Kenyon Hopkins Albums

Kenyon Hopkins was a brilliant orchestra leader throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s. He used a wide spectrum of sounds and was a specialist in creating musical moods for movies and commercials for radio. Also he had a big interest in foreign countries and their musical traditions, as we can hear on this short lived series of only four volumes, made especially by Verve Records for Esquire Magazine. The nicely designed sleeves had two front doors that you could open to see the inside liner notes about the used recording techniques and to read the booklet that was pasted on the inner right door. The touristic photographs had no special quality, but the whole package is worth mentioning.  Both four albums contain musical trips to countries like France, Spain, Italy and Hawaii. Hopkins made a kind of musical documentaries, perfect for the use of sound on your holiday-movies. You could play it on your stereo set while watching the movies with your family and friends, or use it more professional for TV and feature films. Producer of the four albums was Creed Taylor, the star jazz producer of the 1960’s.

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Kenyon Hopkins – The Strange One, O.S.T. (Coral CRL-57132) 1957

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Kenyon Hopkins – Rooms (Cadence CLP-1019) 1957

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Joe Bushkin, with Kenyon Hopkins – Nightsounds (Capitol T-983) 1957

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Ray Heindorf, with Kenyon Hopkins – Baby Doll, O.S.T. (Columbia CL-958) 1957

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Joe Bushkin, with Kenyon Hopkins – I Get A Kick Out Of Porter (Capitol T-1030) 1957

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Kenyon Hopkins – Eleven Against The Ice, Music Of The NBC-TV Color Special (RCA Victor LPM-1618) 1958

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Creed Taylor Orchestra, with Kenyon Hopkins – Shock Music In Hifi (ABC Paramount ABCS-259) 1958

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Joe Bushkin, with Kenyon Hopkins – Blue Angels (Capitol T-1094) 1958

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Sabicas, with Kenyon Hopkins & Creed Taylor – The Day Of The Bullfight (ABC Paramount ABC-2265) 1959

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Kenyon Hopkins & Creed Taylor – The Sound Of New York; A Musical Sound Portrait (ABC Paramount ABCS 2269) 1959

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Kenyon Hopkins & His Orchestra – Contrasting Colors (Capitol ST-1158) 1959

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Kenyon Hopkins & His Orchestra – Swingin’ Serenades (Capitol T-1236) 1959

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Susan Barrett, with Kenyon Hopkins – Mixed Emotions (Capitol ST-1266) 1959

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Creed Taylor Orchestra, with several compositions by Kenyon Hopkins – Lonelyville “The Nervous Beat (ABC Paramount ABCS-308) 1959

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Creed Taylor Orchestra, with Kenyon Hopkins – Panic, The Son Of Shock (ABC Paramount ABCS-314) 1960

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Kenyon Hopkins – The Fugitive Kind, O.S.T. (United Artists UAL-4065) 1960

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Susan Barrett, with Kenyon Hopkins – A Liitle Travellin’ Music (Capitol ST-1412) 1960

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Kenyon Hopkins – Ridin’ The Rails (Capitol T-1302) 1960

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Creed Taylor Orchestra, with Kenyon Hopkins – Ping Pong, The Swinging Ball (ABC Paramount ABCS-325) 1960

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Kenyon Hopkins – The Hustler, O.S.T. (Kapp KL-1264) 1961

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Kenyon Hopkins & Creed Taylor – Nightmare (MGM E/SE-4104) 1962

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V6 60000 Kenyon Hopkins – Sound Tour: France (Verve Records and Esquire Magazine present: Impressions In Sound Of An American On Tour, Volume 1) 1962

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Side One: 1. Train Blue (Sur Le Pont D’Avignon) / 2. Casino (a Monte Carlo) / 3. Voyage A Bicyclette / 4. Ports De Peche / 5. Pays Des Bikinis / 6. Scene De Rue / Side Two: 1. Theatre (Can Can) / 2. Place Pigalle / 3. Au Revoir Paris (Au Clair La Lune) / 4. Café Terrasse / 5. Place Elegante (Clair De Lune) / 6. Depart Le Havre

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V6 60001 Kenyon Hopkins – Sound Tour: Spain (Verve Records and Esquire Magazine present: Impressions In Sound Of An American On Tour, Volume 1) 1962

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Side One: 1. Madrid (España Of Emile Waldteufel) / 2. Doves Of Majorca (La Paloma) / 3. Parador / 4. Siesta Seville (Mattinata) / 5. Jerez Wine Cellar / 6. Basque / Side Two: 1. Ronda / 2. Costa Brava / 3.Jota Americano / 4. Carmen Speaks English (Habanera Y Calleja) / 5. Timid Toro / 6. Adios Granada (Granadinas Of Barrera Y Calleja)

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V6 60002 Kenyon Hopkins – Sound Tour: Italy (Verve Records and Esquire Magazine present: Impressions In Sound Of An American On Tour, Volume 1) 1962

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Side One: 1. Arrival Milano (Funiculi Funicula) / 2. Bella Roma (Ciribiribn) / 3. Sorrento (Torna A Surriento) / 4. Seaside (Santa Lucia) / 5. Street Dance / 6. Carnival (Carnival Of Venice) / Side Two: 1. L’Autobus (O Solé Mio) / 2. Gondola (Barcarolle) / 3. Roman Nights / 4. Early Morning Song (Mattinata) / 5. Shepherd’s Serenade / 6. All’ Albergo / 7. Arrividerci Roma

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V6 60003 Kenyon Hopkins – Sound Tour: Hawaii (Verve Records and Esquire Magazine present: Impressions In Sound Of An American On Tour, Volume 1) 1962

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Side One: 1. Song Of The Islands / 2. Luau / 3. Pagan Love Song / 4. Hawaiian War Chant / 5. Sweet Leilani / 6. Nani Pua / 7. Outer Island / Side Two: 1. Hula Shuffle / 2. Catamaran / 3. Siva Siva / 4. On The Beach At Waikiki / 5. Kooki Muus / 6. Aloha

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Kenyon Hopkins – The Yellow Canary, O.S.T. (Verve V6-8548) 1963

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Kenyon Hopkins – East Side / West Side, O.S.T. (Columbia CS-8923) 1963

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Kenyon Hopkins – Lilith, O.S.T. (Colpix CP-520) 1964

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Kenyon Hopkins – The Reporter, O.S.T. (Columbia CL-2269) 1964

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Kenyon Hopkins – Mister Budwing (Verve V-8638) 1965

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Kenyon Hopkins – The Property Is Condemned, O.S.T. (Verve V-8664) 1966

 

 

 

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