Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New York, New York

Well, if everything goes according to plan, this share will pop up on the blog while I'm on board a big ole jet airliner heading from the Sunshine State to New York City. Yep, I'm heading up there for a long weekend of picture taking and to pay my respects at Ground Zero. Hopefully I'll have some time to share pictures with you while I'm there, but if not, I'll have plenty to share when I get back. The list of places I want to see and shoot is outrageous. But just because I'm the one on vacation doesn't mean you don't get a little gift. I wanted to share this record with you because of the NY, NY theme, and I think you'll agree it's an incredible find. I can't believe that it hasn't been shared out a million times on the internets. This is Harry Geller And His Orchestra-New York, New York (RCA Victor LPM-1032, 1955). All the tracks on here were written by Mr. Geller specifically for this homage to the world's greatest city. Not only is the music great, but the LP sleeve itself folds open from the middle to reveal the great city skyline at night! Here's the download link, go download this baby!

I'm going to try something a little different with this share. I'm putting the tracklisting below, with the thought that it might draw more hits when people search, and I've included scans in the ZIP file of not only the front, back and inside of the record sleeve, but also the A and B side labels as well. I figure it's a nice little touch. Here's that tracklisting.

Side 1:

1. The Rivers
2. Subway Polka
3. Statue Of Liberty
4. Canal Street Cantata
5. Window Shopping On 5th Avenue
6. The Cafes (Including The Automat)

Side 2:

7. Radio City
8. Shubert Alley Overture (Opening Night)
9. Museums
10. Park Concert
11. Central Park
12. U.N. Building

Again, this is probably one of the best records I've ever had the pleasure to share. Trust me on this. The track Subway Polka appears to have been used as the theme to Beat The Clock at one point, and this may be the same Harry Geller who wrote the music for The Odd Couple TV series, who passed away earlier this year.


mel said...

This one is a treasure.

I never thought I'd ever see it again.

Look forward to getting the link.

Thanks very much!

mrdantefontana said...
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mrdantefontana said...

I really enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing it.

And btw mel - the link is there.
Or here:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic share!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely delightful! Reminds me of some of Ferde Grofe's suites. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Reza said...

bloody fantastic thank you

vilstef said...

The comparison to Ferde Grofe is very apt. A really lovely share. Thank you@

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your great work in finding these gems. This link is dead. Any chance for a re-up?

Ernie said...

Took me a while to find my old share, but here it is.

I'm staring at that cover picture and wondering if I could find the spot where that photo was taken. Shouldn't be too hard to ID those skyscrapers. I'm thinking those rail tracks have been turned into the Highline now, and I walked the length of that when I was in NYC in September. Wish I'd remembered to look.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for this. It's a great record.

Lennonka said...

Dear Ernie!

Can you re-upload this album? I am very interested in this music, since Buster last uploaded. (For Cat Dancers Only)

Ernie said...

Old rip, low bitrate, but I found it again, so here it is:

I also dumped in a higher bitrate version of the 3x7" 45 RPM version, but there's no scans for that one. It's missing one of the tracks, but other than that I think they're exactly the same as the 12" 33 RPM. Enjoy!

Lennonka said...

Thank you very much Ernie! Wonderful suprise on Friday. You are great!