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?

Album audio & artwork

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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

Album audio & artwork

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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


Album audio & artwork

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Father Guido Sarducci: Breakfast in Heaven

If you’ve read Don Novello’s series of Lazlo Letters books, which compile all the sweetly deranged letters he wrote under the pen name Lazlo Toth to a variety of celebrities covering them in softball praise that’s only subtly pimientoed with satirical digs, you’ll understand why his two LPs recorded under another character’s guise, the hip and quietly insane Father Guido Sarducci, haven’t been reissued since they came out in the 1980s; Don’s humor, and that of his characters, is too understated ever to set the world on fire. There’s still a lot to enjoy here, though, so if you’re in the mood for an hour of laid-back fun I recommend you give this a taste.

Father Sarducci is welcomed to the University of Notre Dame and recalls the early years of the institution
Doo Dah - History, Folklore and Myth
The pros and cons of singing about beer on buses are examined
How singing the short version of "Happy Birthday" can add six to seven minutes to your life, the candles on the cake and a look at Reagan's neck
Central American Policy is discussed and arguments are made to bomb Canada
Father Sarducci looks forward to the 90's and unveils plans for the upcoming Columbus Cinquecentennial in 1992
Divorced lookalikes, emergency umbrellas and the missing commandments are highlighted in a preview of The Vatican Enquirer
Breakfast in Heaven
Father Sarducci answers questions from the audience about wearing black, the confessional and birth control for dogs
A medley of Beatles' tunes

Album audio & artwork

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Paul Dallas: Dallas in Wonderland


"Peter [Bergman] shuffled even when seated. When walking, he kept his head down as if looking for a tiny hole in the ground which might lead him to Mu."

As far as I know, no one's ever scanned Paul Dallas' hilarious & incendiary history of the Summer of Love at KPFK-FM in Los Angeles, Dallas in Wonderland, which contains chapters dedicated to the history of Peter Bergman's seminal hip radio show "Radio Free Oz". Happily Firesign Theatre's dear friend Edgar Bullington donated a consumable copy to our archive, so I used it to create a searchable PDF. Thanks Edgar! Here it is for your reading pleasure.

Alexei Sayle: Cak!

Really aggressive and really surreal...here's the first full-length album of standup material by Alexei Sayle, from 1982.

Sausalito
Happy Days Part I
Dr. Marten's Boots
Stoke Newington Calling
The Ballad of Chris and Judith
Some Stuff
Hello, How Are You?
Some More Stuff
The Wine Bars of Old Hampstead Town
Happy Days Part II
Cak!
Song for Len
Commercial Break
Radical Posture
Long Distance Information
Das Kap Rap
Say Hello Mr. Sweary
'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor?

Album audio & artwork

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Alexei Sayle: 'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? (Parts III & IV)

Here's the second single version of this song, a 12" to follow the 7", now with profanity! Seriously, nothing this dirty had made it to British vinyl since Derek and Clive recorded "The Critics". This 12" and the previous 7" were released in 1982 but didn't chart; by the following year Sayle had increased his public profile thanks to appearing in "The Young Ones" and "Gorky Park" so Springtime reissued the song, which peaked at #15 in the UK singles chart in March 1984.

'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? (Part III)
'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? (Part IV)

12" single audio & artwork

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Alexei Sayle: 'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? (Parts I & II)

Oi that Cortina's a sweet ride innit?

'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? (Part I)
'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? (Part II)

7" single audio & artwork

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Various Artists: The Comic Strip

This 1981 live album recorded at the club of the same name in Soho and released on the Springtime label contains a startling number of comics who proceeded to devour British comedy as we know it in the 1980s. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders bust out the American accents for "Psychodrama"; Nigel Planer does his Neil character (soon to hit the airwaves on "The Young Ones") performing a song at Wembley; stand-up Arnold Brown does a set; Nigel and his comedy partner Peter Richardson do a number of bits as the team The Outer Limits; two other future Young Ones, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, rip the place apart performing as 20th Century Coyote; and Alexei Sayle is the M.C., performing stand-up between the other acts and closing the night with the "song" that became an unexpected hit single, "Ullo John! Got a New Motor?" This is a truly great compilation, and Rik Mayall's performance simply must be heard to be believed; the "Dangerous Brothers" bit is basically a vaudeville sketch on amphetamines and is one of the funniest, most insane things ever recorded.


