Welcome to The Tuna Melt Music Sharity Blog!

It is here that I post old records that I've ripped
to Mp3 format (and grouped in .ZIP files) via File Sharing Sites,
album cover scans and, sometimes,
somewhat coherent ramblings related to said shares.

None of the shares here are "borrowed" from other blogs.
All of the items shared are rips of Out-of-Print
(or, at least, very difficult to get)
Vinyl Records from my own collection.

Come on in. Look around.
Scroll downward to find available links.
I hope you find something you like.

If you don't,
you can always come back later, as the variety
of what is made available should be pretty wide-ranging.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gotta Go!

Okay. I've gone ahead and let Traitor Vic out of his box. Perhaps he'll keep this ball rollin', eh? In the meantime... I've got to get back to Mars.

It sure has been fun! I'm, actually, starting to enjoy these times I spend on your stupid planet. I'll try to be back in July!

Until then... Happy New Year!
- Voldar

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Webley Edwards Presents Hawaii Calls: A Merry Hawaiian Christmas

Merry Christmas!!!

I'm sorry. You thought you were getting WHAT for Christmas!?!
Well... At least the ol' Tuna Melt is here to help you out! What we got here is "A Merry Hawaiian Christmas"!!! It's a record by Webley Edwards and features a guy named Boyce Kihaiihikapuokalani!!! How Cool Is That!?!

  1. Kani Kani Pele (Jingle Bells)
  2. Ke Keiki Alii (The Child King)
  3. White Christmas
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. Ka Hikina Mai (It Came Upon a Midnight Clear)
  6. Hele Mai Oukou (O Come All Ye Faithful)
  7. 12 Days of Christmas — In Hawaii
  8. Hamau! Na Anelá (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)
  9. Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)
  10. Po La'i E (Silent Night)
I sincerely hope that all is well, and peaceful, for you and your's, and that This Christmas is the Best Ever!!!

Oh! And MERRY CHRISTMAS from The Bakkers, too!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Stars (of Bethlehem) on 45!

WARNING! This post is Just Plain Weird! And a bit Profane! And downright Sacrilegious!

I'll admit… My own personal collection of Christmas records is pretty extensive and, as such, includes some pretty bizarre items. These 45 rpm records, though, are from the collection of a friend who specializes in this sort of thing. Ranging from 1953 to 2002, I chose these records because I needed to rip copies for myself and then decided I'd share them with the rest of you.

The set includes the following:

Christmas Dragnet (Parts 1 & 2) by Stan Freberg - released in 1953 (and again in 1954 as "Yulenet"), this comedic piece was composed & performed by Stan Freberg and Daws Butler. The music is by Walter Schumann and the Orchestra is conducted by Nathan Scott. It was included, as one track, on Dr. Demento's "Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time" in 1989.

Rock and Roll Christmas b/w New Year's Eve Party by George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Side A is a really rockin' blast of Holiday Merriment. The little heard Side B is one lame blues tune, boy howdy.

Bizarre Christmas Incident b/w Lonely Christmas Eve by Ben Folds - This single was pieced together using two previously released songs in 2003.

The Little Drummer Boy b/w Blue Christmas by Miracle Legion - Side A was featured on Rhino's "New Wave Christmas - Just Can't Get Enough" in 1996. Side B is nice, but includes a rather long verbal Holiday Greeting and introduction of the band, which is probably why it hasn't been released since this single came out in 1985. That's all I know about this band. You can read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_Legion if you want to.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree b/w Blue Christmas by Dora Hall - Dora was, perhaps, the Ultimate Vanity Artist. Her husband, Leo Hulseman, was the founder of the Solo Cup Company and had so much money that he, apparently, didn't know what to do with it and, so, paid to produce as many records as Dora felt the need and/or desire to record (at least 17 lps and a list of 45 rpm singles about a mile long). None of these records was ever sold. They were distributed freely to anyone unlucky enough to buy a pack of plastic cups when there was a stack of them nearby. Anyone who ever responded by using the "Enroll Me As A Member of the Dora Hall Fan Club" coupon that often appeared on her single's picture sleeves were automatically sent future releases by mail.

White Christmas by '63 Mönröe - A Glam Punk band from London Ontario. Side B is a Monophonic version of the same song (for airplay on Monophonic AM Radio stations) so I didn't bother including it here.

Fuck Christmas b/w (Beep) Christmas by Fear - The Ultimate Punk Rock Christmas Tune! The "Unclean" version on Side A is backed by a "Clean" version for Radio Airplay that has not been re-released to my knowledge.

White Christmas b/w Blue Christmas by Atomic 61 - Noise Punk band from Portland. This Screams!

Various Artists: Christmas Stars on 45 (Various 45rpm Singles)
  1. Stan Freberg w/ Daws Butler & Orchestra - Christmas Dragnet Part 1
  2. Stan Freberg w/ Daws Butler & Orchestra - Christmas Dragnet Part 2
  3. George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Rock and Roll Christmas
  4. George Thorogood & The Destroyers - New Year's Eve Party
  5. Ben Folds - Bizarre Christmas Incident
  6. Ben Folds - Lonely Christmas Eve
  7. Miracle Legion - The Little Drummer Boy
  8. Miracle Legion - Blue Christmas
  9. Dora Hall - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  10. Dora Hall - Blue Christmas
  11. '63 Mönröe - White Christmas
  12. Fear - Fuck Christmas
  13. Fear - (Beep) Christmas
  14. Atomic 61 - White Christmas
  15. Atomic 61 - Blue Christmas
Make sure your MP3 Player is set to play at 45rpm for best results!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Various Artists: Winter Warnerland

'Tis the Season to Promote Your Stuff!

