Friday, October 30, 2015

Hey Boo

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Key To This Is. . .

This 1982 smooth jazz album has a local (to me) connection, in that it was "Recorded live at Kiaweh Island (South Carolina) on April 27, 1982" by local a Charleston pianist.There's not a lot of internet information on her, though I did locate a church bulletin from 2014 indicating that she was playing a piano prelude, so she must still be somewhat active musically.

I'm not a big fan of the genre for straight listening, but this one stays nicely mellow throughout and thus makes for pretty good falling-asleep accompaniment.

Alice Scheld - Night Bird (Looking Glass Records ‎– RA-1137)

A1     Star Eyes 3:04
A2     A Child Is Born 3:49
A3     Ruby, My Dear 3:40
A4     Nightbird 3:14
A5     Easy Living 4:34
A6     Lush Life 3:54
B1     Lady Blue 3:21
B2     In Your Own Sweet Way 3:05
B3     Don't Explain 2:02
B4     Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 3:58
B5     When The World Was Young 3:28

Monday, October 12, 2015

Folk You

A short 1965 folkie cash-in album produced for Philco* by Columbia Special Products, with some well-known artists and a few lesser-knows, including The Back Porch Majority, a sort-of farm team for the The New Christy Minstrels. Luboff (and his choir) is kind of the ringer in this set.

When We're Together...With The Folk Sound Columbia Special Products ‎– CSP 280-S

A1 The New Christy Minstrels - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine    
A2  The Brothers Four - San Francisco Bay Blues    
A3 Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man    
A4 Norman Luboff - Red River Shore    
A5 The Village Stompers - Lemon Tree    
B1 Johnny Cash - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right    
B2 The Back Porch Majority - Ol' Dan Tucker    
B3 Jimmy Dean - Shenandoah    
B4 The Banjo Barons - Yellow Rose Of Texas    
B5 Pete Seeger - This Land Is Your Land

*I don't know that it was actually the case, but I'd like to think that this album was given away with the purchase of a finely-finished hardwood Philco console stereo.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Getting in Shape

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in this early American folk singing form, initially spurred by the film Cold Mountain.

Previously I have posted my recordings of the annual singing held during Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival:


This 1978 recording strikes a nice balance between the usual sacred harp recordings: restrained studio sessions or raw live singings.

Word of Mouth Chorus - Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from  the Sacred Harp Tradition

Word of Mouth Chorus
Larry Gordon, director
Andy Christiansen, Mary Alice Copland, Mark Dannenhauer, Juanita Kyle, Cynthia Ross, treble
Mary Eldridge, Ellie Hayes, Kathy Munson, Joanne Schultz, Anne Zuckerman, alto
Peter Amidon, Heidi Broner, Fred Carlson, Trudi Cohen, Ralph Denzer, tenor
John Bell, Ron Kelly, Steven Light, Larry Gordon, bass

Recorded April and June 1978, St. Monica Church, Barre, Vt.; Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Mass.

A1     Northfield -  Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Jeremiah Ingalls 1:20
A2     Soar Away - Music By, Lyrics By [Adapted] – A. Marcus Cagle 3:00
A3     Cowper - Lyrics By – William Cowper Music By – Oliver Holden 1:43
A4     Evening Shade - Lyrics By – John Leland Music By – Anonymous 2:22
A5     Windham - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Daniel Read 2:02
A6     White - Music By – Elder Edmund Dumas     2:11
A7     Eternal Day - Lyrics By – Charles Wesley Music By – J. P. Reese 2:27
A8     Sweet Prospect - Lyrics By – Samuel Stennett Music By – William Walker 1:57
A9     North Port - Lyrics By – John Cennick Music By – R. R. Osborne 2:43
A10   Greenwich - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Daniel Read 2:20
B1     Wondrous Love - Written-By – Anonymous 1:40
B2     Peace And Joy - Lyrics By – John Bowring Music By – Paine Denson 1:56
B3     Parting Friends - Arranged By – John Gordon McCurry 2:08
B4     Weeping Mary - Arranged By – John Gordon McCurry 1:50
B5     Alabama - Written-By – Anonymous 1:21
B6     Milford - Written-By – Joseph Stephenson 1:31
B7     New Jerusalem - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Jeremiah Ingalls 1:59
B8     The Better Land - Written By – O. A. Parris 1:30
B9     Kedron - Lyrics By – Charles Wesley Music Attributed To – Elkanah Kelsey Dare 1:34
B10   Idumea - Lyrics By – Charles Wesley Music By – Ananias Davisson 2:09
B11   Morning - Lyrics By – Isaac Watts Music By – Henry K. Oliver 2:06