Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sid Feller and his "Friends" (and Enemies): More Music to Break a Lease!

The crate-diggers with the loaded-slingshot eyes will already have noted that Music to Break a Lease (1956) did in fact have a 1958 sequel, Music to Break a Sub-Lease by Don Costa’s Freeloaders (also on ABC-Paramount). I don’t have it, I’m not posting it, and forget I mentioned it. And so too would we all have forgotten this novelty series if, on that tragic evening of January 27, 1961, an unsuspecting America had not tuned into NBC and beget a sight they could never un-see: Sing Along with Mitch. It was an end of innocence, a precursor to an awful knowledge of unison singing and powder blue sweaters and also this album, which dropped one year later. To get some idea of this LP’s psychic impact, imagine everyone in the office where you work getting together in a conference room and singing “Elvira” by the Oak Ridge Boys. A perfect gift for a recently deceased relative. In short, as Phil Proctor once told me: “No. It’s – no. Just – no.”

Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
Peg O’ My Heart
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Toot Toot, Tootsie (Goodbye)
Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine)
Cruising Down the River
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Lazy River
After You’ve Gone
Goodnight Sweetheart

Album audio & artwork

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

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