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, April 17, 2017

Parlor Piano (Joe “Fingers” Carr)

This 1956 album, like other work from Joe “Fingers” Carr, is a lot of fun.

His real name was Lou Busch, and he did more than produce knuckledusters at an alarming rate.  He was also a producer and A&R man.  His musical career was interrupted by a stint in the US Army during WWII.

His song “Rollercoaster,” co-composed with Milton DeLugg, was used as the closing credits for What’s My Line?, 1950-1967.  He was the producer behind comic Allen Sherman’s hit comedy albums, including the single “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.”

Another appreciation page for Joe/Lou is Space Age Pop. 

Here are the tracks from this album:

Parlor Piano

(Capitol T698 - Released 1956 - All selections performed by Lou Busch as Joe “Fingers” Carr)

1. Moonlight Bay (Percy Wenrich/Edward

         Madden - 1912)

2. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Albert

         Von Tilzer/Jack Norworth - 1908)

3. That Old Gang of Mine (Ray

         Henderson/Mort Dixon/Billy Rose -


4. Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Leo

         Friedman/Beth Slater Whitson - 1910)

5. Smiles (J. Will Callahan/Lee S. Roberts -


6. My Wild Irish Rose (Chauncey Olcott -


7. The Gang That Sang “Heart of my

Heart” (Ben Ryan - 1926)

8. By the Light of the Silvery Moon

(Gus Edwards/Edward Madden - 1909)

9. I Love You Truly (Carrie Jacobs-Bond -


10. Moonlight and Roses (Ben Black/Neil

Moret - 1925)

11. There’s a Long, Long Trail (Alonzo

Elliot/Stoddard King - 1911)

12. Three O’Clock in the Morning

(Dorothy Terriss/Julian Robledo - 1922)

13. Shine On Harvest Moon (Nora Bayes/

Jack Norworth - 1911)

14. Home Sweet Home (John Howard

Payne - 1823)

See you next Monday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mel Brooks’ Greatest Hits: The Music of John Morris

Here’s a great album of film music by John Morris, for some great movies.

As you can tell by the cover, the release of High Anxiety in 1977 was the reason (or excuse, or prompting, etc) for this record’s existence.  Side One was music from that film, and all the other selections, on Side Two of the LP, were from other Brooks movies.

If I remember correctly, Side One clocked in at around 14 minutes, while the music on Side Two was closer to 30 minutes!

High Anxiety
1   Main Title  3:01 
2   High Anxiety  2:32 
3   Anxious Theme  2:55 
4   If You Love Me Baby, Tell Me Loud  1:33 
5   End Title  2:38 

The Producers
6   Springtime For Hitler  3:24 
7   Prisoners Of Love  2:25 

The Twelve Chairs
8   Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst  2:38 
9   Vorobyaninov’s Theme (The Walk Through Russia)  3:15 

Blazing Saddles
10   Blazing Saddles  2:20 
11   The French Mistake  0:31 
12   I’m Tired  4:36 

Young Frankenstein
13   Main Title  2:54 
14   Puttin’ On The Ritz  3:34 
Silent Movie
15   Burt Reynold’s House  2:16 
16   Silent Movie March  2:58 

Also included are the LP liner notes, retyped because the original LP scan was hard to read.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

King Size King (re-post)

Now, here’s some fun for April, or any time!

Oklahoma City’s KOKH-Fox 25 had a Fox Kids Club block on weekday afternoons in the 1990s.  The host was a big ol’ guy named Mark Barragar; his character was “Ranger Roger.”

Mark was also a Star Trek fan, appearing more than once at local conventions in full Klingon garb.  That’s the venue in which I met him.  We had many fond discussions of old monster movies and pop culture in general.

As another of his many pursuits, Mark was an Elvis tribute artist!

In the 2000s, Joyce and I saw him perform as the King several times, once at Moore’s Yellow Rose Theatre, where we bought this CD.

1) 2001 / That's Alright Mama
2)  Hound Dog
3)  Treat Me Nice
4)  Love Me
5)  Follow That Dream
6)  Viva Las Vegas
7)  In the Ghetto
8)  Wonder of You
9)  American Trilogy
10)  I Can't Stop Loving You

You can find a few more tributes here:

See you next Monday!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Racy Egyptian Music

Of course, an alternate title for this post might be (to echo the Wings song) "Spirits of Ancient Egypt."

This 1979 album  features music composed for King Tut -- actually, composed as background music for the showing of Tut's stuff in Seattle.

The pieces are:

01. The Lamentations of Isis (3:03)
02. The Land of the Blessed (6:55)
03. Hymn to Osiris (5:28)
04. The Boat of Millions of Years (4:53)
05. The Holy Lotus (3:36)
06. Funeral Procession (5:07)
07. Hymn for Sunrise (5:28)
08. The Triumph of the Deceased (5:38)

... which reminds me of a T-shirt owned by my friend Maggie Melton, in 1977.  It was purple, but otherwise similar to this one:
I bet, after you hear this evocative music, you won't sniff and say, "Tut, tut."

Nothing like oud times ....

See you next Monday!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ukrainian Songs -- Heavy-Duty Folk Music

From some time in the late 1950s or early 1960s, we have this fiery set of music presented by Eugenia Zareska.

Make no mistake.  While she looks like a demure farm maiden, this woman's vocal cords could hold you down while her tonsils stomp you to death.

01. Oy, Pid Hayem Zelenenkym (The Widow’s Love Song), Folksong (5:19)
02. Ty Skazala "Pryidy, pryidy" (“You asked me to come ...”), Humorous folksong (1:39)
03. Synia Chiechka (The Blue Flower), Popular song (2:46)
04. Chorna Kura  (The Black Hen), Folksong (2:34)
05. Oy, Nahnuvsia Dub Vysokyi (The Tall Oak Tree), Love song (4:12)
06. Duda (Bagpipe), Humorous folksong (1:52)
07. Verkhovyn, Highlander’s song (3:22)
08. Y Snylosia a Nochi Divchyni (And the girl was dreaming last night), Love song (1:46)
09. Oy, Vershe Miy, Vershe (“O, my green mountain top”), Folksong (3:25)
10. Chom-chom Ne Pryishov? (“Why, why didn’t you come?”), Folksong (1:42)
11. Vivtsi Moyi, Vivtsi, Shepherd’s song (3:56)
12. Oy, Ne Khody, Hrytsiu, Folk ballad (4:21)

And when you read the "synopses" of the songs, you will come to the conclusion that the Ukrainian folk must be pretty dam' depressed, if their folks songs are all about oak leaves making you feel "life's so distant, I'm alone."  Or when a "humorous" folk song  BEGINS with your loved one dying and leaving you his bagpipe.  Or a cheerful folk ballad in which a girl poisons her fella because he can't keep it in his pants around other farm girls.

Sheesh, guys!  Lighten up!

Now you can listen for yourself and find out why they need to get blitzed on vodka to forget their troubles.

On the bright side, the logo for Urania Records is pretty neat.
Go ahead -- I dare ya!  Let li'l ol' Eugenia charm your blues.

See you next Monday.