#957 Oscar Peterson – My Fair Lady & West Side Story

Two discs for the price of one! Not only that, but a Very Special Price. Only 36 shillings and 6 pence, which is about £1.80 in today’s money. Although I doubt my grandfather paid that much when he bought it. This record is another one from his collection and features a sticker in his handwriting … Continue reading #957 Oscar Peterson – My Fair Lady & West Side Story

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#553 George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris

Rhapsody in Blue has already popped up on the Randometer, with Stefano Bollani’s recording of the original version for jazz band; this is the more commonly performed fuller orchestral version. And it is s'wonderful. I won’t repeat what I attempted to write about it last time, but will focus briefly on the other Gershwin classic … Continue reading #553 George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris

#1116 The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Original Soundtrack

My first introduction to Rocky Horror was hearing a friend of a friend recite Frank N. Furter’s "come up to the lab" speech as if it was a Shakespearean soliloquy as part of his A level Drama Studies exam. I loved it, without understanding the context or having heard the music. I must have seen … Continue reading #1116 The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Original Soundtrack

#367 Doris Day – The Doris Day Songbook

Doris Day is perhaps best known these days for her film roles (I adore her in Calamity Jane!) but for me, she’ll always be first and foremost a singer. During the 40s she recorded many classic jazz and swing tunes. This record is a compilation produced in Germany which I bought at the Utrecht Record … Continue reading #367 Doris Day – The Doris Day Songbook

#1244 Barbra Streisand – And Other Musical Instruments

This is a very recent (£1 eBay) purchase, and I’m delighted that it’s come up on the randometer. I read about it on one of those 50 weirdest albums listicles somewhere on Tinterweb, and was intrigued by the write up, not least because you don’t expect Babs to be amongst the usual suspects of Metal … Continue reading #1244 Barbra Streisand – And Other Musical Instruments

#285 Carousel – Original Musical Soundtrack

This is one of my grandfather’s records, which he probably bought for 50p in Woolworths. It’s a limited selection for a World Record Club release; a studio production rather than a cast recording, and perhaps as a result loses some of the atmosphere and context of the stage show. Carousel is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second … Continue reading #285 Carousel – Original Musical Soundtrack

#781 Henry Mancini – All Time Greatest Hits

This is my wife’s CD, but now sits on our shared shelves, of which about 10 CDs are hers (and 6 of those Queen) and the remaining 990 mine. This is mainly to do with a) her moving house/country and having to downsize in the process, and b) her younger brother ‘borrowing’ and then giving … Continue reading #781 Henry Mancini – All Time Greatest Hits