Saturday, August 26, 2006

Marino Marini - Pop della Italiano

I was debating whether or not to put this one here, or over on the MoodieToonz site, but since I already have a couple of 10-inch EPs here, I decided that this Italian EP was strange enough to merit being here instead of there.

Apparently, according to my very lousy Italian, Marino Marini has worked with people like Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, and Charlie Ventura, and his guitar playing is not bad, even on the attempts at covering American pop and early rock'n'roll tunes. It may come out a bit comedic, but pop there was a whole lot different than pop here at the time...

This is a cute EP, and note the label... yes, it says "Durium". the 78 collectors reading this will find that eyebrow-raising...

Full size scans are here:
a scan of the Durium label

So, here we present a slice of Italy from 1955, Marino Marini ed il suo Quartetto.

And, yes, the ALF record went away. I'll repost it later when I can get a better encode of it.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Parent's Worst Nightmare!

It's a Small World After All.

You may now run screaming into the hills.

This is actually an early version, perhaps even the original (gonna do research to see if this is the case)... it is the actual souvenir record from the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Disney teamed up with Pepsi-Cola and had their ride around a large mobile (told about on the jacket cover). The audio quality is typical Disney, but I think you can get the idea...

An interesting side note, the "It's A Small World" attraction is no longer in existence, at either the Los Angeles or the Florida Disney parks! Do I hear cheers of Huzzah! or do I sense a little pang of remorse.... there's a great site about what's there and not there anymore at DisneyWorld, you'll have to Google it, because I lost the URL. Silly me.

Click on the link for full size scans of the front and the back... if you want 'em.

A repost of some (mostly) european 45s

OK, I absolutely blew away a posting, so now I'm gonna try and re-create it.......

Starting with Jesse Crawford on a Parade 45... yes, one of THOSE. The red-brown 45 EPs with the horrendous audio quality. The first cut had a groove dig so bad it was.... sadness, but I think I reconstructed enough of it to make some sense...

Jesse Crawford made a LOT of recordings, from the 78 era up into the early 1960s. And, yes, most all of them sound like this. Some of his theater organ recordings are worth finding though!

Some Enchanted Evening
Bali Hai
Just One Way to Say I Love You
Let's Take An Old-Fashioned Walk

We go now to Europe, and a 1961 German Philips EP of some hymns and chorales, performed by Uwe Rohl... As you can see, I put up the back of the sleeve that has the German lyrics, in case you are motivated to sing along :) If you want the full size scan, click here.

O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Jesu meine Freunde
So Nimm denn meine Hande
Jesus meine Zuversicht

Some nice work in the church, of where I know not.... but one thing about churches in Europe, most all have organs, they all have their own personalities, and they're all brilliant, in their own way.

We move from the sacred to the secular, to be exact, some volkslied, sung by a rather good Austrian boys choir, the Wiener Sangerknaben, recorded in 1959 on German Philips. I'll let you go to the full size sleeve back for all the soloist info and lyrics here.

Das Echo
La Gironetta
Bruderlein fein

Moving now to 1960 and another kind of modern volkslied, we present a German Polydor EP of 4 popular tunes about life in Berlin. These pop tunes were known as schlagers, or, more precisely on this EP, Schlagerbrucke nach Berlin.

Das Cornel-Trio - Wer mal am Kurfurstendamm
Bully Buhlan - Ich hab' noch einen Koffer
Friedel Hensch und die Cyprys - Ich kauf mir ein Grundstuck
Bully Buhlan - Lieber Leierkastenmann

Again, more orchestral credits can be found on the full size scan of the back of the sleeve.

Enjoy these, because the next posting will be one of those things that you won't be able to get out of your mind for a lo-o-o-o-ong time.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Red Hot Needles, and "Blow Your Top"

I had meant to encode this and post it some time ago, but finally got around to it this afternoon... we have here some young ladies doing a comedic radio play called "Blow Your Top", a parody of radio quiz shows. It gets cute and funny in this ten minute program, originally broadcast on Denver radio station KFEL on May 28th, 1951. This is from a 78rpm 12" acetate disc that I found in a thrift store, and, as I do with all acetate discs, bought it.

There is a cast list, and it is given at the end of the recording by the announcer.

It celaned up really well, so here it is, without any further ado... here is the Safeway Show Broadcast containing the first and only episode of "Blow Your Top".

Now, where did I put my aeroplane...