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Saturday, April 17, 2010


Mirror Game
Activities For Individualization In Movement And Music
For Grades K-6
Educational Activities, Inc.  AR 49

What kid is going to understand the title? In fact, I'm 53 and have no idea what it means.

The songs, for the most part, are about shaking body parts and hopping around.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Dance Around The World In SRS Hotels

Dance Around The World In SRS Hotels
EMI Electrola - Press in Germany

SRS is Steigenberger Reservation Service. This album was created to "introduce" SRS.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Music For Young Lovers

The Thrill Is Gone
Music For Young Lovers
The Organ Masters
Camden/RCA CAS-2412

The jacket notes do not make note of who the "Organ Masters" are.

Love is what counts. The Organ Masters prove the point.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hawaii - Nearer Than You Think

Ke Kali Nei Au
Hawaii - Nearer Than You Think... Lovelier Than You Dream

This is a very interesting private press produced by Trade Wind Tours Of Hawaii.

This was an expensive and complex print project produced as a handout to folks who signed on to take a tour with Trade Wind. There are so many full color pages (30 single pages) that the pages had to be coil bound.

The record features The Hilo Hawaiians. Honeymoon In Hawaii (their first record).

The book goes into detailed covering the history geography of The Big Island and surrounding islands. There is a wonderful illustrated map of the island chain along with other illustrated maps featuring individual islands. The promotion finishes with a look at Pearl Harbor, The Polynesian Cultural Center, Honolulu and Paradise and Sea Life Park.

Songs And Stories About Cuddly Teddy Bears

Sweetie Bear
Songs And Stories About Cuddly Teddy Bears
Diplomat Records
Rocking Horse Series 5025

Everyone loves a Cuddly Teddy Bear!

Diplomat ran out of bear songs so they tacked an Ostrich and a Donkey song onto the end of the LP.

Real Relaxation

Daytime Relaxation
Real Relaxation
A Prime Key To Good Health
Gol Records, Lexington MA 1970

Vanity press record by Gladys Ruth Kanter who for some reason refers to herself as "Gol, a graduate Public Health Nurse".

Side A is a lesson in "relaxation techniques of letting go". As in... keep letting go of your buttocks and other parts of your body. I was concerned about letting go of my buttocks. This particular exercise may have prompted Gol to print this cautionary note on the back cover: To obtain the most benefit from this record, be sure not to strain, grunt, or hold your breath at any time during your practice.

I found it humorous that after, say... the first 20 minutes of the A side Gol tells us to relax, maybe go to sleep for the next 5 minuets. After that… nothing. The disc is blank for the next 5 minuets.

That 5 minuets of blank LP... I paid for that part of the LP and didn't get anything for my money. I'm upset about that and just can't let go.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Melody Lee

Indian Love Call & By The Waters Of Minnetonka
Music! Music!! Music!!!
When Melody Lee Plays Melodies

Vanity press from Loma Linda, CA.

Minty fresh from sealed shrink it's Melody Lee!

From the back cover: Melody has never attended a school for the blind. She has taken her place among the sighted and much of the time with superior grades.

Lee also brings and cheer to the aged in rest homes and playing for those in jail.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Out Of This World - Richard Marino Orchestra

Out Of This World
Richard Marino Orchestra
Producer: Si Waronker
Engineer: Ted Keep
Cover Design: Pate/ Francis & Associates
Photography: Garrett-Howard, Inc.
Liberty Records LSS 14007

Lushly produced die-cut jacket features reveals areas of the full color sleeve.

The music is not exactly as "out of this world" as the cover graphics might suggest. Marino created more of a mood set that features "spacey-sounding" lead ins and lead outs. The engineer (Ted Keep) along with Marino did an excellent job of blending the audio effects and the song order helps to create a mellow and dreamy soundscape.

From the sleeve: Musically, conductor Marino calls upon a full span of woodwinds from the piccolo to the contrabassoon. Violas and cellos, two harps, percussion instruments and a rhythm section complete with the orchestra. And the voices of three sopranos were blended in for ethereal effects.

Out Of This World
Moonlight Becomes You
When You Wish Upon A Star
The Moon Was Yellow
Gone With The Wind
Stairway To The Stars
Over The Rainbow
Full Moon And Empty Arms
Stella By Starlight

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Martin Denny - Taste Of India

Martin Denny
A Taste Of India
Liberty Records LST-7550 1968

From the back cover: Denny also included the instruments Tabla and Tamboura which he brought back from India.