Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mars Production Library Times Two!

Here's an album a bit off the beaten track for me. When stores wanted to advertise on television or radio and couldn't afford to have a professional group write a jingle for them, stations could use a sort of "canned" jingle for them that they would get from a record like this (or actually, like these since I've combined two different albums here). You get a generic jingle about how great your barbershop, clothing store or furniture store is, and somewhere in there a local announcer would give the name of your store. It's sort of the best of both worlds here. I'm not exactly sure when this came out, but it has a very sixties feel. Anyway, I think this is a lot of fun, and I hope you do too!

Here's the track list:
  1. Insects
  2. Self Service Laundry
  3. Car Sales
  4. Money Loans
  5. Phonograph Records
  6. Car Service
  7. Beauty Salon
  8. Body & Fender Shop
  9. Boating
  10. Barber Shop
  11. Bottled Gas
  12. Drag Races
  13. Butane Gas
  14. Mens Clothing
  15. Candy
  16. Ride the Bus
  17. Ride the Bus 2
  18. Moving Trucks
  19. Moving Trucks 2
  20. Loans
  21. Furniture
  22. Portraits
  23. Tire Company
  24. Tire Company 2
  25. New Homes
  26. New Homes 2
  27. Gardens
  28. Gardens 2
  29. Auto Road Service
  30. Pizza
Click here to download!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Children Are People Featuring Tony Randall

Hey, I'm back! (Yes, again.) Here's an odd little album featuring Tony Randall and a chorus teaching us that we (as kids) were people that deserved to be heard and paid attention to. This is another one of those albums that sounds well-intentioned, but doesn't sound like something I would have listened to more than once as a kid. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

Here's the track list:
  1. We Are People
  2. No One Asks Me
  3. We Learn From What They Do
  4. Don't Talk to Strangers
  5. They Don't Always Let Me Speak
  6. Getting Even
  7. Privacy
  8. They Said It
  9. There's Only One of Me
  10. My Heredity
  11. Children and Parents
Click here to download!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Three Stooges and Six Funny Bone Stories [LINKS FIXED!]

I'm back with an album from the Three Stooges (or at least what the current lineup of them was at the time) : Larry, Moe, and Curly Joe. They're performing in a series of stories that occur when they (as janitors) help to clean up a professor's Time Rocket. Wrong switches are hit (What do you expect when you get the Three Stooges to clean your stuff?), and they end up back in time. No, actually they end up in different fairy tales, so I'm not sure why this was referred to as a Time Rocket and not something like a Story Rocket. Oh well, I don't write this stuff!

Speaking of time, I'm not exactly sure when this album was recorded. This Stooge lineup came about when their old shorts were replayed on TV (which started in the late fifties - early sixties I believe), but this album looks newer than that. I'm guessing it's a reissue, but I can't say for certain. Anyway, enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. The 3 Stooges and the Time Rocket
  2. The Crash
  3. The 3 Stooges Meet Cinderella
  4. The 3 Stooges Meet the Ugly Duckling
  5. The 3 Stooges Meet the Princess & the Pea
  6. The 3 Stooges and the Magic Lamp
Click here to download!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Songs and Stories for Children - Ray Heatherton (The Merry Mailman)

Here's an old album with familiar tales and songs performed by kid's show host Ray Heatherton, otherwise known as the Merry Mailman. He even stuck in some old songs like "I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard" and "Mommy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow". You can learn more about him here. Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Three Little Pigs
  3. School Days
  4. Hansel and Gretel
  5. Lazy Mary
  6. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  7. Alice in Wonderland
  8. I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard
  9. Weevily Wheat
  10. Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
  11. I'm a Little Teapot
  12. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Click here to download!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Geoffrey's Talking Door Bell - The Wonderland Players, Singers and Orchestra

This is the same Geoffrey Giraffe that's the mascot for Toys R Us, although here they just say that he works for a toy store. Geoffrey's also an inventor, with such great inventions as a doorbell that insults people and a car that runs on potato chips. (No, I don't understand that one either!)