That, apparently, is what Warner Bros. Records was thinkin' back in the 80s. I posted a 1987 compilation of Warner Bros. artists performing Christmas related materials, called "Yulesville!", when I was here back in July of last year. Now, in response to a request, I'm postin' this one from 1988. It, like the other, features both music and spoken word "Holiday Greeting" messages.

Note that this is a rip from the Compact Disc, which contains more tracks than the vinyl pressing. Silly Earthling Traitor Vic only posts old vinyl records here but I, being from Mars, am not constrained by such trivial concerns. Bah! As there are 37 tracks here (@ 320kbps), I've split the post into two pieces.

  1. God Rest the House - Jeff Lorber
  2. Winter Wonderland - Good Question
  3. Cold Chillin' Christmas - Cold Chillin' Juice Crew
  4. FM Dial - Warner Bros. Promo
  5. Holiday ID - Nelson Wilbury
  6. Maybe This Could Be the Christmas - Gardner Cole
  7. Holiday ID - James Ingram
  8. Holiday ID (English) - Apollonia
  9. Holiday ID (Spanish) - Apollonia
  10. Once in a Blue Moon Rising - PM
  11. I'm Coming Home - Secret Weapon
  12. Fais Do Do - Daniel Lanois
  13. What Child Is This? - Mark O'Connor
  14. Silver Bells - Jim Horn
  15. Christmas Medley - Pee Wee Herman
  16. Christmas Without You - Tommy Page
  17. Santa's Harley - Warner Bros. Promo
  18. Holiday ID - ZZ Top
  19. Holiday ID / Christmas Song - Bulletboys
  20. Santa Claus Is Getting Down - Jesse Ed Davis
  21. Rudolph the Manic Reindeer - Los Lobos
  22. Deck the Halls - R.E.M.
  23. Angels We Have Heard on High / Gloria - Hugo Largo
  24. Holiday ID - Lou Reed
  25. Blue Christmas - Danielle Dax
  26. Santa Claus - Throwing Muses
  27. Holiday ID - Ofra Haza
  28. 2000 Years of Love - 54.40
  29. I Believe in Father Christmas - Honeymoon Suite
  30. Ways to Save Money at Christmas - Julie Brown
  31. Holiday ID - Peter Cetera
  32. Silent Night - Peter Cetera
  33. Holiday ID - Randy Travis
  34. How Do I Wrap My Heart Up for Christmas - Randy Travis
  35. Don't Drink and Drive, Duh - Pee Wee Herman
  36. Pee Wee Willbury ID - Pee Wee Herman
  37. Santa's Jet - Warner Bros. Promo

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Couple of Old Christmas Records

Here's a couple more shares to keep you in the Christmas spirit!

First off is one from Golden Tone Records, which was an Extreme Budget subsidiary of Precision Radiation Instruments, Inc. and was primarily used to re-release titles (usually abridged) from the Tops Records catalog. This record is by The International Choristers and features George Mather at the Mighty Console. It's got some interesting stuff on it.

The International Choristers featuring George Mather: Christmas Favorites
  1. Silent Night
  2. Deck the Halls
  3. Good King Wenceslaus
  4. Joy to the World
  5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  6. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  7. The First Noel
  8. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  9. God Res Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  10. Away in a Manger
  11. O, Come All Ye Faithful
  12. Jingle Bells
Second is a collection from The Longines Symphonette Recording Society. The Symphonette Society was owned by the Longines watch company and was based in Larchmont, New York. They produced a syndicated radio program and manufactured their own albums of light classical and easy listening music through the 60s. The Longines Symphonette name was also used for a watch, a radio, a calculator, and a television? Go figure.

The Longines Symphonette: Silver Bells
  1. Silver Bells
  2. Scarlet Ribbons
  3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. One Little Tree
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  7. March of the Toys
  8. Away in a Manger
  9. Medley: I Saw Three Ships / We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  10. Medley: Wassail Song / Here We Come A-Wassailing
  11. Medley: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Good Christian Men Rejoice
  12. Silent Night

I've also listed all of the Christmas related posts from the past on The Tuna Melt. This ought to make it easy and keep folks from having to dig backwards into the archives to locate stuff...

Christmas Time... The Time for Giving...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sometimes the Holidays can be the Saddest Time of the Year...

Hope this doesn't bum anyone out too badly. This is the first paragraph from the report in today's Los Angeles Times.

"Bettie Page, the brunette pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85."

The rest of the story, by Louis Sahagun, is posted HERE. There's also a statement posted on her official website at www.bettiepage.com.

Something tells me Bettie would still want us all to have a Merry Christmas...

We love ya, Bettie.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Various Artists: Christmas at KFC

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
You want that in Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?

Many of you silly earthlings are unaware that Christmas, being a Christian Holiday, is celebrated madly in Japan! It is not a National Holiday (nor should it be in a nation that is 84-96% Budhist/Shintoist) and, so, is not a "day off from work". The Japanese do, however, celebrate the purely secular aspects of the day (meaning… They Shop Like Crazy and Spend Lots of Money).

Shopping Malls and Shopping Districts spend loads of ¥en on elaborate and beautiful displays. Shiny, sparkly lights shine and sparkle all over the place. And one American Corporation, in particular, has utilized the holiday as a marketing tool for years. Many Japanese are convinced that the typical American Christmas Dinner is provided by… Kentucky Fried Chicken!?!

Yep. That's Right. They begin weeks ahead of the actual day, placing orders for "Christmas Barrels". They also spend huge piles of cash on "Christmas Cakes" (sponge cakes, frosted with whipped cream and decorated, usually, with strawberries).

The KFC connection is, primarily, a result of the intense marketing campaigns of the old KFC Corporation and, now, Yum Brands. Most of the KFCs in Japan have near-lifesize statues of Colonel Sanders standing out in front of them and, around Christmas, they all get dressed in Santa Claus outfits.

