Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Parking Lot Wonders - American Hi-Fi - Another Perfect Day (2001)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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There were a ton of CD Singles to be had at these sales.  Now singles are huge with I-Tunes etc. but they were expensive back then on CD and people just didn't buy them.  
Nice little song.  The video features Patton Oswald walking around in a corn dog suit.


Video

"Another Perfect Day" is the second single from American Hi-Fi's self-titled debut album. The music video for the song features comedian Patton Oswalt. The song was used in NBC's coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It peaked at #33 on Modern Rock Tracks.

The song speaks of holding on to a relationship despite all the disappointments it brings. The speaker, who understands that the relationship is falling apart but doesn't want to end it just yet, tries to brush off the negative emotions he/she is experiencing. However, he/she is still incapable of "letting it slide".

Music Diretor - The Malloys
The music video of the song features comedian Patton Oswalt as Carl where he wears a corn dog costume. The video starts where the band is seen performing in a warehouse and then carl is seen waking up after a bad day, goes to get the newspaper but the paperboy throws the newspaper at his face and when he looks at it, the headlining news says that "Corn Dog Hut Fires Carl". With a sad face full of regrets he remembers the days when everyone respects him in the hut. He did commercials for them and was treated as VIP. He got the girls and he seemed to be rich.
But he goes way over headed with things and starts getting drunk at the pool, annoys other people and swim's in the pool in the costume and the security throws him out. He ends up near the garbage where a street dog wakes him up as the dog starts licking his face. He seems more frustrated and goes crazy.
In the ending he sees his postures being replaced and the wienery hut guy(in a pizza costume) with his girlfriend sees Carl around their place and they make a laugh at his life and drive away.
The video ends but it shows in lines that Carl recently got married and gave birth to a Jumbo Dog. His career had never fully recovered but he was slated to star in an episode of VIP that fall.


Parking Lot Wonders - Rob McConnell Tentet - Rob McConnell Tentet (2000)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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Not a bad little jazz album.  

01 Old devil moon
02 speak low
03 two bass hit
04 everything I love
05 con alma
06 maybe september
07 theme for jobim
08 Ian leaps out
09 Manha de carnaval
10 lush life
11 these are the things I love




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Recording Rob McConnell Tentet in Toronto, McConnell still reminds his listeners of the reasons for his groups' distinctiveness: fresh, swinging arrangements that belie the relatively few musicians executing his richly colored sound. That sound remains intact in his "tentet."

Plunging into the fun with a right-on-the-beat start of "Old Devil Moon," McConnell continues to delight his listeners with subtle, unanticipated accents and unison horn lines in an arranged variation on the tune. "Speak Low," with its long and slowly deepening brass tones over drum-and-bass propulsion, strips away the horn lines to allow bassist Wallace to speak low of the true basis for the tune: its lightly unconventional rhythm. Dizzy Gillespie's and John Lewis' "Two Bass Hit" reveals the power of the band. But it really is the foundation for the tentet's saxophonists, P. J. Perry, Mike Murley and Alex Dean, to do battle, armed only by their instruments and their talent.

"Everything I Love," a tune inspired by Paul Desmond, is valuable as an arrangement that tests the group's cohesion in the same way that Neal Hefti's "Girl Talk" does—with a solid group unity that delves into each note in anticipation of the beat and without ostentation.

"Everything I Love" allows for a McConnell solo as well, as he explores the harmonic underpinnings with a vibrant tone and an effortless, melodic improvisational approach. Percy Faith's "Maybe September" glides through kaleidoscopic changes behind a luxuriant tenor sax statement of the theme which is similar to the film noir references of Charlie Haden's Quartet West.

Even within the consistency of McConnell's patented arrangements and instrumentation, unlike any others, Rob McConnell Tentet contains a diversity of mood. With or without the Boss Brass, McConnell's allegiance to the gorgeousness of a brass choir-like sounds remains intact.


Parking Lot Wonders - Girma Wolde Michael - Loga (1994)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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Buying World Music at parking lot sales was always great.  Even if you hated it, it only cost ten cents to a dollar to find out.  
This sounds more like a light jazz album than world music.  I think Girma may have shaved off a bit too much of his native sounds to make this accessible to a broader audience.

