Sunday, June 24, 2007

A Day in the Life of a Dinosaur

This is a fun little musical story about a child that travels back in time and makes friends with a dinosaur named Bronty. You may notice the credit on the cover that says "Starring Phil Foster as Bronty". I'm thinking this may be the same Phil Foster that played Laverne's father on the show "Laverne and Shirley", but it's hard to tell because his voice is sped up. What do you think?

NOTE: This album is now available to purchase as an mp3 from Amazon! You can get it here.

Broadway: The Children's Delight - The Happy Time Chorus and Orchestra

I was actually hoping that "The Happy Time Chorus" was going to be kids, but these songs are mostly sung by adults, except for kid bits in "Do-Re-Mi" and "Getting to Know You". To be honest, the best thing about this one is the covers. I mean, take a look at these and try to figure out what happened to the little sailor boy between the front cover and the back cover here:

Anyway, hope you like this!

Here's the track list:
  1. My Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
  2. Do-Re-Mi (Sound of Music)
  3. Dites Moi (South Pacific)
  4. Getting to Know You (King and I)
  5. March of the Siamese Children (King and I)
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Oh What a Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)
  8. Rain in Spain (My Fair Lady)
  9. I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)
  10. Be Kind to Your Parents (Fanny)
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Animal House Sings & Plays Hits from the Muppet Movie and Sesame Street

What we have here are songs from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show performed by some pretty bad Muppet impersonators. That just makes it more fun, I think! Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. The Muppet Show Theme
  2. Baby Face
  3. Movin' Right Along
  4. The Pig Calypso
  5. Mahna Mahna
  6. Everyone Makes Mistakes
  7. The Grouch Song
  8. The Rainbow Connection
  9. I Love Trash
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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Big Daddy: Meanwhile...Back in the States

And here's the second album from Big Daddy, the band that performed 50's versions of 80's hits! There's actually a third album called "Cutting Their Own Groove", and it's available to download here. If you've enjoyed these other Big Daddy albums, I highly recommend you get this one as well!

Here's the track list:
  1. I Want to Know What Love Is
  2. Always on My Mind
  3. Sussudio
  4. Dancing in the Dark
  5. I Just Called to Say I Love You
  6. Billie Jean
  7. Flashdance
  8. Jump
  9. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  10. Safety Dance
  11. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
  12. Every Breath You Take
  13. Purple Rain
  14. All Night Long
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Big Daddy (What Really Happened to the Band of '59?)

I've had a number of requests for the other Big Daddy albums, so here's the first one. I've included both front and back covers in the download. There's a lot of fine print on the back cover that I hope comes out legible.

Anyway, enjoy this great album from Big Daddy!

Here's the track list:
  1. I Write the Songs
  2. Bette Davis Eyes
  3. Super Freak
  4. Star Wars
  5. Whip It
  6. Ebony and Ivory
  7. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  8. Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  9. The Rose
  10. Just What I Needed
  11. Hotel California
  12. Eye of the Tiger
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Friday, June 22, 2007

"Boxed In" Featuring Punchy and You (INFORMATION UPDATE 6/22/07)

Here's a fun contribution from faithful reader Doug G. I'll let him tell you all about it:

This was a premium offered to drinkers of Hawaiian Punch in the early 90's. I don't recall how many cans of Hawaiian Punch I had to drink to get this, but it seemed like a heck of a lot (mostly because I HATE Hawaiian Punch, but I'm also a cheapskate so if I bought the darn punch I was sure gonna drink it). What we have here is a cassette tape hailed as a "Sonic Adventure" in "3-D sound" starring Punchy, that ultra-violent Hawaiian Punch mascot. The story takes place in a sort of first person with Punchy talking to the listener throughout. Through some fluke, you and Punchy get sucked into your TV set and are being pursued by two guys who border on copyright infringement in their all-too-close resemblance to the Mario Brothers. They (I think they're called the Fellini Brothers or something like that) chase you and Punchy through several TV channels with many a pop reference to early 90's television. Well, in the end those Fallini's get theirs when Punchy asks them "How about a nice..." nah, I won't spoil the ending for you.

I couldn't have said it better myself! Thanks again Doug G.!

