Sunday, May 20, 2007

Bozo and the Big Top Circus Parade

Here's a record starring Bozo the Clown, as voiced by TV Bozo Larry Harmon. The record is dated 1973 but I'm thinking it's a reprint of an earlier edition (I'm sure one of you nice people reading this can confirm that). The highlight is Bozo's stirring Shatner-esque rendition of "The Marines' Hymn". Also included in the zip file is the back cover which has cut-out figures so you can make your own circus parade! The songs and story intertwine so the track divisions are somewhat arbitrary here. Hope you like it!

Songs featured: I Love a Parade, Washington Post March, The Marines' Hymn, Caissons Go Rolling Along, El Capitan, Merry Go Round Song, Anchors Aweigh, Dixie, Stars and Stripes Forever, I Love a Parade (Finale)

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Bob Hope Doesn't Celebrate Mother's Day...

...but he did celebrate Easter when I wasn't looking! Sorry I missed getting this on here in a more timely manner. Hear jokes (some tangentially related to Easter) about women's dresses and Jack Benny (not necessarily in that order)!

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

I did some reading up on this one. It's actually not the cast album to the musical. It was a concept album from 1966 simply featuring songs based on the Peanuts characters. The composer, Clark Gesner (who also sings for Linus on this record), was convinced to later make it into a full-fledged musical. The part of Charlie Brown was performed here by Orson Bean, a guy you might recognize from different things depending on how old you are. I remember him as an occasional game show panelist, especially from "Match Game". Others might know his voice as Bilbo Baggins in the animated TV version of "The Hobbit". Some of you might even have a recollection of him as Loren Bray on the show "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman". However you know him, he does a fine job in this. However, he didn't end up taking the role in the eventual Off-Broadway musical. That role went to Gary Burghoff, probably best known as Radar O'Reilly on "M*A*S*H" (and a frequent panelist on "Match Game" himself). That recording has been released on CD, but this one never has. Here's your chance to listen to it and see what you think!

Here's the track list:
  1. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  2. Doctor Lucy
  3. My Blanket and Me
  4. Snoopy
  5. The Kite
  6. The Baseball Game
  7. Little Known Facts
  8. Schroeder
  9. Suppertime
  10. Happiness
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Mother Goose (Plus the Happy Birthday Song) in Hi-Fi

I haven't tried listening to this with earphones to see if they take advantage of being in Hi-Fi. They probably just wanted to say it because it was a big deal back then.

Actually I bought this for the cover. Don't those kids look excited to be there? Also, I'm really concerned about the one standing on the left. What the heck is he supposed to be? The outfit sort of looks like a rabbit or squirrel or something, but there's no ears on the hood!

Anyway, enjoy listening to this while you figure it out!

Here's the track list:
  1. Little Bo Peep
  2. Ding Dong Bell
  3. The Muffin Man
  4. Peter Piper
  5. There Was a Crooked Man
  6. Three Little Pigs
  7. 10 Little Indians
  8. London Bridges
  9. Did You Ever See a Lassie
  10. The Little Red Hen
  11. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  12. The Bear Went Over the Mountain
  13. The Farmer in the Dell
  14. Peter Rabbit
  15. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  16. Georgy Porgy
  17. Cock-a-Doodle-Doo
  18. Polly, Put the Kettle On
  19. Lazy Mary
  20. Happy Birthday Party
  21. Rumplestiltskin
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