Books: A walk on the wild side. Algren Journey to the end of the
night. Celine, Camus, Gide, pop culture books, bios, pulp trashy
stuff, LOVE to read!
Movies: Mon Oncle, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Fitzcarraldo,
Yojimbo, Eat the
, Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill!, Lemonade Joe, Female
Trouble, and Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.
I’m such a music junkie that my ipod is exclusively loaded with
music I’ve downloaded from music sharing blogs. These blogs upload
out of print recordings to share with like-minded enthusiasts. So
I’m constantly being surprised while listening to my ipod by songs
I’ve never heard before. The down side of all of this “free” music
is that I don’t get a chance to hear current music unless someone
sends me a link or, heaven forbid a mix-tape.
1. Come Back to This Heart of Mine - Hal Lone Pine & Betty Cody
- On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine.
Talk about synchronicity. “You went away and left this morning. You
didn’t wait till the day was dawning, you must have been out of
your mind. A great little country ditty crammed into just over2
mins with fiddles, e-lic-tric gui-tars and a rollicking barroom
piano. A bear family reissue.
2. Betsy Ross and the Flag/Everybody Wants to Be an Art Director -
Stan Freberg - The United States Of America, Vol. 1: The Early
When Calen was born I would say up and listen to Stan hosting Old
Time Radio. A veritable who’s who of voice over legends, Paul
Frees, Walter Tetley, June Foray and of course Stan. Great stuff,
clever with Billy May conducting the orchestra.
3. Our Day Will Come - Jimmy Castor - Hey Leroy, Your Mama's
Callin' You Smaltzy song by a somewhat novelty band that were
comprised of excellent musicians and the multi-talented Castor.
This is one of his first records and it’s fantastic, the title
track is a humorous standout. Jimmy would hang around for a couple
of decades finally hitting it big with “The Bertha Butt
4. Bonnie And Clyde - Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot - Les
AnnÇes PsychÇdÇliques With intoxicating hiccup background vocals
and Serge’s trademark indifferent vocal delivery, and the inclusion
of Brigitte Bardot make Bonnie and Clyde is quintessential
5. Haunted Mansion - Disneyland - See Hear Read–along record
“Bing! Turn the page.” A story tour of Disneyland’s Haunted
Mansion. One guy doing all the voices probably the same recording
they still use on the real tour. Great artifact, my mp3 recording
is nice and poppy just like a kiddie record should.
6. Vegetables - The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
“Im gonna keep well my vegetables, cart off and sell my
vegetables.” Accompanied only by a steady bassline their heavenly
vocals soar through this incredible song. Listen for the vocal
chorus from I'm Waiting For The Day near the end. Brian uses
several sound effects such as bottle blowing, carrot chomping, and
celery crunching to keep the beat. Brilliant.
7. When A Man Loves A Woman - Lou Rawls - I Can't Make It Alone :
The Axelrod Years
Never liked the song or Lou Rawls for that matter, makes me think
of baby blue ruffled tuxedos. But, and this is not a song
endorsement, his pairing with producer David Axlerod contains
several gems, most notably a cover of You Made Me So Very
8. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake – Whitesnake
Busted! I can explain, no it would only sound contrite. I confess,
there is hair metal fist pumping power ballads on my pod.
9. Aa dekhen jara (edit) - R.D. Burman feat. Asha Bhosle and
Kishore Kumore - Sitar beat vol.2
Bollywoods answer to Ennio Morricone. R. D. Burman scored hundreds
of Bollywoods films. This particular track has it all. Moogs, tabla
breaks, swirling strings and the incomparable Kishore Kumore and
her stratospheric delivery. Funky and strange, just what the doctor
10. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Sly & the Family Stone -
Dance to the Music Sounding like a cross between motown and deep
soul, Sly's signature brass and vocal arrangements give a glimpse
of his funky transformation. The album cover shows a straight
looking Sly and Family lounging on the strange structure near the
bandstand on Oakland Lake Merritt.
11. Lady - T. Rex - The Slider [Deluxe Edition Disc 1]
Simple, straightforward, sexy rock n roll! The Slider is one of my
favorite records, especially the deluxe reissue. It has Marc
running through the songs on acoustic guitar. A great guitar player
and possessor of one of the finest rock yells. Amazing.
