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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

PRELUDES TO SPRING

by Robert Paul Zajac


SICE RECORDS
1960s





SIDE A:

1. Spring



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2. Happy Wanderer Val-Deri Val-Dera



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3. Stormy Winds Do Blow



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4. Mary Ann



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5. Spanish Cavalier



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SIDE B:

1. Swiss Marching Song



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2. Greensleeves



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3. Believe Me If All These Endearing Young Charms



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4. Black is The Color Of My True Love's Hair



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5. You, You, You're In My Heart



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6. Viva L'amour



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Editor's note: Mr. Zajac lived a relatively short life and much of what can be gleaned from his public life is contained on the back of this record sleeve. That's not to say that he didn't have a fulfilled or accomplished life but little of it leaked into the mainstream news and that's usually a good thing.

The few things I did learn was that he was born on May 14, 1939, enlisted and served in the navy for an undetermined time, turned to teaching and performing music after his service in the 1960s and '70s and passed away October 17, 1981.

As for the record: it's mostly traditional ballads and love songs. His singing is pleasant and varies from folk to operatic lite. If the record quality wasn't so poor this would be an excellent record. Unfortunately there's enough pop, crackle and hiss to lessen the shining moments but it's not for a lack of talent, that's for sure.

Monday, November 05, 2012

I SIT RIGHT DOWN SKA B/W SAN SOUCI SKA

by Lloyd Richards


KALYPSO RECORDS
FSSH-6713/4
1960s?


SIDE A:





SIDE B:






Editor's note: I'm not going to pretend that I know anything about ska just as long as you refuse to admit that you're a low frequency pirate. Not that I'm condemning you because somebody's out there scratching at their eyeballs right now trying to find their old Lloyd Richards album and having failed to do so is crawling the net looking for a backup source. That is I. 

This dude, at times, reminds me of a less soulful Otis Redding (that's a fucking compliment because Otis had alllll the soul!) or a more upbeat Freddie Fender and a few others that I've now. Ah- well... have at this scratched up and sullied old thing.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

SNOOPYCAT

performed by Marion Anderson


FOLKWAY RECORDS
FC 7770
1963





SIDE A:



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SIDE B:



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Editor's note: this is a great record even if you don't care much for operatic singing. It does seem a bit much for a children's story but the actual rendering of the tale by Anderson is quite excellent. I'm going to play it for my 5 year old and if she likes it then it's done its job. Even if she doesn't like it I'll still listen to it anyway!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

ASHES TO ASHES B/W YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT LOVE

by The Mindbenders


FONTANA RECORDS
F-1555
1966


SIDE A:

ASHES TO ASHES






SIDE B:



YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT LOVE



Editor's note: the first track, "Ashes to Ashes," is in the vein of a Beatles b-side but catchy nonetheless while "You Don't Know About Love" is a Zombies-esque 3:00 power pop ballad that sticks with me better than the feature song. Neither reached the chart-topping success of their predecessor "A Groovy Kind of Love" which topped out at #2 in both the US and UK and that probably can be attributed to their somewhat drab demeanor. They'd both still make for good selections on a hippy dippy mix tape, if such things even exist any more.