Anyway, hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. Geoffrey's Talking Door Bell (Song: The Talking Door Bell)
  2. Geoffrey Giraffe and the Balloon-Blowing Contest (Song: Come on Geoffrey)
  3. Geoffrey Giraffe and His Dog Problem (Song: Doggie, Won't You Please Go Home)
  4. Geoffrey Giraffe's New Job (Song: Geoffrey and the Toy Store)
Click here to download!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Bob McGrath Sings for All the Boys and Girls

Our last album of "Almost Sesame" Week features the wonderfully talented Bob McGrath doing a variety of songs, a couple of Disney ones and some popular songs of the day. Nothing quite as crazy as the stuff in the other Bob McGrath album I featured here, but pretty snazzy stuff nonetheless.

Hope you enjoyed "Almost Sesame" Week. See you next time!

Here's the track list:
  1. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
  2. Joy to the World
  3. The Unbirthday Song
  4. Everything Is Beautiful
  5. Black and White
  6. It's a Small World
Click here to download!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Songs from Sesame Street 2

Here's our second album of "Almost Sesame" Week, and at least this one uses all songs from the show. They don't go too crazy trying to imitate the original singers here, and that's to their advantage. I always thought these songs were strong enough without trying to throw bad imitations on top of them.


Here's the track list:

  1. Sesame Street

  2. Everyone Makes Mistakes

  3. High Middle Low

  4. Sing

  5. I'm Pretty

  6. Someday Little Children

  7. Sesame Street (Reprise)

Click here to download!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sesame Street, Rubber Duckie and Other Favorites - The Rocking Horse Orchestra and Chorus

This is the first post of what I'm calling "Almost Sesame" Week. I'll be featuring two different albums of songs from "Sesame Street" done by other artists, and a third album of non-Sesame Street music by an artist best known for the show.

Here's the Rocking Horse Orchestra and Chorus with their versions of these now classic songs although, technically speaking, the only Sesame Street songs here are the theme and "Rubber Duckie". The rest are various kid's songs, including a few about the alphabet. Apparently the show was pretty new when this album came out because there's a very extensive write-up about the show on the back cover. ("No. 123 is an aged brownstone around which the show is based. This is where Gordon and Susan and Bob live. Gordon and Susan are married and they are black. Gordon is a high school science teacher. Bob is also a high school teacher and he is white.")

Anyway, enjoy the first album of "Almost Sesame" Week!

Here's the track list:
  1. Rubber Duckie
  2. It's Simple as A-B-C
  3. Ozzie the Ostrich
  4. A My Name Is
  5. Sesame Street Theme
  6. The Tail of Dickie Dragon
  7. A Song for Each Letter of the Alphabet
  8. Drag the Magic Puffin
UPDATE: Links deleted. I hope to have a working link soon!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Kiddies' Playtime Songs - The Hollywood Orchestra and Singers

Once again, here's one of those albums that takes children's classic songs from a number of sources and puts them together on one record. And you've got to give them credit; there's almost 45 minutes worth of stuff here so you're getting lots of value for your dollar (or however much this record cost when it was new).

But to be honest, my favorite part of this whole album is the cover. Some little girl (or is it a boy?) playing with an old school Mr. Potato Head, back when you had to supply your own potato! And he/she just finished working on Mr. Pepper Head before that! Pretty cool!

Anyway enjoy the album (and the cover)!

Here's the track list:
  1. Little Red Riding Hood
  2. The Farmer in the Dell
  3. Baa-Baa Black Sheep
  4. Pop Goes the Weasel
  5. Sing a Song of Sixpence
  6. The Muffin Man
  7. Jack and the Bean Stalk
  8. A Visit to Central Park
  9. Little Boy Blue
  10. The Shoemaker and the Elves
  11. Chicken-Licken
  12. Humpty Dumpty
  13. The Alphabet Song
  14. Lullaby for Little Ones
  15. Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
  16. The Frog and the Ox
  17. A Visit to France
  18. Pat-A-Cake
  19. Goldie Locks and the Three Bears
  20. The Monkey Who Wanted to Fly
  21. The Fisherman and the Flounder
  22. Old Mother Hubbard
  23. Fiddle-Dee-Dee
  24. London Bridge Is Falling Down
UPDATE: Links deleted. I hope to have a working link soon!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The 1968 Six Flags Over Texas "Red, White & Blue Revue"

This is the album I was working so hard to get on here before July 4th. If you've ever been to any large amusement park, you've probably seen a show with a similar format: a bunch of young people (mostly college aged) singing and doing their best to entertain you six times a day (more on weekends and holidays). That being said, these ladies and gentlemen do quite a nice job. The record itself, on the other hand, was giving me fits! I had a number of spots where I fought with stubborn skips, but I think I emerged triumphant for the most part thanks to some stubbornness on my part and a tube of Scratch-Off. (I don't know whether the Scratch-Off really helped that much, or if it just made me more determined to get this done.)

