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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

BUTTON BOX APPEAL

by The Polish Kid


SOUND RECORDS
1058
STEREO
1974


SIDE A:



Polka Country Polka
Mazurka No. One In D Major
Such-A-Polka
Dark Eyes Polka
Deutchman's Waltz
Dance Russian Dance Polka

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SIDE B:



Happy Whistler Polka
Fette Frau Waltz
Fat Eddie Bounce Polka
Lost Horizons Waltz
Pieyed Piper Polka
Swiss Valley Waltz

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Editor's note: said Polish "kid" appears to be about 35 but that's okay in recordo land. The banana on top of an accordion with a sky blue backdrop and drawn in flowers forgives him the transgression of the ill-used moniker. That said, I don't remember a lick of this record from the time I recorded it 2 or 3 sultry days ago. Such are the travails of a heat wave. But the recorder remembers and here is the testimony of its recollection.

Monday, July 08, 2019

WITH BELLS ON

by Sid Bass and His Orchestra


RCA CAMDEN RECORDS
CAS 501
STEREO
1959


SIDE A:



The Bells Are Swinging
What Is There To Say
Pick Yourself Up
Say It With Music
In The Wee Small Hours
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

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SIDE B:



Ridin' High
Soon
Blue Bells
Blue Room
The House Is Haunted
Love Walked In

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Editor's note: the musicality of Sid Bass is beyond reproach, at least in my ears and eyes, but that Gawd-awful photo of him looking like a cross between Pee Wee Herman and Tucker Carlson if off-putting to say the least. Plus he looks happy! The hell you say?!?! Happiness is only for women, children and gays. All right, I'm crossing the line now. Listen to the music and judge for yourself what's what and listen to more Sid Bass if you feel the need.

Another thing of note: if my perceptive skills are correct it seems that many of the records that I choose for the blog seem to come from around 1959. Which is hardly my "type" of music but as far as obscure records go that time period had the cover look and appeal that entices me into buying them.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

THE BARTLETT SINGERS SING BECAUSE HE LIVES

by The Bartlett Singers


HTM RECORDS
AR 2856
STEREO


SIDE A:



BECAUSE HE LIVES
THE HEALER
IT WILL PASS
GREAT, GREAT DAY
TILL THE STORM PASSES BY
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT JESUS

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SIDE B:



I DON'T KNOW WHY JESUS LOVES ME
UNSEEN HANDS
THROUGH IT ALL
IF YOU HAD BEEN THERE
MIRACLES WILL HAPPEN ON THAT DAY

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Editor's note: another DIY Jesus record that doesn't really stand out from the crowd. But one never knows this when just looking at an album. I hate to suggest that I want them to be bad but I kind of do want them to be just that. That's not exclusive to religion since I want all the records here to be either astoundingly good or horrid though most are middling sorts.

Friday, July 05, 2019

SCHLAGER SCHLAGER SCHLAGER

by Tanzorchester Happy Sound


METRONOME RECORDS
SMLP 054
STEREO
1972


SIDE A:



Borriquito (1:35)
Noah (1:10)
Abraham (0:56)
Schöne Maid (1:35)
J, Der Eiffelturm (1:40)
Ich Kenn' Ein Girl Am Zuckerhut (1:40)
Mammy Blue (1:30)
Monika (1:31)
O La La, Brigite (1:35)
Amen (1:37)
Oh Happy Day (1:35)
Nur Ein Flirt (0:52)
All My Trials (1:28)
Could Be Love (1:35)

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SIDE B:



Butterfly (1:35)
Swing Low (1:32)
Love Story (1:40)
My Darling Helena (1:39)
He's Got The Whole World (0:58)
Kumbayah (1:20)
Chirpy, Chirpy (1:32)
It's Time To Go (1:44)
Nobody Knows (1:33)
Zaig Mir Den Platz An Der Sonne (1:28)
Akropolis, Adieu (1:40)
Fremder Mann (1:39)
Judy, I Love You (0:47)
Ein Verrückter Tag (1:40)

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Editor's note: the 4th is over and it's time to get back to the happy horseshit music. Nothing says happy horseshit like repeating "schlager" three times. And I come to find out that it basically means happy horseshit music! Well, happy-go-lucky which more-or-less translates to the same thing. The cover more than makes up for the content though couldn't they have afforded to hire two more models?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

STAR SPANGLED HARMONY

featuring The Wolverine Chorus; narrated by Mike Whorf


MARK RECORDS
MC1206
STEREO


SIDE A:



