Friday, December 24, 2010

A Baby Just Like You 1975 F.S. 45 with Christmas Mem'ries


Recorded at Cherokee Studios, this is a classic Non-LP single from Frank (with Don Costa) written by John Denver and released in 1975.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!

LOOK TO THE FUTURE NOW--

Friday, December 17, 2010

THE VINYL SHELF All New Episode!


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Download NOW and be transported to a VINYL PARTY hosted by The Pipe and Carroll O'Connor with 45s of "Sugar Sugar" and "Chewy Chewy" right in a row (g.a.) (great album)...Buddy Knox brings along his "Party Doll" while Rush brings "Tom Sawyer"...Peggy Lee gets interviewed...and for all you vampire lovers, The Count teams up with Loretta Lynn and Soupy does "White Fang"...

More VINYL Excursions from THE PIPE!!!
An ALL-NEW Episode of the VINYL SHELF!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

...and a PARTRIDGE Family Christmas Card (but alas, no damn pear tree)...

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!

This classic Bell Records LP is for everyone who's Jones-in' for some Cassidy.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

NATIONAL LAMPOON RADIO HOUR Christmas Show December 1973


I never heard these when they were originally on the air but in the cassette trading days you could once in a while uncover a segment or you might run into a collector cool enough to have a few episodes (THANKS H.R.). But it was the holy grail box set released by Rhino that gave the Michael O’Donoghue (GENIUS) brainchild the audience it deserves by just letting everyone hear these creative and hilarious radio broadcasts again.

“The National Lampoon Radio Hour” ran for a little over a year in 1973/74 and was broadcast every week on “cool” radio stations throughout the U.S. and featured talented young comic writers and actors like John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Christopher Guest and Bill Murray and Gilda Radner do a Santa Claus routine that paved the way for their classic characters Todd DiLaMuca and Lisa Loopner.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

On the TENTH DAY, it's...The amazing PEGGY LEE Christmas Carousel LP

This is not your average Christmas album...but then Peggy Lee's not your average gal! She wrote some new ones and rearranged some old ones and it sounds inspired and full of spirit. Do yourself a favor this holiday and invite Peggy over.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

An Old-Fashioned Christmas 1984 A&M Original LP mix

THANKS to Richard for putting together a second collection of Carpenters Christmas music for all to enjoy. Karen's voice is like an old friend.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

THE VINYL SHELF Christmas Episode #2


Join THE PIPE for Part Two of THE VINYL SHELF's Christmas Extrava-'ganja' featuring a HOT Christmas 12" Remix of SLADE, the JACKSON 5 say hello, and there's an awesome KEITH RICHARDS solo 45 rarity "Run Rudolph Run," plus a double shot of ELVIS because he's the King and SIR DUKE himself turns in a "Jingle Bells" that means many things because it's a solid swinger...and maybe we should have a contest where everyone counts how many times you hear the words "good cheer" in Christmas songs...

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CHRISTMAS EPISODE #1 Playlist
OZZY OSBOURNE Message
JIMMY STEWART Message
THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS-Silent Night
ALEXANDER O’NEAL-Remember Why It’s Christmas
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS-Winter Wonderland
SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ’66-The Christmas Song
LOUIS ARMSTRONG-‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
LEONARD BERNSTEIN-O Come, All Ye Faithful
EDDIE KENDRICKS Message
GLEN CAMPBELL Message
GLEN CAMPBELL-I’ll Be Home For Christmas
MARK LINDSAY-Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
JOHN DENVER & THE MUPPETS-Christmas Is Coming/A Baby Just Like You
BAND AID-Feed The World
BEACH BOYS-Blue Christmas
DEAN MARTIN-Jingle Bells
DEAN MARTIN-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
AL MARTINO-O Come, All Ye Faithful
WILLIE NELSON-O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Christmas Blues
TEENA MARIE Message
ROBIN ZANDER Message
RICK NIELSEN Message
JACKIE GLEASON-You’re All I Want For Christmas
BURL IVES-Snow For Johnny
LIBERACE-‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY-My Christmas Card To You
BUCK OWENS & SUSAN RAYE-One Of Everything You Got
SISTERS LOVE Message
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS-It’s The Happiest Time Of The Year
PEE WEE HERMAN Message
PEGGY LEE-I Like A Sleighride

