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\ POPS Brown - skinned K Jimmy Little has one am- ii hition.
f-í He wants to prove, as |. \amatjira did, that the
riginal Australian can climb I to the top in his chosen pro
Jimmy's field is music - ; ballad music with a sweet beat.
The proof that he does this sort of thing supremely well is the release by Festival I (FX-5126) of a little album I "Jimmy Little Sings Ballads
With a Beat."
IK. With the Graduates and in I strumental accompaniment, I Jimmy brings a warm sin I cerity, a high degree of feel
I ing, and a refreshing absence \ of cheap gimmicks to four old i favorites-"Ol' Man River," I "That Lucky Old Sun," « "Danny Boy," and "I'll Take' I You Home Again, Kathleen."
Jimmy is a perfectionist - '? ne spends hour after hour in ? polishing and repolishing each j number. The pay-off is ballad I singing of very high quality.
On this form Jimmy is a big step nearer to his ambition and several rungs up the hit- parade ladder.
If you can stand another Forty Miles of Bad Road, hop aboard with Duane Eddy, his twangy guitar, and The Rebels (London HL-1553).
It's rugged rhythm. Those witch-like screams make the disc sound like a rock-'n-roller composed by Wagner for those airborne Valkyries.
In complete contrast is the flipside, "The Quiet Three." The melody is catching and it gets the full swaying violin,
wordless choir treatment.
Teresa Brewer does her
up-beat best (Coral CK-3653)
with rock-inclined orchestra
and chorus, to match the Col Joye smash hit "Bye Bye Baby."
But her best is not quite good enough to cause Col any greàt concern.
However, the flipside, "Heavenly Lover," could well bc a chart-climber. Teresa's
sottly intimate style put the Italian evergreen among the top 50 in the States.
Artistry, intelligence, re- straint - these qualities make each and every track of Charles Trenet's "Bourn!'' (Columbia-SEGO 7819) en- chanting listening.
"La Mer," surely, is one of the most haunting melodies to emerge from this day and generation.
. Side two contains the lilting "En Avril a Paris" and-one for the connoisseur-Trenet's own setting of the Fontaine fable "La Cigale et la Formi," with accompaniment by Django Reinhardt and thc Quintet of the Hot Club of
Close your eyes and you can be part of the bubblingly
enthusiastic audience at
Compton Junior College in California at a concert by the FjDur Freshmen.
For that's where the disc (Capitol T1008) "The Four
Freshmen" was recorded.
The 14 tracks get off to a great start with Ken Albert's trumpet riding high in "Some- body Loves Me."
The other three Freshmen Ross Barbour on drums, Don Barbour, guitar, and Bob Flanigan, bass and trombone, also provide their own accom- paniment.
"Them There Eyes," which features a vocal by Ross, Ken's mellophone, and a Flanigan bass figure, is really something to get excited
CLASSICS : Capitol (P-8407) couples happily on LP Stravinsky's "Petruchka" and "The Firebird."
It Ls 50 years since Stravin- sky wrote this music. It re- mains as fresh and vital as on the day it was minted.
"Petruchka" is irresistible. Leopold Stokowski and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will carry you to the tingling haunt of a Russian carnival.
You'll be happily jostling along with the drunkards, hurdy-gurdy players, musi- cians, gipsies, Cossacks, and the others out to enjoy all the
fun of the fair.
Incidentally, the recording has the same crackling clarity as the music it reproduces.