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Monday, May 31, 2010

GALLANT MEN


by the Cheltenham Orchestra & Chorus


WYNCOTE RECORDS
SW-9186
1967
STEREO





SIDE A:



DAY FOR DECISION
GALLANT MEN
COLUMBIA, THE GEM OF THE OCEAN
WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME
CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG

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SIDE B:



MARINE HYMN
DIXIE
YANKEE DOODLE
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
STAR SPANGLED BANNER

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Editor's note: I wasn't expecting this guy to talk and shout over the patriotic songs but I kinda like it. Well, he's stopped now and it's the expectant chorus of celebrations and lamentations. Happy Memorial Day if you're into that sort of thing.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A CHANGE OF HEART


by Golden Avatar


SUDARSHAN DISC
SD-1
1976





SIDE A:



WORLD BEYOND THE SKY 3:25
QUESTIONS QUESTIONS 3:45
BHAGAVAD-GITA 5:30
SEERS OF THE TRUTH 5:35
YOU'RE NOT THAT BODY 3:40

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SIDE B:



A CHANGE OF HEART 3:00
SWETADWIP 8:15
OH GOVINDA 4:42
TIME FOR GOING HOME 6:30

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Editor's note: I posted a similar record to this last year and they both give off a weird vibe to me. Too happy jazz fusion mixed with an all-too-rosey outlook makes me want to -- in a paraphrase of the words of the skidrow poet Charles Bukowski -- turn and vomit into the horizon. I think you get me when I say that I'm not buying into this.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

HOLIDAY IN SCANDINAVIA


by Walter Eriksson & His Orchestra


COLONIAL RECORDS
LP 109
1957
MONO




SIDE A:



WHEN THE POLKA GOES - Norway
BALL IN HALLINGDAL - Norway
SUMMER SONG - HAMBO - Sweden
SKIPPER'S WALTZ - Sweden
BALL IN KARLSTAD - SCHOTTISH - Sweden
COPENHAGEN POLKA - Danmark

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SIDE B:



SAKKIJARVEN - POLKA - Finland
TIVOLI - HAMBO - Danmark
VAASA WALTZ - Finland
WOODLAND SCHOTTISH - Sweden
SATURDAY NIGHT WALTZ - Norway
TURKU POLKA - Finland

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Editor's note: every white person in the world has a Polka gene buried somewhere deep inside the tissues and organs of his beer loving essence. At some point it comes out, an orchestra is formed to back an eager Pole with the gene at the forefront of his vitality and they rock out. I just didn't realize that it spread to even Scandinavia but once again I am wrong about something in this world of facts. Off to Danmark with you Mr. Obscura to get your Polka Ph. D.!

Friday, May 28, 2010

GERI SINGS FOR YOU


by Geri Valasco


ARCHER RECORDS
LPSP-9200
Circa 1980





SIDE A:



I'M SATISFIED
MERRY GO ROUND
THINK SPRING
WHAT'S TO BECOME OF ME
LOVIN' DON'T COME EASY

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SIDE B:



DAY BY DAY
SPOON RIVER
AS TIME GOES BY
TODAY

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Editor's note: I'm not sure what I was expecting of this record from a (then) stay at home mom but this wasn't it! This lady kicks some major ass. I mostly expected this to be a happy, cheery puppy dogs and kittens record but it's a very moody, pensive and soulfully folksy wandering between love, longing and life. I know that sounds corny to say but I was really impressed by this non-descript LP which screamed itself to me as a laugher in waiting. The laughs on me! I'll be looking for more indie releases from her.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

SWEET AND LOW




HIFI RECORDS
L1011
STEREO
1965





SIDE A:



PLAYERA 3:29
SWEET AND LOW 3:24
INDIAN LOVE CALL 1:53
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT 3:08
GOLD AND SILVER WALTZ 5:03

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SIDE B:



ROMANCE 3:15
OLD FOLKS AT HOME 3:08
JUST A WEARYIN' FOR YOU 2:35
A PERFECT DAY 2:47
SKATERZ WALTZ 3:07

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Editor's note: it seems that every George Wright record is different in mood and this one is the low key version of sweetness, as the title portends. Pensive, quiet and melodic as two crickets humping in the summertime.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SONGS FROM THE ELECTRIC COMPANY TV SHOW


conducted by Buddy Baker


DISNEYLAND RECORDS
STER-1350
1973
STEREO





SIDE A:



