Saturday, October 23, 2010
When I find Christian albums at the thrift store, I'm one of those record thrifters who goes, "Oh, boy! Christian albums!" This visit, there were a lot of them--but which one(s) to get? Well, one rule I follow when buying thrift-gospel LPs is to get any LP containing God Walks the Dark Hills. This LP contains God Walks the Dark Hills. Therefore, I bought it.
Sometimes, things are just that straightforward. Not often, but sometimes.
The jacket photos had me expecting something pretty down-home, but this turns out to be very solid Southern gospel. Which is cool. Pensacola, Florida is given as the contact address for the Workmen Quartet and Birmingham, Alabama is given as the studio site. Oh, and the line-up includes God Walks the Dark Hills.
Click here to hear: The Workmen Quartet--To Be Used of Thee
CROSSING CHILLY JORDAN
I'M ASHAMED IF I FORGET CALVARY
HE'S ALL THAT I NEED
GOD WALKS THE DARK HILLS
THE DEVIL CAN'T HARM A PRAYING MAN
LORD, TO BE USED OF THEE
I AM THE MAN
CITY OF GOLD
SHELTERED IN THE ARMS OF GOD
OH WHAT LOVE
(Prestige Productions 110114)
Friday, October 22, 2010
A fake version of May the Bird of Paradise..., ragtime piano by The Phantom, two haunting Harmonicats tracks (say that five times in a row), yet another Riders in the Sky, twin twin-piano tracks, and suddenly you know it's 1) MY(P)WHAE and 2) Halloween.
Click here to hear: Slaylist No. 9
MAY THE BIRD OF PARADISE FLY UP YOUR NOSE (Modern Sound MS=1018)
SPELLBOUND--Ferrante and Teicher, 1962.
WHISPERING--The Phantom, 1956.
FIVE FOOT TWO, EYES OF BLUE--Same.
TOM FOOLERY--The Monotones, 1958.
HOOTIN' BLUES--Jerry Murad's Harmonicats w. Ralph Marterie, 1961.
THE NEUROTIC GOLDFISH (A. Wilder)--Whittemore and Lowe, 1944.
FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON--The Keymen, 1962.
RIDERS IN THE SKY--Walter Brennan, 1964.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So, how to explain this slaylist? Hm. Oh, wait--it's Halloween. No need to explain! Never mind.
I forgot what month it was. Anyway, back in 2006, reader Les kindly shared George Martin's 1962 BBC Radiophonic Workshop sides Time Beat and Waltz in Orbit, both quite incredible. It's past time I shared them again, and what better time than Halloween? They're certainly weird enough (in a good-weird way). From a Parlophone label single owned by Les (not, unfortunately, me). Also, ripped from my 78 copy, Morton Gould (from 1932) playing his own Satirical Dance. When Gould channeled Erik Satie, as here, he was being contemporary--whereas, when I channel Satie in my music, I'm being retro.
Annnnnd, an uncommon Spike Jones two-fer from Spike's last single for RCA (1955)--Hi Mister! and This Song Is for the Birds. The first track got on my nerves initially, but with repeated listens it's actually pretty charming. And the vocal credit ("George Rock's Little Monsters") is perfect for the occasion.
The two David McCallum sides feature David singing (passably but not memorably), and they were rescued from re-channeled-stereo Hell by keeping the least lousy channel and doubling it. Ripped from a Japanese long-playing 7" E.P. Say that twenty times. ("That twenty times.") I must have bought it when I was stationed in Japan. Why, is beyond me!
Help Me Telstar and Dingbat the Singing Cat (based on Prokofiev) are two repeat classics. Little Orphan Annie, too--just excellent faux-Twenties. In fact, I prefer my faux-Twenties excellent. (Oh-kaaaaay, I'm cracking up. To the music.)
Click here to hear: Slaylist #8, 2010
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE--The Ray Charles Singers, 1966.
WALTZ IN ORBIT--Ray Cathode (George Martin), 1962.
TIME BEAT--Same, 1962.
DINGBAT THE SINGING CAT--Freddy Martin and His Orch., 1946.
SATIRICAL DANCE (Gould)--Morton Gould, piano solo, 1932. (Victor 24205)
HELP ME TELSTAR--The Gee Sisters, 1962.
THIS SONG IS FOR THE BIRDS--Spike Jones, 1955.
HI MISTER!--Same, featuring George Rock's Little Monsters, 1955.
THE HOUSE ON BRECKENRIDGE LANE--David McCallum, 1966.
IN THE GARDEN--UNDER THE TREE--David McCallum, 1966.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A slaylist, a slaylist, a bunch-of-songs-to-play-list.
Some are spooky, some are light. Some will keep you up at night.
Many have comedic bite. A slaylist--hurrah!
Slaylist No. 7, 2010
PLAY NUMBER THEVEN--Jim Lowe, 1958.
ECCENTRIC--Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, 1927. (Brunswick 3627)
GOO-GOO DOLL--Steve Allen, 1955.
SOMEBODY GOOFED--Freddy Martin O. w. the Martin Men, 1954.
FUNNY BONE--Sid Bass Orch., 1961.
THE GIGGLING GIRLS OF GREECE--Same.
I AIN'T NO BEATLE--(Modern Sound 1008)
PIZZA PARTY IN SPACE (Hartsfeld)--Lee Hartsfeld, 2008.
EXPLOSIONS POLKA (J. Strauss, Jr.)--Eugene Ormandy, Phil. Orch. "Pops."
NINETY NINE YEARS--Bud Roman (Tops 45-R276-49)
I believe I Ain't No Beatle is Moon Mullican, who recorded it for the Spar label, which would explain its presence on a Modern Sound label LP. Please correct me if I'm mistaken. Bud Roman's Ninety Nine Years is a cover of a Guy Mitchell hit. My Pizza Party in Space is an extension and alteration of noise that occurs just before the start of a 12" Paul Whiteman 78 (a second's worth of what sounds like a slide-whistle). I built this into a short sort of composition.