Thursday, April 30, 2009
by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
PRODUCED BY GIL SCOTT-HERON, BRIAN JACKSON, AND MALCOLM CECIL FOR SPICE INC.
ARRANGED BY BRIAN JACKSON
SHUT 'UM DOWN
ALIEN HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS
PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
SHAM MOT (THE SHAH IS DEAD/CHECKMATE)
LATE LAST NIGHT
Editor's note: I was expecting some afro-centric, disco-boogie, space-age message to the future but all I got was a sociometric sockdolager! Yeah, the brutha has a sermon on how to save the world and it starts with not being THE MAN. Not in racial terms but rather in global ones. Love your brother and save the planet etc. Can't we all applaud the sentiment if not the message? Well...we can all appreciate the afro helmet of the dude on the left regardless of our politics, caste or aesthetic views.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
by Joe Hackney
HAPPY HOUR MUSIC
To Sir From Sir
Casper In Astro Surf
Dear Old Max
The Black Widow
Speedy Con Carne
Jiggs, Rich & Co.
Mama & Papa Bear
Editor's note: the album cover won me over. The music is just jazz. To be honest, I don't really care for jazz but I like this jazz more than the other jazz that I don't like at all. If jazz hands were a measure of approbation then there would be two just sitting there twiddling their thumbs.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Slowed-Down Solo Whale
Three Whale Trip
Editor's note: somebody better get on the pipe to Jimmy Page because if this isn't a blatant ripoff of Dazed and Confused then I don't know what is! Otherwise it's otherworldly high-on music. Didn't Donovan say that the natural high is the best high in the world? What's Donovan know anyway?
Monday, April 27, 2009
by Bobby Hutch
OLD HOMESTEAD RECORDS
MOUNTAIN DEW IS OUT OF STYLE 2:33
HER HONOR AND HER PRIDE 3:27
Editor's note: good old boys playing good old time bluegrass. In fact these guys are still playing. Well, Bobby Hutch is still leading his own band anyway and they are very much active.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
by The Singing Stepps
THE SINGING STEPPS
traveling the road of life toward
"The Eastern Gates"
In October of 1970, the Singing Stepps reorganized their group with Bob Dildine joining them singing first tenor.
Featuring Bob's deep vibrant voice on the song entitled "The Eastern Gates", gave this album its title. Bob is a consecrated Christian, as well as all members of the Singing Stepps. They believe you must possess God's diving power in your life to make gospel singing a blessing to humanity and to reach lost souls.
As you listen to their recording, try to visualize the "Eastern Gates". Think of the joy of that glad reunion when we'll meet our friends and loved ones on the other side beyond the gates. The Bible states in Revelations that the gates of the city shall not be shut at all by day for there shall be no night. It also reads nothing that defileth can enter therein, only those who have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Friends, as you concentrate on the joyous sounds of the Singing Stepps, ask yourself the question, "Am I prepared to enter the Eastern Gates?"
The enthusiasm and dedication with which Sandra, Jimmy and Bob sing should lead everyone to seek peace and salvation from Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Engineer - Brien Fisher
Album Cover by Paul Abel
E.G. - C-0013-S
1105 E. St. Charles Rd.
There'll Be Souting On the Hills 1:58
Remind Me Dear Lord 2:50
In the Shelter of His Arms 2:40
I'm Gonna Leave Here Shouting 2:10
Had It Not Been 2:50
Satan is Real 2:57
Build My Mansions 3:28
Too Much To Gain To Lose 2:50
I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey 1:58
I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone 2:55
The Eastern Gates 3:00
Editor's note: this isn't merely a religious record, it's a country gospel rock-a-rolly balladeer devotional. The rockabilly kicks in on "I'm Gonna Leave Here Shouting" and although it makes no reprise various twanging guitars and folksy choruses do and often. Put a Revivalist Church in a 1950s Nashville recording studio and this record could be your vinyl and cardboard temple.
The oil painted album cover is top notch don't you think?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
MUSIC FOR A TURKISH BELLY DANCE
1. 2/4 TEMPO 2:49
2. RUMBA 3:59
3. FAST TEMPO 2:28
4. CHIFTE TELLI (Floor Work) 3:44
5. FAST CHIFTE TELLI 3:30
6. KARSILAMAS 2:00
MUSIC FOR AN ARABIC DANCE
1. 2/4 TEMPO "AZIZA"
4. FLOOR WORK
5. CHIFTE TELLI
Editor's note: anybody who knows anything about life knows that it begins with the belly, succeeds with future visits to the belly and expires with the last knock of wind leaving the rib cage and bread basket. Not that it's going to help you or anything but I thought I might let you in on a well-known secret.
