Flight To Paradise

Flying to other worlds is a an ordinary thing today, but in the early ages of the past century it was the ultimate dream for the average tourist. In a couple of hours you could fly to a tropical island and enter the paradise that was shown in magazines and on posters at your local travel agency. Perfect for your honeymoon. The first intercontinental flights were also the most luxurious. In-flight entertainment became a regular thing to kill the time and make you feel comfortable. Apart from tasty diners and cool drinks you got a free newspaper, muzak for your ears and in a later stadium movies for your eyes. All things were offered by beautiful stewardesses in uniform. Of course a very small percentage of these trips to paradise ended in hell, but for the church this was paradise as well.

Airplanes are a nice theme to collect in album cover art. In the 1950’s it was a hot new thing. Frank Sinatra maybe had the most beautiful example and in 1958 he sang the Jimmy Van Heusen / Sammy Cahn composition Come Fly With Me to great heights:

Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There’s a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away
Come fly with me, let’s float down to Peru
In llama-land there’s a one-man band
And he’ll toot his flute for you
Come fly with me, let’s take off in the blue
Once I get you up there
Where the air is rarefied
We’ll just glide
Starry-eyed
Once I get you up there
I’ll be holding you so near
You may hear
Angels cheer, ’cause we’re together
Weather-wise, it’s such a lovely day
Just say the words and we’ll beat the birds
Down to Acapulco Bay
It is perfect for a flying honeymoon, they say
Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away
Once I get you up there
Where the air is rarefied
We’ll just…

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Stan Getz – In Stockholm (Verve MGV-8213) 1956

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Alkdemaro Romero And His Salon Orchestra – Flight To Romance (RCA Victor LPM-1209) 1956

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Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra – Flying Home! (Clef MG C-735) 1956

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Chet Baker – In Europe; A jazz Tour Of The Nato Countries (Pacific Jazz PJ-1218) 1956

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Round The World Spanish Language Course (Conversa Phone Institute 10″ LP C-351) 1957

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Round The World German Language Course (Conversa Phone Institute 10″ LP C-353) 1957

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Luiz Bonfa – Ritmos Continentais (Odeon MOFB-3020) 1957

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Orquesta Internacional De Pop – Volando Por El Mundo (Fermata LF-21) 195.

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Simonetti E Orquestra Rge – Brasil A Jato (Dimsa DMI-10.008) 1959

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Simonetti E Sua Orquestra – Samba 990 (Compact Duplo 7″ EP CD-80.152) 195.

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Simonetti E Orquestra RGE (RGE XRLP-5080) 195.

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Alberto Mota E Seu Conjunto – Voa Meu Samba (Polydor LРNG-4076) 1961

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Dilermando Reis – Volta Ao Mundo (Continental LP-107-405-252) 1959

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Mike Falcao E Son Orquestra De Danca – Jato Ao Redor Do Mundo (Imperial IMP-30045) 1961

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Silvio Silveira E I Suoi Ritmi Brasiliani – Bossa Nova Ad Alta Quota (Barclay BL-9006) 196.

 

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Franz Waxman – The Spirit Of St. Louis (RCA Victor LPM-1472) 1957

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Fernand Raynaud – Rire (Philips 7″ single 434850-BE) 195.

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The Voices Of The Atolls / The Zizou Bar Trio – South Seas Holiday (Capitol Of The World T-10080) 1957

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Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – 1958 – Paris Olympia (Fontana 680.202 ML) 1959

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Art Blakey – 1958 Paris Olympia (Jazz In Paris series 69) (Gitanes Jazz Productions 832659-2)

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Vic Schoen & His Orchestra – A Swingers Holiday (Liberty LST-7018) 1958

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Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me (Capitol W-920) 1958

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United Airlines CD edition

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Various – Continental Holiday (Eros ERL 50063) 1962

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Various Artists – Music For The Jet Set (Ryko Tradition TCD-1038) 1996

