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, January 16, 2017

Please Forgive This Humble Servant ...

No post today due to illness, I hope to return on  Thursday.  Your indulgence is appreciated.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Re-Post: The World of James Bond Adventure

With prompting from Joe, here's the re-post of another boffo album by Roland Shaw and His Orchestra.

Our program:

01. The James Bond Theme (Monty Norman) (3:28)
02. Diamonds Are Forever (John Barry/Don Black) (2:51)
03. You Only Live Twice (Leslie Bricusse/John Barry) (2:32)
04. The Wedding (John Barry) (3:03)
05. Goldfinger (John Barry) (2:40)
06. Dawn Raid On Fort Knox (John Barry) (5:39)
07. Arrival Of The Bomb And Countdown (John Barry) (3:46)
08. Pussy Galore's Flying Circus (John Barry) (2:27)
09. From Russia With Love (Lionel Bart) (4:10)
10. Thunderball (John Barry/Don Black) (2:57)
11. Bond Below Disco Volante (John Barry) (4:06)
12. Chateau Fight (John Barry/Don Black/Monty Norman) (2:24)
13. Casino Royale (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) (2:31)
14. The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) (3:09)
15. Let The Love Come Through (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) (3:07)
16. Jump Up (Monty Norman) (2:20)
17. Dr No's Fantasy (Monty Norman) (1:23)
18. Twisting With James (Monty Norman) (2:54)
19. Girl Trouble (John Barry) (2:42)
20. Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (John Barry/Leslie Bricusse) (2:24)
21. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (John Barry) (2:13)
22. 007 Theme (John Barry) (3:08)

The World of James Bond Adventure

Happy New Year, and all that jazz, Joe.  See you Monday!

Monday, January 9, 2017

What a Toot! Big Top Circus Calliope

This 1963 LP is going to make sure you have fun.  Even if it has to chase you into a corner with an electric cattle prod.

This stuff was recorded at the Gay 90s Village in Sikeston, MO.

Step right up, hurray, hurray, to a recreation of our forefathers' credulous pasts!  See a Fiji Mermaid!  See Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy!  See the Overgrown Elf with the Thyroid Problem!

Big Top Circus Calliope

See you on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MA-78 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 13

Here's more evidence of a youth that was underappreciated.

Who would have predicted that the music industry's quest for hits would have led them to throw so many musical styles against the mirror of teenage money, in the hopes that the money would stick to some of the songs?

01. Introduction - Hoosier Hot Shots (0:09)
02. Baby Let's Swing/The Last Thing You Said/Don't Tie My Hands - Runt (Todd Rundgren) (5:05)   1970
03. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (single version) - Chicago Transit Authority (2:54)   1970
04. Down on the Street - Iggy & The Stooges (3:44)   1970
05. I Don't Know How to Love Him - Yvonne Elliman (3:42)   1970
06. Ain't Got Time Any More - Glass Bottle (2:26)   1971
07. Back to California - Carole King (3:26)   1971
08. Moonshadow - Cat Stevens (2:51)   1971
09. Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright III (3:03)   1972
10. I Gotcha - Joe Tex (2:28)   1972
11. Stay Awhile - The Bells (3:25)   1972
12. Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang (3:07)   1973
13. Big Yellow Taxi (live) - Joni Mitchell (3:20)   1974
14. Evangeline - Emmylou Harris with The Band (3:11)   1976
15. I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You - The Alan Parsons Project (3:22)   1976
16. I Can't Hold On - Karla Bonoff (3:11)   1977
17. Canario (from Fantasía para un gentilhombre) - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (3:59)   1978
18. Raise a Little Hell - Trooper (3:43)   1978
19. You Don't Know What You Got - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (4:03)   1979
20. Steppin’ Out - Joe Jackson (4:27)   1982
21. Season in Hell (Fire Suite) - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (6:18)   1983
22. Never - Heart (4:07)   1985
23. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles - Beatles Remixers Group (SB) (3:53)   2008

Track 1 is a jesting intro from The Hoosier Hot Shots,  One of my dad's throwaway phrases was, "Are you ready, Hezzie?"  It wasn't until I was in my forties that I figured out what this meant, since I never asked him about it.  Please view this video for an explication of this phrase, and a brief look at the Hot Shots in action.

You don't hear the single version of Track 3 much ... the one without the talking voiceovers in the final verse ... but that's how it sounded on the radio in 1970.

Yep, the same radio stations that played "Moonshadow" and the extremely suggestive "Stay Awhile," they also played outrageous clunks of auditory funk like "Jungle Boogie" and "I Gotcha."

The final track is a wonderful reweaving of "Strawberry Fields Forever" by the Beatles Remixers Group, using alternate takes of the material and remixes of the backing tracks.

Let me take you up with this compilation!

See you on Monday!

