Accordion




The accordion, so reviled it inspired an all-accordion group called "Those Darn Accordions," is not just the featured instrument in polka. It also features prominently in zydeco, cumbia, and some general instrumental-pop and stereo-demonstration albums. Its diminutive cousin, the German concertina, became an integral part of Tahitian folk music. And of course "continental" music of Italy and France relies on the instrument.

Dom Cortese, the first-call session accordionist, appears on many albums, particularly for the Command and Time labels. Much of the Three Suns' distinctive sound is accordion. And what could be more intriguing than jazz accordion? Tito & his Swingtet make the attempt with such Raymond Scott-worthy titles as "Nightmare of a Termite" and "Opus for Squeeze Box." Most accordion albums just rely on momentary displays of virtuosity, however. Uptempo warhorses such as "Tico Tico" and "Sabre Dance" do not escape the flair of the accordionist.

Buying: Accordion albums usually at least have wacky jacket art, obviously to compensate for what most people consider an acquired, if not outright perverse, taste.



Accordion LPs

Rating
5All Accordion Band; Time S-2172 (Dom Cortese, Billy Costa, Bob Creash, Angelo Di Pippo, arr. Joe Cain)
Jo Basile: Accordion de Paris, Vol. 1; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5815
Jo Basile: Accordion de Paris, Vol. 2; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5821
Jo Basile: Rome with Love; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5822
Jo Basile: Viennese Waltzes; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5868
Jo Basile: Tangos; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5869
Jo Basile: Accordion D'Espana; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5870
Jo Basile: Accordion di Roma; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5871
Jo Basile: Accordion Polka; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5914
Jo Basile: Roman Holiday; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5915
Jo Basile: Paris with Love; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5938
Jo Basile: Rio with Love; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5939
Jo Basile: Moscow with Love; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5940
Jo Basile: Berlin with Love; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5944
4Jo Basile: Acapulco with Love; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5947; 1967
Jo Basile: Irma La Douce; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5949
Jo Basile: Paris! (with Massed String Orchestra); Audio Fidelity AFSD-5955
Jo Basile: Hit Broadway Musicals; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5972
Jo Basile: Movie Theme Hits; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5979
Jo Basile: Swingin' Latin; Audio Fidelity AFSD-5989
Jo Basile: Foreign Film Festival; Audio Fidelity AFSD-6124
4Jose Baselli: Grand Bal Musette; Columbia Adventures in Sound WL-109; 1958
6Charles Camilleri: Spectacular Accordions; MGM SE-3856
7Jo Ann Castle: Accordion in Hi-Fi; Forum SF-9007
Dick Contino: Something for the Girls; Mercury
Dick Contino: On Stage; Dot DLP-25602
Dick Contino: 12 Immortal Songs; Dot DLP-25609
7Dick Contino: Plays & Sings the Hits; Dot DLP-25639
5Dominic Cortese: Accordion Italy; Time S-2048
5Dominic Cortese: Accordion Continental; Time S-2077
7Milton Delugg: Accordion My Way--Ole!; RCA Victor LSP-3861; 1967 (all Brasilian tunes; Tonight Show musical director)
Myron Floren: Polkas; Dot DLP-3302
Myron Floren: Accordion Concert; Dot DLP-3315
Myron Floren: Myron Floren Polkas; Dot DLP-3536
Myron Floren: Great Accordion Hits!!!; Dot DLP-3583
7Myron Floren: 12 Great Hits; Dot DLP-25684
Myron Floren: New Sounds; Ranwood R-8005
Myron Floren: Polkas (with Lawrence Welk); Ranwood R-8014
Myron Floren: Accordion Concert; Ranwood R-8015
Myron Floren: Polkas; Ranwood R-8029
Myron Floren: Great Polka Hits; Ranwood R-8047
Myron Floren: Polka! Polka! Polka!; Ranwood R-8065
5Myron Floren: Spanish Eyes; Ranwood R-8081; 1971
6Tito [Guidotti] & his Swingtet: Accordion Magic; MGM 4126? 10" (2-disc is X249)
5Don Lee: Crazy Rhythm; Jubilee JGM-1067
4Charles Magnante: Accordion Bellicosity; Command RSSD-971-2; 1973 (reissues 2 LPs)
6Louis Martinelli & the Continentals: Latin Twist; Crown CST-197
4The Mighty Accordion Band: They Said It Couldn't Be Done; Capitol ST-1212
Angelo Di Pippo: The World's Greatest Accordionist; Kapp
Angelo Di Pippo: Accordion Di Pippo; Time S-2168
7Peppino Principe Quartet Volume II; Fonit-Cetra LLP-167 (jazz accordian/piano; Italian; jazz quartet featuring the Excelsior Genavox)
4Vic Scaccia: Move Easy with Vic Scaccia; Coin LPM-2000
4Horst Wende: Accordion Boogie; Summit (Australia) SG-026 (accordion disco; covers "Hotel California")
7Various: Music in the Streets; Folkways FD-5581; 1957 (1 cut by blind accordionist)


Partly Accordion LPs

Rating
9Charanjit Singh: Laxmikant Pyarelal Present LP of Hindi Film Songs; EMI/Odeon/India Gramophone S/MOCE-4219; 1978 (funky bass, steel guitar, transicord--electronic accordion)


Accordion 45s

Rating
6Don Lee's New Sound: Charmaine/ECHO Echo echo; Blue-Chip 13


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