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Saturday, April 22, 2017

GOOD NEWS, ED ALLEN, JIM FORD, DENNY MCCLAIN, SPOOKY HALLOWEEN, CULTURAL DANCING & MORE OBSCURITIES FROM YESTER-EAR


Good News, the Christian folk musical tends to be one of the most popular pages on this blog so it's only natural that it would be re-upped in the first 100 albums. Likewise, Ed Allen Time gets his fair share of views for both practical and comical purposes. Halloween records are always a favorite as is Jim Ford's classic Harlan County. While I doubt that The Music of Poland is on anybody's desert island picks it is on Nobody's and so is Just Ruby. In fact Ruby Paulk is one of the reasons that I started this shambled tableau. There's also Denny McClain's popular album of piano favorites that made him a crowd favorite at Detroit area bars and clubs during the pitcher's amazing run to 30 wins and a World Series victory in the late 1960s.


Animals On The Farm
Armenian Dances and Songs
Denny McClain At The Organ
Ed Allen Time
Good News: A Christian Folk-Musical
Harlan County
Just Ruby
Music For The Balinese Shadow Play
The Music of Poland
Spooky Halloween

Thursday, April 20, 2017

THE CULT OF HOLLEY


Danny Holley began his piano career as a bit of a wunderkind but chose the club circuit over a serious concert career. After stints in Chattanooga and his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi he was summoned by two club owners on vacation from Detroit to play in the Motor City. He played the Detroit and Windsor supper club circuit for several years before teaching music and then being swayed into playing and directing music at a church in the area. He has a website where songs and albums can be sampled and purchased. My uploads follow at the foot of this post.


Hello Holley!
Love Is....Music (If You Know What I Mean)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

THE DARK SHADOWS TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK & QUENTIN'S THEME


What listless lives we must lead to keep coming back to the music trough for a free nip at nostalgia. Or perhaps we're just that fulfilled and this is the apex of our contention with throwing off the garbs of another grueling day. Whichever, the music presses and passes on. Past Frid, Freud and fantasy. Selby and the remaining series cohorts are now long in the tooth and it won't be many years before the entire enterprise is a dreamscape from the past.

While "Quentin's Dream", as realized by Charles Randolph Grean and his Sounde machine, isn't exactly Corbet's vision, it is passable fare. Too poppy and not enough of the darkness which encompasses the Shadows soundtrack, despite the show's less-than-macabre presentation as gothic horror. But enough of my prattling on.


The Original Music From ABC-TV's "Dark Shadows"

Quentin's Theme

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SPOKEN UND SUNG



Well, luck is your saltwater bint if you're lusting after lo-grade noise because I've recovered several hundred mp3s that I believed to be lost from this blog. Which should make a few of you happy and multiple ingrates who have left churlish comments over the years, fairly pissed off. They, of course, are mostly the exceptions to the rule but their crude demands for higher quality audio have spurred me on to this re-uppification project that I am currently embarking upon. You see, archiving is my thing and not music. That the two met is merely happenstance though I will admit to being a connoisseur of spoken word albums. No matter, I've already said too much. Listen or don't. Here are 10 recovered selections with links to their original posts. Have at it.

  Angel Love label

An Evening With The New York Harp Ensemble
Angel Love
Come Out: Songs For Children's Celebrations Ages 2-8
Make Believe Days
Musical Gadgets
Munich's 800 Years
Songs Of Victory
The Spectrum Of Sacred Sound
Speak Well: Off The Record
The Un-Typical Politician 

Monday, April 17, 2017

CHA CHA CHA, BLAH BLAH BLAH & OTHER GREAT ADVENTURES IN LO-FI


The record re-uppification continues with all-time rejects from Perez Prado, Ray Bourbon, an album of Jacques Brel covers, the steam piano of John Muri, Halloween sound effects, Christmas music, Christian rhetoric and a fat helping of Johnny Pineapple.

I would write more commentary but I'm not exactly trying to entertain anybody with these offerings and do it merely to facilitate my own insanity. I mean, technically, you should be entertaining me since you're mooching these lo-fi recordings from the blog because you're a tightwad scavenger.


Anyway, I'm not trying to cheat the man, be the low-brow collector fan blog or anything of that sort. In fact, I barely ever listen to music. It gives me little pleasure and what's pleasure in the grand scope of things except a distraction from reality. Oh wait, reality's a mutable concept these days as well, isn't it? Egads, drop the bombs already would ye?

Here's some audio for the occasion:

A Munich Beer Festival At The Hofbrauhaus
An Evening In Copenhagen
Brel Lives!
God's Love Gift: A Christmas Cantata
Great Mambos & Other Latin American Favorites
The Holy Bible Exposes Jesus Christ Superstar
John Muri At The Detroit Fox Theatre
Johnny Pineapple & Co. From Hawaii
Night In A Graveyard
Songs Of Eastern Birds

Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAR-E CHRIST MASS WITH BUNNY GIRLS & BUNNYKINS


Now that Osterhase has arrived, Jesus has arisen and this blog is semi-active with refreshed posts I present two bunny-related albums: Bunny Girls and March of the Bunnykins backed with Joggle by The Royal Doulton Band. Hardly festive Easter fare or religious sacrament but considering that most of you reading this are audio pirates and heathens of the lowest order it's a fitting pairing. Well, have at it.

Listen to and download the Bunny Girls
Listen to and download March of the Bunnykins

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

UPDATE

Since I'm still getting requests for album uploads after several years of not updating the blog I've decided to re-up the mp3s that I have on file. Many were lost with a crashed drive but I still have quite a few. If you'd like to see an album re-upped leave a comment. I'll do my best to post them.

