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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

POPULAR MELODIES OF CHOPIN

by Elly Ellason and Orchestra


HUDSON RECORDS
235
MONO
1956


SIDE A:



NOCTURNE, Op. 9
POLONAISE, Op. 53
FUNEBRE MARCH, Op. 35
NOCTURNE

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SIDE B:



MINUTE WALTZ
POLONAISE
ETUDE, Op. 10, No. 3
POLONIASE, Op. 40

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Editor's note: I bought this record merely because of the cover and the fact that I had seen the lady on the record cover earlier in the day on another sleeve by The Three Suns. While I like Chopin the main selection that I wanted to hear "Funeral March" starts clacking like a clock as soon as the somber part of the march begins. Which makes sense since the previous owner probably liked it as well.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

COCKTAILS ANYONE?

by the Bob Creash Quintet


UNIQUE RECORDS
LP-104
MONO
1958


SIDE A:



IDAHO
SMILES
JEEPERS CREEPERS
IF YOU KNEW SUSIE
THE SHEIK OF ARABY
SHOULD I

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SIDE B:



AIN'T SHE SWEET
YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY
DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME
BYE BYE BLACKBIRD
I WANT A GIRL
SHINE

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Editor's note: I saw this record at the local Goodwill about a month or so ago but left it because it looked too roughed up. Upon re-inspection a few days ago I determined that the cover alone was worth the risk. So here we are with a great sounding disc, a quite excellent cover and a companion label mate for Michael Strange's Something Strange, a favorite of mine. It makes me want to seek out more from the label

Monday, January 15, 2018

VOICE OF THE SEA



ROAD RECORDINGS
5011
MONO


SIDE A:



SHIPS: HARBOR and at SEA
Queen Mary Whistle
Tug Boats
Ferry Boats
Fishing Boats
Fog Horn
USS COLUMBUS
Departure--Putting out to sea
Whistle
Wheel House
Engine Room--Blowers
Ships Bell
Dropping Anchor
Boatswain's Whistle
General Alarm

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SIDE B:



SURF TEXTURES:
Foamy (sand beach)
Pebbly beach
Rocky cliffs
Pounding storm
Quiet lapping ...with gulls and bell buoy

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Editor's note: I thought it odd that each side of this record had an end band strip in the middle of the tracks but apparently this can be played on a binaural machine that has two "heads" which combines the ship and ocean sounds. Cool beans. Instead of that fine mixed experiment you have me abruptly lifting the needle arm and skipping to the next playable groove. Pure class. Oh well, there are a few rough spots but if you enjoy oceans and ships then this is your jam.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

KEYBOARDS AND STRINGS

by Harold DeCou


WORD RECORDS
W 3133
MONO

SIDE A:



BENEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
O SAY, BUT I'M GLAD
SAVIOR, LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD US
MORE TIME ALONE
MY SINS ARE GONE

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SIDE B:



NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS
THE LORD'S PRAYER
SINCE THE FULLNESS OF HIS LOVE CAME IN
NO NOT ONE
FACE TO FACE
CALLING

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Editor's note: I've had this one on the back burner waiting for a second or third Sunday to arrive so that it could be appropriately shared and that day is come. I don't remember the record at all and don't have time to re-listen. Let me know how it goes ye talkative brood, eh? Yeah, right. You're more silent than the spring that Rachel Carson promised 50 years ago in her liberal hysteria. The Earth and Gawd himself will thwart mankind a million times over before the faithful Earth turns against us. Then, in one swift movement it will open its bowels and let the aliens out of its milky way nougat center and they will feast upon out bones for a thousand years.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

ADVENTURES IN SOUND

 written by Sharron Lucky, performed by Jerry Caspell


MELODY HOUSE RECORDS
MH 55


SIDE A:



LOUD SOUNDS
SOFT SOUNDS
HAPPY SOUNDS
SCARY SOUNDS
HOME SOUNDS
TRIP TO THE FARM

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SIDE B:



ZOO ANIMALS
HAUNTED HOUSE
TRANSPORTATION
STORE & OFFICE
SPORTS

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Editor's note: a devoted reader of this blog diligently checks the MELODY HOUSE RECORDS label every day presumably waiting to see this record appear after I promoted it a week or two ago. After watching them suffer anxiously on a daily basis through the blog's stats I am mercifully ending their wait with this post even though I had no intention of posting it before the next month or so. Such is my kindness. Haha. It delays another album of sounds which I had cued up and another cool album cover attached to cocktail songs.

