Saturday, January 14, 2012
Ever seen a front jacket that's 90 degrees out of sync? If not, you have now. And we know it's the front jacket that's off, since, unlike the back jacket, it doesn't properly line up with the opening. Pick up this LP with the front jacket rightside up, and the record falls out. Since the label is Modern Sound, specialists in sound-alike singles and fourth-rate compilations thereof, none of this surprises us. What should surprise us, however, are the first-rate tracks and original artists to be found here. (Original, as opposed to people mimicking name artists.) Budget labels usually followed the free-market principle of less for less, but here we have an actual bargain on, of all things, a bargain label.
Oh, and let's not forget all those cut-rate Modern Sound Christmas releases, lovingly cataloged at Ernie (Not Bert). That link should take you to a page of Ernie's Modern Sound posts, but links have a way of not linking, sometimes. (Hold on. It's working.)
By the way, I love cheap labels. Imagine the things I'd say if I didn't love them.
Today's playlist is a mix of first-rate country gospel and first-rate Southern quartet material, all by "name" groups. Musically, an 8.5 or 9. Pressing-wise, a 6, but the tracks are good and loud, so hiss issues are minimal. Meanwhile, in our 18-cat house, we're having more than our share of hiss issues, especially with the beasts snowed in like this. Gospel music to their rescue:
Singing the Gospel--Various Artists (Modern Sound MS 805)
HE SAVED MY SOUL--Sego Bros. and Naomi
WHEN I PRAY--The McCormick Singers
IN THAT GLAD TOMORROW--The Sunshine Girls
JESUS CAN SAVE--The Georgians Quartet
OUT OF THE WILDERNESS--Wall Fowler and the Oak Ridge Q.
NEVER GROW OLD--The Sons of Song
I'LL BE A FRIEND--The Florida Boys
RICHEST POOR MAN ON EARTH--The Dixie Echoes
BROTHER WILL MEET YOU THERE--The Foggy River Boys
SINGING ALL THE TIME--The Georgians Quartet
Friday, January 13, 2012
...some music up and running before too long. ("Before too long" is one ambiguous phrase, isn't it?)
In other news, I'm clearing my second hard drive of music files, which involves burning and labeling, so it's not a quick process. I've also made a giant leap in Operation Get Media Room Under Control. After making several minor dents in the mess over the past few months, I have, over the space of a couple days, restored nearly half the room to order. There's a walkway now. I can call Hoarders and tell them to cancel the film crew.
And, in case I've ever sounded like a conservative believer, don't believe it. Otherwise, why would I agree completely with this NYT op-ed? The Ministerial Exception.
They're right--the decision runs a truck over the whole government neutrality principle. Worse yet, the decision simply makes no sense. None. Zero. Not on any level of logic, anyway--on a legal level, yeah, probably. There's sense sense, and there's legal sense.