CHRISTMAS EPISODE #2 Playlist
SLADE-Merry Xmas Everybody 12” Remix
BEE GEES Message
JULIUS WECHTER & THE BAJA MARIMBA BAND-Partridge In A Pear Tree (Twelve Days Of Christmas)
KEITH RICHARDS-Run Rudolph Run
R.E.M.-Deck The Halls
TRAVELING WILBURYS Message
NRBQ-Christmas Wish
THE GREEDIES-A Merry Jingle
DUNCAN FAURE-Christmas Song
CLAUDINE LONGET-I Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
THE BEATLES-Christmas Time Is Here Again
GARY PUCKETT-Oh Holy Night
BOBBY SHERMAN-Yesterday’s Christmas
BOBBY SHERMAN-Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
CHET ATKINS-Jingle Bell Rock
THELMA HOUSTON Message
JACKSON FIVE Message
JACKSON FIVE-Give Love On Christmas Day
STEVIE WONDER Message
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES-It’s Christmas Time
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS-Christmas Spirit
MARK LINDSAY-O Little Town Of Bethlehem
ELVIS PRESLEY–If I Get Home On Christmas Day
ELVIS PRESLEY-Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
RAY CONNIFF SINGERS-Here Comes Santa Claus
DUKE ELLINGTON-Jingle Bells
ALEXANDER O’NEAL-Sleigh Ride
PHIL SPECTOR-Silent Night
PHYLLIS DILLER Message
JOHN WAYNE Message
FLORENCE HENDERSON Message
BRADY BUNCH-The First Noel

Friday, December 3, 2010

THE VINYL SHELF Christmas Episode #1



DON'T MISS IT!!

A special presentation of THE VINYL SHELF featuring the best Christmas music mix EVER...ALL from VINYL!!

Satisfaction guaranteed or your download back!!



FOR THE FIRST TIME--

Hear Satchmo & Liberace battle for the best version of 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!
WHO WINS?!?!?!
YOU DECIDE!!

ALSO, ULTRA RARE MARK LINDSAY from an A&P Grocery Store Christmas LP compilation, THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS, GLADYS KNIGHT, BURL IVES and even the MUPPETS...DOWNLOAD NOW and spend some time with THE PIPE and his record collection this holiday season.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

FRANK SINATRA Christmas Dreaming

On the second day of Christmas my true love found this WHITE LABEL Columbia promo LP from 1957 by F.S. at the thrift store (it's the thought that counts) featuring 10 of his early holiday classics.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS


On the first day of Christmas, my true love burned for me the classic CARPENTERS "Christmas Portrait" album from 1978 in its ORIGINAL VINYL MIX!
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Friday, November 26, 2010

THE VINYL SHELF-All New Episode


On this week's episode of THE VINYL SHELF, hear an exclusive interview with MRS. MILLER, music from GRASS ROOTS, NAZZ, QUEEN, NICK LOWE and an ultra rare soul version of "Bennie & The Jets"...

CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT THIS SEASON OF "THE VINYL SHELF" FEATURING THE PIPE AND HIS VINYL COLLECTION!!
HERE'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING--

"The new season of THE VINYL SHELF is hilarious!! Great music and lots of laughs...the humorous direction adds to the classic sounds..."
Roger Tibberts
Modern World Weekly

"THE VINYL SHELF is like having your own personal DJ...The Pipe is a musicologist with a record collection worth sharing..."
Biff Barts
Daily Nightly

"I never laughed SO HARD"
Larry Flynt

"Could you please play more songs about the wild donkeys of Tibet?"
Keith Matherne
Cocktail Twin


CLASSIC STACKS OF TRACKS ON WAX...nothing but VINYL!!
Every week on the VINYL SHELF.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

A Vinyl Shelf Special Presentation--ALL 45 VINYL MIX!


Here's a special ALL 45 mix I did featuring dozens of great 7" vinyl from the Vinyl Shelf including lots of ultra-rare MONO DJ mixes...
Nothing but GREAT singles!

Friday, November 12, 2010

VINYL SHELF Season Three Premiere Episode! Over 2 HOURS!!

THE VINYL SHELF is back on the air!!
The world's leading VINYL internet radio show featuring your host, THE PIPE, is playing singles and LP cuts from 100% REAL VINYL!!

