The Great Groups

Another album, another round of various artists. As much as I love a good mix, entering these is rough on the wrists!

I’m happy to be back though. I haven’t thanked you for your patience while I posted an entry every six months or so! Between needing to pay for upgrades on this and my roommate being sick, it was rough for a while. The roomie’s new treatment is working for his CIDP so I can finally focus back here. I don’t want to get into that though, it’s all about the music here!

I promise I’m back for real and will get to the singles soon! I’m hoping by my birthday, April 28th (send gifts! cookies!), to have reached them.


The Great Groups

Various Artists

Side One

In the Mood – The King Sisters
You, You, You – The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and his Orch.
Star Dust – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch; the Pied Pipers
I’ll be with You in Apple Blossom Time – Andrew Sisters
You Always Hurt the One You Love – Mills Brothers

Side Two

Street of Dreams – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch; the Pied Pipers
Ole Buttermilk Sky – The Mello-Larks
‘Till Then – Mills Brothers
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen – Andrew Sisters
Dream – The Pied Pipers
Rag Mop – Ames Brothers with Sid Ramin’s Orchestra

Side Three

Paper Doll – Mills Brothers
Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive – The King Sisters with Buddy Cole and his Orch.
I’ll Never Smile Again – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch.; The Pied Pipers
Twilight Time – The Three Suns
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Ames Borthers

Side Four

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrew Sisters
Melodie d’Amour (Melody of Love) – The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and his Orch.
Moonglow – The King Sisters with The Rhythm “Reys”
Peg O’ My Heart – Harmonicats
There Are Such Things – Tommy Dorsey and his Orch.; The Pied Pipers
This Land is Your Land – The Limeliters

New music, new music, new music!!

Oh my gosh! It has been so long, I’ve actually picked up a decent amount of “My Own Albums”.

First, there was that Bob Marley post before I disappeared, but there’s more! I am so happy to be settled in more and able to start posting again, I really did miss you guys, but I’m too lazy to get up and do any actual work right now. It’s Friday, it’s been a long week and my dogs are baaarking. I did manage to see some free music today down by City Hall in Boston, but damn those cobblestones at Faneuil are a pain after a while. I have no clue what the name of the band was but they were friends of friends of friends. You know how that goes.

Back on track, new music. What do I have for my own albums?

The Lumineers

A Coca Cola Steel Drum Band (random amazing $1 purchase)

Wu Tang; 36 Chambers


Bon Iver

A classical album, ya know, just a Bolero to spice it up

Hood Internet


I think that’s most of it. I feel like there is some more that the roomie got me or I got him but I really can’t remember. I kind of panic at the record store. I spent more time flipping through and trying to decide that I only end up with one at a time. Do I go totally quirky and nuts or stay true to the top hits of the collection’s past? Then I’m like well, how do I even start to fill in the 90s, there’s a gap there! And, I mean there are some from the early 2000s, but if I stay on track with the top hits, damn, I better win the lottery! If you guys have suggestions, let me know in the comments. Please, I need your help! What would your top albums be from the 1990s? From Y2K? 2005?

Also, you should be liking the darn Facebook page already people! There’s some funny links from Buzzfeed, links to cool stuff like a Wu Tang inspired menu in Boston this week and more, MUCH MORE!!

Oh and also, Dawson and Daria do say hi. They’re busy trying to steal the roomie’s Subway so they can’t pose.

Who Is The Father Of Diva, Moon Unit, Dweezil and Ahmet?

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, recording engineer, record producer and film director.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

He was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was one of rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.


200 Motels

Zoot Allures

American Gold

American Gold

Various Artists

Album One

Side One

The Rooftop Singers – Walk Right In
Highwaymen – Michael
Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley
Laurie London – He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
The Singing Nun – Dominique

Side Two

Tennesse Ernie Ford – Sixteen tons
Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billy Joe
Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon
Kay Starr – Bonaparte’s Retreat
Tom Jones – Green, Green Grass of Home

Album Two

Side One

Vic Dana – Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Four Preps – 26 Miles
Martin Denny – Quiet Village
Jo Stafford – No Other Love
Ames Brothers – Sentimental Man

Side Two

Engelbert Humperdinck – The Last Waltz
Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra – Love Is Blue (L’Amour Est Bleu)
Emilio Pericelli – Al Di La
Horst Jankowski – A Walk In the Black Forest
Don Rondo – White Silver Sands
Al Martino – Spanish Eyes

Album Three

Side One

McGuire Sisters – Sugartime
Burl Ives – Funny Way of Laughin’
Roger Williams – Autumn Leaves
Art & Dotty Todd – Chanson D’Amour
Don Ho – Tiny Bubbles

Side Two

Rusty Draper – Shifting, Whispering Sands
June Valli – The Wedding
Archie Bleyer – Hernando’s Hideaway
Ted Weems – Heartaches
Toni Arden – Padre
Billy Vaughn – Sail Along Silvery Moon

