Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Sure Wouldn't Pick It...

Here's another of those knock-off albums (like last weeks Tubby Chess). This one is perhaps even worse than that one. How hard is it to pull off a convincing Monster Mash Cover, really? Apparently too hard for the Peter Pan crew, who even manage to mess up the lyrics (though they get the sound effects intro correct by lifting it directly from the original recording).

Peter Pan - Monster Mash (Peter Pan Records 8126) 1977

A1 Monster Mash
A2 Purple People Eater
A3 Feet Up, Pat'Em On The Po-Po
A4 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
A5 Little Blue Man
B1 Witch Doctor
B2 Dinner With Drac
B3 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night ?
B4 Mama Look A Boo-boo
B5 Big Bad John

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Portly Tiddlywinks

 This album is an example of one of my favorite music sub-genres - the knock off album. Most (this one included) seem specifically designed to fool the less-well-informed and/or the parents of kids too young to make their own purchases. Most of the items in my collection are Beatles-related, with a smattering of other artists (The Monkees, for example). This is my first Chubby Checker fake, which is pretty funny (or ironic, or meta, or whatever the kids these days say) as the stage name Chubby Checker was itself based off of a more well-known performer (Fats Domino).

OTOH, these songs/recordings are pretty bad - the vocals, especially. Eeee-aaah, indeed.
There are also a few sax solos that indicate that someone forgot to pass the chart to the player, perhaps.

Grand Prix Series Records was Pickwick reissue label, and existed from the early to mid-1960s. Initially, Grand Prix was used to reissue most or all of the albums that had previously been released on the Bravo and International Award labels. You can get a fairly complete discography here: pickwick/grandprix.

For several years in the early '60's Pickwick employed Lou Reed as a staff songwriter for these type of albums. Sadly, this album predates his employment.

Tubby Chess and his Candy Stripe Twisters Do the Twist (1962) K-187
A1 The Twist
A2 Oh, This Is Love
A3 Swinging Papa
A4 Yes, She Knows
A5 My Baby Couldn't Dance
B1 I Need Your Love
B2 I Just Couldn't Take It
B3 Hey, Little Girl
B4 Take A Chance
B5 Loving You

Monday, August 11, 2014

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The VHS-Roys


Here's a V-Roys show from the summer of '99 taped with my old VHS-C camera. It gets off to a slow start with Motion Pictures, but ratchets up the energy quickly. I consider the 'Roys one of the best live bands ever. Too bad that they only had a few more months to exist.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Pomp and (37.7") Circumference

Show business, old-school style.

This is a posthumous 1979 release that combines two 1955 and 1956 albums.

Noel Coward - The Noel Coward Album 
Columbia Masterworks ‎– MG 30088

Disc One: In New York
I Like America
Half-Caste Woman    
I Went To A Marvelous Party    
Time And Again    
Why Must The Show Go On
New York Medley: Let's Say Goodbye/Teach Me To Dance Like Grandma/We Were Dancing/Sigh No More/Zigeuner/You Were There/Nevermore/I'll See You Again/Mad Dogs And Englishmen    
What's Going To Happen To The Tots    
Sail Away    
Wait A Bit, Joe    
20th Century Blues    
I Wonder What Happened To Him    
The Party's Over Now
Disc Two: In Las Vegas
Medley: I'll See You Again/Dance, Little Lady/Poor Little Rich Girl/A Room With A View/Someday I'll Find You/I'll Follow My Secret Heart/If Love Were All/Play, Orchestra Play    
Uncle Harry    
Loch Lomond    
A Bar On The Piccola Marina    
World Weary    

Mad Dogs And Gentlemen    
Alice Is At It Again    
A Room With A View    
Let's Do it    
The Party's Over 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dancing Mary Ann's Grass Skirt is on Fire in My Dreams of the Jungle

I originally guessed that his album was something concocted especially for tourists. I guessed incorrectly. Tradition (also Tradition Records) is an American folk music label, launched originally in 1956 by Pat Clancy and his brothers Tom Clancy and Liam Clancy, with the financial support from Diane Hamilton. The label released several historic field recordings of country, folk and blues musicians, some in conjunction with archivist Alan Lomax, as well as contemporary albums. Its folk roster (The Clancy Brothers, Odetta) proved influential on the bohemian movement of the late 50s and early 60s, impacting young musicians such as Bob Dylan.

 It's available in digital formats, if you're so inclined. Here it is in its cheap vinyl original glory.

Native Steel Drum Band - A Live Recording

A1     Fire Down Below - 3:22
A2     Grass Skirt - 3:00
A3     Mary Ann - 3:45
A4     Out Of My Dreams - 1:20
A5     Spear Dance - 4:49
B1     Zulu Chant - 4:11
B2     La Paloma - 2:36
B3     Jungle - 3:07
B4     Native Mambo - 4:22
B5     Spur Dance - 3:43

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cynic Overlook

Because the name of the artists is in smallish type and in a terrible choice of colors, I initially thought that the band name was Cynic Overlook, which I thought was brilliant. It's still not a bad name for an album, though. Dick and Anne Albin were a married couple who had some minor success on the folk circuit from the late 60's through the mid 80's (at which point they divorced), including founding the Pine Mountain State Park GREAT AMERICAN DULCIMER CONVENTION and touring overseas for the Department of Defense.

This 1981 release is apparently their penultimate LP as a duo. It's humorous and well-played - definitely worth a listen.

Dick Albin (vocals, banjo, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, guitar), Anne Albin (vocals, guitar, dulcimer), Dave Beck (drums), Too Slim Fred LaBour (bass), Woody Paul (fiddle), Doyle Grisham (pedal steel), Barry King (bass/electric guitar), Mike Hutchison (piano), and Denny Inzer (bass).

Dick and Anne Albin - Cynic Overlook

1. Uncle Watt's Original Fantascinatin' Roadside Stand
2. The Rovin' Fiddler
3. Richard and Richard and John and John and Me
4. Beech Branch Run
5. Hometown
6. Customs and All That Snuff
7. Back in Frankie Avalon's Day
8. Bittersweet Woman
9. Who's That Smokin'
10. Stranger Danger
11. Back to West Virginia
12. Big Boys
13. Too Many Last Times
14. Sweet Music