Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Doonesbury's Jimmy Thudpucker: Greatest Hits


From superstar Jimmy Thudpucker (a.k.a. James "Jimmy" Brewer) comes this album on John Denver's Windsong label which existed entirely to support the proposition that the character Jimmy Thudpucker, featured in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury comic in the 1970s, was a real person. Of course it was a put-on, but the songwriting and production values were not. For more background on this trompe l'oreille slab of soft rock, see Martin Schneider's great post on the Dangerous Minds blog. Meanwhile here's a fresh scan of the LP, the inner sleeve, and the 8-page comics booklet included inside each copy.

You Can't Fight It
Take Your Life
I Don't Know My Love
Stop
Indian Brown
Where Can I Go
I Do Believe
Fretman Sam
Ginny's Song
So Long / Overture '73

Album audio & artwork

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: Decca singles 1965-1967



Here are four of the five singles that Peter Cook & Dudley Moore released on Decca between 1965 and 1967 (I've omitted the Bedazzled-era single featuring "Bedazzled" and "Love Me", since those songs are available on the 2010 Dudley Moore CD Bedazzled Revisited on the 101 Distribution label, which is a thing you should get because it is awesome).

Not Only But Also
Goodbyeee
The Ballad of Spotty Muldoon
Lovely Lady of the Roses
Isn't She a Sweetie
Bo Dudley
The L.S. Bumble Bee
The Bee Side

Audio & artwork

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: Not Only...But Also


File under "That's Not Confusing At All": Cook and Moore's first album for Decca was Not Only Peter Cook...But Also Dudley Moore (1965). This, their last album of original material for Decca, was called simply Not Only...But Also (1971). This one's awfully scarce on the used merch internets, so I was particularly glad when I finally scored a copy, and the contents did not disappoint.

Dud Dreams
In the Club
Lengths
This Is Ludwig Van Beethoven
The Making of a Movie
0 0 Dud

Album audio & artwork

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: Once Moore with Cook


Cook & Moore's second LP for Decca, released in 1966. This one's gold from start to finish.

Dud and Pete on Sex
Father and Son
The Frog and Peach
Six of the Best
The Music Teacher
A Bit of a Chat
Dud and Pete at the Zoo
The Psychiatrist

Album audio & artwork

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Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: Not Only Peter Cook...But Also Dudley Moore

Cook & Moore's first LP on Decca, compiled from their television show. "The Ravens", in which Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling explains how he's spent the last forty years trying to teach ravens to fly underwater, is pretty much the closest peek straight into Peter Cook's gray matter this world ever got.

The Ravens
Superstitions
Tramponuns
Art Gallery
Initials
Religions

Album audio & artwork

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David Carroll: Percussion in Hi-Fi (stereo version)


And here's "Percussion in Hi-Fi" once more, in stereo this time. This brings to the fore how, aside from the content of the music, this record exemplifies its era: The mono and stereo LP releases don't just feature different artwork, the records contain completely different performances. There was no "fixing it in the mix" in 1957: the mono version was recorded in one location with one set of mikes in a single-speaker mix captured to one track, while the stereo version was performed in a different place with different mikes and captured on two tracks (even the arrangements changed between sessions: "Controversy" features a full extra minute of material). I have no idea in what order the sides were cut or which performances the producers found preferable; this stereo version seems to have a fuller bass response, though.

Hell's Bells
Bali Ha'i
The Chimes of Swing
Malagueña
Discussion in Percussion Part I: Quiet Talk
Discussion in Percussion Part II: Chatter
Discussion in Percussion Part III: Controversy
The Cricket
Jungle Drums
Spanish Symphonique No. I: The Pyrenees
Spanish Symphonique No. II: Madrid
Spanish Symphonique No. III: Bullfight
Spanish Symphonique No. IV: Finale - Flamenco

Album audio & artwork

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David Carroll: Percussion in Hi-Fi (mono version)



Nutty exotica sounds from conductor David Carroll. Piano, bass, guitar, and harp join six percussionists as they bang out some truly manic arrangements. "Hell's Bells" and "The Cricket" will make your day, and "Chimes of Swing" features an improv jazz chimes solo, which I was not heretofore aware had happened in the annals of music. The next blog post will feature this album's interesting twin...

Hell's Bells
Bali Ha'i
The Chimes of Swing
Malagueña
Discussion in Percussion Part I: Quiet Talk
Discussion in Percussion Part II: Chatter
Discussion in Percussion Part III: Controversy
The Cricket
Jungle Drums
Spanish Symphonique No. I: The Pyrenees
Spanish Symphonique No. II: Madrid
Spanish Symphonique No. III: Bullfight
Spanish Symphonique No. IV: Finale - Flamenco

Album audio & artwork

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