Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Christian Mondstein/Jo Part

Sorry I've been so lax about adding new music to this site. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. So here's a little something to tide y'all over until my next post. This is the first video I've actually made using Windows Movie Maker so I'm still learning. But it's basically just a slideshow with test cards and station idents (most people under 30 probably won't even remember what a test card is!). Anyhow, all 4 of these songs will be appearing on a couple of future compilations that are in the works. Hopefully this should give you something to look forward to.
  • 1- Clique Chic (Christian Mondstein/Jo Part)
  • 2- Ginger Snap (Christian Mondstein/Jo Part)
  • 3- Creep Joint (Christian Mondstein/Jo Part)
  • 4- Hillbilly Hayride (Jo Part)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Some library music info

This is just a little tidbit of information I recently uncovered. Carlin has a CD which contains many of the songs found on the Capitol production music compilation done by Schadenfreudian Therapy a few years ago. As some of you might remember there were no artists listed. Well, it seems the bulk of that music was actually done by Philip Green, William Loose, and Emil Cadkin. Here's a few of the songs from Carlin's disc. For legal reasons, I won't be posting the entire album here. However, if you feel you must tag every song from that Capitol compilation, you can find the artist/track info on PLAY . Look under "Carlin Online Series". Be forewarned, this will be a daunting task as they've renamed every single song. Eg; "Cool Evening" has been reissued as "Bouncing Dolly" and "Penthouse Cocktail" is now called "Reminiscing" I really hate it when they do that.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tilsley Orchestral No. 4 (1969)

I got this record a few weeks ago and finally got around to ripping it over the weekend. See track listings HERE. Basically, I'm only missing Orchestral No. 3 and 5 now. Below is everything I have from Reg Tilsley's "Orchestral" series, including this latest addition! NOTE: Some of these songs are also found on "Reg Tilsley's Band Grooves of the 60's". But these LP's are the original source of that material. SAMPLES FROM EACH ALBUM: UPDATE: I don't know why track #10 isn't working on "Top TV Themes", so I reuploaded it HERE.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Music for TV Dinners (1997)

For anyone who started collecting library music in just the last decade or so, these are often the first 2 albums to enter their collection. For me, these ARE the 2 discs that started it all. Sure, I'd already had plenty of Percy Faith, Henry Mancini, 101 Strings, etc. in my collection by the mid-90's. And although it's in the same vein, it's not really library music. Released in 1997 from the now defunct Scamp Records (owned by Caroline), these 2 discs have been out-of-print for a number of years now and finding a copy, although not impossible, is getting harder to come by. Every track is straight from the archives of APM (Associated Production Music). So if you liked the music on Ren & Stimpy, you'll definitely enjoy this! See comments for track listings on the first album. DOWNLOAD LINKS: Music For TV Dinners - VOL. 1 and Music for TV Dinners - The '60's

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Longines Symphonette Society - Oye Como Va

SEE COMMENTS FOR TRACK LISTINGS. DOWNLOAD ALBUM: HERE

Monday, July 27, 2009

Walter Scharf, 1957-58

Today we feature the music of New York native, Walter Scharf. You can see from the liner notes that Mr. Scharf already had quite a resume at this point in his musical career (and this was waaay before his more well-known television/film scores of the 1960's-70's). He also arranged for singer, Helen Morgan (the lady featured in the Jimmy Durante video from my last post) On a related note, I uploaded an original episode of the Phil Harris & Alice Faye show which you can hear below (see samples). This radio show was heard by millions of Americans every Sunday night and helped make Walter Scharf somewhat of a household name by the late 1940's-early 50's. I bought the mp3 discs of this show off eBay a few years ago (yes, I collect old radio shows too) but I see someone else is now offering them for free HERE. Maybe I should've waited....grrr. Anyhow, not to stray too far off topic here, the only album NOT ripped by myself is "My Favorite Places". The other 2 records are from my own personal collection. In my opinion, "Passion" is the best sounding of the bunch. This LP is in near-mint condition. Hear samples from each album at the bottom of this post. Click on the pics to read liner notes.Dreams by the Dozen (1957) JLP-1033 - TRACKS: 1-Jean, 2-Debbie, 3-Rita, 4-Mary, 5-Joan, 6-Vickie, 7-Katherine, 8-Toni, 9-Virginia, 10-Patricia, 11-Beck, 12-Alice DOWNLOAD LINK My Favorite Places (1958) SDJLP-1050 - TRACKS: 1-Las Vegas, 2-Palm Springs, 3-The Cannes Festival, 4-Boulder Dam, 5-Bermuda, 6-Acapulco, 7-Saville, 8-California Redwoods, 9-Jamaica, 10-Lake Lacerne - DOWNLOAD LINKPassion (1958) JLP-1079 - 1-Tango of Love, 2-Love with Maracas, 3-Moonlight Tango, 4-Fantastic Rhumba, 5-Tango of Hope, 6-Trumpetina, 7-Tango of Desire, 8-Congo Flute, 9-Tango of Fire, 10-Sub Rhumba, 11-Tango of Emotions, 12-Mardi Gras Samba - DOWNLOAD LINK SAMPLES:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Roadhouse Nights