Friday, January 12, 2018

SELECTED FAVORITES

by The Harmonicats


WING RECORDS
MGW 12133
MONO


SIDE A:



Peg O' My Heart
Harmonica Boogie
Lezchinka
On The Alamo
The Gallop of the Comedians
At Dawn

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SIDE B:



When My Baby Smiles
The Sardar March
At Sundown
Clair De Lune
Scheherezade
Harbour Lights

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Editor's note: a better-than-expected album which has both  serious and whimsical moments along with the traditional happy horseshit selections. Plus it has cat head harmonica players on the sleeve which is actually more important than the music itself. At least to me it is.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD IS NOT A CRUISE

by Pearl Williams


AFTER HOURS RECORDS
LAH-70
1962


SIDE A:



THE MIDNIGHT SHOW

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SIDE B:



THE LATE, LATE SHOW

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Editor's note: what a detestable piece of shit record this is. Non-humorous, gaudy as fawk, pretentious and boring. But I post it just the same because I know that some people will enjoy it. Which is hardly my endeavor with the blog but the intersection of intent and actuality wins out.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SHORTHAND DICTATION FOR SPEED BUILDING NO. 3

narrated by Jim Mackay


DICTATION DISC COMPANY
E3-KP-3596
1959


SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: I'm sure that there's some purist out there who is going to demand all volumes of this set but this is all he's getting from me. Not that I am withholding the others because even if I had them I probably wouldn't post them all. Eh, who am I kidding, Yes, I would! Alas- I don't have them and you'll have to satiate yourself on Jim Mackay's soothing  voice as he beams his static dictate into your ear drums.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

GYPSY MOODS

 by Edi Csoka and His Gypsy Orchestra


VANGUARD RECORDS
VRS-7035
1954


SIDE A:



Song and Czardas
Kiss in the Dark (Italian Seranade)
Hungarian Folkways

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SIDE B:



Czardas
Avant Mourir
Hungarian Folk Medley

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Editor's note: I didn't really want to post this Tennessee bought EP just yet but the creation of a GYPSY page necessitated that I did. So here you are with some pensive gypsy tunes. It seems that every Gypsy orchestra is led by a dude with a very Hungarian name and then HIS GYPSY ORCHESTRA. Traditionalist, much? Which seems odd for a people with a nomadic reputation. But tradition persists and so does the routine of posting obscure fare here continue.

Monday, January 08, 2018

BEN LIGHT SALUTES THE STATES

by Ben Light


"X" RECORDS
LXA 3013

 
SIDE A:



DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
CAROLINA IN THE MORNING
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA
MISSOURI WALTZ

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SIDE B:



ALABAMA BOUND
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
BEAUTIFUL OHIO
CALIFORNIA HERE I COME

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Editor's note: Ben Light, as advertised, definitely has some fast fingers. Lightning fast? Ten bolt a second m****rf*****r! All right, that's hyperbole but he's plinky-fast and proficient. Did he make cash registers melt down from exhaustion? Probably not but I'm sure he made enough to feed the lion so to speak. One of my Sweetwater Flea Market finds while I was in Tennessee.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

16 SINGING MEN VOLUME THREE: WONDERFUL PEACE

by 16 Singing Men with Scott Douglass directing


ZONDERVAN RECORDS
ZLP-575


SIDE A:



JESUS, KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS
LOST IN THE NIGHT
HE GIVETH MORE GRACE
MORE LOVE TO THEE
ROCK OF AGES
HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

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SIDE B:



THIS IS WHY I WANT TO GO
JESUS LED ME ALL THE WAY
WONDERFUL PEACE
WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS
HOLY GHOST
ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU

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Editor's note: while I don't mind the occasional chorus I do take umbrage with male choruses as well as male operatic voices. They sound brusk, demonic and quaffed in un-himmlischer Ruh. That is, if the latter means Heavenly peace. Peace, peace but there is no peace! Just cult-like chanting which frightens both goat and man as well as goat men both far and wee.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

