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

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kihn You Believe It?

For a while in the late 70's/early 80's Greg Kihn seemed like he might be one of the saviors of powerpop. It didn't quite work out that way, but this is still a fairly interesting interview from 1985.
(He's also a better-than-average novelist, and apparently a pretty decent person, as well).

[Is that Andy Griffith doing the AT&T commercial?]

Much like the Beach Boys version of this show previously posted, this disc came into my possession during my brief early 90's sales gig at Blount County's 1470 WMDR-AM, which was at that time running an easy listening format but which had previously been top-40 as "The Music Doctor". The top-40 format had replaced an earlier easy listening format when the station dropped its original call letters of WEAG (on which we listened to the Jerry Collins Show every morning on the way to school in the 70's in my Dad's '72 Impala with the one oval speaker in the dash).
Greg Kihn - The Hot Ones 3-25-85

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Over Hill and Vale

Whiter than white, Jerry Vale covers Bobby Sherman's "Seattle" and makes Bobby sound like James Brown. And what's with that kinda creepy title?

(This is a vinyl rip, but I liked the 8-track pic so I used it instead.)

Jerry Vale - Where's The Playground Susie? Columbia ‎– CS 9838  1969

A1     Traces    
A2     Seattle    
A3     Where's The Playground Susie?    
A4     Galveston    
A5     Let It Be Me    
A6     Goodnight My Love    
B1     Happy Heart    
B2     My Way    
B3     The Way It Used To Be    
B4     You Gave Me A Mountain    
B5     To Know You Is To Love You