Friday, April 24, 2009
By Russell Schmidt
Booking information, additional albums, tapes or published music, availavle through:
P.O. Box 80126
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Edify Productions, Inc.
Recorded & Mastered at
SOUND 80 STUDIOS
RUSSELL SCHMIDT & DAN PERRY
Recorder, Flute & Sax
Copyright 1980 RS Music
All rights reserved.
Printed in the U.S.A.
LAY YOUR CARDS DOWN (Russell Schmidt)
FOLLOW THE WIND (Russell Schmidt)
DREAM LAND (Russell Schmidt)
DESPERADO(Don Henley & Glenn Frey)
FLYING CLOUD (Russell Schmidt)
SIMPLE SONG (Russell Schmidt)
A SONG FOR LISA (Russell Schmidt)
BLUE WINTER (Russell Schmidt)
ONE MORE TIME (Russell Schmidt)
FATHER (Words Lisa Barnard/Music L. Barnard & R. Schmidt)
I AM WHO I AM (Russell Schmidt)
Editor's note: I'm sure some dealer would call this rural folk on eBay and try to charge $29.99 but I don't think I'm buying into it. It sounds more like easy listening lite rock. Kind of an agnostic spiritual about one's own soul which is another way of saying "God doesn't care so if I don't nobody else will." OK, I'm making this stuff up as I go along.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Bouzouki Hits of Zambetas
GEORGE ZAMBETAS composer, singer, virtuoso of the bouzouki is one of the most sought-after musicians of popular music in Greece. His records, mostly his own compositions, are popular throughout Europe, and his name is synonymous with the bouzouki.
In 1959 he was playing in a small night club when he was asked to join Manos Hadjidakis, Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin in the film "Never On Sunday." Immediately, the fantastic technique of Zambetas's bouzouki playing caught on and he was acclaimed internationally; since then he has worked with all the Greek composers and has recorded many of their works. His own compositions have also become popular and are written in a style based on the songs of cabarets or more accurately the laiko traqoudi (popular songs). He has also written music for movies and the theatre. With all this talent in one man, Zambetas remains the same Zambetas through all his success: humble, a man filled with kefi (love of life) and the word which in Greek most describes manliness...LEVANDIA!
-Susan and Ted Alevizos
Produced & Recorded by Lyra Records, Athens, Greece
Copyrights: B.I.E.M., Athens
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Cover Design: Jack Anesh
Cover Photo: Sigrid Owen
This record has been engineered and manufactured in accordance with standards developed by the Record Industry Association of America, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of recorded music and literature.
Manufactured by: MGM RECORDS, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., 1350 Avenue of the Americas. New York, N.Y. 10019
To Live or Not to Live 2:45
We Will Never Part 3:10
The Flowers 3:10
The Whole Night 3:50
The Guys 2:25
Who Can He Be? 3:30
Hassapico Dance 2:35
Zambetas Sirtaki 3:20
An Eagle Without Wings ["Mister Antonis"]* 3:25
Let's Walk in Moonlight ["The Madam"]* 3:20
The Day Breaks ["The Cypress"]* 3:30
Carnation Girl ["The Flowered Skirt"]* 3:20
*songs by Hadjidakis
Editor's note: some straight up bouzouki. C'mon, what else did you expect me to say?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
by Gary Myrick
Gary Myrick: Voice, Guitars and Emulator Keyboard
Jay Ferguson: Moog and Arp Bass, Piano, Jupiter 8 and Prophet Synthesizers
Curly Smith: Drums and Linn Programming
Myrick, Ferguson, Smith: Background Voices and Percussion
Paulinho da Costa: Percussionist
All songs written and arranged by Gary Myrick, Jay Ferguson and Curly Smith
All lyrics by: Gary Myrick
Engineered by: Howard Siegel
Assistant Engineer: Nicholas "Bemer" Basich
Recorded at: Record Plant, L.A. and Crystal Sound, L.A.
Mixed at: Record Plant, L.A.
Digital 2-Track by J. V. C.
