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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Viscounts - Harlem Nocturne: Lost Instrumentals, Vol. 1

The Viscounts, an instrumental group formed in New Jersey in 1958, hit the charts twice with their version of  Earl Hagen's bluesy Harlem Nocturne.

The Viscounts, fronted by saxophonist Harry Haller, first recorded the tune for Madison in 1959.

The single rose to No. 52 on the Billboard pop chart and was followed by an album.

In 1965 both the single and album recorded for Madison were reissued on the Amy label.

This time the Viscounts' recording of Harlem Nocturne went to No. 39 on the Billboard chart. The reissued album had a slightly different track listing than the Madison release.

Most of the Viscounts early recordings, including all the tracks on both versions of the album, were collected on a 1998 CD release, Harlem Nocturne: Lost Instrumentals, Vol. 1. It's pictured at the top of this post

One of the tracks on the vinyl LP (both versions) was Viscount Rock. The link below will get you the MP3 of that tune.

Viscount Rock

The Vulture CD has long been out of print, although there are a few copies for sale on eBay for about $17. That's about the cheapest you'll find it. A word of warning: The sound quality is far from pristine and the packaging is slipshod, so it's possible this is a bootleg.

With the exception of Harlem Nocturne, none of the Viscounts' recordings appear to be available as legal downloads.

From YouTube, here's the Viscounts' big hit.

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