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Friday, April 30, 2010

THE CLOCK AND THE MOON


by Skipper Wise


CYPRESS RECORDS
YL0129
1989
STEREO





SIDE A:



Standing Outside in the Rain
Tell Me, Tell Me
Do Happy People Make History?
The Clock and the Moon
I Keep Running Away
Never Get It Right

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SIDE B:



If It's True
Who's Got You
Walking on a Wire
Circles of Change
Long Way From Home
At the End of Your Day

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Editor's note: Skipper's manning an entirely different ship than most of us are riding on. By that I mean he's on the Good Ship Lollipop while most of us are riding the rails of the Titanic on the way down. Happy music for happy people. A very crisp, clean sound if nothing else.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

THE ELECTRONIC MESSIAH


by The Elmer Iseler Singers and the "Synthescope" Digital Synthesizer Ensemble


MOSS MUSIC GROUP
D-MMG 113
1982





SIDE A:



Sinfonia (Overture) 3:41
And the Glory of the Lord 2:43
For Unto Us a Child is Born 3:56
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) 3:01
Glory to God 1:49
Behold the Lamb of God 3:25

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SIDE B:



Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs
-And With His Stripes
-All We Like Sheep 7:42
Hallelujah 3:54
Worthy is the Lamb
-Blessing and Honour
-Amen 6:56

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Editor's note: I don't mean to sound like a naysayer but this record sounds exactly like the sleeve says that it doesn't: as if several parts were recorded separately and patched together. Maybe because it's far-fetched to imagine a finally crafted chorus singing with a synthesizer in front of them and it is! Sorry, great idea, but it doesn't work for me. Sounds way toooo Casio-ish.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SONGS OF KENNY ROGERS


as performed by Mirror Image


PICKWICK RECORDS
SPC-3716
1979
STEREO





SIDE A:



Daytime Friends
Reuben James
Today I Started Loving You Again
Love Or Something Like It
Love Lifted Me

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SIDE B:



The Gambler
Lucille
All I Ever Need Is You
She Believes In Me

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Editor's note: I haven't had a chance to hear any of the other selections in the "Sounds Like..." series by Pickwick but I have to say that Mirror Image sounds nothing like Kenny Rogers! Which doesn't deter from the record itself which is obviously good because it's packed with hits. Even if you don't like his music, which I don't in particular -- nor do I dislike it -- it's still quality and hit worthy.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DON LONIE TALKS WITH TEENAGERS




WORD RECORDS
W-3168-LP
1962





SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: Don Lonie was a genius. He started the kids off with a 5 minute joke session and then went into his serious talk. After that he interjects a few lines of humor into the continuing dialogue while maintaining the message. All the while he remained confident that he was hip being square.

Monday, April 26, 2010

DON'T YOU WANNA WANNA B/W SHADES OF GREEN


by The Flaming Ember


HOT WAX RECORDS
HS 6907
1969


SIDE A:



DON'T YOU WANNA WANNA 3:16

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SIDE B:



SHADES OF GREEN 3:37

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Editor's note: truly some hot soul wax by a Detroit-based white boy outfit. For some reason these guys only had moderate success on a few songs despite their very soulful style. Maybe it was a little too over the top as "Shades of Green" is pretty damn heavy. Not as heavy as Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" but then again they weren't Marvin Gaye now were they.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

MARCY SINGS JESUS LOVES ME AND 14 OTHER CHILDREN'S SONGS




WORD RECORDS
K-704
1973
STEREO





SIDE A:



His Name Is Wonderful 2:15
Open Up Your Heart 2:00
This Little Light Of Mine 1:00
Men In History 2:34
My Sins Are Gone 1:23
He Belongs To Me 2:09
He Owns The Cattle On A Thousand Hills 1:20

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SIDE B:



Jesus Loves Me 2:08
Sailing Home 1:29
Stop And Let Me Tell You 1:15
The Bible Tells Me So 1:26
Wonderful Guest 1:42
The Little Lost Sheep 2:31
A Few Things To Remember 3:00

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Editor's note: even though I have a few of Little Marcy's records it's hard to believe that such genius exists in vinyl form! Kids don't really care what a song is saying as long as it is catchy and they can dance to it. Add a crazy looking doll and you have a veritable musical drug that nobody can help but get hooked on.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

LATIN AU GO GO


by Louie Ramirez & His Orchestra


ATCO RECORDS
ATCO 33-179
1965
MONO





SIDE A:



MONTON SIMON 2:36
TUMBANDO CANA 3:30
MANHA DE CARNAVAL (Bossa Nova) 3:05
CON LA MEMBA PARA (Cha Cha Cha) 4:04
JUMPIN' WITH SYMPHONY SID (Mambo) 5:26

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SIDE B:



COMO ESTA MI CONUCO (Cha Cha Cha) 2:55
GUANTANAMO (Cha Cha Cha) 4:16
ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET(Mambo) 3:26
ALMA CON ALMA (Bolero) 3:56
MUEVE LA CADERA (Cha Cha Cha) 4:20

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Editor's note: the expectant cha cha cha with a few crooners thrown in to rest the bare piggies. A solid record with no particular standouts other than the pretty birdie on the cover tilting the cage bars towards you so that she can rip out your heart.

