Sunday, June 30, 2013

It Slices! It Dices! It Chops! It's The...

Everything Tool at the Cityside Cafe, Knoxville, TN 5-14-88

This is a "remix" of a cassette that (presumably) I recorded - one channel was straight from the board, and the second channel was a room mic. As is usual for a small club, the direct signal is heavy on vocals, since the amps and drums were likely only slightly in the PA. I tweaked it just a bit with some EQ and limiting (and some cassette hiss noise reduction). There are a couple of channel dropouts on the first song.

It sounds best loud.

Assuming that the band lineup was always the same, this is Dave Rhoden, Matt Rhoden, Sam Powers, and Scott Davis.

Everything Tool[s]...shows were celebratory free-for-alls of beer swilling and rabble rousing. - Rick Greene, UT Daily Beacon

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let Me Be Frank...



Frank Knight (born Frank Dale Leber in 1935) served for 29 years as a newsman at KCBS Newsradio 740, and was an original member of the anchor team when the station switched to all-news in 1968.

An avid collector of radio memorabilia, Frank was widely considered to be a leading expert on classic radio programs, as well as a devoted motion picture enthusiast.

The Longines Symphonette was a pre-recorded classical music program broadcast nightly on many Mutual Broadcasting System stations from 1943 to 1949. It then moved to CBS where it was heard Sundays at 2pm from 1949 to 1957. The initial conductor was Macklin Marrow, followed for most of the run by Michel Piastro, one-time concert master of the New York Philharmonic.

Frank Knight was the program's announcer. The introductory theme was the final movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. The series was sponsored by the Longines watch company.

Knight passed away on October 15, 2007.

On this two-disc set he reminisces about and introduces clips from radio broadcasting of the 30's and 40's.

Frank Knight ‎– I Remember Radio - Longines Symphonette Society ‎– LW 215

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chet Atkins Diet? I'm In!

 Alternate cover:

Here's a great little album from the legendary picker Chet Atkins. The great cover art was actually the winner of a "submit your art for an album cover" contest held by the record label: A.M. Baunach, First Prize Winner RCA Victor Canon Camera Album Cover Photo Contest. This LP was reissued on CD in 2007 with a large number of bonus tracks from the same era. You need it.

Chet Atkins - guitar
Ray Edenton - rhythm guitar
Bob Moore - bass
Buddy Harman - drums
Floyd Cramer - piano
The Anita Kerr Singers - vocals

Chet Atkins - Hi Fi in Focus RCA Victor LPM-1577 (Mono)1957

Side one
  1. "El Cumbanchero" (Rafael Hernández) – 2:01
  2. "Ain't Misbehavin''" (Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 2:17
  3. "Shadow Waltz" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 2:23
  4. "Anna (El Negro Zumbon)" (Roman Vatro, Franco Giordano) – 2:02
  5. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) – 2:18
  6. "Portuguese Washerwoman" (R. Lucchesi, A. Popp) – 2:05
Side two
  1. "Tiger Rag" (Harry DaCosta, Eddie Edwards, Nick LaRocca) – 1:49
  2. "Walk, Don't Run" (Johnny Smith) – 2:22
  3. "Tara's Theme" (David, Max Steiner) – 2:24
  4. "Johnson Rag" (Guy Hall, Henry Kleinkauf, Jack Lawrence) – 2:07
  5. "Lullaby of the Leaves" (Bernice Petkere, Joe Young) – 2:37
  6. "Bouree" (Bach) – 1:28
  7. "Avorada" (Traditional) – 1:30

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Carving Up The Soundstage

This 1980 demonstration record for a Carver Sonic Hologram pre-amplifier from Carver Electronics Corporation is fairly useless, I suppose, without the actual piece of hardware that it was meant to promote, but some of the tests on side one are still useful for general hi-fi setup. I expect the conversion to mp3 totally ruins the Sonic Hologram (TM) properties, though.

These devices were designed to expand the soundstage beyond the boundaries of the two stereo speakers without going to a quad system (which was pretty much dead by 1980). Most online discussion recommends them for headphone use, as opposed to speaker use.

Carver Electronics Corporation ‎– Sonic Hologram (TM) Demonstration - Calibration - Test Record C-4000
A1 Introduction
A2 Loud Speaker Phasing
A3 Internal Cartridge Phasing And Frequency Response
A4 Cartridge Absolute Phase And Electrical Balance
A5 Autocorrelator Adjustment
A6 Peak Unlimiter Adjustment
A7 Time Delay And Echo Density
A8 Trim Control
A9 Introduction To Side Two
B1 Sonic Holography (TM)
B2 Music
B3 Holography Encoded Music

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Hirt Me Baby, One More Time

We've previously discussed the two sides of Al Hirt's career - commercialism vs. art - and thankfully this 1961 album falls more in the second category, as it follows his initial Dixieland period (some of those roots show here) and precedes his big commercial success, so the "follow up the hit" pressure doesn't exist.

Al Hirt - The Greatest Horn in the World
A1 Stompin' At The Savoy 2:36
A2 Begin The Beguine 2:29
A3 Let's Do It 2:33
A4 Sweet Sue Just You 2:41
A5 Undecided 2:17
A6 I'm On My Way 2:30
B1 Out Of Nowhere 2:20
B2 Georgia On My Mind 2:32
B3 Stella By Starlight 2:57
B4 Willow Weep For Me 2:45
B5 What's New 2:49
B6 To Ava 3:20