Christmas top 5 2012 – #1

December 21, 2012

This is a fairly well known song, I suspect but it seemed appropriate to feature it this year as I will actually be in New York for Christmas, but not in the drunk tank, I hope.


Christmas top 5 2012 – #2

December 20, 2012

It is still strange to think that Bob Dylan did a Christmas album. Turns out that the idea of Dylan crooning Christmas has been around for years. Check out this novelty number from back in the 60’s.


Christmas top 5 2012 – #3

December 19, 2012

Fancy a little bit of country boogie? Take it away Hank Snow.


Christmas top 5 2012 – #4

December 18, 2012

Who wants something loud for Christmas? Here is some early Bob Seger, taking a cue from James Brown, and rocking it for the yuletide season.


Christmas top 5 2012 – #5

December 17, 2012

So, I know, I have not blogged a post in months. Changing jobs can do that. But I knew I had to come back for the annual Christmas top 5.
I love Bacharach tunes at any time of the year so why not at Christmas? I guess Burt was trying for Christmas immortality with this tune. Maybe it was popular when it came out but I had never heard it until last year when I came across an old LP of A&M Christmas songs, which included this number. Here it is as performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass from Herb’s Christmas Album, which I later picked up (Herb was the A in A&M, just so you know).


What I found on my holiday part 1

June 13, 2012

During my recent holidays I spent some time Op Shopping, some of them at locations a little bit further out of my regular orbit. I confess that I unfairly malign the state of Op Shops today; I go around thinking that the good old days of uncovering that fantastic find in an Op Shop are no more. Upon reflection, that really isn’t true. I still locate fantastic finds in Op Shops. For example last year I came across Cucumber Castle by the Bee Gees. Plus earlier this year I found a Japanese CD of the Jackson Sisters, which even had the Obi Strip. Believe me, that was a wow find. However I think it is fair to say that these fantastic finds are becoming rarer. People just don’t donate that much stuff anymore. Furthermore, I suspect that with the vinyl revival that is taking place, that those people who were going to just give away their records have already done so. But still, there is that occasional fantastic find.

Like this; two Morgana King records from her Reprise years. I found them together in an Op Shop in Belmont. I kept on looking in case there was a third.

Gemini Changes by Morgana KingBoth albums are in great condition and what makes this discovery even more significant is that one of the albums It’s A Quiet Thing is actually on my wish list. Yes, I have a music wish list and it never stops growing but I do get to cross items off it now and then and with this find I crossed off It’s A Quiet Thing by Morgana King. Yay!

Its A Quiet Thing by Morgana King

BTW, as a word of explanation, Morgana King was a jazz vocalist who later did some acting (she was in The Godfather). Her style is sometimes referred to as an acquired taste, but I like her. I first came across her via a fantastic find in an Op Shop a few years back.

In an Op Shop in Vic Park I found this intriguing item.

Your Kind Of Party by Linda and NoelJust from the cover I knew that this was something special. I had no idea who these people were but I could just feel that this was a unique find. Apart from the friendly title, the record features extremely earnest liner notes and no last names of the artists except on the song writing credits of the LP itself. I found a few pages online that refer to this album and to be honest it is good. I am not sure that I would ever play it at a party but I am glad I found it. If you want to know a bit more have a look here (include a better quality shot of the album cover). I have also included a track from the album below. There is a great description of the album on YouTube where the track is from so go have a read here.

More holiday finds still to come…


Walking with the Queen

June 6, 2012

And I am back from holidays. Of course I found time to look for records and books and will post some details of that soon but for now, in the world of music I noticed the big line up that played for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. About the only thing that I didn’t see was either Lon Chaney or Lon Chaney Jnr, walking with the Queen. So, with that in mind here is Warren Zevon.