I mention this only because I wish to point out that Kentucky Fried Chicken has been a huge promoter of Christmas for several decades now, as is evidenced by this post. Allow me, please, to present two fabulous Classic Christmas Recordings from 1966 and 1968 (respectively)…

  1. White Christmas - Jim Reeves
  2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - The Anita Kerr Singers
  3. Silver Bells - Floyd Cramer
  4. Medley: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Good King Wenceslas -
    Hugo & Luigi with Their Children's Chorus
  5. O Come, All Ye Faithful - Chet Atkins
  6. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - Skeeter Davis
  7. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Hank Locklin
  8. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Chet Atkins
  9. The Little Drummer Boy - The Norman Luboff Choir
  10. A Christmas Festival (Medley) - Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops
  1. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Ed Ames
  2. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - The Norman Luboff Choir
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Morton Gould and His Orchestra
  4. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Al Hirt
  5. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Chet Atkins
  6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) -
    Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
  7. White Christmas - Lana Cantrell
  8. Medley: Away in a Manger / I Saw Three Ships -
    Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra and Chorus
  9. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Floyd Cramer
  10. Medley: Wassail Song / Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly - The Robert Shaw Chorale
  11. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops
  12. Silent Night - Jim Reeves

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Robert Goulet: This Christmas I Spend with You

Bah! I'm Back!!!

Yep! Looks like that lazy, good for nothin' Traitor Vic has left ya hangin' up to this point during this Holiday season so, once again, good ol' Voldar comes swingin' by from Mars to get the job done right! What in the worlds would you idiot earthlings do without folks like me? Huh?

You will note, too, that I have completely commandeered the Tuna Melt Blog for this season, adding my friend Secret-Santa's last.fm widgets in place of stupid, lazy Traitor Vic's in the sidebar. Take a bit of time to listen to his radio station if you'd like.

I am also adding an example of my own amazing acting prowess in a Music Video prepared by a puny earth-dude named SSPV999 and posted on your silly YouTube:

Bah! I Rock!

Now get this! This is a Classic! Released in 1963, it has spun on turntables and in 8-Track and Cassette players around the world since. Now you can hear it without using any of these arcane devices!

  1. This Christmas I Spend with You
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  3. December Time
  4. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
  5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  6. Silver Bells
  7. Winter Wonderland
  8. White Christmas
  9. O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
  10. Panis Angelicus
  11. Ave Maria
  12. O Come All Ye Faithful

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Zig Zag People: The Zig Zag People Take Bubble Gum Music Underground

Whoa! This Bubble Gum Tastes Kinda Funny...!

Ever wondered what happens when you let a bunch of Hippies make the Bubble Gum you're fond of chewing on? Well, wonder no more! On this record The Zig Zag People take Bubble Gum Music underground (which goes a long way toward explaining the title of the album).

The Zig Zaggers in question were, actually, apparently just a bunch of studio musicians recruited by Decca Records to cash in on both the Bubble Gum and Psychedelic music crazes that were sweeping the world in 1969. The album consists of radical reworkings of some of the top Bubble Gum hits of the day as well as two interesting original songs.

Sink yer Chompers into This!

  1. Little Bit of Soul
  2. Hanky Panky
  3. Simon Says
  4. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
  5. Sally Goes to the Dentist (Available in 8 & 16MM)
  6. 1 2 3 Red Light
  7. Chewy Chewy
  8. Indian Giver
  9. Peel it Off Your Face

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Electronic Concept Orchestra: Moog Groove

Tuna Melt gets it's Groove On... Moog Style!

The Moog Records that littered record store shelves from the late 60s through the 70s were of two different types. One type featured The Moog Synthesizer as a solo instrument and The Moog was used to synthesize, replace and/or duplicate the sounds of an entire band or orchestra. The other type featured The Moog as an instrument playing along with a more conventional Band set-up.

This record is of the Second Variety. What it lacks in Moog Purity, however, it more than makes up for in Soul, Funk and Groove. Granted, there are a few slow points ("Hey Jude" is particularly staid), but on the songs that really jump the bass, guitar and drums add a "human touch" that The Moog is incapable of recreating. Give this copy of Steppenwolf's "Rock Me" a spin and see what I mean.

  1. Aquarius
  2. Oh Happy Day
  3. Hey Jude
  4. Both Sides Now
  5. Grazing in the Grass
  6. Feelin' Groovy
  7. Penny Lane
  8. Atlantis
  9. Rock Me
  10. Windmills of Your Mind

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wayne Cochran: Wayne Cochran!

The Hardest Working White Man in Show Business!!!

Wayne Cochran was alternately known as "The White Knight of Soul" and "The White James Brown." Both names were perfectly accurate. He wore a pompadour that was larger, higher and wider than anything James (or even Esquerita, for that matter) had ever dreamed of. The flamboyance of his onstage outfits knew only the bounds of his wild-ass imagination. He put together, managed and directed an incredibly good, tight band of White musicians knowns as the C.C. Riders. And on top of all of that, he could sing like nobody's business. His was one of the best voices of Soul at a time when White People just didn't do that.

To claim that he was discriminated against by the "Soul Music" scene would be like claiming that Hank Ballard could have, if he had wanted to, joined The Augusta National Golf Club in 1963. It is important to note, though, the degree to which discrimination can eventually hurt everybody. Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders, though, were able to play some of the largest and most influential Black R&B clubs in the country and were always accepted and appreciated as the great band that they were.

Wayne, like Louis Prima, was also able to take Rock & Roll and Soul music in the Nightclubs where Lounge Music was usually played. He was always a big hit.

He became friends with Elvis, Ann-Margaret and Robert Conrad (having appeared in an episode of "Wild Wild West"). Conrad was inspired by Wayne and the Band to begin the creation of the 1970 film "C.C. Rider," which starred Joe Namath (as C.C. Rider) and Ann-Margaret and featured Wayne and the C.C. Riders in one scene.

