Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Mermaid Frolics

Selections from the Amnesty International benefit at the Mermaid Theater, London, May 8 1977 (except “Miner” by Peter Cook, which is from Amnesty’s 1976 gala). Side one (cuts 1-7) is all music; side two (8-14) is all comedy. And boy does this deserve a proper CD reissue, not only because of the great comedy bits that aren’t available anywhere else, but because of the fact that side two is 40 minutes long. Put 40 minutes on one side of a 12” 33 1/3 RPM record and you’re shoving your material's face down onto the noise floor. Oh well.

Hot Jazz combo The Bowles Bros. Band, featuring Sue Jones-Davies (Judith Escariot in Monty Python's Life of Brian) and her crack bandmates Brian Bowles, Richard Lee, and Julian Smedley, only ever had one full-length release: Roger Buys a Fridge, released on Decca in 1978. It's never been reissued on CD, and if I can score a copy you bet I'll post that baby here.

Julie Covington & Pete Atkin with the Bowles Bros. Band “The Original, Original Honky-Tonk Night-Train Blues”
The Bowles Bros. Band “Charlie’s Nuts”
The Bowles Bros. Band “Nagasaki”
John Williams “Sevilla”
John Williams “Cavatina”
Julie Covington & Pete Atkin with the Bowles Bros. Band “After You’ve Gone”
Julie Covington & Pete Atkin with the Bowles Bros. Band “At the Hop”
Peter Cook “E.L. Wisty from Beyond the Veil”
John Cleese & Connie Booth “Bookshop”
Peter Ustinov “Queen Mary and Pieter de Hoogh”
Terry Jones & Pete Atkin “Forgive Me”
John Cleese & Jonathan Miller “Words…and Things”
Peter Cook “Miner”
Peter Ustinov “Oratorio”


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

François Glorieux Plays the Beatles

Pure fun. Belgian improvisational ace François Glorieux riffs on various Beatles standards in the styles of more than a dozen classical composers. His comprehensive internalization of all the artists’ styles combined with his virtuosic chops will amaze you.

Yesterday (Chopin)
Help / Let It Be (Schumann)
Can’t Buy Me Love (Gershwin / Prokofiev)
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (Mozart)
Hey Jude (Bach)
Michelle (Ravel)
Yellow Submarine (Beethoven)
Girl / Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (Brahms)
Norwegian Wood (Milhaud)
The Fool on the Hill (Rachmaninoff)
In My Life (Debussy)
Eleanor Rigby (Bartók)


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Felix Mendelssohn: Incidental Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Arturo Toscanini / NBC Symphony Orchestra

Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) was born in Parma, Italy. Acclaimed for his intensity, perfectionism, and photographic memory, he was at various times musical director of La Scala, Milan; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the first music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1937-1954), and in November 1947 he conducted them in a performance of incidental music from Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Somehow missing from the maestro’s Wikipedia article is the fact that in 1964, Abbott Laboratories licensed this same 1947 performance from RCA Victor and re-released it in the form of a promotional LP for one of their sedatives, Placidyl (a.k.a. “jelly-bellies”). The hits keep coming! Dig this groovy excerpt from the liner notes:

In an attempted suicide, a 38-year-old female took betwen 20 to 25 Gm. (40 to 50 capsules) of Placidyl. After recovery, kidney function studies, respiratory function and EKG were within normal limits. Examination showed no evidence of deleterious effects.

Dude, would it kill you to focus on something more positive? Toscanini isn’t my jam, either, but JESUS.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Jackie and the Cedrics: Thunder Struck!



Is really good surf band! All Japanese three guys! Is only pretending to speak pidgin English on back of picture sleeve! Irony!!! Had lots singles on Norton and Hillsdale Records in 90s! This was first one ever but not for those labels it was for Estrus instead!!! REVEEEEEEEERB


Audio & artwork

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rosa Linda: Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff?

Former child prodigy Rosa Linda gives popular classics a boogie-woogie blood transfusion. After all, it’s 1956 and as it says on the back of the LP, “she felt the urge to develop her present style which turned out to be a very lucrative field”, i.e. “it was great doing a guest shot with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Igor Stravinsky, but sadly there’s more money in novelty records”. Just like “Nut Rocker” by B. Bumble and the Stingers, this is a stylistic fusion that won’t hurt you with superfast particles but is guaranteed to make you glow in the dark.

Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff?
88 Keys
Prelude in G Minor
18th Variation on a Theme from Paganini by Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini by Rachmaninoff
Joe Green Goes to Town
Carmen Has a Bizet Day
A Dream or Two
Habanera Boogie
2nd Piano Concerto
Samba a la Chopin

Album audio & artwork

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