Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Compilation Vol.5 (2011)

It's time for my annual summer songs compilation! The first day of summer is not for two days yet, but it's felt like summer for a few weeks already! It's already hit the three digit temperatures in Dallas, Texas! The hot temps don't bother me though, as 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 last year I expanded the song choices to include the words "beach", "surf", and "sun". 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.5 (2011):

1. Theme from 'A Summer Place' - The Ventures
2. The Things We Did Last Summer - The Beach Boys
3. Summertime - Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed
4. It's a Sunshine Day - The Brady Bunch
5. Sun-Kissed Chicks - Jean-Jacques Debout
6. Miami Beach Rumba - Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra
7. The Green Leaves of Summer - The Ray Conniff Singers
8. Turn On the Sunshine - Sally Field
9. Twenty-Four Hours of Sunshine - Reg Owen & His Orchestra
10. Sunny Days - Lighthouse
11. Our Last Summer - ABBA
12. On the Beach At Waikiki - Les Paul and Mary Ford
13. Summer Mood - Skip Martin
14. One Summer Dream - Electric Light Orchestra
15. Sunshine - The Partridge Family
16. Good Day Sunshine - Claudine Longet
17. We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Helen Reddy
18. Hey Mr. Sun - Kurt Russell
19. Bustin' Surfboards - The Lively Ones
20. Summer Cruise - Syd Dale
21. Surf Scene - The Surfaris
22. Bossa No Praia (Beach Samba) - Walter Wanderley
23. Bikini Beach Party - Annette Funicello
24. The Long, Hot Summer - Jimmie Rodgers

If you haven't downloaded the first four volumes of my Summer compilations, click on the "summer" label to take you directly to those posts. Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Petula Clark - I Know A Place (1965)

This is another of my recent purchases, although I can't remember if I got it from my v.o. instructor or from the HPB bargain bin. Either way, I'm glad I got it because I thoroughly enjoyed it. Petula Clark is one of those singers who transports me back to the 1960s just by the sound of her voice, and I really liked what I can remember of the 60s (my early childhood). There are some good songs on this album, and some of them are quite danceable! Enjoy!

Track listing for Petula Clark - I Know A Place:

Side 1:
1. Dancing In the Street
2. Strangers and Lovers
3. Everything In the Garden
4. The "In" Crowd
5. Heart
6. You're the One

Side 2:
1. A Foggy Day
2. Gotta Tell the World
3. Every Little Bit Hurts
4. Call Me
5. Goin' Out of My Head
6. I Know A Place

Here's an old clip of Pet singing the title song of this album (love the dancing!):

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Boxcar Willie - King of the Road (1980)

Here's an album that goes well with the Slim Whitman album! I remember the TV commercials for this album. I never would have thought that I would end up getting it! After I got the Slim Whitman album a few weeks ago, I went in search of the Boxcar Willie album, and I found it in the HPB bargain bin! There's no yodeling on this one, and Boxcar Willie doesn't have the nice hair that Slim Whitman has, but I enjoyed it. Also, Boxcar Willie was from Ellis County, Texas, which is just south of Dallas! I also found out that he was Tommy Lee Jones' first cousin. (Throwing in some trivia for you there.) I had a nice surprise when I heard the song "I Saw the Light" on this album. It brought back memories of being in choir at school from 7th through 9th grades. That was one of the songs we sang regularly, and I hadn't thought of it in a long time. Enjoy!

Track listing for Boxcar Willie - King of the Road:

Side 1:
1. King of the Road
2. Wabash Cannonball
3. You Are My Sunshine
4. Boxcar Blues
5. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
6. Your Cheatin' Heart
7. I Saw the Light
8. Wreck of the Old '97
9. Hank and the Hobo
10. Peace in the Valley

Side 2:
1. Mule Train
2. Hey Good Lookin'
3. Kaw-Liga
4. Move It On Over
5. London Leaves
6. Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms
7. Divorce Me C.O.D.
8. Red River Valley
9. Heaven
10. San Antonio Rose

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Slim Whitman - All My Best (1979)

Here's another treasure that I got from my voice-over instructor! This is the record I was most excited about, too! I never thought I would be excited to get a Slim Whitman record. I think I've become a fan because it brings back good memories from my youth. I remember when his commercial came on TV where he advertised this album. Usually, it would come on late night when my mom and I were watching old movies. We always got a kick from the commercial, especially when they showed him singing "Vaya Con Dios". Neither one of us had ever heard of Slim Whitman, and we weren't fans of country music, so we just thought the commercial was funny. As the years have gone by, I have developed a very eclectic taste in music, and just LOVE Slim Whitman now! I especially like when he yodels (I've become a yodeling fan in the last year). I hadn't seen this album in years, and the first thing I asked my v.o. instructor was if he had any albums by Slim Whitman. He said no (but he obviously knew he did), and he was just tickled when he saw my reaction at finding the album in the stack. So, even though my mom and I never listened to Slim back in the day, this album brings back good memories of spending time with my mom. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Track listing for Slim Whitman - All My Best:

Side 1:
1. Indian Love Call
2. Ramblin' Rose
3. My Happiness
4. Room Full Of Roses
5. Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain
6. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
7. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
8. There Goes My Everything
9. My Heart Cries For You
10. Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Side 2:
1. Rose Marie
2. Vaya Con Dios
3. Roses Are Red
4. Somewhere My Love
5. I Love You Because
6. Una Paloma Blanca
7. I Can't Stop Loving You
8. Sail Along Silvery Moon
9. You Belong To My Heart
10. Red River Valley

Here is Slim singing "Indian Love Call":

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Baja Marimba Band - For Animals Only (1965)

This is one of the treasures I bought from my voice-over instructor. It's a cute album - all the songs have animals in them. I hadn't heard some of them before, but overall I was pleased. It's just a nice easy-listening record to listen to while having dinner or trying to relax. I hope you enjoy it!

Track listing for Baja Marimba Band - For Animals Only:

Side 1:
1. For Animals Only
2. Puff (The Magic Dragon)
3. Elephant Soul
4. Gnu Bossa Nova
5. Last of the Red Hot Llamas
6. La Cucaracha

Side 2:
1. How Much is That Doggie in the Window
2. Yellow Bird
3. Swan Waltz
4. A Partridge in a Pear Tree (The Twelve Days of Christmas)
5. El Gazelle
6. Las Mananitas

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett - Visit Hawaii (1962)

Just spent a little time meditating in my Hawaiian-themed guest room, which left me in a Hawaiian state of mind, so I decided to share this one with you today. I do love Tommy Garrett and this album is a delight (love the cover art, too!). It has the usual selection of Hawaiian songs, including my very favorite, "Hawaiian War Chant". I don't know what it is about that song that just makes me get up and dance! (I'm just grateful that no one is around to videotape me.) So, put on your Hawaiian skirt and dance like no one is watching!

Track listing for The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett Visit Hawaii:

Side 1:
1. Blue Hawaii
2. Hawaiian Wedding Song
3. Pagan Love Song
4. My Little Grass Shack
5. Now Is the Hour
6. Hawaiian War Chant

Side 2:
1. The Hukilau Song
2. Song of the Islands
3. Lovely Hula Hands
4. Sweet Leilani
5. Moon of Manakoora
6. Aloha Oe