The compilations that I post here were originally made for my own enjoyment and that of my family, but out of the generosity of my heart I want to share them with the world ! They are made with tracks from my own vinyl collection but also from tracks that I've collected trough the years from all over the internet. It's impossible to credit the original poster, but consider yourself utterly thanked.

1 dec. 2018

Blow That Horn !

Monsieur Maurice is still in Command and will be for the next few months !
Today he presents to you a compilation of Brass oriented tracks from my personal Command records collection.
Doc Seveninsen, Urbie Green... even Benny Goodman... (I know that a clarinet isn't exactly a brass instrument but bear with me...) all with the excellent typical Command Stereo approach.


01 At Last - Urbie Green And His Orchestra
02 Feelin' Good - Walter Kime & Orchestra
03 The Sidewinder - Doc Severinsen And His Orchestra
04 I Love Paris - Benny Goodman
05 Let's Fall In Love - Urbie Green And His Orchestra
06 Tenderly - Doc Severinsen And His Orchestra
07 The Gentle Rain - Walter Kime & Orchestra
08 Under Paris Skies - Benny Goodman
09 Prisoner Of Love - Urbie Green And His Orchestra
10 A Man And A Woman - Walter Kime & Orchestra
11 It Ain't Necessarily So - Doc Severinsen & His Orchestra
12 So What's New - Walter Kime & Orchestra
13 I've Heard That Song Before - Urbie Green And His Orchestra
14 So In Love - Walter Kime & Orchestra
15 Stairway To The Stars - Urbie Green And His Orchestra
16 Fever - Doc Severinsen And His Orchestra
17 I Wish You Love - Benny Goodman
18 Malaguena - Doc Severinsen & His Orchestra
19 April In Paris - Benny Goodman
20 Bluesette - Doc Severinsen & His Orchestra

I'm going to keep on diving into my Command collection and hopefully will resurface again in a month or so for the next installment. Hope to see you all again.
Happy Holidays and Enjoy !

1 nov. 2018

Monsieur Maurice is in Command

Hi Folks,

The past few weeks I took the time to dive deep into my record collection. I traveled all the way to the very beginning and I rediscovered my 'Command' albums. I have a good few of them. They were my pride and joy when I first started crate diggin'. I loved the sleeve art, the 'extreme' stereo, and the fact that you could recognize the musicians throughout the different albums. The guitar of Tony Mottola,  Charles Mangnate on accordion or the trumpet of Doc Severinsen... I still keep a look out for them and buy them when I come across one that I haven't got. But they don't come across often (not on our side of the ocean they don't...)
So for the next period of time I'm going to concentrate on the Spectacular Stereo Sound of Space Age Music.
Here's the first offering of the 'MM is in Command' Series:


01 Provocative Percussion - Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
02 Cheek To Cheek - Don Lamond And His Orchestra
03 Old Devil Moon -  Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
04 The Man I Love - The Command All-Stars
05 Tenderly - Los Admiradores
06 Who Can I Turn To - Various
07 It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing - Don Lamond And His Orchestra
08 Blues In The Night - The Command All-Stars
09 Making Whoopie - Los Admiradores
10 My Heart Belongs To Daddy - Terry Snyder & The All Stars
11 Love For Sale - The Command All-Stars
12 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - Don Lamond And His Orchestra
13 I Can Dream Can I - Los Admiradores
14 Volare Cha Cha - Enoch Light And The Light Brigade
15 Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Various
16 All The Way - The Command All-Stars
17 Bingo Bango Bongo Baby - The Command All-Stars

The focus in this one is on 'percussion'. All my own rips from my personal vinyl collection.
Because this series is quite time consuming in the making, I'm going to post the next installment the first of December. This will give me the time to work on them.
Enjoy and let me know in the comments what you think !


1 okt. 2018

Finishing unfinshed business & an important announcement for the future !

Sometimes you get the feeling that a story isn't finished...
When I got the idea for the Signature Series, I always thought of them as double CD's. Putting together the first one, The Paul Simon Signature, I didn't have enough material to fill 2 disks. In the meantime I kept collecting and searching... et voila, a second disk got filled.


