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Monday, November 30, 2009

LONESOME CHRISTMAS PART ONE & TWO


by Lowell Fulson


HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
H-1022
1975
STEREO


SIDE A:



LONESOME CHRISTMAS (PART ONE)

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SIDE B:



LONESOME CHRISTMAS (PART TWO)

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Editor's note: thus starts the Christmas 45 record season (Even though I'm recording this in late September!). Maybe it's too early for some and most likely too late for others but here you go. A blues classic singing a Christmas non-traditional original.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CHRISTMAS IS THE MAN FROM GALILEE


21 of America's Favorite Christmas Songs by Cristy Lane


LS RECORDS
SLL-8358
1983
STEREO





SIDE A:



MAN FROM GALILEE
AWAY IN A MANGER
PRETTY PAPER
WHITE CHRISTMAS
SILENT NIGHT
JINGLE BELLS
BLUE CHRISTMAS
A LITTLE BIT COLDER
JOY TO THE WORLD
OH HOLY NIGHT

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SIDE B:



SHAKE ME I RATTLE
OH COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL
THE FIRST NOEL
GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN
WHAT CHILD IS THIS
UPON THE HOUSE TOP
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
OLD CHRISTMAS CARD
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SINGS

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Editor's note: no notes. I'm in Nashville right now while you're in Christ-masville whirling and twirling through the crystal pyramids of the snowflake mind of the almighty God-head. I'll see you when I get home, kids.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

THE MIGHTY TUBADOURS MERRY CHRISTMAS ALBUM


by The Mighty Tubadours


CRYSTAL RECORDS
S422
1984
STEREO





SIDE A:



MARCH OF THE TOYS 1:28
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM 2:25
HAIL TO THE LORD'S ANNOINTED 1:34
MARCH OF THE KINGS/O COME LITTLE CHILDREN 1:54
WE THREE KINGS 1:38
AWAY IN A MANGER 1:22
GOOD KING WENCESLAS 1:05
VON HIMMEL HOCH 1:23
THE GLOUSTESHIRE WASSAIL SONG/IL EST NE 1:30
O COME EMMANUEL 3:05
DANCE OF THE REED PIPES 1:55

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SIDE B:



MARCH-OVERTURE 3:07
CONVENTRY CAROL 2:37
O TANNENBAUM 1:13
INFANT HOLY 1:45
BREAK FORTH O BEAUTEOUS LIGHT :58
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR 1:32
GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN 1:27
THE FIRST NOEL 2:00
WHITE CHRISTMAS 1:15
O SANCTISSIMUS 2:04
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 1:21

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Editor's note: play this low while the elves dance around the mistletoe and you and ma in yer kerchiefs sleep off a midnight toast of Bailey's Irish Creme, beer, wine and whiskey.

Friday, November 27, 2009

GOD JUL: A MERRY SWEDISH CHRISTMAS


with the Marcus Osterdahls Choir, Orchestra & Solists


PETERS INTERNATIONAL
PLD 2024
1973
STEREO




SIDE A:



SANCTA LUCIA (SANCTA LUCIA)
DET STAR ETT LJUS I OSTERLAND (A STAR SHINES IN THE EAST)
ETT BARN AR FOTT (A CHILD IS BORN)
STILLA NATT (SILENT NIGHT)
VAR HALSAD SKONA MORGONSTUND (ALL HAIL, THOU RADIANT MORNING STAR)
NAR JULDAGSMORGON GLIMMAR (WHEN CHRISTMAS MORNING DAWNS)

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SIDE B:



NU AR DET JULIGEN (IT'S CHRISTMAS AGAIN)
HEJ TOMTEGUBBAR (HEY, TOMTE ELVES)
VI SKA STALLA TILL EN ROLIGER DANS (LET'S START A JOLLY DANCE)
VI ARO MUSIKANTER (WE ARE MUSCIANS)
JUNGFRUN HON GAR I DANSEN (THE YOUNG MAIDEN JOINS THE DANCE)
POTPOURRI (MEDLEY)

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Editor's note: the recording sounds a little warped to me. Literally and not because of the odd umlauts above some letters. The sound appears to slow in spots or it could just be my eggnog hangover. There...I did some surgery on the center hole and that seems to have alleviated the slowing issue. Anyhow, lots of Christmas tunes that I've never heard before in English or Swedish.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

HIGH-ON CHRISTMAS


by the High-On Music, Musicians and Singers


PARADE RECORDS
PA108
Circa 1980
STEREO


SIDE A:



LET IT SNOW MEDLEY
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN MEDLEY
MERRY CHRISTMAS MEDLEY
BY THE FIRESIDE MEDLEY

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SIDE B:



CAROLS
MORE CAROLS
STILL MORE CAROLS
HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Editor's note: a pastiche of disco, jazz and easy listening music which with its faults still isn't Perry Como's Xmas. Thank God! You've all heard the classics by the mega stars so it's time to put out the lights on the famous and usher in the lesser knowns for this Yuletide season. With a name like High-On Christmas you'd expect something more heavy and hazy but it just didn't materialize. Maybe I'll re-record it at 45 RPM and we can all pretend it's the Chipmunks.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

TO THE TABLES DOWN AT MORY'S: SONGS FOR GETTING TOGETHER, DRINKING BEER & RAISING HELL


by the Ivy Barflies


SOMERSET RECORDS
P-7600
1959
MONO





SIDE A:



WHIFFENPOOF SONG
IDA, SWEET AS APPLE CIDER
SHINE ON HARVEST MOON
CUDDLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
SWEET ADELINE
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT
I'VE BEEN WORKIN' ON THE RAILROAD

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SIDE B:



THERE'S A TAVERN IN THE TOWN
SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI
SCHNITZELBANK
ALOUETTE
THAT'S WHERE MY MONEY GOES
MAN ON A FLYING TRAPEZE
ALMA MATER
AROUND HER NECK SHE WEARS A YELLOW RIBBON
WEB FOOTED FRIENDS

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Editor's note: so starts the holiday season and the biggest drinking night of the year outside of New Year's Eve. Just don't let anybody with a phonograph record player and this album within 50 yards of you during this night before Thanksgiving or the day after as well. There is absolutely no raucous in this caucus of dilly-dally frat-boy songs. But it would definitely serve as a good post-drunk plot against your buddies to make them listen to this with a massive hangover. Of course they'll stab you to death with a turkey leg after they stumble off the couch but that's the chance you take at a good old 50 year old college prank.










Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AN AUDIO OBSTACLE COURSE




SHURE RECORDS
TTR-101
1971
STEREO





SIDE A:



INTRODUCTION
ORCHESTRAL BELLS
DRUM AND CYMBAL
ANTI-SKATING BAND
BASS DRUM
SILENT GROOVES

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SIDE B:



CHANNEL BALANCE AND PHASING
LEFT CHANNEL ELECTRIC ORGAN
LEFT CHANNEL PIANO
LEFT CHANNEL ACCORDION
LEFT CHANNEL HARPSICHORD
RIGHT CHANNEL ELECTRIC ORGAN
RIGHT CHANNEL PIANO
RIGHT CHANNEL ACCORDION
RIGHT CHANNEL HARPSICHORD

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Editor's note: hey record nerds and sampling fools here's your early Xmas present. Be sure to turn down the first part of SIDE B or the ringing sound will blow out your eardrums. Seriously, it will.

Monday, November 23, 2009

IT'S SO HARD TO FIND B/W YOU RUB ME THE WRONG WAY


by Hard Road


LEMON LIME RECORDS
LL-101
1968
STEREO


SIDE A:



IT'S SO HARD TO FIND 2:59

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SIDE B:



YOU RUB ME THE WRONG WAY 2:22

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Editor's note: while the B-Side gets most of the notoriety from record buffs for it's accentuated fuzz guitar and garage sound, "So Hard To Find" isn't exactly mincemeat surprise. That's coming from a fan of The Zombies who thinks that this song is very reminiscent of some of their lesser known songs though this guy ain't exactly Colin Blunstone. That's fine by me too. Good stuff here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

SHALOM


by The Remnants


PRIVATE PRESS
D-12939
1960s?
STEREO





SIDE A:



IT'S A MOST UNUSUAL DAY 3:12
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM 5:31
LADY OF SPAIN 1:38
I'LL CATCH THE SUN 5:01
SUGAR BLUES 1:22

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SIDE B:



PEOPLE 3:40
CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE 2:03
WANDERIN' STAR 3:04
I WILL WAIT FOR YOU 3:07
EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL 2:57
SHALOM 2:29

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Editor's note: while not really a religious album it is made by nuns so you'll listen to it and enjoy ye philistines! Even though I can't say that I did very much. Ho hum.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

DOYLE AND LEILANI AT THE SKYDOME




PRIVATE PRESS
1900
Circa 1975
STEREO





SIDE A:



TOP OF THE WORLD
KE KALI NEI AU (Wedding Song)
TINY BUBBLES
PEARLY SHELLS
AL DI LA
MY SWEET GYPSY ROSE
SUPERSTAR (Long Ago)

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SIDE B:



DELTA DAWN
MORE
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
FOR THE GOOD TIMES
HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
MEDLEY (Raindrops; Singing in the Rain; A Raindrops)
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

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Editor's note: I'm pressing this private presser to my groin and making love to it right now. All records should be so local. Book your gig, record it live and then press the bitch to wax. Even if it's fairly uninspired as this one is. I would say it's lethargic but maybe these people were so used to the Hawaiian way of life that nothing gets them up or down.

Friday, November 20, 2009

THE VELVET TOUCH


by Dennis Awe and His Orchestra


INTERCONTINENTAL RECORDS
IC-203
Circa late 1970s
STEREO



SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: for a guy who's cool enough to have his mugshot on the label you might expect him to be a little more well known than his cult following but that's just how we like them here. Now that you're getting your fill of organ fare and classic tunes how about you have some jokes for dessert straight from the man himself!


Click here you fiend.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SWING DISCO




PICKWICK RECORDS
SPC-3674
1979
STEREO





SIDE A:



American Patrol 3:04
In the Mood 3:51
Chattanooga Choo Choo 3:07
Bandstand Boogie 3:33

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SIDE B:



Jumpin' at the Woodside 3:56
String of Pearls 4:08
Andrew Sisters' Medley 2:33
Two O'Clock Jump 4:07

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Editor's note: now this is fucking brilliant! An actual amalgamation of swing classics with a disco flare to them. Long live the geniuses who thought this one up and bring them back for the vinyl revolution!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

WILD CHILD


by E. G. Daily


A+M RECORDS
6-5081
1985
STEREO


SIDE A:



IS ANYBODY HOME?
LITTLE TOY
LOVE IN THE SHADOWS
JUST FOR YOU
HEY THERE ROCKY

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SIDE B:



SAY IT, SAY IT
WILD CHILD
DON'T LET THEM TAKE THE CHILD AWAY
WAITING
SUNSET PEOPLE

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Editor's note: when I found this record in a 50 cent bin I didn't know that Ms. E. G. was an actress and character voice of several cartoons. Not that knowing would have changed my mind about this sappy, soppy pop album but it might change yours. Either way she's not exactly a wild child.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PROBLEMS IN DIABETES




PFIZER LABORATORIES
1967



SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: you and Wilford Brimley clamored for this record and now after searching dusty stack upon dusty shelf I've delivered. Now check your f-ing blood sugar g.d.'it.