Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Shadow Dancing and Other Disco Favorites - The Kid Stuff Repertory Company

If you didn't get your fill of the Kid Stuff Repertory Players going disco from the last album, here's another one for you. You may notice from looking at the titles that they were so cheap they couldn't even afford to buy the extra Oogie in "Boogie Oogie Oogie"! Of course these two albums were so short they probably could have combined both of them into one, but they can sell more records that way. (And yes, these albums were so short that *I* probably could have combined them, but I was able to get two entries out of them this way!)

Here's the track list:
  1. Boogie Oogie
  2. Jack & Jill
  3. See You When I Get There
  4. Shadow Dancing
  5. More Than a Woman
  6. Easy to Love
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Night Fever and More Songs from "Saturday Night Fever" - The Kid Stuff Repertory Company

Here's some songs from "Saturday Night Fever" presented by those guys from the Kid Stuff Repertory Company. It's not too bad for a bunch of studio guys I guess, but I don't think these are the same people who do the children's stories!

Here's the track list:
  1. Boogie Shoes
  2. Stayin' Alive
  3. Open Sesame
  4. You Should Be Dancin'
  5. Nite Fever
  6. A Fifth of Beethoven
Click here or here to download!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Little Fir Tree, and The Night the Animals Talked

I figured this would be a good one for the day before Christmas. This isn't the actual poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" but a dramatization of it. This also has the story of the little fir tree who wanted to see the world, as well as the story of the Nativity from the animals' point of view. It says on the liner notes that "The Night the Animals Talked" is a "new and very beautiful story", but I could have sworn I'd heard this story before. Could this have been the first presentation of it?

Anyway, this album features stories performed by voices that will probably sound quite familiar to you (even if the names aren't household words) : Peter Fernandez, Jack Grimes, Jackson Beck and others done in "Stereo Motion", designed to "bring your child into the story". I hope you all enjoy this, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Here's the track list:
  1. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2. The Little Fir Tree
  3. The Night the Animals Talked

Click here or here to download!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas on the Moon - Tim Dinkins

Wow. I don't know what to say about this, other than it makes Frank di Silvestro sound like Lennon & McCartney by comparison! Almost all of these songs are written by Mrs. Nellie Bond who, according to the liner notes, Dinkins met while performing on the Squeaking Deacon Show. They wanted to do an album of all new Christmas songs, and this is what they came up with.

The songs are all sung by Tim Dinkins with a couple of exceptions. One singer, referred to as the "Mystery Guest", sings "The Wise Ole Owl". The liner notes say that they're certain "he'll not be a mystery anymore once you've heard him". I hate to break it to them, but he's still a mystery to me. The second one is a little girl named Susan Kay (who they heard singing on a radio show on station K.I.E.V. (probably performing something Ukranian)). She sings a song called "I Won't Let You Lick My Candy Bar". Thank goodness Tim didn't sing this one as well. That would have been creepy. And speaking of creepy, Tim does his best adowable wittle kid impersonation for the song "A Little Boy's Letter to Santa". Apparently Tim wanted to give me the jibblies for Christmas. *SHUDDER*

I think this might have been shared elsewhere, but I scored a sealed copy of this album so I felt like I should share this clean copy of it. This is just mind-numbingly bizarre, but it's definitely interesting!

Here's the track list (All songs sung by Tim Dinkins unless listed otherwise) :
  1. Santa's Rocket
  2. The Empty Chair
  3. Two Little Stockings
  4. I Won't Let You Lick My Candy Bar - Susan Kay
  5. Just a Little Birdie in a Coo Coo Clock
  6. Merry Christmas
  7. The Wise Ole Owl - Mystery Guest
  8. Ole Pop Reindeer
  9. Christmas Message
  10. Christmas Comes to Everyone
  11. A Little Boy's Letter to Santa
  12. Tinkle Toes
Click here or here to download!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Cowboys Sing Holiday Halftime

I hope somebody can give me more information on this album. The title, as you can see, is called "The Cowboys Sing Holiday Halftime". That's because it features the Dallas Cowboys football team singing Christmas songs. As I did more research, I found that there are other Christmas albums available with other football teams singing Christmas songs. The covers look exactly the same except for the change in title. What I'm wondering is, did they actually get each team to sing, record, and release their own album, or did they just get a huge group of football players to record one album and release it with the different names? Another interesting thing is that in the song "Let It Snow" there's a solo by Lance Rentzel, who I believe played for the Cowboys when this album was released. If these songs were all done with one big group of guys, did they pick a member of each team to sing the solo in that song and put it on the appropriate team's album? Anyway, I hope you enjoy this, no matter what team you like!

Here's the track list:
  1. Deck the Halls
  2. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  3. Winter Wonderland
  4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  5. A Tropical Winter
  6. Frosty the Snowman
  7. Let It Snow
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. Auld Lang Syne
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Heidi the Pocketbook Doll - Adventures in Fairy Land

One way I'm sort of fudging on putting other records in with my Christmas ones is by saying that this album involves a toy that many little girls probably got for Christmas. Does that count?

This is an odd little album that involves a doll named Heidi visiting a lot of different fairy tale characters, and even though these are all characters that kids have grown to know, the stories still seem to revolve around the fast-talking Heidi and the Jeep she drives. In fact, for extra giggles, every time she mentions her Jeep, say "Sold separately" afterwards (like they always to on the commercials). You'll say it a lot!

The back of the album shows pictures of some of the other accessories you can get for Heidi to help make her life complete. Somehow, captioning the bathroom set with the sentence "Oodles of boudoir glamour for little girls!" just sort of creeps me out.