Friday, April 23, 2010

MAKE BELIEVE DAYS


by Will Millar


STONY PLAIN RECORDS
SPL 1002
1976
STEREO





SIDE A:



MAKE BELIEVE DAYS 1:59
MELANIE 3:32
THE DUTCHMAN 5:14
DAFFODIL LADY 2:17
COUNTRY JOE AND THE GROUPIE 2:29
WINTER WORLD OF JACQUELYN 3:10

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SIDE B:



LAUREL AND HARDY 3:05
M'LADY'S GARDEN 3:06
SOUTHERN COMFORT 2:41
SUNSHINE SONG 2:38
JOHNATHAN AND ME 2:40
WOODY 3:13

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Editor's note: from the album depictions it's quite easy to surmise that this is a quirky record. That it is. Bordering on both a children's album (say mid-teens or so) and a "let's have fun" record it is indeed a little of both. Maybe it's just me but for some reason a few of these songs remind me of Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun"). Not knowing much about the Irish Rovers, of which Millar was once the band leader, you can see why they had much success with the professionalism and natural sound of each song. Now I'm sounding like a record reviewer. Watch out for the g.d. mf'ing reprises at the end of each side. I learned the hard way (twice) not to pick up the needle after the record clearly appeared to be over.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

MOST HAPPY ORGAN


with Milt Herth on the Hammond Organ


DOT RECORDS
DLP 3226
1959
MONO





SIDE A:



Johnson Rag
Sentimental Journey
Loch Lomond
On the Sunny Side of the Street
The Hot Canary
Dixie

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SIDE B:



The Dipsy Doodle
Creole Love Call
Wabash Blues
American Patrol
Little White Lies
Tiger Rag

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Editor's note: WTF! They weren't kidding when they said this guy made the Hammond sound like an orchestra. If you're here to get down then I recommend that you get a ladder and climb down out of the pit of yourself and boogie woogie until the shambles reverberate.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

HYMNODY OF EARTH


A Ceremony of Songs for Choir, Hammer Dulcimer and Percussion Composed and Arranged by Malcolm Dalglish


MUSICAL HERITAGE SOCIETY
912926Z
1991
STEREO





SIDE A:



Psalm of Solstice 3:33
The Dark Around Us 1:49
Over the River 1:50
Harmony of Earth 0:58
Throw the Window Open 3:22
Finches 1:01
Thrush Song 5:06
Window Tree 3:07
For the Future 2:24
Great Trees 2:55

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SIDE B:



Walking at Night 4:07
Come Life Shaker Life 3:17
To the Holy Spirit 1:00
Hunger and Thirst 1:48
Shake These Bones 3:20
St. Basil's Hymn 2:08
How Long Watchman 3:36
Lay Me Low 2:54
Paradise 3:46

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Editor's note: I suppose you could call this a religious record but it sounds more new age spiritual to me. Having just recovered from a fortnight of stomach pain I should feel a little more holy about this than I do. There are a few spots of grandeur here but for the most part you have to be looking for and wanting it to feel it.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

LOSING THEIR HEADS


by Hudson & Landry


DORE RECORDS
LP-326
1971
STEREO





SIDE A:



OBSCENE PHONE BUST
AJAX AIRLINES
THE PROSPECTORS
SIR BASIL
AJAX TRAVEL BUREAU

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SIDE B:



FREDERICKISM
ASTRO NUT
BRUISER LA RUE
FRIAR SHUCK

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Editor's note: although I didn't laugh at all while listening to this record I did chuckle once or twice. That's saying a lot! Save for a few comedians and my two year old not much makes me laugh. I can't help it. Just like you won't be able to help it when you laugh at these guys because they are pretty clever. Though most of the humor is mainly in the delivery and the interaction of the two dudes. Funnier than Woody Woodbury, Marsha Warfield and Don Lonie if that means anything to you.

