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Leroy Holmes was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor. This is a 'must listen' for those who are after the sweep of lustrous violins, muted cellos and the vibrant darkness of violas. You will hear on this collection a cleverly balanced program of arrangements covering five original LPs, Which highlight glorious string sections, big band themes, a selection of Spanish songs, movie themes and a tribute to the great Ray Charles.
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With a career spanning almost sixty years, rumours of mob connections and appearing in all three of The Godfather films, Al Martino stands high up on the list of great vocalists of the 20th century. The first tracks in this collection are four of Al Martino's biggest hits: 'Here in my Heart' 'Wanted' 'Take My Heart' and 'Rachel', whilst tracks 6 to 10 are rarely heard standards from his early days.
This wonderful 2CD set isn't just about the hits. Al ... [MORE]
Al Hirt was a very adept player of his chosen instrument, the trumpet. In fact it is fair to say that from a relatively young age he was a virtuoso player and often overqualified for a lot of the Dixieland and pop music that he loved to perform. Featured here are three volumes of his 'Singin' Dixie!' series and they include many great standards such as 'Tiger Rag', 'Saints', 'South Rampart Street Parade' and many more! Glorious stereo across this whole ... [MORE]
Long before he'd evolved into a fully-fledged cult figure, Joe Meek was the UK's first fully independent record producer. This unique 2CD set traces his career from his earliest sessions, as a sound balance engineer in the mid-'50s, to his emergence as a major songwriter and hit maker in the early '60s. It includes many of Meek's biggest records, including five UK number ones by, Anne Shelton, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughan, Emile Ford and John Leyton, ... [MORE]
Fred Waring was one of Radio's earliest stars who brought his skilled group to television and was one of the 20th Century's great choral conductors. Disc one consists of their later choral works - recorded in Stereo - including such great titles as 'Say It With Music', 'I Hear Music', 'The Rose of Tralee', 'Sleep', 'Dear Hearts and Gentle People', 'Blessed Assurance', '76 Trombones' and 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'. Disc two is comprised of some of ... [MORE]
With a pleasing voice, a good varying choice of material, excellent backings and almost 70 singles released from 1951 to 1960, yet Champ never seemed to get the recognition he deserved and became a 'nearly man' to the likes of Billy Eckstine.Listen and indulge yourself with Champ's dulcet tones on sublime tracks such as 'Be My Love', with backing by the Les Brown band or the Paul Weston backed 'Let Me In' plus many more! If you have ever wondered where ... [MORE]
Gordon MacRae did it all: RADIO, TELEVISION, MOVIES, BROADWAY, THE CONCERT STAGE and NIGHT CLUBS, all the while recording some of the best songs of the '40s and '50s! HIGH ON A WINDY HILL brings together some of his greatest hits and most memorable performances. From the Hollywood films: 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning', 'It's Magic', 'Sayonara', 'Love Is A Many Splendored Thing', 'Soliloquy', 'Laura', 'Singing In The Rain' From Broadway: 'Without a Song', ... [MORE]
The Fleetwoods were one the few white vocal groups of the late '50s and early '60s to have success on both the pop and RnB charts. 4 original albums: 'Mr Blue' 'Gretchen, Gary and Barbara' 'Softly' and 'Deep in Dreams' wonderfully remastered with many stereo recordings. Includes the international hits, 'Mr. Blue', 'Come Softly to Me' and 'Tragedy'.
The sound created by the two girls and a boy was highly original which gave The Fleetwoods no stylistic ... [MORE]
The Dukes of Dixieland get a tremendous wallop out of their music, and it comes clear and sharp on this collection that The Dukes combine enthusiasm with enormous ability. They were the first jazz band to record in stereo and all four of the albums on this fantastic two CD set are in glorious stereo.
Features many great classics like: 'St. James' Infirmary', 'Dippermouth Blues', 'South Rampart Street Parade', 'Darktown Strutters Ball' and a rare vocal ... [MORE]
Diahann Carroll's is perhaps best known today for being an Actress and appearing in TV classics like 'Dynasty' and most recently the US TV Drama, 'White Collar'. However we at Jasmine feel that her recording career is well overdue a reappraisal and this collection is a perfect introduction to the early years.
The four albums on offer here see her at the peak of her singing career, accompanied by sumptuous orchestrations and the jazz trio of Andre ... [MORE]
The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish family of folk singers who are widely credited for popularising traditional Irish music in the United States. Best known for their work with Tommy Makem there's little doubt that in the 1960s, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were the most popular Irishmen in America. Clad in their trademark Aran sweaters they attacked the stage with boisterous exuberance. They introduced hundreds of songs, well known in ... [MORE]
Roger Williams was certainly the most popular pianist in America during the 20th Century with Billboard magazine still ranking him as the best-selling piano artist in history. Four complete albums: 'With These Hands' 'Always' 'Songs of the Fabulous Fifties' (which includes the No. 1 hit 'Autumn Leaves') and 'Temptation'. Plus three bonus tracks from 'Songs of the Soaring '60s'. Despite his huge popularity in the USA most of his 100 plus albums have never ... [MORE]
It seems Hal Mooney is one of the composers and arrangers that many people seem to forget or overlook this is a real shame and a mistake! We at Jasmine should rectify this, and now we have!
