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

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Smoke If Ya Got 'Em!

Custom-Pressed for Lucky Strike Cigarettes, this album was released in 1961 by Columbia Records. A 1961 advertisement in Life Magazine offers the album for "$1.00 and ten empty Lucky Strikes packs."

Surprisingly jazzy and bluesy in content.

Lucky Strike - Remember How Great

A1     –Count Basie     One O'Clock Jump 3:03
A2     –Les Brown     Sentimental Journey 3:12
A3     –André Kostelanetz     Night And Day 4:11
A4     –Mary Martin     My Heart Belongs To Daddy 2:05
A5     –Tommy Dorsey     I Dream Of You 2:44
A6     –Louis Armstrong     St. Louis Blues 3:01
B1     –Dinah Shore     Buttons And Bows 2:02
B2     –Duke Ellington     Mood Indigo 2:43
B3     –Xavier Cugat     Brazil 2:47
B4     –Cab Calloway     Blues In The Night 3:06
B5     –Eddy Duchin     Stardust 2:32
B6     –Harry James (2)     Ciribiribin 2:36

Friday, May 22, 2015

June, Moon, Spoon, Croon

 Columbia House gets into the Happy Days/American Graffiti retro 50's craze a little late (and very white bread).

Columbia House - The Fabulous 50s
Columbia Musical Treasuries ‎– P2S 5510(1977)

A1     –Four Lads, The - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)    
A2     –Dinah Shore - Dear Hearts And Gentle People    
A3     –Johnny Ray - Just Walking In The Rain    
A4     –Mitch Miller - Children's Marching Song (Nick Nack Paddy Whack)    
A5     –Doris Day - Bewitched    
A6     –Jimmy Dorsey - Johnson Rag    
A7     –Johnny Ray - Little White Cloud That Cried    
A8     –Four Lads, The - Skokiaan    
B1     –Johnny Mathis - Wonderful, Wonderful    
B2     –Paul Weston - Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)    
B3     –Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches    
B4     –Patti Page - Tennessee Waltz    
B5     –Johnny Mathis - It's Not For Me To Say    
B6     –Rosemary Clooney - Half As Much    
B7     –Les Compagnons De La Chanson - Les Trois Cloches (The Three Bells)    
C1     –Dinah Shore - Buttons And Bows    
C2     –Vic Damone - On The Street Where You Live    
C3     –Arthur Godfrey - What Is A Boy?    
C4     –Marlene Dietrich And Rosemary Clooney - Too Old To Cut The Mustard    
C5     –Stonewall Jackson - Waterloo    
C6     –Sammy Kaye - In The Mission Augustine    
C7     –Louis Armstrong - Theme From The Three Penny Opera (Mack The Knife)    
C8     –Patti Page - (How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window    
D1     –Rosemary Clooney - Come Ona My House    
D2     –Red Buttons - Strange Things Are Happening    
D3     –Fess Parker - Ballad Of Davey Crockett    
D4     –Patti Page - Mockin' Bird Hill    
D5     –Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders - Marianne    
D6     –Rosemary Clooney - Botch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami)    
D7     –Frankie Laine - High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)

Friday, May 08, 2015

Chet, One, Two, Chet

Chet has a tiny bit more accompaniment than he did on his last appearance on the blog, and it mostly works to good effect (though I could do without the vocals here and there).

Chet Atkins - And His Guitar (1961)
RCA Camden ‎– CAL 659

A1 The Bells Of St. Mary's
A2 Centipede Boogie
A3 Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
A4 Rubber Doll Rag
A5 Peek-A-Boo Moon
A6 Barber Shop Rag
B1 Kentucky Derby
B2 Mountain Melody
B3 High Rockin' Swing
B4 Dill Pickle Rag
B5 Stephen Foster Medley
B6 Walkin' On Strings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Full Chety

Way back in 2010 I posted a four song EP titled Chet Atkins Finger Style Guitar (Volume One) with the promise that I would post any further volumes if I found them. Well, I didn't find any further volumes of the EPs, but I did find the full length album that contains the EP and (presumably) the other tracks that would have made up further EP volumes (two more, if my math is correct). This album is just Chet and (sometimes) a very quiet snare drummer.

Once again I have to comment on the great cover photo with that aqua shirt and red guitar.

Chet Atkins Finger Style Guitar (RCA Victor ‎– LPM 1383) 1961

A1     Swedish Rhapsody (Hugo Alfvén) 2:30
A2     Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) (George Gershwin, Gus Kahn, Ira Gershwin) 2:45
A3     In The Mood (Andy Razaf, Joe Garland) 2:15
A4     Heartaches (Al Hoffman, John Klenner) 2:05
A5     The Glow Worm (Johnny Mercer, Paul Lincke) 2:14
A6     Dance Of The Golden Rod (Merle Travis) 1:58
B1     Petite Walz (Traditional) 2:48
B2     La Adelita (Francisco Tárrega) 1:35
B3     Gavotte In D (François-Joseph Gossec) 1:39
B4     Unchained Melody (Alex North, Hy Zaret) 2:55
B5     Waltz In A Flat (Johannes Brahms) 1:47
B6     Malaguena (Ernesto Lecuona) 2:45

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