01 loga (nesh loga)
02 wetatwa
03 yamognegnal
04 tizita
05 fikrishin deffebe
06 nigerign minnew
07 ennanye & tey atastchenikign
08 shemonmwanayewa & fikre hoy
09 yewoliyo
10 sewunetwa

A Video

Girma Wolde Michael has been playing professionally for various bands including The City Hall, The Shebelle, and The Ethio-Stars Band in Ethiopia for over fifteen years. He plays clarinet, flute and saxophone. Girma's unique sound has been influenced by his extensive travel across the musical landscape of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

Parking Lot Wonders - VA - Nouveautes August - December 2000


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I am an absolute sucker for compilations.  How can you go wrong?  And they're so cheap because nobody seemed to want them back in the day.  Other people's indifference to these great samplers is their loss and my huge gain.  This CD offers a nice mix of classical pieces. 

01 R. Keiser - croesus - sinfonia avani l'opera Croesus
02 r. keiser - croesus - duetto-blindes feu'r, das mich verzehret
03 r. keiser - croesus-recitativo & aria
04 j.f. fasch - quatuor en si bemol majeur
05 f. geminiani - concerto grosso no. 12 follia
06 c. graupner - herr, di wasserstrome erheben sich
07 f. mendelssohn - motet op. 69 no. 1
08 R. schumann - quatuor no. 1 en la mineur
09 F. schubert - die schone mullerin
10 f. schubert - sonates pour piano no. 13
11 c. debussy -  - estampes las soiree dans granade
12 e. vaese - density 25.1
13. j. mas-j. rallo - tamiz iman
14 g. zannetti - il scolara dances
15 c. demantius - vepres de pentecoste
16 a mass for the end of time - lection apolcalypse
17 j. dowland - in darkness let me dwell
18 j.s. bach - sonate pour viole de gambe et clavecin BWV 1207
19 j.s. bach - choral schubler BWV 650
20 r. keiser - croesus - sinfonia avanti l'opera Croesus (reprise)



Parking Lot Wonders - Blue Plate Special - A Night Out With...(1998)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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This a very enjoyable disc.  The review below isn't quite as happy with this CD as I was.


01 night out
02 evening
03 double talkin' fool
04 the hornet
05 a message for paul drake
06 opus one
07 tango of sorrow
08 work that skirt
09 skin tight & tapered
10 a night in havana

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Blue Plate Special is among the latest of the swing revival latecomers to grab a Louis Jordan fake book, some high-waisted trousers and gimlet glasses, and join what may be a soon-passing craze. Featured on Swing This Baby (released by -- surprise! -- Slimstyle/Beyond), a collection comprised predominately of like-minded "new" swing bands and a few authentic acts, Blue Plate Special on an entire album is no stronger than they were in their compilation sample. Trying their hand at obvious lounge sub-genres such as spy, torch, and Latin, the septet's attempts are weak and misconstrued. Though most chapters of this musical Decalog are originals, none of them are really such. The stories of booze and bombshells are often repetitive and obvious, and the arrangements are likewise, with only the occasional catchy riff or punchy line. As for the admitted covers, there is not much new here. Anthony Marcesi's vocals are either weak or bellowy, as are most of the horn solos. From the likes of BPS, it would appear at this point that the field of Johnny-swing-latelys is growing far too fast for even the Gap-crazed market and needs to be weeded-out. If this is the "special," I'll have the soup!                

Parking Lot Wonders - The Clayton Brothers - Expressions (1997)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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Modern jazz can sometimes be challenging.  There's a huge amount of it that I just can't get into.  This has some nice Sunday Morning vibes. 

01 tonight I won't be singing no blues
02 jazzy bluesy bossa nova
03 song for my father
04 here today, here tomorrow
05 londonderry aire-lift every voice and sing
06 saturday night special
07 summertime
08 sometimes I feel like a motherless child
09 I love you
10 the star-crossed lovers
11 There is music where you're going my friends


Info stolen from This Great Site

Although released under the name of "The Clayton Brothers" and featuring John Clayton on bass and as producer, the main star throughout this quartet outing (with pianist Bill Cunliffe and drummer Herlin Riley) is Jeff Clayton. Whether playing alto (his main ax), tenor, alto flute or his atmospheric English horn, Clayton is in top form. In addition to a few standards -- including a surprisingly uptempo version of Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," "Summertime," a cooking "I Love You" and a rendition of "The Star-Crossed Lovers" that finds Clayton recalling Johnny Hodges -- there are several worthwhile originals (three by Jeff Clayton). The music overall is boppish, but with plenty of surprising moments, one of the best Jeff Clayton showcases to date.                 

