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Sunday, December 31, 2017

THE COMING WAR WITH RUSSIA

by Dr. Jack Van Impe


JACK VAN IMPE EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION
691103
1973


SIDE A:



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Editor's note: if you follow Dr. Jack at all you know that he always comes back to the final war with Russia. It's go-to doomsday scenario according to his reading of the Bible. Which are based on deep research. Whether you believe it or not is up to you. I'm not a believer in the good book as a roadmap to historical accuracy but I do adhere to the genius of Vam Impe. When he says that Tubal, Rash, Gog and Magog, etc. are going to be involved in the final days battle I believe. Not with faith but the conviction of his interpretation. He's that good.

Another thing of note is his dour demeanor in this recording. At one point he quips that the end time is a relief because there's nothing to live for in this world of decay. He's usually very positive but not here. Except that the end with have a golden rainbow of Jesus love. I guess we'll find out eventually.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

MAKE YOUR WINTER BRIGHTER WITH RECORDS

The Tampa Tribune, January 29, 1956 (enlarge)

ROBERT HALL SINGING COMMERCIALS

by Various


E2KS2365-6
78 RPM
1950s?


SIDE A:



March "You better buy clothes"
"Honey, Honey"
Robert Hall Polka

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SIDE B:



Red Nickels "When the values go up, up, up"
Samba "Save on clothes"

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Editor's note: the sleeve is double-sided but since it's the same I didn't bother to post the obverse. As for the material itself--which is handsomely pressed on red vinyl at 78 RPMs--it is comprised of radio commercials (I'm assuming; or the audio of both television and radio) for the clothier Robert Hall. Per information gathered from a post that I made on a FB group for a major Detroit-based department store J. L. Hudson Co.--which was once the world's largest before its demise--the Robert Hall franchises were mostly self-contained stores that had mid-ranged prices for the common man, woman and child, or thrifty spenders. Though the stores numbered in the 300+ location range and were spread coast-to-coast, apparently the brand was most popular in New York City and Los Angeles. Which makes sense since they are two of the largest populated cities in America. The songs sound 50ish but could be earlier or later since this is the first that I've ever heard of them or the store itself. This is one of my few estate sale finds--primarily because I'm too cheap to pay more than a buck for most records--that I found in a box of clutter that had been in its disheveled state for probably six months. Which is fortuitous since I had long forgotten about it and only started tidying up this blog around that time. Otherwise, it might have been forgotten and lost completely.

Friday, December 29, 2017

THE NONSENSE SONGBOOK

by The Three Stooges


MCA RECORDS
MCA-909
1984


SIDE A:



THE ALPHABET SONG (1:33)
THREE LITTLE FISHES (2:41)
THE ABA DABA HONEYMOON (1:48)
THE MERRY-GO ROUND BROKE DOWN (1:55)
TWO LITTLE BIRDIES (2:02)
THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (2:30)

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SIDE B:



PEGGY O'NEILL
CHICKERY CLACK
PLAY A SIMPLE MELODY
OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM
MAIRZY DOATS
GIVE THANKS

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Editor's note: this is obviously a re-release of the 1959 album of the same name that came at the twilight of their career as the Stooges added Joe after Joe to their repertoire to replace their dying brood. The album is complete shite but you can't blame these guys for not selling out to the filth heap of humanity and sticking to their innocent brand of slapstick. This is especially so since they created amazing original comedy for decades and were paid a pittance. They were merely cashing in to survive when they should have been living like kings.

