Monday, April 29, 2013

Eu não falo português

I don't speak Portuguese, so this doesn't make a bit of sense to me, but it's nice listening, anyway.
The artwork is what attracted me to this disc.

Modern Portuguese Poetry: Read by Dr. José Rodrigues Miguéis

FW09915 / FL 9915

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Little More Conversation, a Little Less Action

I had high hopes for this LP when I picked it up - I hoped that it would be one of those open-ended radio interviews that come with a script of questions for the local DJ to ask, with pre-recorded answers from the band on the disc, allowing an "exclusive" interview to be edited together by the local production team. I planned to make up my own questions, hopefully in a way that made the answers given by the band humorous, or at least dada-esque. Oh well, it turns out that it's just a standard interview. The guys do sound reasonably intelligent and interesting, so there is that.

A Conversation With Queensryche

Friday, April 19, 2013

It Hurts Me To Say This...

I grew up hearing a lot of Al Hirt. My grandparents had a couple of albums when I was little, and later, as a trumpet player, I checked out a lot of his material.

This is one of those albums that (in my head) I justify with the thought that he had to be recording it to make the record company happy (read: sell some discs to middle America*) so he could also make the New Orleans jazz-influenced discs that are the better side of his recording career. This album is schmaltz personified.

*It worked, to a certain extent - the album reached #39 in 1966 on the Billboard album charts.

 Al Hirt -They're Playing Our Song

  1. "I Had the Craziest Dream" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
  2. "Paper Doll" (Johnny S. Black)
  3. "You'll Never Know" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
  4. "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
  5. "The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" (Georges Auric, William Engvick)
  6. "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer)
  7. "There! I've Said It Again" (Redd Evans, David Mann)
  8. "I've Heard That Song Before" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
  9. "I'll Get By " (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)
  10. "Deep Purple" (Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
  11. "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (Louiguy, Jacques Larue, Mack David)
  12. "I'll Be Seeing You" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Picking Back Up Where We Left Off

Things have been a little slow 'round these parts for a while. Time to ease back into the swing of things.

A pretty good selection of pickers on this obscure little LP.
A1 Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs    Salty Dog Blues 2:28
A2 Stanley Brothers, The   Blue Moon Of Kentucky 2:17
A3 Carl Story   Banjolina 1:58
A4 Denver Duke, Jeffery Null   All Washed Up With You 2:05
A5 Carl Story   Banjo On The Mountain 1:52
B1 Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs    Foggy Mountain Breakdown 2:38
B2 Stanley Brothers, The    Tragic Love 2:26
B3 Carl Story   Fire On The Banjo 2:08
B4 Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs   Caroline 2:34