Parking Lot Wonders - Luke Olson - Maybe Someday (1995)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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A pleasant country album with some pleasing songs.  

01 Old mexico
02 goodbye
03 what a fool I am
04 runaway
05 no one is in sight
06 the price you pay
07 clary's song
08 a way of life
09 playing in the sun
10 my way is the highway
11 see you around

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Born in San Antonio, Luke Olson started playing and performing at the age of eight years old. By the time Olson was completing high school in Alamo Heights, he had released his debut album, entitled Maybe Someday. The album received acclaim in the Texas area while Olson was awaiting his diploma. In 1997, Olson released his second album, Southern Skies, and continued to become a draw on the college circuit, particularly in Lubbock, TX, where he was studying at Texas Tech. In 1998, he was voted Best New Artist at the Current Magazine Music Awards. The musician has performed with Merle Haggard, Alabama, and the Bellamy Brothers, among others, and opened for countless more. In 1999, Olson released Panhandle Sunset, which was considered a stronger album by critics and fans of the country/folk/bluegrass genres. He still continues to tour around his native Texas, and entered the studio in 2002 with Lloyd Maines to record his fourth album. 

Parking Lot Wonders - Charles Trenet - La Mer (1997)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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I find it impossible not to be charmed by this kind of material.  A very enjoyable disc.

01 espoir
02 si tu vas a paris
03 ma riviere
04 papa peint dans les bois
05 la poule zazou
06 au clair de la lune
07 la mer
08 liberte
09 imaginez
10 chacun son reve
11 on danse a paris
12 un air qui vient de chez nous
13 seul epuis toujours
14 en ecoutant mon coeur chanter
15 my heart sings (en ecountant mon coeur chanter)

A Video!



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Charles Trenet was among the last of his kind of singer, a holdover from the era of pre-World War II France and the prime of Maurice Chevalier, as well as singer/composers such as Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré. Originally an art student, Trenet turned to singing in his early twenties, initially in partnership with pianist Johnny Hess in a duo billed as "Charles and Johnny." In his earliest stage persona, Trenet was also known as a musical impressionist, with a special penchant for doing exaggerated impersonations of Chevalier. Ironically, amid the manic antics of the act, he actually suffered from deep stage fright, which he never fully overcame, but later learned to mask. After a year working with Hess, he ended up drafted -- into the French Air Force, no less -- during which time he shaved his head and sported a monocle, two attributes that gave him a bizarre appearance and got him the nickname, for a time, of "The Singing Madman." He resumed his career and civilian status in 1936, amid that brief mid-'30s period of social and economic reform, culminating with the election of the Popular Front government under Leon Blum. By that time, Trenet had outgrown the Chevalier impressions and came to be known for his smooth, light baritone which, coupled with his seemingly relaxed persona, won over audiences in music hall performances. At one of his most famous engagements, in 1938, he was scheduled to sing three songs in what was the opening set of the evening and was called back by the audience and performed a total of 12 songs that night, and the featured performer never went on.
Trenet composed as well as sang and enjoyed his first big hit in 1939 with "Boum" an infectiously bubbly tune that captured the French listening public's attention. After World War II, Trenet's career moved into international circles as his songs started getting picked up in translation, usually with lyrics by Lee Wilson -- his biggest success was "La Mer," a piece that Bobby Darin turned into an English language hit (as "Beyond the Sea"). His other hits included such songs as "Le Soleil a Des Rayons de Pluie," "Il Y Avait Des Abres," "Printemps a Rio," "Bonsoir Jolie Madame," and "Que Reste-Il De Nos Amours" (better known in English as "I Wish You Love").
Trenet's longevity was something of a surprise even to him -- the singer had intended to retire in the 1970s, and had made a farewell tour of France; then he agreed to a request for a farewell concert in Canada and found the reception there so encouraging, that he chose to keep performing and was still working in the 1990s, a period in which at least four CDs of his work were released, including a best-of collection produced by British reissue expert Tony Watts. Over the course of his 60-year career, Trenet published some 850 songs as well as books of poetry and a handful of novels, although he tended to dismiss the significance of his productivity with a certain detached amusement. Into his 80s, he still presented an ebullient visage, a broad grin topped by thinning red hair that made him look exactly like the aging music hall entertainer that he was. Trenet was still writing songs very prolifically in the late '90s, often inspired by thoughts that occurred to him as he worked on his fiction, which was one reason he had so much trouble completing the latter.                  