Some of the re-ups include:

A Folk Song Life of Christ
Ashes To Ashes B/W You Don't Know About Love by The Mindbenders
Blues For Baby Jesus
Final Curtain
Ghostly Sounds (Peter Pan Records)
Ghostly Sounds (Power Records)
Have Burro, Will Travel
The Hilarious Spike Jones
Holiday In Mexico
Judy Canova In Hi-Fi
Marv Herzog's Oktoberfest Album
Moods For A Stormy Night
Rejoice! Music For The Worship Of God In The Twentieth Century
Sell Yourself Rich
Signs Of The Zodiac: Cancer
Sonny Hall Plays Baseball At The Astrodome
Steinmetz On Sex 
Testimony Of Nancy Lupinski
Unique Percussion
The Vibrant Guitar of Robert Lawrence Luca

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

PRELUDES TO SPRING

by Robert Paul Zajac


SICE RECORDS
1960s





SIDE A:

1. Spring



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2. Happy Wanderer Val-Deri Val-Dera



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3. Stormy Winds Do Blow



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4. Mary Ann



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5. Spanish Cavalier



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SIDE B:

1. Swiss Marching Song



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2. Greensleeves



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3. Believe Me If All These Endearing Young Charms



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



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



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6. Viva L'amour



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Editor's note: 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.

Monday, November 05, 2012

I SIT RIGHT DOWN SKA B/W SAN SOUCI SKA

by Lloyd Richards


KALYPSO RECORDS
FSSH-6713/4
1960s?


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Editor's note: I'm not going to pretend that I know anything about ska just as long as you refuse to admit that you're a low frequency pirate. Not that I'm condemning you because somebody's out there scratching at their eyeballs right now trying to find their old Lloyd Richards album and having failed to do so is crawling the net looking for a backup source. That is I. 

This dude, at times, reminds me of a less soulful Otis Redding (that's a fucking compliment because Otis had alllll the soul!) or a more upbeat Freddie Fender and a few others that I've now. Ah- well... have at this scratched up and sullied old thing.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

SNOOPYCAT

performed by Marion Anderson


FOLKWAY RECORDS
FC 7770
1963





SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: this is a great record even if you don't care much for operatic singing. It does seem a bit much for a children's story but the actual rendering of the tale by Anderson is quite excellent. I'm going to play it for my 5 year old and if she likes it then it's done its job. Even if she doesn't like it I'll still listen to it anyway!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

ASHES TO ASHES B/W YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT LOVE

by The Mindbenders


FONTANA RECORDS
F-1555
1966


SIDE A:



ASHES TO ASHES




SIDE B:



YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT LOVE



Editor's note: the first track, "Ashes to Ashes," is in the vein of a Beatles b-side but catchy nonetheless while "You Don't Know About Love" is a Zombies-esque 3:00 power pop ballad that sticks with me better than the feature song. Neither reached the chart-topping success of their predecessor "A Groovy Kind of Love" which topped out at #2 in both the US and UK and that probably can be attributed to their somewhat drab demeanor. They'd both still make for good selections on a hippy dippy mix tape, if such things even exist any more. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

LISTEN TO ME WEARING DENTURES


by Alvin V. Pensler


EVA-TONE RECORDS
1963
33 1/3


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Editor's note: first off, with the condition that parts of this flexi disc are in it shouldn't have even made it to the blog. But seeing as how the cassette tapes are being received by the discerning mooches of the internet I thought this might reel a few of you back in.


Yes, the fingernail grooves to the rims of the start and finish give it a rickety cadence but the message still comes through loud and clear: DON'T BE YOUR OWN DENTIST! Strong words from the man with a plan.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DECLARATION OF MISREPRESENTATION


by G-Spot


SELF PUBLISHED
1990s?
CASSETTE





SIDE A:

DECLARATION OF MISREPRESENTATION



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REASON OF SOCIETY



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SIDE B:

REGULATE THE PACE



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Editor's note: being that Yourofsky is an activist I kind of figured this would be either acid metal or gangsta rap and, of course, it's neither. More hip hop political rap or something of that ilk which I know basically nothing about. The one thing that I do know is that I like it. Not in the "I'd go to his concert if he had one" sort of way but in a "I"m happy to pass this shit along to the eager consumer" way. A solid Detroit white-boy rap EP.

Monday, June 18, 2012

DEVELOPING YOUR ESP

by Robert E. Griswold, music by Steven Bergman

EFFECTIVE LEARNING SYSTEMS, INC.
1986
CASSETTE


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Editor's note: I don't want to say that I feel cheated by this recording but I sure expected lots of talking and little music. Not that the music is bad but it's not giving me any subliminal thoughts because I'm busy multi-tasking due to the fact that's what people do when they listen to music. Just the same it's better than REO Speedwagon. 

Ooops, just realized that I listened to the B side first which is apparently the pure music portion of the programming. SIDE A has just about what I expected from the ESP field and some pretty good sections of music which meld into more new age during the lesser parts. Most excellent.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

WHO YOU ARE


by David Robinson


CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST INTERNATIONAL
1995
CASSETTE





SIDE A:


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Editor's note: I've resisted long enough so let the cassette era officially commence! Since I'm without a worthy camera -- and don't want to post shittier cover art than I already have -- and am chock full of scanners it seems only fitting that I should make the switch. Not that I won't post records again as 45s are within the scanner realm and at some point my poverty will end but I'm feeling the audio cassette for now.

This offering is from Hall of Fame basketball player David Robinson (along with CNN sports anchor Fred Hickman) and delves into his spiritual journey to Christ and some anecdotal biographical material as well. But the gist of the recording is to discover Who U Are by turning to Gawd. Great. Whatever gets you through the night, etc. A well-spoken brutha who might be a fuddy-duddy to some true gangstas but at least the dude ain't broke or in jail.