I don't usually post stuff like this, but what the heck. Jimmy Durante has been one of my all time favorite comedians for years. I just got Roadhouse Nights (1929) on DVD a few days ago and thought I'd post a clip on YouTube (don't worry, it's public domain). This movie is special not only because it was Durante's first film, but it's the only film that features the comedic teamwork of "Clayton, Jackson & Durante" (Lou Clayton, Eddie Jackson and Jimmy Durante). BACKGROUND: New York, late 1923, during the days of prohibition, Jimmy Durante opened a night club. The Club Durant on 58th Street near Broadway only lasted two years, but it made Durante a star. One of the most popular speakeasies, it featured a good band, comics, dancing girls, and always a scattering of celebrities in the crowd. It also brought together Jimmy with Eddie Jackson and another song-and-dance-man, Lou Clayton. The team of Clayton, Jackson, & Durante, known as "The Three Sawdust Bums", became the sensation of New York in the mid-1920s. "I doubt if a greater combination ever lived," said Broadway chronicler Damon Runyon. When the Club Durant was padlocked by the Feds in 1925, the team took off for even greener pastures, performing their loud, corny songs and comedy at The Dover, The Parody, and finally, The Palace Theater. "We was collosial!" Jimmy recalled. In the late 1920s, the team toured in vaudeville, to the distress of his home-loving wife, Jeanne Durante. By this time, much of Jimmy Durante’s stage persona was formed. His fracturing of the English language ("It’s a catastrostrophe!"), his asides to the audience ("Surrounded by assassins!", "Everybody wants ta get into th’ act!", and his signature "hotcha-cha!").

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Requests

The lounge has been getting quite few visits lately. I figured I'd take this opportunity to try and find 3 albums I've been looking for since 2005. I have every album from Reg Tilsley's "Tilsley Orchestral" series except: No. 3 "Strings and Things" (DWLP 3099), No. 4 (DWLP 3118) and No. 5 (DWLP 3124). Every so often I'll check online or on Soulseek. But there doesn't seem to be anything new uploaded from the Tilsley Orchestral series other than the De Wolfe stuff I shared on Paul Durango's old library emporium site a few years ago. If anyone has Tilsley Orchestral numbers 3, 4, or 5 could you please email me? I'll gladly pay for a CD-R copy! More music will be posted here this coming weekend. Until then....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

V/A - Spending Spree

It's been awhile since my last compilation, but here's the latest. Don't ask me why the theme almost always has something to do with shopping. I guess it's because when I was a kid, supermarkets (and department stores) were one of those few places where everything seemed to be perfect. Cheerful pastel colors (remember salmon and seafoam?), linoleum floors, lots of chrome and of course, the ever-present muzak playing over the PA. Although the 1950's was actually before my time, that atmosphere continued well into the late 80's. Our local First National never even remodeled until they closed the doors for good in 1988. Fast forward 20+ years....and it's a whole new world out there. Some people have welcomed the change, many don't. Do you really think when an elderly couple enters a restaurant, they want to be bombarded by loud music and TV's in every room? (TV's also blaring so they can be heard over the music!) I don't think so. I went into a restaurant last week where it was so loud I couldn't even hear myself talk (seriously!).What ever happened to just going there TO EAT? I'm old fashioned I guess. Of course, my discontentment with the present day runs sooo much deeper than that, but who wants to get depressed. So here's another tribute to the past. ;) TRACK LISTINGS - - DOWNLOAD SPENDING SPREE

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Latino Beano

This isn't one of my own compilations. All the info is included with the download. Get album HERE

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Robert Reynall Way - The Wonderful World of Music (1965)

Here's an album I've been looking for, for a few years. I finally got it from someone on Soulseek. About 5 years ago I heard two of these songs for the first time on APM's site when they were first coming online (see Carlin library - Archive series). The songs were "On the Air" (reissued as "The Wireless Age") and "Account Exec's' (reissued as "Traffic Movement"). I really liked the chord changes in those 2 songs. So I was delighted to hear that every song on this album is a different variation on these same chord progressions. It wasn't until I moved to South Carolina in 2008 that I realized Robert Way actually lives right down the street from where I was living! (in Boxford Massachusetts) Would it have made a difference? Probably not, except maybe I would've asked for his autograph. Oh well. I will say this, he's one of the few remaining great composers from the golden age of light music. One can only hope record companies will someday reissue stuff like this on CD (although I wouldn't hold my breath). This is one of those albums that was never intended for the general public. Anyhow, hope you enjoy it as much as I do. PLAY SAMPLES: See comments for track listings (and more music!). RAPIDSHARE DOWNLOAD LINK