WHAT A COUNTRY
EARLY AMERICAN MEDLEY / AMERICAN REVOLUTION MEDLEY
PEG OF MY HEART

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SIDE B:




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SIDE C:



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Editor's note: the sole purpose that compelled me to buy this record was the fact that Mike Whorf was a noted radio host in Detroit back in the day. I don't remember him because I wasn't really interested in talk radio when I was a kid. Not many are. But I've heard the name and know that he interviewed Gundella the Witch who has made an appearance on this blog and was a Detroit staple in the 1970s through to the early 1990s. Anyway, Whorf's narration didn't do much for me.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

CONCERTO ELECTRO

 by Dick Hyman


COMMAND RECORDS
COM 951-S
STEREO
1970


SIDE A:



Movement I (11:45)
Movement II (5:27)

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SIDE B:



Movement III (7:15)
Alternate Cadenza A (1:35)
Alternate Cadenza B (1:40)

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Editor's note: old Dick Hyman, alternate pianissimo of the fourth kind strikes yet again. How many records did this dude put out? Not enough! While perusing books at a local thrift store as is my national past time--records are a mere afterthought though they are more easily digested and regurgitated for mass consumption in this sort of forum--I saw this record sleeve and had to have it. I grabbed another two slices of wax and left before mania overtook me. I also had to get to work so that was a fortunate thing as well. Anyway, this is a mishmash of jazz-rock-a-orchestral-rhythm. Kind of like every other record these sort of piano dudes pumped out except this time it's in a concert form. I'll accept that.

Monday, July 01, 2019

SONGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MISSIONS

by the Padre Choristers


NO LABEL
E1KW-45-757
45 RPM


SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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SIDE C:



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SIDE D:



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Editor's note: today was destined to be a miss day as I run out of music and the will to post during the heat wave. Not to mention that I feel like garbage. But I had a rejuvenation this evening and so the streak will likely end tomorrow until we got some relief from the garbage temps or I get AC. Otherwise, I'd have to change my recording habits and that ain't happening. Plus, it's been a real struggle lately to take photos of the album covers. I'm not sure why but likely it's the banality of the task at hand when I just want to flop around after a 19 hour car ride on Saturday. Anyway, I recorded this probably a year ago and had it laying around so up it goes.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

THE GREAT SINGALONG ALBUM



PLATINUM RECORDS
PL 778
STEREO


SIDE A:



ROCKY TOP
SAY YOU'LL STAY UNTIL TOMORROW
MY SHOES KEEP WALKING BACK TO YOU
THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING
ALMOST PERSUADED
CRAZY
TONIGHT THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN
BACK IN BABY'S ARMS

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SIDE B:



LEGEND IN MY TIME
SLIDE OFF OF YOUR SATIN SHEETS
SHOULD I COME HOME [OR SHOULD I GO CRAZY]
BORROWED ANGEL
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
LOVE IS A GOOD THING
SHE CALLED ME BABY
THE ONLY DADDY THAT'LL WALK THE LINE

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SIDE C:



I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU
ALL OF THESE THINGS
TOGETHER AGAIN
TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN
WELCOME TO MY WORLD
IT'S SUCH A PRETTY WORLD TODAY
TOUCH MY HEART

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SIDE D:



BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY
YOU LAY EASY ON MY MIND
KISS AN ANGEL GOOD MORNING
WOMAN, SENSUOUS WOMAN
FOR THE GOOD TIMES
TULSA TIME

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Editor's note: it's a sing-a-long and an album but not so great. Either way, it's an early foray into karaoke in the vinyl world. Or maybe not. Whatever the case you sing the song and the album provides the music and backing vocals.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

RUSTY RIDES AGAIN

by Rusty Warren


JUBILEE RECORDS
JGM 2064
1967


SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: I'm not a big fan of Rusty Warren or comedy in general. Add in my derision for so-called funny songs and you've already struck a sour note with me. I don't think it's funny or risque but I do like the cover. Especially since I cut off the very bottom slice which pronounced the motorcycle to be a Harley and thus kewl. I don't believe in cool, Harleys or the Marlboro Man. I don't believe in much of man's artifice either. To quote the poet play-acting within his words as a beast on a mountainside, "I believe in my tusks." These are them.

