Sunday, January 06, 2019

The 9th Day of Blogmass 2018

There are hundreds of Christmas organ and chimes LPs. This is one of them.

Van Talbert and Joseph Smith-Christmas Organ and Chimes International Award Series – AKS-X4

A1 Oh Come All Ye Faithful
A2 We Three Kings
A3 Oh Holy Night
A4 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
A5 Deck The Halls
A6 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
A7 Joy To The World
B1 Silent Night
B2 What Child Is This
B3 Away In A Manger
B4 O Little Town Of Bethlehem
B5 Good King Wenceslas
B6 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
B7 O Tannenbaum
B8 The First Noel

* Carillon – Joseph Smith
* Organ – Van Talbert

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Eddie Nash, One Man Band

Based on the picture and description you may be thinking that this is some sort of kitschy novelty recording.

You'd be absolutely right.

I get it: scheduling and rehearsing a band can be tough. Still, just hire a drummer and a piano player, because while live it's probably an impressive feat (ahem) to sort of half/roughly play "10" instruments yourself, on record  "knee piano", "big toe bass", and "heel steel" just don't cut it.

It's too bad, because Eddie has a roughly-appealing country voice.

He probably should have credited Merle and Don, though.

Eddie Nash- Just One Time.Mama Tried

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Lone Bellow on the Air

No, not that band, the classic country/folk/jazz musician Roger Bellow of Charleston, SC. Steeped in tradition but far from stale, Roger may be our town’s most authentic country artist. A recipient of the S.C. Folk Heritage Award, Bellow is equally at ease leading his Texas-style Western swing group, the Drifting Troubadours, as he is teaching Spanish to local students through classic Mexican folk songs. For the past two years he hosted the Vintage Country show on the now-sadly quiet WYLA-FM. In the 1990s Roger hosted the show from the bridge of the aircraft carrier Yorktown anchored in the Charleston harbor over the airwaves of the SC ETV Radio network and local affiliate WCSI-FM.

Recently a fan-made recording of one of his broadcasts has come to light.

Presented here is a recording of the 4-3-97 show featuring Webb Pierce.

Vintage Country - 4-3-97

Not Fake News, Reel News

Just unearthed this multiple-mixdown reel from Sea 7 States recording sessions at Underground Studios in Maryville, TN. These sessions were part of a prize package for winning a local round of a national battle of the bands (some audio gear was also part of the prize package).

The first three tracks (see tape label) are the "official" mixes as approved by the band. Following those are two experiments in bad mixing conducted by Kevin and Brett (I'm hoping that we didn't have to pay for this time). The final three tracks are mixes by the house engineer that the band rejected.

The sound on these recordings is a little weird - the drums are strangely thin and for some reason there is chorus on the bass (not an aesthetic choice that I normally would have made - at least not on all three tracks).

Sea 7 States-Underground Sessions

Monday, December 31, 2018

The 8th Day of Blogmass 2018

It's a mellow mood at Christmas in 1969
Capitol Records– SPC-3462

01 Jan 1969
A1–Wayne Newton The Little Drummer Boy 3:27
A2–Dean Martin White Christmas 2:28
A3–Sandler & Young O Holy Night 2:11
A4–Al Martino What Child Is This 2:05
A5–Nat King Cole Mrs. Santa Claus 2:06
B1–The Hollyridge Strings Jingle Bells 2:47
B2–Roger Wagner Chorale Adeste Fideles 2:35
B3–Ella Fitzgerald It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 3:17
B4–Guy Lombardo Silent Night 3:20

Friday, December 28, 2018

The 7th Day of Blogmass 2018

Sophisticated a capella arrangements of holiday tunes that show debts to the Lettermen, Beach Boys, and of course the Hi-Los.