Electric Company Theme Song
Sign Song
My Name is Kathy
Old Double "e"

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SIDE B:



Punctuation
Easy Reader
Hard Hard Hard
An "un" Song

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Editor's note: I remember watching the Electric Company but wouldn't recognize it if I saw it now. Needless to say the songs don't mean anything to me as well. Maybe you'll have better luck with remembering them you old son of a bitch. I can however recommend the bass lines to most of these songs as they are pretty outstanding considering the music.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FABLES FROM AESOP


written and read by Ennis Rees


SPOKEN ARTS RECORDS
SA 955
1966





SIDE A:



The Eagle and the Bug 2:27
The Crow and the Fox :44
The Old Trout's Advice 1:06
The Rooster, the Dog, and the Fox 2:15
The Wolf and the Crane :46
The Two Goats 1:10
The Great Leap at Rhodes :56
The Lion and the Fox :48
The Crow and the Pitcher 1:02
The Big Game Hunter :40
The Fox and the Rooster 1:24
The Donkey Who Didn't Care 1:14
The Fox Who Learned to Divide 1:41
The Wolf and the Lioness :48
The Mother Crayfish and Her Daughter :59
The Bat and the Cats 1:32
The Eagle, the Cat, and the Pig 2:03
The Dog and the Meat :38
The Elephant's Speech 1:16

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SIDE B:



The Snake's Tail 1:48
The Crow and the Clam 1:21
The Bull and the Bug :48
The Fox, the Wolf, and the Horse 2:00
The Lion and the Leopard :47
The Wolf and His Shadow 1:15
The Dog and His Master's Dinner 1:06
The Mice in a Meeting 1:50
The Eagle and the Fox 1:24
The Thief and the Watchdog :54
The Lion and the Boar 1:17
The Rabbit and the Turtle 1;16
The Turtle Who Wanted to Fly 1:36
The Cat and the Fox 1:01
The Ant and the Grasshopper 1:04
The Snake and the File :38
The Lion and the Mouse :46
The Donkey, the Dog, and the Wolf 1:13
The Two Men and the Ax 1:17

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Editor's note: I'm not well-acquainted with the fables of Aesop but I can conjecture that this guy does them no justice with his accent and plain voice. Though I will admit to liking a few of them just the same.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A TOWN CALLED BIG NOTHING B/W RETURN TO BIG NOTHING


by The McManus Gang


DEMON RECORDS
D 1052
1989
45 RPM




SIDE A:



A TOWN CALLED BIG NOTHING

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SIDE B:



RETURN TO BIG NOTHING

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Editor's note: apparently Elvis Costello (real name Declan MacManus) had several side projects during his long career and I happened across a few of these singles at a rummage sale last year and picked them up for a cool quarter each. At least he had the sense not to sing here so as to make it a SIDE PROJECT and not a solo record of sorts. Pretty good stuff.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

FAVORITE SACRED SELECTIONS


by Gerald Barkey The Singing Policeman


BARKEY RECORDS
BLP-501
1950s?





SIDE A:



I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked
Holy City
Down From His Glory
I'm Not Worthy
A Name I Highly Treasure
How Great Thou Art

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SIDE B:



Ship A'Hoy
My Father Watches Over Me
Ten Thousand Angels
Follow Me
Until Then
The Lord's Prayer

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Editor's note: despite the rough playback and a few clusters of skips in spots this record comes across pretty decently, religiously and homespun. A few of the tracks have higher noise levels because I had to re-record them with weights to get through the song without heavy skips. Other tracks weren't so successful as you'll witness about halfway through each side. Anyhow, this appears to be a pretty scarce recording and no information is to be had on the authors. There is a mention of a Gerald A. Barkey (yes, without an L) in the Detroit metro area which could portend to a relation of the Singing Policeman so maybe he will come along and find this posting and shed a little light on a possible connection. If not we have the only singing policeman to date on this blog.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

GUITAR RECITAL


by Carlos Montoya


PERIOD RECORDS
PRST-2928
1960s?
STEREO





SIDE A:



Bolero Mallorquin; Castilla; Galicia
Siguiriya
Tanguillo; Zambrilla
Farruca
Variaciones por Rosa; Alegrias
Chufla

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SIDE B:



Solea; Bulerias por solea
Soleares
Malaguena
Bulerias
Granadinas

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Editor's note: this guy can lay down a lick! So juicy are they that they almost lick you back. Lots of ecstatic strumming, slapping and banging.