Friday, June 28, 2019

JIMMIE RUTH MATTHEWS SINGS SACRED, SOUTHERN AND COUNTRY GOSPEL

by Jimmie Ruth Matthews with Lorne Matthews on piano


GOLDEN SHIELD RECORDS
LPS 122
STEREO
1970s


SIDE A:



I WALKED TODAY WHERE JESUS WALKED
THE STRANGER OF GALILEE
THE HOLY CITY
GOD LEADS US ALONG
JESUS, THE SON OF GOD 

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SIDE B:



I WALKED TODAY WITH THE LORD
I WON'T HAVE TO CROSS JORDAN ALONE
PITY THE MAN
GLORYLAND
WHO AM I
ROOM AT THE CROSS

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Editor's note: the dummy doesn't appear on this album like it did on many of Jimmie's productions but he's there in spirit as her and Lorne kick out the Jimmie jams Jesus style. While you likely snicker at their devotional and call their God a tin icon they probably still wish you well while you're genuflecting to the nothingness that you believe in with all the piety of a zealot.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

ULYSSES

read Siobhan McKenna and E. G. Marshall


CAEDMON RECORDS
TC-1063
MONO
1961


SIDE A:



Soliloquy of Molly Bloom

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SIDE B:



Soliloquy of Leopold Bloom

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Editor's note: what a tawdry little tale of nothingness despair. Life, as humans knew it to be a sacred thing, ended sometime shortly after it was created and has devolved ever since. Politically and spiritually, as a whole, it has taken longer. One would have to guess the late 1800s was, as far as the United States is concerned, when Death reared its inevitable face and spiraled into our psyches on a full-time basis. Maybe it was the constant wars or the fragility of life itself. Whatever it was let the debbil in deliberately. While I haven't read this book beyond the first few pages of twaddle and this short vocal excerpt, the rendering is obtuse in its profanity and profane in its glorification of life's shallows. I wouldn't waste the paper to burn it but would rather recycle and dispose of it in a meaningful manner of countenance to things better left unknown.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WHOA! LOOK! AND LISTEN!

by Jimmy Richardson at the Hammond Organ


MARCILE RECORDS
MLP 170


SIDE A:



Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Theme from "Our Gang"
Loves Make the World Go Round
King of the Road
Your Cheatin' Heart
Once a Day
Up a Lazy River

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SIDE B:



Chim Chim Cheree
I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You
The Race is On
Making Believe
Square Dance Rag
Cotton Fields Down Home
Way Out Yonder on the Reservation

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Editor's note: Straight from Shelbyville, Tennessee, this is a rare record by a highly competent organist on an obscure label: what could be better? A lot but I'm not complaining. I mean, if Jimmy Richardson wasn't on the cover standing next to a stop sign this would still be sitting on a store shelf collecting dust. Now it can collect on mine.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY / THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES

narrated by Vivien Leigh


GOLDEN RECORDS
GW 227


SIDE A:



THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY

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SIDE B:



THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES

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Editor's note: I didn't realize that Vivian Leigh was reading nor did I particularly care. Nor should you. Of course, you probably shouldn't be listening to kid's records either you old creeper. But here we are. Ah- well. I guess it's better than becoming a furry and reading aloud to schoolkids at their progressive mother's behest.

Monday, June 24, 2019

ON A MAGIC CARPET

by The Three Suns


RCA VICTOR RECORDS
LPM-2235
MONO
1960


SIDE A:



Canadian Sunset (3:10)
Lisbon Antigua (2:14)
Terry Theme (3:15)
High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) (3:45)
Moritat (3:25)
The Poor People Of Paris (Jean's Song) (2:47)

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SIDE B:



Blue Tango (2:58)
Meet Mr. Callaghan (2:20)
The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) (2:17)
Ruby (2:45)
The 3rd Man Theme (2:27)
Fleur De Paree (2:06)

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Editor's note: it's kind of shady to call The Three Suns obscure at this point, or the vast majority of these records for that matter, and I wouldn't have bought this one save for the album cover. The music is what you'd expect from this triumvirate of jazz-liters and is neither to be sought after or disparaged but played on a micro machine music player in the vast emptiness of the internet.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

KNOXVILLE'S RICK WALKER

by Rick Walker


K-TOWN RECORDS
1001
STEREO



SIDE A:



Since I Fell For You
Everybody's Talkin'
Stranger In My Place
Memphis
Ain't No Sunshine

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SIDE B:



Charlie's Boogie
It's Impossible
Chevy Van
Harlem Nocturne
In The Mood

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Editor's note: as I said in the preview of this record, Harlem Nocturne was the only track that stirred me to  anything beyond primordial stirrings. And stir I did. Hell, I actually listened to it 5 times or so. It's the second offering that I've posted from K-Town Records and both have impressed me with their DIY appeal.