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, November 27, 2014

Maxwell Davies' Vesalii Icones

From a 1970s LP (and added to by a few other short works), we have a creepy depiction of the flailing of a human body, as reinterpreted through the life of Christ.

The "Vesalii Icones" are a series of depictions of a stripped-down human body by Andreas Wessels in the 1500s.

Vesalii Icones
for Cello, Small Instrumental Group & Dancer, J. 85
1      Prima Musculorum
Tabula The Agony In The Garden 5:32
2  Secunda Musculorum
Tabula The Betrayal of Judas 2:33
3 Tertia Musculorum Tabula Christ And Pilate 2:35
4 Quarta Musculorum Tabula The Flagellation 2:04
5 Quinta Musculorum Tabula Christ Condemned To Death 3:51
6 Sexta Musculorum Tabula The Mocking of Christ 2:57
7 Septima Musculorum Tabula Christ Receives The Cross 1:58
8 Octava Musculorum Tabula St. Veronica Wipes His Face 2:52
9 Nona Musculorum Tabula Christ Prepared For Death 1:05
10 Decima Musculorum Tabula Christ Nailed To The Cross 1:58
11 Undecima Musculorum Tabula The Death Of Christ 4:42
12 Duodecima Musculorum Tabula The Descent From The Cross 2:45
13 Deceimateria Musculorum Tabula The Entombment Of Christ 3:00
14 Decimaquarta Musculorum Tabula   The Resurrection - Antichrist 1:50

The Bairns of Brugh
for instrumental ensemble,
J. 176

15 The Bairns of Brugh Runes from a Holy
Island 6:00

Runes from a
Holy Island
for instrumental ensemble, J. 148
16 Runes from a Holy Island First Movement 2:37
17 Runes from a Holy Island Second Movement 0:56
18 Runes from a Holy Island Third Movement 1:58
19 Runes from a Holy Island Fourth Movement 3:58
20 Runes from a Holy Island Fifth Movement 1:36

You can read more about the music, and the artist who inspired it, here.

Here is the Discogs page, including sleeve & disc images from the LP.

It's Track 14 that deliciously chills me the most, the concept that at the Resurrection, out pops ... the Anti-Christ!  (You've GOT to have a sense of humor here.)

Chill yourself.  Or, alternately.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Late Again! Maybe Your Feet's Too Big!

This originated with one of my mom's CDs that was cracked and incomplete, and I added more of my favorite Fats Waller songs.

01 - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
02 - Ain't Misbehavin'
03 - Your Feet's Too Big
04 - Got a Bran' New Suit
05 -  Handful of Keys
06 - I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (and My Baby's Crazy About Me)
07 - Honeysuckle Rose
08 - All That Meat and No Potatoes
09 - Spring Cleaning (Getting Ready for Love)
10 - Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
11 - Ring Dem Bells
12 - Tea for Two
13 - African Ripples
14 - I Ain't Got Nobody (and Nobody Cares for Me)
15 - You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew
16 - Medley (NBC On-Air Recording)
17 - Smashing Thirds
18 - The Joint Is Jumpin'
19 - S'posin'
20 - Carolina Shout
21 - Cash for Your Trash
22 - The Sheik of Araby
23 - Viper's Drag
24 - (Do You Intend to Put An End to) a Sweet Beginning  Like This

How can you go wrong with such a fine representation of humanity?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cashin' in on Sci-Fi Fanatics

This compilation might have originated in Europe because of the "what the heck is THAT" choices.

After all, what red-blooded American SF/F fan knows what a "Raumpatrouille Orion" is?  Sounds awful French and effete to me!

I picked this up on a table at Skaggs Albertsons as a cassette.  Original cassette liner art adapted for CD.

Along with your frogs and snails, here are the songs.

01. Vangelis - Blade Runner
02. Richard Strauss - 2001 A Space Odyssey
03. Jerry Goldsmith Alien
04. John Williams - Return of the Jedi
05. John Williams - Star Wars
06. John Williams ET
07. Les Baxter - The Black Hole
08. Wagener  Lohmer - Silent Moon
09. K Doldinger - The Neverending Story
10. Stu Phillips - Battlestar Galactica
11. P Thomas - The Noah's Ark Principle
12. P Thomas - Raumpatrouille Orion
13. John Williams - The Time Tunnel
14. Marius Constant - The Twilight Zone
15. Alexander Courage - Star Trek
16. John Williams - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
17. Leith Stevens - War of the Worlds
18. John Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark
19. Wagener  Lohmer Frost

Maybe one of you fine folks can explain why the little girl on the cover image is there in the first place.  Obviously intended to evoke Carol Anne from Poltergeist .... but there's no music from Poltergeist on the tape?!!?

Obscure, and proud of it!