Smash Hits Supremes Style

Sleeve Notes:

Maybe we’ve used the wrong title, for a start. Maybe we should have said : “Salute to Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier.” For they were the writers, composers, producers who actually put the Supremes on the map, with such fabulous songs as Where did our love go, Baby love and Stop! in the name of love.

Seven of the 12 million-sellers re-created on this album emerged from this unique trio — those above, plus Reflections, In and out of love, You keep me hangin’ on and The happening. In fact, these are the songs still most closely identified with the Supremes; these are the songs that put them in the millionaire class.

But the incredible thing about the Supremes is that, take away the original back-room boys, take away their lead singer Diana Ross, and replace her with the curiously-named Cindy Birdsong, and you still get hits! Witness Stoned love, a Top Five hit only a few months ago. Maybe, after all, we should have made this a salute to Berry Gordy Jnr. who, as founder and boss of Motown Records, thought up the whole concept in the first place, and kept it going so miraculously for so long.

If Mr. Gordy Jnr. ever gets to read these sleeve notes, we’d like to say, here and now, that if Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson and Jean Terrell (the present Supremes) ever decide to give up singing and take up chicken farming, we’ve got a really great trio ready and able to take their place! Just listen to them now on this album, as they excitingly re-create twelve of the Supremes’ greatest hits.

BILL WELLINGS
A BWD production ℗ 1971

Smash Hits Supremes Style - another great sexy album cover from Cover Heaven at coverheaven.co.uk. This example is another in the sound-alike category, not the actual artist but a group of session players mimicking.

Label: MFP 5184

1971 1970s Covers

Go Easy On Yourself with the Swingin’ Anna Dell

Sleeve Notes:

This is Anna’s second LP on the GEMINI label. The first LP, GMX 5002, ‘Move Into The Hammond Spectrum, With The Swingin’ Miss ANNA DELL’, enjoyed the kind of success which made us realise that we had to come up with something spectacular for a follow-up. Well, here it is! The easy swingin’ style is there, bringing you such show-stoppers as: ‘Up, Up And Away’, ‘Volare’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, ‘Portrait Of My Love’ and many many more of the world’s greatest hits. Go Easy On Yourself, treat yourself to a whole evening with the sound of the Swingin’ Anna Dell and while you are at it play the first LP again. Why not? It will make your day!

Go Easy On Yourself with the Swingin' Anna Dell

Label: Gemini GMX 5032

1971 1970s Covers

The ‘Stan Foster Impression’ – Sounds Like Kaempfert Volume II

Sleeve Notes:

Owing to the huge success of “Sounds Like Kaempfert Volume I” Stan Foster now presents “Sounds Like Kaempfert Volume II”. The majority of titles on this Album are familiar standards, to which Stan’s arrangements in the Kaempfert idiom have lent a new perspective.

Stan Foster’s idea of creating a relaxing and intimate atmosphere has made this an ideal album for before dinner dancing and after dinner listening!

The varied career of Stan Foster has included playing with the Ted Heath, Geraldo and Nat Temple Bands as pianist and arranger. He accompanied the late Alma Cogan for many years—in fact from the beginning to the very end of her exciting International career.

No wonder then that after being in the company of the famous and best Stan’s own orchestra includes the finest musicians in Great Britain. His lead trumpet player—Alan Lewis—has earned well-deserved respect for his faultless musicianship and it is with musicians such as these that Stan retains his orchestra’s reputation of one of the foremost in the world.

Currently, Stan Foster is a regular performer on the B.B.C. and has his own featured programme “The Stan Foster Impression” which stand high on the popularity ratings.

This brilliant album will be popular with all age groups and has been specifically devised and recorded to present the widest cosmopolitan appeal.

The 'Stan Foster Impression' - Sounds Like Kaempfert Volume II

Label: Deacon DEA 1049

1971 1970s Covers

The Ray Conniff Singers – It’s The Talk of the Town

Sleeve Notes:

Almost any time Ray Conniff lifts his baton, the town is likely to have some-thing to talk about, and this particular moment is no exception. Beginning with his first album, “‘S Wonderful,” Ray has endowed dance music with a tantalizing beat, a new sound and some very stylish arrangements, featuring a wordless chorus.

Now, in his latest collection, he brings the chorus forward and supplies them with words as well, giving these excellent singers the spotlight they deserve and bringing, moreover, a new dimension to his music.

The bright, singing sound of the Conniff music is still very much to be heard here, despite the emphasis on the chorus. Ray’s analysis of popular music in recent years has enabled him to come up with .w ideas in the application of familiar sounds, and again and again he has uncovered combinations that have caught and retained the public’s fancy. As an accompanist for vocalists on single records, and particularly as the leader of the sparkling organization heard in his albums, he has provided dance music with a delightful new impetus that seems to gather momentum as it goes along.

