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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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Astounding British Music

GREENSLEEVES: The Beautiful Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Eric Coates

Some of this may be considered "light" music, particularly the Coates piece which closes the concert, but this is all just delicious in composition and performance.

This version of the "English Folk Song Suite" is the best.  Likewise the Greensleeves Fantasia. v Just superb.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

01 - Fantasia on "Greensleeves"  (5:17)

Flute: H. Bennet

02 - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis  (16:04)

Cello: Harvey Shapiro

Viola: Walter Trampler

Violin: Harold Kohon, Max Pollikoff   

English Folk Song Suite:

03 - 1 March ("Seventeen Come Sunday")  (3:01)

04 - 2 Intermezzo ("My Bonny Boy")  (3:56)

05 - 3 March ("Folk Songs from Somerset")  (3:20)



Eric Coates

London Every Day:

06 - 1 Covent Garden (Tarantelle)  (4:49)

07 - 2 Westminster (Meditation)  (5:25)

08 - 3 Knightsbridge (March)  (4:18)
Cello: Harvey Shapiro

I bought the LP thirty or so years ago, lost it, and finally tracked down its info.  I bought a lovely, clean copy on Discogs, and here we are.

Hope you enjoy.

Greensleeves

See you on Monday!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Can Pretty Music Be Boring? Yes It Can!

Besides the amazing fact noted in the title of this post, another one is the seeming anonymity it bears.

The ONLY online reference I have found for this somnolent jewel is here.  And I'll be shot if I can even figure out what this website it.  A radio station?  A music store?  A darkweb hidden weapons sales platform?

Anyway, here are the tracks to this competent but dronish selection:


01. Ash Grove (Let All Things Now Living) (2:33)

02. Scarborough Fair (2:10)

03. Morning Has Broken (2:53)

04. Si Bheag, Si Mhor (3:48)

05. British Melodies: The Minstrel Boy / Country Gardens (3:15)

06. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (2:44)

07. Dances of Early New England: Over the Waterfall / Going to Boston (2:45)

08. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (2:45)

09. Early American Melodies: Rose Tree / Chinquapin (2:47)

10. Be Thou My Vision (2:57)


I challenge you to appreciate it.

See you again on Thursday, fiends and neighbors!
 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Angels Are Bored -- You Will Be, Too

This 1994 album will tear you in half.  On one hand, you will be bored to tears.  On the other hand, you won't be able to pass out from ennui because you are in a state of dread to see how long things will drag on.

01. Two Angels on a Cloud (8:58)
02. Angel Harps and Voices (7:06)
03. Love Theme (6:51)
04. Angels of the Sunset (4:45)
05. Angels of the Dawn (4:09)
06. Angels of the Forrest (5:00)
07. Medieval Angels (4:57)
08. Baroque Angels (4:28)

The angels are on a cloud, but you are on the edge of your seat.  I'm not saying that I could do better, but surely somebody could enliven things better than this.

See for yourself.  It's a love letter to your musical taste buds!

Taste it, bud!

See you on Monday.  Don't get sick eating Valentine's candy!




Monday, February 11, 2019

Big Screen Sound

This 1984 CD was tailored to showcase the amazing, thrilling, new-new-NEW technology of the Compact Disc.

01. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - 20th Century Fox Cinemascope Fanfare (0:22)
02. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March (2:55)
03. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda's Theme (3:18)
04. London Studio Symphony Orchestra - Johnson - North by Northwest: Main Title (3:17)
05. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - The Adventures of Robin Hood: Main Title (1:35)
06. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - The Adventures of Robin Hood: Ambush in Sherwood (3:06)
07. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - Star Wars: Princess Leia's Theme (4:25)
08. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - Star Wars: Here They Come (2:08)
09. London Symphony Orchestra - Horner - Brainstorm: Michael's Gift to Karen (6:52)
10. London Studio Symphony Orchestra - Johnson - First Men in the Moon: Main Title (2:36)
11. London Studio Symphony Orchestra - Johnson - Dr. Strangelove: The Bomb Run (2:34)
12. London Studio Symphony Orchestra - Johnson - Hedda: Main Title (3:39)
13. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - Return of the Jedi: Parade of the Ewoks (3:34)
14. National Philharmonic Orchestra - Gerhardt - Kings Row: Finale (1:32)
15. Utah Symphony Orchestra - Kojian - Return of the Jedi: Darth Vader's Death (2:54)

The performances are fine.