The Singers Unlimited was a four-part jazz vocal group formed in 1971 by Gene Puerling. The group included Len Dresslar (better known as the Jolly Green Giant in General Mills commercials), Bonnie Herman, Don Shelton, and Puerling himself.
Gene Puerling and Don Shelton had formed part of Puerling's successful all-male vocal group, The Hi-Lo's, some years previously, though Shelton was a 1959 replacement for original Hi-Lo's Member Bob Strasen. The Singers Unlimited group were originally formed to record for commercials in the USA, but as time passed, they were persuaded to enter the recording studio to record a series of albums. On the recommendation of pianist Oscar Peterson (who was also signed to the label at the time), they gained a contract with German label MPS. They recorded two albums in 1971, the first a cappella, the second, In Tune with Peterson's then-current trio.
The group produced 15 albums, of which arguably the most well-known is their Christmas album (which was actually recorded before the group's association with MPS.) All of the 14 albums they recorded specifically for MPS (between the years 1971-1982) are collected in the 7-CD box set entitled Magic Voices.
Puerling's Singers Unlimited arrangements earned him the reputation as one of the best vocal writers in the world. Members of the renowned jazz-gospel vocal group Take 6 often give credit to Puerling and the Singers Unlimited as innovators in the a cappella world, claiming that they "went to school" on Puerling's arrangements.
Puerling took advantage of cutting-edge multi tracking techniques of German studio engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer to create his advanced harmonic concepts and the group's signature sound. In the overdubbing process, baritone Puerling and tenor Shelton would often add two additional middle parts, after which all parts were "doubled" and "tripled." Creating these extra tracks created the fuller, richer sound of the group's recordings, and is now a common recording practice.
The group would record their songs by having Bonnie Herman record a simplified version of the melody, after which, Len, Gene, and Don would fill in the remaining parts. Once this process had been completed, Bonnie Herman's original melodic line would be replaced with a new one in which she could add melodic embellishments and add "color" to the groups sound.
Bass singer Len Dresslar (1924–2005) was known as the voice of the Jolly Green Giant ("Ho, Ho, Ho!") for over 40 years, as well as the voice behind countless other jingles from Chicago. He had also been the President of the Chicago branch of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for several years in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Bonnie Herman was the singer of the original "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There" commercial jingle, which ran for several years. She is the daughter of Lawrence Welk original Champagne Lady Lois Best, and Jules Herman, who was a trumpet player in the Welk orchestra. She is the niece of big band leader Woody Herman.

The Singers Unlimited-Christmas 1972

1 Deck The Halls 2:45
2 Ah Bleak & Chill The Wintry Wind 2:14
3 Bright, Bright The Holly Berries 1:19
4 Jesu Parvule 1:13
5 Caroling, Caroling 1:14
6 What Are The Signs 1:33
7 Nigh Bethlehem 1:45
8 While Be My Sheep 1:29
9 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 2:29
10 Silent Night 3:31
11 Joy To The World 1:21
12 Wassail Song 1:14
13 Carol Of The Russian Children 1:23
14 Good King Wenceslas 1:58
15 Coventry Carol 2:14
16 Oh Come All Ye Faithful 3:01
17 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2:19

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The 6th Day of Blogmass 2018

A three disc set. Columbia Musical Treasuries ‎– P3S 5474

Baxter and his orchestra and chorus spent a lot of the 60s and 70s recording generic easy-listening versions of the hits, though of a fairly high quality. Imagine that you are in a department store in the Christmas season in 1972.

Terry Baxter and His Orchestra-The Joyous Sounds of Christmas

A1We Wish You A Merry Christmas
A2Carol Of The Bells
A3Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly
A4Here We Come A-Caroling
A5Sleigh Ride
A6We'll Dress The House
A7Hallelujah (From Handel’s Messiah)
B1God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
B2Jingle Bells
B3Angels We Have Heard On High
B4Glory To God In The Highest (Pergolisi)
B5Silent Night, Holy Night
B6The Wassail Song
B7The First Noel
C1Good King Wenceslas
C2White Christmas
C3The Little Drummer Boy
C4The Twelve Days Of Christmas
C5O Tannenbaum
C6Love Is The Meaning Of Christmas
C7Away In A Manger
D1Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
D2Ave Maria (Schubert)
D3Peter And The Wolf
D4Joy To The World
D5O Come, All Ye Faithful
D6Sleepers Awake! (Bach)
D7We Three Kings Of Orient Are
E1Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
E2I'll Be Home For Christmas
E3O Little Town Of Bethlehem
E4I Saw Three Ships
E5All On A Christmas Morning
E6Do You Hear What I Hear?
E7All Through The Night
F1O Holy Night
F2The Nutcracker Suite
F3Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
F4Silver Bells
F5The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
F6Come Dear Children
F7Hark! The Herald Angels Sing