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, February 29, 2016

Happy Birthday, Superman! -- Herbie Mann's "Super Mann"

From 1978, it's disco-funk with a Kryptonian flair . . .

And the selections are ...

1   Superman    5:32 
2   Etagui  5:13
3   Jisco Dazz    5:01
4   Rock Freak    6:08
5   Stomp Your Feet  4:23
6 Body Oil 5:32
7 Django 5:30

So, groove on down to Superman's Birthday Party, in style!

Herbie Mann -- Super Mann

See you Thursday, Super-Friends!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Golden Age of Silent Movies -- Re-Post

"At the mighty Wurlitzer!"  Sounds like they brought the heavy guns out on this one, boys!

There's a fine array of heart-rending pathos, organ sound effects, and thundering emotion on tap!  There are some notes on the selections at the album's Discogs page.

01 - The Perfect Song
02 - The Merry Widow Waltz
03 - Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time
04 - Old Ironsides
05 - Charmaine
06 - Little Mother
07 - Wonderful One
08 - Diane
09 - Angela Mia
10 - Estrellita
11 - Westward Ho!
12 - Marie
13 - Ramona
14 - The Big Chase

This 1962 album got a four-star rating in Billboard's January 12, 1963 issue.

Cue the twittering birds.

See you Monday!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pass the Ketchup Ice Cream While I Listen to This Honky Tonk Hootenanny

It transpires that in the world of the late 1950s, "Big" Tiny Little was a big shot in the world of Lawrence Welk fans.  I had never heard of him until I saw this LP a couple of weeks ago and was charmed by its wanting-to-be-hep vibe.  It's similar to the effect of watching 1960s movies that have scenes set in a "teen discotheque."  Said club is usually populated by actors much too old to portray "teens" and they are dressed in buttoned suits.  The women have full makeup and heels. The music playing is some sixty-year-old studio executive's idea of "young people" music.  If you were ever a part of the actual demographic that is being portrayed, you cringe.

In the same way, the people behind this record used a lot of actual talent and craft to put together a "honky tonk" performer with some "folk songs."  Released around 1963, this odd combination of musical styles is the equivalent of the church social director throwing an ice cream social, trying to get the grumpy grandpa together with those darn kids who hot-rod down the street at the ungodly hour of 9PM.

Right after I finish my mug of jalapeno root bear and polish off my plate of charcoal whipped cream, I'll tell you how it came out [sarcasm mode].

01. Hootenanny (1:47)
02. Way Down in the Valley (1:57)
03. Tom Dooley (1:52)
04. Green, Green (2:16)
05. Tom Cat (2:03)
06. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport (2:45)
07. Saturday Night (2:34)
08. Walk Right In (2:23)
09. Good Old Mountain Dew (2:10)
10. Green Back Dollar (2:18)
11. Hootenanny Granny (2:15)
12. Long John Done Gone (2:22)

Also included are the liner notes, a jolly attempt to mash up the worlds of antiquated hearing aids and youth-inspired protest songs.  A taste: 

"TOM DOOLEY has every reason to lift his head when Tiny adds that unique tempo to the music."


You have been warned!  Honky Tonk Hootenanny


Thursday, February 18, 2016

1960s Covers of Spy & Action Tunes

Arrangements  by this group appeared on two LPs, with several duplications.  This CD assemblage features both LP covers.

Thunderball is the one I first came across.  You could tell that the blond guy was supposed to represent Illya Kuryakin.  The frogman might have been supposed to stand for the SCUBA scenes in Thunderball.  Note that the bombs on the floor are labeled S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and T.H.R.U.S.H.  The arrangements are hep-cat, establishment-versions-of-cool, with little attempt to imitate the sound of originals ot Small or big screen.

A few years later I came across the second LP, Mission: Impossible & Other Action Themes.  When I played it, some of the tracks were identical.  This led me to the inescapable conclusion that "The Jazz All-Stars" and "The Secret Agents" must be the same guys.  They must be a bunch of studio musicians assembled to make bucks recording some cover themes and banging out some "originals."

The players took different names for their "group," so that some of the same songs could appear on both LPs.

This assemblage contains the entire Thunderball LP, and the tracks from the Mission: Impossible LP that aren't duplications:

1  - Thunderball
2  -  From Russia With Love
3  -  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
4  -  Win, Lose or Spy
5  -  Under Cover Agent Theme
6  -  I Spy
7  -  Ipcress File Theme
8  -  Theme from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
9 - The Saboteur
10 - Majorca Express

(as “The Secret Agents”)

11 - Mission Impossible
12 - Theme from Star Trek
13 - Theme from Mannix

Come to the cover side!

See you Monday.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Wind Spirit, Carry Me Away!

Another pleasant, meandering romp through somebody's idea of deep consciousness.

I found this 1988 cassette GUESS WHERE? -- That's right.  Aren't thrift stores wonderful?  These are the tracks:

01. Isle of Glas (7:04)
02. Full Moon in September (4:48)
03. Wind on the Desert (6:52)
04. Child of the Wind (4:17)
05. Sedona First Snow (6:33)
06. Westfork (4:49)
07. Crestone Moon (6:29)
08. Remember (4:24)

This music of the category I call "enjoyable noodling."  It doesn't necessarily have anyplace in particular to go, but you enjoy wandering along with it. 

See you Thursday.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

There's Something Going On Out There + Space Movies Spectacular!

I found this 1982 release in a Kmart bin in the mid-1980s.  The performances are by different artists.

Look Out!
* * * * *
My copy of this cassette probably came from Skaggs Albertsons in the early 1980s.  Contents:

01 - ET Main Theme
02 - Star Trek Theme
03 - Superman Theme
04 - Planet of the Apes Theme
05 - Battle of the Planets
06 - Theme “2001”- Also Sprach Zarathustra
07 - Close Encounters
08 - Tron Theme and Actions
09 -  Star Wars End Title


  See you Monday.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Re-Post: Fats Waller Collection

Here's another artist whose insouciance asnd artistry appeal to me alike.

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 many times have I parroted "You feet's too big", or "and no potatoes"?  Too many!

“If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it.”

See you Thursday.