Saturday, June 02, 2018

Francis Scott and His Orchestra--Moods for Candlelight (1952)

I found this during a recent thrift visit--the cover was too cool to pass on.  Disc is in solid shape, so I gave it a spin and decided it merits a post.  This is beautifully arranged and performed mood music/easy listening, perfect for background sounds. The orchestra belongs to Francis Scott (no Key), who was Artists and Repertoire man for Capitol, among other duties.

As I noted, this is elegant, first-rate EZ (think Tommy Dorsey meets Andre Kostelanetz), but don't expect the tracks to remain in memory--none have in mine, anyway, even after three plays.  They are background selections, after all.  They set the mood, then they leave the room.

This is a 12" reissue of the eight tracks from the 10" LP of the same name, with four tracks added from Moods for Twilight, Capitol L-331 (same year-1952).  The label design on my disc identifies it as a 1960-1962 pressing.

Click here to hear:  Moods for Candlelight

(Tracks reissued from 10" LP Moods for Candlelight on Capitol T-304, 1952.  Tracks marked with * from 10" LP Moods for Twilight, Capitol L-331, 1952)

The Touch of Your Lips
I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
It's a Blue World
It Had to Be You
How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)
*My Heart Stood Still
*Just a Memory
I Hadn't Anyone Till You
*Dream a Little Dream of Me
More Than You Know
This Love of Mine

Moods for Candlelight--Francis Scott and His Orchestra (Capitol T-304, reissue of 1952 material.)



Buster said...

Thanks, Lee - I have had this LP for many years and never listened to it. Every time I see it, I wonder what it sounds like . . .

Ernie said...

I was going to ask if this was the original 10" issue, but I see you've got all that info in there already. :) Always a step ahead.

Geordie said...


Lee Hartsfeld said...

It's always cool to discover when a pop LP has been through a variety of reissues. The Fifties was a restless era in that regard. EPs, 78s, 10" LPS, 12" LPs, title changes, added tracks. Oh, my.