And if you've never heard Frank Black's (Black Francis [Charles Thompson] from the Pixies) Two Reelers song about The Three Stooges then let me enlighten you with a video of such. It's one of my favorites from him:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

DORA HALL SINGS TOP TEEN TUNES

by Dora Hall; arranged and conducted by H. B. Barnum


CALAMO RECORDS
PL-1008


SIDE A:



SHE (2:35)
FRANKLYN STREET (2:20)
NEW BOY (2:29)
I WON'T GIVE HIM UP (2:00)
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (2:00)
YOU NAME IT (2:48)

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SIDE B:



I AIN'T GONNA MISS YOU (3:02)
DID HE CALL TODAY MAMA? (2:30)
SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (2:42)
LET ME TELL YOU BABY (2:14)
BAREFOOTIN' (2:25)
DEFINITION OF LOVE (2:30)

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Editor's note:I'm not sure which decade or country these songs were hits in but I've never heard of any of them. Dora sings her hear out in these but I don't care for it. Not that it's bad because if it were I'd be singing its praises. What I'm saying is that it's good in a bad way when I want it bad in a good way.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

SONGS FROM COLE PORTER'S CAN CAN

by the Varsity Singers & Orchestra

GRAMOPHONE RECORDS
20217
MONO
1956


SIDE A:



C'est Magnifique
Allez-Vous-En
Can Can
I Am In Love

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SIDE B:



Original Can Can Music
Orchestra and Organ
a: Eevensong
b: Ave Maria

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Editor's note: this appears to be a rather scarce specimen from an obscure outfit which called itself Gramophone after the machine, though not related. Maybe they were. I don't care. I don't really care about Cole Porter either but these songs are tolerable because the songs are stripped down and just sound folksy and old instead of gay show tunes. Or maybe that's how they were originally written. I don't know or care on that front either. However, I do care about this Gramophone label. It seems like an impractical new obsession. Sort of like an armpit fetish for the aural side of my addled brain.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

HOT AND COLE

by Buddy Cole


WARNER BROS. RECORDS
W 1252
STEREO?
1959


SIDE A:



Christopher Columbus (2:07)
The Dipsy Doodle (2:23)
Judy (2:23)
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (2:58)
Lullaby Of The Leaves (3:42)
Idaho (2:35)

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SIDE B:



Tuxedo Junction (2:37)
Amor (1:59)
As Long As I Live (2:20)
Opus #1 (3:02)
I'll Remember April (3:10)
Jersey Bounce (2:27)

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Editor's note: hot and cole, Buddy's soul, funk pop a roll, boo bop a be bop bo. All right, I basically bought this for the chick on the cover with vampire teeth and the pasted on hat that looks like a flaming do. She's hot, right? And so is Buddy, musically speaking. 

I believe that this is the record that starts buzzing on the second track and then does it on occasion thereafter. I'm not sure what it is but I assume that it's a coating problem with the record since I've seen it do it with perfectly unscathed LPs as well.

Monday, December 25, 2017

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

by The Vienna Choir Boys


RCA RECORDS
PRL1-8020
STEREO
1976


SIDE A:



In Dulci Jubilo (2:30)
Anima Nostra (5:37)
Adeste Fideles (1:36)
Greensleeves (The Old Year Now Away Is Fled)(2:50)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2:12)
Deck The Halls (1:09)
Gloria, Gott In Der Hoh! (0:56)
Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen (3:26)

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SIDE B:



Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (3:31)
Die Engel Und Die Hirten (3:42)
Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (0:55)
Joy To The World (1:28)
The Little Drummer Boy (2:23)
Angels We Have Heard (3:04)
Kommet Ihr Hirten (1:31)
Pueri Concinite (4:33)

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Editor's note: I don't particularly like these kids. Their female singing voices and sailor suits are off-putting to say the least but the cut-out photo of them pasted onto a clip art pastiche of Santas and Yuletide greetings make up for it. Not that they don't sing well it's just that they sound like chicks. I prefer to hear female choral singing so I'd just as well hear the real deal. But I digress. Merry fucking Christmas!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

THE WARM SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

from FM-94, music by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, sung by the Associate Singers, arranged by Bob Piper


TOBY ARNOLD AND ASSOCIATES
610X33
STEREO
1976


SIDE A:



DECK THE HALL (2:18)
SILENT NIGHT (2:25)
JINGLE BELLS (1:45)
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (3:20)
UP ON THE HOUSE TOP (2:14)
THE WARM SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS (2:50)

