Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jamaica Bad Pun For The Title? Yes. I Did.

 

If you're coming to this album to get your Bob Marley fix I'm afraid that you will be disappointed by this 1971 album. It takes the "folk" in the title fairly seriously (except when it's going very orchestral choral).

From the back sleeve:
This is the second L.P. released by the Jamaican Folk Singers. A few favourites from their previous L.P. have been included but even these sound new as the group continues to grow in love and understanding of Jamaica's Folk Music. The Jamaican Folk Singers continue to generate interest in their country's folklore as they perform for widely differing and enthusiastic audiences at home and abroad.
 

 The Jamaican Folk Singers In A Programme Of Jamaican Folk Songs Vol 2/71 - (Humming Bird/)

 

A1 Banyan Tree
A2  Coconut Tree    
A3  Tambo    
A4  Slave Lament    
A5  John Crow    
A6  War    
A7  Missa Potta    
A8  Eva    
A9  Rocky Road    
B1  Our Father    
B2  Cock A Crow / Keyman    
B3  Rock Yu Body / Guinea War / Kumina To Kumina    
B4  Sityra    
B5  Wrong Train    
B6  Weeping Eyes

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

States and Capitals (C)rap



















Rap in the title must refer to "Repeat After Pause."
 
Three of the four of the words in the title are correct. This does in fact include "states and capitals." What it does not include is anything that could even loosely be called "rap." This is so bad that it is only able to get one star by sucking (vampire-like) multiple stars from other items in the Amazon catalog. I hope that the guy pictured on the front got paid well, because I'm certain that he never worked again once this was released.
 

Rock To Learn - States and Capital Rap

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Vinyl Frontier





















 Celebrating 50 years of Star Trek, here are the soundtracks to the pilot episode and the first aired episode.

 
Composed By – Alexander Courage
Originally released in 1985 by GNP Crescendo Records / King Records with catalog number: GNPD 8006 / K32Y-4017
All tracks recorded in 1966.

Alexander Courage-Star Trek-The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before

A1     Star Trek Theme (Main Title) 0:50
A2     Doctor Bartender 1:16
A3     Survivors 1:37
A4     Prime Specimen 3:08
A5     Bottled 1:46
A6     Probed 0:45
A7     Monster Illusion 1:13
A8     Monster Fight 1:37
A9     The Kibitzers 0:36
A10    Vena's Punishment 1:44
A11    Pike's Punishment 0:33
A12    Picnic 2:09
A13    True Love 1:17
A14    Vena's Dance 1:49
A15    Torchy Girl 0:12
B1       Under The Spell 0:26
B2       Primitive Thoughts 0:24
B3       Wrong Think 0:40
B4       To Catch A T. 1:19
B5       Going Up 1:06
B6       Max's Factor 2:04
B7       Star Trek Theme (End Title) 1:29
B8       Where No Man Has Gone Before (Main Title)  0:14
B9       Star Date 0:34
B10     Episode Titles 1:18
B11     Force Field  2:17
B12     Silvery Orbs 1:49
B13     Crippled Ship 0:53
B14     Speedy Reader 0:50
B15     Hit The Button 0:03
B16     On Delta-Vega 0:37
B17     When Your Eyes Have Turned To Silver 0:58
B18     Instant Paradise 2:50
B19     End Title And Credits 0:21
B20     Additional Credits 0:20

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Little Willie Wille Won't



















 I've neglected the blog for months now as I was signing on a radio station.
As a peace offering I submit this 5-disc Willie Nelson compilation from Reader's Digest.


Willie Nelson-His Greatest Hits and Finest Performances (Reader's Digest) 1987

Record 1 - 12 of His Greatest #1 Hits
Record 2 - Pop Classics - Willie's Way, Country Classics - Willie's Way
Record 3 - Willie Sings His Own Songs, The Romantic Side Of Willie
Record 4 - Willie's Favorite Road Songs, Willie and Old Friends
Record 5 - Live In Concert, In A Reflective Mood

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Blogmass 2016 Day 12




















Here's one of those big box sets that Reader's Digest is known for, though this one is on the smaller side, as it includes only five discs. Never-the-less, here are three-plus hours of Yuletide cheer in the form of orchestras, choruses, organs, and small vocal ensembles.

