Enoch Light and the Light Brigade - Dimension 3

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Enoch Light and the Light Brigade - Dimension 3

Enoch Light began as a light classical violinist after graduating from Johns Hopkins University, performing in the US and Europe. After a near-fatal car accident in 1940 and World War II interrupted his classical career, he organized his own dance band, "The Light Brigade," and worked in clubs and hotels around the Northeast, including the Grill Room of the Hotel Taft. It was a conservative band, what was known as a "sweet band," specializing in music for middle-aged dancers. He recorded with this band for RCA and Columbia. He broke up the band toward the end of the 1940s and went into management, working for several record companies before becoming president of Waldorf Music Hall Records in 1954. He founded his own label, Grand Award, in 1956 and had several successes with Dixieland and honky-tonk piano albums by such anonymous groups as the "Charleston City All-Stars" and "Knuckles O'Toole" (aka Dick Hyman). Grand Award featured some of the ugliest covers and worst presentations ever put out--which was remarkable, considering Light's next venture: Command Records. Light sold Grand Award to ABC Records and formed Command in 1959 with the specific aim of capitalizing on the emerging market of stereo fanatics. He wanted his recordings to take maximum advantage of left-right channelization without stooping to tricks like "ping-pong" effects. He was a meticulous engineer and put as much effort into the quality of his recording equipment and production systems as into the music itself. He tested a number of New York studios before selecting , and he was the first to arrange the musicians to suit the audio effects he wanted to achieve. He devoted a considerable amount of prose to describing the acoustic aspects of each number--to the point that he started a new LP packaging format, the gatefold, to fit it all in. Finally, he set Command LPs apart on the store racks with bold abstract designs, the first few by the artist Josef Albers. The first Command LP, "Persuasive Percussion," was a huge hit. It was unlike anything before it because its sales came almost exclusively from retail exposure--its numbers received relatively little airplay on the mono AM radio. Joel Whitburn lists "Persuasive" as one of the 25 best-selling albums of the modern era. The comments of Hi Fi magazine's reviewer R.D. Darrell capture the impact of "Persuasive Percussion" on its target audience: This new label's debut in the audiophile-showpiece stakes certainly lives up to its name with its arresting black-and-white dotted cover and the bold claims of its album notes for the dynamic channel-balancing and transient-response-checking virtues of its contents. And the fancy Lew Davies novelty arrangements not only effectively exploit the extraordinarily (even in these days) wide dynamic frequency range and marked channel differentiations of the recording, but also--with the help of dramatic channel switching--do indeed provide useful and rigorous playback system tests. ... Among these infinite varieties of jingle-jangle, the omnivorous sound fancier will certainly find a few new sonic titillations.(November 1959 issue) – from notes on www.spaceagepop.com

1) All I Do Is Dream Of You (N.H. Brown-A. Freed) (2'34")
2) Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries (L. Brown-K. Henderson) (2'10")
3) Carribe (E. Light-L. Davies) (1'56")
4) Was She Prettier Than I? (from “High Spirits” – H. Martin-T. Gray) (2'44")
5) My Old Flame (A. Johnston-S. Caslow) (2'59")
6) Hey There (from “The Pajama Game” – R. Adler-J. Ross) (2'25")
7) Love And Marriage (J. van Heusen-S. Cahn) (2'30")
8) Adios (E. Woods-E. Madriguera) (2'36")
9) Swamp-Fire (H. Mooney) (2'21")
10) The Hawaiian Wedding Song (C.E.King) (3'00")
11) For All We Know (J.Fred Coots-S.M. Lewis) (2'41")
12) It’s Only A Paper Moon (H.Arlen-B.Rose-Y.Harburg) (2'46")

Source: Command LP RS 867-S.D., recorded 1964
Thanks to John Whitmore (UK) for the LP transcription
Digital restoration: Curt Timmons 2015/2016
Cover art from original LP sleeve - CD label from original LP labe

Enoch Light and the Light Brigade - Dimension 3 Enoch Light began as a light classical violinist after graduating from Johns Hopkins University, performing in the US and Europe. After a near-fatal car accident in 1940 and World War II interrupted hi
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