Mastered at: Precision Lacquer, L.A., by Stephen Marcussen
Personal Management: Ron Stone
Design: Tony Lane
Cover Drawing: "Golden People From The Perfect Planet" by Gary Myrick
Back Cover Photo: Jeff Scales
Equipment Manager: David Casey
Gary Myrick, c/o Cornerstone,
8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 646,
Los Angeles, California 90046
Guitar, Talk, Love & Drums
Lost In Clubland
Message Is You
Time To Win
Editor's note: I want to say that this is a hybrid between a hybrid of The Sisters of Mercy and Adam Ant but I think that generalizes things a bit too much. Plus I have no real music knowledge and those are easy names to throw and look smart using. A great sounding EP though the content starts out relatively strong and waters itself down to the last blaring synthesizer. Worth the 20 minute listen just to acclimate yourself with something from the 80s which wasn't all big hair and sentiment.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The Sounds of a Vanishing Era
AUDIO FIDELITY RECORDS
STEAM LOCOMOTIVES and some DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES and some STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
Editor's note: it doesn't get much simpler than this: railroad sounds. You either like them or you're a communist. Don't be the devil...embrace capitalism and all the goods things of life: grime, sweat, hard labor, and industrial waste. After their done with us they can use the trains to load us up and dispose of the bodies.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Sound Generation
Circa late 1960s
JUST THE WORD:
Several years ago a group of students on the campus of John Brown University created a musical group known as the "Sound Generation". Initially the group lacked virtually all the necessary ingredients for success, but the members of the "Sound Generation" believed that they had a story to tell and a song to sing. In the retrospect of the years, it was certainly of our mission and a blind faith in God, that enabled the group to wade through the often chilly waters of our initial ventures.
From that time until this, virtually everything about the group has changed, everything that is except our reason for existence. The group was born out of a desire to tell of our love for God and country; that desire is still the central pillar of our being.
THE ADAGE STATES THAT: "Music is the expression of the soul." This album is the soul expression of the 24 young people who created it. It is not music for music's sake; but rather an effort to communicate and to share the deep "heart-felt" feelings that burn within the souls of the members of the "Sound Generation."
The album touches all the spheres of musical involvement that have become synonymous with the "Sound Generation" through the past years. The sound ranges from the driving beat pf "California Soul" to the easy melodic line of "Who Can Cheer the Heart Like Jesus."
The album is a kaleidoscope of sound and it is hoped that somewhere on the record there is that certain something that you will like a great deal.
It is our jope and prayer that each and every listener will be drawn closer to God and to the realization that He is vitally interested in the affairs of mankind and that through the person of Jesus Christ, He has provided a way for us to know Him.
In the creation of this album, special credit must go to the following:
JOHN COATES: Who is not only the musical director of the group, he has been, from the beginning, the musical mind that has charted the basic course for the group to follow. Johnny, musically speaking, has written the majority of the group's arrangements and does all the keyboard work on the recording.
PAUL WHEELR: Paul sings baritone/bass, and is also responsible for the selection and training of all vocalists. His ability and the end result is easily heard.
ROGER BYRD: Affectionately referred to as "Byrd" by all his friends, drills and trains the "Sound Generation" band and is the featured "skin man" or drummer in the group. For the album, he also covered much of the trombone work and "California Soul" is a product of his arranging genius.
...And a very special word of thanks to:
MR. STEWART SPRINGFIELD - Vice President of John Brown Univeersity, without whose help and guidance we never would have made it;
MR E. WILLIAM GEORGE, John Brown University West Coast President...our "Big Daddy" in the southern California area who just has to be the grooviest guy in the world;
THE DOCTOR...and all the "out of sight" people at "Gold Star Studios" in Hollywood who helped us so much in the sessions;
LOU LEVIN - from "California Sound Products" in Los Angeles, who is absolutely the greatest sound engineering consultant in the whole world.
One of the most exciting aspects of the "Sound Generation" is the fact that all of the young people in the organization attended the same school. To our way of thinking, John Brown University is the finest school of its kind in the nation today. It is a fully accredited, four-year, liberal arts University, that is in existence today basically to train young people academically and spiritually for a 20th Century world. It is thrilling for us to know that the University has been successful in doing just that for more than half a century.
If you would care to know more about the "Sound Generation" or about John Brown University, feel free to write us in care of John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761.
All of us in the "Sound Generation" hope you enjoy the album as much as we enjoyed creating it!
I'VE GOT RHYTHM (1:40) Arr. Coates
OUT OF MY HEAD (2:35) Arr. Whitby
TRIBUTE TO JIM WEBB (6:15) Arr. Marsh
CALIFORNIA SOUL (5:50) Arr. Byrd
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (3:40) Arr. Coates
WONDERFUL DAY (2:00) Arr. Coates
WHO CAN CHEER (3:20) Arr. Coates
FREEDOM MEDLEY (4:22) Arr. Marsh
Editor's note: a soul-funkadelic-religious experience! Well...it purports to that but falls more in line with an orchestra that sometimes plainly "gets down." Not all the way down but down as far as the knickers covering the women's pudeurs. I could be Nietzsche and say, "Women have pudeurs?" but then I'd sound like a downright bastard. Having a daughter now I'm only allowed to think nice thoughts about females. :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
by Grandma's Boys
Only Polish Lutheran in Milwaukee. His native enthusiasm is very nearly overwhelming. "Let's just hope his voice doesn't change." Whether or not he's the best looking, he decidedly the youngest.
