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Name:The Toad
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Country:  England
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The Toad
26th Dec 2014
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra

A: American Patrol
B: Little Brown Jug
Scans of two single-sided demos added: the reverse sides have black labels and a just give a low tone when played. I'd forgotten just how good these two tunes were: 'American Patrol' in particular is flashy, bold and sophisticated, and oozes confidence - for me, it's New York expressed in three minutes forty seconds on a few ounces of vinyl. If anybody wants scans of the black labels I'll pop them on, but it didn't seem worth while.

PS: Should single-sided demos have their own entry / entries?

The Toad
26th Dec 2014
Bechet-Spanier Big Four

A1: If I Could Be With You
A2: That's A Plenty

Sidney Bechet With Humphrey Lyttelton And His Band

B1: Some Of These Days
B2: Black And Blue
Scans of four-pronged labels with centres intact added, with acknowledgement to Thatsunday. The relaxed 'If I Could Be With You', with soprano sax (?) and muted trumpet drifting over discreet guitar and string bass, could be used as a definition of 'tasteful'; then the same four hurry through 'That's A Plenty', which again has lots of room for solos. The tracks on the 'B' are more the kind of 'Trad Jazz' that enjoyed a boom in the late '50s and early '60s: a lively one and a Blues. Any record which combined Sidney Bechet with Humph was always going to be worth a listen, but for me the Big Four just about won the battle of the bands.

The Toad
26th Dec 2014
Donny Osmond

A: The Twelfth Of Never
B: Life Is Just What You Make It
I would guess the paper ones with the spider, followed by the IM ones, as IM appears to have taken over from paper as 1973 went on. The paper ones with the perforations, if they are contract pressings, would probably have been made when the single was already selling well. If that is the case they would have appeared at the same time as later pressings of the IM; ditto the solid centre paper ones, if they too are contract pressings.

The Toad
19th Dec 2014
Gordon's Eight

A: Bossa Caribbeanova
B: The Nitwit
No; I believe it's a British Homophone product - there's no anti-slip ring, and the matrix number, which is at six o'clock as opposed to the 12 o'clock of CBSes, is deep and slightly rough.

The Toad
15th Dec 2014
The Wing And A Prayer Fife And Drum Corps

A: Baby Face (Short Version)
B: Baby Face (Disco Version)
According to the label both sides were recorded in New York, Michael, so I think we probably have to blame the Yanks rather than the Scots for this one.

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Wilhelm Kempff

A: Intermezzo In E Minor, Op. 119, No.2
B: Rhapsody In E Flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4
Decca UK711197"1 
Yakety Yak

A1: Jezebel
A2: You'll Never, Never Know
B1: Bad Boy
B2: Johnny Remember Me
Eron UKEP 0321984EP1 
Witchdoctor And The Spirit

A: Carry On
B: Carry On - Version
Zella UKZEL SPS 42719857"3 

A: Strungout
B: Less
Shineola UKSHINE 0017"2 
Michael O'Callaghan Band

A: A Picture Of Your Mother
B: Power Game
Honey IrelandCOMB.719697"4 

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