Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jack & Rexella Van Impe: Before They Were Stars

     Many people are aware of evangelist Jack Van Impe's falling-out with TBN. But I'm gonna go back before that. Decades before that, in fact.

     This album, I guess, introduced a lot of folks to the talents of this preaching accordionist, and his wife who sang sometimes. She sang 2 songs on this album. No news-show set here, folks. Just happy accordion-bouncing supreme.

The Assurance March Download, 2 MB

The Old Rugged Cross Download, 2 MB
Follow Me Download, 2 MB
Rexella sings on this one.
Young People's Medley Download, 4 MB
Note the versions of "Bringing in the Sheaves" in the styles of different countries.

Jericho Road Download, 1 MB
The Holy City Download, 3 MB
Wonderful Grace of Jesus Download, 2 MB

Trieste Overture Download, 2 MB

No One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus Download, 2 MB
The other song Rexella sings on.

Mansion over the Hilltop Download, 2 MB

V - is for Victory Download, 1 MB

Monday, June 12, 2017

"Me and My Winstons" Promo Record

     I was intrigued a couple or so years ago by an old commercial I saw on YouTube:

     I wondered if there was a minute-long version with more complete lyrics to the jingle. Well, the answer came to me a few weeks ago, when I spotted this in a flea market.

     This is a one-sided 7-inch 33 RPM record for salespeople introducing this upcoming campaign. The record, hosted by commercial songstress Carole Howey, has 2 1-minute commercials with this jingle, including the complete version of the above commercial.

"Me and My Winstons" promo record Download, 2 MB

     Hope you enjoy this piece of - make that bucket of - "bright, catchy, Winstonny advertising".

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Advanced Careeeer ----- TRAINIIIIIIIIIING"

     I know I'm posting these in somewhat quick succession, but after taking the months-long break, there are some that were just begging to be posted here, so here goes.

     This is a public-service promotional 45 for a metropolitan area's Advanced Career Training program. I'm guessing that this is a jingle that may have been edited and used in radio & TV PSA's for this ACT program. One interesting thing in this jingle aimed at mid-80's high-school teens, is the use of the 70's Chrysler-Plymouth "Comin' Through" melody at various times.

Students at Work - Take It! Make It! Download, 2 MB
This is the vocal version, which fades out.
Students at Work - Take It! Make It! (Instrumental Version) Download, 2 MB
The instrumental version keeps going until the movin' jazz ending, with no sound effect at the end.

More New Image

     After taking up time with another project I'm trying to get off the ground, I'm gonna take a break and put a few more posts in here.
     I'm finally getting around to putting up these 2 recent New Image 45 finds.

     As you can tell by comparing the catalog numbers of this 45 and the ones in my previous New Image post, this is the one just before "Say You Love Me".

The Truth Is the Reason We Exist Download, 3 MB
Another religious rocker from the group.
Let the Children Play Download, 2 MB
     And this is the one just before "Cabbage Shuttle Babies".

Make That Dream Come True Download, 1 MB
Let's see - "Make that dream come true" - and Carmine? Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems obvious this is about a gal and her obsession with Carmine from "Laverne & Shirley". This is also the only song I have come across where "Ms. New Image" ends her singing with a "yEHuhh!".
Mr. Plain and Simple Download, 2 MB
Because Mike Thomas I guess wasn't available, "Ms. New Image" sings it as "Miss Plain & Simple". Also note the rare reggae treatment the group gives this song - complete with her attempting an accent!
     The only complaint I have about these records is - TWO New Image 45's - FOUR New Image songs - and none of them have the guitar solo, dangit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"We ain't got the right, to say you're not country." (or, Souvenirs of the Past)

     I picked up a 45 today at a flea market store that, after hearing it, lead me to think of other records I have which are, like this one, souvenirs of bygone times, where whatever was talked or sung about in them no longer apply today.
     So instead of just that song, which I'll post later, I'm going to put up other things which go along with the general topic of "Souvenirs of the Past".
     One I put up earlier is the song "I'm Number 1" by Pac-Man - from back when that was true.

     Now for other stuff from my collection.

Minimum Wage PSA - Roy Clark Download, 355 KB

     These next things are from generic radio jingle records made by Pepper-Tanner, later the William B. Tanner Company.

Datsun - Tanner Total Sound Library 3104 Download, 280 KB

"Color TV" - Tanner Total Sound Library 3005 Download, 721 KB
"Office Equipment" - Tanner Total Sound Library 3007 Download, 710 KB
There are quite a few of these things still in use today.

