Dolly Parton- 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Whew! Glad to have this month and Oktoberfest over.  This was $3.50. My folks had it when I was a kid so I recognized the cover.

This album was released in 1980 and coincided with the release of the movie, 9 to 5, starring Dolly Parton along with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman.  The underlying theme of this album was working and the album marked a return to a pop-country sound after a few more polished efforts.  The album went to #1 on the country charts and spawned three hit singles including the title track which was also nominated for an Academy Award for best song (it would lose to “Fame”).

Pretty good album but I am done writing for this month so here is Merle Travis’ classic “Dark As A Dungeon”.

Good album.  Satisfactory.  See you next month.

Heeresmusikkorps 5 Der Bundeswehr- Deutsche Heeresmarsche Aus Der Pruessischen Armeemarschsammlung Folge 3

This $2 album is the last in the series of German records I have been posting for Oktoberfest which concludes this year on Oct 3 which by my calculations is today.  What seemed to be a fun exercise in German music has lead to me greatly tiring of this and ready to move on to new things. Also, at the time of this writing, it is the Saturday after the landing of Hurricane Harvey which as you know by now, did not do much to the City of Houston other than a flash flood warning in a whole lot of counties(ED Note.  The Carnage flooding was yet to come).  You are probably asking as well if I bought every single marching band album during my Memorial Day trip to the Half Price Books on Veteran’s Memorial.  No.  I would say I bought around 1/8 of them.

The title of this album translates into “German Marches from the Prussian Collection”.  According to the back of this record, the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III, in 1817 oversaw to historic actions.  First, he unified the Prussian Protestant churches.  This was the first time such a unification took place in a German State.  Second, and important to this narrative, he ordered a collection begin of predominately German military marches.  The list initially included 36 slow marches and 36 quick marches but quickly grew not only in size but in scope.

At the last time of publication, 1913, the collection included 100 slow marches, 243 quick marches, and 138 Calvary marches (all Prussian).  The collection also included 35 Russian, 22 Austrian, 11 Italian, 4 French, 2 Swedish, and 1 dutch marches.

So this album is a collection of German marches as collected by the Royal Prussian Army. This was released in 1976.  The liner notes point out that these marches are both totally original at times as well as derivative of popular operas of the time.  Other than that, this is the third marching band album I have had to both listen to and write about so I am kind of at a loss in both categories.

For a sample, I went with the majestic “Festmarsch II 1871, Jan 18” which I believed celebrated the formation of the second German Empire between Kaiser Wilhem I and Otto Von Bismark.

This should come as no surprise if you have been reading the other posts but meh.  Could have used a lower price for these as well as the other albums.  Hope your Oktoberfest was fun and entertaining.

Werner Muller and his Orchestra- Germany

This was $2 and purchased with the slew of other German records in accordance with the upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations.  Well maybe not so upcoming now, but at the time of writing and purchasing, yes.

This is a very interesting album brought to you by those fine folks at London Records.  Mixed in recorded in phase 4 stereo, this album is a smorgasbord (yes I know this is a Swedish term) of German music.  from Wagner to Weill, from marches and polkas to schlager and night club ballads, this record has a piece of everything.  The exact kind of thing this blog encourages.  Conducted by Berlin born, Werner Muller (1920-1998), this was released in 1965.

Muller’s Space Age Pop page

For a sample, I was drawn to Wagner’s “Ride of The Valkyries”, partly due to the fact that I mentioned it in an earlier post this week, but mainly in tribute to Bugs Bunny as well as that beacon of tolerance, Elmer Fudd.

Good album.  Satisfactory.

Toni Praxmair and the Kitzbuheler Nationalsanger- Authentic Austrian Volksmusik

This was $2.00.  Again, it appears I am trying to pass off Austrian music during my salute to Oktoberfest.  For shame.  Well, here we are with this.  Too late to correct it at this point.  Still gung ho on writing posts and getting ahead of the game.  Yes I am still waiting for Harvey to hit.  You remember Harvey right? (Ed Note.  At this point I was waiting for the return hurricane so techincaly it is a re-hit (Monday or Tuesday)).

So there is this record from what the album calls Austria’s most popular entertainers, most all from Kitzbuhel, a ski resort village high in scenic Tyrol.  This album features a collection of Austrian folk tunes, dances, and polkas featuring yodels and cowbells.  It came out on Capitol Records’ Capitol of the World series, I believe in 1958.

For a sample, I went with “Tiroler Kuckuck”.

Meh.  Really kind of over polka based folk music at this point. Also, slow interent is really souring my mood on most of this at the moment.

