Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mild Wheat Numbers in the Slightie

In 1992 WUTK-FM released a fundraising album titled "Meanwhile Somewhere in the 90's" which included 12 songs from various local artists. A 12 track album could not then (and still couldn't) represent the full breadth of the musical scene in Knoxville (especially one that didn't have any contributions from such notables as Terry Hill and Scott Miller, or which didn't have any jazz or punk). Taking things into their own hands under the guidance of John "Immature Scientist" Tilson, 17 other bands promptly popped out this cassette-only release, featuring sounds from the less-poppy more-indie end of the spectrum.

(Full disclosure - I engineered 3 or 4 of these tracks, and #14 is my band).

You can listen in two ways: via a continuous mp3 stream (just like listening to a cassette) or you can download WAVs in a zipped folder.

Special thanks to John for digging around for a few months until he found the original master cassette.

Wild Meat Slumbers in the Nightie (streaming mp3)

Wild Meat Slumbers in the Nightie (zipped WAV folder)

Sunday, April 05, 2015

I Was a Bit Waring of this Album

I'm a fan of Pennsylvanian bandleader Fred Waring and his peppy polkas and cheerful Christmas classics. This, however, is probably not something that will make its way onto my turntable again. It's an Easter pageant (or as we used to call them, a cantata) full of lugubrious music, recitations, and a soaring choir. It's well done if you like that sort of thing.

Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians - The Song of Easter

Decca ‎– DL 74511

A1 The Song Of Easter
A2 Ave Maria
A3 Holy, Holy, Holy
B1 The Holy City
B2 The Palms
B3 Before The Crucifix
B4 When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
B5 O Day Of Rest And Gladness

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jam On It Some More

Norman Granz was a notable Jazz producer whose philosophy was to get the best musicians together in a studio and let them play. Nine of his famous Jam Session LPs were recorded between 1952 and 1954. This is the fourth in the series.

Norman Granz Jam Session 4

A     Oh, Lady Be Good!     19:43
B     Blues For The Count     15:37

    Alto Saxophone – Benny Carter, Willie Smith (2)
    Bass – John Simmons
    Clarinet – Buddy DeFranco
    Drums – Buddy Rich
    Guitar – Freddie Greene*
    Piano – Count Basie
    Tenor Saxophone – Stan Getz, Wardell Gray
    Trumpet – Harry Edison

Jam Session #1 is here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jam On It

 Norman Granz was a notable Jazz producer whose philosophy was to get the best musicians together in a studio and let them play. Nine of his famous Jam Session LPs were recorded between 1952 and 1954.

Not too shabby.

Norman Granz Jam Session 1 1952

A Jam Blues 14:38
B Ballad Medley 17:21

Monday, March 09, 2015

Four score and seven inches ago

This 1960 45 came around just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Address. Walter Teas, noted MD radio voice, performs as Lincoln.

Lee Productions Presents a Dramatization of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Yes, I am somewhat amused that this was put out by "Lee Productions."

Monday, March 02, 2015

Hustle and Bustle

I have listened to this album 7 times and my pool playing hasn't improved at all. I want my money back!

Groove Sound - Learn To Hustle GS1001 (1976)

Side one has a Jeff & Jack Shelley guided tour to shaking one's booty and side two has the music in which to get out there and dance.
Learn to do the American Hustle, The Walk, Latin Hustle, Bus Stop and the Foxy Trot Hustle.

Side One
1 The American Hustle 4:25
2 The Walk 4:08
3 Latin Hustle 4:25
4 Bus Stop 3:05
5 Foxy Trot Hustle 4:29

Side Two
Dance Music
1 Once Again (American Hustle) 6:48
2 Can You Dig It (The Walk) 4:21
3 I Will Follow Him (Bus Stop) 3:31
4 Bad Situation (Foxy Hustle) (Latin Hustle) 5:02 

Monday, February 16, 2015

This Is An LP, and You're Not

Athletes want to be rappers, rappers want to be actors, actors want to be singers, singers want to be athletes.

Here's Chevy proving that he can put together (with help from Tom Scott) a competent and mildly-amusing record album.
Rappers' Plight is IMHO the highlight.
Side One
1. Nat'l Anthem
2. Short People
3. Never Never Gonna Sing For You
4. I Shot the Sheriff
5. Let It Be
Side Two
6. Love to Have My Baby
7. Sixteen Tons
8. Wild Thing
9. Rappers' Plight