Saturday, January 22, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Week 4


Another week, and another great selection of Christmas tunes from the seemingly endless depths of The Internet Archive. I know Christmas is long passed at this point, but if you've still got that Christmas spirit in your heart, these are some great songs for you. From a couple of singing cowboys, through a few different big bands, all the way to some female vocalists you've likely never heard of, there's a little bit of everything here in this batch. I think there are also a couple of things I previously shared back in 2020, but from different records. Sometimes I can't remember which songs I've shared and which ones I haven't, so if I don't remember it right away, I grab whatever new records pop up. Then later when I tag it I will see that the tag has already been used, and that kinda clues me in. Sometimes the new versions are better, sometimes they aren't, but you just never know. It's only a couple of the records, so I hope that doesn't turn anyone off of downloading these lost gems. For the curious, I'm still doing fine, trying to eat right and choke down some pills twice a day that would make a horse cough.  So it goes. I'll be fine. And if you're still with me, here's the link. Enjoy!


Saturday, January 15, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Week 3

Welcome back to the continuing series of 78 RPM Christmas records here in 2022.  It's been a particularly trying week here at the homestead, but I'm not letting that stop me from posting these great records, care of The Internet Archive. They've graciously provided the recordings of these records to all, and I'm just cleaning them up a little bit and sharing them with y'all in little curated batches. Well, I say they're curated, but they're really just random collections of records that I happen to have finished tagging. But they're still nice collections. I've been doing this for three weeks now, and if you don't have them, you can find the previous two weeks here and here. If you've got the previous downloads already, then you know exactly the type of fun music you can expect to hear.  Have a look at the labels to see what you're going to get in the download and have at it!


PS-Just for future reference, I'm going to mention this here. I had a heart attack this past Sunday. A very mild heart attack, I should emphasize. I had some troubling symptoms while at the grocery store, so I finished shopping, took home the groceries and went to the ER. Sure enough, about 6 hours later they told me the markers were in my blood indicating a heart attack. Next day they put a stent into an artery that was 99% blocked, and the day after that I came home. Heart care is very different than it was a few years ago. With proper care, it's certainly not a death sentence. Now, if I can just give up salt and red meat...

Saturday, January 08, 2022

2022 at 78 RPM-Week 2

Time for the second installment of what I hope is a series that will last all year long! It's a collection of Christmas 78's, all sourced from The Internet Archive and lightly processed by me for slightly better sound. My goal is to highlight the stuff that's available over there in their Great 78 collection, and to provide you with some listenable music that you've probably not heard before. Their collection is great, both deep and wide, and every month they add to it, so there's always something new to be found. I'm concentrating on the Christmas side of it, but there is all sorts of music there to be discovered. There's no rhyme or reason to what I'm putting out here in this collection, it's just a random selection of the 78s that I've collected and tagged most recently. You'll have to look at the beautiful selection of labels to see what's in the pile, I'm not going to type it all out for you. So without further ado, here's the link, and I'll see you next week!


Friday, January 07, 2022

More Than A Feeling

This is the last post of the 2021 Christmas sharity season, I promise. There's nothing else in the pile that I'm really wanting to put out there. Keep in mind, however, that I'm going to try to post part two of the 2022 series of Christmas 78s tomorrow and every Saturday thereafter for the rest of the year. That's the plan at least. So you're not going to have to go completely cold turkey on the Christmas music for the foreseeable future. And today is another very special post that's well outside my usual milieu as it's 100% rock music, about as far removed as you could get from the usual 50s & 60s pop and EZ listening that this blog usually explores. (At least before rap music came along. Rap and hip-hop seem to have changed everything, much as Elvis changed music in the 50s and The Beatles changed it again in the 60s. But I digress...) I found a copy of this record at a store in NYC a couple years ago when I happened to find myself there close to Christmas. I must have hit fifteen different stores over about three days before I got sick and spent the last couple days in bed. I still managed to spend a small fortune during my stay and had a healthy sized carry on that really confused the TSA at the airport. I have yet to share a lot of stuff from that collection, but maybe someday. This is a local Boston-area comp that only contains five songs, but what great songs they are. This is the sort of music that you buy local comps for, but so rarely find. If you've never heard this record, you need to download it and listen to it right now. If you've heard of it, then you've probably already tracked down a copy because you knew how badly you needed it. This is A Boston Rock Christmas (Boston Rock 12" 45 RPM BR-001, Stereo, 1983).

