OST- Hootenanny Hoot

dscn5571This was $3.00.  I got it for a song that is not on the record.  Sounds strange, huh?mpw-41919

Hootenanny Hoot was a movie from 1963 featuring Peter Breck and Ruta Lee. In an attempt to cash in on the growing folk music craze, the movie is about a big city producer who travels to the backwoods to put on a show about folk music.  Not a whole lot of story but there is a  love sub plot involved.  Johnny Cash had the closing segment of the film with a breif song.  Other artists include The Brothers Four, Chris Crosby,Joe & Eddie, Cathie Taylor, and The Gateway Trio.  The movie also featured two songs by Judy Henske .jh

Henske’s Webpage

Judy Henske, born in 1936 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, was once known as the Queen of the Beatniks.  She had a minor hit with “High Flying Bird” and released several albums that are quite excellent.  She was part of the Greenwich Village scene and I believe she is still somewhat active today. Anyway, she is a favorite of mine.

For whatever reason, this soundtrack omits Henske’s work (probably due to publishing issues).  This is a real shame as they are some of the better moments in the movie.  “Wade In the Water” , shown above,is performed excellently and is just visually stunning. “The Ballad of Little Rommie Wise” is also quite good. Anyway, I knew these songs were omitted from the album when I got this.  I mean I can read, although sometime I choose not to.  And at the very least, I always read the front cover (the back not so much).

Well, for the record, the Johnny Cash song did not make the album either.  What we have left is a collection of songs used for the film as well as a handful of tunes by one Mark Dinning and Sheb Wooley  used to supplement the soundtrack. The songs are quite good. Some of the better moments include the songs I will use as samples as well as “Frozen Logger” by Cathie Taylor.  dscn5572

There is also this silly moment from the movie, the song “Foolish Questions”.  For some reason, this song stuck in my mind when buying the album.

For samples, I went with the theme song sung by Sheb Wooley and the rousing “There’s A Meeting Here Tonight” by Joe and Eddie.  I felt these were both good tracks.  I also included Mark Dinning’s take on “The Lost Highway” which if you recall was posted on the Hank Thompson album I did earlier this month.  In comparison, I felt this version falls flat.  There is none of the honky tonk sound that makes this song great.hootenannyhoot1963_2568_678x380_11212014041007

Meh.  There are some good songs on here but I am still reeling from the omission of the Henske tunes.


VA- England’s Greatest Hitmakers

dscn5569This is yet another record from the Big Al collection.  He had some real gems.  Hopefully, I am back home now from being abroad.  I am also hoping it was a decent vacation.  More on that next month, probably with pictures.lulu-the-lovers-8795544

This record is a collection of English hit makers released in 1965 for charity.  It is also known as the Lord Taverners Charity Album.  The Lord Taverners, founded in 1950, was founded by artists who enjoyed playing and watching cricket.  Apparently all proceeds went to the provision of cricketing facilities throughout England. The album was released by Decca in the UK and London in North America.ssp_brk_bk201513527_1jpg

Link to the Lord Taverners’ Web Page

The songs on this album were recorded specifically for this record although many of them were re-released later.  Bands include a young RnB driven Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Them, Tom Jones, The Zombies, Dave Berry, Unit 4 Plus 2, and Billy Furry among others.  All in all, it is a pretty impressive lineup.dscn5570

For a sample, I went with Lulu and the Luvers and thier take on Doris Troy’s “Just One Look”. The Hollies also did this song a few years earlier.  I meant to use this post to talk more about Lulu and the Luvers (who I adore) but time was not on my side this month.  May I suggest Google.

Satisfactory record indeed.  Many good songs by good artists in the name of advancing cricket in the UK.


