Friday, September 29, 2017

Life Magazine: Sing Along with Millard Fillmore



From 1964, Life magazine's excellent album of band + vocal covers of vintage Presidential campaign songs going back 160 years. Life issued this version as a freebie to attract advertisers, and the same year Columbia Records sold it commercially in slightly different packaging. You'll tap your toe, you'll sap a tree, you'll wonder "Are ALL these lyrics stupid, or is it just me?" (Spoiler: the lyrics to campaign songs are always VERY, VERY STUPID.) Hat tip to Jason Klamm for loaning me this record from his collection - thanks again Jason!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pacific Northwest Bell: Holiday in Washington

In this controversial scorcher, Bing Crosby asserts that you should move to Washington. It's a miracle his assassination didn't soon follow. Bing and others recommended in a similar record that you should also move to Oregon, so thanks a lot for the double-bind scenario Bing, no wonder the world completely stopped trusting you. Pacific Northwest Bell really wanted people to come to the fabulous Northwest, and so did the Young Fresh Fellows, and that's all I got on this one, people. (Hat tip to Richard Lindsay for the find - thanks Rich!)

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bluejackets On Parade

I honestly can think of no reason why any living person would wish to listen to this, a sort-of documentary report on conditions at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego in the mid-1960s. I mean, only the young sailor's mother bought it (or pocketed it as a freebie), and she's dead now. And the sailor doesn't want to re-live that training bullshit. That leaves just you, the obscure-record-hungry public, who must now of course listen to the WHOLE THING to prove there's no flexidisc in the world, not even an obvious piece of propaganda such as this, that you won't find a place for in your brain, because FLEXIDISCS! (Hat tip to Jason Klamm for providing the record - thanks Jason!)

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Ken Noyle: Sounds of Tokyo After Dark

Audio verite from producer Ken Noyle: four flexi-discs in a 7 1/2" square booklet with red comb binding. Apparently number seven in a series, which included "Sounds of Hong Kong" and "Sounds of Hawaii", although the persistent focus on female breastages marks this edition as being targeted to overseas American servicemen. No date, but probably circa 1961-1962. (Hat tip to Jason Klamm for providing the record - thanks Jason!)

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Norma Pursley-Dasher & Arthur Garner: Haven of Rest

Organ + vibraharp + Jesus = yet more awesomely lugubrious instrumental music perfect for the background of your radio show backannouncing, your first/last date, or just about any life experience really.

Haven of Rest
Beyond the Sunset
In Times Like These
Raise Me, Jesus
Tell Jesus
Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
Far Beyond the Sun (Más Allá del Sol)
This Is the Master's Way
My Jesus, I Love Thee
I Am Not Worthy
Have You Counted the Cost?

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Del Huff: It's a Big Wide Wonderful World

Christian missionary Del Huff plays a slew of secular tunes on this LP from Hollywood’s Mark Records (undated, released perhaps in 1978, but it feels more like circa 1967-1969 to me). In anticipation of your question…the Cordovox was an organ first unleashed on the American public by the Chicago Musical Instrument Co. in 1960. There were a variety of stand-up models reminiscent of the Farfisas that dominated stage and screen in the 1960s, but as this 1977 Huff album cover demonstrates, he probably wasn’t playing one of those, but instead a Super V: a hefty electric model small enough to be carried like an accordion but which could also be mounted on a stand.

It’s a Big Wide Wonderful World
Edelweiss
You, You, You Are the One
Somewhere My Love
Whispering
Blue Tango
Midnight in Paris
Spanish Eyes
Michelle
Dominique
A Man and a Woman
The River Seine

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Neskowin Valley School Singers: You Don't Knock!

The Neskowin Valley School is a private elementary/middle school founded in 1972 in a former dairy barn just a couple of ragged miles from the Oregon coast. According to their Website, “All the children come together at least twice a week for Gather Round, singing folk songs and American ballads from the traditional NVS Songbook”. Here’s a private-press LP produced by the school to give you an idea what that sounds like. (There’s no year listed, but based on my memories of these hairstyles I'd have to guess 1983.)

You Don’t Knock
Lord Kitchener’s Lament
Doc Holladay
John Henry
Ocean Waves
Gypsy Rover
Queer Bungo Rye
Katy Cruel
Whiskey in the Jar


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