Anyway, most of these songs are medleys. I'm only listing the medley titles in the track list. If you want to know the individual songs, they're shown on the back cover (which is included with the download).

Finally, let me direct your eyes to that cover. Now these kids look like they're ready to do a show! You've got the ten in the front (including those Fabulous capes the ladies are wearing), a banjo player, an accordianist, a harpist, three violinist, a drummer, a bass player, and two guys who apparently play large drums with their feet. How can a show like that miss??

Enjoy, and Happy Independence Day!

Here's the track list:
  1. Overture
  2. American Music Medley
  3. Spiritual Medley
  4. Tin Pan Alley Medley
  5. Songs of the South
  6. Music of the American West
  7. Music of the Broadway Theatre
  8. Tara's Theme
  9. Music of Our Land
Click here to download!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Songs of America - The Bubble Gum Singers and Orchestra

Well, here's one of the patriotic records I was going to put up in honor of Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie). I had another one I was working on, but the skips in it are proving to be quite frustrating. If I can clean it up in time, I'll get it up here. If not, I'll try again when I have more patience for it.

This is a pretty nice collection of American songs. I do like that fact that they even threw in "Aloha Oe" in honor of our 50th state. I don't know for sure when this album came out, but it probably wasn't too long after Hawaii was invited to join the party.


Here's the track list:
  1. America the Beautiful
  2. The Glendy Burke
  3. Pick a Bale of Cotton
  4. Down the Ohio
  5. Keemio Kimio
  6. Down in a Coal Mine
  7. Maple Sweet
  8. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  9. Peanut Picking Song
  10. Aloha Oe
  11. Arkansas Traveler
  12. On Top of Old Smokey
  13. Sidewalks of New York
Click here to download!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Songs from the Motion Picture "Doctor Dolittle" - Connie Zimet, Steve Clayton and the Golden Singers

I'm back with an album of songs from the movie "Doctor Dolittle" (but I guess you figured that out from the title, huh?). As you can tell by looking at the tracks, that only applies to the first five songs here. The rest sound like they're from various sources. Now it's been a long time since I've seen the movie, so I don't know if there are more songs than that or not. Another thing I found interesting here is that this is the first time I remember specific singers out of the Golden Singers credited on the album. If you've heard very many of these (like I have), you will certainly recognize Zimet and Clayton's voices. It's nice that they got a little extra credit here.

Anyway, hope you like this!

Here's the track list:
  1. Talk to the Animals
  2. Doctor Dolittle
  3. Like Animals
  4. The Vegetarian
  5. My Friend the Doctor
  6. The Pokey Little Puppy
  7. The Tortoise and the Hare
  8. The Ugly Duckling
  9. Animal Fair
  10. Six Ducks
Click here to download!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows Present - For Children Only

Here's an album geared to children written and performed by famous host and songwriter Steve Allan and his wife, actress Jayne Meadows. Also along for the ride is "Bill", who I assume is their son. The songs are nice enough, but I think they'd sound a bit too sophisticated for my taste as a young'un. "You're a Muggedy-Wump" is cute, but the song "Color Blind" (while well-intentioned) is about as subtle as a wiffle bat to the skull. Anyway, hope you enjoy this!

Here's the track list:
  1. Why
  2. Upside Down
  3. You Never Get Tired of Love
  4. Funny Raindrops
  5. Furry Little Friend
  6. The Lonely Little Boy
  7. You're a Muggedy-Wump
  8. Merry-Go-Round
  9. Color Blind
  10. Little Man
  11. Strawberry Wine and Blueberry Candy
  12. Down in Sleepy Hollow
Click here to download!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Der Wienerschnitzel Presents - Up-Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon

All right, maybe one of you can explain this to me. Why would the Der Wienerschnitzel restaurant put out an album by a mariachi band? (And this is the second one. The back cover mentions a previous one by this same nameless group as well.) This is an album of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass-lite type music. In fact, Alpert and his band probably already performed their own versions of these as well. Most of the songs work pretty well here, but "The Sound of Music" doesn't really fit this style, does it?

