Album #4 – The Wildest

Album #4

This album was a party from start to finish. I couldn’t stop tapping my feet while listening to it in bed early on a Sunday morning. Prima sounds a lot like Dean Martin on this album only much, much cooler and more fun. Prima is best known for playing King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book. I grew up with that film and I was surprised to find out he was in that movie. This album is what it set out to be: a representation of Prima’s Vegas nightclub act complete with his wife and band. Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby captures the humourous interplay that Prima and his wife, Keely Smith, so brilliantly did on stage. The album also features two songs that went on to be big hits for other artists 30 and 40 years later: Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody Melody (David Lee Roth, 1985) and Jump, Jive N’ Wail (Brian Setzer Orchestra, late 1990’s). The original versions on this album are far better than the covers done later. This album also features two instrumentals: Night Train and Body And Soul, to showcase the musicianship of the backing band. Body and Soul is unique for two reasons: The solo is done on a trombone and the band interpolates a piece of Edvard Greig’s Peer Gynt Suite as a joke (which made me laugh!!). The album overall was fun, hilarious and represents the type of Vegas show I want to see. No over the top theatrics here. Just a great band and singers showing how funny they can be. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Next: This Is Fats by Fats Domino


Album #3 – Tragic Songs Of Life

Album #3

I have decided to listen to and blog about two albums in one day because Hurricane/Tropical Storm Earl is expected to hit tomorrow and we will probably lose power. I might as well do this just to be on the safe side. Anyways, Yayy!! Another concept album from the 50’s!! This album consists mostly of traditional songs originally sung by bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe and The Carter Family. There are also 2 original songs co-written by the brothers. It was another good album. It reminded me so much of the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers 2001 film O Brother Where Art Thou? The music has a country/bluegrass vibe but it also is very raw and rootsy. I can definately see modern day roots/bluegrass groups such as The Felice Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show being influenced by The Louvin Brothers. Another album of their’s that is worth checking out is their 1960 album Satan Is Real! for the cover art alone. This album represents the things I love about music: stripped-down recording and accompanyment as well as real themes. I give this album 4.5 out of 5 stars because most of the songs were very good but a couple were kind of boring.

Next: Wildest by Louis Prima

Album #2 – Elvis Presley

Album #2

I stuck with the original release for this album mostly due to the fact that I wanted to hear the original album and not the non-album hit singles and bonus tracks. This album surprised me. I have always kind of liked Elvis. I was aware of his influence and power within the music industry. His music has always been valued. But, somehow Elvis seemed corny to me. I saw Elvis as the guy in those somewhat cheesy, overproduced movies that he was made to do. But this album has none of that. The album is very much like the Sun Records recordings that Elvis did before he signed to RCA Records. They are very raw and sound like they were recorded live and in one take. This is the incarnation of Elvis that I like. I couldn’t stop tapping my feet. I loved the cover songs on this record, particularly his cover of Ray Charles’ classic I Got A Woman. This album also started off great with Blue Suede Shoes and seemed to keep that feel throughout the album. It is a shame Elvis didn’t make albums like this for the rest of his career. He really had something. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5 stars.

Next: Tragic Songs Of Life by The Louvin Brothers

Listening to the 1001 albums

If you want to listen to any of the 1001 albums, they are avaliable for streaming on this website:

(Update: The quality is not very good. Try Grooveshark as that is what I will be using if the album is not in my collection)

Playlist for August 30 episode of “The Record Box”

Here is the playlist for the most recent episode of my radio show “The Record Box”. It aired live on August 30, 2010:

(song – artist)

Hour 1:
I Don’t Wanna Go To The Basement – The Ramones
Do The Seizure – Wooden Wives
Rudie Can’t Fail – The Clash
One Step Beyond – Madness
Welfare Mothers – Neil Young
Half Light II (No Celebration) – Arcade Fire
All To All – Broken Social Scene
Station – Dr. Dog
Bottled In Cork – Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Calm Down Miss Cherry Hand – Adam Mowery
Bring It On – The Gaslight Anthem
The President – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
Streets Of Your Town – The Go-Betweens
Mirror People – Love & Rockets
You’re The Best Thing – The Style Council

Hour 2:
Communique – Dire Straits
Venus Of Avenue D – Mink DeVille
Pearly Dewdrops’-Drops – Cocteau Twins
Cigarette In Your Hand – My Bloody Valentine
The Blame – The Glee Club
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – Kate Bush
Sea, Swallow Me – Cocteau Twins with Harold Budd
Lipstick Sunset – John Hiatt
Seasons In The Abyss – Hellsongs
I Eat Dinner – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Dust Bowl – 10,000 Maniacs

Hour 3:
Like A Hurricane (Live) – Neil Young
I Still Miss Someone – Phil Ward
Second Son – Jim Cuddy
You Were There – Ron Sexsmith
Like A Hobo – Charlie Winston
Like A Soldier – Johnny Cash
So Like Candy – Elvis Costello
If You Need Some Lovin’ – Pomplamoose
Song For Dan Treacy – MGMT
O Mary Don’t You Weap – Bruce Springsteen
Alright For Now – Tom Petty

Opening instrumental bed: 4th of July by U2
End of hour instrumental bed: Embryonic Journey by Jefferson Airplane

“The Record Box”

I thought I would let all you readers know about my radio show called “The Record Box”. It is basically a musical extravaganza in which I play music from all genres and eras and weave it all together. New and old, rock, pop, indie, jazz, blues and everything in between are played on my show. Tune in and you might also learn something about the music you are hearing. I named the show after a documentary which featured the late John Peel’s Record Box. Peel was a DJ for BBC Radio 1 from its founding in 1967 until his death in 2004. He kept hidden in his home studio a record box which featured 7″ and 12″ records of songs by his favorite artists and his favourite songs. The box had a lot of musical variety: it featured everything from countless recordings of his favourite bands The Fall and The White Stripes to a 45 of Sheena Easton’s breakthrough hit Morning Train. My program is much like the contents of Peel’s record box. It is a mismash of genres and sounds and like other eclectic record collections, you never know what you’ll find and discover.
My show airs on Monday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon (Atlantic Time, UTC -4) on Local 107.3 FM/CFMH-FM (logo above) in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. You can also listen to my show online and view the feed or participate in the ustream chat at My show also airs as a rerun Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 8 and 10 a.m. (Atlantic Time). I might podcast future episodes of the program on the blog. So hopefully you will all tune in and support great, freeform campus and community radio. See you on the radio!!!

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