1953 albums

Posted Jan 11, 2012
Here are the albums of 1953. The good, the bad, the rock, the roll, the classical and the heavy. It's all about the music and the albums, and it's all about what was around in 1953.
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  1. Memorial Album

    Memorial Album (1953)


    Memorial Album is the first Hank Williams LP issued by MGM Records after the singer's death on New Year's Day 1953.

  2. Hank Williams As Luke The Drifter

    Hank Williams As Luke The Drifter (1954)


    Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter is an LP by Hank Williams released by MGM Records in 1954. It features narrations that Williams released under the pseudonym Luke the Drifter.

  3. Breaking It Up!

    Breaking It Up! (1953)


    Breaking It Up! is an album by Louis Prima, first released in 1958. It features an accompaniment by Keely Smith and was composed by Oscar Gomez and Gigi Gryce.

  4. Let There Be Love

    Let There Be Love (2012)


    Let There Be Love is Joni James debut album, recorded in 1953 and released by MGM Records at the end of the year. It was released in a four-disc 10-inch 78-rpm record box, in both a two-disc 7-inch 45-rpm extended-play foldout album and a four-disc 45-rpm regular-play box and on a 10-inch 33⅓-rpm album. The serial number, 222, coincidentally included James's lucky number, "22," which appeared in many of her record serial numbers all over the world. The album is the first to present its songs as a book in music, opening with "Let There Be Love" and closing with "I'll Be Seeing You", with the songs telling a story start to finish. The memorable cover was done at M-G-M Pictures Studios in Culver City by artist Russ Gale. From the album a single of "Let There Be Love" and "You're Nearer" was shipped to radio stations. Then, by public demand, a single of "You're My Everything" and "You're Nearer" was released. This album offered Joni's second recording of "Let There Be Love," which had been released in an earlier version in 1952 as her first single on Sharp Records in Chicago, then going to M-G-M Records for further distribution. Both recordings were arranged and conducted by Lew Douglas. Let There Be Love went to the top of the album charts and was the sixth-best-selling album of 1953. In 1956 the album was reissued as a 12-inch L.P. and in three single EPs; there was no EP set including the entire album. For this release, four Joni James singles were added, but one of them had never been released. That was "I Need You Now," which was to have followed the hit "My Love, My Love" but was canceled when Eddie Fisher came out with a version recorded several weeks after Joni's. M-G-M had expected Joni's original version to go straight to #1. For the new album the first four songs and second four songs were switched to get "You're My Everything" in the outside groove of the L.P. to facilitate disc jockey play. So, for 50 years, the story the album tells has been garbled. In 1961 the album got new cover art, a new serial number (E3931), and an electronically simulated stereo release. Released again on compact disk with yet more bonus tracks, the album is in its fifth decade as a best seller. Joni James hopes for yet another release which will restore the original song order. Significantly, for her last M-G-M album, Bossa Nova Style, Joni included new recordings of several songs from Let There Be Love, including a new single of "You're Nearer." That album was arranged by Lew Douglas's protégé Chuck Sagle. This information comes from Wayne Brasler, longtime President of the Joni James International Fan Club and the writer of the album notes for all Joni James' CD releases.

  5. Dean Martin Sings

    Dean Martin Sings (1953)


    Dean Martin Sings is the first studio album by Italian-American singer Dean Martin, released in 1953. It is the first long-play 10-inch album recorded by Martin for Capitol Records during two sessions recorded on the evening of November 20, 1952. The first session was recorded between 5 and 8 PM and it produced five songs featuring string arrangements. "There's My Lover" was recorded but not released. After a ninety-minute break, Martin was joined by a brass arrangement to record the remaining four songs. Seven of the eight songs on this album appeared in the Martin & Lewis film, The Stooge. Two years later, the songs from this 10-inch album would be combined with four newly popular songs recorded between 1951 and 1953 to create a full-length 12-inch album. The 2005 Collectors' Choice reissue added four bonus songs recorded between 1949 and 1953 and was released with alternative cover artwork.

  6. Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love

    Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love


    Nat King Cole Sings for Two In Love is a 1955 album by Nat King Cole, arranged by Nelson Riddle.

  7. Blue Period

    Blue Period (1951)


    Blue Period (PRLP 140) is a 1953 10" LP album by Miles Davis, his second released by Prestige Records, recorded over the course of two 1951 recording sessions at New York's Apex Studio. "Bluing" and "Out of the Blue", two Davis compositions, were recorded on October 5, 1951, at the same session as the material for his first album The New Sounds (PRLP 124). "Blue Room", composed by Rodgers and Hart, was recorded earlier that year, at the same January 17 recording session as the three tracks used on the various artists LP Modern Jazz Trumpets (PRLP 113) This earlier session was Davis' first for Prestige.

  8. American Folk Songs For Children

    American Folk Songs For Children (1953)


    American Folk Songs for Children is a studio album released by Pete Seeger in 1953 by Folkways Records. It was Seeger's first solo album.

  9. An Evening with Billie Holiday

    An Evening with Billie Holiday (1953)


    An Evening with Billie Holiday (MG C-144) is the second 10 inch LP studio album by jazz singer Billie Holiday, released by Clef Records in 1953.

