This week we have been showcasing records that I bought without any close inspection and upon arrival at home, discovered them to be different than their covers. If you have been following this blog, you can imagine how excited I was to see this as I post a lot of work by both Doc Severinsen and Command Records. Plus this was only a dollar.
And what a track list this was, “Mas Que Nada”, “Love Theme from Paris Burning”, “It’s Not Unusual”, “Walk On By” ( the Burt Bacharachsong), “Goin’ Out Of My Head” ,and “Guantanamera”. Plus the “Singing” in the title would indicate vocals. With a vocal chorus of 12 singers, Severinsen was backed on this record by the usual cast of Command characters including Dick Hyman and Tony Mottola. All in all, this would have been a great album. Severinsen would have to really, I mean really screw the pooch for this record not to be great.
Well, my heart sank when I pulled this out as I was quite hyped to listen to it. What I got was An American Salute by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Released in 1972 by RCA, this is collection of songs with an American feel with numbers both contemporary and traditional.
Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of really great songs on this record and Fiedler’s skills as the leading conductor of pop orchestras is quite evident here. I actually had about half this album recorded as potential samples. Songs I liked include the title track, “Deep In The Heart of Texas”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, “Rodeo Hoedown”, and “Chester”. Ultimately, I went with “Alabama Jubilee” which is a more traditional Americana number along with the Jim Webb penned “Galveston” which is quite a good version. Having some second thoughts writing this post about switching “Alabama” for “Chester” but no. I am going with my gut.
So as good as this record is and despite my respect for Fiedler, I was just way to jazzed to hear the Severinsen album so I am still quite disappointed with this transaction. Meh. I know this is really unfair to Fiedler. Anyway, I am still looking out for the Severinsen record and hopefully, this story will have a happy ending.