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, August 21, 2017

A New Wind - Jill Justice

In this dubbed-from-cassette album, harpist Jill Justice presents two moods, one for each side of the tape. These are her originals.

The tracks are:

Part I: Upbeat Songs for “Good Mood” Days
01. Happy Times (3:18)
02. Brand New Day (4:27)
03. Big Sky (2:42)
04. The Old Pick-Up Truck (2:19)
05. The Assembly Line (3:50)
06. The Dream Is Reality (5:44)
07. Something's on the Way (3:31)
08. Brand New Day - Reprise (3:13)

Part II: Simple Songs for Quiet Moments
09. Calm and Quiet Morning (4:55)
10. Pictures in My Heart (4:06)
11. A New Wind Is Blowing (4:14)
12. Forgiveness (4:31)
13. Come Rest (4:04)
14. New Every Morning (3:57)
15. Speak a Blessing (3:24)

In a few of the numbers, Jill sing-speaks some words of encouragement.

This is not a challenging work to listen to, but some may find it relaxing and comforting.

A New Wind

See you Thursday with another new music compilation.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

MA-85 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 17

So much musical funitude!
You might almost subtitle this "The Soundtracks Edition," because of:
  • Track3 (1972's Super Fly)
  • Track 15 (1985's Explorers)
  • Track 16 (another 1985 film)
  • Track 17 (another 1985 film)
  • Track 18 (another 1985 film)
... And by the way, you'll never convince me that Track 13 wasn't consciously imitative of Fleetwood Mac's 1979 "Tusk."

01. Run Away Child, Running Wild - The Temptations (4:36)  1969

02. Burning Bridges - The Mike Curb Congregation (2:48)  1970

03. Freddy's Dead (single version) - Curtis Mayfield (3:19)  1972

04. I Can't Stand the Rain - Ann Peebles (2:32)  1974

05. Devil Gate Drive - Suzi Quatro (3:46)  1974

06. Showstopper - Triumvirat (3:39)  1975

07. Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra (5:07)  1977

08. Zero Hour - The Plimsouls (2:31)  1980

09. Chart Buster - De Cylinders (2:20)  1980

10. Shadows of the Night - Rachel Sweet (4:01)  1981

11. Valentino's Had Enough - The Expressos (2:58)  1981

12. Valley Girl - Frank and Moon Zappa (4:53)  1982

13. I Eat Cannibals (Parts I & II) - Toto Coelo (6:48)  1983

14. My Baby's the Star of a Driver's Ed Movie - Blotto (3:34)  1983

15. All Around the World - Robert Palmer (2:18)  1985

16. The Goonies 'R' Good Enough - Cyndi Lauper (3:39)  1985

17. Weird Science (album version) - Oingo Boingo (6:06)  1985

18. Big Trouble in Little China (original version) - The Coupe De Villes (3:02)  1986

19. Punk Rock Girl - The Dead Milkmen (2:42)  1988

20. Witch in a Ditch - Erasure (3:42)  1988

21. Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell (3:21)  1991

I love hearing the last track as a sort of calming sign-off after the earlier madness.  Joni Mitchell's simple reflection is pretty different from many of her earlier intricate lyrical constructions, but simplicity is fine, on a ride home with the one you love.

Hope you find something to charm you in this mish-mash.  If so, leave a note!

See you on Monday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Smart Set!

This 1958 LP offers an astounding amount of smug, self-assured, astoundingly unimpressive-but-competent MOR music.  It was a project of Ralph Carmichael.

Carmichael was an interesting soul.  He was an arranger for Nat King Cole, among others, and the musical director for I Love Lucy for that show's final years.  He composed the scores for The Blob and 4D Man.  But besides being a music arranger, he also wrote several then-contemporary gospel songs like "He's Everything to Me" and "The Savior Is Waiting."

Still, this album is a fine compilation of aggressively non-intrusive background music.  It fits perfectly into the cultural trope "easy listening."

I hope somebody out there likes it.

The Smart Set!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ave Regina - Motets

Another fascinating example of early music which can sound remotely intellectual and passionately devoted, at the same time.

The performances on this 1977 LP will help lift you to rarefied planes of contemplation.

01. Nicolas Gombert - Ave Regina (4:16)

02. Jacob Arcadelt - O pulcherrima mulierum  (3:42)

03. Adrian Willaert - Ave Regina (3:10)

04. Jacobus Clemens non Papa - Ego flos campi (3:57)

05. Jacobus Clemens non Papa - Pastores loquebantur (4:37)

06. Adrian Willaert - In convertendo (4:25)

07. Cipriano de Rore - O altitude divitiarum (5:56)

08. Jacob Handl (Gallus) - Canite tuba in Sion (1:56)

09. Jacob Handl (Gallus) - Ave Maria (2:55)

10. Philippe de Monte - Ave Maria (2:56)

11. Philippe de Monte - O suavitas et dulcedo (5:15)

See you Monday!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Search for Utopia -- Go Ahead, I Dare You!

I found this 1988 cassette at a thrift store, and it's just as dreamy and loopy as you might expect.

If you can reach Utopia through dreaming and detachment from the world, this might help.  If, like me, you believe that "utopia" can only be achieved by involvement with, and helping, other fallible human beings, then the music might comfort you in your struggles along the way.

The tracks are:
01. The Journey (19:47)
02. Utopian Sunrise (6:17)
03. Paradise Found (16:01)

Robert Slap ‎– Search For Utopia 

The tracks are:
See you on Thursday!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Voice of Bing in the 1930's

In this 1957 LP, Der Bingle shows himself to be a crooning tenor who's not quite the Schmaltz King who became known to the Baby Boomers.

