Monday, October 12, 2015

Folk You

A short 1965 folkie cash-in album produced for Philco* by Columbia Special Products, with some well-known artists and a few lesser-knows, including The Back Porch Majority, a sort-of farm team for the The New Christy Minstrels. Luboff (and his choir) is kind of the ringer in this set.

When We're Together...With The Folk Sound Columbia Special Products ‎– CSP 280-S

A1 The New Christy Minstrels - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine    
A2  The Brothers Four - San Francisco Bay Blues    
A3 Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man    
A4 Norman Luboff - Red River Shore    
A5 The Village Stompers - Lemon Tree    
B1 Johnny Cash - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right    
B2 The Back Porch Majority - Ol' Dan Tucker    
B3 Jimmy Dean - Shenandoah    
B4 The Banjo Barons - Yellow Rose Of Texas    
B5 Pete Seeger - This Land Is Your Land

*I don't know that it was actually the case, but I'd like to think that this album was given away with the purchase of a finely-finished hardwood Philco console stereo.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Getting in Shape

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in this early American folk singing form, initially spurred by the film Cold Mountain.

Previously I have posted my recordings of the annual singing held during Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival:


This 1978 recording strikes a nice balance between the usual sacred harp recordings: restrained studio sessions or raw live singings.

Word of Mouth Chorus - Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from  the Sacred Harp Tradition

Word of Mouth Chorus
Larry Gordon, director
Andy Christiansen, Mary Alice Copland, Mark Dannenhauer, Juanita Kyle, Cynthia Ross, treble
Mary Eldridge, Ellie Hayes, Kathy Munson, Joanne Schultz, Anne Zuckerman, alto
Peter Amidon, Heidi Broner, Fred Carlson, Trudi Cohen, Ralph Denzer, tenor
John Bell, Ron Kelly, Steven Light, Larry Gordon, bass

Recorded April and June 1978, St. Monica Church, Barre, Vt.; Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Mass.

A1     Northfield -  Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Jeremiah Ingalls 1:20
A2     Soar Away - Music By, Lyrics By [Adapted] – A. Marcus Cagle 3:00
A3     Cowper - Lyrics By – William Cowper Music By – Oliver Holden 1:43
A4     Evening Shade - Lyrics By – John Leland Music By – Anonymous 2:22
A5     Windham - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Daniel Read 2:02
A6     White - Music By – Elder Edmund Dumas     2:11
A7     Eternal Day - Lyrics By – Charles Wesley Music By – J. P. Reese 2:27
A8     Sweet Prospect - Lyrics By – Samuel Stennett Music By – William Walker 1:57
A9     North Port - Lyrics By – John Cennick Music By – R. R. Osborne 2:43
A10   Greenwich - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Daniel Read 2:20
B1     Wondrous Love - Written-By – Anonymous 1:40
B2     Peace And Joy - Lyrics By – John Bowring Music By – Paine Denson 1:56
B3     Parting Friends - Arranged By – John Gordon McCurry 2:08
B4     Weeping Mary - Arranged By – John Gordon McCurry 1:50
B5     Alabama - Written-By – Anonymous 1:21
B6     Milford - Written-By – Joseph Stephenson 1:31
B7     New Jerusalem - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Jeremiah Ingalls 1:59
B8     The Better Land - Written By – O. A. Parris 1:30
B9     Kedron - Lyrics By – Charles Wesley Music Attributed To – Elkanah Kelsey Dare 1:34
B10   Idumea - Lyrics By – Charles Wesley Music By – Ananias Davisson 2:09
B11   Morning - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Henry K. Oliver 2:06

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's Cold Out - Put on Your Wyncote

In 1964, Cameo-Parkway started Wyncote, a budget label subsidiary named for a Philadelphia suburb, to reissue their large back catalog. The product on Wyncote was very typical of budget label of the 1960s. Record jackets were inexpensively made and tended toward falling apart easily, there was [sic] no inner paper or plastic sleeves for the albums, and there were usually only nine or ten tracks on each album. Many times the artists names weren't even given. Far worse, though, was [sic] the substandard vinyl pressings which were noisy and had many bumps. The vinyl on some of the early Wyncote albums could only be described as pathetic, with blisters, peels and bumps abounding. After the first few issues, they settled down to a vinyl quality that was passable, but not much more. 

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This 1966 compilation has a nice selection of cuts that aren't endlessly recycled on other oldies compilations (or over-played on oldies radio).

A1 The Tymes - So Much In Love   
A2 Dee Dee Sharp Gamble - Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love   
A3 Chubby Checker - Birdland   
A4 The Orlons - Crossfire   
A5 Don Covay - The Froog   
B1 Chubby Checker - She Want's T' Swim   
B2 The Dovells - Bristol Stomp   
B3 Dee Dee Sharp Gamble - You'll Never Be Mine   
B4 The Dovells - Betty In Bermudas   
B5 The Orlons - Don't Throw Your Love Away

Wyncote - Dance A-Go-Go With The Stars Vol 2 (W-9121)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Insert Title That Rhymes with WIXY

Throughout the 1960s, WIXY-1260 was the dominant Top 40 station in Cleveland. WIXY'S SUPER OLDIES OF THE PAST, Vol. 1 was issued in 1967 in both mono (LP-130) and simulated stereo (LPS-130). (There was no Vol. 2.)

