Just For Kicks · MMM Nice · On The Rocks (3 LPs on 2 CDs) + Bonus Tracks
  • RCA LSP-2027 RCA LSP-2027
  • RCA LSP-2117 RCA LSP-2117
  • RCA LSP-2145 RCA LSP-2145
  • Bob Thompson Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson

Just For Kicks · MMM Nice · On The Rocks (3 LPs on 2 CDs) + Bonus Tracks

Blue Moon 800 Series

Personnel:
Bob Thompson, His Orchestra & Chorus. Featured soloists Don Fagerquist (tp), Ted Nash, Bud Shank, Pete Candoli, Ronny Lang (saxes), Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino (tb), Larry Bunker (vib), Howard Roberts (g), Red Mitchell (b), Shelly Manne (d)

Reference: BMCD 819_2

Bar code: 8427328008198

· Digipack Collectors Edition
· 16-Page Illustrated Booklet
· Comprehensive Discographical details
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit


Back in 1958, Bob Thompson was a young arranger and conductor from California with the firm belief that the unexpected is exciting. If music is going to be funhe reasonedit ought to have surprises. With that in mind, he created a jazz-influenced choral-orchestral sound he could justifiably call his own. The chorus, thanks to Thompsons astute conception, became an integrated section of the orchestra.

This collection presents the three great albums he recorded for RCA Victor, including a batch of choice standards and several of Thompsons own compositions, all light-hearted and with the infectious flavor that was his signature. You will find his music refreshing, adventuresome, spontaneous, swinging, sensuous, hip, and, above all, intelligent. It was especially designed with an eye (and both ears) toward Stereo, and includes the excellent musical contributions of some outstanding Hollywood jazz musicians.

Bobs albums are some of the finest examples of what later became known as Space Age Pop records.


Tracklisting:

CD 1

01. ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Lerner-Loewe) 2:45
02. ALL OF YOU (Porter) 2:22
03. BYE BYE BLACKBIRD (Dixon-Henderson) 2:24
04. ANGEL EYES (Brent-Dennis) 2:55
05. MAKIN WHOOPEE (Kahn-Donaldson) 2:38
06. DIGA DIGA DOO (Fields-McHugh) 2:43
07. LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING (De Sylva-Kern) 2:28
08. IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
(Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 2:21
09. WHY DO I LOVE YOU (Kern-Hammerstein II) 2:28
10. JUST FOR KICKS (Thompson) 2:27
11. A FOGGY DAY (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:14
12. PEEK-A-BOO (Thompson) 2:34
13. ITS ALL RIGHT WITH ME (Porter) 2:20
14. MAD ABOUT THE BOY (Coward) 2:16
15. THEY CANT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
(G. & I. Gershwin) 2:25
16. HELLO YOUNG LOVERS (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 2:18
17. THE BEST THING FOR YOU (Berlin) 2:27
18. AINT WE GOT FUN (Kahn-Egan-Whiting) 2:38
19. THE SONG IS YOU (Kern-Hammerstein II) 2:23
20. DO IT AGAIN (Gershwin-De Sylva) 2:14
21. PLAYBOY (Thompson) 2:15

CD 2

01. YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME
(Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 2:09
02. JOIE DE VIVRE (Thompson) 2:31
03. IVE GROW ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE
(Lerner-Loewe) 2:24
04. PEOPLE WILL SAY WERE IN LOVE
(Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 2:34
05. WHILE WERE YOUNG (Engvick-Wilder-Palitz) 2:05
06. MMM, NICE! (Thompson) 2:23
07. HAPPY TALK (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 2:28
08. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE (Lerner-Loewe) 2:39
09. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
(Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II) 2:25
10. THERES A SMALL HOTEL (Rodgers-Lorenz Hart) 2:24
11. BREEZIN ALONG WITH THE BREEZE
(Simons-Whiting-Gillespie) 2:31
12. JUST YOU, JUST ME (Greer-Klages) 2:44
13. JUNE IS BUSTIN OUT ALL OVER
(Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 2:15
14. ALWAYS (Berlin) 2:08
15. THE LITTLE BLACK BOX (Thompson) 2:29
16. ON THE ROCKS (Thompson) 2:28
17. JERSEY BOUNCE
(Wright-Plater-Bradshaw-Johnson) 2:21
18. ILL SEE YOU AGAIN (Coward) 2:16
19. Radio Theme in the Style of Bob Thompson 0:41 (*)
20. Texaco 1:01 (*)
21. PEPSI is for Swingers Vocals
by Mel Tormé 1:20 (*)

(*) Are Bonus Tracks



Original sources:

CD 1, tracks #1-14 from "Just For Kicks"
(RCA Victor LSP-2027).

