This morning's post was going to be the very down-home duo of Arthur Moore and Judie Woods, who recorded as Art and Judie, and who at some point became Mr. and Mrs. Moore. The circa-1974 LP was sealed, so my needle was the first one to touch it. Heard a lot of clunks, thunks, and pops, so I washed the record thoroughly. It did no good. Even after going through VinylStudio's de-clicker, the LP had loud thumps, bumps, and the rest. I gave up trying to remove the noise, as my wrist was starting to fall off around track five, with all the splicing and overlapping I was doing. I need my wrist for typing, playing the organ, operating the TV remote, and the like, so I quit. A bad pressing, which isn't a surprise, since it's a tiny label (Rose Records of Vandalia, Ohio), but it was manufactured by Rite Records, and this is the first defective Rite pressing I've encountered. I just hope, for Art and Julie's sake, the entire batch wasn't like this.
But that is what could have been today's offering, not what is. What is are four superb Stuart Hamblen tracks from a Columbia Hall of Fame Series EP, put out in 1958. The tracks themselves come from 1950, 1951, and 1952, and I wonder why it took me so many tries to get the date for the I Believe single? I had to turn to the Online 78 rpm Discography to get that info, since Discogs and other sources seemed to have no record of the record. Anyway, Hamblen has done the impossible with that track--he's done a version that I not only like, but which I like a lot. Lovely sides, and I wish I had more than four to offer this morning. This guy was terrific. And passing up that Sacred label Hamblen LP in Goodwill is one of the dumber things I've done lately. Oh, well.
DOWNLOAD: Stuart Hamblen (Columbia Hall of Fame B 2827)
It's No Secret (Hamblen; 1950)
Blood on Your Hands (Hamblen; 1950)
I Believe (Drake-Graham-Shirl-Stillman; 1951)
Is He Satisfied (Hamblen; 1952)
(Hall of Fame Series B 2827; 1958)