Also, I can't say I know my artists that well, but does this cover sort of look like it was illustrated by Jack Rickard of Mad Magazine fame?

Here's the track list:
  1. Casino Royale
  2. Chili, Mustard and Kraut
  3. Sound of Music
  4. Georgy Girl
  5. Up-Up and Away
  6. I've Got Rhythm
  7. The More I See You
  8. Somewhere My Love
  9. Born Free
  10. Music to Watch Girls By
  11. Der Wiener Winner
Click here to download!

Monday, June 07, 2010

A Golden Treasury of Fairy Tales

Here's a variety of fairy tales, told by all the people listed on the front of this album cover (and likely taken from various and sundry sources). Unfortunately the record doesn't say who does which one, so I'll leave that up to you. I'm pretty sure that's Art Carney doing "The Ugly Duckling" though. Some of the stories are a bit short: "Jack and the Beanstalk" ends when Jack first finds the beanstalk outside his bedroom window. OK, technically they covered both Jack and the beanstalk in the story, but that's it? And I think it was a losing battle to try to tell the story of "Heidi" in the 5 1/2 minutes allotted to it!

And I just now figured out that that blob at the bottom of the cover is an out of focus close-up of a book. I thought it was a big fluffy cloud or something.

And I apologize for not having more stuff here last week. I thought I had a couple more scheduled. That's all right. That just means that there are two more albums set for this week! (I know because I just scheduled them for sure!)

Here's the track list:
  1. The Three Bears
  2. The Ugly Duckling - Art Carney?
  3. Hansel and Gretel
  4. Jack and the Beanstalk
  5. Little Red Riding Hood
  6. The Owl and the Pussycat
  7. Heidi
  8. The Tortoise and the Hare
Click here to download!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Tupperware 1981 Big Country Jubilee

Tupperware Tuesday concludes with this album from the 1981 Jubilee, my favorite of the three (or technically four if you count the circus themed Tupperware Jubilee album I posted a couple of years ago). I think this one is the best all-around show. It's the story of a Southern town, the good people there and the troubles caused by a money-hungry sheriff. In fact, if they ever did a "Dukes of Hazzard" musical, the song "Money Is the Root of All Evil" would be perfect for Boss Hogg.

Anyway, that's all the Tupperware Jubilee albums I've come across. I hope you've enjoyed them!

Here's the track list:
  1. Overture
  2. Country Music
  3. Goodtime Not a Lifetime
  4. Holdin' On to Love
  5. Hey, Good Buddy
  6. If You Do a Little Wrong
  7. Money Is the Root of All Evil
  8. We Can Never Be Friends
  9. A Bright New Shade of Red
  10. Big Country Jubilee
Click here to download!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Pre-Schooler - Melvin Kaiser

It's nearly the end of the school year, and if that means for you what it does for us, it's also dance recital season. Chances are you will have a child, sibling, grandchild, niece or nephew or friend (or maybe even yourself) involved. Many of the acts in these recitals are performed by young people (and sometimes adults) who work hard to produce some very good to excellent performances. But how are they best remembered? For the acts featuring small children who sometimes literally have to be pushed onstage, and are just as likely to cry or yell "Hi Mom!" as they are to do the steps they were taught. Yeah, they're cute (and their parents, grandparents, etc., help to guarantee a large audience), but I sometimes thought it wasn't really fair to the other people who busted their humps to perform the best they could.

Anyway, this record is one that would be used for those little rugrats. The album features six sung songs, and the same songs as instrumentals, all written by this guy...
This is Melvin Kaiser, and from what I read online, he was a famous dance school teacher and choreographer. When you're simply able to focus on the songs (without watching the kids dancing to them), you realize how silly these songs are. But, to be honest, they're no worse than most of the other ditties that get used for these occasions.

I had to go to a number of these dance recitals in my time and, for the record, my favorite act is still the women dressed as nuns who tap danced to the George Michael song "Faith". I haven't seen any other act nearly as entertaining as that.

