on 14 February 2016
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.
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.
Goldies Record in UK has released this 3 CD set with 5 albums, originally on the Command label:
1. Persuasive Percussion (#1 for 13 weeks/1960)
2. Persuasive Percussion, Volume 2 (3/1960)
3. Persuasive Percussion, Volume 3 (3/1961)
4. Provocative Percussion (2/1960)
5. Provocative Percussion Volume 2 (4/1960)
There are 18 songs in disc 1, 18 songs in disc 2 and 24 songs in disc 3. The sound is well remastered, bringing out the original vibrating latin percussion stereo effects. The most well known tune is of course I’m In The Mood For Love. Of course all the other treasures are here, including Misirlou, Whatever Lola Wants and Tabu, etc. The negative side is that the original famous album covers of these 5 albums were no where to be seen.
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 29 CDs and 35 original albums. When I have time, I shall convert them all into CDs using 32-bit/96kHz remastering.
Varese has released a 2 CD set in 1995, called Persuasive Percussion: Bachelor Pad Music, and Provocative Percussion: Bachelor Pad Music. But they are out of print now. Sepia Records from UK also just released a one CD set of Persuasive Percussion. Now, for all you collectors out there, this set, with 5 albums on 3 CDs, is a good buy. You do not find these five rare albums on CDs in one set anywhere else, unless you remaster from albums yourself. The price is reasonable. Just buy it, play it loud, and sit back to listen to the true stereo ping-pong effect of the percussion music, bringing back many fond memories of the past. Very highly recommended.
on 22 February 2015
Enoch Light was a trained classical violinist , a band leader and sound engineer . The last two occupations came to the fore when he made these 5 albums . They all got in the top 5 of the pop charts in the years 1960 & 1961 . Stereo records had started to come out in 1958 and as more people aquired the playback equipment they wanted records that showcased the possibilities . Enoch Light produced this series of records that did just that . They are collections of jazzy standards featuring a lot of percussion that exaggerate the left/right spacial effects . In a few short years , after rock music took over , records like this would be lucky to make the top 50 . The music is fairly entertaining and the sound is good .