Sunday, October 5, 2014

Douglas Adams: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Part 2: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe



The second LP, as released in Canada on the Hannibal label in 1982. Like the previous Hannibal LP, this was released in the 1980s and has never been reissued.

Journey of the Sorcerer
The Story So Far
Breakfast at Milliways
Disaster Area
Reg Nullify in Concert
Apocalypse When?
Big Black Cars
How Are We for Time?
Ins and Outs of the Universe
Is There Life After Lunch?
Empty Vessels
"B" Ark Up the Wrong Tree
Poetic Circles
Origin of the Species

Album audio & artwork

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Douglas Adams: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Part 1



The first LP, as released in Canada on the Hannibal label in 1982. I prefer the BBC radioplay, but completists will definitely need this unique performance of the material. Includes two tiny bonus cuts – one revealing the name of the author of the worst poetry of all time (the name was censored on the record by reversing each word; I’ve un-reversed it), the other revealing who bruised his upper arm in the Heart of Gold attack (cut into the inner groove of side 3). The more expanded BBC version is still available for purchase, but this version has never been reissued.


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Ace Trucking Company




From 1970, here’s the only album from improv/sketch comedy troupe Ace Trucking Company, featuring Patti Deutsch, Michael Mislove, Bill Saluga, George Terry and Fred Willard. Recorded entirely in one late-night five-hour session in front of an invited crowd in RCA’s Studio A, the album’s first two tracks are the only prepared material; everything else was invented on the spot based on audience suggestions. Even a decade after Nichols and May’s all-improv album Examine Doctors, it was still damned audacious to devote most of a full-length album to completely unprepared material, and they handle themselves well; but the homophobia has aged poorly, and too many skits build only to fizzle like a missed sneeze. Highlights include “Paqua Velva”, “Othello”, and "The Honeymoon Night".

Paqua Velva
The Electric Chair
Psychiatrist and Patient
The Drugstore
10 to 5 to 5
The Soap Opera
Constipation
The Honeymoon Night
The First Buffalo Hunt
Othello
The Last Supper


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Rodriguez "Cold Fact" radio ad, KPPC-FM Los Angeles, 7/12/1970



I just watched Searching for Sugar Man and realized I've got a Rodriguez artifact to share: from Firesign Theatre's 7/12/1970 Sunday night broadcast of The Radio Hour Hour on KPPC-FM, Los Angeles, an ad for his 1970 debut album Cold Fact. Here's how Sussex Records introduced Sixto Rodriguez to the world. "He's from the street...feel the infection in his music".

So he's what, Sussex Records? He's T.B.? A polio outbreak, perhaps. Wait, here's a tagline for you - HE'S REAL.LIKE CHOLERA. Dynamite marketing, guys.

http://www.footnoteconspiracy.com/datadump/FT%20RHH%201970-07-12%20tracked%20version%20cut%2013%20Rodriguez%20ad.mp3

According to his official website, he is playing two nights at the Sydney Opera House the week of October 21, and both are sold out.

http://www.rodriguez-music.com/

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Carl Davis / George Howe / John Gielgud: We Were Happy There


English national treasure Alan Bennett produced his first play in 1968: Forty Years On, in which the retiring headmaster (John Gielgud) of an English public school is presented with and performs in an end-of-term play put on by the students: a sendup of all the myths of English cultural identity between the turn of the 20th century and the end of World War II. (The play is very much the godson of the old Beyond the Fringe sketch “Aftermyth of War”.) Besides Gielgud and the show’s musical director, Carl Davis, the cast included a number of precocious talents just out of public school, including budding lyricist George Howe. In the show’s downtime, Howe and Davis worked up an entire song cycle inspired by the themes of Bennett’s play. Somehow it became a Project, and the Project landed at MCA and became this concept album, We Were Happy There, produced and arranged by A-lister Mike Leander (hitmaker for the Rolling Stones, Lulu and Cliff Richard). Gielgud reads selected poems and prose from English writers to set the scene between each song.

1968-1969 was a hell of a good period for anti-war movies in England – The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Bed Sitting Room to name only two – but We Were Happy There is neither that savage nor that surreal; the tone is nostalgic and infused with the more na├»ve sense of historical irony of a young man just leaving the nest. There’s feints of cynicism, but the mod-a-go-go pop arrangements and the sentiment win out. Bennett of course has since enjoyed a long, distinguished career as a playwright and novelist, and when a Granada TV executive approached Ray Davies of the Kinks about writing a musical drama for television in early 1969, Bennett was actually Davies’ first choice for a writing partner. They didn’t end up working together, and the Granada TV project fell through, but it led to the creation of the Kinks’ album Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire), which frankly is a piece of greatness that’s more worth your time. We Were Happy There is an almost-forgotten progenitor of the Big Nostalgia Kick that turned so toxic in the 1970s, and you can probably draw a line from it straight through to All This And World War II.

Pax Britannica / The Empire Builder
Nanny Hawkins / Boy
Extracts of letters from Julian Grenfell / The Lost Generation / High Wood
The Girls of Nineteen-Twenty-Six / Girls
Extract from “The Civil War in Spain” / Spain
Vergissmeinicht / Goodnight Sugar
Extract from “English History, 1914-1945” / Well Done / I Am a Paper Bag
Recessional / We Were Happy There


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tinkle, Clang, Ring and Chime! The World's Rarest Music Boxes in High Fidelity

In terms of sounds, this 1958 LP provides exactly what the title promises; it brings the clangs, the chimes, and the tinkles, y’all. While I’m not enamored of music boxes in general, what continues to blow my mind with this and similar records from the dawn of the hi-fi era is that these antique music boxes and organs are literally 300-year-old hard drives come to life. Pop favorites, folk standards, classical gas, and melodies so dead we’ve forgotten their names, these songs preserved on tuned metal filings are coming straight to your ears from the Age of Enlightenment.

Unknown Melody
Schlafe, Schlafe / Waltz (Brahms) / Schlafe Mein Prinzschen
Fidelio, Act II, Finale (Beethoven) / Gedenke Mein / William Tell
Dutch Folksong Medley
Unknown melody from an approximately 300-year-old English bracket-clock
Radetzky March (Johann Strauss) / Artists’ Life (Strauss)
Waltz from “Faust” (Gounod) / Mijn Vriend Lindeman
Onbekend Wijsje / Daisy
Whistling Bird
After the Ball (C. Harris) / Fledermaus (J. Strauss) / Danube Waves / Die Muhle im Schwarzwald
March from “Tannhauser” (Wagner) / Triumphal March from “Aida”
Auf in ’s Metropole / The Blue Danube (J. Strauss)
Waltz from “Faust” (Gounod)
Unknown melody
You Can’t Be True, Dear / Anne-Marie / Regendruppels / La Paloma
Daisy / Dan Zal de Kapitein / Moritat / Under the Bridges of Paris
Mirame por Rabill / La Clavada / Estrellita / Terry’s Theme from “Limelight”
K.L.M. March
Saint-Germain des Pres


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