Enjoy the record and, if you do end up going to any dance recitals coming up, be sure to acknowledge the hard work that the older kids and adults (and the teachers!) do as well.

Here's the track list:

  1. I'm a Pre-School Child

  2. Skinny the Scarecrow

  3. I Can Count to Eight

  4. The A.B.C.'s of Dance

  5. Manda the Panda

  6. The Five Basic Steps of Pre-School Tap

  7. I'm a Pre-School Child (Instrumental)

  8. Skinny the Scarecrow (Instrumental)

  9. I Can Count to Eight (Instrumental)

  10. The A.B.C.'s of Dance (Instrumental)

  11. Manda the Panda (Instrumental)

  12. The Five Basic Steps of Pre-School Tap (Instrumental)
Click here or here to download!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Playtime Songs and Activities - The Bubble Gum Singers and Orchestra

This seems to be the same group who did this album and, like that one, I like the fact that they're not just doing the same kid's songs and that, at times, they really seem to be having a good time singing this stuff. I can tell you from experience that if you're having a good time performing, your audience tends to enjoy themselves as well. Hope you like the cover as well, even though that pirate kid has some serious gut action going on there!

Here's the track list:

  1. How D'ya Do My Partner

  2. Round the Village

  3. Strawberry Jam

  4. Shake My Hand

  5. Jack Can I Ride

  6. Skip to My Loo

  7. I Wish I Were a Windmill

  8. Rose Rose and Up She Rises

  9. Come On and Join the Game

  10. Clap Your Hands

  11. Eency Weency Spider

  12. Put Your Finger in the Air

  13. Girls and Boys Come Out to Play

  14. Ring Around the Rosy

  15. Ten Little Farmer Boys

  16. Paw Paw Patch
Click here or here to download!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Melodies from Tupperware's Star Spangled Jubilee '76

Tupperware Tuesday continues with this album, using the theme of the founding of the United States. This was, of course, the Tupperware Jubilee for 1976 (when bicentennial fever was hot in this country). You'll find appearances by George Washington, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and more. There's some halfway decent stuff here. I particularly like the song "Where Do You Find a Marching Band in Yorktown". I also like the fact that Tupperware is actually acknowledged in one of the songs. I have no idea what the Category numbers mean, but they were listed in the track listings on the back so I include them here hoping that somebody around here is a Tupperware person and can explain it to us.

I've got one more Tupperware Jubilee album, and I'll cover that one here next week (with hopefully another one or two non-Tupperware albums along the way). Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Independence Independence
  2. Sugar, Spice, Tea
  3. A Sale
  4. Milkmaids (Category 2)
  5. Circles & Stars
  6. Milkmaids (Category 3)
  7. If I Only Had a Horse
  8. Tonight Tonight
  9. Milkmaids (Category 4)
  10. The Crown
  11. Milkmaids (Category 5)
  12. Pass & Stow
  13. Where Do You Find a Marching Band in Yorktown (Category 6)
  14. Fife & Drum
  15. Milkmaids (Category 7)
  16. Hello Dolly
  17. Tupperware Spirit of '76
  18. Milkmaids (Category 8)
  19. We Can't Forget/New Birth of Freedom
  20. America
Click here to download!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Once Upon a Time - Tupperware Jubilee '77

For the next few weeks, I'm starting a new feature here. I call it:


I'm doing it because, for some reason, in my travels I've picked up a few of these records that were supposed to be soundtracks for the annual Tupperware Jubilee. I don't know much about this event, other than it seems to be something special for people who sell a lot of Tupperware, I guess. Each show has a different theme, and this one seemed to be Mother Goose. These are odd little shows. Don't get me wrong; they seem to be pretty professionally done, but they just seem...odd to me. So did people in the audience dress like the characters too? And there's not even any mention of Tupperware in the show at all (at least, not in the songs)! The back cover (which is included in the download) has photographs of some of the cast. Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Mother Goose (cast)
  2. How Will I Know (Jack)
  3. Stickin' to the City Life (Three Blind Mice)
  4. I'm on My Way (Jack)
  5. I Should of Stayed in Bed (Mother Hubbard)
  6. Why Do I Love Him (Fair Maiden)
  7. We're on Our Way (Jack and Fair Maiden)
  8. Peter Peter
  9. Little Bo Peep
  10. Being an Egg (Humpty Dumpty)
  11. We're on Our Way (Reprise) (Jack/Maiden/Peter Peter/Bo Peep/Humpty Dumpty/Jack & Jill
  12. Why Do I Love Her/Him Duet (Jack and Fair Maiden)
  13. Mother Goose (cast)
Click here to download!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Stories for Rainy Days - Frank Luther

Hey, look! I'm on a roll for my second week in a row!!

