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)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Josh Graves & Bobby Smith: Sweet Sunny South (1976)

CMH-6209

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in great shape, with some of the original shrink wrap left on it.

From the Independent: That the Dobro guitar is today indelibly associated with bluegrass music is a tribute to Uncle Josh Graves. His long-time association with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs gave the instrument exposure at a time when bluegrass was developing an international following...

The instrumental "Juarez" is credited to E.B. Graves, "Jennifer Waltz" to J. Graves. Are they both Josh Graves (real name Burkett Howard Graves)? You do the research and let me know.

Technics SL-7, Digitrac 300se, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.

Juarez

Jennifer Waltz

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Smith Brothers (1980)

KTS 001

I'm guessing the Smith Brothers, Tom and Kevin Smith, perform(ed) together in nightclubs, as this is a self-produced album of covers of popular songs done in the style of the originals, plus look at the photo on the cover.

"We've played many different kinds of music," reads the back cover, and the album has covers of pop, country, and easy listening hits, a Gershwin medley, and a "Hora medley." So perhaps they played weddings as well. The sample track shows them at their best.

Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Come On Over (Youtube link)

Technics SL-7, Grado Blue, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Joyous Christmas



Here's another Christmas LP for 2015. This is an amateur production by the Immaculate Conception Church (no location specified), with pieces by their "Folk Group" and their "Adult Choir." The recording is good, and the performances are good for non-professionals. "Drummer Boy" [sic] comes off best – I especially like the guitar intro. The lead vocalist on Silent Night ("C. Rafferty") is quite good.

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in good but not great shape. I presume it is not on CD.

"Recorded live at Immaculate Conception Church."
"Disc Mastering and Production By Paul Gerry at The Cutting Edge, Ferndale, NY 12734"

Drummer Boy (Folk Group)

Silent Night

O Holy Night (Adult Choir)

Technics SL-7, Sonus SPM-4, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Christmas At Garden State Plaza

Blake Productions ‎ LPM/S 669

I'm ready for Christmas. Here's the first Not on CD Christmas offering for 2015. This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in great shape. Side 1 features The Festival Brass Quintet, ‎and Side 2, The Riverside Church Carillon. I love Christmas music performed by brass bands, and this quintet is very good, as is the recording. Unfortunately, the pressing is very noisy.

Presumably this record was sold at the Garden State Plaza shopping center, or perhaps it was given away with a purchase.  It is undated, but if I had to guess, I'd say 1972 ±5 years.

Technics SL-7, Sonus SPM-4, Pro-Ject Phono Box S, harman/kardon CDR-2.

Christmas At Garden State Plaza: The Festival Brass Quintet (excerpt)