It's a DOUBLE episode SEASON PREMIERE with over 2 HOURS of cool music from a truly SICK record collection. You'll hear music by RAMONES, CHEAP TRICK, R.E.M., LOVE and IKE & TINA TURNER...rare RADIO SHOW transcription discs, b-sides and MUCH MORE!!

PLUS, some ultra rare RODNEY singles including TATER TOTZ Live Hate At BEATLEFEST 'Complete' and even TUBE TOPS FOREVER!
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

All New Season of THE VINYL SHELF Starts November 12th!!


JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO SURF OTHER BLOGS...

THE VINYL SHELF RETURNS!!
Friday, November 12th...THE THIRD SEASON BEGINS with over 2 Hours of LPs, 45s, 78s from The Pipe's record collection...the world's best internet web radio show plays the best music from VINYL ONLY...

LOTS OF LAUGHS this season and of course, ALL KINDS OF MUSIC!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

THE ROLLING STONES All Meat Music

A funny double album with an odd performance by the Stones at the Forum in Los Angeles in a one-off to benefit victims of the massive Nicaragua earthquake in the town where Bianca was from. The band raised a TON of money for the cause, pulled some chestnuts out of their back catalog and although it gets sloppy sometimes, it sure sounds like everyone's having a blast with the boys back in town.

Usually when I dust off an old vinyl STONES boot, it's a bad audience recording from the bleachers but this one's surprisingly good and it's low in CD circulation too so turn it up and LET IT ROCK...

The sound quality is that of an average 70's vinyl bootleg and the Stones sound LOUD. Mick Taylor's guitar cuts through like a razor. In celebration of the newly released "Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones" DVD, here are four sides of rock & roll as good as it comes.
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WINTER TOUR 1973
BENEFIT FOR NICARAGUA EARTHQUAKE
FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA JANUARY 18, 1973
BROWN SUGAR
BITCH
ROCKS OFF
GIMME SHELTER
ROUTE 66
IT'S ALL OVER NOW
HAPPY
TUMBLING DICE
NO EXPECTATIONS
SWEET VIRGINIA
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
DEAD FLOWERS
STRAY CAT BLUES
LIVE WITH ME
ALL DOWN THE LINE
RIP THIS JOINT
JUMPING JACK FLASH
STREET FIGHTING MAN

Did you check out that set list? "Route 66" in 1973 with Mick Taylor??? "It's All Over Now"??? Are you kidding me?

LEONARD BERNSTEIN What Is Jazz? 1954 Columbia LP


Cornered Bernstein returns by popular demand with another vintage vinyl selection--
LEONARD BERNSTEIN-WHAT IS JAZZ?
Columbia LP 1954

This is a STRANGE LP released in the mid 1950s and featuring the voice of the great Leonard Bernstein discussing and trying to explain ‘jazz’ as an art form and the effects it has on music. He explains jazz instrumentation, the blues, how we clap on beat and ‘jam sessions’ with such an authoritative prestige that shows the listener that even squares can have a ball.

This Columbia album’s so old that Miles Davis (his version of “Sweet Sue” closes out the album) is credited on the back cover as appearing courtesy of Prestige Records! This step back in musical time is wordy and a little dated but definitely worth a listen.http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RB8OWWHS

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

All we are saying is...Give GREASE A Chance!!


HOT SOX
1974 Kama Sutra Records

The first thing you notice is the back cover credits that reads “Produced by Jack Douglas” and “Executive Producer: Bob Ezrin.” Wow! It HAS to be GREAT! Well, by Sha Na Na standards, it’s pretty darn good and uses both classic 1950’s rock & roll oldies and also compositions by the band members to prove it. Bowzer’s voice is instantly recognizable and Denny Greene’s original ballad “Dreams Come True” is an album highlight, as is "Maybe I'm Old Fashioned" which Greene also sings and was released as a single in 1974.

This album is definitely PRODUCED. Many of the songs are sweetened up with lavish string orchestrations (by Wade Marcus) and the arrangements are more concise and less raw rock and roll. However, the band’s original songs are among their best like the title track “Hot Sox” (sung by Bowzer and written by long time member Scott “Tony Santini” Powell) and “Stroll All Night.” The classic “Too Chubby To Boogie” is written and sung here by drummer Jocko although when it was used on the TV show a few years later, Lennie Baker was given the song to sing for obvious reasons. Oh yeah, Johnny turns in a top performance with “Easier Said Than Done,” which was originally done by The Essex.

