Tag: El Records

Jess Conrad: Jess For You: The Definitive Collection (El Records)

A talented actor doth not a talented recording act make. This collection rounds up the material released by British actor Jess Conrad; though they occasionally show a spark of quality, the fare is mostly pop fare that was quickly becoming outdated, and it shows that ability in one artistic field doesn’t mean it will translate into another.

Various Artists: Movie Goer: Pop Cinema And The Classics/Fellini Masterpieces (él Records)

Two superb three-disc collections from the esteemed él Records offer up superb examples of the use of classical music and classical styles in modern cinema–one collection offers an overview of familiar music used in a variety of films, whilst the other documents the interplay between composer Federico Fellini and his primary orchestrator, Nino Rota.

Blossom Dearie: The Adorable Blossom Dearie (El Records)

Vocalist Blossom Dearie possessed one of the most innocent sounding voices in all of jazz and pop. This three disc set examines her early work up to her two “debut” albums, as well as the debut of her vocal harmony combo. It’s a fitting and impressive collection of jazz music, and serves as an excellent starting point for her wide and impressive discography.

Django Reinhardt: Diminishing Blackness: The Compositions Of Django Reinhardt (él Records)

Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt helped to innovate and define the role of the guitar as a leading instrument within the jazz world. This three disc set offers up a fine primer to the masterful guitarist’s legacy, while also including tributes and interpretations of his work made posthumously by his contemporaries.

Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin: Missa Luba (él Records)

El Records’ latest box set compiles most of the original studio recordings of the Congolese boys choir Les Troubadours du Roi Bauduoin, and then uses it as a springboard to examine the use of classical music in postwar cinema. At nearly four hours, it is a veritable feast for the ears.

Various Artists: Kubrick’s Music: Selections From The Films of Stanley Kubrick (El Records)

Although this four-disc box set that examines this soundtrack scores of Stanley Kubrick is far from complete and nowhere near definitive, it does offer five hours’ worth of fantastic music that shows just how diverse the legendary director’s ear was when it came to his films.

Felt: Me & A Monkey On The Moon (Cherry Red)

Felt came to a quiet end in 1989, completing their”ten albums and ten singles in ten years” plan, and they did so with some of their finest music and best produced material of their career. The album also serves as an interesting predecessor and forerunner to the forthcoming Britpop movement.

Various Artists: João Gilberto And The Stylists Of Bossa Nova Sing Antonio Carlos Jobim (él Records)

For what would have been his 90th year, él Records has released a lush, delightful two-disc collection of recordings and interpretations of Brazilian songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim, and this set serves as a wonderful introduction into his world, as well as showing how much of an international influence the Bossa Nova master had on the music of the era.

Song Of The Day: The Dudley Moore Trio, “Song For Suzy”

Taken from the él Records release, Today.

The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds (él Records)

This mysterious record appeared in 1967, and with its cheesy sound effects and pretentious narration, it’s a record that’s impossible not to laugh at. But scratch the surface and you’ll find that this anonymous little record was actually the work of some of the finest musicians of the era and has since become a legend in its own right.