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Frank Scott Plays Harpsichord (1962)

Liner notes from back cover: FRANK SCOTT PLAYS HARPSICHORD - As featured on the Lawrence Welk TV Shows. The pleasant-looking young man, shown seated at his harpsichord on the front cover of this album, is a familiar weekly sight to the millions of viewers who regularly watch Lawrence Welk's program. Frank Scott has been spotted by the TV camera more and more regularly, especially since the phenomenal success of the Welk recording of "Calcutta" which featured Frank at the harpsichord. As so often in show business, it takes one event, one hit record, or one smash appearance to focus national attention on one who has, in other ways, been quietly manifesting his talents for many years. Such is the case with Frank, who in addition to holding down the piano-and-harpsichord benches with the Lawrence Welk organization, has been functioning as one of his most important arrangers ever since joining the orchestra. Frank Scott's background for this all-important behind-the-scenes post began when he was only 12 years old, in his native Fargo, North Dakota. At that early age he was already arranging for his own school band. He has a piano concerto and two musical comedies for community groups to his credit, in addition to many pop songs and a sheaf of scores for Lawrence Welk. This album brings the spotlight fully on Frank Scott and his amazing technique, for twelve delightful examples of his wonderfully entertaining harpsichord style. While he is not the first to employ that classically-oriented instrument in pop numbers, he has certainly developed its use as no one else has. To all Lawrence Welk fans, and to many new admirers, this album will be a toe-tickling treat. Produced by George Cates, Lawrence Welk, and Randy Wood. See "Comments" for track listings. SAMPLE: DOWNLOAD LINK

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Clebanoff Strings

Strings Afire (1961) Exciting Sounds (1962) DOWNLOAD LINK

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hugo Winterhalter

Here's 2 old records that have never been reissued. The first one ("The best of '64"), I've purchased 3 different copies of. But for some reason I just can't seem to find a decent copy of this record. Luckily we have people like Graham Newton who can digitally restore this stuff for us. I must admit, I gave him very little to work with. Even though this was the best copy I had, it was in horrible condition. Nonetheless, Graham came through for me. Click HERE for before and after samples. If anybody can restore the audio from a worn out record, Graham Newton's the man! And check out the professional printing on the CD: Top notch work. Thanks Graham. The second record ("The Big Hits of 1965") was in near-mint condition and required absolutely no restoration work (and I only paid 50¢ for it). Go figure. See COMMENTS (below) for track listings. DOWNLOAD LINK
UPDATE: This past week I finally managed to find a pristine copy (near mint!) of "The Best Of '64". So I figured I'd rip it and post that here too. Here's the download link: THE BEST OF '64 - HUGO WINTERHALTER & HIS ORCHESTRA

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Steve Allen - Electrified Favorites (1958)

Anyone familiar with Steve Allen's musical work knows what to expect. This is traditional jazz. Nothing space age about it. Still, an enjoyable album to listen to (especially if you like the sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano). Incidentally, the guy on the cover is NOT Steve Allen. He's a model who also appeared on a couple of Ray Conniff's album covers in the 1950's. Examples: S' Wonderful and S' Awful Nice Liner notes from the back cover.... "Steve Allen at the Wurlitzer Electronic Piano" With the music business crying eternally for "new sounds" it appears that Steve Allen has answered the call loud and clear this time out. Fans of the old Tonight Show and his Sunday evening opus are familiar with the small Wurlitzer electronic piano he's been using the past year or so. When they hear this collection of swinging tracks they'll wonder why the bespectacled one didn't record the instrument a long time ago. Not only does it provide a new sound but that sound seems particularly suited to the jazz idiom. The electronic 88 is not going to make Carnegie Hall throw away its old concert grands but it does give an off-beat, fresh feeling to the piano voice. In the low registers it sounds slightly organish, in the middle area of the keyboard it has a chunky guitar-like sound, and in the upper octaves a celestial tinkle bites crisply through. Allen employs all three registers to catchy advantage in this listenable, danceable clutch of standards and (as always when Stevo records) originals. Oddly enough it's the originals which bounce the most in this collection. "Steverino Swings" and "Electronic Boogie" are two sides that figure to get hefty plays in any rhythm-and-blues jukebox (they actually present Allen more in his capacity as jazz instrumentalist than composer since they're basically the blues and are given titles chiefly for clearance purposes). On "Steverino Swings", Allen plays some familiar blues figures and some new ones and the track proves again his earthly feeling for traditional jazz. "Electronic Boogie" is reminiscent of the old Freddie Slack specialties and with the solid drum support of Bobby Rosengarden and Frank Carroll's bass the 8-beat really romps. Two other Allen originals included in the session are "Playing the Field" and "Even Steven", a pair of well-constructed melodies familiar to old Tonight viewers. On "Memories of You" Steve plays a little like somebody working out an arrangement for the old Lunceford band. Taking only slight liberties with the melody of this theme from the Benny Goodman movie, Allen uses block chord figures to establish an easy, walking treatment that's never before been applied to this particular ballad. "Careless", one of the top songs of the late 30's, is treated in similar style. The same general medium-tempo groove predominates through the rest of the album, most notably on "Sweet Lorraine", (where Steve plays some one-note sections with good jazz feeling) and "Time on My Hands". On portions of his jazz choruses, by the way, Steve and the Wurlitzer combine to get a sort of Charlie Christian mood going. All in various sounds and rhythms add up to pleasant listening. If you're a behind-the-scenes type, you might be interested to know the making of this album represented one of the shortest recording sessions in album history. Steve showed up at the date without having decided what tunes he wanted to do, Bobby Rosengarden arrived an hour late, and from there on in Allen, working with his shirt and T-shirt off for most of the session, just called them off and played them, with no attempt to discuss arrangements or plans of action before hand. that's pretty much Steve's approach to television and life, too. He ad-libs it. Seems to work out just fine. SAMPLE: Download album: HERE - (A special thanks to Rod Sein of Sudbury, Ontario who digitally restored this album for me a few years ago)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You're not hallucinating. I did have an album posted. But the owner asked me to take it down. I don't want to step on anyone's toes. I'll post more music next week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Old Records (compilation)