"Mod Clothing" - Tanner Total Sound Library 3013 Download, 387 KB

     Which brings me to the feature song of this post.

     When I saw this title on a 45 in the store, I got it, on the off-chance that this was maybe about Olivia Newton-John.
     Then when I got home I played it.
     Wellll, yeah, it's about her all right. In a way I didn't quite expect.
     Apparently, the Most Promising Female Vocalist award winner in country music was getting some flack from a few country fans for her recent pop success. So this song was written as an answer to that.
     Now - how Porter Wagoner's suit designer got mentioned in the conversation, I have no idea, but anyway...
     This was the flip-side to Stella Parton's 1975 country hit "I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight".

"Ode to Olivia" - Stella Parton Download, 2 MB

     I think I have my pick for the 2 songs I'd love to hear a radio station play back-to-back: this, followed by "Physical".

     I'll close this post with a remnant of another thing that looks like it's on the way out. This is from another Pepper-Tanner record made for use on radio stations.

"Sign Off" - Creative Sales Service 5320 Download, 372 KB

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tim Wilson's ORIGINAL "Garth Brooks"

     You may notice that my "Sweep-Up Operations" post is minus one song. That's because, folks, I'm glad to have another copy of this 45, which I'll now present both songs from! Look ma, no tape wrinkle at the beginning!

     Yes, folks - The original 1993 independent-label 45 of Tim Wilson's "Garth Brooks has Ruined My Life"!

"Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life" Download, 2 MB
According to Joel Whitburn's country chart books, this version actually made #70 on the top-75 Billboard country chart, becoming Tim's first hit.

"Help Me Find Jimmy Hoffa" Download, 2 MB
I'm glad to be able to bring you the out-there song on side 2, which further displays the comic mind of the late Tim Wilson.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The CBS Radio NetAlert III Test Record

     Remember the "chirps" that sounded almost every time a CBS radio newscast, or sports event, or "The CBS Radio Mystery Theater" went to and from a commercial break?
     Those chirps were part-and-parcel of the CBS Radio NetAlert system.
     I found this neat artifact yesterday at a flea-market store.

      This is a test record made so stations could check how well their NetAlert receivers could pick up, synchronize, calibrate, etc., the "chirp" sounds from the CBS Radio Network.
     There were 15 different, but very similar-sounding, chirp tones, with different purposes. They're all heard on this album.
     The same tracks are repeated on both sides.

Band 1. 60 Hz Reference Tone Download, 695 KB
A minute of a steady low tone, to synchronize the turntable to the exact tone.
According to the wording on the back cover, "These tones are used for setting the phonograph level control and also for examining the internal functions of the receiver."
Band 2. Priming Tone (2241 Hz) Download, 244 KB
Band 3. Tone A (1845 Hz) Download, 238 KB
The Hz info is listed on the back cover. Why they didn't have the tones in the same hertz as the notes A-D, I couldn't tell ya.

Band 4. Tone B (2100 Hz) Download, 240 KB
Band 5. Tone C (2391 Hz) Download, 238 KB
Band 6. Tone D (2722 Hz) Download, 242 KB
Now we get to the chirps.
Band 7. Alignment Tone Sequence, Alerts 6 & 13 Download, 1MB
NetAlert sounds 6 and 13 are chirped back-and-forth.
The next tracks have each of the NetAlert chirps sounded 3 times, with spaces between the chirps.
Band 8. Alert 0 Download, 167 KB

Band 9. Alert 1 Download, 167 KB
Band 10. Alert 2 Download, 172 KB
Band 11. Alert 3 Download, 167 KB
Band 12. Alert 4 Download, 170 KB
Band 13. Alert 5 Download, 171 KB
From the back cover: "NOTE: Alerts 4 and 5 are self-resetting. The remainder of the alerts 6-15
are not". Okay.

Band 14. Alert 6 Download, 171 KB
Band 15. Alert 7 Download, 172 KB
Band 16. Alert 8 Download, 171 KB
Band 17. Alert 9 Download, 173 KB
Band 18. Alert 10 Download, 177 KB
Band 19. Alert 11 Download, 173 KB
Band 20. Alert 12 Download, 174 KB

Band 21. Alert 13 Download, 174 KB

Band 22. Alert 14 Download, 175 KB

Band 23. Alert 15 Download, 172 KB

Band 24. Alert Count Download, 541 KB
"Band 24 consists of a pattern of periodically incremented alerts beginning at alert 0 and advancing through alert 15 and then repeating. This sequence is repeated a total of three times ending on
alert 0."

