mexicovers: Les Brown

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Les Brown


For your dancing pleasure here's Les Brown's In Town from 1956.

Here's the liner notes:

Great selections that draw requests and applause wherever the Band of Renown performs... now gathered here for dancers everywhere!

"Les Brown's in Town!" is the happy cry that goes up as soon as the band reaches its destination in a chartered plane or the orchestra's familiar bus. And soon after Les Brown arrives, he's delighting a huge crowd of local dancers with the wonderful sort of music that is in this album, ranging from smoothly styled ballads like Moonlight In Vermont to exciting originals like Checkin' In.

Dancers all across the nation gather to hear Les, for his band tours far and wide. The group has appeared in Hollywood at the Palladium more times than any other band, and he and his men often set up their stands in the top spots of New York City. As part of the Bob Hope Show, the band has also done a lot of traveling overseas. In its annual tours, though, Brown's group aims first of all at the crossroads, the small towns, army camps, and campuses of America.

One of the greatest kicks for the band is playing in some of these smaller places year after year. For example, there’s a town in the center of Kansas where the band has played a one-night stand for over eight summers. It's one of the big nights of the year, practically a town holiday, with people from miles around jamming the local veterans' hall where the dance is held.

Then there's a large pavilion in Indiana where, summer after summer, hundreds of couples dance under the stars to Les Brown's music. The places in which the band appears are many, and they are all different. But whether it’s a lakeside resort in Wisconsin, a ballroom in Oregon, or a college auditorium in Arizona, the result is the same: more renown for the band, more poll-winning popularity.

The group's busy schedule means, of course, that Les can't stay in town for as long as his fans would like. The answer to that, though, is right here. For with albums such as this, the music of Les Brown can always be heard in any town at all.

And Here's The Track List:

Side A:
01- Just You, Just Me
02- Harlem Nocturne
03- Checkin' In
04- Moonlight In Vermont
05- The Continental
06- Spanish Monster
Side B:
07- Meanwhile Back On The Bus
08- Ridin' High
09- Nina Never Knew
10- On A Little Street In Singapore
11- The Piccolino

Please Enjoy!! and remember to play this record only on Stereophonic Equipment!

3 Comments:

Blogger Meester Music said...

I've got this great LP too!

The guy on the ladder is none other than orchestra leader Billy May, the guy who did a ton of arranging for Sinatra etc.

Cheers!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Sr. Mexicant said...

I've always thought that face looked familiar, but I didn't know!!!!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Baxter Tocher said...

Great work going on in here, thanks! I don't think I could have bought any of this stuff in the UK even when it was in print.

Is this one still around? Both download sites are reporting it dead.

10:51 AM  

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