Thursday, November 10, 2022

Go Your Own Sultan


On the bike ride home tonight I realized Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing" and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" are actually the same song. So here's the obvious mashup. Warning: this is SO GREAT the gods of Medium Rock will stand aghast, the vault of heaven will open, and the coveted 18-64 demographic will tap their feet briefly.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Charles Ives / Gunther Schuller, conductor: Calcium Light Night

 







Album of short pieces by Charles Ives, reconstructed & conducted by Gunther Schuller.

Set No. 1: The See'r
Set No. 1: A Lecture
Set No. 1: The New River
Set No. 1: Like a Sick Eagle
Set No. 1: Calcium Light Night
Set No. 1: Incantation (Allegretto Sombreoso)
Tone Roads No. 1
Set No. 3: At Sea (Adagio Sostenuto)
Set No. 3: Luck and Work
Set No. 3: Premonitions
From the Steeples and the Mountains
The Rainbow
Ann Street
Scherzo: Over the Pavements
From Set No. 2: The Indians
From Set No. 2: The Last Reader
Tone Roads No. 3
The Pond
All the Way Around and Back
Chromatimelodtune

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Jim Leonard: Super Saw

 





Musical saw-man Jim Leonard learned the musical saw at home and made multiple appearances on The Gong Show in the 1970s, losing to a baton twirler by a single point withheld by Phyllis Diller. He pressed this LP privately in 1980, claiming he spent 900 hours recording and engineering it, multitracking himself against a small pickup ensemble. Japanese label EM Records reissued it with bonus tracks in 2005.

Jim signed this copy to the cast of Real People in 1980 (and if you were born too late to watch Real People when it aired, MAD Magazine was entirely correct when they observed "This really is The Gong Show, it's just done in prime time!"). 

Please note that this record was a home production engineered by the artist, who did not take advantage of noise reduction and who did straight cuts to leader at the end of each track, and these artifacts have been preserved as I found them.

Album audio & artwork

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Friday, September 16, 2022

The "In Search Of..." Orchestra: In Search Of... (Special 12" Disco Version)

 


From 1976, disco-centric label AVI Records presents two special 12" disco versions of the theme song to "In Search Of...", the show that separated an entire generation from their capacity for critical thinking. They're searchin'! And discoin'! At the same time!

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Irving Taylor: Terribly Sophisticated Songs (A Collection of Unpopular Songs for Popular People)

 



This 1958 Warner Bros. album featuring twelve songs by Irving Taylor was the precursor to the Irving Taylor LP released the following year, The Whimsical World of Irving Taylor (also on Warner Bros.), which shared four tracks from this long-player. As with the latter record, this one has a lot of subtle, absurd satire to turn your head ("I'm Filled with That Empty Feeling", "We Did the Samba in Shamokin", "The Brooklyn Beguine"). I'm happy to own a copy for the sake of owning an Irving Taylor product but equally happy to own it as a record with cover art by William Box, whose work graced the covers of six immortal jazz titles on the Mode Records label from 1957, including the record you wished you owned the most right now, the Warne Marsh Quartet's Music for Prancing.

Jimmy Joyce "When the Crab Grass Blooms Again"
Allan Davies, Earl Brown, Joe Pryor "In a Cafeteria with You"
Robie Lester "I'm Filled with That Empty Feeling"
Joe Pryor "Myrtle"
Sue Allen "All of the Time"
Gil Mershon & Ginny O'Connor "I'll Never Forget Those Unforgettable Never To Be Forgotten Memories"
Earl Brown "Pachalafaka"
Key Howard "Anywhere on Earth"
Robie Lester "Just My Sol"
Allen Davies "I'll Write a Symphony"
Ginny O'Connor, Sue Allen, Loulie Jean Norman "We Did the Samba in Shamokin"
Gil Mershon "The Brooklyn Beguine"

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Amelia Earhart: The Fun of It

 




Cardboard record included in the first edition of Amelia Earhart's autobiography For the Fun of It, published by Harcourt Brace & Co, 1932.

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Hub City Movers: The Chicken Song b/w I Can't Know Tomorrow

 



A deathless classic from the Hub City Movers of Austin, Texas, one-time house band at the Vulcan Gas Company club and the first act to play the Armadillo World Headquarters. After reading Gilbert Shelton's one-page comic about dropping LSD and setting chickens free in Feds 'n' Heads (1968), the band recorded their own musical version with Gil's permission and included a reprint of the cartoon.

The Chicken Song
I Can't Know Tomorrow

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.