Enoch Light (and His Orchestra; and the Light Brigade; and the Enoch Light Singers)

Enoch Light Singers album Light was one of the first musicians to go to extreme lengths to create high-quality recordings that took full advantage of the technical capabilities of home audio equipment of the late 1950s and early 60s, particularly stereo effects that bounced the sounds between the right and left channels, which had huge influence on the whole concept of multi-track recording that would become commonplace in the ensuing years. Doing so, he arranged his musicians in ways to produce the kinds of recorded sounds he wished to achieve, even completely isolating various groups of them from each other in the recording studio. The first of the albums produced on his record label, Command Records, Persuasive Percussion, became one of the first big-hit LP discs based solely on retail sales. His music received little or no airplay on the radio, because AM radio, the standard of the day, was monaural and had very poor fidelity. Light went on to release several albums in the Persuasive Percussion series, as well as a Command test record.

The album covers were generally designed with abstract, minimalist artwork that stood out boldly from other album covers. These pieces were usually the work of Josef Albers. Light was so interested in the sound of his music that he would include lengthy prose describing each song's sounds. In order to fit all of his descriptions on to the album sleeve, he doubled the size of the sleeve but enabled it to fold like a book, thus popularizing the gatefold packaging format. The gatefold sleeve became extremely popular in later decades, and was used on albums such as The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Enoch Light released myriad albums in various genres of music under a variety of names during the late 1950s and early 60s. Some were released under Grand Award Records, a subsidiary label he founded earlier. The music was intended for older audiences, presumably because he saw them as more-serious audiophiles who had more money to spend on high end stereo equipment, as opposed to most popular music of the time, which was generally intended for teenagers and young adults. During this time, he pioneered many recording techniques such as the use of 35 mm magnetic film instead of magnetic tape, thereby reducing the effects of "wow" and "flutter". The recordings were released under the "35MM" series, starting from Stereo 35-MM released by Command Records. Musicians who appeared on Light's albums include The Free Design, The Critters, Rain, Doc Severinsen, Tony Mottola, Dick Hyman, organist Virgil Fox. As an arranger, Lew Davies was one of the label's most important contributors.

In 1965, Light sold the Command record label, which had released the Persuasive Percussion series, to ABC Records, which itself was subsequently sold to MCA Records. After the sale, the quality of those records plummeted dramatically. The signature gatefold format was immediately discontinued, and the covers changed to budget labels pressed on recycled vinyl. In 1975 they were completely discontinued.

After the sale of Command Records, Light launched a new label called Project 3 and continued recording, but did not concentrate so heavily on stereo effects. Light recorded several successful big band albums with an ace-group of New York studio musicians, many of whom were veterans of the greatest bands of the Swing Era who were still regularly working in New York's television and recording studios. Released as Enoch Light And The Light Brigade, the arrangements used on the recordings were transcribed note-for-note from some of what were the hallmark recordings by many of the best bands of the swing era. The arranging reconstructions of these now "classic" arrangements were completely reconstructed by arrangers Dick Lieb, Dick Hyman, Tony Mottola and Jeff Hest. Many of the musicians employed for this series of "recreations" had been members of the original bands that made the original records decades earlier. This veritable "Who's Who" of "swing era" veteran musicians included saxophonists Phil Bodner, Walt Levinsky, Ray Beckenstein, Gerald Sanfino, Al Klink, Boomie Richman, Romeo Penque, and Sol Schlinger; trumpeters Mel Davis, Rusty Dedrick, Johnny Frosk, Bernie Glow, Joe Graves, Markie Markowicz, Bob McCoy, and Marvin Stamm; trombonists Wayne Andre, Paul Fralise, Urbie Green, Lou McGarity, Buddy Morrow, and Santo Russo; guitarist Tony Mottola, bassists Bob Haggart and George Duvivier, drummers Don Lamond, Bob Rosengarden and Ronnie Zito, pianists Dick Hyman and Derek Smith and vibraharpist Phil Kraus.

Light retired from music entirely in 1974 and died four years later.