The track listing above and in the file are correct.  The track listing on the CD rear is incorrect.

Note the creative spelling of Darth "Vadar."

Big Screen Sound

This is also one of the first CDs I bought about 25 years ago, at a pawn shop, for the ungodly price of probably 5 bucks.

See you on Thursday, me hearties!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Paganini on Guitar-ini

This here is a 1992 recording of Fisk's own transcriptions of stupendous violin caprices of that devilish master Paganini.
01. Capriccio No. 1 in E Major (2:20)
02. Capriccio No. 2 in B Minor (2:59)
03. Capriccio No. 3 in E Minor (3:54)
04. Capriccio No. 4 in C Minor (6:54)
05. Capriccio No. 5 in A Minor (2:50)
06. Capriccio No. 6 in G Minor (7:35)
07. Capriccio No. 7 in A Minor (3:22)
08. Capriccio No. 8 in E-Flat Major (3:15)
09. Capriccio No. 9 in E Major (3:04)
10. Capriccio No. 10 in G Minor (2:22)
11. Capriccio No. 11 in C Major (4:26)
12. Capriccio No. 12 in A-Flat Major (2:35)
13. Capriccio No. 13 in B-Flat Major (2:29)
14. Capriccio No. 14 in E-Flat Major (1:00)
15. Capriccio No. 15 in E Minor (2:53)
16. Capriccio No. 16 in G Minor (1:28)
17. Capriccio No. 17 in E-Flat Major (3:28)
18. Capriccio No. 18 in C Major (2:40)
19. Capriccio No. 19 in E-Flat Major (2:44)
20. Capriccio No. 20 in D Major (3:26)
21. Capriccio No. 21 in A Major (3:22)
22. Capriccio No. 22 in F Major (2:20)
23. Capriccio No. 23 in E-Flat Minor (3:40)
24. Capriccio No. 24 in A Minor (4:18)
I have no idea on Earth how much practicing it takes to become this proficient at ANYTHING.  and on this Earth, I will NEVER know!


See you on Monday, meine Freunde!
  

Monday, February 4, 2019

Get Ready for Valentine's with MA-116 - Strange Love Tales

Yes, it's a conglomeration of songs in which the course of true love don't quite run true-to-societal norms …

Some people may say it's wrong, but other people are all for such things.  Or at least all for songs about such things.

01 - I'm in Love with My Car - Queen   1975  (3:10)

02 - TV Love - Simpletones   1981  (1:37)

03 - You Wanna Be Your Lover - Bilbo   1978  (2:40)

04 - The Girl and the Robot - Röyksopp   2009  (4:05)

05 - Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers   1958  (2:35)

06 - I Love Rock'n'Roll - Zombina and the Skeletones   2004  (1:36)

07 - Cold Ethyl - Alice Cooper   1975  (2:53)

08 - My Baby's Got a Crush on Frankenstein - Soupy Sales   1962  (1:58)

09 - Strange Love - Berlin   1982  (3:58)

10 - I Love an Ape - Alisa   1982  (1:39)

11 - Rubber Girl - The Pukka Orchestra   1984  (4:37)

12 - The Masochism Tango - Tom Lehrer   1966  (3:04)

13 - Ben - Michael Jackson   1972  (2:45)

14 - Robosexual - Sterling   1980  (2:35)

15 - Window Love - Hesitations   1982  (2:21)

16 - Animated Lover - Edge of the Wedge   1984  (3:33)

17 - My Girlfriend's Dead - Ian North   1980  (2:31)