Fritz Reiner- Die Walkure Act II

This was $2.50. I meant to tie it to the Ring Cycle I saw at the Houston Grand Opera.  Over the last four years, the HGO has put all four operas the consist of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.  I am not sure I totally picked up on the cycle aspect of this when I saw the first opera.  However, by the end, I was more clear to me.  It was a pretty big production for the HGO and my experiences at the operas  have been documented on this blog.

Well, despite the fourth, Gotterdammerung, being my favorite, the second, Die Valkure is perhaps the best known.  It tells the story of the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde who give birth to the hero of the cycle, Siegfried.  At the same time, it shows the exile of Brunnhilde, who is later rescued by Siegfried who also falls in love with her despite technically being his aunt.  This fact never seems to escape me.  Wagner wrote these operas in reverse order but so he would have written this third.

For not being an expert on Wagner or opera, where you might ask, is the basis for the claim that Die Walkure is the best known of the cycle?  I am basing this on the strength of “The Flight Of the Valkeries” perhaps the most famous piece not only of this cycle but in all of opera.  Most people either know this from Bugs Bunny or Apocayplse Now. I also did not put two and two together but it was also used quite cleverly in The Blues Brothers. Note both clips have profanity as well as a disregard for proper physics.

 

Well, here is this piece from 1936 and conducted by Fritz Reiner.  Reiner was a Hungarian Jew who moved to the US in 1922.  He would reach the height of his career as the conductor for the Chicago Symphony orchestra in the 1950’s/60’s. At the time of his death (1963 at age 74), he was preparing the Met’s version of Gotterdamerung.

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962), who plays Brunnhulde, was a Norwegian opera singer who ranks among the best voices in the 20th century.  Her performance as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde has become the stuff of legend.

Lotte Lehman (1888-1976) also appears on this record in the role of Sieglinde which is considered among her defining roles. She left her native Germany in the 30’s to emigrate to the US due to the fact that her step-children were Jewish.

 

The role of Wotan was handled by Friderich Schorr, an Austrian-Hungarian bass-baritone of Jewish decent, who became the Wagnerian bass-baritone of his generation. I point out the Jewish back grounds of these performers as a testament to the human spirit as at the same time of this recording while the Nazis were on the rise and Hitler was pushing the works and ideals of Wagner, the three of  best Wagnerian performers at the time (and of the century for that matter) were of had Jewish ties. Flagstad, on the other hand was widely criticized for returning to occupied Norway during the war years.

This album is the second Act which is noted for its prelude, a monolgue by Wotan, and Brunnhilde’s announcement of Siegmund’s death.  For sample, I went with that prologue followed by Wotan speaking with Brunnhilde and instructing her to protect Siegmund.  This piece does reference “Ride” pretty heavily.

Pretty good album.  Since it was three years since I seen this, I forgot a lot of the aspects about this work.  Overall, satisfactory.

Lolita-Schlager Erinnerungen mit Lolita

This was $2 and purchased for use during Oktoberfest, which is on going this week. Over the last two years of doing Oktoberfest posts on this blog, I have really covered most every detail about the festival which started in 1810 in Munich to celebrate the marriage of the future King Ludwig to the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.  Apparently she was also on the short list of possible brides for Napoleon.  Anyway, I would suggest you check out some the past posts to learn more fun facts about this festival.

Link to a search of Oktoberfest posts on this blog 

Well, I guess I should just straight up point out that this next artist is nor German and is in fact Austrian.  Do not want to get accused of trying to pass this off German or for lumping Austria and Germany together.  But as I did not do my research before selecting this album, we are moving full steam ahead with this record by Edith Enzinger, better known by her stage name, Lolita.  Born in ST Polten in 1931, Lolita had her only Gold Record in 1959, “Seeman” or “Sailor” in English.  Not only did it sell well in German speaking parts of Europe, it sold well in Japan went to #5 in US making at the time one of the few successful records in the US not recorded in English. She remained popular in Austria and Germany. She would pass of cancer at age 79 in 2010.

Since this came out in 1973 on Polydor International, I am guessing that this is a greatest hits compilation.  Well, it is pretty good.  All the songs are in the schlager style that I have been espousing for the last week.  Lolita had a pretty good voice.  A few of these songs really hit it out of the park.  The rest are still pretty good.

For a sample, I decided to pick “La Luna’ and “Was Ein Mann Alles Kann” or what can a man do.  I am not sure if this means what can a man do about a certain situation or what can a man do for me, mainly because I saw Raw last weekend.

Good little record.  Satisfactory.

Bert Kaempfert- The Best of Bert Kaempfert

This double record set was $5.  I bought this some time ago , maybe even two Labor Days ago so I might have got 20% off .  So here I am, writing posts for September  at the same time as I am recording songs for  October, all the while it is in reality August and I am awaiting Harvey which by the time you have read this, will have already passed.  Perhaps I should add these current events to more timely posts.  Well, this is in retrospect, I guess.  The benefits to me of being ahead of posts as opposed to writing these day to day outweigh keeping these timely.