1. Sonny Columbus & His Del Fuegos-That Punchbowl Full Of Joy
2. Native Tongue-Do You Hear What I Hear?
3. SSD-Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
4. Jeff & Jane-Jingle Bells
5. Christmas-O Holy Night


Thursday, January 06, 2022

Susie's Back

Something made me think of this old share today, and I realized that it hadn't seen the light of day in over nine years now. I checked, and I still had the original WAV files on my computer, so I re-encoded it in a better bitrate than I did when I first shared this in 2012. If you want to hear the Christmas musings of a couple of puppets, and featuring the voice of Tammy Faye Baker, then this share is for you! Please be brave and download Susie & Allie-Christmas With Susie & Allie (PTL Club PTL-LP-1848, Stereo, 1984).

1. Frosty The Snowman
2. White Christmas
3. Winter Wonderland
4. O Christmas Tree
5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
6. Jingle Bells
7. Away In The Manger
8. The Christmas Story
9. Joy To The World


Not Normal

A little something outside my comfort zone here today for Epiphany. I thought I was going to end up the shares yesterday at the end of the twelve days, but I had this and one more record left in the pile. I had recorded this for my own enjoyment, but I decided I'd go ahead and share it since it's kinda rare, and a little out there. It's much later than most of my other shares, much more rock-leaning, and even a little bit lascivious. (I even had to censor the cover just a bit to post here, but the original is in the download. Can't have naked breasts showing up around here, it's a family friendly kinda place. Just pretend those sheep aren't wearing lingerie though...) Anyhow, this is supposed to be a comedy album, but I didn't find it all that humorous. Your mileage may vary. This is The Scrooge Bros.-Commercial Christmasland (Enigma E1043, Stereo, 1983).

1. I Wish You Would Take Your Hat Off
2. Glory To The Store Displays
3. What Smell Is This
4. Jingleside
5. Deck Yourself
6. The First Greenback
7. Cylent Night (The end of this track is a locked groove. It would have played on forever if I'd let it, but I faded it out after a while.)


Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Slow Down, It's Christmas

A nice little gospel tinged single here from an unknown-to-me singer I got as part of an eBay lot last year. I love finding Christmas records from people I've never heard of before, and I think this is a good one. You'll like it if you give it a try. It's very slow and soulful, just the sort of thing for a quiet Christmas Eve by the tree. I know you'll have to wait almost twelve months for that to be the setting at this point, but put it in a special folder and don't forget to listen next season. This is Cassietta George-The Greatest Gift b/w Silent Night (Audio Arts! 7" 45 RPM 60,004, Mono, 1966). Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Bucky (Not Barnes)

I know it's getting later and later, but I've still got a few records in the pile that I want to share out. This is a single from The Bucky Pizzarelli Orchestra featuring a couple of different vocalists. The name Bucky Pizzarelli doesn't mean a whole lot to me, but I'm pretty sure I've heard of him somewhere. A few seconds of internet searching tells me that he's a noted jazz guitarist who passed away last year, no, two year ago now, at the ripe old age of 94. So he lived a good long life, hopefully making lots of music like this single that we can enjoy now that he's gone. If you're still celebrating Christmas (and I don't believe the twelve days are over just yet), or even if you just want it for next year, this is The Bucky Pizzarelli Orchestra featuring Bob Carroll and Lynn Roberts-Dreaming Of Christmas b/w I Want My Santa Claus (Ocean State 7" 45 RPM DMS-3, Stereo, 1982).


Monday, January 03, 2022


A grab bag of random singles for you today, eleven sides in all, each from a different small slab of vinyl. I didn't want to share these out one at a time, there's certainly no fun in that, so maybe you'll enjoy this random sampling of music. The flip side of each record is non-Christmas, so you aren't really missing anything, and I didn't record the other sides anyway. I'm sure there's something here for everyone. I'm also not going to type all these out, you'll just have to look at the labels to see what you're going to get. Enjoy!