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Various Artists – Take Wing … To The Superb Sounds Of Stereo (Reprise 3 3/4 IPS Tape (1960’s inflight entertainment)

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Norrie Paramor – Jet Flight (Capitol Of The World ST 10190) 1958

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia (Columbia CS-8058) 1958

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Mitch Miller And His Orchestra – European Holiday (Columbia CL-2586) 1958

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George Wright – Flight To Tokyo (Hi-Fi SR-717) 1958

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Joe Bushkin – I Get A Kick Out Of Porter (Capitol T-1030) 1958

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The Skyliners – same (Calico CLP-3000) 1959

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George Weldon Philharmonia Orchestra – A Holiday In Britain (His Master’s Voice CLP- 20025) 1963

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Johnny Dankworth – London To Newport (Top Rank International 30-019) 1959

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Alternative edition

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La Sonora Mantancera – Llego (Seeco SCLP-9156) 1959

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La Sonora Mantancera – Grandes Exitos De … (Seeco CD SCCD-9151) 1992

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Joe Bushkin -Blue Angels (Capitol T-1094) 1958

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Billy Mure – Supersonic Guitars In Flight (RCA Victor LPM-1869) 1959

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Eddy Arnold – Have Guitar Will Travel (RCA Victor LPM-1928) 1959

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Ralph Bendix – Auf Wiedersehn (Capitol Of The World ST-10197) 1959

 

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Mark Hunter / London Arts Symphony Orchestra – High-Fi Road To Romance; Flight Even Around The World (GNP-Crescendo GNP-30) 1959

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Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra – Glamorous Holiday (Decca SKL-4016) 1959

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Nat King Cole – Welcome To … (Capitol Italy T-20196) 196.

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Marla Smith – Take Off In Sound (Cub 8001) 1959

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Pan-Am North Stars; Trinidad’s Leading Steel Orchestra (RCA Victor LPS-3009) 196.

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Pedrito Altieri And His Steel Band – same (Marvela LP 62) 196.

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Pedro Altieri – Steel Band On Eastern Airlines caribbean Jets (Eastern Airlines MV-LP-112) 196

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Hubert Smith & His Coral Islanders – Destination Bermuda (Bermuda BLP-4013) 196.

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Lufthansa – Wilkommen An Bord (Flexicards) 196.

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Various – Jet-Melody (Ariola S 70 723 IT) 196.

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Bud Tutmarc – Hawaiian (Sacred LPS-4042) 196.

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Tommy Kinsman – Holiday For Dancers (Fontana TFL-5105) 1960

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The Ames Brothers / Esquivel & His Orchestra – Hello Amigos (RCA Victor LPM-2100) 1960

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The Beau Marks – The High Flying … (Quality V-1656) 1960

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Max Tailleur – Met Een Mop De Wereld Rond (Around The World With A Joke) His Master’s Voice 10″ LP HDLP-1014) 1961

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Richard Raitchef – Clasicos De Iberia (RCA Camden CAL-2986) 196.

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The Chipmunks / David Seville – Around The World With The … (Liberty LRP-3170) 1961

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The Barry Sisters – Shalom (Roulette R-25157) 1961

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Theodore Bikel – On Tour (Elektra EKL-7230) 1963

 

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Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Come Fly With Lee (Sunjet / Soul B/LP 001) 1962

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Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – First Class With Lee (BOAC BLP-008) 1964

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Honor Blackman – Everything I’ve Got (Decca LK-4642) 1964

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The Spotnicks – In Paris (Swedisc SWELP-407) 1963

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The Fabulous Echoes – Zoom! (Diamond LP-1016) 1964

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Living Strings – On A Sentimental Journey (RCA Camden CAL-803) 1964

 

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Sergio Fanni – Una Tromba Per L’Europa (Ricordi MRL-6022) 1964

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Coros De Norman Luboff – Grand Tour (RCA Victor LSP-2521-D) 1964

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101 String – Sounds And Songs Of The Jet Set (Alshire S-5043) 1965