01 We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin' - Anita Kerr Singers
02 At The Zoo - The Hollyridge Strings
03 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - Harpers Bizarre
04 Take Me To The Mardi Gras - The Orchestrah
05 Kodachrome - Michel Delpech
06 Keep The Customer Satisfied - Bill Black's Combo
07 Cecilia - Enoch Light & The Light Brigade
08 Baby Driver - Terry Baxter And His Orchestra
09 Richard Cory - Them
10 Old Friends - Paul Desmond
11 America - Bert Sommer
12 The Dangling Conversation - Joan Baez
13 April Come She Will  - Anita Kerr Singers
14 He Was My Brother - The Pilgrims
15 Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard - Chet Atkins
16 Red Rubber Ball - Mel Tormé
17 Somewhere They Can't Find Me - Anita Kerr Singers
18 Fakin' it - Caravelli
19 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Hugo Montenegro
20 I Do It For Your Love (2nd set) - Bill Evans
21 Leaves That Are Green - Dorris Henderson & John Renbourn
22 Was A Sunny Day - Paul Desmond
23 Song For The Asking - Mary Travers
24 Mother And Child Reunion - Saori Yuki
25 Late In The Evening, They Do The Samba - James Last

You can keep your inner customer satisfied by taking a look at MM Digs Simon and Garfunkel, posted last year.

For the near future I want to concentrate a while on making compilations out of my actual vinyl collection. Because this takes some more effort and time (selecting, ripping, cleaning etç etç...) there won't be new post every 2 weeks. But I try to manage a new post every month. See you in November!

15 sep. 2018

Diamond's Diamonds

Monsieur Maurice pays tribute to the great songs of Neil.
23 Tracks for your listening pleasure, compiled in true Monsieur Maurice fashion


01 Beautiful Noise - James Last
02 Cracklin' Rosie - Alan Moorhouse Band
03 That Kind - Glen Campbell
04 Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon - Hugo Montenegro
05 Coldwater Morning - Percy Faith
06 Play Me - Nancy Sinatra
07 Soolaimon - Hardy Kingston & His High Life Music
08 Cherry, Cherry - Anita Kerr & The Anita Kerr Singers
09 Sweet Caroline - The Midas Touch
10 Personne Ne M'aime (Solitary Man) - Dick Rivers
11 Kentucky Woman - The Marina Strings
12 Two-Bit Manchild - Hugo Montenegro
13 Red Red Wine - Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
14 Song Sung Blue -Tony Mottola
15 I Am....I Said - James Last
16 Love On The Rocks - Johnny Gregory
17 September Morn - Salena Jones
18 You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore - Muzak
19 Holly Holy-Sweet Caroline - Liberace
20 Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - Peggy Lee
21 Lordy - Hugo Montenegro
22 C'est Pour Vous Que Je Chante (Thank The Lord For The Night Time) - Les Hou-Lops
23 The Boat That I Row - Sodsay Chaengkli

Monsieur Maurice

1 sep. 2018

Soulfully Undun Two

Another volume of heart-wrenching soul songs. Now we've lost the Queen of Soul, it seems fitting to include some of her songs. There are also a number of tracks by The Sweet Inspirations, who sang her backings on many occasions.

Tracklist :
Disk 1
01 Erma Franklin - By The Time I Get To Phoenix
02 Etta James - You've Lost That Lovin Feelin'
03 Eddie Floyd & Mavis Staples - Piece Of My Heart
04 Shirley Ellis - Whisper To Me Wind
05 Verdelle Smith - (Alone) In My Room
06 LaVern Baker - Half Of Your Love
07 Sarah Vaughan - What Now My Love
08 Nina Simone - Ne Me Quitte Pas
09 Deniece Williams - The Paper
10 The Temptations - I Ain't Got Nothin'
11 Bessie Banks - Go Now
12 Rosetta Hightower - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
13 Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain
14 Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools
15 The Sweet Inspirations - Watch The One Who Brings You The News
16 The Promises - Living In The Footsteps Of Another Girl
17 Dionne Warwick - Don't Go Breaking My Heart 
18 Teri Tornton - Left Alone
19 Big Maybelle - Gloomy Sunday
20 LaVern Baker -  Fool That I Am
21 Betty Carter - Two Cigarettes In The Dark
22 Carla Thomas - Lie To Keep Me From Crying
23 Maxine Brown - Stop
24 Billy Vera & Judy Clay - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Disk 2
01 Isaac Hayes - By The Time I Get To Phoenix
02 Gladys Knight & The Pips - Fire And Rain
03 Ann Peebles - Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness
04 Rosetta Hightower - Tracks Of My Tears
05 The Marvelettes - Reachin' For Somethin' I Can't Have
06 Aretha Franklin - Satisfaction
07 Jimmy Ruffin - Black Is Black
08 Big Maybelle - 96 Tears
09 Gloria Ann Taylor - Jolene
10 Rosetta Hightower - Every Little Bit Hurts
11 Aretha Franklin - Prove It
12 Dionne Warwick - Lonely In My Heart 
13 The Sweet Inspirations - It's Not Easy
14 Erma Franklin - Son Of A Preacher Man
15 PP Arnold - Letter to Bill
16 Ann Peebles - Lovin' You Without Love
17 Aretha Franklin - Ain't No Way
18 The Sweet Inspirations - Crying In The Rain
19 Esther Phillips - As Tears Go By
20 Verdelle Smith - Tar And Cement
21 Nina Simone - I Put a Spell on You
22 Teri Tornton - Detour Ahead
23 Bessie Banks - Try To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It)
24 The Sweet Inspirations - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