This is guitarist Vinnie Taylor’s last album before his tragic death and just before the group would enjoy tremendous success thanks to their TV program. Don’t forget to check inside the cover for a special bonus, a super CHEAP cutout sheet with “trading cards” of the boys.
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SHA NA NOW
1975 Kama Sutra Records

Dirty Dan makes his entrance and the best known lineup of Sha Na Na begins. But that doesn’t mean this album won’t confuse the hell out of you if you’re a fan of the TV show and 50’s music. Not since “The Night Is Still Young” in 1972 has the focus been taken off of “oldies” in favor of originals and a contemporary pop sound. Tony Camillo produced the album (with Jimmy Ienner credited as Executive Producer) and future Ramones engineer Ed Stasium was at the board.

Most of the lead vocals on the album are by Johnny Contardo including a surprise Raspberries’ cover (“Don’t Want To Say Goodbye”) and a couple of turds like “The Only Light On My Horizon” and “Basement Party.” There’s also a disco instrumental (“Sha-Bumpin’”) and ANOTHER version of “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” a song that had just appeared on their last album. The opening track "Shot Down In Denver" is good but sounds like it could be Bobby Sherman or another 70's pop singer.

There are a few oldies like Neil Sedaka’s “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” and Del Shannon’s “Runaway” but again the production is unfriendly to rockers and greasers alike. Maybe if you bought this album new in 1975 it might hold some good memories or a familiar melody. But for me, it’s the least interesting of the classic era Sha Na Na platters. Kind of like this band’s own “Strangers In The Wind” or “Unmasked.”
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

RONNIE LANE A&M 1974 Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance

RONNIE LANE’S SLIM CHANCE
A&M White Label Promo U.S. 1975

He was a Face, both small and large. His talents are often overlooked, not to mention his influence on fashion and coolness in swinging London in the 1960s. He later split the band when it was starting to become Rod’s band and lived on a farm and in Townshend’s driveway in order to finance his own touring unit. Some time around this time he released his second album called “Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance” which is a very musical collection of folk songs and rockers alike sung by that familiar voice and ‘plonked’ by that musical magician, Ronnie Lane.

This is the rare U.S. version of the LP with “The Poacher” as the opening track (in the UK it was the string heavy “Little Piece Of Nothing”) which would’ve been great slowed down and sung by Rod with the Faces. “Stone” WAS done by the Faces and sung by Ronnie Lane on their debut album, but it’s done here with a uptempo arrangement and in a higher key.

The UK Island Records version also swapped “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” (which was a 1975 single in the UK) with “Single Saddle” (nowhere to be found on the U.S. version) at the end of the album.

Though the album spotlights Ronnie’s strengths, the eclectic batch of tunes demand attention to truly realize how deep Ronnie goes. There’s not a whole lot of rock & roll here (although he turns in a few well done but lowdown covers with Fats Domino’s “Blue Monday” and Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell”) but “Anniversary” is beautiful, classic Ronnie Lane and “Give Me A Penny” is another highlight.

Ronnie Lane was a giant in music.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Arista LP 1976


There WAS a time before DVRs and VCRs when if something came on TV, you weren’t sure if you’d ever see it again. And if you wanted to see it, you had to stay up late or get up early. There was no second chance. Many of us dragged out our little cassette recorders to capture the AUDIO of the Rolling Stones on Saturday Night Live or a favorite music act on Dinah Shore or some other variety program. Not only could you buy albums featuring FULL movie soundtracks (including dialogue) from classic films by The Marx Brothers and Laurel & Hardy, but there were also hit albums for 1970s TV shows like “All In The Family” and comedy albums were all the rage (George Carlin, Cheech & Chong, Richard Pryor).

In 1976, Arista Records released this LP featuring “The Not Ready For Prime Time Players” entitled simply “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” that edited together best bits from the hit late night TV show with Don Pardo’s newly added studio announcements to try and emulate a real episode.

By the time I bought this album circa 1978, you could find it in the cut-out bins for $2.99 or less. I loved the hell out of it. Listening back many years later, I can still recite bits easily by heart and with perfect timing.

