1953 albums

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. Breaking It Up!

    Breaking It Up!


    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Dean Martin Sings

    Dean Martin Sings (2005)


    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Blue Period

    Blue Period


    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.

  6. American Folk Songs For Children

    American Folk Songs For Children (1954)


    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.

  7. An Evening with Billie Holiday

    An Evening with Billie Holiday


    An Evening with Billie Holiday is the second studio album by jazz singer Billie Holiday, released in 1953.

  8. Some Fine Old Chestnuts

    Some Fine Old Chestnuts


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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Starring Jo Stafford

    Starring Jo Stafford (2010)


    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.

  12. 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.

  13. That Bad Eartha

    That Bad Eartha (2013)


    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Anita O'Day Collates

    Anita O'Day Collates

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

  16. Broadway's Best

    Broadway's Best

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    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.

  17. New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm

    New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm


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

  18. The Flip Phillips Buddy Rich Trio

    The Flip Phillips Buddy Rich Trio

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    The Flip Phillips Buddy Rich Trio is a 1953 Clef Records release of several small jazz combo tracks recorded in 1951 and 1952.

  19. Dance to the Duke!

    Dance to the Duke!


    Dance to the Duke! is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded for the Capitol label in 1953. The album has not been released on CD but the tracks have appeared on The Complete Capitol Recordings of Duke Ellington released by Mosaic Records in 1995.

  20. The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1

    The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1


    The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 is an album by American jazz trombonist J. J. Johnson, featuring studio performance recorded in June 22, 1953. Part of its material was originally released on the Blue Note label as a 10-inch LP record entitled J. J. Johnson with Clifford Brown. At the time of the recording session, Johnson had withdrawn from full-time playing to work as a blueprint inspector.

  21. New Faces, New Sounds

    New Faces, New Sounds


    New Faces, New Sounds is the debut album by American pianist Kenny Drew recorded and released in 1953 on Blue Note Records as a 10" vinyl.

  22. Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet

    Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet (2006)


    Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet (PRLP 7029) (also released as Sonny & the Stars) is a 1956 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, featuring his earliest recordings for the Prestige label under his leadership, including four tracks performed by Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet (John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke), eight tracks where Kenny Drew and Art Blakey replace Lewis, Jackson, and Clarke, and one track with Miles Davis on piano. Tracks 5-11 and 13 were originally featured on the Prestige 10 inch LP Sonny Rollins Quartet (1952, PRLP 137), which is reissued in its entirety here. Track 12 was previously released on the various artists 10"LP Mambo Jazz (PRLP 135).

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