Here Come The Hits!
As performed by Ronnie Aldrich and his Two Pianos.
I've got several of these "Ronnie Aldrich and his Two Pianos" albums and I've seen lots of other ones in my travels around thrift stores from Cleveland to California. The basic idea seems to be that Ronnie Aldrich plays a handful of popular tunes using not one but two pianos (often done up in extreme left-right stereo separation for your convenience). It's not entirely clear whether Ronnie is playing both pianos himself, but given the considerable technical wizardry of the "Phase 4 Stereo" concept that seems to be the cornerstone of this production, almost anything is possible.
Most of Aldrich's albums are really pretty lame, but Here Come The Hits has what it takes to entertain me: the right combination of cheesy pop hits and a groovy psychedelic jacket mural (could those polka-dotted mushrooms be an accident?) Joining forces with the London Festival Orchestra, Aldrich covers tunes like Venus, Sugar Sugar, Arizona, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters. A sappy version of the Lennon/McCarney tune Because is one of a pair of Beatle covers on the album. According to the liner notes, "These arrangements will attract music fans of all interests --those who like 'pop' with the orchestral sound, and those who know little of the 'pop' scene but know a good tune when they hear one".
Here Come The Hits is recorded in fabulous Phase 4 Stereo, a "radically new and dynamic concept in the art of high fidelty reproduction" that's described in painstaking detail on the inside of the beautiful fold-out album jacket. My theory is that reading an essay about 20 track musical recording, written to sound technical without actually being terribly accurate or specific, was meant to enahnce the listening experience, probably by causing the listener to focus on the sound quality rather than the artistic content of the music. In my case, it seems to have worked.
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|Sugar, Sugar (MP3)||I love the kettle drum sounds in this quasi-classical Archies cover.|
The "Love" Album is a New-Sound 1975 aldrich, added a flute, and the drum is most variable, this magic sound ended in 1978 with "Emotions" album that have the "starwars theme" with effects guitars. but in 1979 n the 80s is other Ronnie aldrich, with only one piano, and minus inspiration. (04-11-2007)
says: Phase 4, do you have a boyfriend? myrth
Phase 4, do you have a boyfriend?
Mad Dr. Matt
says: Oh, I'm SORRY! I NEVER meant to infer the citizens of the great state of Ohio were "intellectuals" - oh, no, no, no, no, no! That'd be like calling you a "liberal" or a "child-molester" or something! Let's just forget this whole incident, and MOVE ON!
Oh, I'm SORRY!
I NEVER meant to infer the citizens of the great state of Ohio were "intellectuals" - oh, no, no, no, no, no! That'd be like calling you a "liberal" or a "child-molester" or something!
Let's just forget this whole incident, and MOVE ON! (11-11-2004)
KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04!
René R. González M.
says: WHAT? It'd be nice if people on this list could: 1) Spell correctly, and 2) stick to the topic.
WHAT? It'd be nice if people on this list could: 1) Spell correctly, and 2) stick to the topic. (12-23-2003)
says: You kill to much vinyl records music wen you buy the DECCA company.
You kill to much vinyl records music wen you buy the DECCA company.
Joseph Patrick Cosgrove
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