Here're the selections:

01 - Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day
02 - I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)
03 - At Your Command
04 - Now That You're Gone
05 - Dancing in the Dark
06 - Too Late
07 - Sweet and Lovely
08 - A Faded Summer Love
09 - Just One More Chance
10 - I'm Through With Love
11 - Out of Nowhere
12 - Good Night Sweetheart

Also included are the rear liner notes.

The Voice of Bing in the 1930's

Somewhat of note is the last song.  "Goodnight, Sweetheart" is a 1931 number recorded many times, appearing in several films, including 1942's The Palm Beach Story (sung by Rudy Vallee) and 1943's Stage Door Canteen.  It's also the song heard playing on the radio in Star Trek's "City on the Edge of Forever," as Kirk and Keeler pitch a little woo.

See you on Monday!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Re-Post: The King of Elfland's Daughter

I came across  a promo copy of this 1977 LP in a record shop that used to be a laundromat, on Blackwelder Ave in OKC, right across from OCU.

The art looks like Brian Froud's work, but it's by a fellow named Jimmy Cauty.  But it wasn't the cover art which grabbed me, it was the title.  You see, I'd recently read the Ballantine reprint of the wonderful novel by Lord Dunsany.

How can you go wrong with such a project, mounted by members of Steeleye Span ... with Christopher Lee as narrator and the King of Elfland, with Mary Hopkin as the Princess?

1.  The Request (3.23)
2.  Lirazel (4.11)
3.  Witch (3.35)
4.  Alveric's Journey Through Elfland (4.57)
5.  The Rune of the Elf King (3.59)
6.  The Coming of the Troll (1.53)
7.  Just Another Day of Searching (5.09)
8.  Too Much Magic (3.58)
9.  Beyond the Fields We Know (4.29) 

Here's a page from Mainly Norfolk which has more info, and the lyrics.

The King of Elfland's Daughter

See you on Thursday!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Let's Hear It for Vaudeville, Folks!

 When the time comes that you say to your friends, "Let's put on a Show!", this is the record you'll wish you had.

No, it's not somebody else's Vaudeville Show.  This is the chance for you and your friends to get up there on the stage and knock 'em dead.

 Just like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in 1939's Babes in Arms, you can do it!

And this record is all you need.

Side 1 will teach you the songs, from Opening Curtain, through love songs and dance numbers, to the big sign-off.  But, here's the kicker:

Side 2 has all the songs, in the same arrangements, but with no vocals.  That's right, you and your friends get to sing the lead!  You're putting on the show!

And it's all thanks to our friends at Hoctor, a Division of Dance Records, Inc.  The songs include:

01. Vaudeville (2:49)
02. I Never Thot (2:04)
03. Copycats (1:54)
04. Alice from Dallas (2:31)
05. Once Upon a Time (2:41)
06. Minuet Mambo (2:17)
07. We’ve Got to Go (0:56)
08. Vaudeville (Instrumental) (2:49)
09. I Never Thot (Instrumental) (2:03)
10. Copycats (Instrumental) (1:53)
11. Alice from Dallas (Instrumental) (2:31)
12. Once Upon a Time (Instrumental) (2:41)
13. Minuet Mambo (Instrumental) (2:16)
14. We’ve Got to Go (Instrumental) (0:58)

Listen and see if you don't agree that Track 3, "Copycats," is a musical "copycat" of Leroy Anderson's 1945 "The Syncopated Clock."

Let me know about your show!  See you Monday.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Times Square OST

It's like this.  I came across this record in the discount bin at Peaches Records, or maybe Sound Warehouse.  Some tracks grabbed me more than others:  "Rock Hard," "Innocent, Not Guilty."

Then I caught the movie on HBO.  Critic Roger Ebert's opinion that the flick is on the verge of greatness but never makes it -- wow, isn't that the most appropriate metaphor for teenage life, as depicted in the film?

One of the great blessings of art is when you can share the artists' reaction to their pain -- but you don't have to feel that pain yourself!  Yes, we are all psychic vampires, I guess.

Anyway, these songs are fun.  I dummied up a CD disc to emulate the LP cover.

The songs are:

01. Rock Hard - Suzi Quatro (3:19)
02. Talk of the Town - The Pretenders (3:13)
03. Same Old Scene - Roxy Music (3:54)
04. Down in the Park - Gary Numan (4:23)
05. Help Me! - Marcy Levy & Robin Gibb (3:25)
06. Life During Wartime - Talking Heads (3:36)
07. Pretty Boys - Joe Jackson (3:21)
08. Take This Town - XTC (4:06)
09. I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones (2:29)
10. Damn Dog - Robin Johnson (2:38)
11. Your Daughter Is One - Robin Johnson & Trini Alvarado (2:10)
12. Babylon's Burning - The Ruts (2:31)
13. You Can't Hurry Love - D L Byron (3:07)
14. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed (4:08)
15. The Night Was Not - Desmond Child & Rouge (3:00)
16. Innocent, Not Guilty - Garland Jeffreys (2:13)
17. Grinding Halt - The Cure (2:48)
18. Pissing in the River - Patti Smith Group (4:39)
19. Flowers in the City - David Johansen (3:04)
20. Damn Dog (Reprise) - Robin Johnson (2:51)
21. Dangerous Type - The Cars (4:19) -- Bonus Track

And here you go.

See you Thursday!