Saturday, December 08, 2012

All Good Things Must Come to an End

My dear friends,

After several months of absence, I had decided to start posting again but, it is with much sadness that I have decided to stop posting on this blog altogether.  It has been a fun number of years sharing my love of vintage vinyl along with memories of my childhood and mother (who I credit for my love of this music).  But it has lost its "fun-ness" for me - losing almost all my links when a certain website (which will remain nameless) was closed down, being told to remove other links from my posts, and now having some of my links flagged as "not to be shared" on the current storage website I have been using so that when you go to download, it won't let you.  (Even my own compilations that I put together are now flagged that way!)  I am not going to delete this blog, but will not add any more posts.  Any working links will remain, but I will not re-up any deleted links.

Thank you all so much for your following through the years, and for your wonderful comments.  I hope I was able to bring some happy memories to you all, and to introduce you to some music that you enjoyed.  If you would like to contact me via email, please post a comment with your email address (comments are moderated, so I will not publish those) and I will contact you.

With much love and gratitude from -
Just someone who's trying to fill the world with music, one note at a time...

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The Chipmunks - Christmas With the Chipmunks Vol.2

I actually bought this record a few years ago (probably from the HPB bargain bin), so I didn't grow up listening to it like the first one. I definitely think the first one is better. But it's still a fun Christmas album and goes great with the first one! Christmas wouldn't be complete without the Chipmunks singing your favorite Christmas carols!  (I have to confess that when I was in college, I bought the "Chipmunk Punk" album, but I believe I traded it in at HPB at some point.)

Track listing for Christmas With the Chipmunks Vol.2:

Side 1:
1. Jingle Bell Rock
2. Deck the Halls
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas
4. Hang Up Your Stockin'
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
6. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Side 2:
1. Wonderful Day
2. Christmas Time
3. (All I Want for Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth
4. O Christmas Tree
5. The Night Before Christmas
6. Here We Come A-Caroling

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The Ray Charles Singers - Here We Come-A-Caroling (1956)

Hi, friends!  I know it's been some time but Christmas is almost here so it's time to share some of my Christmas records! This is a great album to accompany you while you sing Christmas carols. All the songs are the familiar and traditional ones we grew up with. Play the album at home and sing along while decorating or for your Christmas party! Here's an idea - if you want to go Christmas caroling but don't think you have enough people, tape the album and play it while you sing along! Then it will sound like you have a whole chorus (and if you play it loud enough, it may drown out those not-so-good voices)! I hope this album gets you feeling the spirit of Christmas!

Track listing for The Ray Charles Singers - Here We Come-A-Caroling (link has been deleted. Go buy CD on Amazon):

Side A:
1. Here We Come A-Caroling
2. Silent Night
3. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
4. The First Noel
5. O, Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
6. Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child
7. Angels We Have Heard On High
8. What Child is This? (Greensleeves)
9. I Saw Three Ships
10. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Side B:
1. Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle!
2. Away In A Manger
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. O, Little Town of Bethlehem
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. We Three Kings of Orient Are
7. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
8. Rise Up, Shepherd, An' Foller
9. Joy to the World
10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
11. Here We Come A-Caroling

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Old Posts

Dear friends,

Due to the "take down" of a certain website a few months ago, I lost all my music backups that were stored on that site.  As a result, there are no links to most of the old posts.  As of this time, I do not plan to re-up those links as there are way too many and it would take a lot of time.  I am sorry if this inconveniences you.  But I hope you will still visit and see what "new" albums I share from my vintage record collection (I'll try to be more regular in my postings!).

In the meantime, please visit my other blog, The Spin-O-Rama Hour, which is a weekly one-hour (or close to it) podcast of vintage music.  (Unfortunately, I lost the older archived episodes, too.)

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Compilation Vol.6 (2012)

Happy First Day of Summer (barely making it before it's over)! It's time for my annual summer songs compilation! Summer is my very favorite season, and I am glad it's here! The first three summer compilations contained only songs with the word "summer" in the title, but two years ago I expanded the song choices to include the words "beach", "surf", and "sun", and this year I added songs about summer and summer activities, but don't necessarily include any of those words in the title. Please do post a comment with other summer song suggestions that I can use in future compilations. Hope you enjoy this!

Track listing for Summer Compilation Vol.6 (2012):

1.Wipe Out - The Surfaris
2. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Brian Hyland
3. Surf City - Jan & Dean
4. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
5. Muscle Beach Party - Annette Funicello
6. Beach Baby - First Class
7. On the Beach at Waikiki - Martin Denny
8. Beach Trip - Morton Stevens
9. Miami Beach - Phillip Green
10. The Things We Did Last Summer - Vic Damone
11. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - Henry Jerome
12. Cloudy, Summer Afternoon - The Serendipity Singers
13. Midnight Sun - Si Zentner
14. The Green Leaves of Summer - Patti Page
15. The World is Waiting for the Sunrise - Tony Mottola
16. In the Good Old Summertime - The Osmond Brothers
17. I'll Catch the Sun - The Stanyan Strings
18. Summer Days - David Cassidy
19. Theme from "A Summer Place" - The Tornadoes
20. On the Sunny Side of the Street - The Johnny Mann Singers & the Si Zentner Orchestra
21. Summertime - Wynton Marsalis
22. East of the Sun - The Ames Brothers
23. We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Trini Lopez
24. Saturday in the Park - Chicago
25. Sunny - Leonard Nimoy
26. Sunshine On My Shoulders - John Denver

If you haven't downloaded the first five volumes of my Summer compilations, click on the "summer" label to take you directly to those posts (I have re-upped them). Happy Summer!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Andy Williams - Dear Heart (1965)

Here's another of my favorite singers. I don't remember ever watching his show back in the day, except for a couple of Christmas specials. I do remember him hosting the Grammy awards at least once in the 1970s, and him guest starring on a couple of shows. But I did have the privilege of seeing Andy perform in Dallas in the late 1980s for his Christmas show (of course!). He's got such a wonderful and soothing voice! I'm not sure that I can pick just one of his songs as my favorite, because I love so many of them, and this album has many that I really love.

Track listing for Andy Williams - Dear Heart:

Side 1:
1. Red Roses for a Blue Lady
2. It Had to Be You
3. I Can't Stop Loving You
4. Till
5. I'm All Smiles
6. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Side 2:
1. You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You
2. Emily
3. Almost There
4. My Carousel
5. Everybody Loves Somebody
6. Dear Heart

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Ventures - Play The Country Classics (1963)

Here's a wonderful gem that I found in the HPB bargain bin! I just love the Ventures and their awesome guitar playing! Although I prefer their more surf/pop-rock sound, I thought I'd go ahead and get this album since it contains my favorite song, "You Are My Sunshine". Well, I definitely love this album! I was already familiar with some of the songs, but this "new" spin on them made me really like them. I think this album is a must for my next party - it's great for dancing! And it's also made me want to start practicing my guitar again!

Track listing for The Ventures - Play The Country Classics:

Side 1:
1. Panhandle Rag
2. Wabash Cannonball
3. San Antonio Rose
4. I Walk The Line
5. Wildwood Flower
6. I Can't Stop Loving You

Side 2:
1. Lovesick Blues
2. Steel Guitar Rag
3. You Are My Sunshine
4. Oh, Lonesome Me
5. Sugarfoot Rag
6. Born to Lose