12. Viola Lee Blues - Grateful Dead - O'Keefe Centre, Toronto ONT,
The Ipod outs another Deadhead. This song/version brings out the
best/worst of the dead depending on the listener. Transcendent
playing, mind boggling bad vocals, and yet even more transcendent
clusternoise. I’ve come to the conclusion that it was Phil that
drove this band, for almost twenty minutes he lights fires under
Jerry’s ass, encourages Bill and Mickey to space-out and initiates
a free jazz eruption. Jerry does not disappoint. Classic
13. I Can't Get Next to You – Mongo Santamaría - What It Is! Funky
Soul and Rare Grooves
Let’s hear it for the cowbell! Mongo’s specialty was the Latinized
cover song, his biggest being Watermelon Man. On this track we hear
Mongo’s band in a turbo-charged version of the 4 Tops classic,
trading fours and boogalooing.
14. Get Out of My Life Woman - Grassella Oliphant - What It Is!
Funky Soul and Rare Grooves
Out of 25 gigs of music I get two in a row from the same
compilation. Not to worry, this slow burner builds into a funky
soul four alarmer! This breakbeat classic is from his grass is
15. Godzilla (Gojira) – Godzilla - Sound Effect of Godzilla
Almost 5 minettes of Godzilla roars. I’m such a geek that I
listened for 3min trying to pick up audio differences in the roars,
there are. The sound effects people of Toho created Godzilla’s
spine tingling roar by rubbing a leather gloved hand up and down
16. >Constipation Blues - Screamin' Jay Hawkins –
An unfortunate song that has Screamin’ Jay grunting and plea -
making for the duration of the song, and yes he does “let it
17. The Pygmy Taxi Corporation - Raymond Scott - Manhattan Research
Inc (CD2) From a triple cd set that’s chock full of mid sixties
commercials featuring futuristic sounds comes this cover of a tune
he had written and performed in his 30’s – 40’s cartoon heyday. The
tune bears little similarity to the original but is interesting and
enjoyable in its new whimsical computer-beeping rendition.
18. Jagger The Dagger - Eugene Mcdaniels - Headless Heroes of The
Apocalypse (Full Album)
Sampled by a Tribe Called Quest this is a monster! From the heavy
funky beginning to the sexually driven vocals it’s a horny nod to
“the devil dance.” The album was issued in the on atlantic in 1971
only to be pulled immediately because of it’s sexual and political
19. Intro Rollo The Railroad Train - Selma Rich Brody - Be A
“Want to ride with me? You can be my locomotive, just slip on your
head and we’ll be a train together.” Ahhh the innocence of
children’s records. Selma sang and narrated several kiddie lps in
my collection. She can be stern and chipper at the same time, with
terrific results everytime. Good sample material for mixed
20. Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield- Superfly
Loving music…oh yeah. Just don’t envision Superfly kissin’ you with
his bushy mustache, or maybe you do. Love the conga percussion
heavy breathin’ intro.
21. The Moon Is Blue - Frank Comstock - Project Comstock Music From
One of the classic space-age bachelor pad recordings incorporating
space related music with out of this world originals. He used such
space-age musical instruments as the theremin, the electric violin
(played by Elliott Fisher), and the novachord to great
22. Bonus 7 - Mike Sammes & The Mike Sammes Singers - Music For
Biscuits Jaunty, groovy advertising jingles from the Mike Sammes
Singers. This is a bonus track and seeing that I downloaded it, I
don’t have the tracks title. They keep singing about “a bright new
world, think pink!” They are from Britain so that could be the
reason I don’t recognize a product name.
23. Eight Miles High - The Soulful Strings - Paint It Black
Magnificent middle-eastern flavored version of The Byrds classic.
The Soulful Strings were a perennial on the cover lp circuit
churning out funk fueled arrangements of the then current big hits.
I have found several blogs dedicated to the “strings” (living, 101,
hollyridge, soulful) records of the 60’s.
24. Zebra walk - charles kynard - charles kynard
Man, this is some funky stuff right here. Bernard Purdie the
drummer on this session tears it up on this song, doing more with a
hi-hat and a snare than Neal Pert could do on his massive set.
Modal grooves featuring Kynard on organ and Grant Green on guitar,
Houston Pearson on tenor and Jimmy Lewis on Fender bass.
25. Baby let me take you in my arms - DETROIT EMERALDS - Do Me
From the guitar intro to the bouncy bass line this is a certified
floor filler. On the Westbound label this track reached #23 on
billboards top 100 in 1973. The Detroit Emeralds were an amazing
vocal group that had some soul/disco success in the 70’s.