Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yogi Bear: How to Be a Better-Than-the Average Child Without Really Trying

Here's a great contribution from a reader identified as "Kids Music Fan from Boston". It's an album of safety songs starring Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Cindy Bear. There's a lot of neat catchy stuff here. I don't think this is Daws Butler voicing Yogi though. I could be wrong here, but the voice of Yogi sounds an awful lot like Stan Freberg to me. I had heard somewhere that he had done voice work on some of these records, but I have no proof that this is him here. What do you guys think? Whoever it is did a really good job with Yogi's vocal mannerisms. Boo Boo and Cindy don't fare quite as well though.

As a bonus, the album includes the theme songs to Top Cat, Touche Turtle, and other cartoons. I like these because they're extended versions of the theme songs we're familiar with. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this. Thanks again Kids Music Fan from Boston!

Here's the track list:
  1. Introduction - Yogi Bear Is Better
  2. Happy as a Clam
  3. Everybody Makes Mistakes
  4. Get Neat
  5. Doodlin' and Dawdlin'
  6. Don't Do Unto Others What You Don't Want Done to You
  7. Take a Little Care
  8. A Little This, a Little That
  9. So Many Rules!
  10. There's a Reason for the Rules
  11. Parents Are People Too
  12. Reprise (You Can Be a Better Child)
  13. Top Cat
  14. Wally Gator
  15. Dum Dum
  16. Touche Turtle
  17. Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har
Click here or here or here to download!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Songs and Stories About the Justice League of America

And now to round out the trilogy(?) of Tifton's DC hero albums, here's "Songs and Stories About the Justice League of America", donated to the blog by "Herr Anonymous". It contains a rousing song about the Justice League ("Are you ready?" "YEAH!" "Are you with it?" "YEAH!") and a song and story each for Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, Metamorpho, Aquaman, and the Flash. Has this group (including Superman and Batman who make the roll call but are otherwise not represented here) ever been the lineup for the Justice League?? There's lots of neat stuff here with toe-tapping tunes and fun stories.

I think one of my favorite odd things is in the Aquaman story. Two sailors are talking in a lighthouse on a far-off island. They hear on the radio that their supply ship has mysteriously disappeared. Suddenly Aquaman and Mera are there talking to them. They talk for a little while and then just as suddenly Hydro (the villain of our piece) shows up. They never explain how they just seem to appear out of nowhere. I guess they didn't have time to explain that part!

According to my source, this is actually a combination of the Tifton Records album and the later released Power Records version. Hope you guys enjoy this. Thanks again, Herr Anonymous!!

Here's the track list:

  1. Song: The Justice League of America
  2. Song: Wonder Woman
  3. Story: Wonder Woman - The Return of Brunhilde
  4. Song: Plastic Man
  5. Story: Plastic Man - The Invasion of the Plastic Men
  6. Song: Metamorpho
  7. Story: Metamorpho vs. Fumo the Fire Giant
  8. Song: Aquaman
  9. Story: Aquaman - The Defeat of the Dehydrator
  10. Song: The Flash
  11. Story: The Flash - The Three Faces of Mr. Big
Click here or here or here to download!

And by the way, here's what the Power Records version of this album looked like. Some great Neal Adams work here. (Don't worry, both covers are included in the download) :

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Children's Treasury of Batman Musical Stories

Here's the perfect companion to the Superman Musical Stories album I shared earlier. This one features two songs each for Batman, Robin, the Joker, the Penguin, and the Batmobile. The record credits the group "The Merriettes" as the artist on these songs. Anybody here familiar with them? Here's another question. On the song "Ho Ho Ho the Joker's Wild", is it just me or does the intro sound exactly like the theme to Casper the Friendly Ghost? And if so, why??

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Look Out for the Batman
  2. Ho Ho Ho the Joker's Wild
  3. The Wonderful Boy Wonder
  4. The Penguin
  5. Here Comes the Batmobile
  6. It's the Batman
  7. The Joker Gets Trumped
  8. There Goes Robin
  9. A Penguin Caper
  10. The Battiest Car Around
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Chipmunks Sing with Children

This is the album I meant to put on here after the Busy Beavers album. I like the Chipmunks and have a number of their old albums, but I had not heard of this out-of-print one from 1965 until recently. It was an interesting experiment, mixing the sped-up voices of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore with a children's chorus (the Jimmy Joyce Singers), but it's a nice change. And you can tell that the budget allowed for a more up to date collection of songs used here as well. Hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. Do-Re-Mi
  2. Rag Mop
  3. Me Too (Ho-Ho! Ha-Ha!)
  4. Mister Sandman
  5. Hello Dolly
  6. Puff the Magic Dragon
  7. Tonight You Belong to Me
  8. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  9. Tea for Two
  10. Que Sera Sera
  11. Mississippi Mud
  12. Down by the Old Mill Stream
Click here or here or here to download!

Aunt Theresa, Please Tell Me a Story

(I actually wanted to get more info on this one before I Published it, but I hit the wrong button! So enjoy it for now, and I'll write more about it later!!)