Album Four

Side One

The Platters – The Great Pretender
Peggy Lee – Fever
Ray Anthony – Peter Gunn
Debbie Reynolds – Tammy
Gogi Grant – The Wayward Wind

Side Two

Dean Martin – Memories Are Made of This
Gale Storm – Dark Moon
Sonny James – Young Love
Patti Page – Old Cape Cod
David Rose – The Stripper

Album Five

Side One

Lloyd Price – Personality
Dinah Washington – What a Diff’rence a Day Makes
Billy Williams – I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Jimmy Dorsey – So Rare
Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife

Side Two

Louis Armstrong – Hello, Dolly!
Mills Brothers – Yellow Bird
Bobby Helms – My Special Angel
Sarah Vaughan – Broken Hearted Melody
Lucille Starr – The French Song

The Sound of Christmas: Volume 2

The Sound of Christmas: Volume 2

Various Artists

Side One

The Hollywood Pops Orchestra – Christmas Colors (Medley): Deck the Hall / Silent Night / We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Tennessee Ernie Ford – The Virgin’s Slumber Song
Peggy Lee – The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole – Deck the Hall
Bing Crosby – Medley: What Child Is This / The Holly and the Ivy
The Hollywood Pops Orchestra – Caroling, Caroling

Side Two

Nancy Wilson – The Christmas Waltz
The Lettermen – Silent Night
Glen Campbell – Christmas Is For Children
The Hollywood Pops Orchestra – A Dream of Toyland
Franco Corelli – Ave Maria
The Hollywood Pops Orchestra  and Nat King Cole – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Those Memory Years

Those Memory Years: Volume One

Various Artists

Side One

Les Brown and His Band of Renown and The Ames Brothers – Sentimental Journey
Ben Bernie and His Orchestra – Au Revoir Pleasant Dreams
Judy Garland and Gene Kelly – For Me and My Gal
Hoagy Carmichael – Stardust
Ethel Smith and The Bando Carioca – Tico Tico
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra – When the Saints Go Marching In
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra – Where or When

Side Two

Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra – Sugar Blues
Walter Huston – September Song
Ted Weems and His Orchestra – Heartaches
Woody Herman and His Orchestra – Woodchopper’s Ball
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra – Peg O’ My Heart
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians – Buckle Down, Winsocki

Those Memory Years: Volume Two

Various Artists

Side One

Jimmy Durante with Six Hits and a Miss – Inka Dinka Doo
Pearl Bailey – Nobody
Carmen Cavallaro – Chopin’s Polonaise
Eddie Cantor – Makin’ Whoopee
Ink Spots – Maybe
Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra – Deep Purple
The Modernaires – Chattanooga Choo Choo

Side Two

Liberace – Fascination
Mills Brothers – You Always Hurt the One You Love
Nat King Cole and His Trio – Honeysuckle Rose
Wayne King and His Orchestra – Melody of Love
Ray Eberle, The Modernaires and Tex Beneke and His Orchestra – Elmer’s Tune
The Four Aces – Mister Sandman
Count Basie and His Orchestra – One O’Clock Jump

A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars is an American epic space opera film series created by George Lucas. The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy’s final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released. The three films were also released at three-year intervals, with the final film released on May 19, 2005.

Currently, the overall box office revenue generated by the Star Wars films has totaled at $4.49 billion, making it the third-highest-grossing film series, behind only the Harry Potter and James Bond films.

Star Wars

Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Side One

First Movement : Main Title
Second Movement: Princes Leia’s Theme
Third Movement: The Little People
Cantina Band
Fourth Movement: The Battle

Side Two

Star Wars Suite
Suite From Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Al Hirt

Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was an American trumpeter and bandleader. He is best remembered for his million selling recordings of “Java” and the accompanying album Honey in the Horn, and for the theme song to The Green Hornet.

After a stint as a bugler in the United States Army during World War II, Hirt performed with various Swing big bands, including those of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Ina Ray Hutton. Hirt posted twenty two albums on the Billboard charts in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964, Hirt scored a hit single with his cover of Allen Toussaint’s tune “Java”, and later won a Grammy Award for the same recording.

The Best of Al Hirt

Side One

Stranger in Paradise
Bourbon Street Parade
The Best Man (With Ann-Margret)
Stella by Starlight
Holiday for Trumpet

Side Two

I Love Paris
Sugar Lips
Poor Butterfly
Cotton Candy
Love Makes the World Go ‘Round
When the Saints Go Marching In

Nelson Riddle

Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith household names. He found commercial and critical success again in the 1980s with a trio of Platinum albums with vocalist Linda Ronstadt.

The Best of Nelson Riddle

Side One

Lisbon Antigua
The Green Leaves of Summer
Naked City Theme
Younger Than Springtime
The Untouchables

Side Two

Route 66 Theme
I’m Getting’ Sentimental Over You
Brother John
Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
De Guello