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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

WOODY WOODPECKER AND HIS WACKY FRIENDS




PETER PAN RECORDS
1120
1981





SIDE A:



BIRDS OF A FEATHER
UNDER THE COUNTER SPY
WITCH CRAFTY

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SIDE B:



WOODPECKER IN THEMOON
LEGEND OF ROCK-A-BYE POINT
EVERGLADE RAID

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Editor's note: I always loved Woody Woodpecker but only the one portrayed here and not the old school hammerhead. Either version is a pretty wicked little bird that you either love or hate. Oh yeah, and to Lisa Baumunk and her friends who autographed this record: I don't think Jennifer is into vinyl any more!

Monday, August 30, 2010

ENVIRONMENTS 5




SYNTONIC RESEARCH
SD 66005
1974
STEREO





SIDE A:



ULTIMATE HEARTBEAT

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SIDE B:



WIND IN THE TREES

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Editor's note: this is one of the more overwhelmingly underwhelming record I've ever listened to. Yet, I like it for its utter uselessness. It takes courage to record this and sell it. I salute that sort of fearlessness.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

SACRED MUSIC IN THE HAWAIIAN STYLE


by Bud Tutmarc on steel guitar and Lorin Whitney on pipe organ


SACRED RECORDS
LPS-74045
1966
STEREO





SIDE A:



I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES 2:20
SOMEDAY HE'LL MAKE IT PLAIN 2:15
IS THY HEART RIGHT WITH GOD? 2:38
WHEN THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY 2:55
GOD DID A WONDERFUL THING FOR ME 2:44
I WILL PRAISE HIM 3:00

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SIDE B:



IN THE SWEET BY AND BY 2:10
I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW 1:52
O SOLE MIO 2:31
KING OF KINGS 3:18
NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS 2:45
THE NAIL-SCARRED HAND 2:52

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Editor's note: let me tell you that there are no discordant notes between these two fine instruments. In fact they meld together perfectly in the exotic island genre. The only thing that surprised me on this album was the singing in the last few songs on SIDE B after a side and a half of instrumentals. No problem there either since it melded together just fine on three cylinders as it did with two.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

PRINCIPLES OF HOME VISITS




JAM HANDY ORGANIZATION
RP-3L-8248


SIDE A:



Preparing for the Visit
Make Your Entrance
Seek Response
Presenting the Commitment Card

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Editor's note: I expected this to be about doctor's home visits but it turns out to be some kind of door to door indoctrination into the Church. So with that I give you the prequel to your Sunday religious record which will be posted sometime tomorrow afternoon when I stop being a a lazy ass! Oh yeah, this is apparently an accompaniment to a projector slide and hence the beeps. SIDE B is the same as SIDE A but minus the built-in pauses on the latter.

Friday, August 27, 2010

MORE OF VESELI


by Veseli Tamburitzans featuring Rose Husnick


PEPPERMINT PRODUCTIONS
PP1019
1960s?
STEREO






SIDE A:



MIRJANA 4:35
WALTZ MEDLEY 2:30
COSSACK LOVE 2:45
DA NIJE LJUBAVI 6:15
PRED TVOJOM SKOLOM 3:40

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SIDE B:



MORE 2:40
RUMANIAN HORA 2:10
ZIVOT SAM TI DRAGA DAO 4:37
FOX TROT MEDLEY 3:40
SLIKU TVOJU LJUBIM 5:40

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Editor's note: a Slavic romp through folksy original and traditional songs via the tamburitza. Another of my Nashville finds, this outfit appears to have been from Ohio and though a few websites refer to them as world famous I have an innate feeling that the term is used rather subjectively, though not because of a lack of proficiency in their respective musical fields. A nice record regardless of what the fact of the matter is.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

TWO CANTERBURY TALES


read in Middle English by J. B. Bessinger, Jr.


CAEDMON RECORDS
TC 1223
1960s?