UPDATE: As I've mentioned before I love getting comments and emails from you all regarding the blog, but this email was an especially pleasant surprise:

Hi, Tony... my name is David Dean. I've just discovered your blog through TV Squad, and it must have been fate for me to find it when the current page was up... because I wrote and directed that Hawaiian Punch cassette extravaganza, "Boxed In."
This was indeed a premium that you could get through Hawaiian Punch, produced by a small company I worked for called Teeman-Sleppin Enterprises. I edited a few music videos they produced (actually, they were commercials masquerading as music videos -- one was for Cap'n Crunch cereal and featured none other than Rick Derringer, another was for a strange fuzzy toy called Furrever Friends, and one was for a Skittles-like candy called Rascals, where they cast a three-man boy band, called them The Rascalords, and wondered why they couldn't get the thing on MTV), and they asked me if I could produce this twenty-minute or so audio tape that would attempt to -- I'm not kidding here -- make Punchy "hip." The idea was also to try and make the tape itself as much of a 360-degree sonic experience as possible, so if you were to wear headphones it was supposed to feel like you were right in the scene. This is why there are a lot of swirling sound effects, and radical left-right-and-center placement of sounds, and why I wrote it to be a "you are there" kind of format.
We had a cast of only about three or four actors doing all the parts; Punchy was voiced by a guy named Chris Phillips, who was (and still may be) Denis Leary's writing partner (if you look at Leary's old one-man shows, Chris is playing guitar behind him) and was the original signature voice on Cartoon Network. We had a great time working together, and, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with the writing and execution. We may not have made Punchy "hip," but I don't think the tape is dumb, either. (And yes, The Fabulous Fellini Brothers were a direct steal... note the fake Nino Rota music as accompaniment to their videogame...)
Anyway, thanks for the blast from the past. It does look like you have a great site, and I'm looking forward to exploring it now that I'm over the shock of seeing my work on its front page.

P.S. I'm currently the editor of the Travel Channel series "Samantha Brown: Passport to Latin America," airing Wednesday nights at 8:00 eastern and pacific. Last night our previous series, "Passport to Europe," won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle Show, for an episode I cut. I'd love to make some kind of connection between Punchy and Samantha, but alas, I cannot.

Thanks David for the inside information on this fun album (and thanks for letting me quote you here)! Since you were nice enough to do that I even threw in your plug for free! :-D

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ronald McDonald Visits America

This album from 1980 has a pithy little poem for each of the fifty states, brought to you by Ronald McDonald himself! Actually, I don't think this is any of the Ronalds I remember hearing. You'd think they would be able to get the actual one, and that he'd be happy to do the part without having to worry about the costume and makeup, but maybe I'm wrong. I don't believe this was any sort of premium through McDonald's. It was put out by Casablanca Records, the same company that put out KISS albums. I guess they just like doing records with oddly dressed guys in kabuki makeup!

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Happy Father's Day from Me and Bob Hope!

Here's yet another cut from the CD "Hope for the Holidays", this one features Bob Hope doing a monologue with a Father's Day theme. He talks about Father's Day with his wife and kids, Father's Day when he was growing up, and even has a few cracks about Bing Crosby and his kids!

Happy Father's Day, all you dads out there!

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Raggedy Ann and Andy Pop Concert

Here's a story about Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy and their friends having a secret pop concert after the little girl who owns them moves a piano in the room (and the piano starts talking to them). The songs included on the album are Rock Around the Clock, Hound Dog, Splish Splash, Shake Rattle and Roll, Sha Boom (sp), and My Girl Lollipop. I'm not quite sure who's supposed to be singing on these songs because the voice doesn't sound like any of them! Anyway, hope you like this!

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Rocky & His Friends

Here's one more reason that my blog readers are the best. Not too long ago I shared this album and mentioned that I knew somebody with the Rocky and Bullwinkle album and would share it as soon as he was able to find it again. A couple of days later I received this file in my email from an anonymous contributor! He told me it was OK to share, so here it is!

You've heard some of it on the TV Cartoons album, but this also includes two Mr. Peabody adventures, another song from Boris Badenov, and songs from Mr. Peabody, Sherman, and the Moon Men (Gidney and Cloyd)! Thanks again to our anonymous donor!

