Ray Martin


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Vibrations is a concept album along the lines of what Frank Sinatra was doing at Capitol Records in America at the time, except that it is instrumental, its 12 tracks built around musical impressions of women -- most of whom seem to bear the names of then-prominent actresses ("Marilyn," "Zsa Zsa," "Grace," etc.) -- half of them authored by Ray Martin and the other half by a well-established composer working under the pseudonym of Vernon White. As pop instrumentals, they all work, with the "White"-authored tracks having some advantage in the area of invention; in any case, the Martin orchestra works its magic with all of it, in lush and clearly voiced arrangements; one especially likes the faux gypsy-style violin opening on "Zsa Zsa." The sound was state-of-the-art for 1957, on the eve of EMI's leap into stereo, and one only regrets that it couldn't have been captured and mixed for that format.