Thursday, April 26, 2012
Parade of Hits a' Poppin'--6 Top Hits
Today's 45 rpm EP has a great sleeve, no? Actually, this is the 78 rpm sleeve for Parade 7802, which I doctored by adding the titles from Parade 4509 and by replacing "78 RPM" with "45 RPM." I neglected, however, to change the catalog no. to 4509, instead leaving the "78" prefix. I realize this makes no sense, but it nevertheless happened, and just as I described. I know--I was there. I think.
These budget covers, especially Sincerely and Dim, Dim the Lights, come close but not close enough. Which is what makes them so fun. It's not for lack of effort on the part of Bobby Powers and His "Hits a-Poppin" Orchestra or the Vocal Stars of Radio and Television--more like lack of budget. A lack of budget that leaves the recordings a little wanting, a little hollow sounding (or is that the digital noise filtering?). People ask me why I go out of my way to collect these things, and I quickly change the subject.
So, rush on over to Mediafire and download these half dozen top hits as performed by anonymous, union scale musicians:
Parade of Hits a' Poppin', Vol. 9
Let Me Go, Lover
Dim, Dim the Lights
Hearts of Stone
Melody of Love
Bobby Powers and His "Hits-a-Poppin' Orchestra with Vocal Stars of Radio and Television (Parade EP 4509)