Friday, October 28, 2016

Godfrey Hirsch: At Pete's Place, New Orleans

Coral CRL 757475

This was a thrift shop find ($1.99), in excellent shape, part of a haul of three Pete Fountain-related LPs. It is not on CD.

The cover is a tad deceptive: Pete Fountain appears (out of focus) in the background but does not play on the record. Pete's band, however, does, including Eddie Miller on tenor sax on several tracks. It has been digitized and posted on youtube.

Bass – Oliver Felix
Drums – Nick Fatool, Paul Edwards
Guitar – Paul Guma
Piano – Earl Vuiovich
Tenor Saxophone – Eddie Miller
Vibraphone – Godfrey Hirsch

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

After You've Gone (1975)

Concord CJ-6 

A recent find in an Oxfam shop in England for 2£, in very good shape. The Internet reveals that there was a CD release in 2000, but it is out of print. Features Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jake Hanna, Plas Johnson, and George Duke.

A YouTuber has digitized a track from the LP.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Jim Dawson: Songman (1971)

Kama Sutra KSBS 2035

This was a thrift shop find (99¢) in good but not great shape. (Image from discogs)

I see that Jim Dawson just had a "70th Birthday Bash" concert at The Cutting Room in New York City, which is a nice music venue where I was fortunate to catch a David Lindley solo concert last year. Surprisingly, the room was only about third full. What to make of that?

Saturday Airplane

Once Was a Time I Thought / Now and Then

FrankenShure M111HE/N94e, Technics SL-7, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alberto Mozzati: A Chopin Recital (1967)

Audio Fidelity FCS 50,033 

I picked this up because the label, Audio Fidelity, released the great Satchmo Plays King Oliver as well as some other well-recorded albums of New Orleans musicians. Plus I am always interested in hearing different interpretations of Chopin’s music.

Audio Fidelity, however, wasn’t involved in this recording (“Original recordings by Angelicum – Milan, Italy” it says on the back cover). Still, it’s a goodish-sounding recording of an artist who, per my internet searches, has never appeared on CD. As I’ve written here before, if you are a fan of classical music, you really have to have a turntable to hear the huge variety of recordings.

Alberto Mozzati is another artist who has a substantial YouTube presence despite never appearing on CD. If you like these interpretations, it’s worth exploring. I’m not qualified to judge his playing, but I’d welcome comments from those who are.

This was a thrift shop find ($1.99) in good but not great shape.

Chopin Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2

Chopin Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 2

FrankenShure M111HE/N94e, Technics SL-7, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Frank Ferera: The All-Time Greatest Hawaiian Recording Artist

Maple MA-1013
This LP is a Canadian compilation, a gift from a friend in Toronto. There isn't a lot of Frank Ferera music on CD or mp3s, which is odd, as wikipedia calls him "the first star of Hawaiian music."

Three songs from this LP appear on various digital Hawaiian compilations. Youtube has quite a few videos of the remaining tracks, many of them from the original 78s. Listening to them makes it clear that some reverb or echo has been added to some of the tracks on this compilation. Too bad. Sample tracks are from youtube:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ray Charles: From the Pages of My Mind (1986)

 Columbia FC 40338

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in excellent shape inside and out. Five songs from this album appear on the CD Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986. I guess the other tracks weren't considered country. They are not on CD.

YouTube link: Over and Over (Again)

YouTube link: Love Is Worth The Pain

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Norm Hacking : Cut Roses (1979)

Indoor Records 79701  

I picked this up in the dollar bin at a record store in Toronto. The owner had two other copies priced at $10 and $12, so I asked him if maybe he mispriced it, but he said no, it was $1 because it was badly warped. He placed it on his turntable and, when I saw the substantial warp, I initially passed on it, but then he offered it to me for free. Free is coincidentally my favorite price, so I grabbed it. My Technics SL-7 has a very light (3 gms) and short arm, and it tracks the giant warp in this LP easily, with no visible woofer movement. Impressive.

normhacking[DOT]com says this, his first record, is "no longer available," but that "Tracks 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 are included on [the CD] "Skysongs... A Writer's Collection," which is available on the used market.

So Good to See You

Bernard to Broadway

Technics SL-7, Shure M111HE/N94e, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Billy Novick, Guy Van Duser: The New Pennywhistle Album (1978)

Green Linnet SIF 1013

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in great shape inside and out. I passed on it at first look, thinking it was a recording for teaching penny whistle to kids (or something like that). Then I took a second look at it, and when I saw who the artists were, I grabbed it.

It has been digitized and posted on YouTube.

Gershwin Medley (YouTube link)