Winner of the 1969-71 "Slow Talkers of America" championship and reformed M&M addict. "As a lead, he makes a pretty good bass." Alumnus of no fewer than several colleges and universities. Once considered career as a perpetual sophomore.
Undoubtedly one of the true creative geniuses in Barbershop today...has a masters degree in theory and composition, "He's O.K., I guess." Possessed of a personal magnetism second to many, and a last name mispelled often enough to attract Guinness' attention.
Disciplined and industrous, handsome and dashing, former sermonette producer and Charles Atlas "before" model. "A truly mediocre stand-up comic." Currently one of Chicago's "Ten scrawniest bachelors."
Thanks: Jeff, Moose, Lou, Lyle and a friend
Recorded December 1974-January 1975 at A.A.V. Studios, Evanston, Illinois
Engineer: Tom Sublewski
Assistance: Karen Drummond
All songs (except a few) arranged by: J. J. Giallombardo
Portraits by The Shooting Gallery: Gary Brown
Design, notes and cover photo: H. J. Brandt
Graphics, art and typography: Dick Johnson
Note: That's the Wilmette "Bowl" on the cover, a natural Amphitheatre in our home town on Chicago's North Shore and site of our very first show.
Grandma's Boys: For those who wonder which came first...the song or the quartet's name...we heard it, loved it, learned it and then adopted it as namesake and theme song.
When Lindy Comes Home: A tribute to Lindberg by George M. Cohan was unearthed in a stack of old sheet music at SPEBSQSA's Harmony Hall.
Moonlight Brings Memories: Once considered as a possible title song for this album, but the art would have been either lewd or ludicrous.
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles: We're not sure just how far back this little variation might be traceable, but, contrary to popular belief, Lawrence Welk had nothing to do with it.
Tonight: A Jay G. special arranged to show off the rest of Hank's voice, the best of Jim's voice while John stands in the back going doo-wah, doo-wah.
Shillelagh Stick: Hard to figure how you can romanticize a big chunk of gnarled tree root...but, here it is.
Before the Parade Passes By: Dolly Levi made it famous, Jay made it Barbershop (sort of), and the rest of us are just trying to sing it.
A Song for Mary: One-half of our "Dough Boy" contest set...seen by many and loved by several (General Pershing not included).
Firefly: A hot little number with no deep intellectual or emotional commitment necessary (or possible).
When I Fall in Love: Hank's Dad always asks for this one 'cause it makes him cry. We sang it at Hank's wedding, which made Hank cry.
Rosie(You Made Me Love You): Quick! Who arranged this one? (All entries must be received before the solo).
(Reprise)Grandma's Boy: we like to round out a performance with this closer just to let those who've been asleep or talking know which quartet they've missed.
Editor's note: well, you asked for it so here it is. OK, nobody asked but here it is nonetheless. Doo-wah doo-wah!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
STEREO DIMENSION RECORDS
SKIP PROKOP Drums, Percussion, Vocals
PAUL HOFFERT Piano, vibes
RALPH COLE Guitar, Vocals
DON DINOVO Viola
DICK ARMIN Cello
LOUIE YACKNIN Bass
KEITH JOLLIMORE Sax, Flute, Vocals
LARRY SMITH Trombone, Vocals
HOWARD SHORE Sax
PETE PANTALUK Trumpet
BOB McBRIDE Lead Vocals, Percussion
Road Manager: BRUCE BELL
Road Crew: ROB LEHMAN, GLENN MORISON, and RINGO HRYCYNA
Recorded At: THUNDER SOUND RECORDING STUDIOS, TORONTO, CANADA
Mixed At: O.D.O. RECORDING STUDIOS, N.Y.C.
Mastered At: MERCURY SOUND STUDIOS, N.Y.C. BY GILBERT KONG
All Finished Arrangements By: LIGHTHOUSE
Special Thanks To: LOREN BECKER, ROSS REYNOLDS, MOSES ZNAIMER, VINNY ODO, EDDIE YOUNGBLOOD, HENRY SASKOWSKI
Thanks Also To: PREMIER OF ENGLAND for Premier DRums, DEAGAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS for Electro-Vibes
Added Percussion By: THE MALTESE MOON & THE EDMONTON HAWKS
Added Bass Vocals By: "TEETH"
Cover Design: BRAD JOHANNSEN
Produced By: JIMMY IENNER
Evolution a stereo dimension recording
Copyright 1971 by Stereo Dimension Records, a division of Stereo Dimension, Inc.