From classic skits like “Bedtime Story” (Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner) to “Dueling Brandos,” (with John Belushi & Peter Boyle) to a lengthy “Weekend Update” with Chevy Chase (who also gets a musical tribute from ‘Chevy’s Girls’), who also appears on a shocking “Word Association” skit with Richard Pryor. It’s television comedy at its finest and with only the audio available, it’s up to your mind to supply the visuals.

DAN AYKROYD
JOHN BELUSHI
CHEVY CHASE
JANE CURTIN
GARRETT MORRIS
LARAINE NEWMAN
GILDA RADNER

Special Guests-PETER BOYLE, BUCK HENRY, RICHARD PRYOR, PAUL SIMON, LILY TOMLIN
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Here's a rare photo of John Belushi and Bill Murray on the Blues Brothers set. I met Bill Murray while working at Tower Records and was fortunate to spend some time helping him shop for music. He was super nice and HILARIOUS. He was looking for "house music" for a party and when I told him I wasn't too familiar with the genre he looked me in the eye and said, "You gotta get out more, pal." Just a few weeks ago I ran into Garrett Morris shopping at Ralph's here in Hollywood. When I approached him and asked if he was Garrett Morris, his reply was, "You're not a cop are you?"

NAT KING COLE In The Original Production WILD IS LOVE


Nat King Cole was a living legend when he recorded this album in 1960. He was looking for something different this time around, restless to make an album that wasn’t just a group of songs. Songwriters Dotty Wayne and Ray Rasch approached Nat with the idea that would become the “Wild Is Love” album (Nat had previously recorded one of their songs on an earlier album).

Along with arranger Nelson Riddle and producer Lee Gillette, the team came up with a seamless string of songs that are connected like a musical with the concept being about the ever elusive meaning of “love.” Original U.S. LP pressings came in a deluxe gatefold cover with a lavish book inside (not unlike Capitol’s later “Magical Mystery Tour” booklet) with lots of pictures of young white couples.

There were no gaps or “bands” on the album, all of the songs were put together and meant to listen to as “Act One” and “Act Two” so that’s how I’m presenting my transfer too. I have a few different copies of this album including my first one which was bought on a trip to the UK for 1 pound at a used vinyl shop. No gatefold but shiny cover and mono too. Then, back in the U.S. I found an original Capitol LP and I was impressed by the deluxe packaging. If you want to add this LP to your collection, find an original U.S. for maximum enjoyment.

Once again, Nat King Cole’s voice is warm and commanding, effortlessly weaving from melody to melody and ‘acting out’ the spoken parts with ease and experience.

Act One:
INTRODUCTION
WILD IS LOVE
HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF GIRLS
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL EVENING
TELL HER IN THE MORNING
ARE YOU DISENCHANTED?
PICK-UP

Act Two:
BEGGAR FOR THE BLUES
WORLD OF NO RETURN
IN LOVE AGAIN
STAY WITH IT
WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT (HER NAME IS MARY)
HE WHO HESITATES
WILD IS LOVE (FINALE)


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Histoire de Melody Nelson SERGE GAINSBOURG


"Histoire de Melody Nelson" is a powerful piece of work by Serge Gainsbourg with arranger and orchestra conductor Jean-Claude Vannier released in 1971. Jane Birkin is the voice of Melody Nelson (age 15) and Serge is the character who accidentally crashes his Rolls into Melody's bicycle and thus begins their 'Lolita-esque' romance until Melody's life is cut short in a tragic plane crash. After the LP's release, a short film featuring all of the songs was made called "Melody." It is included on the 2 DVD compilation that's currently available as an import (and is a must for any Gainsbourg fan).
The music is picturesque on its own with the basis of the band being funky bass and drums with a ripping guitarist. Add a string section and Serge narrates and sings. The opening is triumphant ("Melody") and Vannier's "Ballade De Melody Nelson" has Jane Birkin melodically singing her character's name and that will be stuck in your head for days. The band jams on the nearly instrumental "En Melody" and there's even a choir added on "Cargo Culte" finishing up a quick musical journey that's both ahead of its time and uncategorizable. The sounds are haunting and groovy, translating well even if you can't speak French. CLASSIC Gainsbourg.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SERGE GAINSBOURG Bande Originale Du Film CANNABIS


Musiqe De SERGE GAINSBOURG
Arrangements & Orchestre: J. C. Vannier
1970 PHILIPS
If anybody's got "Cannabis" (on DVD that is), which stars Serge Gainsbourg and his wife at the time, Jane Birkin, I'd love to see it so send me a copy! As per usual, you never know what to expect with ol' Serge. And true to the title, this album will have you under the influence and occasionally looking over at your turntable, trying to remember what it was you just put on. Rock riffs, funky grooves and even harpsichord make this one cool spin.
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NAT KING COLE Sings My Fair Lady

If you were to gather up every Nat King Cole LP in at least VG+ condition from thrift store visits for one year, you would no doubt have a decent collection of his music on LP. There were so many LPs released in his lifetime and TONS more greatest hits and compilation packages that came out after his death.