Parking Lot Wonders - In a Split Second - It Happens (1997)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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This is a very Celtic and ethereal.  I quite like it. 

01 glen affric
02 finny beck
03 eller's lullaby
04 forest of bowland
05 tendermoon
06 skylark
07 the gathering (under the stars)
08 lyhe dhu
09 far have I wandered
10 song of sozan
11 no more words


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Surabhi... her crystal voice flows serenely over smooth lyrical guitar passages in a series of hauntingly beautiful original compositions. Sometimes melancholy, but always refreshing, the subtle energy of this record is a healing balm for the soul. Contemporary Celtic, featuring: vocals, guitar, synthesizers, and percussion.

Parking Lot Wonders - Tej Leo - RX - Pharmacists (1999)


 Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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Well, this is very eccentric stuff.   Not my particular cup of tea but it does have moments. 

  1. "Call Off the Invasion/Flydocious Invasion"
  2. "The Pharmacist v. The Secret Stars (version: to decline)"
  3. "Walking Through"
    • Contains samples of "Zealots" by The Fugees and "Roxanne Roxanne" by UTFO
  4. "The 'Nice People' Argument"
    • Contains samples of "Major General Despair" by Crass and "Never Do What You Are Told" by Chumbawumba
  5. "Mr. Annoyatron Brown"
  6. "The King of Time"
  7. "(version: to decline to make some tea)"
  8. "Soon Dubward"
  9. "Set You Free"
  10. "The Northeast Corridor"
  11. "Lui Prima Mobile"
  12. "Friends and Bands"
  13. "Head in the Freezer"
  14. "(version: to decline to take a shower)"
    • Contains samples of "New Martini" by Karate
  15. "Congressional Dubcision"
  16. "(version: whisper: courage)"
    • Contains samples of "Roxane Roxane" by UTFO
  17. "Sm 11:11/The Trumpet of the Martians"
  18. "'(none)'"
  19. "Out of Step '88!"


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Breaking away from the infamous Chisel, frontman and underground pop icon Ted Leo has gone solo with his first outing, RX/ Pharmacist. But just as he has separated from his former mod-punk outfit, he has also distanced himself from his ability to write a straightforward song without tampering it with studio tricks and noises. RX/ Pharmacists features 19 songs of twisted samples, scattered tape loops, and an occasional track of tuneful, Jam-inspired punk. The only problem is that the actual songs featured here contain a wall of unnecessary noise in the background -- whether it's a distracting turntable or a recording that sounds as if it came from a warped audio cassette. Leo's energy and soulful vocals manage to barely balance out all of the "experimentation"; still, RX/ Pharmacists could have been a perfect album, if it didn't require the listener to constantly press the fast-forward button.                 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Parking Lot Wonders - Haze - Aria (2001)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back game out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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Haze

This is an interesting CD.  

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So far, the success of Björk and Sigur Ros has marked Iceland as a hotbed for original music. Will there be more cutting-edge artists exported from this small, isolated country? Though she doesn't produce any otherworldly ideas on her debut, Aria could be the next in line. Blending trip-hop, lounge, hip-hop, and global sounds on Haze, the classically trained singer (born Maria Björk Glick) offers a diverse selection of arrangements. The sublime opening track, "Bring Down the Light," brings to mind the coolness of St. Etienne, as Aria's whispery vocals sail across misty strings and chill-out beats. Haze is able to maintain the vibe on "Orange Meadows" and "My Stoned Wings," but it's hard to imagine why she'd want to disrupt the pace with misplaced rapping on "A State of Mind" and the second version of "Ariella" (featuring words from Subterranean and Cell 7). Besides those minor missteps, Haze is a promising debut.

Parking Lot Wonders - Blair Aaronson - Studies in Solitude (1998)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back game out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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Very much a mellow Sunday Morning sort of recording.

