Sunday, September 28, 2008

Greatest Hits From The Movies (1972)

Today's offering is one of my mom's old albums - a 1972 Columbia release called "Greatest Hits From The Movies". I do remember my mom playing this album a lot. It's a compilation of familiar themes from familiar movies. I think the only two movies represented here, that I've never seen, are "Z" and "Such Good Friends". Anyway, I don't really have any "story" to accompany this post - and I'm kind of in a hurry because tonight is the season premiere of "Dexter" - so I'll just let y'all grab this album and give it a listen!

Track listing for Greatest Hits From The Movies (1972):

Side 1:
1. Love Theme from "The Godfather" - Andre Kostelanetz
2. (Where Do I Begin) Love Story - Johnny Mathis
3. Suicide is Painless (Main Title) - The MASH
4. Theme from "Summer of '42" - Peter Nero
5. Theme from "Z" - Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra
6. Electronic Prelude - R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Opening) - Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra

Side 2:
1. Mrs. Robinson - Ray Conniff and The Singers
2. Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet" - Percy Faith, His Orchestra and Chorus
3. Theme from "Shaft" - Percy Faith and His Orchestra
4. If I Were a Rich Man - Topol
5. Suddenly, It's All Tomorrow - O. C. Smith
6. Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary - Maurice Peress and The Columbia Brass Ensemble

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Original Music from Dark Shadows (1969)

I thought I'd do a little change of pace today and post one of my soundtracks. I know that Halloween is still a little over a month away, but I thought I'd start getting in the mood by posting "The Original Music From ABC-TV's Dark Shadows". This is the first album of music from the show (I think there were four, because I also have number 4), from 1969. This album originally came with a poster of Barnabas and Quentin, but I bought this at an estate sale, and unfortunately, the poster was long gone - probably hung in some 1960's teen-age girl's room until she moved on to other faves.

The show started in 1966 and it was my absolute favorite TV show when I was a little girl. I became a horror movie/show fan at the tender age of 4, when I saw "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" on TV, so when "Dark Shadows" came on the air, I was ecstatic. All my friends liked the show - we would even play "Dark Shadows" during recess at school (this was first through third grades). I had the honor of being "Barnabas" - it was all girls (it was a co-ed school, but at that age, we didn't play with boys) so we played both the male and female parts. Oh - the reason I got to be "Barnabas" was because I had the pointiest teeth (the cuspids or bi-cuspids - I don't know which). Problem was that the girl who was "Josette" was much taller than I was (I was one of the "pee wees" of the class), so it was a little difficult to bite her neck (I really got into character). I also sometimes would be "Quentin" - don't remember what qualified me for that role...maybe my wild hair. But, hey - I got to be the main characters - pretty good!

I have many memories of the show and the two movies (of course, I went and saw them at the theatre when they came out!), and I have many favorite characters (my mother was even impressed because Joan Bennett was in the show). Besides Barnabas and Quentin, my favorite was Angelique. What a beautiful woman - and so evil! I also liked the werewolf a lot (can't remember who that was). Note to self: I really need to buy the DVD collection.

Anyway, I can go on and on about this show, but I'll stop (for now), and let you download the album. It'll be great to play as background music for your Halloween party! BTW, the two "Blue Whale" tunes are pretty groovy and you can dance to them!

Track listing for The Original Music from Dark Shadows:

Side 1:
1. Opening Themes: 1. Dark Shadows 2. Collinwood
2. I'll Be With You, Always - Narration by Jonathan Frid
3. Josette's Theme
4. A Darkness at Collinwood
5. Meditations - Narration by Jonathan Frid
6. Night of the Pentagram
7. When I Am Dead - Narration by Jonathan Frid
8. No. 1 at the Blue Whale

Side 2:
1. Shadows of the Night (Quentin's Theme) - Narration by David Selby
2. The Secret Room
3. Epitaph - Narration by Jonathan Frid
4. Seance
5. I, Barnabas - Narration by Jonathan Frid
6. Back at the Blue Whale
7. The Old House
8. 1. Epilogue 2. Dark Shadows

And, just to remind you of the opening sequence, here's the color one used from 1967 to 1971:

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sessions Presents 26 Original Hits (1978)

As we count down the last few hours of summer, I've decided to share a double-record set with you today. Remember those TV commercials that would advertise record compilations by a company called Sessions? Well, this is one of those albums - and I got it for $1 in the HBP bargain bin! It's a great album with some wonderful familiar hit songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s. And I really like the cover - with the old record player and 45s. Remember how fun it was to buy the latest record and invite your friends over to listen to it? And you would have an impromptu dance party after school? Kids today don't know what they're missing since they don't do that anymore!

I like all but one song on this double-album (I've never liked #3 on Side 1, and I particularly don't like this version - I've always found it annoying with his "oh, yeah!"). But the one song that I think I really, really like is "Born Too Late". The first time I heard it was around the time that David Cassidy became a big teen idol. He was 20 when "The Partridge Family" first came on TV, and I was 9. I developed a huge crush on him, and "Born Too Late" became the song that I would dedicate to him every time I listened to it. I still think of him when I hear it. Sigh.

Well, anyway, I think you should definitely download this and play it at your next Saturday night sock-hop! It'll bring back lots of wonderful memories!