So with Oktoberfest currently going on and after a few days of more conventional German music, here is a regular fixture to this blog, Bert Kaempfert with a greatest hits compilation.  Not much to say about this.  Two albums of some of his more popular compositions as well as arrangements.  Not only it is impressive just how many great songs Kaempfert had a hand in composing.  The cover songs  on this show just how gifted an arranger he was.

For samples, I went with” The World We Knew (Over and Over)”.  Why not Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” as I always seem to post this one?  Well, I already posted it last month.

Satisfactory

Caterina Valente- More Schlagerparade

This was $2.  I got this for this Oktoberfest spree we are having but if not for that, I would have bought this anyway as I really like Caterina Valente.  She is a great performer, all around.  As of this writing, I am at home on a Friday awaiting Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to bring heavy rains to the Houston area and by the time of reading this, well most likely be an after thought.   On the plus side, I am getting paid today, so in an odd equation of substitution, I am getting paid to write this post today.

International sensation Valente has had smash hits all over the world.  It was her embrace of the schlager that endeared her with German audiences.  This record, from Decca in 1960 , is a US album of German songs and a follow up to her earlier Schlagerparade.  The album notes Valente’s popularity in “her native Germany”.  This is in error as she was born in Paris to Italians.  Despite this, this is a pretty good album, showcasing Valente’s massive talent.

For a sample, there were a couple of choice to choose from but in the end I went with “Auf Ja Ma Maika” and “Ein Bisschen Pompadour”.

Great little album.  Satisfactory.

Deutschland Musik Korps- Vorwarts!Marsh!

Keepin’ it German for Oktober Fest this month for at least the end of this month.  Here is another record of marches I got for this event for $2.  If you are looking to participate in Oktoberfest activities but at this point, probably have not booked travel to Munich, check out your local area to see what celebrations are going on for those in Houston, there is a link below.  Apparently, they have not changed the graphics much from last year.

Link to Houston Oktoberfest activities

Here is another collection of German military marches brought to you by those fine folks at Fiesta Records.  When you think military bands, think Fiesta.  Not sure when this came out, nor I am too hip towards spending any more time to find out.  Anyway, this is performed by the German Music Corps. The title translates into “Forward March” and despite being German, I am constantly reminded of the Monty Python bit when I listed to this.

For a sample, I went with “Fliegermarsch” or aviator’s march.

Meh.  Sorry.  I like the front cover better than the one two days ago but marching music just does not do it for me.

Heino- Wir Lieben die Sturme

This was $2.  Look at that face with the glasses.  How could one resist?  I think this was the record the drove me to commit to half a month of German content for Oktoberfest. Which is the last thing on my mind right now as at the time of this writing, we are nervously awaiting Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, who right now looks like he will ruin my weekend.   But hey, that was then.  This is now.  (Ed Note- Sorry to be flippant about an event that ended up to be really hard on a lot of people in town, but I leave this unchanged to reflect the true mood I had going in to the storm).

Heino, born in Dusseldorf in 1938, is a singer of popular German music or schlager as it is known.  You may have seen this word on my blog before.  If not, you will see it again this month fo’ so’. Anyway, exophthalmos gave Heino his trademark glasses.  His baritone voice gave him his success which translated into over 50 million records sold.  He is still active and lives in what has to be one the coolest town names in Germany, Bad Munstereifel.

In 2013, he made news by releasing an cover album of rock, rap, house, and other modern music.  This lead to disgust from some of the bands he covered.  I imagine this is the equivalent of Pat Boone singing heavy metal (which he has done).  Anyway, a slew of bands criticized the move but I am not sure if is because of the music or if it because the singer quoted a line from a Hitler Youth rally out of context around the same time (that part of the world still really cares about that sort of thing).  The sources I read on the matter are a bit inconclusive.

Either way, the album was a hit, and Heino still continues to be the king of schlager. But please note that the band in the first video is not Rammstein. And whatever thoughts the band might have had about him at the time, it was not enough to stop Heino from joining them on stage.

Really good article from Spiegal regarding this album and German’s secret love of schlager.

Anyway, here is this, which Google translates into “We Love The Storm?”, is a compilation album, I believe, which may have originally been released in 1969. With 13 songs, it is a compilation of Heino’s first two albums.  Pretty decent stuff. I mean, it is the schlager that I have been talking about.

For a sample, I went with “Wilde Gesellen” which translated to Wild Friends and sounds something like out a western. I also went with “Schwer Mit Den Schatzen Des Orients Beladen” which Google translates into Heavy Loading With delights of the Orient. Well, I am sure the translation is off but you get the gist of it.

Good little album.  Satisfactory.