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, December 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Hector Berlioz!

Yup, the composer of our favorite emotional, overwrought masterpiece, the Symphonie Fantastique, was born on December 11th, 1803.




In celebration, let's share a wonderful piano transcription of that amazing, creepy work.




Symphonie Fantastique -- Piano Transcription


See you on Thursday for a new compilation!
 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

MA-89 - It Extruded from the 1980s



            Here’s another compilation of some of my favorite songs from that wacky-n-wonderful musical time, the 1980s, when MTV and my children were conceived.  Here’s the tracklist:

01. I Need That Record - The Tweeds (3:20)  1980
02. Chinese I's (Here Come the Minutemen) - Venetians (3:49)  1983
03. Vaguely Human - Flesh for Lulu (3:25)  1985
04. Forever Young - Alphaville (3:47)  1984
05. Equal/Equality - The Parachute Club (5:02)  1984
06. Cathode Mamma - Krisma (3:15)  1980
07. Flatland - November Group (2:49)  1982
08. Room That Echoes - Peking Man (3:51)  1986
09. Person to Person - The Signals (2:44)  1984
10. 1,000 Gene Autrys - Scattered Order (4:36)  1985
11. Study Up! - Mechanical Servants (3:42)  1980
12. Kids In America - Kim Wilde (3:29)  1981
13. There Was a Time - One to One (3:19)  1986
14. I Don't Wanna Die - The 4-Skins (3:13)  1982
15. Pac-Man Fever - Buckner and Garcia (3:55)  1981
16. Time to Get Up - Los Microwaves (3:04)  1981
17. You Pull Me Down - The Stabilizers (4:04)  1986
18. Cry Boy Cry - Blue Zoo (4:23)  1982
19. Did You Ever - The Cichlids (2:18)  1980
20. Don't Call Me Baby - Voice of the Beehive (3:07)  1988
21. All the Time in the World - The Crooks (3:03)  1980
22. C·30 C·60 C·90 Go! - Bow Wow Wow (3:03)  1980

So many wonderful songs ...
Track 3 ... Don’t wake up that thing in the room, it’s only ... vaguely .. human ...
Track 5 ... Another anthem for the world which should be.  I wanna live equal and equally!
Track 13 ... Something in the progression, or singer’s voice, something is so moving, to this nostalgic cat.
Track 15 ... of course, this was notorious and inescapable ... but so catchy and sort-of witty, like the best cash-ins.
Track 16 ... My favorite part is in the fadeout ... “If you wanted me to get up, why did you let me go to sleep?”
Track 22 ... The debut single from Bow Wow Wow.  Its subject: the scandal of home taping.  It was released in July, 1980, as the world’s first cassette single.  According to one blog post, “The B-Side of the single was blank, presumably so the fan who bought it could tape any other song they wanted onto it. Their label EMI weren’t too pleased about the song’s subject matter.”  It’s kind of surprising that, given the controversy it stirred at the time, this song has only been sampled once, according to Who Sampled Who, in 2009 by White Rabbits.  Another reminiscence about this song may be found here.

            Well, that’s it for this week, kiddies.  See you back here next Thursday, for another instalment in this Yuletide season of compilation-sharing!
  

Monday, December 4, 2017

Celtic Christmas Harp, Vol. 1

Here's a non-intrusive selection to begin your Christmas listening season.

This 1999 release has 10 tracks:


01. Deck the Halls (2:43)
02. Silent Night (2:03)
03. Holly and the Ivy (3:12)
04. We Three Kings (1:48)
05. Ding Dong Merrily on High (2:03)
06. Celtic Carol (1:53)
07. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (2:07)
08. O' Tannenbaum (2:34)
09. Patapan (1:34)
10. Child in a Manger (1:48)


Celtic Christmas Harp, Vol. 1

See you Thursday with a new music compilation!
 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Graveland" by the Dead Elvi

For freaky Halloween rock'n'roll, it's hard to bead The Dead Elvi.

The songs:
1    Swan Lake        2:52
2    Wolfman Road    3:11
3    Halloween (She's Coming)    3:26
4    Fireball XL-5    2:05
5    The Creature Stole My Surfboard    3:20
6    John Agar Rules    4:19
7     Little Jack O'Lantern    3:58
8    The Devil's Ball    3:46
9    Fools Rush In    3:13
10    Pipeline    3:01
11    Gothica    5:28
12    Skullhead    3:27

Graveland

Happy Halloween!  

We're taking November off on the Round-Up.  See you back on Monday, December 4th!
 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Thing (from Another World)

This is an assemblage from various releases.