Wayne attributes the inspiration for his Big Hair to two brothers, named Johnny and Edgar Winter, who were in a band called "It & Them" (further proof that Big Hair was, in fact, Not Invented at Hammerjacks!).

This really is a great soul album (almost more Bluesy than a lot of other soul records of the time). I would say I'm sad that I only have a Monophonic copy but I'd be lying. This sounds really fine to me.

Wayne Cochran: Wayne Cochran!

  1. Get Ready
  2. Boom Boom
  3. The Peak of Love
  4. You Don't Know Like I Know
  5. Some-A' Your Sweet Love
  6. I'm Leaving It Up to You
  7. You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover
  8. Big City Woman
  9. Little Bitty Pretty One
  10. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
  11. Get Down With It
  12. When My Baby Cries

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Have a Cocktail and Pal Around at Tuna Melt!

I present here two spectacular posts from other blogs that are directly related to items that can be found here on the Tuna Melt.

First up is another of the series of records put out by RCA Victor, back in the very early 60s, to promote their new mastering technique called Dynagroove. "Supercussion," by Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra, is presented by our buddy Lounge Tracks, operator of the magnificent Zip Your Rip.

Be sure to go get it, leave a nice "Thank You" and look all around at his other generous and wonderful offerings.

Dick Shory's Percussion Pops Orchestra: Supercussion

Next is a post from last month on one of the newer blogs to enter into Vinyl Sharity Lounge, 's Marvelous Distro, which is run by a lady named Annie D. who has already, in the short time since the blog popped up in February, exibited very fine taste in Out-of-Print Vinyl Music.

Here you'll find a 4 disc set from Reader's Digest called "South Sea Island Magic." It's similar to the 5 disc set that I posted back in February, "Hawaiian Paradise," and is filled with extremely nice music of the Islands. The link I include here is simply for the month of March (as each disc was posted separately), so I hope you'll use this as an introduction to the quality work that Annie D. puts out every Friday. Note, too, the logo in the lower right hand corner of the album jacket. This Too is a Dynagroove Recording!

Various Artists: South Sea Island Magic

I'll be the first to admit that The Tuna Melt is hardly a Strictly Lounge Music Blog and it ain't gonna become one any time soon. At the same time, though, I'll also admit that the Lounge Music Blogs are the ones that I pay the most attention to. Statistics show, too, that The Tuna Melt's regular readers pay a tiny bit more attention to the Lounge Music posted here than to any other type (only a teeny tiny bit, though).

That being the case, I can't help but take this opportunity to turn you guys on to some really incredibly cool stuff out there on the web. These are the places where I find the most interesting and inspirational music to listen to while sipping a cocktail or two (or three... or...). Yep! These are the places that Drive Me to Drink! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Hic!!!

There's been an Explosion of new Lounge Music Blogs lately and the new ones deserve to be pointed out. Also... I'm going to list the blogs that have been around for a few years for those of you who may be new to this scene.

I present them here in Alphabetical Order.

36 15 Moog: The Moog was Really Big in the Seventies, and was never embraced by most Rock Groups, so it was up to the former purveyors of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, and those that followed them, to pick up the ball and run with it.

Basic Hip: One of the Grandest of Grandaddies of the Vinyl Sharity Scene (and one of the few remaining), this site is home to all sorts of amazing stuff. Be sure to check out the Basic Hip Digital Gold section.

Bongolong Land: This one does not necessarily concentrate on "Lounge Music," but it has offered up some really great Lounge posts in the past.

Bryan's Lounge: Another new one (I'm adding this to the list in January, 2009). This fellow has a really interesting collection of records and compilations of music of both the Lounge/Easy and Library Music varieties. Nice Stuff!

The Crime Lounge: This one IS ALL LOUNGE MUSIC. But it is ALSO, ONLY LOUNGE MUSIC of the SPY, PRIVATE EYE and CRIME varieties. And really... Who in his right mind wouldn't like to have martinis with James Bond?

Dr. Forrest's Cheeze Factory: Obsessed with Funny (and Just Plain Weird), this Comedy-centric Sharity Blog has been known post some of the stranger records of the Cocktail and Lounge genre.

Easy Listening World: Lots of Beautiful Music and Television Tunes from England.

Easy Music: Georgy shares Lots of Light and Easy Music for your Listening Pleasure. He's in Russia, so a lot of this is stuff you ain't never gonna get at Best Buy.

Fear and Loathing with... ElCrowley: Not only Lounge and Exotica, but lots of it.

Grooves of Delight: Absolutely Fantastic! Go NOW!

Hall of Records: INACTIVE since APRIL, 2007. Still some good stuff (Arthur Lyman anybody?) there, though.

Higher Than Fi: The New Kid on the Blog-Block! If you've ever heard Jet Set Planet you're sure to look forward to what the future holds in store. If you haven't, go here now and get into the groove.

The Hot Sauce Lounge: I tend to put Hot Sauce (of one type or another) on just about everything I eat, so this one holds a special place in my heart. Or maybe it's because he digs The Rat Pack so much. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...?

J. David Williams' Sharity: Not a Blog so much as a Sharity Page on his Personal Site. Posts (from Vinyl and Reel-to-Reel Tapes) rotate out after a while, so check back every so often.

Junkyard Sparkle: NO POSTS since JUNE of 2007, but there's still some good stuff there.

Kelly's Lounge Sounds: Another New Lounge Blog! I say "The More the Merrier!," especially if they're all as good as this one. Kelly has some really nice stuff posted already (Peggy Lee & George Shearing, Sarah Vaughan, Les Baxter, Matt Monro, etc...) and promises much more from his years as a radio DJ. Get over there now and check it out.

Kono Tiki Island: INACTIVE since JANUARY, 2007. If there are holes in your Exotica collection, though, you might be able to fill them here.