Track listing for Sessions Presents 26 Original Hits:

Side 1:
1. My Happiness - Connie Francis
2. Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter - Billy Williams
4. Teenager in Love - Dion & The Belmonts
5. Born Too Late - Poni-Tails
6. Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
7. Young Love - Sonny James

Side 2:
1. Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
2. Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
3. It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton
4. Tonight You Belong to Me - The Lennon Sisters with Lawrence Welk
5. I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
6. Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone

Side 3:
1. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
2. To Know Him Is to Love Him - Teddy Bears
3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
4. Ivory Tower - Cathy Carr
5. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) - Four Preps
6. Green Door - Jim Lowe
7. Allegheny Moon - Patti Page

Side 4:
1. Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
2. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing - Four Aces
3. Broken Hearted Melody - Sarah Vaughan
4. Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
5. Morning Side of the Mountain - Tommy Edwards
6. A Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl - Teresa Brewer

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pia Zadora - I Am What I Am (1986)

I don't remember the first time I heard Pia Zadora sing. I think I must've heard her cover of an old standard on my local radio station, KAAM - 770 on the AM dial. I can't think of any other way I would've heard her sing. Well, anyway, I was amazed that this was the same Pia Zadora that had turned in such awful acting performances in some very forgettable movies. You gotta hand it to the lady for reinventing herself as a singer of old pop standards. Plus, she didn't just record with some studio musicians - she recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra! That's the way to do it!

I was so impressed by these recordings of Pia's, that I bought three of her albums (I'll probably post the others at some point) and taped them on cassette for my mother. She loved them (and these were songs from my mom's era). In fact, she loved them so much that she in turn made tapes for several of her friends. My mom has since passed away, and so have some of her friends, but those that are still around still listen to those tapes she made of Pia Zadora's albums! Well, as I mentioned, I was so impressed by Pia's albums, that I went to see her in concert in the late 80s. She came to Dallas and performed at the Fair Park Music Hall. None of my friends were into the kind of music that I liked, so I bought a ticket and went by myself to see her - sat dead center in the fourth row - perfect seat. The show was fabulous! She was as good in person as she sounded on the albums, plus she had a great personality. She even brought her little girl and boy out to sing something - they were adorable. So, give Pia a listen on this album - all the songs are great!

Track listing for Pia Zadora - I Am What I Am:

Side 1:
1. I Am What I Am
2. All of Me
3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
4. A Foggy Day (In London Town)
5. Day by Day
6. I'm Beginning to See the Light
7. If He Walked into My Life

Side 2:
1. For Once in My Life
2. How About You
3. I Had the Craziest Dream
4. The One I Love
5. Time After Time
6. Pennies from Heaven
7. It's Been a Long, Long Time
8. The Lady is a Tramp

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Weavers - The Best of The Weavers (1959)

How about listening to some familiar folk songs tonight? Here's an album I forgot I had - and it's got some great songs that you can sing-along to! You may even remember learning a couple of these in elementary school, and hearing a couple of others in versions recorded by the Beach Boys. It's a good album that takes their (The Weavers) biggest hits from the Decca years.

On this record the quartet is comprised of blues and ballad soloists Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman, the youngest members; Pete Seeger, whose considerable research knowledge of folk music, styles and instruments has been invaluable to the group; and Lee Hays, the senior member, and a former preacher, school teacher, fiction writer, and highly skilled singer and arranger.

Track listing from The Best of The Weavers:

Side 1:
1. Goodnight Irene
2. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
3. So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh)
4. Old Paint (Ride Along Little Dogies)
5. Around the Corner (Beneath the Berry Tree)
6. Wimoweh

Side 2:
1. On Top of Old Smokey
2. The Wreck of the John B
3. Midnight Special
4. The Roving Kind
5. Lonesome Traveler
6. When the Saints Go Marching In

Here are The Weavers singing "So Long":

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sarah Vaughan - Dreamy (1961)

What a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than to listen to the Divine One, the one and only "Sassy". Of course, I'm talking about the wonderful Sarah Vaughan. What a voice - what talent! Sigh. I'm speechless - I really don't know what else to say about this awesome singer. So, instead I'm going to just let you listen to her sing on this album - singing such favorites of mine as "Crazy He Calls Me", "The More I See You", and "I'll Be Seeing You". With songs like that, how can you go wrong?

Track listing for Sarah Vaughan - Dreamy:

Side 1:
1. Dreamy
2. Hands Across the Table
3. The More I See You
4. I'll Be Seeing You
5. Star Eyes
6. You've Changed

Side 2:
1. Trees
2. Why Was I Born
3. My Ideal
4. Crazy He Calls Me
5. Stormy Weather
6. Moon Over Miami

Here's a video of Sarah Vaughan singing "Perdido":

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Three Suns - On a Magic Carpet (1960)

Been abroad lately? Well, here's your chance to fly now and be enchanted forever. You'll be traveling first class all the way, on a magic carpet borne aloft by the artistry of the inimitable Three Suns.
So begin the liner notes on the back of this album. This is a great album! I can't believe I had never heard it before until I bought it (once again, from the bargain bin at HPB)! I had a few songs by the Three Suns, but this is the first album of theirs that I've bought. And, as usual, it was the cover that caught my eye - it's pretty crazy, and I love the girl's hairdo! And, the album is great - full of familiar songs! So, get on your magic carpet and give it a listen!

Track listing for The Three Suns - On a Magic Carpet:

Side 1:
1. Canadian Sunset
2. Lisbon Antigua
3. Terry Theme
4. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
5. Moritat
6. The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song)

Side 2:
1. Blue Tango
2. Meet Mr. Callaghan
3. The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where is Your Heart)
4. Ruby
5. The 3rd Man Theme
6. Fleur de Paree