GET INVOLVED

by Suzanne Johnson with The Larry Mayfield Orchestra


FOURMOST RECORDS
FM7011CS
STEREO


SIDE A:



GET INVOLVED!
PASS IT ON
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE
THEY'LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE
ETERNAL LIFE

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SIDE B:



IT'S A NEW WORLD
A TIME FOR US
TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS
MY JESUS, I LOVE THEE
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

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Editor's note: Suzanne tried too hard. There I said it. Even though she was compelled to sing her heart out for the Lord she sang that little bird dry and probably turned it deaf. Not that she couldn't sing she just over sang. I'm sure that was her goal and she did it well. I just would have preferred her to tone it down a bit. Either way she was hot in that funky patterned dress thing she was wearing. Did I go too far? Oh well.

Friday, January 05, 2018

KEEP FIT AND BE HAPPY

with Bonnie Prudden


WARNER BROS. RECORDS
WS 1358
STEREO
1959


 SIDE A:



Adios
Escape To Monaco
Holiday For Strings
Fiddle-Faddle
Gobelues
Tico-Tico
Wait Till You See Her
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Escape To Monaco

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SIDE B:



Adios (With Instructions)
Adios (Without Instructions)
Wait Till You See Her (With Instructions)
Wait Till You See Her (Without Instructions)
Fiddle-Faddle (With Instructions)
Fiddle-Faddle (Without Instructions)
Sophisticated Lady

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Editor's note: this lady's a pro despite the hole in her leotards. Or is that merely album cover dross? Either way it's her fault. Just as it's hers that she sounds like that New World Order lizard Ellen Degenerate. The wife-beating, collusion-aid to the Mandalay massacre by the CIA. You know, the Vegas shooting that was not captured on a single hotel camera even though 15 camera angles are always found when a NFL player is throttling his ho in an elevator. Funny how that works, eh? Whatevs! This lady is from a more innocent time in our American history when the CIA had the decency to conduct their diabolical experiments in secrecy and when they killed somebody it never made the news. But as I was saying this woman was a pro unlike Charlene Pickett who was likely an MK Ultra survivor.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

SKATING TIME

with Ken Griffin at the Wurltizer


COLUMBIA RECORDS
CL 610
MONO
1955


SIDE A:



Jealous
The Lamplighter's Serenade
The Bumpity-Bump
I Saw You (With My Heart)
St. Louis BluesWritten
Sentimental Journey

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SIDE B:



Marie
Gimme A Little Kiss (Will Ya, Huh?)
Barcarolle (From "Tales Of Hoffman")
Kringle's Jingle
Shepherd Serenade
Twelfth Street Rag

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Editor's note: according to my shoddy estimations of both life and records there has never been a bad wurlitzer album. Or is it Wurlizter? No matter, I stand by my statement. Though I will often pass up Wurlitzer records with boring covers because it's the combination of cover and music craft that do it for me. Even though I must confess that I mistook this cover for an ice skating scene and not a roller skating theme. Being that I despise the latter and revel in the former it's the only disappointing aspect of this otherwise choice selection of prime vintage kitsch.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

FOLK SONGS FROM JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE

by Theodore Bikel and Geula Gill


ELEKTRA ARECORDS
EKL-161
MONO
1959


SIDE A:



Pollerita (Bolivian)
Ah, Si Mon Moine (French-Canadian)
Shir Hanoar (Israeli)
Din Plaiurile Romaniei (Roumanian)
Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen (Yiddish)
Darogoy Dalnoyu (Russian)
Yerakina (Greek)

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SIDE B:



Oleana (Norwegian-American)
Erets Zavat Khalav (Israeli)
iva Jujuy (Argentine)
Ayil Ayil (Israeli)
Azizam (Persian)
Peixe Vivo (Brazilian)
Shney Khaverim (Russian-Hebrew From Israel)

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Editor's note: I gave up on this record fairly quickly because I don't really care much for folk songs. Well, I was okay with it until they started traveling the globe musically and I just zoned out and haven't returned to that aural highway. I'm not likely to return though I do like Elektra's old label art much better than what I recall from their latter work in the 80s and 90s.