Licorice Pizza: Without a Doubt one of my all time faves. An amazing collection of some of the best stuff I've ever sipped to.

Loronix: The Smooth Sounds of Lounge from Brazil. Lossa Bossa Nova!

Lounge Legends - Instrumentals Forever: I got two words for ya - Hugo Montenegro. Here... Two More - Horst Jankowsi. Got it? Go get it!

LP's Vinyl Lounge Hut: The Name Pretty Much Say's It All! An astounding collection of Thrift Store Gems.

Mexicovers: A great supplier of Easy Pop with a South of the Border slant.

morghini.net: Five mixes of great NOW Sound Pop.

Music and Memories: Ultra-Lounge, Henry Mancini & Lots of Soundtracks

Música do Bem: Classic Lounge Sounds.

Phil Musical's Lounge Corner: Bossa Nova, Mambos, Cha Cha Chas, Easy Listening, Lounge, Space Age Pop, etc... Really Great Stuff!

Psychotic Leisure Music: Okay. He post's a lot of other stuff, but Kevin's got a great deal of Esquivel and The Three Suns and that makes him okay with me!

Rangeraver's Departure Lounge: Great Shares and Tremendous Custom Compilations.

Rato Records Blog: Lots of Loungey Stuff in the mix. Shares are posted for one week only, so visit regularly.

RockOverGraceland: NO POSTS since January, but it's gotta be back sometime. It Just Has To!

Shoddity: NO POSTS since Four Months Before The Wedding, but still some great shares.

Singin' and Swingin': A remarkable collection of some of the smoothest sounds you'll ever let caress your eardrums.

Snow Day: Thrift Store Vinyl Sharity. One Month at a Time.

Sounds of Champaign (Side 2): Great Stuff! Much from Europe.

Stax o' Wax: Esther (with help from Starbuck and Snickerdoodle) pulls great stuff from the Thrift Bins!

TAM TAM & Mélodie: INACTIVE since FEBRUARY, 2007. This blog posted great Easy Shares from Exotic Locales. Many are Still Available.

Third Island: Mr. Snookles shares remarkable finds from Australia.

Thrift Store DJ: Some of my current favorites were found here!

Ultra Swank: Great Shares, Architectural Nostalgia and Custom Compilations from The Netherlands.

Vinyl Room: The Easiest of Easy Listening. Lots of great stuff here!

Whoops: Lounge, Easy and Library shares as well as Custom Compilations from France.

The Wild Palms: Extremely nice and easy shares from a fellow in The Netherlands.

Xtabay's World: He's calmed down a bit as of late (and begun posting items that aren't as Exotic[a] as the ones he used to specialize in), but Xtabay is still the King of Exotica Sharity!

Your Pal Doug: He Really IS Your Pal! And he's got a Record of the Moment Page Dealy.

Note: There are plenty of other blogs that share Lounge Music, but these are the ones that do it most consistently to my knowledge. If I've missed any that you know of, please let me know of them so that I can add them to my list of current obsessions.

So there! Ya'll get out there and get some good stuff! And, while you're there, show them your love and your appreciation.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Mike Melvoin: Keys to Your Mind

Open Your Mind Up to Tuna Melt!

Mike Melvoin is well known nowadays as "The Plastic Cow," being the artist who released 1970's "The Plastic Cow Goes Moooooog," and for playing the keyboards on The Beach Boy's "Good Vibrations."

On top of that, he's arranged for and worked with such greats as Lou Rawls, Bill Henderson, Peggy Lee, Joe Williams, Billy Ekstine, Barry Manilow, Pat Boone, The Four Freshmen, Jon Davidson, The Partridge Family, Tom Waits and Wayne Newton.

This is a "pre-Moog" record from 1966. It may not have an actual synthesizer on it, but on top of standard keyboard instruments such as the Concert Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ and even a Tack Piano, he also includes an Ondioline (which he refers to as his "Secret Weapon"). The Ondioline was a vacuum-tube powered keyboard instrument, invented in France in 1941, that was built on springs so that an artist could shake and wiggle it in order to achieve an actual vibrato.

Lots of wiggly jiggly Beatles and Bacarach on this one!

Mike Melvoin: Keys to Your Mind

  1. Sweet Talkin' Guy
  2. Looking with My Eyes
  3. Eleanor Rigby
  4. Here, There and Everywhere
  5. Paperback Writer
  6. Along Comes Mary
  7. Summer in the City
  8. Are You There
  9. For No One
  10. You Are My Sunshine
  11. I Want to Tell You
  12. Keys to Your Mind

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Sid Ramin & Orchestra: New Thresholds in Sound

No Way! That's Even More Dynagroovy!

Okay. It might not be MORE DYNAGROOVY, but it is Definately MORE of the DYNAGROOVE EXPERIENCE!

This one, by Sid Ramin, rocks just as hard as the one by Marty Gold but it's not quite as inventive. There's very little Tuba action here. Still, it's a really great record and I'm sure it helped make a lot of dudes really happy with their recently purchased console stereos back in 1963.

Speaking of which... Remember that in 1963 there weren't that many Stereo systems out there. The amazing Stereo Action series that RCA produced in 1961 and 1962 was aimed at a Very Tiny, but Well Heeled, audience that was made up, mostly, of single men with enough disposable income to shell out for a stereo system (hence the tag "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music").

I had a roomate who worked at a record store back in about 1985. He had all these goofballs who knew not a damn thing about music coming into the store and asking him which CDs they should buy, as CDs were the New Perfect (and, at the time, rather expensive) Thing. He would offer his recommendations and they would purchase a huge load of good music. A week later, they would come back into the store wanting to sell the CDs back and asking which new ones they should get this time. It wasn't that they didn't like what they'd heard, it was just that they had Tiny Brains and Big Fat Wallets.

Too bad that the Record Companies had forgotten how to sell Demonstration Records by that point.