  10. Some Fine Old Chestnuts

    Some Fine Old Chestnuts (1954)


    Some Fine Old Chestnuts was Bing Crosby's second LP studio album for Decca Records, recorded and originally released as a 10" LP (DL 5508) in 1954.

  11. Jazz from the Hills

    Jazz from the Hills


    Jazz From the Hills is an album by American guitarist Chet Atkins and The Country All-Stars. It is a reissue of sessions from 1952-1956.

  12. The Duke Plays Ellington

    The Duke Plays Ellington (1958)


    The Duke Plays Ellington is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington featuring trio sessions recorded for the Capitol label in 1953. The album was rereleased with additional tracks on CD as Piano Reflections in 1989

  13. Starring Jo Stafford

    Starring Jo Stafford (1953)


    Starring Jo Stafford is a 1953 album by Jo Stafford,with Paul Weston and His Orchestra accompaniment by The Starlighters and The Pied Pipers. The album was re-released in 1997 on a CD along with Autumn in New York by EMI.

  14. Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman

    Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman


    Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker originally recorded in 1953 and released as a 10 inch LP on the Pacific Jazz label. The album was reissued on CD in 1998 with 17 bonus tracks originally released on the 10 inch LP Chet Baker Quartet and 12 inch LPs Pretty/Groovy and The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker.

  15. Shorty Rogers and His Giants

    Shorty Rogers and His Giants (2008)


    Shorty Rogers and His Giants is an album by American jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger Shorty Rogers originally released on the RCA Victor label in 1953 as a 10 inch LP and rereleased in 1956 in the 12 inch format with four additional tracks.

  16. That Bad Eartha

    That Bad Eartha (1953)


    That Bad Eartha is a 1954 studio album by Eartha Kitt, her debut 12" vinyl album issued on the RCA Victor label. The album was recorded in four sessions between March and October 1953 with Henri Rene and His Orchestra. Long-playing records were newly introduced in the mid-1950s and the 10" album was briefly introduced as an album format. Within a few years the 12" album was the format offered to the record buying public, remaining so until the late-1980s when the Compact Disc became the favoured format. In May 1953 RCA had released a 10" vinyl album RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt which reached No. 2 on the pop albums chart and featured 8 songs issued on this album. With the successful introduction of the 12" LP in the early 1950s RCA Victor expanded and re-issued the album with 12 tracks. That Bad Eartha spent 12 weeks on the pop albums chart, peaking at No. 5.

  17. Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown

    Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown


    Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown (aka Jay Jay Johnson aka Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown, Jimmy Heath, John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke aka Jay Jay Johnson Sextet) is a 1953 Blue Note Records album by American jazz trombonist J. J. Johnson, recorded on June 22, 1953. The album was re-issued on CD in 1989 as The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1, with three alternate take 'bonus tacks' from the same 1953 recording session. Five of the six original tracks were included also in a 1955 12 inch LP re-issue/compilation (also) titled, The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1.

  18. Gerry Mulligan Quartet Volume 2

    Gerry Mulligan Quartet Volume 2


    Gerry Mulligan Quartet Volume 2 is an album by saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded in 1953 and originally released as a 10 inch LP on the Pacific Jazz label. In 2001 Pacific Jazz re-released the album on CD with additional alternate takes and 12" masters along with five live tracks.

  19. Cool and Crazy

    Cool and Crazy (1953)


    Cool and Crazy is an album by American jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger Shorty Rogers originally released on the RCA Victor label in 1953 as a 10 inch LP.

  20. This Modern World

    This Modern World (1954)


    This Modern World is an album by pianist and bandleader Stan Kenton featuring performances of compositions by Robert Graettinger recorded between 1951 and 1953 and originally released as a 10 inch LP on Capitol as well as a set of three 7 inch 45 rpm singles.

  21. A House of Gold

    A House of Gold


    "House of Gold" is a hymn written by Hank Williams. It was released by MGM Records as the B-side to "How Can You Refuse Him Now?" in 1954. It was recorded as a demo when Williams worked the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport between August 1948 and May 1949. The song admonishes those who "steal, cheat, and lie" in pursuit of material wealth rather than finding salvation in God. Despite being a posthumous single that he never recorded with his band in a studio, "A House of Gold" became one of Hank's most covered hymns.

  22. The Compositions Of Al Cohn

    The Compositions Of Al Cohn


    The Compositions Of Al Cohn (PRLP 154) is a 1953 10 inch LP album by Miles Davis. It is his third album as leader for Prestige, and fourth altogether, following 1952's Young Man with a Horn for Blue Note. The four tracks were recorded at New York's Beltone Studios on February 19, 1953.

  23. Anita O'Day Collates

    Anita O'Day Collates (1953)


    Anita O'Day Collates is a 1953 (see 1953 in music) album by Anita O'Day.

  24. Broadway's Best

    Broadway's Best (1953)


    Jo Stafford sings hit songs from famous Broadway shows backed by Paul Weston and his Orchestra. This album by Columbia has never been re-released on compact disc. An MP3 album was issued in 2008.

  25. New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm

    New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm (1952)


    New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm is an album by Stan Kenton.

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