Anyway, enjoy these delightful adventures of Heidi the Pocketbook Doll and her Jeep (sold separately).

Click here or here to download!

UPDATE: If you want a literal dose of Heidi the Pocketbook Doll and Christmas, than you can get a copy of Heidi's "The Night Before Christmas" album here at Ernie (Not Bert)!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Year Without a Santa Claus - Boris Karloff, Narrator

Here's Boris Karloff narrating one of your favorite Christmas stories that was later turned into a cool animated special and a not nearly so good live-action remake! No, not the Grinch. (We've already got Zero Mostel doing that one.) This is the story of "The Year Without a Santa Claus" which, I must admit, I didn't realize was a story before the animated version came out. You may be disappointed to find out that, even though the basic story is the same, the stop-motion animated special we know and love added quite a bit to the story. There's no Heat Miser or Snow Miser here, no Jingle or Jangle the Elf, no Mother Nature, not even Mrs. Claus. The only characters I think the two have in common are Santa and the little boy named Ignatius Thistlewhite. This also features some other Christmas songs by a number of different artists, but the best part is hearing Karloff's dulcet tones telling us another Christmas story.

The bottom of the cover states that this is "Presented for the holiday pleasure of young and old by the E.F. MacDonald Incentive Company, 1968". I don't know if that means it was a special giveaway or what. I'd never heard of this album myself until a few months ago. I was looking around online for more info, when I found that Max at "Drunken Severed Head" had featured this album on his blog last year. He has some great background information about the story and the album and, with his kind permission, he's allowed me to link you up to it here. His link to the album no longer works though, so I in turn gave him permission to link over here to me! Isn't the Internet swell? Thanks, Max!

Here's the track list:
  1. The Year Without a Santa Claus - Boris Karloff
  2. The Christmas Waltz - The Lettermen
  3. Old Toy Trains - Glen Campbell
  4. Don't Forget to Feed the Reindeer - Peggy Lee
  5. The Little Drummer Boy - Al Martino
  6. I Sing Noel - Sandler and Young
  7. Jingle Bells - Roger Wagner Chorale
NOTE: This has now been released on CD (with different songs included). You can get it by clicking the link below!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Christmas Album for the Whole Family - Music & Lyrics by Frank di Silvestro

Hi! Sorry about the delay in getting something new on here. (Again.) I'm afraid I don't have enough Christmas albums to get me through the month, even starting now. So I'll sprinkle a few Christmasy things along with some other stuff.

This is sort of an unusual album. I bought it (still sealed) at Goodwill for a quarter. That cover is just all over the map, isn't it? The songs on this album are all composed by Frank Di Silvestro, and sung by two young ladies and a girl who solo on the different songs. The music itself sounds all synthesized. And the songs...well, the songs just don't sound quite right to me. It's not the performances; they're all fine. I think it's Frank's writing. Sometimes there's a wonky attempt at a rhyme. Often a line will have three or four extra syllables so it doesn't quite scan right. Give it a listen and see what you think.

All three singers list a number of generic credits (performing in commercials and/or soaps), but Meg Bussert actually has a pretty decent resume. She's performed on Broadway in "Camelot" with Richard Harris, among other things. And she's now a full-time Professor at NYU, teaching Acting and Theatre Studies. I would certainly call her the best one on this album, even managing to pull off different sounding vocals on "I'm Little Miss Christmas". Meanwhile, the most interesting thing I've found that Frank Di Silvestro has done is write a book called "Boy Jesus and His Dog".

Anywho, I've got a few more Christmas albums coming soon in the mix, so enjoy this!

Here's the track list:
  1. When Mrs. Claus Plays Piano - Denyse St. George
  2. Silver Bell, the Heavenly Reindeer - Meg Bussert
  3. Toy Heaven - Kristy Graves
  4. The Rockefeller Center Tree - Meg Bussert
  5. I'm Little Miss Christmas - Meg Bussert
  6. I Love Christmas in New York - Meg Bussert
  7. Ice Dancing - Meg Bussert
  8. Christmas Carousel - Meg Bussert
  9. Mrs. Claus Is Special Too - Meg Bussert
  10. On Christmas I'll See Lots of Snow - Meg Bussert
  11. Blitzen & the Caribou Fell in Love - Denyse St. George
  12. The Christmas Rose - Kristy Graves
  13. We Are Children Who Love to Sing - Kristy Graves
  14. Sam the Snowman & Flo the Snowwoman - Meg Bussert
  15. I Dreamed I was in Christmasland - Denyse St. George
Click here or here to download!

BONUS: Here's a clip of Meg Bussert as Queen Guinevere in a revival of Camelot:

Monday, December 01, 2008

Be a Train - Selma Rich Brody

Selma Rich Brody strikes again! Here's a fun album that's all about pretending you're a train, and the different adventures you can have. On the back of the album cover (and included with this download) is a train hat you can cut out and wear, if you need a bit more motivation (or loco-motivation if you will). Anyway, hope you enjoy this!

Here's the track list:
  1. Rollo the Railroad Train
  2. Train School
  3. Mountain Train
  4. I'm a Train
  5. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
  6. Little Train That Caught a Cold
  7. Mail Train
  8. Happy Train Song
  9. I Got a Train for My Birthday
  10. Rollo the Railroad Train

Click here or here to download!

OGF Wisdom for December

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

This concludes the monthly words of wisdom from "Prof. Otis G. Firefly's Phantasmagoric Almanac". I hope you all enjoyed it! I'll try to think of something else for a running gag for next year.