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Sunday, January 31, 2010

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: THE SOUL VERSION


with Sammy Turner, Sam Taylor Jr., Jaye Kennedy, J. D. Bryant & The Soultown Singers


SUPER MAJESTIC RECORDS
SBBH 1610
1973
STEREO





SIDE A:



Overture
Jesus Christ Superstar- Sammy Turner
Simon Zealotes - J. D. Bryant
What's the Buzz? - Sammy Turner
Heaven on Their Minds - Sam Taylor, Jr.
Hosanna - Soultown Singers

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SIDE B:



Everything's All Right - Jaye Kennedy
Jesus Christ Superstar - Sam Taylor, Jr.
I Don't Know How To Love Him - Jaye Kennedy
The Last Supper - J. D. Bryant
Gethsemane - Sammy Turner
The Crucifixion - Sammy Turner

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Editor's note: coming from a truly ignorant stance on the musical since I've never seen/heard it, I thought, the soul version will be much better. GD right it is! I finally decided to listen to parts of the original right before typing this, knowing all too well that it would be gawd-awful and it is. Cheesy, though not very blasphemous except in a few parts, and very contrived sounding. Like you were trying to offend in an offhanded way by pretending to be one thing while hiding the Judas side of your act in check. The soul version is the TRUE version, brothers and sisters! It rocks. It titillates. It moves you to seek out the ceiling. It makes your foot twitch even after you're done dancing. I knew this was a winner when I found it down in Nashville in a Goodwill store covered in dust. The lady at the register said, "I bet this is worth some money." "I doubt it." I said, "I'll be happy if just plays." Man, oh man, does it!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

OLYMPIA 80


by Hervé Vilard


DISQUES TREMA
310.081
1980
STEREO





SIDE A:



Capri c'est fini
Vise le chanteur
Quand la foule est partie
J'ai mal je t'aime
Champagne
La châtelaine
La génération de mauvaise réputation

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SIDE B:



Les mains dans les poches
Fais la rire
Mourir ou vivre
J'm'en balance
Rêveries
Nous
Les trottoirs des grands boulevards

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Editor's note: what have I gotten myself into here? I don't understand the man, I can't read about him in the newspapers from days gone by. I can only read a few dozen words on the record and champagne is the only one that makes sense as far as this music goes. So I'll put a few umlauts in here, turn my nosé up at you liké I just smêlled a turd, pack my little poodle in my record bag, grab a bagette and get the fuck on.

Friday, January 29, 2010

CALICO


by Calico


GATEWAY RECORDS
40525
1970s?
STEREO





SIDE A:



EAST STREET GETAWAY
MUDDY BOGGY BANJO MAN
LOVE IS LIKE A BUTTERFLY
VALLEY OF LIFE
JUGGERNAUT
SOME OF SHELLY'S BLUES

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SIDE B:



EMBRYONIC JOURNEY
I'LL WALK ALONG
SECOND STORY WINDOW
THEM DANCE HALL GIRLS
NASHVILLE SKYLINE RAG
SO MANY GOODBYES

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Editor's note: twang dang doodle dang wang clang bang jang dang blang blang blang etc etc. When a man's in the sun-drenched valley with his woman and a banjo you don't say nuthin' but tip yer hat and mosey on yer way and by golly that's just what this injun is gunna do.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

QUENTIN'S THEME


by The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde


RANWOOD RECORDS
R 8055
1969
STEREO





SIDE A:



QUENTIN'S THEME 1:59
ON THE TRAIL 2:15
FORGOTTEN DREAMS 2:24
LA GOLONDRINA 1:58
THE PERFECT SONG 2:08
#1 AT THE "BLUE WHALE" 2:28

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SIDE B:



SUNSET 2:54
MANOLITO 2:18
SERENADE TO SUMMERTIME 2:01
DEEP PURPLE 2:12
SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT 2:29

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Editor's note: roughly a third of this record was inspired by the TV series theme music of Dark Shadows which I have also posted previously on this blog. Although I prefer the originals these renditions are amply good despite lacking the dark mood of Cobert. The rest of these songs are okay as well but you can definitely see why the afforementioned remakes were the "hits" from this LP.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ECHOES OF LOVE'S REALITY


by Johnny Blackburn & Mary Lauren


THE WIND'S EYE MUSIC
JB 5463
1981
STEREO



SIDE A:



The Wanderers' Theme
The Mystery Sea
Mary
The Sound of Wings
Lovers Lane
Watching Seabirds Fly

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SIDE B:



The Sigh
Beautiful Dreamer
The Echo
The Secret Door

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Editor's note: this is one of those records that collectors go ga-ga over and when you listen to it it totally baffles you as to why that is so. A crossbreed of the Jefferson Starship and the Bee Gees at their b-side but should have been vault-bound tracks worst. Or to put it more succinctly this is a Dungeons and Dragons album bereft of dungeons, dragons, magic and anything heroic. Kinda like the wispy wind beneath a paper butterfly's wings. A valuable record nonetheless despite the skip.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BERT AND I AND OTHER STORIES FROM DOWN EAST


by Robert Bryan and Marshall Dodge


BERT AND I, INC.
BI-1
1958
MONO





SIDE A:



Bert and I
Kenneth Fowler Goes Hunting
Camden Pierce Goes to New York
The Sassage
The Lighter-than-air Balloon
Which Way to East Vassalboro
Which Way to Millinocket
The Long Hill
The Liar
Mad Dog

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SIDE B:



Down East Socialism
Down East Religion
Albert's Moose
Virgil Bliss
Chester Coomb's First-born
Arnold Bunker Testifies
The Body in the Kelp
The Long Fezzle
Harry Whitfield's Trip

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Editor's note: I suppose that comedy is basically familiarity re-told in humorous tones. The problem with that is that one's man funny is another's banal. I don't exactly find these tales to be from either camp. Maybe ironic at best. Kind of how British humor and American humor seem to not mesh at all at any discernible intersection. I guess that somebody in New England finds this ha-ha-hilarious but I can't find much to laugh about most places let alone here.







Monday, January 25, 2010

OFFICIAL 6-STRING GUITAR TUNING RECORD


from Emenee Industries


EMENEE INDUSTRIES
1966
33 RPM


SIDE A:



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Editor's note: this thing looks more like a bullseye on a shooting target. From the sound of it it's probably just as useful to a guitarist. Apparently Emenee was a prominent toy maker back in the 50s and 60s and specialized in musical toys. I added a few pictures of brochures and ads but there are many to be found online if you're so inclined to seek them out.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

HYMNS HOT AND CAROLS COOL


by the Vanguard Singers


PROCLOMATION PRODUCTIONS
144234
early 1970s
STEREO





SIDE A:



Gloria Patri
Here We Go A-Caroling
Hey, Hey, Anybody Listening
Little Baby Boy
Put Down Your Guns and Listen!
Mary Mary
Take Time
Hosanna, Hallelujah
I Wonder Why
The Rebel

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SIDE B:



Christ the Lord is Risen
If There is a Holy Spirit
Jesus, White Boy
Love, O Love
It Was Me
When I'm Feeling Lonely
What Makes the Wind Blow
Thank You, Thank You
Doxology

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Editor's note: I found this record in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for a quarter and it was worth every cent. Mainly for the album name, cool cover and a few songs, namely "Jesus White Boy" and "Take Time" which the folks over at Waxidermy have isolated for your listening pleasure. Plus it fills my quota for religious records which I tend to enjoy despite my lower-case atheist ways. More a mish-mash of a broken up musical, various holiday songs and a few straight up Christian lyrics given musical accompaniment.

A good article on the Church record mania of the 1970s into the 1980s by Carl Schalk, which happens to mention this record and its creators Richard Avery and Donald Marsh, can be found here.









Saturday, January 23, 2010

STANKY AND HIS PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINERS



STELLA RECORDS
S-LP-949
1960s
STEREO





SIDE A:



PIJAK'S LAMENT
CALL ME A DOCTOR
COMING HOME
APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE
WHO LIKES PIEROGI
BY OUR WINDOW

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SIDE B:



NA LEFT, NA RIGHT
PILOT OBEREK
MY SWEETHEART
GORAL POLKA
OJ NASZA KASIA
KU KU BIRD CZARDAS

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Editor's note: I think Stanky and the Boys and other such polka bands prove one thing: that Polish guys just love to scream and get drunk. If you've ever lived with a Polish woman you know damn well why this is so. So, why does a people so hell-bent on being miserable sing such hearty songs? One word: KIELBASA!