A-ha! "Latin Pop Hits" is where I have "Mamy (sic) Blue". And "Laguna Tunes" is where I have "Make Believe". Thank you for helping me to find where I have those and reassuring me that I had a better-quality copy than the "Hey, Look..." ones.
More about "Wind" below...
So... how the blazes did you find those CD's? I tried searching on Amazon but there were over 4,000 entries for "Make Believe" and I wasn't about to wade through all them. If I added the "Wind" to the search, I only got the listing for the 45 since the artists names were not in the track listing under that "Laguna Tunes" item.
When I searched for "Mammy Blue" I didn't get a hit on that either since it was spelled wrong in the track listing.
I'm impressed... how did you track those two down??
Ah... Jukebox Records. I have a couple of them and they go way, way back to the early days of CD's. I don't have the 1969 volume (I have two from 1956). At the time I bought them I was in the early days of my collecting CD's so there were a lot of tracks that I hadn't yet acquired and these pieces had appeal. I have some notes with them on sound quality and rate them mostly "3" (out of 6) which transliterates to what I would call "OK" with a few tracks as "2" or "fair". Several tracks I have noted as being obvious needle drops (noisy) and a few as not being the original recordings since they are stereo and these stereo tracks have to be stereo re-recordings of the original mono versions (by Pat Boone and Nat King Cole both of whom are known to have re-recorded a lot of their mono stuff when stereo started taking root). Since I don't have the volume (1969) you're considering and since it is much later in time (but that doesn't necessarily mean better as you know) I can't give any definitive info on that one. But, from my experience with these others in the series, I would put them in a class with the "Hey, Look..." and early Collectables stuff. I did notice however that the copyright on the ones listed on Amazon are 1999 mostly and mine are definitely 1992 and that the cover font is a bit different as well. Otherwise they look similar in design (although none of the 1956 volumes come up on Amazon). The 1999 ones may have been a reissue of the early ones but I can't say for sure.
This whole business of remastering again and again gets me irritated. How many times can you justify buying the same thing for a supposed "remaster"? OK if they found new, master or closer-to-session tapes from which to get the sound but I've thrown my hands up with some of these albums that get remastered multiple times, in many cases just to make the music owners more money, in my opinion. If I knew the sound was genuinely better, I would consider the investment but even so-called professional reviews aren't much help since these reviewers often are prejudiced for or against the artist and you can't get a unbiased evaluation of the sonic improvement, if there really is any.
Like you, I've noticed a big variation in the volume of music on CD's and it is terribly annoying.
And now for "Wind"...
Wind was a studio group with Orlando as its lead singer. I thought that "Cool Heat" was that same studio group without Orlando's vocals. Here's the story according to the liner notes in that "Laguna Tunes" CD. And, by the way, the name of that CD refers to Kenny Laguna who wrote and/or produced the tracks on the CD and who wrote the detailed liner notes for the CD as well.
Laguna talked Orlando, who had a desk job at that point in his faded career, into recording this song with him under the name "Wind". For the b-side, they dusted off a backing track from something called "Bingo Bingo" or therabouts (along the lines of "Yummy Yummy" and "Sugar Sugar"), added some overdub and sent it along. After "Make Believe" hit in the US, it was sent to England. Since the BBC was amenable to showcasing stuff from the bubblegum songs coming from here, they played it and it became an instant hit over there and Laguna was told they had the #1 hit in G.B. When he asked "what hit?", they told him "Groovin' with Mr. Bloe". The BBC unwittingly played the wrong side and the throwaway b-side of the original single became a huge world-wide hit. When it got released as an a-side back in the U.S. however, it only dented the charts but it was then used as Dick Clark's American Bandstand theme for many years thereafter.
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