Frank Luther is a great storyteller, even if he does change things around a bit. For instance, in this version of "Jack and the Beanstalk", the reason Jack and his mother were so poor was because the Giant stole their bag of gold, their magic harp, and their hen that laid golden eggs. So Jack was just getting his own stuff back! Uhhhh, right. Anyway, these are some fun stories and songs and I think you'll like them.

Here's the track list:
  1. Jack and the Beanstalk
  2. The Tick Tock Shop
  3. The Raggleytaggletown Singers
  4. The Ugly Duckling
  5. Chicken Licken
  6. Sleeping Beauty
Click here to download!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Some Great Stuff from!

After a week of new content on the blog, I feel I'm due for some plugging!

If you like the albums on my blog, here's some others from that you should enjoy too! (Some of these are CD format and the rest are mp3 format.) And if you click on the link here and end up ordering the album, I'll even make a little bit off of it! And if there's nothing here that interests you, remember that clicking that link on the left means I'll make a little something off of anything you buy from Amazon! Thanks!!

Stay tuned for more music next week!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Songs from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and Other Sweet Songs

The first half of this album features songs from "Willy Wonka". They even include "Cheer Up Charlie", the song that most kids will skip. They've also changed some of the words on the Oompa-Loompa song. I'm not sure why since the original was perfectly fine. The second half has songs with sort of a candy theme. They run out of candy songs by the end, and put in things like "Cindy" (the one from the "Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone" album) and yet another version of "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (that doesn't mention cigarette trees, but does mention "al-kee-hol')

If I get the stuff written up soon enough, I'll have another two or three albums for next week. Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Oompa-Loompa-Doompadee-Doo
  2. The Candy Man
  3. I've Got a Golden Ticket
  4. Pure Imagination
  5. Cheer Up Charlie
  6. I Want It Now
  7. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  8. Candy Store Owner
  9. You Turn for Sugar and Tea
  10. Raisins and Almonds
  11. Strawberry Jam
  12. Cindy
  13. Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake
Click here to download!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Song Stories for Little Cowboys & Cowgirls - Mother Goose Orchestra & Players

This is an album that I actually grew up with. It's a two-record set of cowboy songs and stories. The first record is all done by the same guy (identified as Cowboy Joe), and he does a nice job. The second record is sort of a potpourri of people, and you can tell by the end that they've kind of run out of cowboy stuff, and resort to train songs like "Casey Jones" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad".

There's a lot of nice stuff here (especially on the first half). Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Cowboy Joe Rides Through the Night
  2. Yipee-Ti-Yi-O (Get Along Little Dogies)
  3. Make Me a Cowboy Again for a Day
  4. Pony Boy/Cheyenne
  5. The Legend of Crystal Rock
  6. Whoa Mule Whoa
  7. Red River Valley
  8. Little Wahoo
  9. The Strawberry Roan
  10. A Cowboy's Prayer
  11. Red River Valley
  12. Old Chisholm Trail
  13. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
  14. Home on the Range
  15. Clementine
  16. Casey Jones
  17. Ten Little Indians
  18. I've Been Working on the Railroad
  19. Big Rock Candy Mountain
Click here to download!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Star Wars - The Kid Stuff Repertory Company

Here's another "classic" from the Kid Stuff Repertory Company. Looking at this cover, you might think it was the story of two little American kids who go up in a rocket and have an adventure on a strange planet with two robots, a Threepio and an Artoo ripoff. Except that just about everything on this cover is a lie. The only connection to "Star Wars" is that they play the theme song at the beginning of the record. After that, you get the story "Jack and the Flying Saucer", a sort-of "Jack and the Beanstalk" parallel. The difference is that Jack lives on the planet Boom Boom, a planet where everything makes a loud noise. He and his mother are poor, so she sends him to sell Pinky, their stuffem worm. Jack trades the worm for what he is told is a magic saucer. Mom is upset with Jack when he returns home and throws the saucer out the window. The next morning, it has turned into a flying saucer. He flies off into space, meets a space monster, and eventually lands on the planet Sshhhh which (as you might expect) is a very quiet planet. Jack goes to a castle, meets a giant and his wife, and you can pretty well guess how the story goes from here.