SIDE A:



The Miller's Tale Introduction 4:18
The Miller's Tale 26:46

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SIDE B:



The Reeve's Tale Introduction 3:45
The Reeve's Tale 21:30

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Editor's note: if you can listen to this and understand 50 or 100 words then I highly commend your listening skills. However, if you listened intently to the entire record and did not go insane, my friends, then you are already crazy. I must say that it's all Greek to me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SONGS FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES


by Robin Williamson


FLYING FISH RECORDS
FF 438
1987
STEREO





SIDE A:



Witch's Hat
The Herring Song
Three Men Went A-Hunting
Fool's Song
Horses' Dance
Brian O'Linn
Butter

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SIDE B:



The Water Song
The Raggle Taqggle Gipsies
Froggy Would A-Wooing Go
Liberty / Old Dan Tucker
Ivy, Sing Ivy
The Back of Burnie's Hill/Over The Hills and Far Away
The Gartan Lullaby

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Editor's note: although some of these songs wouldn't fit my description of children songs I think the title is loosely worded to include 40 year old children as well. That said, it's a brilliant album! Minstrel versions of traditional songs with a lot of inventiveness. The two tracks I picked out for single downloads, and especially "Butter", are quite nice and rather exceptional. One for the music ("Butter") and the other for both singing and instrumentation.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

THE SPICE IS RIGHT


by Ruth Wallis


JUBILEE RECORDS
JGM 2050
Circa late 1960s
MONO?





SIDE A:



THE DINGHY SONG
PULL DOWN THE SHADE MARIE
UBANGI
JOHNNY HAD A YO-YO
ALL NIGHT LONG

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SIDE B:



THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER
QUEER THINGS ARE HAPPENING
DOWN IN THE INDIES
PSYCHO MAMBO
DRILL 'EM ALL

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Editor's note: bawdy for the time but pretty tame by today's lack of standards. Great novelty songs if you like tawdry lounge songs. I do but would have been satisfied hearing just one but this is the age of excess so you get a whole album's worth.

Monday, August 23, 2010

IT'S ALRIGHT B/W I JUST DON'T KNOW


by Adam Faith


AMY RECORDS
6219/6220
1964
MONO?


SIDE A:



IT'S ALRIGHT 2:24

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SIDE B:



I JUST DON'T KNOW 2:11

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Editor's note: a teen singing sensation in the UK but I don't believe that he ever charted in the States. Later he moved to television and movies with good success but finally settled into a career in the financial world later in life, ending up in millions of dollars of debt. Wow, not such an upbeat backdrop for the rollicking songs. A little early Beatles R&B mixed with various other early British invasion type influences. Not a bad record at all.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

SHALOM: RENEWAL SONGS FOR CHRISTIANS


by Tom Shelley


RENEWAL RECORDS
SS-16493-01
1969
STEREO





SIDE A:



LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 2:25
OUT OF THE DEPTHS 2:17
ONE MORE CHANCE 4:30
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS 3:55
HOW MY HEART LONGS FOR YOU 2:18
WHAT I NEED 3:34

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SIDE B:



SHALOM 4:53
BREAD OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD 2:25
MY MAN, MY GOD! 5:29
SING, MY SOUL 2:35
GO IN PEACE 3:04
COME, CHRISTIAN PEOPLE 1:53

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Editor's note: another folk-rock Jesus album that I prefer over the most recent one that I posted which is highly acclaimed in record collecting circles. It reminds me a lot of a scaled back and less melodic Rev. Carey Landry LP that I posted early on in this blog. If you like this effort then you'll more than likely enjoy that one as well.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

ARMENIAN DANCES AND SONGS


Tatoul Altounian Ensemble of South America directed by Noubar Barsamian


GUIRAK RECORDS
GLP-64
1960s?
MONO





SIDE A:



OURAKH BAR (Joyful Dance)
INCHBESS ANEM (How to do?)
GOUZEM, GOUZEM, ( I want, i want...)
TATOOL ALTOONIAN (T. Altoonian's Dance)
OVSANA (Hosanna)

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SIDE B:



GUE SIREM (I Love)
HAYASDANIAGHCHIKNER (The Girls of Armenia)
ZAP BAR (Clapping Dance)
KHROVATZ YER (Love Song)
SIX IN ONE (Selected dances)

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Editor's note: sounds Arabic but tastes like curried chicken. It also has a slightly Asian and European feel which obviously flowed from and not into this ancient musical form, at least for the latter culture anyhow.