The bright, singing sound of the Conniff music is still very much to be heard here, despite the emphasis on the chorus. Ray’s analysis of popular music in recent years has enabled him to come up with .w ideas in the application of familiar sounds, and again and again he has uncovered combinations that have caught and retained the public’s fancy. As an accompanist for vocalists on single records, and particularly as the leader of the sparkling organization heard in his albums, he has provided dance music with a delightful new impetus that seems to gather momentum as it goes along.

Apart from the fact that the lyrics are sung in this newest Conniff programme, the main departure is that of mood; here Ray and the singers are in a somewhat more reflective vein, and many of the selections arc slower in tempo and smoother in over-all design.

The familiar shuffle beat is on hand, of course, punctuated here and there by the warm sound of a harp, and the chorus is in its mellowest form. They start off with the title number, an agreeably mournful ballad written in 1933 by Marty Symes, Al Neiburg and Jerry Levinson, and then move On to You’re an Old Smoothie, introduced by Ethel Merman in “Take a Chance” (1932). The composers were B. G. DeSylva, Richard Whiting, and Nacio Herb Brown. This affectionate foolishness gives way to the lively Buttons and Bows, an Academy Award-winning song by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, first heard in the 1948 movie “Paleface.” Let’s Put Out the Lights turns the time backward again to 1932, in terms of a charmingly intimate song with words and music by Herman Hupfield, and then another old smoothie turns up in 1945’s It’s Been a Long, Long Time, devised by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. The first part of the programme concludes with another Academy Award-winner, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert’s Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, from “Song of the South” in 1947.

Continuing this mellow divertissement, Ray Conniff and his singers come up with that hand-clapping hit of 1941, Deep in the Heart of Texas. This tribute to what is now the second largest state in the union was written by June Hershey, to Don Swander’s music. 1932 was a good year for songs (and for this album) as Ray Conniff turns to Love Is the Sweetest Thing, devised by Ray Noble on the opening notes of God Save the King. Another Ethel Merman success turns up next, in Irving Berlin’s lasting They Say It’s Wonderful from “Annie Get Your Gun” (1946), and then the Conniff singers present a melting rendition of Hands Across the Table, composed by Jean Delettre in 1934 to words by Mitchell Parish, and introduced by Lucienne Boyer. My Heart Cries for You, by Carl Sigman and Percy Faith, helped make Guy Mitchell one of the brightest new stars of 1950, and the programme is rounded off by a fragrant melody from Cole Porter’s extensive list, Rosalie from the 1937 movie of the same name.

The Ray Conniff Singers - It's The Talk of the Town

Label: Hallmark SHM 741

1971 1970s Covers

Bert Kaempfert – Bert Kaempfert Special

Sleeve Notes:

SIDE ONE TENDER MELODY (Knofel) JERSEY BOUNCE (Plater-Bradshaw-Johnson) HORIZON (HORIZONTE ) (Lara) CHA! BULL! (Leiber-Stoller) MASON DIXON LINE (Eddy-Hazlewood)

SIDE TWO SHEPHERD’S CHA CHA (Kaye-Carr) LONGING FOR YOU (Rohn) ARIZONA FLIP (Bones) CANNON BALL (Eddy-Hazlewood) LAS VEGAS (Kaempfert)

Bert Kaempfert comes from Hamburg and his pre-war life was spent solely in his home country. After a spectacular career at the Hamburg School of Music, during which he mastered piano, accordion, clarinet and saxophone, he embarked on his musical career by joining a popular band of the day run by Hans Busch. His ability soon earned him regular national radio work.

In the United States Kaempfert’s single of ‘WONDERLAND BY NIGHT’, released in 1960, staggered the record business. No-one could have forseen the fantastic effect his music had on the paying public who bought over a million of this single and sent it to No. 1 in the American charts. His orchestra was voted ‘Up and coming Orchestra of the Year’ in 1961 in a Cash Box Poll.

Bert Kaempfert - Bert Kaempfert Special

Label: Contour 2870101

1971 1970s Covers

Klaus Wunderlich – Hits Again

Sleeve Notes:

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, Sunny, Rose Garden, Cracklin’ Rosie, Love Story, Didn’t We, My Way, Silver Moon, Put Your Hand In The Hand, Lady Rose, It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie, Sally, Scarborough Fair, Spinning Wheel, Rosetta (Well Well Well), Jack In The Box, Butterfly, The Fool On The Hill, Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue, Cast Your Fate To The Wind, Funny Funny, Las Vegas, Wand’rin’ Star, It’s Impossible, The Wonder Of You, My Sweet Lord, Knock Three Times, She’s A Lady

Klaus Wunderlich - Hits Again

Label: Telefunken SLE 14 631-P

1971 1970s Covers