WIXY Super Oldie Hits of the Past Volume 1

Release dates, plus peak Billboard Hot 100 and R&B chart positions (where applicable).

Bristol Stomp - Dovells (9/61 - #2; #7)
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass (9/65 - #4; #1)
Hanky Panky - Tommy James & the Shondells (6/66 - #1; #39)
Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups (5/64 - #1; n/a)
I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four (1/66 - #9; n/a)
Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades (1/63 - #3; #7)
G.T.O. - Ronny & the Daytonas (8/64 - #4; n/a)
Runaround Sue - Dion (9/61 - #1; #4)
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las (10/64 - #1; #8)
See You in September - The Happenings (7/66 - #3; n/a)

Little Girl - Syndicate of Sound (6/66 - #6; n/a)
Will You Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles (11/60 - #1; #2)
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen (12/63 - #4; n/a)
96 Tears - ? & the Mysterians (9/66 - #1; n/a)
Runaway - Del Shannon (3/61 - #1; #3)
Liar, Liar - The Castaways (8/65 - #12; n/a)
Better Man Than I - Terry Knight & the Pack (4/66 - #125; n/a)
The Boy From New York City - The Ad Libs (1/65 - #8; #6)
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers (9/64 - #2; n/a)
Sally, Go Round the Roses - The Jaynetts (8/63 - #2; #4)

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Ides of Marches

The Goldman Band - Sousa Marches Columbia ‎– CL 6228

This mid-1950's 10" LP should get you through just about any patriotic event short of the President showing up at your house (no "Hail To The Chief"). Columbia's battle to make the 10" LP the    standard over the competing 12" LP has just about run its course by this time.

The Goldman Band, established in 1918, finally ceased operations in 2005 (primarily because of financial difficulties). This recording is lead by Richard Franko Goldman, son of founder
Edwin Franko Goldman.
  • Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Semper Fidelis
  • U.S. Field Artillery March
  • The Glory of the Yankee Navy
  • Washington Post March
  • The Thunderer
  • High School Cadets
  • El Capitan

Thursday, July 09, 2015

One (Hour) in the Chamber

Spoleto Festival USA - Chamber Music At The Dock Street Theatre 1986

Recorded by WSCI of the South Carolina Educational Radio Network, these four sides represent the short-format (one hour) presentations of the chamber music series curated by Glan Carlo Menotti, with direction from Scott Nickrenz and Paula Robison. Performers include Joshua Bell, Carter Brey, Yelim Brontman, Joseph Swenson, David Finckel, Jeffery Kahane, Douglas Boyd, Paula Robison, and Kenneth Cooper.

Side 1
Zoltan Kodaly - Duo, Op. 7

Side 2
Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Side 3
Antonin Dvorak - Dumky, Op. 90
Side 4
Wolfgang Mozart - Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Antoni Vivaldi - Concerto in D Major, RV 96

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Album Oriented Record

 Pretty ambitious set for Arista to be promoting to Album Oriented Radio in 1978. Really only successful with one of them.

Bonus points for including tracks from one of my favorite obscurities, The Strawbs.

Arista AOR Sampler 1978

A1     –Patti Smith-Because The Night 3:22
A2     –Patti Smith-Privilege (Set Me Free) 3:27
A3     –Strawbs-Joey & Me 3:52
A4     –Strawbs-I Don't Want To Talk About It 3:56
A5     –John Miles-I Have Never Been In Love Before 4:45
A6     –John Miles-No Hard Feelings 3:12
B1     –Ian Dury-Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 3:06
B2     –Ian Dury-Wake Up & Make Love To Me 4:30
B3     –Nick Lowe-I Knew The Bride 2:40
B4     –Elvis Costello-Miracle Man 3:40
B5     –Lou Reed-Gimme Some Good Times 3:15
B6     –Lou Reed-Street Hassle 4:00
C1     –Outlaws-Holiday 4:40
C2     –Outlaws-Hurry Sundown 4:21
C3     –Kevin Lamb-You're On The Wrong Track 3:37
C4     –Dickey Betts & Great Southern-Good Time Feeling 4:23
C5     –Dickey Betts & Great Southern-Atlanta's Burning Down 4:25
D1     –Loudon Wainwright III-Watch Me Rock I'm Over Thirty 2:49
D2     –Loudon Wainwright III-Natural Disaster 3:45
D3     –Jerry Garcia Band -Rubin And Cherise 5:00
D4     –Jerry Garcia Band-Gomorrah 5:07