Got to love Sampler LP’s. I got this one for a $1.00. For reasons other than being cheap sampler, I got this for the version of Cotton Fields.
Command Records was founded by band leader and recording engineer Enoch Light. If you are familiar with the Avalanches song “Frontier Psychiatrist”, then you have heard Enoch. They sampled his song “My Way of Life” pretty heavily for it:
The label made records for audiophiles and apparently Enoch was a sound junkie. Also, due to the fact that he liked to write lengthy descriptions of his music on the album, he invented or at the very least popularized the gatefold sleeve, according to Wikipedia.
The songs on this album vary in sound and probably could use a better sound system than mine. As you would expect, they have upbeat, swinging arrangements with interweaving parts. The tracks provide a good mix of mostly instrumentals varying in style . The only vocals are on the Ray Charles Singers’ tracks, which incidentally, are more closer to Lawrence Welk than Ray Charles. But overall, good arrangements and interesting music.
Cotton Fields, the reason I bit at it, was ok but it turns out, I prefer the rawness of Leadbelly’s original to any slick produced version. I mean, it is good and all, but you can’t take the rawness out.
At first I was leaning towards A Taste of Honey or King of the Road, both horn and organ driven tunes which are very good. However, I settled on Thunderball by Dick Hyman, born in 1927 and still alive. Still working as well. You can check that out on :
Besides recording a couple dozen albums or so, including one on a MOOG, he arranged and composed the music for most of Woody Allen’s films.
This record is satisfactory for me. Consequently, I will also probably pick up anther Command Sampler.