Friday, August 20, 2010

WJR: 35 EVENTFUL YEARS


narrated by Franklin Mitchell


WJR
XTV 26363
1960s?


SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: pretty much a remedial history of the world between the years 1922-57but from the WJR Detroit perspective though the voice of Ty Cobb for a brief few seconds is worth listening to side 1 alone.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE: A BROKEN WINDOW & GILDY TRIES TO SELL OPERA TICKETS




GOLDEN AGE RECORDS
GA 5024
1978





SIDE A:



A BROKEN WINDOW (1951)

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SIDE B:



GILDY TRIES TO SELL OPERA TICKETS (1951)

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Editor's note: a good listen if you like old radio. I don't so much. You might though.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

THE RUNNER'S WORKOUT: A JOGGEROBICS EXERCISE PROGRAM


written by Christine Sotmary, narrated by Alan de Mause


GATEWAY RECORDS
GSLP-7615
1982
STEREO


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SIDE A:



Stretching - Chega De Saundade
Warmup - Turn to Stone
Workout - Saturday's Alright for Fighting
Cooldown - Boogie Oogie Oogie
Stretching - My Foolish Heart

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SIDE B:



Stretching - Borealis
Warmup - Sultans of Swing
Workout - Queen of Hearts
Cooldown - Makin' It
Stretching - Daedalus

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Editor's note: you know that grinding metallic sound your car makes when it's about to have a catastrophic breakdown? Well, that's what I was trying to figure out while SIDE A was recording so I missed most of it. SIDE B went along fine until the second track and started skipping like fucking crazy. After that I pretty much spaced out so you're on your own figuring out whether or not this is crap or genius. By the way...who the hell runs like that? Also, check out the running shoes! Can anybody say Winner II's? I'm sure they're probably Adidas, Saucony or something like that but they sure remind me of the good old WII's. I loved those shoes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CLASSIC RAGS & NOSTALGIA AT THE OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL


Knocky Parker at the Bosendorfer Grand Piano/Bill Coffman at the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ


EUPHONIC SOUND RECORDINGS
ESR-1216
1978





SIDE A:



Euphonic Sounds
Lazy River
Palm Leaf Rag
Dinah
Sugar Cane

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SIDE B:



Sentimental Journey
Weeping Willow
Sugar
Pineapple Rag
Moonglow

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Editor's note: I could tell right away that I wasn't going to like the mixture of the two different instruments and that sentiment persists throughout the recording. One or the other I say and if at all possible keep it to the Mighty Wurlitzer for me because Ragtime simply isn't my time. Anyhow, I hope somebody is getting something from this Euphonic series because there are more to come in the following weeks. That's all.

Monday, August 16, 2010

MONKEY PAW B/W DISCONNECTION


by Map of the World


STIGMATA RECORDS
004
1984
STEREO


KHALID HANIFI - GUITAR, VOCALS, BACKING VOCALS
SOPHIA HANIFI - VOCALS, BACKING VOCALS, PERCUSSION
MICHAEL STANDER - BASS GUITAR





SIDE A:



MONKEY PAW 3:17

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SIDE B:



DISCONNECTION 3:20

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Editor's note: fairly pedestrian stuff as far as the 80s goes but a nice little 45 nonetheless. Moody pop/rock with catchy hooks and solid direction. Too bad the disc has heavy scratches in the middle of each side and subsequent skips which I tried to fix with weights to no avail. This brother/sister based trio came out of Ann Arbor and both are still active in various projects with Khalid having some minor and minor major success. I could find nothing on the bassist and you probably won't be able to either. Oh yeah, I checked on eBay and some of their stuff is available if you wanted to check them out further.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

CANTICLE


by Michael & Greta Blanchard


KOINONIA RECORDS
2095
1973
STEREO





SIDE A:



Rolling Down the Road
Abraham
Err Job
Three Soldiers
Good Samaritan

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SIDE B:



Blue Chicory
Ballet Dancer
Sad Song
Two Blind Men
Balm in Gilead

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Editor's note: this record is decidedly more folk than it is religious and if you didn't have the sleeve with the song titles and the LP title itself you would never know it was a Christian record. To me the music was often a little bit too downcast for the lyrical content but who's to say what should go where for whom. Surely not I.