Thursday, November 28, 2013

This One Time At Band Camp

So, I guess technically this is both my first "band" and first "record." This is the combined 8th and 9th grade players of Maryville (TN) Junior High School, under the direction of Clyde Lee Huffaker. I don't have any specific memories of any special recording session for this, but I seem to remember that Lee normally had mics hanging above the stage (which served as the band room when the semi-rigid walls were closed) so this may just be the result of recordings that he made. There are no liner notes to give any hints - just a list of the players by section. I don't know if this was a one-time event, or if other years produced other records.

MJHS Concert Band - 1976

Suite Concertante - Nelhybel
Now Let Every Tongue Adore - Bach/arr. Talmage
Highlights From Fiddler On The Roof - Brock/arr. Warrington
Flourish For Wind Band - Williams

Andante e Presto - Forsblad
Prelude To Act 1 of La Traviata - Verdi/Arr. Falcone
Brian's Song - Legrand/arr. Bullock
Olivia Newton-John Medley - arr. Nowak
Brighton Beach March - Latham

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Don't Provoke The Drummer

In my book, there is no better record label than Command. The consistency of product and sound hits me right in one of my sweet spots. This album is no exception. It comes complete with Enoch Light and his crew of studio staples, including guitarist Tony Mottola, the usual gate-fold packaging, Bauhaus cover art, ping-ponging bongos, and extensive liner notes discussing recording techniques and specific notes for each song.

Enoch Light and the Light Brigade - Provocative Percussion Volume 2

A1 Hernando's Hideaway                           (J. Ross, R. Adler)                                                  3:05    
A2 Speak To Me Of Love - Cha Cha         (B. Sievier, J. Lenoir)                                             2:50    
A3 Matilda                                                 (N. Span)                                                                 2:41
A4 Good Night Sweetheart - Cha Cha       (J. Campbell, R. Noble, R. Connolly, R. Vallee)    2:41    
A5 What Is This Thing Called Love          (C. Porter)                                                               2:42    
A6 Lady Is A Tramp                                  (R. Rodgers - L. Hart)                                             3:24    
B1 Speak Low                                            (K. Weill, O. Nash)                                                 2:51    
B2 I've Got The Right To Sing The Blues (H. Arlen, T. Koehler)                                             2:54    
B3 Mack The Knife                                    (K. Weill, M. Blitzstein)                                         3:20    
B4 Temptation                                             (A. Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)                              2:42    
B5 The Natives Are Restless Tonight         (E. Light, L. Davies)                                              2:43    
B6 Foggy Day Cha Cha                              (Geo. & Ira Gershwin)                                           2:56    

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ask What You Can Do For Your Blog


The second of the Kennedy memorial albums, with some of the same material. This one sold one million copies in its first six days at 99 cents per copy.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - The Presidential Years 1960-1963

A1 Pre-Election — November 6, 1960
A2 Election Eve — November 8, 1960
A3 Oath Of Office — January 20, 1961
A4 Inaugural — January 20, 1961
A5 State Of The Union Message — January 31, 1961
A6 Peace Corps — March 2, 1962
A7 U.N. Address — September 26, 1961
A8 Berlin Wall — June 26, 1963
A9 Nuclear Test — July 15, 1963
B1 Alliance For Progress — August 6, 1961
B2 On Cuba — October 23, 1962
B3 On Labor — September 3, 1962
B4 Birmingham Segregation — May 13, 1963
B5 U.S. Steel — April 12, 1962
B6 Houston — November 21, 1963
B7 Dallas — November 22, 1963
In Memoriam
B8 President Johnson's Tribute At Andrews Air Force Base — November 22, 1963

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ask Not What Your Blog Can Do For You

Jumping right on the 50th anniversary bandwagon, here's an album of JFK's best oratorical moments.

On December 12, 1963 this vinyl LP set a record for album sales. A total of 4 million copies sold in the first six days of its release.The album, released on the Premier label, included recordings of some of Kennedy's most memorable speeches, as well as memorial tributes to the president broadcast in the aftermath of his assassination on November 22, 1963. The recordings included excerpts from his inaugural address and his campaign debates with Richard Nixon as well as highlights from speeches on a variety of topics from civil rights to space to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Some of Kennedy's most enduring quotes were captured on the album including "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" (from his inaugural) and "ich bin ein Berliner" (translated as "I too, am a Berliner") from a speech he delivered at the Berlin Wall during the height of the Cold War. Each copy of the album cost 99 cents and the proceeds went to the Joseph Kennedy, Jr., Foundation for Mental Retardation.

A1 Pre-Election Speech Of Senator Kennedy
A2 Oath Of Office For Presidency By J.F.K.
A3 Inaugural Address By J.F.K.
A4 Presidential Press Conference
A5 J.F.K. Speech On Space Flight
A6 J.F.K. Speech On Cuban Crisis.
B1 J.F.K. Speech In Houston, Texas
B2 Newscast Of Assassination
B3 Eyewitness Account Of Assassination
B4 Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
B5 Senator Barry Goldwater
B6 General Dwight D. Eisenhower
B7 Prime Minister Sir Alec Home
B8 His Holiness Pope Paul VI
B9 President Lyndon B. Johnson
B10 Eulogy - Taps