Sunday evening gospel: The King's Heralds Quartet and Del Delker--Old Hymns of Faith (Chapel Records LP 1220; 1953)
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by Lee Hartsfeld
1w ago
  I'd hoped to get this up earlier--as in, this morning.  However, though this 10-inch, clear-red-vinyl thrift gift from Diane (Thanks, Diane!) is in quite good shape for a 10-inch gospel LP from 1953, there were a number of minor clicks which escaped VinylStudio's declicker software (because of its bass-protection feature).  And so they had to be manually removed in MAGIX.  Slightly time-consuming, but worth the time when the music is this good. The King's Heralds Quartet (aka The King's Heralds) is a superlative singing group which I wrote about last Sunday.  This ..read more
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J. Lawrence Cook--Piano-Roll Rock "N Roll (Mercury SR 60083; 1959)
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by Lee Hartsfeld
2w ago
                                                                                                Photo from the Made In Chicago Museum website. Today we have J. Lawrence Cook (1899-1976), an incredibly prolific maker of piano rolls (the most prolific, says Wikipedia), accompanied by Tony Mottola on guitar, George Duvivier and Milton Hinton on bass, a ..read more
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Sunday morning gospel: Garden of Prayer--King's Heralds Quartet (Chapel LP 1211; 1953)
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by Lee Hartsfeld
2w ago
  Superb, and superbly professional, gospel quartet singing from 1953.  At the time, the King's Heralds Quartet (credited as "The Kings Heralds" on the front jacket--no "Quartet" or apostrophe) consisted of Robert Edwards, first tenor; Robert Seamount, second tenor; Wayne Hopper, baritone; and Jerry Dill, bass.  This ten-inch Chapel Records LP, pressed on clear red vinyl, is another Diane thrift-gift (Thanks, Diane!), and I somehow guessed that the singing would be of the top-caliber radio quartet type, a la The Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet.  And I was correct! The ..read more
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Twist Around the Town--Tommy Navarro and the Sundialers (Urania UR-900; 1961)--Great Twist-ploitation sounds!
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by Lee Hartsfeld
2w ago
  Sorry for my three-week absence.  I was sick for most of that time with what I'm mostly sure was a respiratory infection (I've had so many, I know them by heart).  Luckily, and uncharacteristically, my system managed to fight it off without medical intervention, though I came awfully close to visiting the local Urgent Care center.  Having a home nebulizer probably helped.  Anyway, I'm back and mostly healed... Another Twist-ploitation LP today, and a fine one--and yet another Diane thrift gift (thanks Diane!).  And you may be wondering, Aren't I tired of th ..read more
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Christmas 2022--Various Artists, Part 2: Dolan, The Wesley Bell Ringers, Jan Cyman and the Musicalaires, Clark Gassman
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by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
  Another round of assorted artists, starting with the 23-member Wesley Bell Ringers choir of Christ UMC, Salt Lake City UT--we'll hear three very cool selections, starting with my all-time favorite Yuletide song, Jingle Bells.  What can I say?  It's the catchiest melody ever devised.  The bell choir is beautifully recorded, especially for a private-pressed 1979 effort, and, at times, it's sound is downright surreal.  I say that as a huge compliment.  At the time of this recording, the choir had a bass boom-a-gong to add low tones.  Far out.  We ..read more
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Languages of Christmas--Taiwan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Madagascar, Japan, etc.! (Augsburg Publishing House 23-1660; 1973)
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by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
  "Though united in its expression of Christmas joy, this album is a collection of songs from various cultures, languages, and musical backgrounds...Voices from the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific islands join in an international chorus of praise to the Christ child."--LP notes.  That about sums up this 1973 gem.  For some reason, I was afraid that this collection would be too... bland or contrived.  Or even boring.  I have memories of lackluster, tedious, same-sounding "world music" shows on the radio, circa 2005, and I hoped this wouldn't be an ..read more
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Brunswick Concert Band: "Kiddies' Patrol"/"Kiddies' Dance" (1920), plus the VMB
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by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
  Strange times call for strange measures--my out-of-nowhere Windows hassle has knocked my blog posting off course, naturally (I should be one LP-rip ahead at this point).  And so I'm offering this six-selection zip file which, in fact, only contains one Christmas title--the rest are 12-inch non-holiday Victor Military Band gems, all new to the blog.  What happened was, I just ripped the Brunswick Concert Band's Kiddies' Patrol/Dance for YouTube, and I decided to post it here, as well (in non-video form).  And I figured, why not add the VMB sides?  So I did. Th ..read more
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Unwanted keyboard "help"--Update
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by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
So... The Microsoft support person told me that the auto-complete feature was enabled by my browser (which is something I had suspected, though I could find no way to disable any such function in Edge).  Anyway, long story short, I am now using Chrome as my browser, and the problem seems to have vanished. On the other hand, suddenly my type looks kind of funky.  Not as sharp.  I have no idea why that would be.  It's as if font quality is less.  Every other aspect off the display is fine, save for the lettering. Maybe there's a setting for font/type.  But I don't f ..read more
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Christmas 2022: Various Artists, Part 1: Merv Griffin, Clebanoff, Lew White, Julius La Rosa, Dixie Dean, more!
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by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
  Various Christmas 45s and album cuts today, and... And this is totally, utterly UNREAL.  Suddenly, Windows 10 is trying to anticipate what I'm going to type.  I went into Settings and turned off this inane feature called "Typing insights"--a feature I did NOT activate in the first place--and it's continuing to mess with my text.  I it turned OFF, and yet it is still messing with my typing.  (Cue Twilight Zone title music.)  The extent to which I do not need this cannot be expressed in mere words.  Unintelligible grunts, maybe.  I have to know ho ..read more
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Delightfully vernacular: Christmas at Guardian Angels, Ft. Washington OH (1968 or 1969)
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by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  Today's LP is tons of lively fun, at least to my ears, and it has a very vernacular character.  I'm using that word in the sense of common, ordinary, everyday.  (In fact, I personally prefer the phrase "vernacular culture" over "popular culture," especially since many folks don't quite grasp "popular.")  We could say that the concept of "popular" doesn't register on a popular level, which is quite ironic.  But I think it's a case of people being too close (so to speak) to the reality to see it.  Too close to their own culture and cultural values to regard the ..read more
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