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Duffy Ravenscroft & His Orchestra – Jet Ride (Gallotone GALP-1311) 1964

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Going Places! (A&M SP-4112) 1965

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Leo Fuld – Mazzel (Artone MDS S-3000) 1966

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The Spotnicks – Around The World With … (Swedisc SWELPC 42) 1966

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Jefferson Airplane – Takes Off (RCA Victor LSP-3584) 1966

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Jefferson Airplane – After Bathing At The Baxter’s (RCA Victor LSO-1511) 1967

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Keith Beckingham – Hi-Flying Hammond (Ad-Rhythm ARP-S1000) 1967

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Trombones Unlimited – Holiday For Trombones (Liberty LST-7527) 1867

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Franck Pourcel – Pourcel Pour Vous (Le Voix De Son Maitre SHTX-340715) 1967

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Boston Pops / Arthur Fiedler – Up Up And Away With … (RCA Red Seal LSC-3041) 1968

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The Ray Charles Singers – Take Me Along! (Command RS-926 S) 1968

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Various – Amiga Express 1968 (Amiga 8 55 158) 1969

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Various – Amiga Express 1969 (Amiga 8 55 199) 1969

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The Living Strings – Airport Love Theme & Other Themes From Motion Pictures (RCA Camden CAS-2420) 1970

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Vincent Bell – Airport Love Theme (Decca DL-75212) 1970

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Alfred Newman / O.S.T. – Airport (Decca DL-79173) 1970

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Rudy Ray Moore – The Third … Album: The Cockpit (Kent KST-006) 1971

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Heino – Die Schonsten Volkslieder Der Welt (Hor Zu SHZE-349) 1972 (backcover)

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El Al Hava Nagila Festival (CBS 69029) 1973

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Stef Meeder – Happy Landing (Imperial / Bovema 1A 028-24196) 197.

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John Cacavas / O.S.T. Airport 1975 (MCA MCA-2082) 1974

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Jefferson Airplane – Flight Log (Grunt 2LP CYL2-1255) 1977

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John Cacavas / O.S.T. – Airport ’77 (MCA ..) 1977

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BBC Sound Effects 16: Disasters (BBC REC-295) 1977

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Julian E. Tharpe – The Jet Age (Midland ML-JT-1001) 1977

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Luv – With Luv (Philips 6423105) 1978

 

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O.S.T. Airplane (MCA RY-9601) 1980

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different edition

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Aart Van De Beek – Flying High With Hammond (Pavano 17009) 1980

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Pim Jacobs Trio – Come Fly With Me (Philips 6423 529) 1982

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The Beat – Special Beat Service (Go Feet BEAT-5) 1982

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Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out (Virgin 204 500-320) 1982

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Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (Def American DEF-450062 2) 1986

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Kent – Isola (RCA / BMG 74321 52081 2) 1997

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Arling And Cameron – All-Inn (Basta 3090722) 1998

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A-Ha – Minor Earth, Major Sky (Warner Bros 8573 82183-2) 2000

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Dimitri From Paris – Cruising Attitude(Discograph 2LP 6114366) 2004

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CD edition

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The Chalets – Check In (Setanta SETCD-150) 2005

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Various – Atmosphere Airlines; Directions In Music By Dela (Drink Water Music AA-4080) 2007

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Hayley Williams – B.O.B. Airlines (Atlantic 075678906022) 201o

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Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (self released) 2010

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O.S.T. Pan-Am; Music From And Inspired By The Original Series (TV) 2012

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Miguel Campbell – Back In Flight School (Hot Creations HOTCLP-001) 2012

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Dream Theater – Live At Luna Park (Eagle Vision 2DVD / 3CD EV-306039) 2013

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Booty Juice – Cockpit; There Was Never A Plan B (…) 2013

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Flight To Paris – Cockpit (…) 2014

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Groovejet Airlines; Mixed By Mr.V (Groove Jet GATE-01) 2016

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