Monday, April 19, 2010

HEART BREAKER B/W I'M A LOSER


by Dean Christie


SELECT RECORDS
S-512/513
1962


SIDE A:



HEART BREAKER

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SIDE B:



I'M A LOSER

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Editor's note: the poorer man's version of Dion with clunky lyrics. Otherwise these songs are quite good. Either way you see it they are good summery songs and with the warm weather on tap you can roll the windows down in the car or put the top down and drive in style with an agreeable soundtrack. When you see me ambling by in a clunker with a scowl on my face and listening to hateful talk radio make no mistake that we are kindred brothers in parallel universes which will collide somewhere down the highway.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

LET ME LIVE


by Russ Hollingsworth


BURLAP SOUND RECORDS
BSI-0178LP
1970?
STEREO





SIDE A:



TEACH ME TO FLY
RISE AGAIN
HOME WHERE I BELONG
LOST AND LONELY
SWEET SPRINGTIME

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SIDE B:



STARVING SINNER, SLEEPING SAINT
LET ME LIVE
I'VE BEEN THAT WAY BEFORE
I WILL SERVE MY LORD GOD FOREVER

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Editor's note: this guy looks like Tom Brady on the front cover and a bearded John Shea, the character actor, on the flip side. On the inside he sounds like a sincere dude with a quirky, funky side to him. Add in the Jesus songs and for some it's a treasure trove of inspirational words and for others fodder that fills blogs.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

DANCE THE MERENGUE WITH KILLER JOE


by Ricardo Rico and His Orchestra


TICO RECORDS
LP 1017
1956
MONO





SIDE A:



EL MOSQUITO
LA CHERIONA
SIGUE VASILANDO
LA NEGRA DEL SOLAR
EL OSITO
SAN NICHOLAS

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SIDE B:



A LO OSCURO
MACARIO Y FELIPA
JUNTITO Y PEGADITO
SIN CENSURA
JOSE ANTONIO EN NUEVA YORK
EL NEGRITO DEL BATEY

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Editor's note: and the happy hoppy festivities go on and on and on. Lalala. A brilliant cover with a dancing fool and his Patsy Cline knockoff with great white gams spinning the night away. Please note Killer Joe's pimp ring on his right pinky.

Friday, April 16, 2010

BEST OF THE OLDIES!


by The Big Ben Banjo Band


TOWER RECORDS
DT 5112
1968
STEREO





SIDE A:



I'M LOOKING OVER A FOUR LEAF-CLOVER 2:30
JAPANESE SANDMAN 2:10
BYE-BYE BLACKBIRD 2:25
SWANEE 3:00
PEG O' MY HEART 3:05

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SIDE B:



ALABAMY BOUND 2:25
CHCICAGO 2:35
AT SUNDOWN 2:40
HOW HIGH THE MOON 2:10
TEMPTATION RAG 1:50

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Editor's note: lots of quirky accompaniments on this record that work perfectly but especially the whistling churns out a most glorious sound. I don't really know what Dixieland means but this sounds like a parade in N'Orleans to me. Of course the ideal of N.O. and a parade does nothing for me so I'm just shooting from the hip of a leg that's long ago giving up on the thought of dancing. My brain is doing a jig nonetheless.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

THE SENSATIONAL TWIN BANJOS OF EDDIE ADCOCK AND DON RENO




REBEL RECORDS
SLP 1482
1960s
STEREO





SIDE A:



TURKEY IN THE STRAW
DOWN YONDER
THE WALTZ YOU SAVED FOR ME
LIZA JANE
LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN IN THE LANE
SWANEE RIVER

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SIDE B:



BYE BYE BLUES
BULLY OF THE TOWN
SHANTY IN OLD SHANTY TOWN
LONESOME ROAD BLUES
BANJO RIFF
SPEEDING WEST

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Editor's note: I don't get into bluegrass at all but with instrumentals you can at least focus on the playing and realize how good these guys are at what they do. These guys jam and push the sad and morose out the door faster than maw chasing paw with a cooking kettle because he done wrong.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

THE EARLY RECORDINGS OF SONNY OSBORNE VOL. 3: 1952-1953




GATEWAY RECORDS
31389
1979





SIDE A:



A BROTHER IN KOREA 2:55
I'M GONNA LEAVE YOU 2:35
MEND THIS HEART OF MINE 2:55
I'LL MEET YOU IN CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING 3:00
RIVER OF DEATH 2:18
GET IN LINE BROTHER 2:37
COTTON EYED JOE 2:00

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SIDE B:



THE OLD CROSS ROAD 2:38
I'LL NEVER FORGET 2:45
THAT FATAL DAY 2:32
BLUE EYED ANGEL 2:40
LETTER FROM MY DARLING 2:24
THE OLD HOME TOWN 2:40
RAGGED BILL 2:10

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Editor's note: day one of my two three day banjo and bluegrass blowout. This is one of those records that really fits into a genre and you really have to enjoy that genre to like it. The singing makes me think of Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies or an old dog howling at the moon because he has gone quite mad within himself. Clearly not my thing here.