I'm a huge fan of Nat King Cole's VOICE and that what it's really all about. A madman on the piano keys, Nat started his career playing jazz instrumentals until it was discovered how great his singing voice was. I'm always trying to listen to different Nat LPs, however there are a few that I keep revisiting including this one, "My Fair Lady," from 1963. I have no previous knowledge of Lerner & Loewe's musical, but there is something about these songs with Nat's voice and the way he approaches them that I find irresistible.

"The Rain In Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "Get Me To The Church On Time" are rich in melody and are fun to sing along with and of course "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" is a classic tune. But there's also "Hymn To Him," "With A Little Bit Of Luck," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," and "I'm An Ordinary Man" which showcase that rich baritone and also require Nat to "act" a little bit to get across the humor in the lyrics. "Show Me" is a beautiful ballad with it's melody eased over by the great NKC. Recorded in just four days at Capitol studios in Hollywood, this album is a gem and you should dig it NOW.


Monday, October 18, 2010

THE TURTLES Present The Battle Of The Bands 1968


THE TURTLES PRESENT THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS White Whale

Released in late 1968, this gem is produced by the man who masterminded The Monkees “Headquarters” album. Imagine what he can do with a real band!! No offense, Monkees. But I did just see the “Happy Together” tour and Flo & Eddie never fail to get a crowd going and I can’t say the same for Micky D. who plays a lot of acoustic and too many Davy Jones songs. Where’s “Goin’ Down”? Flo & Eddie could do it.

This album is purposely musically varied with the concept being each of the songs are supposed to be performed by a different style band. There’s a little surf music, some bluegrass country, hard rock and some very passable Brit-psychedelic pop. “The Last Thing I Remember” sounds like it could be The Move with Jeff Lynne and he hadn’t even joined that band yet!

Recorded at Gold Star in Hollywood, Howard, Mark, Al, Jim and Johnny (his final album with the Turtles) show their versatile talents with a great version of McGuinn/Clark’s “You Showed Me,” a true bluegrass version of “Chicken Little Was Right” (the alternate recording is on the b-side of the “She’s My Girl” 45) and Nilsson’s upbeat “The Battle Of The Bands.” The group even manage to get one of the biggest hits of their career with “Elenore.”. I really think it’s groovy.

Original White Whale LP:
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Here's a 2nd pressing of this White Whale album that's cleaner than Paul's grandfather:
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

HOLLYRIDGE STRINGS The Beatles Song Book LP


There it was, pictured on the back cover of all my early Beatles albums that were released on Capitol Records. “The Beatles Song Book-Romantic Instrumentals by the Hollyridge Strings” was listed right along side “Meet The Beatles,” “Something New,” and “The Beatles Story” on the back covers of the Capitol albums. By the time I was collecting Beatles albums though, these Hollyridge albums were long out-of-print.

Now I always thought that the producer and arranger of these albums was Stu Phillips, the country music pianist who had his own Nashville TV show that my parents watched and was kind of 'square' and boring instrumental easy listening. But it turns out that the Stu Phillips involved here is a completely different musician from Hollywood known for his movie and TV work (he did incidental music for the Monkees, Six Million Dollar Man and many more). It turns out he’s waaaaaay cooler than the Stu Phillips from Nashville!!

Here’s the first volume of “The Beatles Song Book” in stereo and it’s a super clean LP copy. Pretty groovy sounds and not too schmaltzy, I thought you might enjoy the Hollyridge Strings performing “Instrumental Versions of big Beatles Hits.”
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Friday, October 15, 2010

BRIAN JONES Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Joujouka


Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka was released in 1971 on Rolling Stones Records. Jones and recording engineer George Chkiantz went to Morocco to record the Master Musicians Of Joujouka in 1968 using a portable Uher tape recorder. Jones edited and mixed the 90 minutes of recordings for a single LP including vocal chants, flute and drum music and the full village orchestra's drum and horn music played to accompany the "frenzied dance of Bou Jeloud, a Moroccan Pan." He finished the LP in 1969 just prior to his death.


