Linda Purl on “Caravan” [Midnight Caravan Revisited]

Posted at 5:00 am by Kelly McCready

By now you should have seen some of Lee Lessack’s previous posts revisiting his first album with LML Music. We continue this series by inviting some of our artists to look back through their favorite tracks from the past.

For the last few weeks we’ve been talking to Linda Purl about her album Midnight CaravanWe know you want more, so here it is!

The great female singers of the 1940s-1950s may have been booze and drug addled, but boy could they sing. It’s beautiful, sexy, sultry, and conjures an image of a smokey bar at night. You can just picture Linda Purl sipping a martini with the best of them. Previously, we heard from Linda about “I Feel a Song Coming On,” “Them There Eyes,” and “Shall We Dance.” The last one was made even more special by the appearance of Desi Arnaz, Jr. and percussionist Papo Pepin.

This week, Linda gives us insight into “Caravan,” a classic song with one of the most recognizable melodies in music history. Trust us, you’ll know it when you hear it.Print

“The melody was actually created out of playing another song backwards. Fun. Brilliant arranger and pianist Tedd Firth captures all that is exotic about this song. He just takes you on the ride… all you have to do is get on board. All the musicians are on fire on this track.” – Linda Purl

Listen to the track here:

Next week, we’ll continue this series by looking at yet another song from the wonderful Midnight Caravan. Until then, happy listening!

 

To hear selected tracks as well as purchase the album, click here.

Linda Purl on “Shall We Dance” [Midnight Caravan Revisited]

Posted at 8:45 am by Kelly McCready

By now you should have seen some of Lee Lessack’s previous posts revisiting his first album with LML Music. We continue this series by inviting some of our artists to look back through their favorite tracks from the past.

Today we catch up with our good friend Linda Purl on her album Midnight Caravan.

Midnight Caravan salutes the great women singing stars of the 1940s and ’50s–from Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland to Rosemary Clooney. This sultry, sexy album conjures a nighttime, Mad Men world where the surroundings are posh, the drinks keep flowing, and nobody goes to bed before three. Previously, we heard from Linda about “I Feel a Song Coming On” and “Them There Eyes.” This week, we talk to her about “Shall We Dance,” another of her favorite tracks from that album.

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“It’s a new and super fun twist on a wonderful old chestnut. Desi and Papo rock on the percussion solo!” – Linda Purl.

Linda is of course referring to musician/actor Desi Arnaz, Jr. and percussionist Papo Pepin, both legendary in their own right.

Listen to “Shall We Dance” below.

 

Next week, we’ll continue this series by looking at yet another song from the wonderful Midnight Caravan. Until then, happy listening!

 

To hear selected tracks as well as purchase the album, click here.

In Good Company [Revisited] – “Vincero Perdero” with Franc D’Ambrosio

Posted at 9:42 am by Kelly McCready

10 years ago, I embarked on a life-changing artistic endeavor to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my LML Music record label. Under the supreme musical direction of Johnny Rodgers and his amazing band we invited 17 brilliant vocalists to join me in the studio to create “In Good Company”. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed and even harder to imagine that LML Music has been around for 20 years! To celebrate all of the above, I am going to share one track each week which I hope you will enjoy.

“Vincero Perdero” with Franc D’Ambrosio

I have loved this tune since first hearing Mario Frangoulis’ rendition.  When I realized the translation was “I will  win, I will lose, I will live my life” – there wasn’t a question that I had to record it.   I knew instantly that I wanted Franc to join me.  What a thrill it was to record this!

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Like what you hear? Click through to find more tracks and purchase “In Good Company” here on LMLMusic, iTunes and Amazon.com

Linda Purl on “Them There Eyes” [Midnight Caravan Revisited]

Posted at 9:00 am by Kelly McCready

You may have seen some of Lee Lessack’s previous posts revisiting his first album with LML Music. We continue this series by inviting some of our artists to look back through their favorite tracks from past albums.

Today we catch up with Linda Purl on her album Midnight Caravanreleased on April 9th, 2013. Last week we heard about “I Feel a Song Coming On.” This week, we talk to her about “Them There Eyes,” another favorite track from that album. 

Straight from New York’s Feinstein’s at the Regency, Midnight Caravan salutes the great women singing stars of the 1940s and ’50s–from Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland to Rosemary Clooney–as they reign over the swanky, sexy supper clubs of the era.  From sultry ballads to hot Latin jazz arrangements of Broadway tunes, the show features classic standards like “My Romance,” “Shall We Dance” and “Caravan,” and conjures a nighttime, Mad Men world where the surroundings are posh, the drinks keep flowing, and nobody goes to bed before three.

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Another great track from that album is “Them There Eyes.”

“It’s impossible to sing this song and be depressed. Try it!” – Linda Purl.

Well, we tried it and she’s right! Do the same for yourself and listen to the track here:

 

Next week, we’ll continue this series by looking at yet another song from the wonderful Midnight Caravan.

 

To listen to selected tracks as well as purchase the album, click here.

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