I've finally ripped a small stack of records that I set aside last summer, but never got around to recording....until now. The beauty of these old records is how cheap they can be bought for (and often times, even free!). My turntable is a Numark TT100 with Shure M44G stylus. Recording is done through the soundcard (CT4780) on the back of my PC (driver for this card). I also use Audacity. This compilation is typical of the 2 1/2 hours worth of music I usually store on a single minidisc. Great for long rides and family get-togethers (plug it into the stereo and leave it playing in the background). 66 songs in all. Some of you may find this exhausting (but hopefully not). There's a good bit of RCA's "Living" series on here, plus Henry Mancini, Martin Denny, Franck Pourcel, The Three Suns, Arthur Fiedler, Marty Gold, Floyd Cramer, and many others. SAMPLES: TRACK LISTINGS: Part 1 & Part 2 DOWNLOAD LINKS: Part 1 & Part 2

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Robert Farnon

Here are two records by Robert Farnon. I ripped them from vinyl without using any software to clean up the "crackles" and "pops". I suppose it adds character. ;) The 2nd record (Canadian Impressions) is actually in better shape than the first one. Besides, how many music blogs are even covering Bob's music these days? I got these two LP's at a local Salvation Army over the holidays while visiting family in Massachusetts....$1 each (you can't beat that!) ....TRACK LISTINGS LINER NOTES: In recent years Robert Farnon has been an inspiring figure in British light music, at a time when the light concert orchestra has become as popular as the dance band. A good deal of the credit for this must go to Robert Farnon whose orchestral ideas blazed the way, not only for his own development but for other orchestras of this kind, such as Mantovani's and Frank Chacksfield's. He has also enlivened the music scene with some most attractive compisitions such as Portrait of a Flirt and Jumping Bean, as well as with the orchestral arrangements that have more than amply proved his taste and genius in this field. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1917, Farnon came to England in 1944 as musical director of the Canadian Band of the A.E.F., and through his many broadcasts became known to millions of listeners in the British Isles. After his release from the Army he decided to stay in Britain, and immediately his masterly scores began to appear in the libraries of such band leaders as Ambrose, Ted Heath and Geraldo. The BBC offered Robert Farnon a great opportunity of earning wider fame in a series entitled "Melody Hour". At the same time he was signed by London as the conductor responsible for directing the accompaniments to such well-known artists as Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields. The film industry has also made good use of Robert Farnon's talents both as an arranger and a conductor. Films such as "Paper Orchids" and "Spring in Park Lane" have allowed cinema audiences to appreciate further his artistry as a musical director. This selection of Robert Farnon's arrangements played by his orchestra is a typical example of his capabilities, some very good musical reasons why this arranger-composer has earned his popularity and esteem. And in his turn, Robert Farnon presents soloists and sections of his orchestra in their interpretation of well-chosen tunes. No recording could be more fully representative of Robert Farnon's talents as orchestrator and director. - PETE GAMMOND DOWNLOAD LINKS: Robert Farnon-"Something to Remember You By" (1955) & Robert Farnon-"Canadian Impressions" (1956)