This superb collection showcases Hal Mooney's breath-taking arrangements across four superb albums: Any Time: An Affair to Remember Woodwinds and Percussion and Dreamland USA. If you think 'High Noon' couldn't be altered much from the original then guess again!
Dave 'Baby' Cortez hasn't received much attention as far as reissues are concerned so Jasmine has decided to put together what is the best and most comprehensive collection of hits and rarities. Although light on charting hits, Dave 'Baby' Cortez was able to craft many catchy melodies, riffs and hooks that fans of organ music and a soulful, bluesy sound will enjoy greatly. Oh, and just for good measure we have thrown in his biggest hit 'The Happy Organ' ... [MORE]
The Ventures are the most successful and influential Instrumental group of all time, with worldwide record sales in excess of 110 million. Their influence was immeasurable, effectively providing the template for The Shadows and just about every other Instrumental group that followed! This unique compilation comprises their first four LPs in their entirety, plus the single versions of their first two hits, 'Walk Don't Run' and 'Perfidia' - which or course ... [MORE]
The late '50s/early '60s were the 'Golden Era' for Rock n Roll Instrumentals and Sandy Nelson was by far the biggest drum star of the era. Already a well-known session drummer by the time he was in his late teens, his first solo record, 'Teen Beat', became a million-selling worldwide hit in 1959. In 1961 he scored an even bigger international hit with 'Let There Be Drums', which in turn span off a million-selling LP of the same title. On this compilation ... [MORE]
Freddy 'Boom-Boom' Cannon was the last of the '50s-styled rockers. This compilation features all his singles between 1959-1961, including the million-selling 'Tallahassee Lassie' (both the original single version and the LP re-cut) and 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans', plus his first two LPs, 'The Explosive Freddy Cannon!' and 'Happy Shades of Blue'. Also included are the rare Doo Wop singles he recorded as the lead singer of The Spindrifts, plus a radio ... [MORE]
Bill Black was famously the bass player in Elvis Presley's early backing trio, and he played on all of Presley's 1950s hit records. In 1959 he got together with Ace Cannon (sax). Carl McVoy (piano/organ) and Reggie Young (guitar) to form Bill Black's Combo. The late '50s/early '60s were the 'Golden Era' for Rock and Roll Instrumentalists and Bill Black's Combo had a wholly unique, instantly identifiable sound and style. This compilation comprises their ... [MORE]
With her perfect intonation, distinct articulation and impeccable phrasing, Ella Fitzgerald became one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century! 'Thanks For The Memory - The Voice of Elegance' is Ella at her vocal peak and features such classics as: 'My One and Only Love' 'Thanks for the Memory' 'Lover's Gold' 'It Might A Well Be Spring' 'Crying in the Chapel' and many more. Listen to the brilliant arrangements of Andre Previn, Gordon Jenkins, Benny ... [MORE]
'Twice Lightning!' is quite simply a dynamic collection of major hit songs that scored on both the pop and country charts, selling millions! Featured are six of the best-selling artists of all time: Patti Page! Elvis Presley! Marty Robbins! Johnny Horton! Patsy Cline! Sonny James! This collection includes a whopping 60 tracks and is sure to be one of the greatest CD sets of the year! [MORE]
Carmen McRae: 'The Very Thought of You' is a real first! A collection of McRae's single releases, appearing together on CD for the first time! Included are heavyweight titles such as: 'The More I See You', 'The Party's Over', 'The Next Time It Happens', 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow', 'You Don't Know Me', 'Namely You', 'My One and Only Love', 'I'll See You Again' and more. Noted arranger/conductors featured are: Vic Schoen, Jack Pleis, Frank Hunter, Ralph ... [MORE]
A bandleader, producer and writer, Henry Jerome's diverse musical interest helped make him an important figurehead in whatever genre he laid his hand to and his series of Brazen Brass LPs are certainly a highlight. Here you can enjoy four of his best albums from the 'Brazen' series all in beautiful remastered stereo which feature classic and rare tracks from 1900-1950 including 'Begin the Beguine', 'Stompin' at the Savoy', 'Over the Rainbow' and many ... [MORE]
Enter Description of ProduThe wonderfully gifted, Dorothy Donegan was a classically trained jazz pianist who frequently switched between boogie-woogie, bop, stride, swing and classical music, at times in the same chorus. Here we feature four of her albums, At the Embers, Dorothy Donegan Live!, Donnybrook with Donegan and It Happened One Night. Features her individualistic versions of classics like: 'Over the Rainbow', 'I've Got You Under My Skin', 'April ... [MORE]
During the 1950s and early '60s Ed McCurdy was one of the most popular solo singers of the folk revival. Here we focus on four of his albums: 'When Dalliance Was In Flower Volumes 1, 2 and 3' plus 'Son of Dalliance'. McCurdy was a major influence on many 50s/60s folk groups like the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary and more and his LPs and their songs became big campus favourites at the time. This is the first issue on CD since the original LPs and is ... [MORE]
Following on from the success of, 'The Wonder of It All' - JASCD 674, we are proud to announce this marvellous 2CD set from the ever unique, George Beverly Shea. 'I'd Rather Have Jesus' carries on from our previous release and showcases another four fantastic albums, this time: 'Evening Vespers', 'Inspirational Songs', 'Sacred Songs' and 'An Evening Prayer' get the Jasmine treatment and we also include two bonus tracks: 'Tenderly He Watches' and ... [MORE]