Monday, September 08, 2014

Gas, Grass, or Brass

Roger Louis Voisin was a French-born American classical trumpeter, most well known for his work with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops. He was also noted for his support of new works in the brass (and especially trumpet) repertoire. This is one of his earliest recordings.

Roger Voisin and His Brass Ensemble - The Modern Age of Brass
Kapp Records ‎– KL-1391 
A1     Music For Brass Instruments – Dahl   
A2     Morgenmusik – Hindemith   
B1     Brass Suite – Berezowski
B2     Quintet In B Flat – Sanders

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Imagine there's no (livin' in the) countries

Here's a leaked rough mix from the HQsIB upcoming album "Field Notes", featuring Hector Qirko, Kevin Crothers, Roger Bellow, Jack Burg, and Steve Horton.

Hector Qirko's Imaginary Band - Livin In The Country
(H Qirko, all rights reserved)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Say Goodbye to Sudetenland

From 1982, here's Germany's Hoffman performing 10 classic rock (or pop) tracks in that inimitable "non-native-English-speakers-interpreting-rock style" that we Americans tend to find so amusing.
Most of these end up Wagnerian in scope. Who knew that MacArthur Park could be even more overblown?

Well, I wrote all of that above before I bothered to google Peter Hoffmann. Turns out he was, in fact, a well-known Wagnerian operatic tenor. Also, I feel bad for mocking him, as his life didn't end well.

Peter Hofmann - Rock Classics (CBS 38451 1982)

The House Of The Rising Sun 4:04
Scarborough Fair 4:17
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore 3:39
The Long And Winding Road 4:11
Mac Arthur Park (sic) 4:59
Sailing 4:57
Yesterday 3:45
Say Goodbye To Hollywood 4:05
Nights In White Satin 5:14
Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:02

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Sure Wouldn't Pick It...

Here's another of those knock-off albums (like last weeks Tubby Chess). This one is perhaps even worse than that one. How hard is it to pull off a convincing Monster Mash Cover, really? Apparently too hard for the Peter Pan crew, who even manage to mess up the lyrics (though they get the sound effects intro correct by lifting it directly from the original recording).

Peter Pan - Monster Mash (Peter Pan Records 8126) 1977

A1 Monster Mash
A2 Purple People Eater
A3 Feet Up, Pat'Em On The Po-Po
A4 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
A5 Little Blue Man
B1 Witch Doctor
B2 Dinner With Drac
B3 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night ?
B4 Mama Look A Boo-boo
B5 Big Bad John

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Portly Tiddlywinks

 This album is an example of one of my favorite music sub-genres - the knock off album. Most (this one included) seem specifically designed to fool the less-well-informed and/or the parents of kids too young to make their own purchases. Most of the items in my collection are Beatles-related, with a smattering of other artists (The Monkees, for example). This is my first Chubby Checker fake, which is pretty funny (or ironic, or meta, or whatever the kids these days say) as the stage name Chubby Checker was itself based off of a more well-known performer (Fats Domino).

OTOH, these songs/recordings are pretty bad - the vocals, especially. Eeee-aaah, indeed.
There are also a few sax solos that indicate that someone forgot to pass the chart to the player, perhaps.

Grand Prix Series Records was Pickwick reissue label, and existed from the early to mid-1960s. Initially, Grand Prix was used to reissue most or all of the albums that had previously been released on the Bravo and International Award labels. You can get a fairly complete discography here: pickwick/grandprix.

For several years in the early '60's Pickwick employed Lou Reed as a staff songwriter for these type of albums. Sadly, this album predates his employment.

Tubby Chess and his Candy Stripe Twisters Do the Twist (1962) K-187
A1 The Twist
A2 Oh, This Is Love
A3 Swinging Papa
A4 Yes, She Knows
A5 My Baby Couldn't Dance
B1 I Need Your Love
B2 I Just Couldn't Take It
B3 Hey, Little Girl
B4 Take A Chance
B5 Loving You

Monday, August 11, 2014

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The VHS-Roys


Here's a V-Roys show from the summer of '99 taped with my old VHS-C camera. It gets off to a slow start with Motion Pictures, but ratchets up the energy quickly. I consider the 'Roys one of the best live bands ever. Too bad that they only had a few more months to exist.