A whopping 48 tracks on two disks.

For more Soul and Heartbreak in general, see Undun, More Undun and Soulfully Undun in earlier posts. They are still available in the Big Anniversary Extravaganza.

16 aug. 2018

Box O' Organs

Monsieur Maurice proudly presents his Box O' Organs. A compilation of fine tunes featuring the organ in the leading role.
These nuggets range from Jazz to Easy...

Tracklist :

01 In The Beginning - Lonnie Smith
02 Il Est Mort Le Soleil - Rhoda Scott
03 Move In - Harry Stoneham
04 Love For Sale - Keith Mansfield
05 In Between The Heartaches - Richard "Groove" Holmes
06 Light My Fire - Billy Larkin
07 Moanin' - Keith Mansfield
08 Summertime - Klaus Wunderlich
09 Bluesette - Georges Arvanitas
10 If - Brian Dee
11 The Letter - Booker T & The MG's
12 Exodus - Yvan Guilini
13 Nunca Te Cases Con Un Ferroviario - Miguel Ramos
14 New Fangled Preacher Man - Muzak
15 Spinning Wheel - Harry Stoneham
16 Rainy Days And Mondays Always Get Me Down - Shirley Scott
17 It's A Man's Man's Man's World - Billy Larkin
18 Blues For Keyboard - Big Jim H
19 My Sweet Lord - Miguel Ramos
20 Splanky - Rhoda Scott
21 The Huckle Buck - Billy Larkin
22 Wade In The Water - Rhoda Scott
23 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Wally Green and his Hammond Combo

Enjoy !
Monsieur Maurice

30 jul. 2018

Ciao Bella !

To keep up the 'Summer Vibe', here are some more well known songs. This time sung in Italian. Check them out! They're cool!


01 Io Ho In Mente Te - Equipe 84
02 Sognando La California - I Dik Dik
03 Sono Bugiarda - Caterina Caselli
04 Prendi Prendi - Rosella Santo
05 Datemi Un Biglietto Daereo - I Corvi
06 Tu Vinci Sempre - Katty Line
07 Senza Luce - I Dik Dik
08 Per Chi - Caterina Caselli
09 Il Tocco Dell Amore - Demis Roussos
10 Mi Fa Morire Cantando - Ornella Vanoni
11 Il Volto Della Vita - Caterina Caselli
12 Se Perdo Anche Te - Gianni Morandi
13 Venus - Augusto Righetti
14 Ti Voglio - I Nomadi
15 Girl - Augusto Righetti
16 Non C'E' Pace Per Me - The Rokes
17 Scende La Pioggia Elenore - Gianni Morandi
18 Il Beat Cos'è - La Ragazza 77
19 Stivaletti Rossi - Dalida
20 Bang Bang - Equipe 84
21 Ci Vedremo Domani - The Rokes
22 Il Vento Non Sa Leggere - I Ribelli
23 Un Angelo Blu - Equipe 84
24 Stai Con Me - Rita Pavone
25 La Tua Immagine - Gianni Morandi
26 Nostalgia - Sylvie Vartan
27 Supercalifragilistichespiralidoso - Rita Pavone

Monsieur Maurice