LOVE OF A WOMAN 5:47 (Arranged By H. Shore)
LITTLE KIND WORDS 4:11 (Arranged By S. Prokop & K. Jollimore)
OLD MAN 5:35 (Arranged by L. Smith)
SING, SING, SING 3:19 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore and L. Smith)
1849 6:12 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore and R. Cole)
ONE FINE MORNING 5:11 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore)
HATS OFF (To The Stranger) 3:37 (Arranged By P. Hoffert)
SHOW ME THE WAY 2:25 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore)
STEP OUT ON THE SEA 5:04 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore and L. Smith)
SWEET LULLABYE 4:53 (Arranged by S. Prokop)
All Selections Published By C.A.M.--U.S.A., Inc.--Media Trix Pub (BMI)
Editor's note: an album with an international hit is hardly an obscurity despite the band being one for the most part. Much of that could be attributed to them be Canadian. It's fairly hard for even the most successful Canadian bands to crack the seemingly impenetrable wall of Americanization. Thus an American obscurity may be a Canadian staple. That might be the case here because I'd never heard of these guys until I found this record.
As this review from 1971 attests to, this band had one happy moment with "One Fine Morning" and many more not so pleasant ones throughout their haul as The Guess Who Jr. "Little Kind Words" is an excellent tune but so far I'm rather underwhelmed. A professional album but like there are many good painters there are only a few Picassos and Dalis. In those terms this would be a Grandma Moses Lite.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
by Bruce Roberts
1980 Elektra/Asylum Records, 962 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90069 - 665 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022 - A Division of Warner Communications Inc. - Art Direction: Ron Coro - Illustration: Laurie Pincus - Photography: Herb Ritts
WITH ALL OF MY LOVE, WITH ALL OF MY HEART
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
THE GUYS YOU DANCE WITH
NO OTHER LOVE
HEART BE STEADY
LIGHT IN THE WINDOW
Editor's note: Bruce Roberts? Think skinny black dude with a 5 o'clock shadow who wears gauze thin khakis and stretched open silk shirts while belting out his heartfelt R&jazz&B tune on some Caribbean island with an exotic looking woman who is seemingly unaffected frolicking in the surf. Wrong guy. This is a straight-laced white guy who looks like a college professor in a smoking jacket. The music's not quite "ME" but the jacket is superb. Both album and personal attire! Plus I have a good pal named Beardsley Rummel who calls himself Cool Fool. Kinda strange, eh? Yeah, that's coming from a dolt who signs blog posts with the self-penned moniker of Wörtwurst.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sermon by Jack Van Impe
THOUSANDS ARE ATTENDING DR. JACK VAN IMPE'S CITY-WIDE CRUSADE
A LEADING PASTOR WRITES ABOUT DR. JACK VAN IMPE
Dear Friends in Christ:
For several years, i have watched with great interest the ministry of Dr. Jack Van Impe. I have listened to him preach. I have studied his personal life. I have observed the mighty hand of God upon him.
I believe the Lord has selected Dr. Jack Van Impe for a national and, perhaps, international ministry. Without question, he is one of the greatest preachers of our generation. He is a "walking Bible." He quotes 8,000 verses by memory. The Holy Spirit is upon him in a powerful fashion. I have, therefore, along with many others, urged Dr. Jack Van Impe to champion the cause of cooperative, mass evangelism for fundamental, Bible-believing churches and Christians across America. I believe that Dr. Van Impe is an uncompromising man of God.
He is a young man--only 39 years of age. He is respected and loved by the young people of our nation. He is a fantastic musician. His wife, Rexella, is one of the sweetest Christians I have ever known. They set a wonderful example for the sanctity of marriage and the home.
I believe this recording will manifest to all the magnificent ministry of Dr. Van Impe. I pray it will enjoy a wide circulation.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Jerry Falwell
(Rev. Jerry Falwell pastors the Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va. This 14 year old church is now fifth largest in America. Presently nearly 4000 are in weekly Sunday School attendance.)
JACK VAN IMPE EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION
WASHINGTON SQUARE PLAZA ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN 48067
Manufactured by ARTISTS RECORDS, Cinti., O. 45215
Editor's note: I once wrote an e-mail to Mr. Van Impe and told him that even though I didn't much believe in the religious movement I was all in favor of defeating the New World Order. He proceeded to quote it on the air and blessed me and my tribulations. I now bless you with one of his poignant sermons. You don't have to believe either but you ought to listen. There'll always be time to get back to your Jonas Brothers videos.