Yes, that is Spock in the headphones. The year was 1979. These are some of my LPs, themed compilations, and the like.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Re-Post: Celebrate Life!


As a junior in high school in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, I was in our MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship).  At First Methodist Church in Bartlesville we put on several musicals, such as Lightshine, Godspell, and the like.


A few blocks away, First Baptist Church had its own youth and music department, of course.  It must have been some mutual friends at school that steered me to their preparations to put on a musical called Celebrate Life.


Turns out they could use me.  The show is narrated by the four Gospel writers, and I (of course) ended up with Mark's lines.  I also played guitar in the second number, "Processional."

The company of about twenty to thirty (lots of chorus and some soloists) performed to an accompaniment tape.  This was in 1972-1973, and they used a reel-to-reel machine.

After a few performances, we went on the road!  We hopped on a bus and went on a performance tour of several towns in the SE USA.  We would perform at a Baptist Church; the church members would very graciously put all of us teenagers up for the night in various homes; and we would trundle on to the next stop half a day away.  Of course there was an altar call at the end of every performance.

 I can't tell you where we went – my memory books are in the attic – but we ended up at Nashville's Opryland USA.  This was when it was still an amusement park!  Then we wended our way home.

A year or two ago I came across a double LP of  Celebrate Life! – evidently from the publisher as a performance example I guess – but like a doofus I didn't buy it.  Shame on me!  Still ...

I was thrilled, a month or two ago, to come across several YouTube channels featuring performances.  This musical, by Buryl Red and Ragan Courtney, is evidently still important to other people, too!

Through a series of investigations I came across somebody who has access to the album and is willing to share with you.

01. Prelude (Instrumental) (4:34)
02. Processional (1:55)
03. Dialogue (0:42)
04. The Truth Shall Make You Free (4:05)
05. Dialogue - Hail O Blessed One (3:46)
06. Dialogue (0:30)
07. Song of Mary (3:08)
08. There Is a Great Joy Coming (3:41)
09. Dialogue - Hello Baby (4:53)
10. Dialogue - The Three Kings (6:59)
11. After This He Went Journeying (0:30)
12. Dialogue (2:01)
13. I Quietly Turned to You (4:09)
14. Dialogue - After This He Went Journeying (1:08)
15. Dialogue - The Disciples' Prayer (2:35)
16. Dialogue (1:37)
17. In Remembrance (3:50)
18. Dialogue - Carry Him Gently (5:37)
19. Dialogue - He Is Alive - Easter Hymn (6:09)
20. He Is Alive (Reprise) (1:35)
21. Dialogue - Prayer for Peace (2:50)
22. Postlude (Instrumental) (2:02)

Celebrate Life!

See you on Thursday!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuned to a Natural E, 4

Another installment of the boffo series from the Beatles Remixers Group.

4-1 From Me To You  
4-2 I Long To Hold Tall Sally  
4-3 I'm A Loser  
4-4 I'm Looking Through You  
4-5 A Fly On The Wall '65  
4-6 Crazy Girl  
4-7 Tomorrow Never Knoise  
4-8 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  
4-9 With A Little Help From My Friends  
4-10 Mr. Kite  
4-11 A Day In The Life  
4-12 Flying Time Is Here Again  
4-13 Blue Jay Way  
4-14 More Love  
4-15 Aerial Tour Instrumental  
4-16 Lady Bulldog  
4-17 Hey Sun King  
4-18 Revolution  
4-19 Get George Back  
4-20 A Case Of The Blues  
4-21 Real Love  
4-22 Pepperland Time  
4-23 Me And My Montage

It'll be a fab time!

TTANE 4

See you on Monday.
 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Re-Post: Music Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey

This is an upgrade from previous versions.  I was able to track down cleaner versions of all the tracks and performances on this LP -- all but two, that is.  Those two are from a new rip of the LP with a much-improved sound.


01. Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra (1:38)

02. Leo Delibes - Coppélia (2:27)

03. György Ligeti - Lontano (6:34)

04. Anton Webern - Entflieht auf Leichten Kähnen (2:17)

05. Richard Strauss - Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier (7:46)

06. Richard Strauss - Thus Sprach Zarathustra (Part 2) (2:45)

07. György Ligeti - Volumina  (3:30)

08. Aram Khachaturian - Berceuse (4:20)

09. György Ligeti - Requiem (5:13)

10. Charles Gounod - Margarethe (4:20)


I hope you'll like the result.



Music Inspired by 2001

See you on Thursday!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Nothing But Sitar Wars

Supposedly this cassette was released in 1977.  Dubbed fresh for you, less than twelve hours ago!


01. One by Three (2:43)

02. People (3:42)

03. Free for All (4:19)

04. Good Evening (3:15)

05. Tantalisation (3:29)

06. Hi Tides (4:36)

07. How Can I Be Happy (3:19)

08. Persuasion (3:41)

09. Yesterday Gone (4:31)

10. Sometimes in Morning (4:06)

11. Velvet Touch (4:19)

12. Beautiful Day Today (4:23)

13. I'll Come Along (4:09)

14. In Your Arms (3:29)

15. Festival (3:41)


Some of the percussion sounds exactly like a rhythm setting on a 1970s Hammond organ or something.  But I bet it's all real, live acoustics.




Another bemusing facet is that some of the selections feature Lionel-Hampton-like vibes!

Can you dig it, sirs?

See you on Monday!
  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Songs and Dances of the British Isles

Here's a 1983 cassette of:  guess what?!?

And unlike a lot of dulcimer stuff, this is fun and interestingly arranged and played.  Not droning, boring, up-and-down the scale like some stuff I have even myself posted.  Ahem …

Another interesting feature is that you can buy sheet music for this album:


 
These are the tunes:


01. Trois Chansons Pour Les Enfantes (1:26)

02. Ae Fond Kiss (4:17)

03. Salonika (2:43)

04. Tripping Up the Stairs / The Connaughtman’s Rambles (2:19)

05. Bedlam Boys (4:37)

06. Be Back Soon (2:34)

07. Morgan Magan (2:27)

08. I Was a Young Man (2:37)

09. Foud Sword Dances (4:04)

10. Nottamun Town (2:51)

11. Black Jack David (2:46)

12. The Frost Is All Over / Sixpenny Money (2:26)

13. When You Wish Upon a Star (1:20)


Another thing that's kind of funny is that the cover photograph of Frodsham looks a lot like the way I did in 1983.

Gi'e it a wee listen.

And I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rule Britannia - Nimbus Records


This 1989 CD is a fine catenation of Anglophilia.

01. 'Trumpet Aire' and 'Symphony of flatt trumpits' - Jeremiah Clarke (3:13)

02. I Overture - 'Mr Handel's Water Piece'  (1:29)

03. II Gigue (Allegro) - 'Mr Handel's Water Piece'  (1:53)

04. III Aire (Menuetto) - 'Mr Handel's Water Piece'  (1:32)

05. IV March I (Bourée)- March II - 'Mr Handel's Water Piece'  (2:19)

06. 'The Choice of Hercules': I Overture (Largo-Allegro) - John Stanley (2:54)

07. 'The Choice of Hercules': II March - John Stanley (1:45)

08. 'Europe revells in ye Peace' - John Eccles (2:24)

09. 'Suite de Clairque': I Prelude - The Duke of Gloster's March - Minuet & Sybelle - March (reprise) - Jeremiah Clarke (3:25)

10. 'Suite de Clairque': II Serenade & Ecossaise - Jeremiah Clarke (2:21)

11. 'Suite de Clairque': III Bourrée & Hornpipe - Jeremiah Clarke (1:42)

12. 'Suite de Clairque': IV Gigue - Jeremiah Clarke (0:43)

13. 'Suite de Clairque': V Rondeau: The Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke (2:13)

14. 'The Fairy Queen': I Introduction - Canzona - Henry Purcell (1:37)

15. 'The Fairy Queen': II Adagio - Henry Purcell (1:36)

16. 'The Fairy Queen': III Battle (Allegro) - Pastoral - Battle - Henry Purcell (2:33)

17. 'The Indian Queen': Trumpet Overture to Act II - Henry Purcell (2:34)