Tracks are:


The Original Soundtrack Acetates:
01.  Main Title (1:50)
02.  Flying Saucer Sequence, Part 1 (2:17)
03.  Flying Saucer Sequence, Part 2 (5:50)
04.  Melting Sequence (1:42)
05.  Dog Fight (1:52)
06.  The Hand (0:52)
07.  Greenhouse Sequence (1:13)
08.  The Thing at Door (0:42)
09.  Plasma #1 (2:29)
10.  Plasma Plants #2 (1:08)
11.  Fire Sequence (2:06)
12.  Electrocution Sequence (4:13)
13.  End Title (0:37)


14. Charles Gerhardt & National Philharmonic Orchestra, 1977 - Suite from The Thing:  Prelude - The Flying Saucer Under the Ice - Melting Sequence - The Hand - Plasma I - Plasma II - The Growing Plants - The Thing on the Walkway - Electrocution  (10:35)
15. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, 2009 - Main Theme (2:04)



The Thing (from Another World)

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Story of Horror



This little bit of fluff is on the Viderex label.  Interestingly, this disc is not listed on Discog's page for the company.

Of course, I wouldn't be proud of this one, either.  It's super-lame, made up of one 48-minute track which tells a "story."  To me it sounds as if somebody had a list of sound effects and tried to make up a story as the SFX played along.  I tried this practice when I was about twelve and received my first "cassette-corder.".  My attempt was pathetic, but I wasn't cruel enough to hope other people would pay me for it.

Halloween Story of Horror

Perhaps you have a better opinion?

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Evil Twin of Monster Mash-Up

Another fun album of mash-ups which has become hard to find.

1. AberNStein - Halloween ist Krieg
2. Cheekyboy - Somebody's Sunglasses
3. Clivester - Blue Monday 4 American Witches
4. DJ Engineer - Vampire Nation
5. DJ Earlybird - Halloween Puppetz
6. Mr. Fab Dark Shadows ChaChaCha
7. RIAA - Caspar The Friendly Queen
8. BuG - Happy Devil
9. Voicedude - The Crazy Voices Inside My Head
10. The Who Boys - Pump The Pumpkin
11. DJ Schmolli - Undone Lullaby
12. Cheekyboy - Halloween Haunt Megamix

The Evil Twin of Monster Mash-Up

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Bootlegged Salem's Lot Soundtrack

Did you happen to watch the TV miniseries Salem's Lot in 1979?  It was truly a haunted houseful of creepy fun.



One shining attribute was its soundtrack, composed by Harry Sukman.  It dwelt heavily upon the Dies Irae motif, that cheerful little tune which should immediately bring thoughts of dread and impending doom to all who hear it.

I don't know the source of the bootleg; as I recall, a cassette tape of the music was found in somebody's dresser drawer.

If you like this, I urge you vehemently to buy the sanctioned CD.  Or, you can buy it on LP.

I can tell you, however, that a couple of the tracks on this version aren't the same on the commercial release.



1     Ximico, Guatemala        (0:24)
2     We Must Keep Going and Main Titles       (2:10)
3     Two Years Earlier        (1:28)
4     The Town and Antique Store         (1:39)
5     Susan      (0:44)
6     The Marsden House and Straker   (1:01)
7     Good Evening         (0:57)
8     Mike's Graveyard and Ben's Notes       (0:45)
9     The Lake (1:06)
10   Straker Leaves the House (1:15)
11 Straker Anxious (1:05)
12 Straker Closes the Store (0:57)
13 Beer With Jason (5:51)
14 The Crate Moves (0:33)
15 Mark's Room (0:32)
16 That Thing Is Movin’! (0:28)
17 Straker and the Body Bag (1:49)
18 Shotgun (1:17)
19 Ralphie at Danny's Window (2:37)
20 Crockett Stinger and Finding the Dog (0:51)
21 Hospital Window (2:37)
22 Straker Delivers His Suits (1:03)
23 Ben at the Window (0:20)
24 Glick Funeral Begins (0:23)
25 Glick Funeral End (2:11)
26 The Grave Digger and the Grave (1:23)
27 Open the Window, Mark (3:06)
28 Jason in Bed (1:10)
29 Trouble at Jason's House (0:37)
30 Rocking Chair (0:41)
31 Jason's Heart Attack (1:31)
32 Jail Cell (0:20)
33 Barlow Visits the Petries (0:24)
34 The Priest and Barlow (1:48)
35 Marjorie Glick Rises and Staking Barlow (2:00)
36 Empty Town (3:35)
37 Susan Looks for Mark (2:08)
38 Norton's Demise and Straker's Death (1:34)
39 Barlow Disintegrates (0:35)
40 Marsden House Burns (0:49)
41 Two Years Later -They've Found Us (0:44)
42 Susan's Second Death and Full Moon (1:11)
43 Commercial Break Stinger (0:05)
44 The Marsden House (1:38)
45 Main Titles Alternate (Bonus) (1:33)
46 Unknown - End Part 1 (Bonus) (0:27)
47 Trailer Music (Bonus) (0:59)


Salem's Lot OST


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