From 1956, Music to Remember You By, aka Music for Everyone--"The Top Favorites of Today and Forever." Discogs lists a Gateway edition of this LP (called Music for Everyone) which contains Skokian and Blue Indigo in place of Yesterdays and Moonlight Sonata. Why? Who knows? And, despite the absence of Skokian and Blue Indigo, those titles nevertheless appear on this cover. Another instance of saving on quality control by not having any.
This editing job was epic (a hundred or so surface "pimples"), which necessarily means the music wasn't worth the trouble I put into rescuing it. But that doesn't equate to a poor album--it's actually quite nice, and I like the patchwork, haul-in-the-filler-tracks quality. One of my blog goals is to give special attention to the more (most?) ephemeral, transitory, common-today-forgotten-tomorrow popular music items of the past, because even churned-out stuff like all those twist-ploitation LPs can prove to be more interesting and variegated than we think. We only know by investigating.
Both Sides Now identifies Cherry Blossom Pink and Apple Wine and Lisbon Antigua as previously issued Gateway releases (Gateway Top Tune 1114 and 1154--1955 and 1956), and I recognize the Roy-Cliffs on Autumn Leaves, which was released in 1955 on Gateway Records 157 (extended play) and Gateway Top Tune 1137 (single). The old sell-the-same-track-three-times bit.
Standout numbers are Lisbon Antigua, Yesterdays (showing up on four Hollywood LPs), You Go to My Head (which would be even nicer with an in-tune brass section), Picnic Theme (likely the same track credited to Michel René & His Orchestra on LPH-14, Strings in the Enchanted Garden), I've Got You Under My Skin, and Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White. The audio qualify varies in a way which suggests, not only more than one recording session, but more than one musical outfit. Which we know to be the case on the Roy-Cliffs track. Also, Just One of Those Things obviously features a combo and not an orchestra.
The back jacket is hopelessly trashed, but here's the first paragraph of the liner notes: "From the first note of musical enchantment 'til the very end of the bright and merry record session, these songs will treat your ear and tingle your musical taste with the finest in all-time favorites along with todays (sic) top-hits." Was AI already here in 1956?
DOWNLOAD: Music to Remember You By--Herbie Layne and His Orch. (Hollywood Records LP-9; 1956)
Just One of Those Things
You Go to My Head
Theme from "Picnic"
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
In My Solitude
I've Got You Under My Skin
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White