Saturday, March 17, 2012
The Lush String Sounds of Dean Franconi & His Orch. (1966?)
You came because you heard I have the Lush String Sounds of Dean Franconi and His Orch. LP for download. Well, you heard correctly. I thrifted it on Thursday, and I can't get over what quality music this turned out to be. Everything else, from the cheap cover to the label name (International Award, a,k.a. Pickwick) to the filler-laden track list, screams "Don't bother!" Worst of all is the way they put the three hit-parade titles in huge letters, as if to emphasize the fact that none of the others are remotely current. Hence, Born Free, Strangers in the Night, A Day in the Life of a Fool, and... Treasure Waltz? Londonderry Air? Such line-ups were a Pickwick specialty. Around these parts, they show up most frequently on that outfit's monumentally junky Design label.
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Anyway, some top-notch mood music here, and even the stereo's decent (except on the three tracks masquerading as stereo--see if you can spot them). Comically indifferent packaging can hide some worthy musical offerings. Though I'm actually starting to dig that cover. It's definitely "period."
To the lush string sounds: Dean Franconi
The Lush String Sounds of Dino Franconi and His Orch. (International Award AKS-271)
Strangers in the Night
A Day in the Life of a Fool
Over the Waves