I know that there were at least three others in this series (and I swear I've got a copy of Dick Schory's "Supercussion" around here somewhere), as well as several compilation releases designed to demonstrate the amazing capabilities of Dynagroove, so if any other bloggers offer them you need to grab them up! I'll keep my eyes open in the Thrift Stores around town for 'em. Don't Worry!

Sid Ramin & Orchestra: New Thresholds in Sound

  1. Strike Up the Band
  2. Granada
  3. The Sweetest Sounds
  4. April in Paris
  5. Varsity Drag
  6. Embraceable You
  7. Spring Is Here
  8. Swanee
  9. I Believe in You
  10. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
  11. Hernando's Hideaway
  12. Bewitched

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Marty Gold & His Orchestra: SOUNDPOWER! Music to the Limits of Audibility

Man! That's Dynagroovy!

The Wikipedia entry on Dynagroove reads as follows:

"Dynagroove is a recording process introduced in 1963 exclusive to RCA Victor that, for the first time, utilized computers ("electronic brains") to modify the audio signal fed to the recording stylus (chisel-shaped) of a phonograph record to make the groove shape conform to the tracking requirements of the playback stylus (ball-point shaped). RCA claimed that Dynagroove had the effect of adding brilliance and clarity, realistic presence, full-bodied tone and virtually eliminated surface noise and inner groove distortion. In addition, Dynagroove recordings were mastered on RCA Magnetic Tape. Hans H. Fantel (who wrote liner notes on the first Dynagroove releases) summed it up with, "[Dynagroove] adds up to what is, in my opinion, a remarkable degree of musical realism. The technique is ingenious and sophisticated, but its validation is simple: the ear confirms it!"

"The process was not received well by some industry commentators, such as the founder of Stereophile magazine, J. Gordon Holt, who in December 1964 wrote a highly unfavourable article entitled "Down with Dynagroove!". Dynagroove was also sharply criticized by Goddard Lieberson of the competing label Columbia Records, who called it "a step away from the faithful reproduction of the artist's performance;" and by Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound, who termed it "Dynagrove, for that wooden sound." Holt, a noted audio engineer and writer of the 1960s and 1970s, slammed Dynagroove as introducing "pre-distortion" into the mastering process, making the records sound worse if they were played on high-quality phono systems.

RCA discontinued Dynagroove without fanfare in the late 1970s."

Whether it was a step forward or a step backward can (and, I'm sure, will) be argued by the experts 'til they're all blue in the face. The fact is that RCA created an entire slate of releases produced specifically in order to show the extreme dynamic capabilities of the Dynagroove process and those records are treasured to this very day for the music more than the recording technology involved.

One such recording (my personal favorite of the lot) is "SOUNDPOWER! Music to the Limits of Audiobility" by Marty Gold and His Orchestra. This is one killer record. Marty uses it as a opportunity to stretched his highs and lows as far apart as possible using the entire orchestra in dramatically inventive and creative ways.

If you've never heard "I Concentrate on You" performed on a Tuba, now's your chance!

Marty Gold & His Orchestra: SOUNDPOWER! Music to the Limits of Audibility

  1. I'll Remember April
  2. Stella By Starlight
  3. The Moon Was Yellow
  4. The Terry Theme from "Limelight"
  5. Without a Song
  6. Harlem Nocturne
  7. Shangri-La
  8. A String of Pearls
  9. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  10. I Concentrate on You
  11. Till There Was You
  12. Misty

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Andy Williams: To You Sweetheart, Aloha

Let's Go Back to Hawai‘i!!!

Of course, we here at The Tuna Melt prefer to refer to them as The Sandwich Islands, but we love going there whatever you call 'em.

And this time we're going with Andy Williams, so it should be a perfectly smooth trip. Andy released this one in 1960, while he was signed to Cadence records, and it's filled with Hapa Haole gems.

Classic, baby!

Andy Williams: To You Sweetheart, Aloha

  1. To You Sweetheart, Aloha
  2. Blue Hawaii
  3. I'll Weave a Lei of Stars for You
  4. Sweet Leilani
  5. The Moon of Mankoora
  6. The Hawaiian Wedding Song
  7. Song of the Islands
  8. A Song of Old Hawaii
  9. Love Song of Kalua
  10. Beyond the Reef
  11. Ka-Lu-A
  12. Aloha Oe

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra: The New Ebb Tide

Hey! Look what washed up at Tuna Melt!

Frank Chacksfield's biggest hits were "Ebb Tide" and "(Terry's Theme from) Limelight," both released in 1953. In 1960 he rerecorded "Ebb Tide" in stereo and surrounded it with 10 other songs about water for a collection entitled "The New Ebb Tide" in Decca's London Phase 4 Stereo series.

Not much else to say about this one, so, here it is!

Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra: The New Ebb Tide

  1. Ebb Tide
  2. How Deep Is the Ocean
  3. Deep River
  4. Stranger on the Shore
  5. Moonlight on the Ganges
  6. Sea Mist
  7. Shenandoah
  8. La Mer
  9. Moon River
  10. Sleepy Lagoon
  11. Victory at Sea: Song of the High Seas / Submarines in a Calm Sea

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jack W. Hester Presents: The Rapture (A Narrative Drama of the Second Coming of Christ)

Tuna Melt Gonna Scare You to Jesus, for Christ's Sake!!!

I've been horribly frightened by three different experiences involving mass media in my lifetime.

One of those took place on September 11, 2001, was immediately reported on both Television and Radio, and should require no explanation.

Another instance, this one centered around a Motion Picture, occurred upon my attendance at the local showing of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" in 1978. I had been a bit too young to see "Night of the Living Dead" when it came out but, since Romero waited an entire decade to produce the sequel, I was at just the correct demographic age (probably 16 or so) to experience the Second of the Best Zombie Movies Ever Made.

