Monday afternoon gospel: Smith's Sacred Singers (and two guests): 1926-1930
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
1d ago
  Of course, I'd hoped to have this up yesterday (Sunday), and I might have succeeded if the originals were in average-to-above condition.  But sacred shellac of the late 1920s has a far lower probability of showing up in decent shape than "pop" 78s. But I did manage to get twelve sides good to go for this Monday.  The two "guest" artists are Rev, J.C. Burnett and His Quartet with the "folk" version of Will the Circle Be Unbroken (which, far as I can determine, is a variant on the 1907 Ada Habershon-Charles Gabriel hymn).  That, or the 1907 hymn followed from a folk sou ..read more
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A variation on the standard twist-ploitation album: "New Twists on Old Favorites"---Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra, 1962
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
2w ago
  Finally, my promised Sammy Kaye post--1962's New Twists on Old Favorites--and sorry it took so long.  And, the big question: Do I like it?  Did it please your blogger?  I'm not sure, really.  However, I am impressed by how brilliantly this succeeds in its primary mission: The merging of Sammy Kaye's "sweet band" (aka, "Mickey") style with that 1960 and 1962 dance craze which heralded a new era of popular music.  That is, if you believe in the contemporary hype.  In my mind, the question remains: Why was this particular dance, the music for which was stan ..read more
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Light music festival: "Exotic Music" (Andre Kostelanetz), plus "London Suite," "Warsaw Concerto," "Park Avenue Fantasy," and "Deep Purple"!
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
I promised to get to Sammy Kaye (and, yes, musicman1979--it's his contribution to the twist-ploitation craze), and I will, but for today we have a light concert (aka, light music) post, all ripped from 12-inch 78s in my collection and spanning the years from (let's see) 1934 to 1946.   We start with the four selections (!) of the two-disc Andre Kostelanetz set, Exotic Music (1946), whose standout track is the roots-of-exotica selection Lotus Land, composed by Cyril Scott in 1905.  From the liner notes: "Lotus Land finds its story in the Odyssey of Homer.  Duri ..read more
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The Electro-Sonic Orchestra, c. Dick Jacobs, 1961. "Defies all restrictions"!
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
1M ago
  So, this 1961 album is either a revelation or a snooze, and I have yet to decide on that count.  It demands multiple plays.  But the liner notes are unambiguous in their acclaim: "The Electro-Sonic Orchestra represents a new sound, a sound never heard before, a sound that defies all restrictions and delights in its breathtaking scope and startling dept."  Sounds which are new and never heard before.  How's that for redundancy?  "A sound that defies all restrictions."  Is that even possible?  I love to make fun of liner-note puffery. The sec ..read more
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More Merry Mervmas, Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, Holiday Favorites (Gilmar)
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  DOWNLOAD: More Mervmas and Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle I guess this will be my December 25 post (in fact, Christmas is nine minutes away).  I would have revived more "banned" posts and put up a couple more "new" LPs, but my storage options are limited, and I quickly exceeded Box.com's downloading bandwidth.  Which I don't want to do at pixeldrain.  MEGA?  Won't let me use it.  Clearly, I'm the only music blogger uploading material with any copyright-claim potential.  Obviously.  Oh, and thanks to all who recommended alternate hosting sites. Things ..read more
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A gorgeous easy-listening holiday album (maybe the best ever). And, this time around, in stereo. And as credited to "George Jenkins."
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by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  Custom--a Modern/Crown sublabel.  Clearly a reboot of a Crown LP--in this case, 1959's Sounds of a Thousand Strings Plays for Christmas.  And Al Goodman received credit at some point, though I can't find the Goodman-credited release at Discogs right now.  This stuff gets complicated. Last year, I revived the source LP, Singing Strings Herald Christmas, in this post (whose workupload link no longer works, of course).  That source LP was credited to The Stradivarius String Society and The Cologne Symphony Orch., conducted by Fritz Munch.  How those became the ..read more
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A less than splendid example of a holiday novelty not expertly rendered: "Santa's Sleigh" (1955)
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  DOWNLOAD: Santa's Sleigh--Santa Claus (Bob Ellis) and Bob Ellis Jr., 1955. Regarding the backstory for 1955's Santa's Sleigh, by Santa Claus (aka Bob Ellis) and Bob Ellis Jr., all  can say is... hoo, boy.  Maybe grab a stiff drink before continuing. Bob Ellis was the stage name of Raymond Asserson, Jr., the great-grandson of Rear Admiral Peter Christian Asserson. Raymond was the fourth husband of Christine "Cee Cee" Cromwell, daughter of American diplomat James H.R. Cromwell and Dodge Motor Company heiress Delphine Ione Dodge. Christine got none of the Dodge fortune when ..read more
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100 Golden Voices Sing at Christmas, or Golden Voices of Christmas (Premier XMS-13; 1965)
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  At Discogs, this LP is listed as 100 Golden Voices Sing at Christmas, by The Golden Voices, which is so classically redundant, we have to wonder if this is a rack jobber effort.  And, sure enough, it is--good ol' Premier, with good ol' Premier stereo.  Otherwise known as monaural, except the right and left channels are EQ'd a little differently.  I summed the channels, which produced a halfway okay mono signal, though with too much echo and harshness in the high freqs. These tracks probably sounded fine before some idiot decided to make them sound more... what?  U ..read more
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Merry Shellacmas, Part 3! I'd Like to See My Mom for Christmas, Hallejuah Chorus (Arthur Pryor, 1908), Vom Himmel Hoch (1904!), Richard Crooks, and two groove-wrecked goodies
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  DOWNLOAD LINK: Merry Shellacs, Part 3! So, a 1933 The Star of Bethlehem whose lyrics can be understood!  I did my best with the 1910 recording thereof, but it proved next to hopeless.  (Hm.  What does "next to hopeless" mean?  It's like those snarky websites which reluctantly concede that the "precise" meaning of the Establishment Clause is not known, when the simple reality is that we either know or we don't know.  There aren't degrees of knowing/not knowing.)  Anyway, the two 1933 Richard Crooks restorations sound great, and of course I'd say ..read more
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Another rescued post--Atypical Christmas singles. "Ghost on Christmas Eve," "Buzzy, the Christmas Bee," "I Wish You Christmas," and more!
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
by Lee Hartsfeld
2M ago
  From 2021, and I see that slow-arriving winters were already happening.  They are hard on my allergies because of the front fluctuation.  As I type this, it is 35 and cloudy, and I hope things stay in this general range.  It will give my immune system the chance to adjust. So, an Alfred Burt LP on Word that promises stereo but delivers mono.  And whose first side is a reissue of 1954 Columbia tracks.  It's all gotten me dizzy.  Or maybe it's my sinuses in this atypically warm December weather...  Anyway, I was behind on my Alfred Burt knowledge ..read more
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