Saturday, March 17, 2012
You came because you heard I have the Lush String Sounds of Dean Franconi and His Orch. LP for download. Well, you heard correctly. I thrifted it on Thursday, and I can't get over what quality music this turned out to be. Everything else, from the cheap cover to the label name (International Award, a,k.a. Pickwick) to the filler-laden track list, screams "Don't bother!" Worst of all is the way they put the three hit-parade titles in huge letters, as if to emphasize the fact that none of the others are remotely current. Hence, Born Free, Strangers in the Night, A Day in the Life of a Fool, and... Treasure Waltz? Londonderry Air? Such line-ups were a Pickwick specialty. Around these parts, they show up most frequently on that outfit's monumentally junky Design label.
This outstanding page was the life-saver for this post. Be sure to investigate their main directory of discographies.
Anyway, some top-notch mood music here, and even the stereo's decent (except on the three tracks masquerading as stereo--see if you can spot them). Comically indifferent packaging can hide some worthy musical offerings. Though I'm actually starting to dig that cover. It's definitely "period."
To the lush string sounds: Dean Franconi
The Lush String Sounds of Dino Franconi and His Orch. (International Award AKS-271)
Strangers in the Night
A Day in the Life of a Fool
Over the Waves
Thursday, March 15, 2012
And music returns to Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else! Does this mean that I'm all set up, new PC in place, programs running, etc.? Nope. However, my HP is back, new C Drive in place, and with Windows 7. I'd offer my opinion of 7, but I don't want this page flagged for language. Meanwhile, all programs and files are gone, and those files saved just prior to the HP C-Drive crash are simply sitting there and doing squat, absent any associated programs to give them an identity. And my MAGIX is now a trial program, since I have the disc but no authorization number. MAGIX could have included it on the disc, but why spoil the drama?
So, computer-wise, everything is moderately screwed up. In other words, normal. So, what about the music we're about to hear? Well, vintage polkas (Twenties, Forties), fake hits on the Gateway label (from ripped-up copies I nearly didn't bother with, but which sound fine), and two 1926 salon sides by the Eagle Trio, whoever they were. A very MY(P)WAHE playlist.
Rock Around the Clock Polka; and more!
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK POLKA, AND MORE!
Rock Around the Clock Polka--Adam Nowicki and His Polka Band
Silhouettes--Johnny Desert w. The Four Jacks (Gateway 1230; 1957)
Kolo Mego Orgrodeczka--Stanislow Mermel, Baritone (Columbia 18322-F; 1928)
Owie Kumoszki (Comic Song, Polish)--Stanislaw Mermel--Same.
Hej! Hej! Hej! (Polka)--Orkiestra Polskiej Karuzeli (Columbia 18728-F; 1946)
Keep A'Knockin'--Rufus Brown (Gateway 1230; 1957)
Jailhouse Rock--Earl Robbins w. Dave Remington's Orch. (Gateway Top Tune 1226; 1957)
Treat Me Nice--Same.
Love's Dream After the Ball--Eagle Trio (Columbia 731-D; 1926)
The Herd Girl's Dream--Same.