Here's that track list:
  1. The Leopard
  2. The Haunted House
  3. Not So Silly
  4. The Piece of Wood That Talked
  5. Lost Mittens
  6. Picking Berries
  7. Driving the Car
And here's the link:

Click here or here to download!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Let's All Sing with the Busy Beavers

Continuing with the squeaky voiced rodent theme, here's the Busy Beavers. I don't think I remember these guys. This record's OK, but you can tell by the song selection it was pretty low budget. The only somewhat creative bit is when they sing part of "Polly Wolly Doodle" in Pig Latin. ("What's Pig Latin?" "Aww, go ask your Mom!") This does have the adult figure leading them (like David Seville), but they seem too well-behaved to need it. Anyway, this one's still pretty fun. Next, I'll have an album from the guys who did it best. Meanwhile...

Here's the track list:
  1. Old MacDonald's Farm
  2. Polly Wolly Doodle
  3. Row Row Row Your Boat/Brother John/Three Blind Mice
  4. On Top of Old Smokey
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel
  6. Ten Little Indians
  7. Yankee Doodle/The Yellow Rose of Texas/She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  8. Alouette
  9. Humoresque/Swanee River
  10. Home on the Range/Red River Valley/Whoopie Ti Yi Yo
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Happy Hamsters Go Ghostbustin'

This one's just indescribably goofy. It stars the Happy Hamsters, another Chipmunks knock-off. If you'll notice by looking at the track list, half of these songs are instrumentals from movies. In those, the Happy Hamsters pretend that they are in the movie in question. The jokes aren't very good. For example, here's one from "Imperial March": "We've got to find Luke and the rebels!" "Who are they?" "A punk band from Queens." HAHAHAHAHAHA...WHA???

Anyway, this does have its own bizarre charm, so I hope you enjoy it!

Here's the track list:
  1. Ghostbusters
  2. Imperial March
  3. Maneater
  4. Dracula
  5. Somebody's Watching Me
  6. The Gremlin Rag
  7. Maniac
  8. Thriller
  9. Carol Anne's Theme (From "Poltergeist")
Click here or here to download! (more links coming)

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Amazing Adventures of Pac-Man

I'm sick at home today, so I figured it would be a good time to throw another album on here for you. Here's a crazy one that came out in 1980 featuring Pac-Man. I don't know what to say about this, other than it's just plain nuts! For example, see that rat on the front cover? He knows where the ghosts are hiding, and wants to make a trade with Pac-Man for the information. Pac-Man trades his name, so the rat can now be known as (wait for it) Pac-Rat! They don't discuss whether that makes Pac-Man just "Man" now. I wished this record was in a little better shape, but I cleaned it up as best I could. Anyway, take a listen to this one. Irritating voices, annoying songs, and confusing story; sounds like Way Out Junk to me!

Click here or here or here to download!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

It's Honeymooners Time

Hi, I'm back again with another fun album for you. This 1985 record was put together by the Honeymooners fan club called R.A.L.P.H. (The Royal Association for the Longevity and Preservation of "The Honeymooners"). It compiles some old songs performed by Art Carney (one in character as Ed Norton), Jackie Gleason, and even a Stan Freberg parody. It also has two new songs: "I Want a Wife Like Alice Kramden" and the R.A.L.P.H. theme song "It's Honeymooners Time". Hope you like it!

Here's the track list:

  1. It's Honeymooner Time - Jesse Goldberg
  2. Song of the Sewer - Art Carney
  3. Va Va Va Voom - Art Carney
  4. Sheesh, What a Grouch - Art Carney
  5. You're My Greatest Love (Honeymooners Theme) - Jackie Gleason Orchestra
  6. One of These Days -- Pow! - Jackie Gleason
  7. Dear Ralph - Jayne and Audrey Meadows
  8. I Want a Wife Like Alice Kramden - Jack Simmons and the Kramdenettes
  9. The Honey-Earthers - Stan Freberg
  10. Melancholy Serenade - Jackie Gleason Orchestra

Click here or here or here to download!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Edgar Bergen: Laugh and Learn! Lessons in Ventriloquism

Hello again! Sorry about the delay in getting a new album here for you. Between having family staying at our house for the holidays, scrambling to find a new file host, and beginning to transfer old files over before the current ones disappear, it's been pretty hectic!

Anyway, this features Edgar Bergen and his buddies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. In it Bergen gives tips on learning to talk without moving your lips, throwing your voice, and on the kind of material to use for your act. This is a neat old record, and I hope you like it!

(And I apologize for the condition of the album cover. I haven't learned how to edit my pictures yet, and I wanted to get some more stuff on here before you guys gave up on me!)
UPDATE: SonicBlu sent me a better cover image for this, so that's the one I'm using now. Note that the cover image in the zip file is the old scribbled-on one, so do a right-click on the image above and "Save Image As..", and you can use this nice cover too! Thanks SonicBlu!!

Click here or here or here to download!

Happy New Year from Me and Bob Hope!

Hey Gang! Well, it was quite a year last year. I started this blog about six months ago and, while it's had its ups and downs, I hope to keep going with it.

And speaking of Hope, here's a cut from the CD "Hope for the Holidays". This CD contains Bob Hope monologues for a number of holidays. This one, appropriately enough, is for New Year's. I Hope you enjoy it! ;-D

Click here or here to download!