18 - High Heel Shoes - The Moderates   1980  (3:41)

19 - I Want My Baby Back - Jimmy Cross   1965  (3:30)

20 - Marvin I Love You - Marvin the Paranoid Android   1981  (3:47)

21 - Nun - The Knobs   1984  (2:25)

22 - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go - Dick Kent   1978  (2:34)

23 - The Pimple Popping Fetish Song (or, Let Me See Your Back) - Moobie Theatre   2009  (1:39)

24 - Magazine Girl - The Rousers   1980  (2:45)

25 - Robot Man - Connie Francis   1960  (1:51)

26 - Ape Man - Zombina and the Skeletones   2002  (2:37)

27 - Love on an Eleven Year Old Level - The GTO's   1969  (1:19)

28 - Dead Girls Don't Say No - The Inspectors   1985  (3:35)


I make no comments about the subjects of these songs, except to be thankful that my love breaks no laws.

MA-116 - Strange Love Tales

Don't forget to share the love this February!   See you next Thursday.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lyrical Melodies of Japan

From the late lamented Musical heritage Society, lovely performances of "light" Japanese music.


01. Soshun-Fu, Early Spring Song (3:00)

02. Kojo No Tsuki, Moon Over the Desolate Castle (4:09)

03. Hana, Blossoms (2:28)

04. Natsu No Omoide, Memories of a Summer (3:11)

05. Machiboke, Waiting (2:41)

06. Jogashima No Ame, Rain on Jogashima (3:37)

07. Kono Michi, This Path (2:32)

08. Hamabe No Uta, On the Seashore (3:30)

09. Aka-Tombo, Red Dragonfly (3:01)

10. Chin-Chin Chidori, Plovers (3:30)

11. Chugoku-Chiho No Komori-Uta, Lullaby from the Chugoku District (4:24)

12. Pechika (4:01)


Get lyrical!

See you on Monday with a special Valentine's gift.  Awwww!
 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Ringing Clear: The Art of Handbell Ringing

This was bought as a cassette at a thrift store, issued by Musical Heritage Society.

Evidently the "Saydisc" label released the same tracks in a different order, in 1991.

The cassette release goes like this:

01 - March, Entry of the Gladiators - Sound in Brass (Fučík) (3:24)

02 - Linden Lea - Launton (Vaughan Williams) (1:44)

03 - Stephen Foster Selection - Sound in Brass (3:30)

04 - Grandfather’s Clock - Grosmont (Clay) (2:02)

05 - On Wings of Song - Sound in Brass (Mendelssohn) (4:23)

06 - Lord of the Dance - Launton (Carter) (1:47)

07 - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Sound in Brass (Debussy) (2:17)

08 - Country Gardens - Grosmont (Grainger) (1:27)

09 - The Ashgrove - Launton (Welsh traditional) (2:25)

10 - The Ragtime Dance - Sound in Brass (Joplin) (3:50)

11 - The Parade of the Tin Soldiers - Sound in brass (Jessel) (3:15)

12 - Isle of Capri - Grosmont (Grosz) (2:26)

13 - Lullaby - Launton (Brahms) (1:36)

14 - Original Rags - Sound in Brass (Joplin) (2:48)

15 - Silver Threads Among the Gold - Grosmont (Danks) (2:39)

16 - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana - Sound in Brass (Mascagni) (2:05)

17 - Bells of St Mary’s - Grosmont (Adams) (2:19)

18 - O Waly Waly - Launton (Scottish traditional) (1:34)

19 - Flow Gently Sweet Afton - Grosmont (Spillman) (1:52)

20 - The Syncopated Clock - Sound in Brass (Anderson) (2:08)

21 - O Guter Mond - Launton (German traditional) (1:52)
22 - Whistling Rufus - Sound in Brass (Mills) (2:13)

Ring It!

See you on Thursday.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ducky Conducts!