A Video
Study II


01 Study I
02 Study II
03 Study III (For Jeffrey)
04 Study IV
05 Study V
06 Study VI

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Blair Aaronson was born in Baltimore Maryland. He started playing piano at age 5. After studying briefly at Peabody Conservatory Blair purchased his first keyboard a Vox Continental at 13. That was followed by the piece de resistance one year later-a brand new Hammond B-3 with leslie. After graduating from high school, Blair was asked to join a group at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Ten months later he was moving to Los Angeles.
Upon arriving there Blair joined a band called “Silverspoon”consisiting of Stephen Gries, James Haymer, Joey Hamilton, and Miguel Ferrer. They were produced by the Beatles road manager Mal Evans. Countless encounters with the fab four led to an album with Keith Moon-Drummer for the Who entitled” Two Sides Of The Moon”. Silverspoon also performed the soundtrack for the T.V. movie Helter Skelter… The Charles Manson Story. Thru a chance meeting in 1980 with the pianist extraordinaire Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Freeflight etc) Blair began a friendship that would lead to the self released album “Studies In Solitude”in 1998. It was a collection of moody melodic compositions by Blair that were performed by Mike and a host of the finest jazz players in Los Angeles. The CD was initially given to 500 strangers asking only for feedback. This generated thousands of contacts to purchase the CD.

Before leaving the music world in 1984 in pursuit of the mean green, Blair had the opportunity record with many of his childhood idols including Ringo Starr, Harry Nilson, John Sebastian, Jesse Ed Davis,and many more.With 16 years as a stockbroker under his belt ,Blair found himself with a grapefruit size tumor in the stomach in late 2000 . While the tumor was benign, it was the catalyst to put his life back on track. The move was made to a tiny apartment in West Hollywood where a little gigastudio/logic setup was to be the core setup that would allow Blair to begin composing and getting up to speed in the now digital world. With over 250 pieces of music composed since then we invite you to sit back and listen to some of this man’s music. Blair has come a long way in a short time writing and arranging for film, T.V., and pop record’s. Blair’s philosophy is simple yet stringent…. “If it doesn’t have some passion behind it …who cares how technical it is”… We invite you to see if Blair has lived up to his own beliefs…

Parking Lot Wonders - Excel - Seeking Refuge (1995)


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back game out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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This is a nice rockin' CD.  


A Video or the opening track. 


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Seeking Refuge is the third and final album by Excel. It was released in 1995 and is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album The Joke's on You (1989).
Some of the material on this album was originally demoed/recorded as early as 1991 while Excel began writing The Joke's on You's follow-up. Due to members being involved in their own activities at the time, Seeking Refuge was set aside for a number of years before finally being completed in 1995. The band shows quite a change in musical style with a stoner metal sound.
Seeking Refuge is also the only Excel album not recorded with their "classic" line-up.
Like other Excel albums, the album is out of print. The only single off this album was "Unenslaved".

  1. "Unenslaved"
  2. "Hair Like Christ"
  3. "Plastic Cracks"
  4. "Take Your Part Gotta Encourage"
  5. "Drowned Out"
  6. "United Naturally in True Youth"
  7. "Riptide"
  8. "Overview"
  9. "Downpressor"

The Band

My Vinyl Attic - Nobby Clegg - Commercials (Video)


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Back in the day, Nobby Clegg was lucky enough to find the ears of David Marsden and the CFNY disc jockeys.  They played a number of songs including "Me Dad", "Dying With Flies on My Face" and "Commercials"   The video below is for our ode to television ads of the day.  The song was digitized from "Toronto Calling" on El Macombo records.  Many Thanks to Cody for putting the video together.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

My Vinyl Attic - Sealed Albums - Vol. 1




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Around the turn of the Millenium, I would buy almost any album I found that was sealed.  Now I looked at the hundreds of sealed albums and wonder whether to open them or not.  I probably won't be able to but...
Here are a few.


Bobby Goldsboro - Brand New Kind of Love (1973)


Bobby Goldsboro - California Wine (1972)



Bobby Goldsboro - Summer (The First Time) 1973


Bobby Goldsboro- Come Back Home (1971)



Bobby Goldsboro- Autumn of My Life (1967)

I have no idea why I collected all these sealed copies of Bobby Goldsboro albums.  I may even have more - these were just some I happen to chance upon while sorting through my shelves.  My only excuse is that it was a long time ago and I may have been drinking.  When I chance upon some opened albums by Mr. Goldsboro, I will post those.