Duane Eddy- Twangin’ The Golden Hits

dscn5567This was 80 cents. Cheap enough. Baring some kind of emergency or international incident, I should be flying back home today after 8 days of vacation. I am still flying thru writing this months posts.mainduaneeddy

Duane Eddy, born in 1938 in Coming, New York, is a rock and roll pioneer, known for his work in the 1950’s/1960s.  His twangy guitar sound on such songs as “Rebel Rouser” and “The Peter Gunn Theme” made him a household name of sorts.  Eddy is still alive and somewhat active today.

This record, released by Dynagroove in 1965, is a collection of some of his big hits (“Rebel Rouser”) as well as some instrumental standards (“Theme from A Summer Place”, “Raunchy”, “Tequila”, “Rumble”, and “The River Kwai March”).  Eddy’s trademark twang is there.  Decent enough record. I guess I am not really telling you anything new that you could not read on the back cover.  Give me a break.  I am still on vacation.dscn5568

For a sample, I went with the theme from the movie Mondo Cane, “More”.  In doing this blog, I found that this is one of the more popular standards covered by artists.c7093cc56c302331192257b149f05c3f6a82a15f

For the price, this is satisfactory enough though at times I wish Eddy’s twangy sound would expand more.  What else can I say.  I guess I am just glad to be on my way back home.

Al Green – Gets Next To You

dscn5565This is another one from the Big Al collection.  My vacation in Amsterdam is almost over and I will be getting back home within two days.  However, I am running and gunning to get thru this months posts.green-al

This was Al Green’s third album, released in 1971 right before the string of 1970’s #1 albums which would make Green a superstar.  The title track would become a decent single for Green as well. Great soul music by a great soul singer.  Of course his best was yet to come but this is a good start.

Not much else to say in the brief time I want to spend writing today’s post other than that this is a great album.  A lot of good points here including “I Can’t Get Next To You”, “I’m A Ram”, “You Say It”, and “Right Now Right Now”.

For a sample, I took the easy way out and went with Green’s take on “Light My Fire”.algreen

Top Rated.

Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers- Rescue

dscn5563This was $5.00. A bit pricey.  Most of the records at Cactus were on the high end.  I have not gone back since this first visit. Full on vacation mode makes for a quick post on today’s subject. I am in Amsterdam.  This post was written before I left.76723132_10_wide-54b36816cf7d03883e610e1475f289dfecbcbedb-s900-c85

The Big Guy, Clarence Clemons, was well known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  He also worked as a solo artist.  His death from complications from a stroke in 2011 sent shockwaves thru the New Jersey music scene as well as the world of rock and roll.  Today, Clemons’ nephew, Jake fills the void in the E Street band.

This record, released in 1983, was I think the first of three records Clemons would record with the Red Bank Rockers.  Led on vocals by John “JT” Bowen, it is a good collection of sax driven rhythm and blues. A Springsteen penned track, “Savin’ Up” features the Boss himself on rhythm guitar.  Overall, it is a decent enough album which I would have written more on had I not been on vacation this week/month.dscn5564

For a sample, I went with “Resurrection Shuffle”.876e5af80f215c7977da91113d252e1b

Despite being on the high money end, this record is satisfactory enough.

Sauter Finegan and their Orchestra- The Return of the Doodletown Fifers

dscn5561This was $1. The color scheme as well as the production value of the album cover probably hooked me to buy this.  I have never heard of either of the two arrangers of this album before buying this. It is Thanksgiving in the US.  I am in Amsterdam for the week.0sf

Ed Sauter and Bill Finegan were big band arrangers who came together to lead this orchestra.  They had some modest success in the 1950’s and were known for their imaginative arrangements which often used non-traditionally instrumentation.  Formed in 1952, the duo briefly split in 1957.  They reunited in 1959 to do this album as well as jingles.  Sauter would die in 1981 of a heart attack at age 67.  Finegan continued to perform under the Sauter-Finegan name until his death of pneumonia in 2008 at age 81.

