1977 Walter Murphy – Rhapsody In Blue

Rhapsody in Blue is the second album by Walter Murphy, released in 1977 on Private Stock.

Walter Anthony Murphy Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for the instrumental “A Fifth of Beethoven”, a disco adaptation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony which topped the charts in 1976 and was featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977. Further classical–disco fusions followed, such as “Flight ’76”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, “Toccata and Funk in ‘D’ Minor”, “Bolero”, and “Mostly Mozart”, but were not as successful.

Tracks

1  Love Eyes (Walter Murphy) 4:58
2  Could It Be The Music (Walter Murphy) 3:48
3  Sunflower (Walter Murphy) 3:53
4  Rhapsody In Blue (George Gershwin) 3:46
5  It Ain’t Necessarily So (George Gershwin) 3:16
6  Slaughter On Tenth Avenue (Richard Rodgers) 4:35
7  Uptown Serenade (Walter Murphy) 3:43
8  Fish Legs (Getdown Town) (Walter Murphy) 3:44
9  The Only Two People In The World (Walter Murphy; Eddie Garr) 3:22
10  You Are On My Mind (Walter Murphy; Eddie Garr) 4:27

Media

Musicians

KeyboardsWalter Murphy
PercussionGreg Westhoff

Other Musicians

1 Love Eyes

DrumsJimmy Madison
Guitar (solo)Steve Khan
GuitarJohn Tropea
PianoWalter Murphy
ReedsDave Tofani
ReedsGeorge Young
TromboneDavid Taylor
TrombonePaul Bernardi
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetLew Soloff


2 Could It Be The Music

BassJim Hughart
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDennis Budimir
French HornRichard Perissi
SaxDon Menza
ReedsTom Scott
TromboneBill Waltrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetPaul Salvo
VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsMyrna Matthews
VocalsPatricia Henderson


3 Sunflower

DrumsJimmy Madison
GuitarJohn Tropea
GuitarCharlie Brown
FlugelhornLew Soloff
ReedsDave Tofani
ReedsGeorge Young
TromboneDavid Taylor
TrombonePaul Bernardi
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetLew Soloff


4 Rhapsody In Blue

BassJim Hughart
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDennis Budimir
ClarinetTom Scott
French HornRichard Perissi
SaxDon Menza
ReedsDon Menza
ReedsTom Scott
TromboneBill Waltrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetPaul Salvo
VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsMyrna Matthews
VocalsPatricia Henderson


5 It Ain’t Necessarily So

BassJim Hughart
BassMax Bennett
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarPeter Mannu
French HornRichard Perissi
SaxTom Scott
ReedsDon Menza
ReedsTom Scott
TromboneBill Waltrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetPaul Salvo
VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsMyrna Matthews
VocalsPatricia Henderson


6 Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

DrumsJimmy Madison
GuitarJohn Tropea
GuitarSteve Khan
SaxGeorge Young
ReedsDave Tofani
ReedsGeorge Young
TromboneDavid Taylor
TrombonePaul Bernardi
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetLew Soloff


7 Uptown Serenade

DrumsJimmy Madison
GuitarJohn Tropea
SaxGeorge Young
ReedsDave Tofani
ReedsGeorge Young
TromboneDavid Taylor
TrombonePaul Bernardi
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetLew Soloff


8 Fish Legs (Getdown Town)

BassJim Hughart
BassMax Bennett
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJohn Guerin
OrganWalter Murphy
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarPeter Mannu
French HornRichard Perissi
SaxDon Menza
SaxTom Scott
TromboneBill Waltrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetPaul Salvo
VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsMyrna Matthews
VocalsPatricia Henderson


9 The Only Two People In The World

BassJim Hughart
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDennis Budimir
French HornRichard Perissi
SaxDon Menza
SaxTom Scott
TromboneBill Waltrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetPaul Salvo
VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsMyrna Matthews
VocalsPatricia Henderson
VocalsLani Groves


10 You Are On My Mind

DrumsJimmy Madison
GuitarJohn Tropea
GuitarSteve Khan
ReedsDave Tofani
ReedsGeorge Young
TromboneDavid Taylor
TrombonePaul Bernardi
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetLew Soloff
VocalsLani Groves
VocalsZack Sanders

Liner Notes

Producer – Thomas J Valentino, Walter Murphy
Producer (Associate) – Francis Valentino, Joanne Valentino, Robert F. Valentino, Thomas J Valentino
Producer (Los Angeles Production Assistance), Contractor (Los Angeles) – Frank Capp
Adapted By, Arranged By, Conductor – Walter Murphy
Concertmaster – David Nadien (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 10)
Concertmaster – Israel Baker (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 9)
Contractor (New York) – Emil Charlap
Engineer (Assistant) – Kathy Dennis (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 10)
Engineer (Recording, Mixing) – Rick Rowe (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 10)
Engineer (Recording) – Dennis Draker (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 9)
Mastered By – Ted Jensen

Graphics – Bill Baffa
Photography By, Art Direction – Dan Rubin

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Private Stock Records, Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Private Stock Records, Ltd.
Recorded At – United Western Studios
Recorded At – Sound Ideas Studios
Mastered At – Sterling Sound