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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ruth Lyons 50/50 Club Christmas

Ruth Lyons
Christmas Albums
Candee Records, Cincinnati, OH - 196?

The Ruth Lyons 50/50 Club was a fixture on local radio and television for decades.

National talent of all types appeared on her show. David Letterman, Phil Donahue, Nelson Eddy, Ted Lewis, Pearl Bailey and Myron Cohen appeared on her show.

As a side note, Ruth Lyons Christmas Fund was a well known local charity who gave toys to children in hospitals at least as far away as the town I grew up in three hours north of Cincinnati. Because, in 1960 when I had my tonsils taken out, I remember receiving a toy from "Ruth".


Enoch Light Presents
Innovations In Stereo Sound The First New Concert Since The Percussion Era
The Total Sound - 1969

This release was, apparently, after light sold Command.

There are four Beatles covers on this record. I offer OB-LA-DI OB-LA-DA as a sample track above.

Also note that the model's costume is made out of ALUMINUM FOIL!

As stated on the back cover "We believe you'll enjoy the hip harmonics...".

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Featuring The Magic Moods of Andre Previn

Featuring The Magic Moods Of Andre Previn & Mike Di Napoli & Trio
Coronet Records CS-181

You will not find "awesome lady in a blue gown in space magic" on this LP. Instead you will hear very nice small combo, piano driven jazz on the A side. The album is a "split" featuring all Napoli on side B. His stuff is formal, lacking the spark of the A side.

Apparently Coronet didn't have enough Previn tunes to fill an entire LP.

If you dig hard enough, I think all of Previn's tracks can be found online for purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample. Sorry!

I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
Black And Blue
Squeeze Me
Esana Cani
Gypsy Dance
Brazilian Lament
Destine Me

Foreign Soundtrack Surf Cowboy Western Music

Wish Me A Rainbow - The Gunter Kallmann Chorus

Wish Me A Rainbow
The Gunter Kallmann Chorus with Orchestra and Bells - Sung in English
4 Corners Of The World - Kapp Record

BELLS? Yes! There are bells like broken glass in just about every song as far as I can tell. What a silly gimmick!

What I like about Kallmann LPs is the overwhelming 60s AM radio easy listening sound. It's brutal!

Romantica? Did this term originate from a Martin Denny project? You can just hear a touch of a German accent if you listen hard enough. BELLS? YES! Listen carefully! There are BELLS!

Today's Top Hits

Way Down

Today's Top Hits - by The Homestead
Homestead Records
1977 By "Fantastic-F, Inc.

Here we have a budget exploitation record. The front cover and rear cover are EXACTLY the same. Sporting an cheesy stock photo. Nowhere on the jacket is there a track list.

The track "Way Down" is the last single Elvis put out before his death.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Belle-Aires

Ticket To Ride (The Beatles)
The Belle-Aires of Bellevue Hight School

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Electronic Hair Pieces

Electronic Hair Pieces
Mort Garson
A&M Records

The album art appears on the cover of "Incredibly Strange Music Volume II."

Mort Garson experimental Moog synth project.

Monday, February 8, 2010