If you haven't seen the movie, I'll let you know only that most of it takes place in a Shopping Mall.

So... Guess where I was working at the time?!? Yep!!! A Shopping Mall!!!

Walking around in the hallways and tunnels that ran behind the stores became incredibly spooky all of a sudden.

Scared of Zombies!?! Yep! You can bet I was!

A Zombie could be Anybody, for Pete's Sake!!!

Your Mama Could Be a ZOMBIE!!!



Are You Ready for the Onslaught? Find Out Now!!!

The other event that involved Mass Media and scared the livin' crap out of me occurred when This Record came out.

For one thing... It was Played on the Morning Radio Show in my hometown!!!

Yep... The fellow who used to host the television show on which all us little children were lined up on bleachers to meet Mister Monty and Mister Doohickey also worked on the local Radio Station (back in the days when The Newspaper, The Television Station and The Radio Station in One City could all be owned by one company - an idea which is currently being rallied for by those corporations that fought to have it made illegal about 20 years ago). Hearing Mr. Monty play this record on the radio (along with disclaimers to make sure he didn't crank up another "War of the Worlds" scenario) was enough to convince me that should be taken seriously. On top of that... They played it for us kids (the boys, at least) at the church that my family was attending at the time.

One result was that I was afraid to go to the Bathroom (Just to Pee, for Pete's Sake) at the Church for YEARS after being forced to absorb this crap! I was TERRIFIED that JESUS CHRIST would WALK IN BEFORE I GOT MY PANTS ZIPPED!!! I eventually got over it and figured out that Unreasonable Fear is, well... Unreasonable.

For those of you unfamiliar with "The Rapture" (in Christian eschatology), it is the name given to the future event in which Jesus Christ will descend from Heaven, accompanied by the spirits of all of the saints of God who have already passed on, after which the bodily remains of these saints are transported from the earth to meet the Lord and be rejoined with their corresponding spirits in the air. Immediately following this, all Christians alive on the earth are simultaneously transported to meet the Lord and those who have preceded them in the air. It's The Second Coming of Christ, in other words.

You can get the idea that this could be frightening to the rest of those left wandering around on Earth, wondering what the heck just took place.

Please allow me to point out that, according to this account, the vast majority of us will be enjoying Grand Funk on our radio sets at the time of Christ's return (which suits me just fine). And references made, on this album, to "The Jetport" are the result of my hometown actually referring to it's local airport as "The Jetport" until the mid-90s.

I've divided this record into three parts:

Part 1 is the Introduction - interesting to a degree, but rather ignorable in my opinion.

Part 2 is the HORRIFIC REALITY of THE RAPTURE as Reported on RADIO!!!

Part 3 is a couple of guys reading stuff from the Bible and Preaching.

Jack W. Hester Presents: The Rapture (A Narrative Drama of the Second Coming of Christ)
  1. Introduction
  3. A Couple of Guys Reading Stuff from the Bible and Preaching

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Horslips: Happy to Meet… Sorry to Part

The Jig Is Up at Tuna Melt!

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, too!

Horslips was, if not THE, one of The Original Celtic Rock bands, coming together in Dublin in 1970. They originally got together as a fake band for a Harp Lager commercial and, since they had gone to the trouble of recruiting a keyboard player for the ad, decided they might as well make a go of it, taking the name "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." They later modified the name, via a spoonerism, into "The Four Poxmen on The Horslypse" which was eventually shortened to Horslypse and, then, Horslips.

"Happy to Meet… Sorry to Part" was their first full length album, recorded and released in1972. It consists mostly of traditional Irish melodies and was the fastest selling album in Ireland for 8 years.

  1. Happy to Meet
  2. Hall of Mirrors
  3. The Clergy's Lamentation
  4. An Bratach Bán
  5. The Shamrock Shore
  6. Flower Among Them All
  7. Bim Istigh Agōl
  8. Furniture
  9. Ace and Deuce
  10. Dance to Yer Daddy
  11. High Reel
  12. Scalloway Ripoff
  13. The Musical Priest
  14. Sorry to Part

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rusty Warren: Knockers UP! & Bounces Back

Grab Yourself a Handful!

Rusty Warren made 14 "naughty" Party Records starting in the late 50s and continuing into the 70s. Amazingly, seven of them achieved Gold Record status despite their being deemed "too dirty" for airplay on commercial radio.

She has since joked that her songs could serve as nursery rhymes these days, due to our "relaxed" standards of decency, but back then t
his was groundbreaking stuff! And not just because its risqué. At the time, almost no one spoke this openly about sex and relationships in public, but for a woman to do it was particularly unheard of. And the fact that Rusty is a woman also gives her humor a different spin from the other Party Records of the time, which were recorded primarily by men and were decidedly more raunchy.

Rusty brought sexual humor to a mainstream audience made up of both genders. More importantly, though, is the fact that Rusty spoke of women as sexual creatures with feelings, desires and the ability to use their own minds.
As much as these records might seem to be at odds with what has since come to define "feminism," Rusty introduced her audiences to strong women who knew what they wanted and how to get it.

NOTE: These albums are available, from Rusty's own website, on CD!
The links below lead to the page from which they (and other items) can be purchased.

Rusty Warren: Knockers UP!
  1. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  2. In the Family Way
  3. Frankie and Johnny
  4. Knockers UP!
  5. You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You

  1. Rusty’s Back in Town
  2. A Very Sensitive Subject
  3. Say Thank You
  4. When a Woman Wants It
  5. It Ain’t Kirk Douglas
  6. Big Knockers
  7. Little Knockers
  8. Ode to Gertrude and Agnes
  9. Meet the Audience
  10. In a Car it Doesn’t Count
  11. Naked
  12. Freedom
  13. Bounce Your Boobies
  14. Make Someone Happy

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Anita Kerr Singers: Reflect (on the Hits of Burt Bacharach & Hal David)

What's it All About, Anita?

