01) Lover Come Back To Me
02) The Merry Widow Waltz
03) Cracked Ice
04) Song Of The Islands
05) Danube Waves
06) Wrap It Up
01) Blue Skies
02) Ubangi Stomp
03) Cherry Bean
04) Earl's Imagination
05) My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice
To round off the Be Bop Wino Bostickathon of Earl Bostic King LPs here's a 1959 re-recorded stereo version of the LP originally released as King 395-529 in December 1956.
The 1956 LP consisted of tracks which had previously been released as singles, mostly in 1953 and 1954. As with the other early Earl Bostic 12 inch LPs, this one went through several re-releases. It was reissued as King 529 in 1958 with a new cover as shown below:
Between March and June 1959 Earl Bostic re-recorded every LP which he had previously issued in the King 500 series, with the exception of his last release in the series, King 597 "Alto Magic In Hi-Fi: A Dance Party With Bostic."
The albums which were re-recorded in 1959 were:
395-500 The Best Of Bostic
395-503 Earl Bostic For You
395-525 Dance Time
395-529 Let's Dance With Earl Bostic
547 Invitation To Dance With Bostic
558 C'mon And Dance With Earl Bostic
571 Bostic Rocks Hits Of The Swing Age
583 Bostic Showcase Of Swinging Dance Hits
The first 5 LPs in the series had already been reissued in mono with the prefix 395 removed from their numbers in 1958. They also had been given new covers which were re-used on the 1959 stereo issues.
Alternative cover for stereo issue of "Let's Dance"
With the exception of "The Merry Widow Waltz", which was recorded during sessions for LPs in the King 600 series, the tracks for the stereo version of "Let's Dance With Earl Bostic" were recorded towards the end of the re-recording sessions in June 1959. The final such session was held on June 15th when nine tracks were recorded for the stereo version of "Invitation To Dance With Bostic" (King 547).
Recording details for "Let's Dance With Earl Bostic" (stereo):
Los Angeles, January 27th / 28th, 1959
Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Elmer Schmidt (vibraphone); Sir Charles Thompson (piano); Rene Hall and Allan Seltzer (guitars); Herb Gordy (bass); Earl Palmer (drums) -
The Merry Widow Waltz
Cincinnati, June 9th and 10th, 1959
Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Roland Johnson (vibraphone); Joe Thomas (piano); Warren Stephens and Allan Seltzer (guitars); Herb Gordy (bass); William Erskine (drums) -
Cincinnati, June 9th, 1959:
Lover Come Back To Me
Song Of The Islands
Wrap It Up
Cincinnati, June 10th, 1959:
My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice
Sources - Bruyninckx, Billboard, The Cash Box, Both Sides Now website.
Artwork - Discogs, 3345ca, various record sales sites.
And with this post we come to the end of the Bostic King LP marathon. I'm all Bosticked out. There will be a look at Earl's pre-King work in the near future but in the meantime let's tune in to some other R&B artists. There's a loada stuff in the pipeline to keep you lockdowners a-movin' and a groovin'. Keep on truckin' everyone!