Alexei Sayle "Introduction"
The Outer Limits "Commercials"
The Outer Limits "Lenny Flowers"
20th Century Coyote "Rik's Poems - First Attempt"
Alexei Sayle "Alternative Childhood"
Arnold Brown "Why Not?"
The Outer Limits "Page 3 Girls"
20th Century Coyote "Rik's Poems - Second Attempt"
Alexei Sayle "Break"
The Outer Limits "The Cabaret Biz"
Alexei Sayle "Some Jokes"
French & Saunders "Psychodrama"
The Outer Limits "Neil at Wembley"
Alexei Sayle "Dayjob"
20th Century Coyote "I'm Evil"
20th Century Coyote "The Dangerous Brothers"
Alexei Sayle "Stream of Tastelessness"

Album audio & artwork

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vlog #1: Misprinted LPs and the Stickers That Love Them

Here's the first Vlog from yours truly for this Fuji Puzzle Box blog, and it's all about LP covers that were misprinted and then fixed with stickers - one before sealing, one after! Featuring Piano Improvisations Vol. 1 by Chick Corea (ECM, 1971) and Reads Peter and Paul by August Plinth (Vox, 1973). August Plinth? Who could that be? Why that's a poet who recorded at least seven private press LPs of spoken word, whose work I hope to be sharing with you very soon!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Владимир Высоцкий в записях Михаила Шемякина / Vladimir Vysotsky: The Mikhail Shemyakin Recordings




I just got a parcel from Russia and it's GODDAMNED EXCITING. Here's an unboxing video I made for the 7CD box set Владимир Высоцкий в записях Михаила Шемякина / Vladimir Vysotsky: The Mikhail Shemyakin Recordings, from Bomba Music.

Vysotsky was, if you must, the Soviet Union's own Bob-Dylan-Marlon-Brando, an actor and folk singer, considered persona non grata but grudgingly tolerated by the Soviets, beloved and endlessly cassette-bootlegged by the Russian public. He had a Russian friend in exile in Paris, painter Mikhail Shemyakin, and when Vysotsky would visit Shemyakin (always to visit, never to defect), Shemyakin would make home recordings of Vysotsky performing. There's a lot of those tapes; this 2013 box set runs 5 hours 21 minutes and contains 104 songs. (Bomba also released it on vinyl the same year; both the CD and vinyl versions are reissues of an original 1987 vinyl box set on the Apollon Foundation label, New York, copies of which are now a little scarce.)

I was introduced to Vysotsky’s work thanks to the movie White Nights, which includes a scene where Mikhail Baryshnikov dances to recording of Vysotsky performing his song Кони привередливые (Fastidious Horses), and it’s one of the most gloriously gutwrenching songs ever recorded - like Vlad had “Die of total organ failure” on his to-do list that day but put it off for a few minutes in order to record this song. That specific performance is not included on this box set, but another great performance of the song is included on CD 7.

Кони привередливые is variously translated as "Fastidious Horses" or "Capricious Horses". Here’s Vysotsky performing it live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zGf4hlzgYg

Monday, January 9, 2017

Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre: Homemade Radio

From 1983 comes this very scarce early compilation of Duck's Breath radio work.

Ian Shoales: Mysteries of the Universe
Sesame Street Blues
Ask Mr. Science
Life Unearthed: Sponges
We Both Read It
Tech/Style: The Body Monitor
Dhandi
Ian Shoales: Advice to Young People
Naked People’s Court
Office Psychologist
One True Radio
Ask Mr. Science: Taste Buds
Sleepy Bear Minute Mysteries: The Silver Spoon
Neatness Counts
Ian Shoales: Art Grants
Office Psychologist: Hostage Files
Tech/Style: Ears
Minute Mysteries: The Backwards Clock
Ask Mr. Science: The Scientific Method
Heroes of the Future: Meter Maid
Pennsylvania Dutch Rub Massacre
Voices From the Past
Autoaerobics
Sensitive Male Hotline
Presidential Tape of the Month Club
Ian Shoales: White Lies

Cassette audio & artwork

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