- 12 Smash Hits (1968, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5021 SD; as The Enoch Light Singers)
- 1963 – The Year’s Most Popular Themes (1963, Command RS 33 854 (mono), RS 854 SD (stereo))
- All the Things You Are (Grand Award GA 33-399)
- Around the World in 80 Days (Grand Award GA 214-SD)
- Beatles Classics (1974, Project 3 Total Sound PRS 5084)
- The Best of Hollywood: Movie Hits ’68-’69 (1968, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5027 SD)
- The Best of the Movie Themes 1970 (1970, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5046 SD)
- Big Band Bossa Nova (1962, Command RS 33 844 (mono), RS 844 SD (stereo))
- Big Bold and Brassy (1960, Command RS 33 818 (mono), RS 818 SD (stereo))
- Big Brass & Percussion (Coronet CX-169 (mono), CXS-169 (stereo))
- Big Hits of the Seventies (1974, Project 3 Total Sound PR2 6003/4 SD) Two-record set.
- The Brass Menagerie 1973 (1972, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5060 SD)
- Command Performances (1964, Command RS 868 SD; was this available in mono?)
- Command Performances, Vol. 2 (1967, Command RS 915 SD)
- Dimension ‘3’ (1964, Command RS 867 SD)
- Discotheque: The Discotheque Dance Album (1966, Command RS 33 892 (mono), RS 892 SD (stereo))
- Discotheque Dance… Dance… Dance (1964, Command RS 33-873 (mono), RS 873 SD (stereo))
- Discotheque Dance… Dance… Dance, Vol. 2 (1965, Command RS 882 SD)
- Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie (1969, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5036 SD)
- Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie, Vol. 2 (1969, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5042 SD)
- Enoch Light and the Glittering Guitars (1969, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5038 SD)
- Enoch Light and the Light Brigade Play Pops (Diplomat DS 2261 (mono), FM 98 (stereo))
- Familiar Songs From Foreign Lands (1973, Command RSSD 976-2)
- Far Away Places (1961, Command RS 33 822 (mono), RS 822 SD (stereo))
- Far Away Places, Vol. 2 (1963, Command RS 850 SD; no mono version?)
- Film Fame: Marvelous Movie Themes (1967, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5013 SD)
- Film on Film: Great Movie Themes (1966, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5005 SD)
- Future Sound Shock (1973, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5077 SD)
- Great Themes From Hit Films (1962, Command RS 33-835 (mono), RS 835 SD (stereo))
- Great Themes From Hit Films Recorded in Command’s Dimension 3 Process (1964, Command RS 33-871 (mono), RS 871 SD (stereo))
- Happy Cha Cha’s, Vol. 2 (1959?, Grand Award GA 33-391)
- I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha’s (1959, Grand Award GA 33-388 (mono), GA 222 SD (stereo))
- Impelling Dances of Our Times (1973, Command RSSD 979-2) Two-record set.
- It’s Happening… So Let’s Dance! (1967, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5004 SD)
- Let’s Dance the Bossa Nova (1963, Command RS 33 851 (mono), RS 851 SD (stereo))
- Magnificent Movie Themes (1965, Command RS 887 SD)
- The Million Dollar Sound of the World’s Most Precious Violins (1959, Command RS 33 802 (mono), RS 802 SD (stereo))
- Movie Hits (1972, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5063 SD)
- Musical Explorations in Sound (1973, Command RSSD 970-2; as Enoch Light & The Command All-Stars)
- My Musical Coloring Book (1963, Command RS 33-848 (mono), RS 848 SD (stereo))
- A New Concept of Great Cole Porter Songs (1965, Command RS 879 SD)
- The Original Persuasive Percussion & Other Catalytic Sounds (1973, Command RSSD 960-2; as The Command All-Stars)
- Paperback Ballet (1963, Command RS 805 SD) This was a re-release of The Private Life of a Private Eye.
- The Paris I Love (1956, Grand Award GA 33-338)
- Permissive Polyphonics (1970, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5048 SD)
- Persuasive Percussion, Vol. 3 (Command RS 33 817 (mono), RS 817 SD (stereo); as The Command All-Stars)
- Persuasive Percussion, Vol. 4 (1962, Command ; as Enoch Light and the Command All Stars)
- Pertinent Percussion Cha-Cha’s (1960, Command RS 33-814 (mono), RS 814 SD (stereo))
- Presenting Enoch Light (Tiara TMT 7540)
- The Private Life of a Private Eye (1959, Command RS 33-805 (mono), RS 805 SD (stereo); re-released as Paperback Ballet)
- Provocative Percussion (1959, Command RS 33 806 (mono), RS 806 SD (stereo); as The Command All-Stars)
- Provocative Percussion, Vol. 2 (1960, Command RS 33 810 (mono), RS 810 SD (stereo))
- Provocative Percussion, Vol. 3 (1961, Command RS 33 817 (mono), RS 817 SD (stereo))
- Provocative Percussion, Vol. 4 (1962, Command RS 33 834 (mono), RS 834 SD (stereo))
- Provocative Stereo Sounds of Our Time (1973, Command RSSD 981-2) Two-record set.
- Reeds and Percussion (1961, Command RS 33 820 (mono); RS 820 SD (stereo); as The Command All-Stars)
- Sentimental… (Masterseal M-703) (with The Fontanna Orchestra)
- Something To Remember You By (1959, Grand Award GA 33-410 (mono), GA 242 SD (stereo); as Enoch Light and His Vibrant Strings)
- The Sound of Strings (re-issue of The Million Dollar Sound of the World’s Most Precious Violins, Vol. 2)
- Spaced Out (1968, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5043 SD)
- Spanish Strings (1966, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5000 SD)
- Stereo 35/MM (1961, Command RS 33 826 (mono), RS 826 SD (stereo))
- Stereo 35/MM, Vol. 2 (1961, Command RS 33 831 (mono), RS 831 SD (stereo))
- Tempestuous Latin Dance (1973, Command RSSD 974-2; as Enoch Light and The Command All-Stars with Bobby Byrne)
- Vibrations (1962, Command RS 33 833 (mono), RS 833 SD (stereo))
- Whoever You Are, I Love You (1968, Project 3 Total Sound PR 5030 SD; as The Enoch Light Singers)
- With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming (1960, Grand Award GA 238 SD)
- Young At Heart (Ambassador S/98050)

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