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Saturday, April 24, 2010

8 Top Hits 1956

Black Denim Trousers
8 Top Hits
Waldorf Music Hall Records

10 inch 33 RPM on Waldorf which was apparently a label started by Enoch Light in 1953 or 1954. Records from Waldorf were sold exclusively at Woolworths. See: Waldorf Discography

Black Denim Trousers, an early biker song, is the odd-man-out tune amongst this mood set.

The Wild Angels

The Wild Angels
Tower Records DT 5043

This is the soundtrack LP from a movie made by the fabulous Roger Corman and released by American International Pictures. The film was made three years before Easy Rider and was the first film to associate actor Peter Fonda with biker counterculture genre. Read about the movie on Wikipedia.

There was a CD release and currently mp3s are available, but apparently not all of the tracks from this LP are on the CD and not available as mp3 downloads. The record is an amazingly good soundtrack (collection of cool songs) from a budget film. Look for Blue's Theme on Amazon as one of the better tracks to download.

Organ Stop Pizza & Wurlitzer

Organ Stop Pizza
Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ
Presents Ron Rhode
Swartwout Productions SPS 5886-42

Yes, you are looking at an autographed copy of Organ Stop Pizza. Terrific cover of Rhodes (not a stunt double) fearlessly perched on top of a step ladder in front of the Organ Stop Pizza

Organ Stop Pizza is an actual operating pizza parlor located in Mesa, Arizona.  They still engage excellent organ artists to entertain guests.

Never in my life would I have guessed this record, found in an antique store, would amount to more than  an oddball event lost to history. Now I know that some good things in life persist and feature a salad bar!

Check out their website here: Organ Stop Pizza

MacArthur Park - Living Marimbas

Lullaby From "Rosemary's Baby"
MacArthur Park And Other Favorites
Living Marimbas Plus Strings
Arranged and Conducted by Leo Addeo
RCA Camden 1968

Groovy photo of a tough biker and biker chick. What does this photo have to do with the contents of the album? Nothing as far as I can tell.

Richard Hayman - Only Memories

Only Memories

Only Memories
Richard Hayman and His Orchestra
Wacker Series
Mercury MG 20428 (SR 60100)

Alone At Last
If I Spent A Lifetime
Night Love
Live Just For Tonight
Only Memories
Out Of Space And Time
Come To My Arms
When I Recall
You Look Good To Me
The Frustrated Clown

The Miracle At Christmas

Have A Very Merry Christmas
The Miracle At Christmas
Bill Walters Sings Ruth Lyons Christmas Songs
Jewel Records JRC 86044

This is a great local lounge styled album.

Ruth Lyons was a local fixture on TV here in Cincinnati (hosting a variety show). She and her "gang" also produced a number of Christmas LPs. According to the notes, Walters was a cast member of Lyon's 50/50 Club for 20 years.

According to the notes, the cover illustration is inspired by the "title tune of the album", The Miracle At Christmas. Not actually a song, but a poem. The drawing was done by "another warm and sensitive person and good friend", Phil Ohlms. It was meant to capture "that very special meaning of Christmas".

Friday, April 23, 2010

Miss Teal Joy

Ted Steel Presents
Miss Teal Joy
AAMCO Records ALPS-75

This is a curious project by a very talented vocalist who, on a number of tracks, sounds a touch like Billie Holiday. Songs are sung in various languages and Joy takes a different more traditional approach on a number of tracks.  The overall results are enjoyable.

Joy seems to have vanished. And I can't find the date that this LP was released. I did noted that this same jacket art is to be found with a different label printed in the upper right corner.

Apparently Joy made two albums.

The Young Sound '70

The Young Sound '70
Out Of Sight Hits For The Now People
Somerset SF-34400

Somerset had no idea what the 1970  "Young Sound" actually sounded like. Maybe they did, but did not have the money to spend to compile the actual hits of the period. The set is a mess. A few tunes seem to be the originals while others are not, including the lame lead track (sample above, originally recorded by The Shocking Blue in 1969).

Other songs... sound like early 60s or even 50s stock stuff, tracks that they found who knows where. They also threw in a song titled Model "T" which is a novelty instrumental as well as a gospel number that someone rearranged to be "hip".

From the back cover: A program for young people of some of the top hits of today. You can dance, sing or listen to this great album.

All New Fun Children's Songs

The Fairies Sing
All New Fun Children's Songs
Blue Duck Records 1981

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chicken Fat 1982 Aerobic Dance Party

Chicken Fat
Irwin's Aerobic Dance Party
Peter Pan 1982

This album is a totally whacked.

When you first look at the cover you think "Walt Disney", right? Wrong... these characters are complete rip offs of the well known brands. And if you listen to the record, "The Cookie Gobbler" is a rip off of The Cookie Monster (Sesame Street).

I can't believe Peter Pan took the infringement risk when they released this LP.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Corky Shanye

In The Mood For A Song
Corky Shayne
Salem Records 1956

A rare(ish) record found in a Wallicks Music City Demo Jacket. As far as I can tell Corky made just one record and a fine one it is. What a smooth voice!

Wonder what happened to her?

Puff The Magic Dragon - The Play-Doh People

The Inch Worm
Puff The Magic Dragon
Compliments Of The Play-Doh People
Rainbow Crafts, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio
Pickwick International

This is a nice compilation album with well thought out cover art. However, Pickwick offers us no artist credits.

Mood Music Encores Of New York

Side B
Mood Music
Kurt Maier, Pianist With Rhythm
Encores Of New York
Allegro Elite 4102

Budget label Allegro always seemed to produce nice jackets designs.

Interestingly, there is several inches of blank record leftover on each side of this 10 inch 33 RMP disc. Normally, this might indicate a reissue (from another record project). But I don't think that is the case with this project.

Little is to found online about Maier. Apparently he made a few "Encores" records for Allegro although I can't find mention of this particular record.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Happy Hamsters Go Ghostbustin'

Carol Anne's Theme
The Happy Hamsters Go Ghostbustin'
Oddyssey Productions
Audiofidelity 1984

I actually like The Happy Hamsters better then those other singing rodents. I can understand the actors after the engineers have processed their voices through the pitch filter. And they tell funnier jokes.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Teaching Children Mathematics Through Games, Rhythms And Stunts

Find A Friend
Classroom Records
Teaching Children Mathematics
Through Games, Rhythms And Stunts
Kimbo Educational LP 5000

A complicated way to find a friend...