Sunday, November 23, 2008

By Henry Gibson

This is another case of a comedian making an album that gets re-released after they get popular years later. Gibson, in case you don't recall, hit it big on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", best known for the funny poems he would recite. He does a lot of that here too, but I think here he seems more like a charming (if slightly odd) young country boy. It's still a pretty interesting album to listen to though. Hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. How to Write a Poem
  2. The Alligator
  3. Why I Like Soap
  4. The Newspaper
  5. How to Skin a Polecat
  6. How Now, Calpurnia
  7. The Feather
  8. Here Today--Gone Tomorrow
  9. A Little Bit About Myself
  10. How to Take Care of the Plum Tree
  11. Happiness Can Be Yours for Little or No Money
  12. Reflections of New York: Broadway/I Fell Down the Subway
  13. The Coyote
  14. Two Functional Poems: A Birthday/The Wedding
  15. Education Is Important
  16. What Freedom Means to Me in 25 Words or Less
  17. Why I Like Poetry
Click here or here or here to download!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Popeye Song Folio - Captain Paul and the Seafaring Band

I like this one a lot, even though it's a Popeye album without Popeye on it! This album from 1959 apparently features songs from old Popeye cartoons, as performed by Captain Paul and the Seafaring Band. Was Captain Paul a children's host that showed Popeye cartoons on his show? I don't know myself, but one of you guys might be able to answer that. I kind of wish they would have sprung for the expense of an actual cover, instead of simply reprinting what I assume is a Popeye Sunday strip from the year before. I think (like "Yours Truly" says on the back cover) that one of my favorites is the song "I Wanna Be a Life Guard", but there's a lot of fun stuff on here (even if Popeye isn't singing it).

Here's the track list:

  1. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man

  2. The Looney Goon

  3. Olive Oyl's Family Reunion

  4. I Wants What I Wants When I Wants It

  5. The Land of Popeye

  6. I'm Sindbad the Sailor

  7. Sing a Song of Popeye

  8. I Wanna Be a Life Guard

  9. Hamburger Mine

  10. Popeye on Parade

  11. Strike Me Pink Do I See Red

  12. I'll Be Seein' Ya in the Movies
Click here or here or here to download!

BONUS: And now, straight from the Internet Archive, here's the Popeye cartoon that features the song "I Wanna Be A Life Guard" called, oddly enough, "I Wanna Be a Life Guard"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and Happiness Songs

This is a fun album of happy-type songs. (And why not, it's from Happy Time Records.) The thing I found so unusual about this album is that the front cover is exactly like you see above, just a cute picture of this little boy with nothing to identify what the record inside was and what songs were on it. In fact, the title "'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown' and Happiness Songs" was the only identification of the contents on the record label itself. (The individual songs weren't listed.) I went online to see if I could get more information about the actual album. Imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of this record that's somebody's selling on

This album lists most (but not all) of the songs on mine. And take a look in the bottom left corner. That's right, it's that same little boy. And you can tell it's from the same picture as mine because if you look at the right on my cover, you can see part of the little girl's hair next to him. Why was the cover redone? I have no idea, except for the fact that that picture of the boy makes me laugh for some reason. (Maybe because it looks like he's in the middle of yelling, "Play ball!!")

As for the songs themselves, this sounds like another patchwork job of songs from numerous sources. I like this version of "Sidewalks of New York" sung by kids that are really belting it out. I also have this exact same version of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on another album (that just has songs from that show) that I'll probably dig up eventually. Anyway, take a listen. I think you'll enjoy this one!

Here's the track list:
  1. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  2. Happy to Be Me
  3. Hail Hail the Gang's All Here
  4. Wishing Pond
  5. The Candyland Merry Go Round
  6. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  7. The Sidewalks of New York
  8. London Bridge
  9. All Around the Mulberry Bush
  10. One Two Buckle My Shoe
  11. Nick Nack Paddy Whack
  12. Pat-a-Cake
  13. The Happy Polka
Click here or here to download!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Heeere's Amy! - Alison Arngrim as Amy Carter

This being Election Day in the US I had to throw one more political oriented album on here. This is Alison Arngrim (probably best known for playing Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie") portraying then First Daughter Amy Carter. It's pretty crazy, and I hope you like it, and don't forget to vote!!

Heeere's the track list:
  1. Amy's Answering Service
  2. Roots
  3. Y'all C'mon 'a My White House
  4. Amy Carter Superstar!
  5. Medi-Kids
  6. High Finance
  7. Pickin' an' Strummin'
  8. 18 1/2
  9. Mammy Knows Best
  10. Y'all C'mon 'a My White House II
  11. Dear Diary
  12. Cookies
  13. Birds & Bees
  14. Amy's Prayer
Click heeere or heeere to download!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

OGF Wisdom for November

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Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly wisdom for November, right on time (because I'm putting it in in August)! Enjoy!!