There are some interesting bits here. For example, for some reason the guy playing Jack does it with a Cockney accent. I have no idea why. Also, the story is narrated by Shadoe Stevens, a voice you might recognize from his radio work or from being the announcer on the latest version of the Hollywood Squares.

Anyway, this is a pretty odd one, and I hope you like it!

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Peter Cottontail and Other Easter and Springtime Favorites

Here's an Easter themed album featuring songs from Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, the Sandpipers, and Mitch Miller and His Orchestra. Unfortunately, the album doesn't tell you who did which song. I'm pretty sure songs 6-8 below are Roy and Dale, but your guess is as good as mine on the rest of them. Oh well, enjoy it anyway, and have a Happy Easter!!!!

Here's the track list:
  1. Peter Cottontail
  2. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  3. Funny Little Bunnies
  4. The White Bunny and His Magic Nose
  5. Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?
  6. Easter is Loving Time
  7. Let There Be Peace on Earth
  8. Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In
  9. Easter Parade
  10. Bunny Bunny Bunny
  11. Eustace the Useless Rabbit
  12. The Barnyard Song
  13. Flippety Floppety Bunny
  14. The Lively Little Rabbit
  15. Pee Wee the Bunny
  16. Easter Mornin'
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Friday, March 05, 2010

Happiness is a Peanuts Album! Songs from the Off-Broadway Musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

You've heard a few different versions of songs from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", on this blog, but this one is special to me because it's the first version of the songs I heard when I was a kid. You've only got two people doing the singing duties here, but they still do quite a nice job. Hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  2. Little Known Facts
  3. Suppertime
  4. My Blanket and Me
  5. Charlie Brown's Kite
  6. The Baseball Game
  7. Snoopy
  8. Schroeder
  9. Doctor Lucy
  10. Happiness
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Bob Sings - Bob McGrath

Most people know Bob McGrath from his regular gig on a certain street we all know (even though we constantly have to ask directions on how to get there), but this album has an entirely different lineup of songs. There's some old-timey classics, tunes from "The Sound of Music", and even a few Stevie Wonder songs to be found here. I also could have done without hearing Bob singing "Muskrat Love". For some reason, it sounds even dirtier when you hear HIM sing it!

Bob sings a number of these songs accompanied by kids, and the funny thing about that is that he seems to keep pitching the songs higher and higher, until the poor kids have to squeak to keep up with his flawless tenor voice. By the way, one of those kids was Danielle Brisbois, who ended up doing some acting as well, including playing Archie Bunker's niece on "All in the Family".

Here's the track list:
  1. Sir Duke
  2. Do-Re-Mi
  3. Muskrat Love
  4. In the Good Old Summertime
  5. Sunshine Medley
  6. Jamaica Farewell
  7. Getting to Know You
  8. Isn't She Lovely
  9. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  10. Good Morning Starshine
  11. Edelweiss
  12. High Hopes
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Monday, March 01, 2010

Down in Jungle Town - The Yum Yum Kids and the MGM Territorial Orchestra

I'm back with this fun album from 1966. I've always liked these kinds of records that have kids enthusiastically singing their lungs out, and except for a couple of choices here, we've got a really interesting lineup of songs here as well. I mean, how often are you going to hear a Noel Coward song sung by children? There's some great text on the back of the album cover too, which I've provided in the download. Enjoy, and I'm pleased to say that it won't be another month before you see something else new here. I've got two more posts scheduled for later this week, so stay tuned!

Here's the track list:
  1. Hooray for Captain Spaulding
  2. I Went to the Animal Fair
  3. Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  4. Song of the Nairobi Trio
  5. Down in Jungle Town
  6. Napoleon Sailed the Ocean Blue
  7. Tiger Rag
  8. Aba Daba Honeymoon
  9. How to Tell the Wild Animals
  10. Under the Bamboo Tree
  11. Abdul the Bulbul Ameer
  12. Civilization
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