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SIDE B:



JOY TO THE WORLD (2:20)
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM (2:45)
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (1:33)
AWAY IN A MANGER (2:18)
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL (2:12)
JOLLY OLD SAINT NICHOLAS (2:20)
CHRISTMAS BELLS (0:27)

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Editor's note: the good news for ye haters of Christmas music is that I only purchased four holiday records (actually 5 but 1 skipped to high hell) this year. The bad news is that half of them are coming up in this and the next installment. Hopefully, you have better things to do during the holidays than listen to crappy records. Either way this is FM lite Christmas fare which equates to tender songs sung by effeminate-sounding males and giddy-voiced chicas. But maybe you like that sort of thing.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

HORTON HATCHES THE EGG & ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES

narrated by Marvin Miller & Lionel Barrymore


MGM RECORDS
CH 114
1975



SIDE A:



HORTON HATCHES THE EGG

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SIDE B:



ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES

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Editor's note: I'm guessing that these two movies came out at the same time and thus MGM released an album to rake in more cash. Smart move. That's why rich people stay rich and we stay bound to the system. Dummies.

Friday, December 22, 2017

OFFENBACH'S GAIETE PARISIENNE

 by Jacques Offenbach; conducted by Alfonso D'Artega for The New York Festival Symphony Orchestra


DESIGN RECORDS
DLP-82
STEREO
1964


SIDE A:



Overture - Barcarolle
Grand Ballroom Promenade & Valses
Can-Can La Perichole Valse
Amour Coquette
Orpheus Valse
Can-Can Finale

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SIDE B:



Entr'act Opening - La Vie Parisienne Valse - Can-Can
Regal Splendor - La Perchole Valse - Orpheus Theme (Violin Solo)
Peruvian Barcarolle
Prelude - Orpheus Valse
Gossip - Finale

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Editor's note: this one is all about the cover art and not so much the pedestrian classical music. I'm not saying that it's bad because nearly all classical music is greater than all other genres combined even at its worst. This is just so-so classical to my sensibilities. Which isn't saying a whole hell of a lot considering my other 800 selections on this wretched blog.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

TEN TROMBONES LIKE TWO PIANOS

by Pete Rugelo and His Orchestra


WING RECORDS
SRW-16390
STEREO
1969


SIDE A:



MARIE 
MEDLEY
MOONGLOW; THEME FROM "PICNIC'
LET THERE BE LOVE
LIKE LOVE
WILLOW WEEP FOR ME

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SIDE B:



LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
ANGEL EYES
LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
IT'S A MOST UNUSUAL DAY
INTERMISSION RIFF

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Editor's note: sometimes these records come straight from the thrift store or whatever sale I attended and get recorded and popped onto the blog like this one-offer. It's hardly spectacular but has its moments of grandeur. The best thing about it to me is the title. Is it that ten trombones like two pianos or is this some sort of quick speak of old to parlay the fact that ten trombones are similar to two pianos? I guess it doesn't matter. As much as I like this cover I think the 1960 edition trumps it horns down.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT

by various choral groups


COLUMBIA RECORDS
XCTV 87788




SIDE A:



WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
Deck the Halls
Good King Wenceslaus

DUNS SCOTUS COLLEGE
Jesu Redemptor
Viva Viva
Sleep Well

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
Gloria Patri

FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Silver Bells
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

CIVIC CENTER CHORUS
The Star Carol
Ave Maria

ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
Silent Night

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SIDE B:



LUTHERAN CHORALIERS
Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
Oh Emanuel

THE ACAPPELS
We Three Kings

THE DETROIT EDISON COMPANY
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
Carol of the Bells

ORPHEUS CLUB
Go Tell It on the Mountain

GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
Jingle Bells
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
Mary Had a Baby
Silent Night

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Editor's note: I know, I know...nothing makes one want to sing like a little tuberculosis. And to Detroit of all places. My hometown. My holy town of stupefaction. It's not a particularly good record but the cover is good, the topic is grating to a hearty 50% of the population and nobody else likely has this posted. If they do I'm knocking them down with my low-fi gravitas.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

