November 2, 2012

PRELUDES TO SPRING BY ROBERT PAUL ZAJAC

1960s
Sice Records


Mr. Zajac lived a relatively short life and much of what can be gleaned from his public life is contained on the back of this record sleeve. That's not to say that he didn't have a fulfilled or accomplished life but little of it leaked into the mainstream news and that's usually a good thing.

The few things I did learn was that he was born on May 14, 1939, enlisted and served in the navy for an undetermined time, turned to teaching and performing music after his service in the 1960s and '70s and passed away October 17, 1981.

As for the record: it's mostly traditional ballads and love songs. His singing is pleasant and varies from folk to operatic lite. If the record quality wasn't so poor this would be an excellent record. Unfortunately there's enough pop, crackle and hiss to lessen the shining moments but it's not for a lack of talent, that's for sure.


SIDE A:

1. Spring


2. Happy Wanderer Val-Deri Val-Dera


3. Stormy Winds Do Blow


4. Mary Ann


5. Spanish Cavalier



SIDE B:

1. Swiss Marching Song


2. Greensleeves


3. Believe Me If All These Endearing Young Charms


4. Black is The Color Of My True Love's Hair


5. You, You, You're In My Heart


6. Viva L'amour

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