18.  'Sonata in E', Op. 3, No. 5: I Allegro - William Corbett (1:25)

19.  'Sonata in E', Op. 3, No. 5: II Largo - William Corbett (1:33)

20.  'Sonata in E', Op. 3, No. 5: III Giga: Allegro - William Corbett (0:57)

21. 'Atalanta: Overture': I Adagio - Allegro - George Frideric Handel (3:32)

22. 'Atalanta: Overture': II Andante - George Frideric Handel (1:59)

23. 'The Judgment of Paris': Recitative and Chorus - John Eccles (3:16)

24. 'Come ye Sons of Art': I Symphony (Largo - Allegro) - Henry Purcell (1:38)

25. 'Come ye Sons of Art': II Adagio - Henry Purcell (1:34)

26. 'Come ye Sons of Art': III Ritornello - Chorus - Henry Purcell (1:23)

27. 'Funeral Music for Queen Mary': I March - Henry Purcell (2:13)

28. 'Funeral Music for Queen Mary': II Canzona - Henry Purcell (2:01)

29. 'Funeral Music for Queen Mary': III March (reprise) - Henry Purcell (1:21)

30. 'Rule Britannia from Alfred' - Thomas Augustine Arne (5:15)



Included are scans of the 12-page booklet also.

Veddy Brditish, wot?

I'll see thee again on Monday next, old pip!
 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Master of the Gipsy Violin

Yes, it's another cassette of unknown provenance, with Gypsy music!

Doesn't this fellow look like Walt Disney (or Mel Blanc)?

This 1966 album (released on tape in 1981) was tracked down through a translation of a Discogs page.

However, the Discogs page inaccurately has 4 tracks on side 2, there are FIVE, as proven by that page’s LP images as well as tape insert’s listing

And, here, according to Google Translate, is what the track titles work out to be, in English:


01     Primate imagination    

02     Advertising dance / Csárdás Rhapsody

03     Sad Song / Since Six Days Sounds The Song ...

04     Irene Serenade

05     Hora

06     Lavotta Serenade

07 - Hour of the Shepherds

08 III. Csárdás Scene

09 - Not true, you already say it to another ... / do not speak bad about me / landlady, beautiful landlady ... / end, end already over

10 - A letter came from my little village ... / the woman left me ... / my boots creak ... / blue eyes has my sweetheart / banda-csárdás

11 - Solemn Palotástanz

12 - I Ask A Flower ... / I Do not Believe, That Once Again / Stork, Stork ... / Do You Hear Song, Joyful Bird / It Was Night, When I Was Born / Man Says, That The Lenz Is Blooming / At Us, My sweetheart / I guilty none


But never fear, campers.  The provided CD art is a faithful reproduction of the actual whatever-language titles.  What the heck, why not give it here, too?

Zándor Lakatos and His Gipsy Band

Master of the Gipsy Violin - 1981



01 - Primás fantázia   (4:09)

02 - A-dúr verbunkos - Csárdás rapszódia   (3:15)

03 - f-moll kersegö - Hat nap óta szól a nóta   (3:46)

04 - Irenéne szerenád   (2:05)

05 - Hóra   (2:24)

06 - Lavotta szerenád   (2:32)

07 - A pásztor horája   (1:48)

08 - III csárdajelenet   (6:26)

09 - Ugy-e, most már másnak mondod - Ne szidjatok soha engem

- Koscmárosné eszem azta a - Vége, vége, vége már   (7:13)

10 - Levél jött a kis falumból - Elhagyott az asszony - Csikorgós a

csimám - Az én rózsám kékszemü - Banda csárdás (ism

szerzö)   (5:47)

11 - Diszpalotás   (3:11)

12 - Megkérdeztem egy virágtól - Nem hiszem, hogy mégegyszer

is - Gólya, gólya - Hallod-e, nótáskedvü kismadár   (4:58)

13 - Éjszaka volt, amikor én születtem - Azt mondják, hogy tayasz

nyilik - Már minálunk babam - Nem vagyok én senkinek sem

adósa   (5:06)


Can you handle this much excitement? I bet you can!

See you on Thursday.