MUSIC OF LEROY ANDERSON VOL. 2

by Leron Anderson with Frederick Fennell conductiing


MERCURY RECORDS
MG-50043
MONO
1958


SIDE A:



Belle Of The Ball
Horse And Buggy
The Waltzing Cat
Blue Tango
Summer Skies
Song Of The Bells

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SIDE B:



The Typewriter
The Syncopated Clock
The Girl In Satin
China Doll
Saraband
Fiddle-Faddle

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Editor's note: I bought this record for the cover art and ended up only liking the "gimmick" tracks where Anderson plays a typewriter, clock and whatever else he plays. Mind you, he didn't play them quite enough for my tastes but that's a given considering that I'm a demanding mutha. I want an entire album of typewriting and/music as the central theme. Hell, I'll even take one of just typewriting for that matter.

Monday, December 18, 2017

GORDON KRIST AT THE RANCH HOUSE

 by Gordon Krist


LUCKY MAC RECORDS
UAS 244-23978
STEREO
1968


SIDE A:



Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago
San Francisco
More
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Moon River
Cotton Fields

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SIDE B:



Alley Cat
Love
Shadow Of Your Smile
As Time Goes By
Laura
Sound Of Music

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Editor's note: this album gives off mixed signals about just what the title is but I went with the one on the cover. It's a mostly quiet album that has its spots with outbursts of quavering joy. It's also one of the very few records that I have unsealed but only because I bought four copies and felt that I could spare one. I was rather surprised at how USED it looked despite being unplayed. I guess shelf wear is a real thing for new old stock. Have or would you open a decades-old sealed record?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT DRUGS

by Jimmy Swaggart


JIM RECORDS
JLPSS-9
16 RPM


SIDE A:



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Editor's note: due to the 16 RPM speed of this record and the fact that I was going out of town for the weekend I didn't get a chance to listen to it properly. From what I did hear in a cricket-esque voice his synopsis for drug usage and the fall of society is fairly correct. Considering that he gave the sermon in the Brightmoor area of Detroit which is pretty much the DMZ between the war-torn city and the suburbs it is fairly fatalistically accurate. The last few times that I even ventured into the area there was a 6 foot tall tranny hooker that just as easily could have sacked a quarterback as he-she symbolized the collapse of civilization. Detroit is that frontier and Marxism is the banner. Of course, Swaggart had his own battle with whores. I guess we all do eventually if we're unlucky enough.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

1000 STRINGS AT CHRISTMAS

by Al Goodman and his Orchestra


PREMIER ALBUMS
XM-9
1959


SIDE A:



O Come All Ye Faithful
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Joy To The World

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SIDE B:



Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
The First Noel
Good King Wenceslas
Oh Holy Night
We Three Kings Of Orient Are
Silent Night

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Editor's note:it is what it purports to be: orchestral and string-ish. The Christmas clip art on the back and the angry snowman in a blur on the front with a horn of his own carry this record with the music playing second fiddle.

Friday, December 15, 2017

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

by O. Henry and narrated by John Carradine


THE E. F. MAC DONALD COMPANY
EFMX62
STEREO
1962



SIDE A:



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Editor's note: in the decade previous to and of the mass spread of the internet I used to read O. Henry quite prodigiously. His shorter stories, anyhow, so it's inevitable that I'd come across a record of one of those longer ones that I skipped over. I guess it makes sense that I also glossed over the listening portion of this post and couldn't tell you a single thing about this story except that it pertains to Christmas. I started listening to it and just zoned out. Check Wikipedia or something and let me know, m'kay? Right. Now you see how I feel. 

Also, there was a musical side on the reverse of the story but it skipped in so many spots that it seemed pointless to post it and so I didn't. 

It's also the second album that I've posted from The E. F. Mac Donald Company. The other being Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which I've now re-upped.