Friday, May 21, 2010

OLD FAVORITES ON THE HAMMERED DULCIMER


by Wes Linenkugel with Jack Lewis


L-THREE MUSIC
206055
1982
STEREO





SIDE A:



UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLE 3:53
LIBERTY 2:02
SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES 4:06
BEAUMONT RAG 3:32
PENNSYLVANIA POLKA 3:18
MARCHING THROUGH GEORGIA 1:34

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SIDE B:



ORANGE BLOSSOM RAGTIME ANNIE SPECIAL 4:36
OLD RUGGED CROSS 3:35
OLD SPINNING WHEEL 3:02
AMAZING GRACE 2:29
DIXIE 2:23
HOME SWEET HOME 1:38

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

ENDANGERED SPECIES


by Klaatu


CAPITOL RECORDS
ST-12080
1980
STEREO





SIDE A:



i can't help it 4:09
knee deep in love 3:13
paranoia 4:08
howl at the moon 3:28

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SIDE B:



set the world on fire 4:14
hot box city 3:45
dog star 4:14
sell out, sell out 4:48
all good things 1:55

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Editor's note: while they are a good tight progressive outfit I don't think anybody in their right mind would confuse them with the Beatles even though many people apparently did at one time. I suppose it makes sense since they were on Capitol Records and the names of the band members were apparently kept a secret. They sound more like Weezer to me even if they preceded Weezer by 20 years.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

THREE ON A STRING


by Three on a String


SELF PUBLISHED
1970s
STEREO





SIDE A:



ROLL MUDDY RIVER
SOME OF SHELLY'S BLUES
LOVE COME HOME
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
ROCKY TOP

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SIDE B:



DARK HOLLOW
BLOW UP YOUR TV
NOBODY KNOWS
BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM
THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN

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Editor's note: this one got off to an auspicious beginning by the fact that both sides are marked SIDE B. It took me a little investigating on the back cover to figure out what I had done wrong but once figured out I got down with the banjo. Nothing out of the ordinary on this one with your typical songs and muscianship. I do like the wood panel cover and the fact that Bobby Horton fudged his message and scribbled out the mistake and continued on!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

ED ALLEN TIME




ED ALLEN ENTERPRISES
XCTV 94102
1960s





SIDE A:



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SIDE B:




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Editor's note: E. Allen brings this record along with some swing, jazz, big band and a few pithy comments along the way. Here's some bio:
Ed Allen (b. c. 1929[1] in Detroit, Michigan, United States[2]) was a television host noted for his syndicated exercise programs.

Allen was an actor and singer in the United States during his early career, becoming a television program host in 1948.[2] His program was broadcast on 43 American television stations, resulting in fan mail of 3000 letters a week.[3] In 1963, television producer Randy Dandy Martin brought Allen into Canada, recording 65 half-hour episodes of the exercise show in five days. Shortly after his 2 September 1963 debut on CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario,[3] the station received 1131 letters in a nine-day span, raising expectations of syndication throughout Canada.[4]

195 episodes of The Ed Allen Show were produced by the Canadian production team of Al Guest and Jean Mathieson.

Ed Allen had a following of millions of viewers and fans, from all over the world. His exercise Show was still being distributed in the early 90’s. The format was usually set somewhere on a beach in the Bahamas. Barbie, Ed’s second wife was a regular providing various routines. Vinyl LP’s and videos were available. Ed wore a distinctive one-piece polyester jumpsuit while he did his calesthenics. In the late 1960s, he earned an estimated annual income of at least USD$100 000.[1]