My Vinyl Attic - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - (You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture (1966)



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This is my 1,000th entry!  And luckily, the sound is great.  I'm pretty sure I got this album at Record Surplus on Pico.  Enjoyable, as most of Gary's albums are.  Not amazing, but a very likeable record.


A1
My Heart's Symphony

A2
Barefootin'

A3
Down On The Sloop John B.

A4
Tine (I Held You In My Arms)

A5
String Along

A6
(You Don't Have To) Paint Me A Picture

B1
Where Will The Words Come From

B2
You're Sixteen

B3
When Summer Is Gone

B4
Linda Lu

B5
Looking For The Stars

B6
Wild Thing



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This album is out of step with 1967 musically. Even by Gary Lewis standards this album is regressive. That doesn't mean it's bad, at least not to my ears. It's just a little samey with none of the highs on his earlier work being hit. But, the album did have 3 top 20 singles …. shows you how much I know.

The summer of love was afoot but many Americans did not indulge and that is what we forget in the here and now. We tend to look at that year, 1967, through a prism created by Hollywood (or ad men), and that never existed in the mainstream. Middle America (and middle anywhere) is very large and looks like a parabolic curve, and the middle weren't all waiting for the great musical leap forward.

Having said that the album tanked out at #79 which leads me to believe either the singles were released before the album and then included with filler or Lewis was considered a "singles act" rather than an album act. Take your pick but the latter seems quite possible.

"(You Don't have to) Paint Me a Picture" did serve as a transitional album between Lewis straight 60s pop and his undervalued sunshine pop that followed.

For background on Lewis refer to any number of comments I've made on Lewis LPs in the past.

Some of the tracks are arranged by Leon Russell (a Lewis regular) and Glen D. Hardin. Glen Hardin is a bit of a legend in Elvisworld as he was Elvis' piano player on the road and in the studio in the 70s in the "the T.C.B. Band". He's also played with just about everyone else also.

Tracks (best in italics)
§                     My Heart's Symphony – (Glen Hardin) -  Big lush pop, like a square solo version of the Beach Boys …still it's pleasant
§                     Barefootin'    – (R.Parker) - this one comes across like an outtake to a beach movie …. I like beach movies though….
§                     Down on the Sloop John B    – (Arr & Adpt Lewis-Russell-Garrett) - the trad song which was a hit for the Beach Boys in 1966. Nothing new added
§                     Tina (I Held you in My Arms) – (Lewis-Curtis-Russell-Garrett) - filler but strangely memorable. A newie but one that channels Bobby Vinton circa 1962.
§                     String Along – (J.Duncan-B.Doyle) - Ricky Nelson had a #25 in 1963 with this and Fabian had a #39 in 1960. Nothing new here but pleasant and totally retro.
§                     (You Don't Have to) Paint Me a Picture  - (Tillison-Russell-Garrett) – there is a carnival feel to this  …but like the Brisbane Ekka you've seen it all before and it's a bit old and tired ….
§                     Where Will the Words Come From – (S.Curtis-G.Hardin) -  sunshine pop – very much in The Association style  and quite 1967 contemporary. Written by Glen Hardin and his former Crickets band mate Sonny Curtis (Hardin was in the Crickets post Buddy Holly)
§                     You're Sixteen  – (B.Sherman-D.Sherman) - A #8 for Johnny Burnette in 1960. (Ringo had a #1 in 1974 with it)
§                     When Summer Is Gone  - (S.Curtis) - a very California theme if there ever was one …. perfect for 1964
§                     Linda Lu- (R.Sharpe) -  Ray Sharpe had a #46 in 1959 with this great track. Probably the best cover on the album – the guitars are a little dirtier with a touch of fuzz….
§                     Looking for the Stars – (Price-Hardin-Lewis-Garrett-Russell) -  it may be the summer of love and California was awash with drugs  some of it must have ended up with Lewis. This is a spoken track with muzak backing and has Lewis in Hollywood as the narrator wanting to meet some big stars before being woken and told he has to go on stage …the ultimate filler song or the result of a freaking big night out.  I don't know if Gary is doing the impersonations but I would think he is  as I recall seeing him do impersonations somewhere.
§                     Wild Thing - ( C.Taylor) - the big #1 from The Troggs in 1966 written by Chip Taylor. Lewis' version is different. It sounds somewhere between the Wild Ones original from 1965 and the more well known Troggs version.