The Anita Kerr Singers (and The Anita Kerr Quartet) were originally based in Nashville and were heavily involved in the creation of the "Countrypolitan" Nashville Sound. Any ideas that they were limited to working in Country Music, however, need to be tossed out immediately. Kerr, herself, was a multi-talented arranger, conductor and producer of a huge number of records of a wide range of styles.

She had moved to Hollywood by the time she recorded this album, in 1969, and was primarily involved in arranging and recording Orchestral Pop material. Combined with the amazing songwriting talents of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, her production on this record is nothing less than astounding.

Get her whole story at: http://www.anitakerr.com/

The Anita Kerr Singers: Reflect (on the Hits of Burt Bacharach & Hal David)
  1. What's New Pussycat?
  2. Alfie
  3. Are You There (With Another Girl)
  4. In Between the Heartaches
  5. The Windows of the World
  6. Do You Know the Way to San Jose
  7. Don't Make Me Over
  8. Walk On By
  9. Whoever You Are, I Love You
  10. I Say a Little Prayer
  11. The Look of Love
  12. A House is Not a Home
  13. What the World Needs Now is Love

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Sounds Galactic: An Astromusical Odyssey

Re-Upped and Re-Mastered! An Astromusical Odyssey.

This one was up for a relatively short time on the old site and it's a Really Awesome record, so I figured I'd better post it again.

This record is a Space Age Pop Monster. The back of the cover contains the only clue to it's actual contents in that it sports a line that says "Arrangements JOHN KEATING".

I find it rather hard to believe that Arranging was the only thing John Keating did on this record, though, as it is easily comparable to Keating's "Space Experience" records. It's possible that someone else conducted the orchestra, but it certainly has the John Keating Sound (including a fair amount of synthesizer work).

If you didn't get it before, you now have another opportunity. DO NOT LET THIS ONE PASS YOU BY!

Sounds Galactic: An Astromusical Odyssey
  1. Theme from '2001'
  2. Spinning Wheel
  3. Aquarius
  4. Nocturne
  5. Across the Universe
  6. Up, Up and Away
  7. Good Morning Starshine
  8. Telstar
  9. Clair De Lune
  10. Round Trip Mars

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Melachrino Strings: Music & More Music for Relaxation

I Sure Hope You're Stressed Out!

Okay. I don't, actually, but since I said I hoped you were hungry when I posted "Music for Dining" & "More Music for Dining", by The Melachrino Strings, back in April of last year I figured that would be an appropriate sentiment with which to introduce this post.

Continuing with his attempts at Lifestyle Modification Though Music, George Melachrino conducted these two records in 1958 and 1961, respectively.
The first is called "Music for Relaxation"and relaxing is what it is, boy howdy! Of course, that's what George did best.

  1. Berceuse de Jocelyn
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. While We're Young
  4. Star Dust
  5. Portrait of a Lady
  6. Valse Bluette
  7. By the Sleepy Lagoon
  8. La Golondrina (The Swallow)
  9. La Serenata
  10. Moonlight Serenade
  11. Vision d' Amour
  12. Estrellita
The second is actually posted on a different blog. I had been planning to post it, along with the first of the two, for a while but my copy is in pretty bad shape and would've been very difficult to get a clean rip off of. That problem was solved by our buddy Rich, who posted a beautiful VBR copy of it over on his site, LP's Vinyl Lounge Hut. The link to this record will take you to his original post, but I encourage you to tour around the entire site and check out his other Ultra-Lounge, Easy-Listening, Exotica and other Hard to Find offerings.

  1. Alone
  2. The Champagne Waltz
  3. Poor Butterfly
  4. Drifting and Dreaming
  5. Fascination
  6. Among My Souvenirs / Chopin Nocture in E
  7. The Four Seasons
  8. Paradise
  9. Serenade in Blue / Schubert's Serenade
  10. Mam'selle
  11. Misty
  12. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You / Softly, Softly

Do not attempt to operate a Motor Vehicle, Manned Aeronautic
Craft or Large Countertop Appliances while under the influence of these records.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Various Artists: Badger A-Go-Go

Dat Tooner Melt Got Good Toons, Aina Hey?

If you ever sipped cold water from a bubbler and wished it was PBR, this is one record you're gonna want! It's a compilation featuring bands representing the Milwaukee New Music Scene of the late 80s and early 90s such as Die Kreuzen, E-I-E-I-O, Plasticland and Couch Flambeau.

Liner notes on the back cover read: "15 of the Greatest Sounds. Here's the lp that had to happen. The swingin' sounds of the Badger State that have made it Nationally.

Without a doubt, this lp is a collector's item… representing Contemporary Sounds, R&B, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll, Calypso, Folk Rock, and the Mod Sound.

Not only is this a great lp for listening and dancing… It's a party in itself."

So… Grab yourself a twelver of Pabsts, and few links of Goose Liver Sausage and a wheel of Medium Sharp Cheddar and Get Ready to Get Down!

Various Artists: Badger A-Go-Go
  1. Danelectro - Liquid Pink
  2. I'm Gonna Emphasize - Plasticland
  3. Downer Street - Squares
  4. The American Way - Dummy Club
  5. K.I.D. - Boy Dirt Car
  6. Can't Sit Down - Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans
  7. Seasons of Wither - Die Kreuzen
  8. Helvetica - Couch Flambeau
  9. Grievance in F#m - The Blowtorch
  10. Mrs. Wilson - Cherry Cake
  11. Stop at the Left…Look to the Right - F/i
  12. Play with Pain - Appliances-SFB
  13. Blood on the Saddle - Brian Ritchie & The Ghostly Trio
  14. Gonna Get Gone - E-I-E-I-O
  15. My Mother Still Likes Me - Voot Warnings