Yes, in the 1960s David McCallum indulged some musical whims by conducting music arranged by David Axelrod.
1 1-2-3 (2:12)
2 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (2:33)
3 The "In" Crowd (3:12)
4 A Taste of Honey (2:56)
5 Yesterday (2:37)
6 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:33)
7 We Gotta Get Out of This Place (2:13)
8 Downtown (2:17)
9 The Far Side of the Moon (2:30)
10 Louise (2:22)
11 Insomnia (2:16)
12 The Sugar Cane (2:21)
13 Uptight (2:44)
14 Michelle (2:32)
15 Batman Theme (2:10)
16 Call Me (2:43)
17 Isn't It Wonderful (2:31)
18 My World Is Empty Without You (2:20)
19 Five O'Clock World (2:23)
20 The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from "The Sandpiper") (2:59)
21 It Won't Be Wrong (2:05)
22 Far Away Blue (2:30)
23 The Edge (2:53)
24 Final (3:12)
01. A Man and a Woman (2:34)
02. If I Were a Carpenter (2:09)
03. Louie, Louie (3:15)
04. Love Is a Hurtin' Thing (2:21)
05. Winchester Cathedral (2:07)
06. I Can't Control Myself (3:03)
07. Who Am I? (2:40)
08. Cherish (3:47)
09. Carnegie Ball (2:03)
10. On a Weekend (1:44)
11. Alfie (2:53)
12. House of Mirrors (2:22)
13. 98-Point-6 (3:25)
14. I'm a Believer (3:23)
15. Mellow Yellow (2:36)
16. Penny Lane (3:28)
17. 59th Street Bridge Song (2:29)
18. Strawberry Fields Forever (3:05)
19. California Dreamin' (2:33)
20. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (3:39)
21. B.B. (2:56)
22. White Daisies (1:41)
23. Oh My! (2:09)

The performances are competent and up to the highest standards of what you might call "elevator music" -- orchestral arrangements of then-hep pop songs.  Not my cup o' tea, but some may like it.  Certainly a curiosity due to Mr M's affiliation with the fantastic show NCIS.

And maybe some other show too, I don't know.
  

Monday, January 21, 2019

MA-135 - One Word 80s

In my vast and purely subjective survey of pop music from the 1980s, one clump of songs leapt out at me for a simple reason:

They all have one-word titles!


01 - People - F-Systems - 1980   (3:40)

02 - Freak - Bruce Foxton - 1983   (3:23)

03 - Dance - Odd Stories - 1981   (2:22)

04 - Aggression - Secret Life - 1985   (2:48)

05 - Downstream - The Rainmakers - 1986   (3:31)

06 - Observer - The Stripes - 1980   (2:33)

07 - Vanity - Trial Offer - 1981   (2:49)

08 - Bug - Cleavers - 1980   (2:22)

09 - Mundane - The White Liberals - 1985   (3:26)

10 - Television - The Modes - 1985   (3:55)

11 - Now! - Cement Trampoline - 1989   (3:25)

12 - Amnesia - Fingerprintz - 1980   (2:44)

13 - Secrets - The Staff - 1981   (2:31)

14 - Girls - The Orchids - 1980   (3:28)

15 - Breakout - Drinking Electricity - 1982   (3:25)

16 - Radio - The Lookalikes - 1980   (3:05)

17 - Carefully - Krisma - 1983   (4:37)

18 - Sanctuary - New Musik - 1980   (4:15)

19 - Cameras - Motifs - 1982   (3:54)

20 - Voices - 17 Pygmies - 1986   (3:06)

21 - Channels - I Spy - 1982   (2:21)

22 - Intimacy - Linn Vann Hek - 1982   (4:01)

23 - Intercontinental - Afraid of Mice - 1981   (2:54)

24 - Jungle - Significant ZerØs - 1981   (3:13)


The background Wall of Words is from the October 13, 1988 Bush-Dukakis debate.

The background text for the disc art is from a Gorbachev speech on December 7, 1988.

Visit the One-Word 80s.

Those of you familiar with the 1982 film Megaforce and its slogan will find something familiar here too.

See you on Thursday, fellow mavens!