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Stereotypical Evil Laugh

Here's another fine album from the early days of CDs.  1985, to be exact.

Even if it contains pieces that you love, we diehard Wagner-music fans cannot deny that the "blowhard" approach of a wind ensemble is a great fit to a lot of Wagner's stuff.

01. Großer Festmarsch (American Centennial March - 1876) (13:51)
02. Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg — Act III: Prelude (5:01)
03. Tannhäuser: Grand March (6:32)
04. Lohengrin — Act III: Introduction and Bridal Chorus (8:28)
05. Götterdämmerung: Funeral March (7:28)
06. Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Walhalla (6:59)

Track 1 is a lot of motion that doesn't go anywhere (to my taste).  But I think you'll like most of this blustering donnerwetter.

Brass at Walhalla.

Oh ... the post title?  I dare you to repeat the name of this album a couple of times and NOT feel that it's transmuting into the Big Bad Villain's Laugh, "Bwaa-ha-ha-ha!"

See you Thursday.  Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

MA-103 - It Ejected from the 1980s

Here's another madcap, whip-pan view of some of the great and not-famous pop music produced in the 1980s.  Some might be labeled synth, New Wave, post-punk, or ... who knows?

01 - Age of Communication - Dancing Madly Backwards   1983  (4:20)
02 - Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls - Book of Love  1988  (4:27)
03 - Drafted - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission   1980  (4:28)
04 - I Don't Know How to Love Him - Front Page   1981  (2:12)
05 - Kill Yourself - The Elements   1981  (4:23)
06 - Power Blackout - (e)   1981  (2:35)
07 - Humanesque - Major Thinkers   1983  (3:11)
08 - Remain Untouched - The Global Infantilists   1983  (3:41)
09 - Younger Now - Exotica Maximus   1983  (4:06)
10 - My Heart Beats Empty - The Popular Sex   1984  (3:32)
11 - Welcoming a New Ice Age - Gleaming Spires   1985  (4:21)
12 - Call It Music - Glass Torpedoes   1981  (3:22)
13 - I Let Go - Fictions   1980  (2:28)
14 - Modern Girl - Helicopter   1981  (4:30)
15 - Money - Ex Post Facto   1981  (3:00)
16 - It's Not the Time - Volcano   1983  (3:24)
17 - Pretty Plastic - The Elektriks   1981  (4:03)
18 - Join the Ranks - D-Day   1983  (4:09)
19 - Security Code - Twenty Twenty   1985  (2:12)
20 - City Business - The Staff   1982  (2:30)
21 - TV in My Eye - Los Microwaves   1982  (3:41)
22 - Television Satellite - Sophie and Peter Johnston   1987  (3:23)

In this selection there are many of ruminations upon the increasing advancement of technology in personal lives, along with fears of depersonalization.

Track 1 is a wonder.  The chorus is the triumphant, self-recursive statement, "You can tell by the words that I'm sayin' ... that the Age of Communication has arrived."  If you can hear her, then she has successfully communicated!  And the second verse is fun, describing work-from-home via computer (in 1983).  Then there's the insouciant bit, "They say that Big Brother will be watching in our bed.  But when we learn to turn it on, we'll be watching him instead."

Take that, Surveillance State!

Track 2 is notable in that it was widely considered to be one of the first pop songs which referenced AIDS.  The song's narrator is lonely, tempted by the attractive people all around, "but sex is dangerous."

Track 12's plaint against pop-music's processed blahness, "Call it music ... it's all the same," resonates with those of us who remember listening to the same ten songs playing and replaying on Top-Forty radio, in the 1960s-1970s.

Track 15 is one of those luxuries afforded to artists --  when they complain about the same system that they hope will make them rich.  Money is so terrible, she sings.  Honey, I have news for you:  Money is just something created by people.  It can be used to help, or it can alternately be used to wield power over another.  "Money makes a whore" -- Unh-unh, baby:  The buyer and the seller perform THAT transformation.

Track 22 is a golden lullaby to the wonders of video communication.  Sophie Johnson's voice can lure me into the maw of the machine ANY TIME.

But for me, the treasure is Track 21, an ode to mass advertising and its influence.  We both show up for work in the same outfit; we both know about the new TV season and the new family in it ... because I got a TV IN MY EYE! 

When we listen to this track in the car, six-year-old Araya Sunshine and I smile and shout out the chorus together.

And we all know what to eat,
And we all know what to wear,
And we all know what to buy,
Got a TV in my eye!

For her, it's just a silly image -- somebody with a little TV in their eye.  For me, it's both absurd and head-shakingly accurate.  (Remind me some time to tell you about the Glass People I see every day.)

For me the problem comes not with the advertising, or the consumption, but the unexamined obeying of the ads' directives!


MA-103 - It Ejected from the  1980s

Please tell me you like these songs.  That's the communication I WANT to hear.

See you next year!