Reissued on CD in the 90's with separated tracks and different artwork, here is the original LP version featuring two different sides of music as originally intended by Brian. It's a pretty intense album, both rhythmically and instrumentally, especially when augmented by Brian's pscyhedelic mix. VIVA BRIAN JONES!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

FRANK SINATRA Ol' Blues Eyes Is Back

F.S. took a little breather but you knew it wasn’t gonna be forever. The blue-eyed bachelor’s brief retirement was sucker punched by a comeback album in 1973 that showed Frank still had the goods and it was time to deliver.

Sure, it’s a more "contemporary" sound but it's a superb production by Don Costa, who also arranges three of the songs. Gordon Jenkins returns to work for the Chairman by conducting the orchestra and supplying some worthy arrangements also.

A classy gatefold cover shows pictures of a content Frank in the studio and a bonus large color photo was an extra free gift found in the sleeve. It was a very tan year.

OK, so you already have “Songs For Swinging Lovers,” “Where Are You?,” and “September Of My Years.” But don’t overlook this gem for your LP rack, whether you fork over a couple of bucks for a clean one at Amoeba or check your thrift store and lay that dollar down. It might not be his best moment but it sure isn't embarrassing and it surely lacks any has-been moments. Sometimes success brings bad reviews so don't believe anyone without listening for yourself. THE VOICE is strong and experienced and this album is a monster. It ages like the man himself did-classy and believable.

I had the pleasure of just opening a sealed copy of this LP and I recorded the very first play of this almost 40 year old piece of untouched vinyl!
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Let's be Frank.......

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You Can Thank Me Later...Amazing MISSISSIPPI BLUES Vinyl!





Bukka White

THE MISSISSIPPI BLUES LPs (Various Rare Blues 78s on two volumes)
No. 1 1927-1940
No. 2 1929-1932


I always loved these two amazing vinyl compilations originally released on the Origin Jazz Library record label. Here’s your chance to hear “That’s No Way To Get Along” by Robert Wilkins (also known as “Prodigal Son” and covered by the Rolling Stones on “Beggars Banquet”) along with classic Delta blues rarities by Charlie Patton (sic), Skip James and Son House all from original 78s. And whoever put these comps together was cool enough to give us both sides of each of the rare discs!

I made this transfer from LP to CD when I was still working at Aron’s Records many years ago where I originally bought these LPs thanks to a new ‘underground’ pressing on fresh, clean vinyl.
Jaydee Short

The Mississippi Blues No. 1 1927-1940
BUKKA WHITE-The Panama Limited
BUKKA WHITE-Special Streamline
WILLIE BROWN-Future Blues
WILLIE BROWN-M & O Blues
KID BAILEY-Mississippi Bottom Blues
KID BAILEY-Rowdy Blues
ROBERT WILKINS-That's No Way to Get Along
ROBERT WILKINS-I Do Blues
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT-Got the Blues Can't be Satisfied
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT-Louis Collins
WILLIAM HARRIS-Bullfrog Blues
WILLIAM HARRIS-Hot Time Blues
SKIP JAMES-If You Haven't Any Hay, Get on Down the Road
SKIP JAMES-Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
SON HOUSE-Preachin' the Blues Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

The Mississippi Blues No. 2 1929-1932
SON HOUSE-Dry Spell Blues Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
LOUISE JOHNSON-All Night Long Blues
LOUISE JOHNSON-Long Ways From Home
CHARLIE PATTON-Rattlesnake Blues
CHARLIE PATTON-Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues
JAYDEE SHORT-Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake
JAYDEE SHORT-Telephone Arguin’ Blues
BLIND JOE REYNOLDS-Third Street Woman Blues
BLIND JOE REYNOLDS-Nehi Blues
ROBERT WILKINS-I’ll Go With Her Blues
ROBERT WILKINS-Get Away Blues
“HI” HENRY BROWN-Titanic Blues
“HI” HENRY BROWN-Preacher Blues
GARFIELD AKERS-Dough Roller Blues
JOE CALICOTT-Fare Thee Well Blues

A rare photo of ROBERT WILKINS