Reader's Digest Family Album of Christmas Music - Together At Christmas

White Christmas (Wally Stott, His Orchestra, and Chorus)
Medley: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Jingle Bells (James Walker, His Orchestra & Chorus)
Winter Wonderland (The John McCarthy Chorus, Reginald Dixon at Organ)
Deck the Halls (Peter Knight and His Orchestra)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (James Walker, His Orchestra and Chorus)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Peter Knight, His Orchestra and Chorus)
Bless This House (The Jack Halloran Choir and Wayne Robinson's Orchestra)
O Christmas Tree (The John McCarthy Chorus)
Gather Around the Christmas Tree (Virgil Fox, Organ; The John McCarthy Chorus)
The Holly and the Ivy (The John McCarthy Chorus)
The Heart of Christmas (Roy Edwards, Baritone; Reginald Dixon, Organ)
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (The Don Hustad Chorale; NBC Orchestra of Chicago)
O Come All Ye Faithful (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Jean Allister, Contralto)
Away in a Manger (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Jean Allister, Contralto)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Jean Allister, Contralto)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (John McCarhy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Jean Allister, Contralto)
What Child Is This (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Jean Allister, Contralto)
Joy to the World (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Jean Allister, Contralto)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Tenor)
Angels from the Realms of Glory (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Tenor)
O Holy Night (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Tenor)
The Little Drummer Boy (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Tenor)
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Tenor)
Angels We Have Heard on High (John McCarthy Chorus, Peter Knight and His Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Tenor)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (The John McCarthy Chorus, Owen Brannigan, Bass)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (The John McCarthy Chorus, Owen Brannigan, Bass)
The Coventry Carol (The John McCarthy Chorus, Owen Brannigan, Bass)
Good Christian Men Rejoice (The John McCarthy Chorus, Owen Brannigan, Bass)
I Saw Three Ships (The John McCarthy Chorus, Owen Brannigan, Bass)
Wassail Song (The John McCarthy Chorus, Owen Brannigan, Bass)
Silent Night (Virgil Fox, Organ; The John McCarthy Chorus)
The Birthday of a King (Jean Allister, Contralto; The John McCarthy Chorus)
Gesu Bambino (William Davies, Organ)
The Holy City (Jean Alilister, Contralto; William Davies, Organ; The John McCarthy Chorus)
Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod) (The Jack Halloran Choir and Wayne Robinson's Orchestra)
The Lord's Prayer (Dr. H. Vincent Mitzelfelt Chorale and Orchestra)
Sleigh Ride (Anderson)(Richard Benson and His Orchestra)
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers(Richard Benson and His Orchestra)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Richard Benson and His Orchestra)
The Sleigh Ride (Mozart)(Richard Benson and His Orchestra)
The Skater's Waltz (Richard Benson and His Orchestra)
And The Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed (The Royal Choral Society; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor)
And He Shall Purify (The Royal Choral Society; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor)
For Unto Us a Child Is Born (The Royal Choral Society; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor)
Glory to God in the Highest (The Royal Choral Society; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor)
Behold the Lamb of God (The Royal Choral Society; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor)
Hallelujah! (The Royal Choral Society; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor)
The First Noel (John McCallum, Wurlitzer Organ)
Good King Wenceslas (John McCallum, Wurlitzer Organ)
Once in Royal David's City (John McCallum, Wurlitzer Organ)
Christmas Is Coming (John McCallum, Wurlitzer Organ)
Ding Dong Merrily on High (John McCallum, Wurlitzer Organ)
Carol of the Bells (John McCallum, Wurlitzer Organ)
We Three Kings (Peter Knight and His Orchestra)
O Sanctissima (The Caroleers)
Silver Bells (Reginald Dixon, Organ)
O Come Little Children (The Caroleers)
Mary's Little Boy Chile (The Caroleers)
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (The Westminster Brass Ensemble with Organ)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Blogmass 2016 Day 11



















A glorious celebration of that traditional American holiday of. . .oh, wait, this is an album of German Christmas music (and a pretty good one it is).

From the jacket:

"The subtitle, "Christmas on the Rhine," indicates that these selections were produced and recorded in Germany, but the spirit they generate is universal.  Many of the carols, some of which are centruies old, have been internationally beloved for generations.  A few of them are identified with famous composers -- Praetorius' cherished "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" is equally popular in its English version, "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming, while "Schlafe mein Prinzchen, composed by the great Mozart, is so widely known that it is often called "Mozart's Lullaby."  Most of the melodies, however, are by less established composers, although they are no less appealing to listeners of all ages.  Simple and deeply sincere, these hymn-tunes have become part of the world's treasury of immortal folk-songs.  With two exceptions all the numbers, carrying the Yuletide message, are interpreted by a mixed chorus under the direction of the celebrated conductor, Werner Muller.  The Mozart "Lullaby" ("Wiegenlied) is rendered by The Eric Bender Children's Choir with a supporting String Quartet and Organ; "Transeamus" ("Gloria in Excelsis Deo") is an example of the fine musicianship of the Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio under the direction of Joseph Kugler.  Reverberating church bells add authenticity as well as beauty to these unusually sensitive and inspirational recordings."

 
Werner Muller Mixed Chorus and Orchestra - O Tannenbaum - Christmas On The Rhine
Decca Records. DL8388

O, Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)
Kommet, Ihr Hirten (Come Ye Shepherds)
Susser Die Glocken Nie Klingen (Sweeter the Bells Have Never Rung)
Leise Rieselt der Schnee (The Snow Falls Quietly)
Wiegenlied (Schlafe, mein Prinzchen) (Sleep Little Prince)
Vom Himmel Hoch (From Heaven Above To Earth I Come)
O, Du Frohliche, O Du Selige (O Thou Cheerful One, O Thou Holy One)
Es Ist Ein ros' Entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming)
Am Wiehnachtsbaum (By The Christmas Tree)
Alle Jahre Wieder (Again Every Year)
Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (Come Hither, Ye Children)
Transeamus (Gloria In Excelsis Deo)
Kling Glockchen (Ring, Little Bell)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Blogmass 2016 Day 10














Well, if you like boy choirs, you'll like this, as The Wiener Sängerknaben is probably the most well-known of them.


Vienna Boys Choir - Sings German Christmas Carols

A1 O Tannenbaum (The Christmas Tree)
A2 Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen Pratorius (A Rose Sprang Forth)
A3 Glocken Des Stiftis St. Floren (Bells Of St. Floren)
A4 O Du Frohliche, O Du Selige (Joyful Yuletide)
A5 O Jesulein Suss (Sweet Little Jesus)
A6 Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)
B1 Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (Come Little Children)
B2 Es Wird Schon Glei Dumpa (Soon It Will Knock)
B3 Kommet Ihr Hirten (Come You Shepherds)
B4 Still, Still (Quiet, Quiet)
B5 Es Hat Sich Halt Eroffnet (It Became Wide Open)
B6 Addeste Fideles