Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Right Of Way


Many of the albums I've shared with you so far have been familiar names, if not familiar music. This one is from way out in left field, but it was a nice surprise. I believe this was given away at Mobil stations sometime in the late 60s, early 70s. I listened to it because I thought it odd that many of the songs appeared to be originals, as opposed to most giveaway albums which are littered with covers of old public-domain tunes. So download and give a listen to Robert Way Orchestra And Chorus-New England Sleigh Ride Volume 1 (Fleetwood FCL3023). Anybody know who this Robert Way is? And are there other volumes of this, or was the Volume 1 moniker just very optimistic? And is that a two-horse open sleigh on the front? That's just not right...

Update Oct 2009: Looks like Robert Way is in the process of remastering and re-releasing this on CD, so head on over there and get a copy of this great music from the man who created it!

10 comments:

Inkydog said...

No link?

Ernie said...

You're hitting these before I can get them edited!!! The link should be there now. This one is much better than anything by the Happy Crickets. :)

Inkydog said...

Sorry! Didn't mean to rush you...

I'm traveling starting next week so I'm getting all my music listening in early!

The Crickets is an album that I own but have never listened to.

Ernie said...

I had high hopes that The Crickets would be something cool and interesting, and mildly interesting. It wasn't. Good luck in your travels. If you come to Florida, stop in and say Howdy!

The King Of Jingaling said...

Love this one!

Adam H said...

Sorry for the late comment. I'm having Christmas in July here. Gotta love Google search results! :D

I have this album. My parents got it when it was released, and my three older sisters and I grew up listening to it. We sing jingle, jingle in our sleep, just about. It's just not Christmas without the awful 60's harmonies of "Christmas With You." The pretentious liner notes are always good for a laugh. "Is talent born -- or created?"

OTOH, I've always adored the title track, and Jingle Bells is just beyond compare.

I've trawled through lots of thrift store record bins, and I've never found anything else by Robert Way, nor any other volumes in the Mobil set.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ernie, PrincessMo here!

thank you thank you thank you for sharing this great album once again. it really made my day!

I just noticed this is volume 1...is there a volume 2? i imagine this is a tough one to find if there is one since it appears to be from Mobil...but really, what the heck do i know?

What i do know is i love your site. thanks for everything you do and for making my day!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am Robert Way's daughter. I happened to google his name and found your inquiry. He just released his web site. Themusicway.com. I called him and told him about your blog. He may contact you .
I'm glad you are enjoying his album.
Candy

Ernie said...

Wow! Thanks for the note, Candy! We're all big fans of your fathers Christmas LP around here. I'd love to hear from him. And I'll be sure to check out his website.

Anonymous said...

Hi - I'm the LOST Robert Way. Your's and the other's comments on my old LP are warmly received. I have returned to music and now have my own web site:
www.themusicway.com. I have e-mailed you but got a return. Changed address? Let me hear from you. Robert@themusicway.com