Link to Allmusic entry

As stated above, this was a comeback album of sorts for the duo.  Released by United Artists, it contains a collection of interestingly arranged instrumental numbers, which I believe were written by the duo.  I am told these arrangements are not as interesting as their earlier work.  However, I find them adequate.  There are some valleys here but there are a lot of hills as well.  Perhaps, it could have been more imaginative but it is not a bad effort.dscn5562

For a sample, I went with “Thursday’s Child”.sauter-finegan

Meh. It is not a bad album but i did have higher hopes for it, something more Esquivel in nature. I would like to hear some of the duo’s earlier work for comparison,


University of Notre Dame Band- Songs of the Fighting Irish

dscn5559This was 25 cents. I meant to post this at the beginning of College football season but forgot.  By the time you read this, my holiday is well underway.  I am also rush writing today’s post. I am in Amsterdam until Monday.  Probably more on that in next months blog.  The weather is starting to pick up a bit.  Also, as a side note, I saw the Chet Baker Bio movie on the plane over.  Really good.  More on that, probably in January.BAND v USC Pregame 10.19.2013

After UH’s win of Oklahoma, I had big hope for this season.  However, those hopes have vanished.  Oh well.  At least they are not as dashed as Notre Dame’s prospects this year.  The difference is, I guess, is that Notre Dame has a higher bar set for them year in and year out.

I was planning on writing more, but due to vacation mode, facilitate your own learning on the band

This album was released  in the 1970’s I believe and is a collection of songs that have become traditional for the band.  The band director at the time was Robert F. O Brien.  The music is great.  The only problem is that we miss the visual aspect of a marching band on a record.  dscn5560

For a sample, I went with a couple choices.  First off is the traditional Irish tune, “The Rakes of Mallow”.  Second, keeping with the Cole Porter theme of the month, we have “Begin The Beguine”.  Finally, I am posting the famous “Victory March”.bandformsmonogramnd

Satisfactory Record. I really wanted to do more with this post but vacation calls.


Sylvia- ST

dscn5557This was $3.20 and autographed.  Made out to a Sheri maybe?  Hard to tell.  bfd022_08614c7223f0482e949a220ca9dea6ac

From what I can tell about the artist (in the least amount of time as I am in vacation mode), Sylvia Johns (now Sylvia Ritchie) is a pianist originally from North Carolina .  She played in the Louisiana- Mississippi area for some time before moving back to NC.  With a wide repetrore, Sylvia plays weddings and other events today and probably is available for your special event.

Sylvia’s Webpage

If I was not in hurried preparation to traverse the globe right now, I might have been more inclined to dig up some more information on this album.  However, I am already gone while writing this so I will keep it brief.  This record, released in New Orleans by Elario Productions in what I am guessing was the 70’s, contains 6 piano pieces.  Despite singing on her webpage, there are no vocals here. The album features two stand alone pieces,(the oft covered “Brazil” and “Somewhere My Love”) as well four medleys from famous composers ( Henry Mancini, Jim Webb, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin).  These medley pieces are quite good.  I really liked them.  They cover a lot of ground.  Sylvia’s piano playing is also good as well.

dscn5558For a sample, I went with “Brazil” because I always choose that song.  I also went with the medley of tunes from Cole Porter, mainly due to the influence of the movie De-Lovely, of which I wrote about earlier.  Regardless, this medley is a fine effort.610_porter_intro

Satisfactory record.  I bit higher than I would have liked to pay but surprisingly interesting.


OST- La Leysenda De La Cuidad Sin Nombre (Paint Your Wagon)

dscn5555Vacation officially started two days ago. As you read this, I am currently abroad.  Where am I?  I am sure that will be the subject of December posts.  For the meantime, here I am today churning out the rest of November’s posts so proper spelling be damned.  This was $2.50. I suppose I can classify this musical as one of my favorites. The album title incidentally, translates to ” The Legend of the City Without Name”.paint-your-wagon

I recall seeing the musical as a kid. Written by Alan Lerner and Frederick Lowe and debuting on Broadway in 1951, the musical tells the story of a miner and his daughter and their lives in a mining town.  The musical as well as the music was well received at the time. I think I enjoyed the musical as well.