Here's the track list:

  1. I Was Born to Be Airborne - Rocky

  2. I'm Rocky's Pal - Bullwinkle

  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: Tom Tom the Piper's Son and Pied Piper

  4. Peabody Here

  5. Peabody's Adventure: Ponce de Leon

  6. The No-Goodnik's Song - Boris and Natasha

  7. I Wanna Go Back - Sherman

  8. Peabody's Improbable History - Stanley and Livingstone

  9. Moon Men - Cloyd and Gidney

  10. You Gotta Have a Crook!

  11. Fractured Fairy Tale: Riding Hoods Anonymous

  12. Reprise and Farewell: Rocky's Song

Click here or here or here or here to download!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Big Daddy: Sgt. Peppers

It was forty years (and 9 days ago) today that the Beatles came out with the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and a number of bloggers are finding contributions to coincide with the event. I figured I'd put this one up by the group Big Daddy. If you'd like to know more about them, you can read my post here. This album takes all the songs from Sgt. Pepper's and does them in a different 50's-early 60's style. A couple of songs are included on the "Best of Big Daddy" album referred to earlier. I hope you guys like this one too!

Here's the track list:

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

  2. With a Little Help from My Friends

  3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

  4. Getting Better

  5. Fixing a Hole

  6. She's Leaving Home

  7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

  8. Within You Without You

  9. When I'm Sixty-Four

  10. Lovely Rita

  11. Good Morning Good Morning

  12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

  13. A Day in the Life
Click here or here or here to download!

Music and Stories from Original Hit TV and Movie Cartoons

When I first got this, I was intrigued by all the different company's characters on the cover. I figured this would be really good or really bad, and I was right on both counts. The "Merrie Melodies" cut has somebody doing some pretty lousy imitations of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and the Looney Tunes gang. Then we move to cut 2, "Rocky and Bullwinkle", and it's the real deal here, people! Paul Frees, Bill Scott, and June Foray doing some fun bits and songs with their characters. First Rocky sings "I Was Born to Be Airborne", and then Bullwinkle ("Greetings, record players!") chimes in with the song "I'm Rocky's Pal". Then Boris and Natasha get their own song as well. After that we move to the Fractured Fairy Tale "Little Red Riding Hood". I know I usually complain about a record that just uses the audio from a cartoon, but when the original material is as fun as this, I don't have a problem with it! The Flintstones cut features the original cast singing the show's theme song, with another verse thrown in for the Rubbles. I'm not sure if the Woody Woodpecker song here is the original voice or not, but it's a good effort regardless. I think Popeye's is right too, but it sounds a bit sped up to me. Then we get to the other HB cuts and we're back to poor imitations of the characters.

I'm willing to bet that this is a sampler of sorts for a number of different records. A friend of mine has the Rocky and Bullwinkle record packed away somewhere, and if he ever finds it, I'll borrow it to share here. Anyway, there's some great stuff on this one. I hope you like it!

Here's the track list:

  1. Merrie Melodies

  2. Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle

  3. Boris Badenov and Natasha

  4. Fractured Fairy Tales - Little Red Riding Hood

  5. Meet the Flintstones

  6. Woody Woodpecker

  7. Popeye the Sailor Man

  8. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo

  9. Snagglepuss

  10. Blabber Mouse

  11. Huckleberry Hound
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Friday, June 01, 2007

The World of Strawberry Shortcake

Now here's a little something for the ladies...

(All right, that's a stereotypical comment. It just seemed to make this fit better with my previous post.)

This is the soundtrack to the TV special "The World of Strawberry Shortcake". It has songs and dialogue on it. I don't own this, so as far as I know this might be the entire thing in audio form. It has the rather original plot of Strawberry Shortcake's friends planning a surprise party for her and her feeling like she's being dissed by her friends because they don't want to do anything with her. Apparently the world of Strawberry Shortcake is filled with lies and deceit (but berry special surprises as well)! Anyway, hope you like it!

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Stan the Man's Hit Record (To Help You Be a Big League Batter)

This was a record from 1963 that you could get from your local Phillips 66 gas station, from a time when gas stations wanted your business so bad that they would give you free gifts if you patronized them! Learn through Stan "The Man" Musial (and co-host Joe Garagiola) techniques on how to improve your batting skills. This record also came with a booklet that further illustrated these techniques, and I have included that in a separate download if you're interested in it. It hasn't improved my batting in Wii Sports Baseball, but maybe it'll work for you in a more practical setting! Hope you like it!

Click here or here or here or here to download the record! (last link on list fixed!)

Click here or here or here or here for the booklet!