CD 1, tracks #15-21 & CD 2 tracks #1-6
from "Mmm Nice!" (RCA LSP-2117).

CD 2, tracks #7-18 from "On The Rocks"
(RCA LSP-2145).

CD 2, tracks #19-21 taken from original
radio and TV commercials.



Personnel on "Just For Kicks":

ALL OF YOU / THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE / BYE BYE BLACKBIRD / ANGEL EYES

Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Joe Howard, Tommy Pederson, Milt Bernhart, Ed Kusby, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Ted Nash, flute; Jules Jacob, flute & oboe; Howard Roberts, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Frank Flynn, Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Milt Holland, percussion; Kathryn Julye, harp.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on November 3, 1958


MAKIN WHOOPEE / DIGA DIGA DOO / LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING / IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING

Pete Candoli, trumpet; Dick Nash, Tommy Pederson, Lloyd Ulyate, Ed Kusby, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Ted Nash, flute; Gene Cipriano, oboe & flute; Howard Roberts, guitar; Red Mitchell, bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Frank Flynn, Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Milt Holland, percussion; Kathryn Julye, harp.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on November 10, 1958


WHY DO I LOVE YOU / JUST FOR KICKS

Don Fagerquist, Ray Triscari, Uan Rasey, Manny Stevens, trumpets; Dick Noel, Milt Bernhart, Ed Kusby, Nic DiMaio, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Ted Nash, alto sax & flute; Howard Roberts, guitar; Red Mitchell, bass; Frank Capp, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Frank Flynn, Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Milt Holland, percussion.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on November 17, 1958


A FOGGY DAY / PEEK-A-BOO / JUST FOR KICKS / ITS ALL RIGHT WITH ME / MAD ABOUT THE BOY

Don Fagerquist, Frank Beach, Uan Rasey, Al Porcino, trumpets; Dick Nash, Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart, Lloyd Ulyate, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Phil Stephens, tuba; Ronny Lang, alto sax & flute; Howard Roberts, guitar; Red Mitchell, bass; Frank Capp, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Bernie Mattinson, Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Milt Holland, percussion.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on November 28, 1958



Personnel on "Mmm Nice!":

THEY CANT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME / HELLO YOUNG LOVERS

Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart, Richard Noel, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, George Roberts, bass trombones; Red Callender, tuba; Ted Nash, flute; Howard Roberts, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Alvin Stoller, drums; Victor Feldman, vibes; Frank Flynn, Louis Singer, William Kraft, Richard Cornell, Milt Holland, percussion; Kathryn Julye, harp.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on June 22, 1959


THE BEST THING FOR YOU / AINT WE GOT FUN

Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Tommy Pederson, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Ted Nash, Paul Horn, alto saxes & flute; Howard Roberts, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Alvin Stoller, drums; Emil Richards, vibes; Richard Cornell, marimba; Jerry Williams, bongos; John Cyr, Louis Singer, percussion; Kathryn Julye, harp.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on June 29, 1959


THE SONG IS YOU / DO IT AGAIN / PLAYBOY

Don Fagerquist, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Al Porcino, trumpets; Bob Enevoldsen, valve trombone; Murray McEachern, Milt Bernhart, Tommy Pederson, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Phil Stephens, tuba; Ronny Lang, Paul Horn, flutes; Howard Roberts, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Mel Lewis, drums; Emil Richards, vibes; Richard Cornell, marimba; Alvin Stoller, John Cyr, Louis Singer, percussion.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on July 9, 1959


YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME / JOIE DE VIVRE / IVE GROW ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE

Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Dick Noel; Harry Betts, Ed Kusby, Tommy Pederson, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Bud Shank, alto sax & flute; Paul Horn, flute; Al Hendrickson, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Irving Cottler, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Frank Flyn, John Cyr, percussion; Kathryn Julye, harp.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on August 12, 1959


PEOPLE WILL SAY WERE IN LOVE / WHILE WERE YOUNG / MMM, NICE!

