Thursday, October 22, 2009

Quoth the Ravenscroft, nevermore

I could listen to Thurl Ravenscroft talk 24 hours a day. If you don't know the name, you surely know the voice - "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "Frosted Flakes - They're Greeeeaaat!"

Ravenscroft has an impressive discography.

Today's selection from 1963 is Thurl giving a lesson in the basics of music and the instruments of the orchestra.

As far as I can determine, this LP hasn't been reissued on CD, which is a shame.

A Child's Introduction to Melody and the Instruments of the Orchestra 01
A Child's Introduction to Melody and the Instruments of the Orchestra 02

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

And God looked, and saw that it was g...WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS WEARING??!!

Barren Cross, Jesus metal from 1986. The sound is pretty good (I especially like some of the drum stuff) but I can't be in the same room as the cover without having to cover my eyes.

Apparently they're still around (if having a myspace page fits your definition of still around) and still wearing somewhat-matching clothing (acid-washed jeans thankfully replacing the spandex).

This is a promo 45rpm 12" single that I suppose proclaims their raison d'ĂȘtre.

Go ahead, click on the picture: view it full size. I double dog dare you.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Where The Wild Things Were

In light of the excitement over the new Spike Jonze film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are I thought that I'd dredge up a musical memory out of the 1980's - 1986 to be exact.

Sea 7 States - Where The Wild Things Are

Technical note: this is one of the few Sea 7 States recordings that I did not do. This studio time was part of the prize package from winning the Service Merchandise Battle of the Bands. I would not have chosen on my own to put chorus on my bass for this song, nor would I have made cymbal a lead instrument.