Band 25. Suppressed Alert Count Download, 656 KB
Each chirp from 1-15 then 0 are followed by chirp 0. This is repeated 5 times.

Band 26. Repeated Alert #0 Download, 704 KB
A minute of NetAlert chirp 0 repeated over and over again.
Band 27. Repeated Alert #8 Download, 705 KB
The record ends with a similar treatment on chirp 8.

     Sadly, the CBS Radio "chirp" came to an end in 2009.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Ohhhh" "Where-"

     Okay - Now that I got my reposts of "The Wonderful and the Obscure" material out of the way, let's put up this 45 I got during the past week or so.
     There was a point in the late-70's when I guess somebody at MSR figured, "We can't keep numbering the sides with '-1' and '-2' at the end anymore. Why, somebody might write an angry letter about 'Why did you make my song side 2?'." Who knows - maybe somebody did.
     Whatever the reason was, instead of putting -1 and -2 at the end of the catalog numbers, they put some abbreviation of the song title after the dash. For example, 2730 had "Please", which was 2730-P, while the other side, "Sunshine Ring Around My House",was given the number
2730-SRA. "I Like Yellow Things" was 2359-ILY, "The Yo-Yo" was 2643-TYY, "Only One Great Love" was 2925-OOG, etc.
     So how can you figure out which is side 1 and side 2? A pretty easy way I found was since they're not in numerical order - of course - alphabetical order. So that's what I do. And that's what I'm gonna do here.

     MSR's songs were starting to get this sound where the singing sounded "closed-in". This is heard in its glory in the Gina Genova song "With You".
"Endless Love" - Dick Kent Download, 1MB
 Now to why I chose the title to this post. A neat technical blooper happens during the fadeout. You can hear what sounds like Dick Kent and Bobbi Blake in a tiny bit of conversation before they get cut off.
"Football" - Bobbi Blake Download, 2MB
Where we would usually hear another one of Bobbi's spoken parts, we're treated to a long instrumental break.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My 45's of "Wonderful and the Obscure" songs

     In my 3rd and what I guess will be final post with songs that used to be in Bob Purse's "Wonderful and the Obscure" blog before the 2015 "DivShare problem", here are 3 45's of mine that Bob Purse also has copies of, and put on his blog as well.
     I'll include links to the "Wonderful and the Obscure" posts that had the songs, so you can read Bob Purse's comments.

When I decided to rebuild my strange-music collection in 2013, one of the first things I got was this record I found on E-Bay, with songs I recognized from this post. I thought It would be great to have my own copy of a 45 in "The Wonderful and the Obscure"!  Now, with the songs from that 45 itself gone from there, I'd like to present these songs from my copy.
"High Brow Baby" - Norm Burns Download, 2MB
"Melancholy Me" - Norm Burns Download, 2MB
When this 45 appeared in "The Wonderful and the Obscure", I already had my copy - and now I'll share it with you.
"Practice Your Rhythm - Bobbi Blake Download, 1MB
MSR wasn't really one of those song-poem outfits (like Halmark or Royal Master) to use the same background track every few songs, but there have been 2 pairs of MSR songs I noticed that did use the same background track. This song and "Our Big Apple Christmas" being one of them. If you want to hear this track play out over 1 1/2 minutes longer, with a cheesy synthesizer playing along, hear that song on the "A Song-Poem Christmas" post of my "Christmas Stuff" blog.
"One Woman's Sufficient for Me" - Dick Kent Download, 2MB
Not long after I started rebuilding my strange music collection, I came across 2 45's in the same booth at a flea market: the Sammy Marshall "The Next Tear that Falls" / "Tears and Champaigne" 45, which Bob has on this post - and this one.
"My Guy" - Kris Arden Download, 2MB
"Just a Few" - Sammy Marshall Download, 2MB
"Makes My Heart Start Flopping Around" - The Mystery Girl Download, 2MB
Are The Mystery Girl and Kris Arden one and the same? You decide.
"I Love 'Em So" - Ronnie May Download, 1MB
     Again, thanks to Bob Purse of "The Wonderful and the Obscure", and keep up the good work!