Oh Boy!’ as a 16 piece wearing short shorts, white bucks and saddle shoes. Various girls left to carve out careers of their own - Lyn Cornell, The Breakaways and The Ladybirds - becoming the backbone of the studio session circuit for the next two decades.

By 1962, a slimmed down trio of Maureen Kennedy, Frances Lee and Jean Owen arrived at Decca Records and some serious hit making began. From that opening shuffle of Clyde McPhatter’s ‘Lover Please’, the girls meant business with further UK takes on US girl group classics ‘The Locomotion’, ‘Do The Bird’ and ‘Tomorrow Is Another Day’ as well as creating a home grown girl group classic of their own - ‘Only You Can Do It’ - from the only man who could, Charles Blackwell. Novelty numbers ‘You Know What I Mean’ and ‘Funny All Over’ returned the girls to their musical roots sung in the Scousest tongue in cheek this side of Bootle. All tracks sparkle with a variety of musical styles shining through on this new collection - the first to compile their complete Decca output including swansong ‘It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie’ and sleeve notes contributions from original member Jean Owen, later to become RPM Dream Babe, Samantha Jones. We love the Vernons Girls at RPM and can guarantee this proto-Brit girl compilation in all but name will ensure you do too!

Complete Decca recordings of The Vernons trio line up all in one placeImportant proto Brit Girl groupExclusive input from original group members plus their archive photosNew digital re-master from original Decca master tapes.
RPM Records 2010 CD 17.00 €
Vico Torriani - Granada
Bear Family 1996 CD 15.00 €
Vico Torriani - Kalkutta liegt am Ganges
Bear Family 1995 CD 17.00 €
Vikki Carr - Sings The Standards
22 tracks
Emi Records 2002 CD 10.00 €
Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra - Musically Speaking
At the Grill Room, Taft Hotel, New York
Collector's Choice Music 2003 CD 15.00 €
Vincenzo La Scola featuring Cliff Richard - Vita Mia
EMi 1999 CD 10.00 €
Viola Turpeinen - American Hanuri-Prinsessa Volume 1 1928-1929
Amerikassa tunnetuin suomalainen hanuristi oli Viola Turpeinen (1909-1958). Artie Music OY julkaisee nyt yhteistyössä Kansanmusiikki-instituutin ja Suomen Äänitearkiston kanssa neliosaisen CD-levysarjan, joka käsittää Viola Turpeisen koko levytystuotannon. Ensimmäinen osa sisältää hänen levytyksensä vuosilta 1928-1929. 24 sivuisen kansivihkon teksti ja aineisto Toivo Tamminen & Simo Westerholm. In English: Pekka Gronow.
Artie Music 2002 CD 17.00 €
Viola Turpeinen - American Hanuri-Prinsessa Volume 2 1929-1945
American hanuriprinsessan Viola Turpeisen tarina jatkuu osassa 2 ja nyt Violan yhtyeeseen tulee toinen nainen ! Seuraukset ovat dramaattiset, mutta musiikki jatkuu silti. Toivo Tammisen ja Simo Westerholmin tarkka kuvaus tapahtumista kansivihkon tekstissä. In English Pekka Gronow.
Artie Music 2003 CD 17.00 €
Viola Turpeinen - American Hanuri-Prinsessa Volume 3 1947-1949
American hanuriprinsessan Viola Turpeisen kokonaislevytysten osa 3 on valmis. Toivo Tammisen ja Simo Westerholmin tarkka kerronta kansivihkossa jatkuu. In English Pekka Gronow.
Artie Music 2003 CD 17.00 €
Viola Turpeinen - American Hanuri-Prinsessa Volume 4 1949-1951
Sarjamme on edennyt viimeiseen osaan. Viola Turpeinen levytti ahkerasti 1940–1950– lukujen vaihteeseen asti. Tämän jälkeen Viola muutti miehensä William Syrjälän kanssa Floridaan Lake Worthiin, josta he ostivat ensimmäisen oman kodin. Pariskunta soitti vakituisesti paikallisella Kenttähaalilla.
He kävivät vuoteen 1957 saakka kesäkiertueilla Keskilännen ja Itärannikon suomalaisseuduilla.
Artie Music 2004 CD 17.00 €
Walter Brennan - Old Rivers / Twas The Night Before Christmas.. Back Home
Collector's Choice Music 1996 CD 15.00 €
Wanda Jackson - Love Me Forever / Blues In My Heart
Two Original Albums from 1962 and 1965 on One CD
T-Bird Records 2010 CD 17.00 €
Wanda Jackson - Santo Domingo - Deutsche Aufnahmen
Wanda saksankieliset biisit samalla CD:llä
Bear Family 1991 CD 17.00 €
Wanda Jackson - The Ballads Of Wanda Jackson
30 tracks
Bear Family 2007 CD 18.00 €
Will Brandes - Made In Germany
Emi Music 2007 CD 10.00 €
Willy Hagara - Casetta In Canada
Bear Family 2007 CD 17.00 €
Winifred Atwell - The Best Of
Spectrum Music 1999 CD 9.00 €
Xavier Cugat with Jose Luis Monero - Xavier Cugat with Jose Luis Monero 1946-1948
22 biisiä
Interstate - Harlequin Music 2000 CD 17.00 €
Yma Sumac - Mambo ! And More
21 tracks
Rev-Ola 2006 CD 17.00 €
Yma Sumac - The Exotic Lure Of Yma Sumac 3CD
3CD = 47 tracks
Golden Stars 2008 CD-Box 13.00 €
Yma Sumac - Voice Of Xtabay
A legendary performer with an amazing four-octave range, Yma Sumac was said to be an Incan princess, and one of the Golden Sun Virgins. Her offbeat stylings made her a phenomenon in early '50s pop music, and the perfect and inevitable punchline to Terry-Thomas' famous DJ sketch! A major star of Broadway and Hollywood, her music veered from Les Baxters interpretations of the native music of Peru, through neo-classical to Mambo.... While her album covers took full advantage of her strange, wild and exotic costumes and voluptuous figure, rumours abounded that she was, in actuality, a New York housewife named Amy Camus (in itself rather an unlikely name for a New York housewife!). It really mattered little, since there has been no one like her before or since in the annals of popular music. When you play this album, prepare for a hot, exotic musical experience – a voyage of discovery into a new land of sound. For you have never in your life heard anyone sing like Yma Sumac. This album is a Revola classic and was one of the first releases on the original label! Yma Sumac is probably *the* major singer in the Exotica genre and this release was produced by Exotica-meister Les Baxter and leading modern South American composer Moises Vivanco. *A must for all fans of Exotica, World Music, and the unusual uses of the human voice!
Rev-Ola Records 2003 CD 15.00 €
Young At Heart - Young At Heart
Eddie Angel on lead guitar
Spinout Records 2004 CD 12.90 €
Young Lions - Young Lions
Lee Morgan- Trumpet, Wayne Shorter - Tenor, Frank Stozier - Alto, Louis Hayes - Drums, Bobby Timmons - piano, Bob Cranshaw - bass, Albert Heath- drums
Snapper / Charly 2003 CD 10.00 €
Yvonne Norrman - Yvonne Norrman
30 tracks
Star Club Records CD 15.00 €
Zarah Leander - Das Beste von..
20 tracks
Emi 1996 CD 10.00 €
Zoox Coby - Lazer Bing-Go
huvipuisto swingiä(?), marx brothersien seurassa kulakkileirillä.. sekoseko..
Blue Lizard Recordings CD 17.00 €
Öijwinds - 1961-65
29 biisiä - bändin nauhoitukset vuosilta 1961-65
Triola Records 1995 CD 15.00 €
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