Don Fagerquist, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Al Porcino, trumpets; Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Tommy Pederson, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Bud Shank, Ted Nash, alto sax & flute; Al Hendrickson, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Frank Flyn, John Cyr, percussion.

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on August 12, 1959



Personnel on "On The Rocks":

HAPPY TALK / ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE / ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE

Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate, Dick Noel, Milt Bernhart, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Ronny Lang, alto saxe flute; Paul Horn, flute; Al Hendrickson, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Larry Bunker, vibes; Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, Richard Cornell, John Cyr, percussion; Kathryn Julye, harp.

R.C.A. Victor Studios, Hollywood, on October 21, 1959


THERES A SMALL HOTEL / BREEZIN ALONG WITH THE BREEZE / JUST YOU, JUST ME

Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate, Harry Betts, Milt Bernhart, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Ted Nash, Ronny Lang, flutes; Al Hendrickson, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Louis Singer, Ralph Hansell, William Kraft, Milt Holland, percussion; Ann Stockton, harp.

R.C.A. Victor Studios, Hollywood, on November 4, 1959


JUNE IS BUSTIN OUT ALL OVER / ALWAYS / THE LITTLE BLACK BOX

Don Fagerquist, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Al Porcino, trumpets; Joe Howard, Frank Rosolino, Harry Betts, Lloyd Ulyate, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Paul Horn, alto sax & flute; Bud Shank, Ted Nash, flutes; Al Hendrickson, guitar; Red Mitchell, bass; Mel Lewis, drums; Emil Richards, vibes; Ralph Hansell, Richard Cornell, John Cyr, Milt Holland, percussion.

R.C.A. Victor Studios, Hollywood, on November 11, 1959


ON THE ROCKS / JERSEY BOUNCE / ILL SEE YOU AGAIN

Don Fagerquist, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Al Porcino, trumpets; Frank Rosolino, Harry Betts, Lloyd Ulyate, Tommy Pederson, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Red Callender, tuba; Bud Shank, Ronny Lang, alto sax & flute; Al Hendrickson, guitar; Monty Budwig, bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Emil Richards, vibes; Ralph Hansell, Richard Cornell, John Cyr, Milt Holland, percussion.

R.C.A. Victor Studios, Hollywood, on November 18, 1959




Original recordings produced by Neely Plumb

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol


Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered


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Review:

"Bachelor Pad Music (also known as Space Age Pop or Space Age Bachelor Pad Music) is a multi-faceted collection of genres that represents, to quote the Music For a Bachelors Den (1995) compilations liner notes, the type of easy listening music bachelors listened to, and entertained with, during the golden age of hi-fi and the dawn of stereo. This umbrella title includes some of the sexiest and most exciting and progressive music of the 1950s and early 1960s. Bachelor Pad Music tends to position itself at that magical moment where boy meets girl for the first time, but in an atmosphere of down-to-earth sophistication that has plenty of room for imagination and, most importantly, fun. This is the exact moment where Bob Thompsons classic albums Just For Kicks (1958), Mmm, Nice! (1959), and On the Rocks (1959) take us.

With its subtle balance of sophisticated party music (think Henry Mancini), bouncy hi-fi stereo tester music (think Enoch Light), and Vintage television and movie music (think the Bewitched theme), with a dash of Exotica thrown in (think Martin Denny and Les Baxter), Just for Kicks, Mmm, Nice!, and On the Rocks work as some of the better examples of a ground zero Bachelor Pad Music sound and therefore are a good place to start exploring Bachelor Pad Music.

Previously only available on CD as obscure Japanese imports, these albums are available together in the same package for the first time ever, thanks to a CD deluxe reissue from Spanish Bachelor Pad Music specialty label Blue Moon Producciones. This reissue goes out of its way to memorialize the albums, with expertly-designed deluxe foldout packaging augmented by a 16-page booklet that contains full session information, background info on Bob Thompson, and full front and back cover art for all three LPs. The songs are arranged in the order in which they were recorded rather than according to the original track listings, but for the most part they transition well from one track to another [...]

Big thanks to Blue Moon Producciones for giving these albums the royal treatment they deserve and for making these classic bachelor pad albums available to a wider audience. This is a foundational set for Bachelor Pad Music fans, as well as fantastic music for parties and great music to work, study, and relax to."

David Gasten -March 18, 2012
www.thisisvintagenow.com

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