Frankie Randall turns to today’s English mod sounds on his latest RCA Victor stereo LP, “The Mods and the Pops” (LSP-3941). And it just doesn’t suit him.
Randall’s vocal styling just isn’t at home on this type pop tune. He has his best opportunity with “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” made famous by the Cowsills. Others he tries are “Life Can Be Beautiful,” “I Can See for Miles,” “Flower in the Rain” and “Let’s Go to San Francisco.” Let’s hope Randall is given better fare next time.
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For some reason, Lawrence Welk’s music always sounds much better on records than on his weekly television show. For one thing, it isn’t as corny on records. “Love is Blue” is the title of Welks’ latest album on the new Ranwood (Randy Wood) label (RLP-8003). Welk’s group turns to some of the popular tunes of the day and makes them sound quite good. These include “Green Tambourine,” “We Can Fly,” “Goin’ Out of My Head,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Watch What Happens.” There’s also a very good version of “Talk to the Animals.” The Welk orchestra scores on this one. It’s very listenable.
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