Observation for Now

It has always seemed to me that the human race needs more things to wonder about, rather than less.

-- Gregory L Reece

Friday, June 03, 2011

The Fallout Follies

Here is another compilation of nuclear songs. This batch, unlike some of the previous ones and unlike some of the ones to come, have a decidedly pessimistic tone, hence the slightly mnore black-humor cover art.





Here are the tracks:

1 - Talking Atom Pete Seeger 1947
2 - The Fall of the Planet Earth The Moonbillies 1960
3 - Talkin' World War III Blues Bob Dylan 1963
4 - Mushroom Clouds Love 1966
5 - Handsome Johnny Richie Havens 1967
6 - Thank Christ For The Bomb (edit) Groundhogs 1970
7 - King Of The World Steely Dan 1973
8 - Atom Satillite Del Byzanteens 1979
9 - Face The Fire Dan Fogelberg 1979
10 - Uh-Oh Plutonium Anne Waldman 1982
11 - Two Suns In The Sunset Pink Floyd 1983
12 - I Hate You (from STAR TREK IV) Edge of Ettiquette 1986
13 - After the War Gary Moore 1989
14 - The Bomb Song Corey Dwyer 1990
15 - Enola Gay Utah Phillips 1991
16 - Hot Frogs on the Loose Frank Small 1993
17 - Duct Tape John McCutcheon 2004
18 - Feed the Bomb Project Bluebird 2009
19 - Whistling in the Nuclear Wind Karl W Mahlmann 2011
20 - bonus track



And here is the link:  http://www.megaupload.com/?d=X8CX086L

Monday, May 30, 2011

45s & Favorites, Disc 2

You might have to be "of a certain age" to smile with fondness at these songs. They are 45s I bought as they came out (yes, I am THAT OLD) or loved to listen to if they came on the radio.




Some are dubs of the actual 45 rpm, others are better recordings found elsewhere.



Here are the tracks:

1970

1 Mississippi Queen Mountain

2 Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy/Mr Bojangles Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

3 We Gotta Get You a Woman Todd Rundgren

1971

4 That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be Carly Simon

5 Walk Away James Gang

6 Tiny Dancer Elton John

7 Hocus Pocus Focus

8 Behind Blue Eyes The Who

1972

9 School's Out Alice Cooper

10 Rock And Roll Part 1 & 2 Gary Glitter

11 A Piece of Paper Gladstone

12 Back Off Boogaloo Ringo Starr

13 Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) Stevie Wonder

14 Give Ireland Back to the Irish - instrumental - (Version) Wings

15 Early 1970 Ringo Starr

16 Mary Had a Little Lamb Wings

1973

17 You Light Up My Life Carole King

18 Back When My Hair Was Short -single version Gunhill Road

19 Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh

20 Under the Boardwalk Rickie Lee Jones - 1983

21 It's the Real Thing The New Seekers - 1971





Here is the link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OVQ56XPK





And if you're wondering why you had The New Seekers singing Coke songs, it's because I picked up a freebie record at a record shop that had two 30-second Coke songs on one side and a minute-long Coke song on the other. This was in 1971. So I included the songs as a gentle reminder that this great music was brought to you by . . .



The Free Enterprise system.



I am really in love with the Carole King song included here. It has NOTHING to do with the cloying Debbie Boone whine. Carole King's song really resonated with me (and still does) -- I feel this kind of gratefulness for my wonderful wife. "I didn't know how good life could be / Until you gave your love to me." Mawkish? Maybe. True? ABSOLUTELY!



In the original issue of "Mr Bojangles" on 45 rpm, one side had only the song. The other side of the single had the version "Uncle Charlie / Bojangles" given here. It was lots of fun to play this on a jukebox and watch people's faces as Teddy the dog howled, and then the familiar guitar into to "Bojangles" kicked in, and all was semi-understood.
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