Sunday, April 23, 2017

Atkins Diet LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Chet Atkins could play the phonebook and sound great (and he probably has).
Despite the "3 Dimensions" in the title, this is a mono album and unfortunately not one of the bachelor pad/hi-fi show-off albums that would soon flood the market. At about 29 minutes it's a bit more thin (i.e., "diet") than would be nice.

Wiki notes that "The recording mixes unique arrangements of traditional tunes, pop songs and classical arrangements (hence the three dimensions of the title). Atkins stated in his 1974 autobiography that this album was the first time he strayed away from country, even though he had been fired numerous times from various radio shows for "not sounding country enough"."

Chet Atkins-Three Dimensions

RCA Victor LPM-1197 (Mono) 1955
  1. "Arkansas Traveler" (Traditional) – 2:18
  2. "Londonderry Air" (Traditional) - 3:05
  3. "Ochi Chornya (Dark Eyes)" (Traditional) – 2:41
  4. "La Golondrina" (Traditional) – 2:42
  5. "Blues in the Night" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 2:23
  6. "Tenderly" (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) – 3:20

  1. "Little Rock Getaway" (Carl Sigman, Joe Sullivan) – 2:10
  2. "Tiptoe Through the Tulips With Me" (Joe Burke, Al Dubin) – 2:18
  3. "Johan Sebastian Bach Medley" – 2:25
  4. "Intermezzo" (Robert Henning, Heinz Provost) – 2:29
  5. "Schön Rosmarin" (Fritz Kreisler) – 1:57
  6. "Minute Waltz" (Frédéric Chopin) – 1:42

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ping-----------harmonica-----------Pong



















Harmonica player Eddy Manson steps into the generally-uncrowded "Hi-Fi stereo harmonica" genre with fairly satisfying results. My google-fu fails me in narrowing down the date of this LP to anything more accurate than "early 60's."

OBIT:
Eddy Lawrence Manson, a harmonica virtuoso who composed for television and films, died on July 12 at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif. He was 77 and lived in Hollywood.
Mr. Manson began performing at 15 with Borrah Minnevitch's Harmonica Rascals. He toured with the U.S.O. in World War II and often appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the 1950's. He also performed with Mitch Miller's orchestra.
He wrote scores for such early television shows as "Armstrong Circle Theater," "Kraft Theater" and "Studio One." More recently he wrote scores for "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" and "Eye on the Sparrow." He also composed for series, including "Ben Casey" and "The Virginian."
His feature film work included writing and playing a harmonica score for the 1953 film "The Little Fugitive" as well as writing the scores for "Lovers and Lollipops" (1956) and "Three Bites of the Apple" (1967). His harmonica work was part of the music for "Coal Miner's Daughter," "The Longest Day" and "Born on the Fourth of July."
His concert works included "Fugue for Woodwinds," "Parable for 16 Horns" and "Yankee Doodle Toccata." He was also president of Eddy Manson Productions, an award-winning producer of television commercials.
Mr. Manson was widowed twice.
He is survived by a son, David, of Los Angeles, a producer and director; a sister, Lilyan Robbins, of Palm Desert, Calif., and a granddaughter.

Eddy Manson-Ping Pong Percussion and the Harmonica
 Promenade 2230


A1Wish You Were Here
A2 Slaughter On 10th Avenue Theme
A3 I Love You
A4 In The Still Of The Night
A5 Ciribiribin
A6 Jumping Jack
B1 Old Devil Moon
B2 September Song
B3 La Paloma
B4 Yellow Rose Of Texas
B5 Cheyenne
B6 Nellie Bly


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)