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  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sepia
  • ASIN: B00A0N02I2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Orchestra conductor Enoch Light produced a string of stereo percussion albums in the 1960s, most of which made the Top Ten best-selling charts including "Big Band Bossa Nova", an album of Bossa Nova numbers that peaked at #8 and remained in the charts for 33 weeks.

In 1962 the bright, new Brazillian rhythm, the Bossa Nova, had just reached North American shores and this album was one of the first that started the craze. Included are the Jobim composed "Desafinado", "One Note Samba", and "Meditation". Digitally re- mastered in glorious stereo, it is appearing here for the first time on CD.

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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2013
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I received my CD today and have played it twice already. I love Bossa Nova music and these Enoch Light recordings from the 1960s capture all that is the essence of Bossa Nova in brilliant stereo. A bargain at the price and yet another must for lovers of orchestral music. Original liner notes from both LPs and readable format. Running time a bit under 70 minutes. Many thanks to Sepia for continuing with these releases.
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Recalling the introduction and popularisation of stereophonic sound during the late Fifties and Sixties, this welcome reissue combines two superbly arranged albums of 1962/1963 intended to demonstrate the spacious and startling advantages of the new sound technology in comparison to the previous boxed-in monaural or monophonic reproduction.

Enoch Light (1905-1978) had gravitas as a classical violinist, bandleader and recording engineer to achieve great results in melding the authentic bossa nova style to big band brass with a mixture of Brazilian tunes and established band stand stalwarts. BIG BAND BRASS imports DESAFINADO and ONE NOTE SAMBA to join the already popular South American favourites, BESAME MUCHO and BRAZIL and theyemet track alongside LULLABY OF BIRDLAND and TAKE THE "A" TRAIN. Having reached the US album chart placement of #8, the inevitable follow-up, LET'S DANCE THE BOSSA NOVA, places more emphasis on popular songs from stage and screen with DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT, MOON RIVER and WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I? sharing track-space with the authentic MEDITATION and LITTLE BOAT, joined by bossa-nova imitations like BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA and BIG BEN BOSSA NOVA.

The original liner notes of the albums are included as well as participating musicians; amongst them Doc Severinsen, Tony Mottola, Ubie Green and Eddie Shaughnessy and the joyful listening experience echoes the type of brassy light music rarely recorded nowadays. Thanks to Sepia for again digging deep and revealing these gratifying treasures in superb remastered CD sound.
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INTRODUCTION:

Enoch Light (1907-1978) was the conductor of his own orchestra, The Light Brigade, since 1935. He was president of Grand Award label and managing director for Command Records, for whom he produced a long string of hit stereo percussion albums in the 1960s, which were considered as audiophile collector’s items. Enoch’s studio musicians were variously billed as Terry Snyder And The All-Stars, and the Command All-Stars. He was surround by top-notched personnel, including Tony Mottola on guitar, Doc Severinsen on trumpet, Phil Bodner on saxophone and Phil Kraus on percussion.

Enoch Light has 26 charted albums, starting with I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha’s on the Grand Award label, followed by his famous Persuasive Percussion which hit Number 1 for 13 weeks in 1960. There were two very distinctive features: 1) the album covers, which usually featured black round dots (if you have seen the album cover, you will know what I mean), and 2) the ping-pong effect of the first stereo sound.

Enoch Light’s earlier albums are slowly released on CDs by labels such as Varese, Goldies and Sepia, especially those famous Persuasive and Provocative Percussion series. Being a completist, I try to collect as many as possible all the releases of Enoch Light, plus other releases on the Command label, such as Tony Mottola, etc. So far, I manage to have 32 CDs and 35 original albums. When I have time, I shall convert them all into CDs using 32-bit/96kHz remastering.

CONTENT:

This CD contains two albums by Enoch Light, with a total of 24 songs.
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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2013
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Big Band Bossa Nova, NOT3CD100

CD1: Stan Getz, Big Band Bossa Nova

1962 with a running time of approx 34 minutes. This 8 track album is a perfect opener for this themed set of albums all dating from the early 1960s. Stan Getz was riding high after his recent success with Jazz Samba and Desafinado and felt there was much more to explore musically in this genre. The arranger on the album was Gary McFarland and the band features many of the best session players of the time.

Compositions are by Luiz Bonfa; Jobim; Gary McFarland & Joao Gilberto. The album was produced by Creed Taylor and released on the Verve label. The album did well charting at number 13 in the USA.

CD2: Enoch Light, Big Band Bossa Nova

The running time for this 12 track stereo album released on the Command label in 1962 is approx 34 minutes.
Enoch Light produced a string of stereo percussion albums in the 1960s, most of which made the Top Ten best-selling charts including "Big Band Bossa Nova", an album of Bossa Nova numbers that peaked at number 8 and remained in the charts for 33 weeks.

In 1962 the bright, new Brazillian rhythm, the Bossa Nova, had just reached North American shores and this album was one of the first that started the craze. Included are the Jobim composed "Desafinado", "One Note Samba", and "Meditation".

CD3: Luiz Bonfa, The King of Bossa Nova

He was there at the birth of the Bossa Nova along with Jobim & Gilberto and in 1962 in common with the other 2 albums he recorded this excellent album highlighting his guitar and vocals skills. This is another album that fully explores the Bossa Nova and with the addition of vocals it rounds off the set of 3 classic recordings.
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