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