The movie version, released in 1969 is radically different from the stage version.  Focusing on the love triangle between Ben Rumson, his wife and his partner, it is a 180 degree turn to be precise.  Most of the original music is used, however.  Andre Previn also composed a few new numbers as well.  The movie did not do well with critics and only modestly well with movie goers, mainly because at that point in time, movie musicals were on their way out.  The movie has also been famously spoofed by the Simpsons.

But in contrast to the movie, the soundtrack was a hit. There are many great musical instances on the record and many choice for a sample. For instance, there is the number “Hand Me Down The Can Of Beans”, a hoe down number performed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who were up and coming at the time. The band also made an appearance in the film.

Then there is perhaps the most famous number , “They Call The Wind Maria”, a solemn piece made famous by Vaughn Monroe.  In the movie it is sung by Rotten Luck Willie, who was played by Harve Presnell.  Presnell also played the stingy father in law in the movie Fargo.

“There’s A Coach Comin’ In” is reminicent to The Music Man’s “Wells Fargo Wagon” (which came out later).  However, whereas the people of River City are singing about getting instruments and uniforms for their children, the miners of No Name City are singing about getting whores.  I found that comparison funny.

“The Gospel of No Name City” was one of the tunes written for the movie by Previn.  It is a pretty decent number.

Likewise, “Best Things” is a pretty good number with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood talking about the dirty things in life.

And on that note, one of the best numbers of the movie, is “Wand’rin Star” sung by Marvin.  The ultimate loner song sung by the rugged Marvin, it became a #1 single in the UK.  Oddly enough, it relegated the Beatles’ “Let It Be” to the #2 spot.  Marvin was adamant about singing his own parts.  It was noted some time ago that Marvin turned down the lead in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch to do this movie.   I like William Holden in the picture alright but I can’t help thinking how the movie would have turned out, especially the ending, with Marvin.

Anyhoo, with all these choice to pick, I decided to go with the “Finale” which is a collage of many of the movie’s numbers.  Is this a lazy way out? Perhaps.

Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, and Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon, 1969.
Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, and Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon, 1969.

Satisfactory record despite the vocal limitations of the movie’s principals. Whew, that is a lot of video on today’s post.


Buddy Holly – ST

dscn5553This album is pretty special to me.  I got it from a buddy of mine along with a box of other records.  I meant to give my pal $5 for the lot just to say I paid some arbitrary amount but never had a chance to make change. Vacation officially starts today.  I should be on an airplane as you read this.  Anyway, as I like to play good records on Saturday, this record fits the bill perfectly.  I also like the picture of Buddy without his googles.buddyholly2-1100x1406


Earlier post on Big Al

My buddy’s father, Big Al, passed away this year as noted in a post I did earlier.  While my pal was back home (Canada) over the summer, he picked up a box of records of Al’s and brought them back to me.  There were a lot of really good records in the lot.  Big Al used to read this blog and often gave me good feedback.

I saw The Buddy Holly Story on TV recently.  You know, the one with Gary Busey.  It was a pretty decent movie and Busey did an excellent job but I believe it was 85% fabrication for the sake of story.  Either way, it was entertaining.

This record in particular, was Buddy Holly’s first solo album, which is kind of strange.  He released an earlier effort under the Crickets moniker.  Furthermore, on the album, he is backed by the Crickets.  This record, released in 1958, contained four hit singles; “Peggy Sue”, “Words of Love”, “I’m Going to Lobe You Too”, and “Rave On”. Other songs such as “Ready Teddy”, “Valley of Tears”, “Everyday”, and “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” are also quite good.  Overall, it is an excellent record,

For a sample, I went with “Words of Love”.  This song was covered by the Beatles on their album Beatles For Sale.  Something about that record, (especially Side 2), a lot of the songs have a strong Holly influence.9e53e353e861ba3ff9dbe4ba65e623f2

Top Rated record for sure.