You Can Call Paul Simon Al


I’ve been thinking about karaoke a lot lately. Not exactly sure why, but I’ve been craving a night on the microphone singing other people’s songs. What’s that have to do with Paul Simon? Not too much aside from the fact that if I had to pick one of his songs to do, it would be this single. The chorus is catchy and I happen to know the words where I’m not as familiar with some of his other work.

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

“You Can Call Me Al” is a song by Paul Simon, the first single released from his album Graceland. The song originally charted in the U.S. at No. 44 in October 1986 but it was reissued with greater promotion in March 1987 and hit No. 23. In the UK it peaked at No. 4, while in Sweden and the Netherlands it reached No. 2.

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Side One

You Can Call Me Al

Side Two

Gumboots


In honor of my dad’s twelfth anniversary of his passing, I’m asking people to donate $12.00 to the Special Olympics. You can visit my fundraising page for their Over the Edge event by clicking HERE. This is my second year participating and I hope to make it one of the biggest years to date!

For more on the Athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts and how you can get involved visit http://www.specialolympicsma.org. 

Thank you so much for your support!!

Dad15

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: N.W.A. – Panic Zone


N.W.A. – Panic Zone (written by Krazy Dee, A. Young, and Arabian Prince and produced by Dr. Dre)

In lieu of the biopic that is soon to be released in theaters, I figured it was time to rock some N.W.A. It doesn’t hurt that my neighbors play repetitive reggaeton beats all day and I have to listen if I want the windows open.

There’s not much to say about this epic supergroup, although not because they were successful individuals that came together but because they all left to pursue lucrative careers. Dr. Dre’s early production demonstrates his development as an artist later. I’m not the biggest fan of Ice Cube, but N.W.A. is so good and more relatable than his personal ambitions and statements lyrically. Every time that I play “Panic Zone” or “Dope Man” on the B-side, I do remember that I like his music and should try to get into it more. Ice Tea, I mean “hello?!”- how can you not love his ability to make serious drama into a danceable sing along. He is such an amazing entertainer. And Eazy E must not be passed over. This is the only maxi-single that we have in our collection with Eazy and I don’t like that. I want more of his music in our catalogue!

Thank you Erica for this important piece that you let me unwrap at Christmas last year, because everybody needs a little N.W.A. in their summertime mixes.

– Mr. Richard

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Are You Pebbles’ Mercedes Boy?


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Side One

Mercedes Boy

Side Two

Mercedes Boy


In honor of my dad’s twelfth anniversary of his passing, I’m asking people to donate $12.00 to the Special Olympics. You can visit my fundraising page for their Over the Edge event by clicking HERE. This is my second year participating and I hope to make it one of the biggest years to date!

For more on the Athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts and how you can get involved visit http://www.specialolympicsma.org. 

Thank you so much for your support!!

Dad8

The First Man In The Moon


I used to love reading, devouring books all day, everyday. These days, listening to stories is more my speed, like I can with this album.

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The First Man in the Moon

Side One

The First Man in the Moon

Side Two

The First Man in the Moon


On an unrelated note, this upcoming July, I’m rappelling a building (yep, a whole 22 stories!) in Boston to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Please check out my Over the Edge fundraising page HERE and consider donating today. Thank you so very much for your support!!

It’s Happening For Paul Revere And The Raiders


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Side One

Theme From It’s Happening

Side Two

Cinderella Sunshine


In honor of my dad’s twelfth anniversary of his passing, I’m asking people to donate $12.00 to the Special Olympics. You can visit my fundraising page for their Over the Edge event by clicking HERE. This is my second year participating and I hope to make it one of the biggest years to date!

For more on the Athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts and how you can get involved visit http://www.specialolympicsma.org. 

Thank you so much for your support!!

Dad3

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Land Of Fun – In the Basement (ft. Carol Hall) (Deep Joy Mix)


Land Of Fun – In the Basement (ft. Carol Hall) (Deep Joy Mix) (composed by Land Of Fun and produced by Joel Martin with remix and additional production by Pete Heller and Terry Farley)

File this under amazing, early art rock.

I don’t mind a cheesy techno track from the 90’s now and then, but this is far from it. To start, the saxophone riff is performed by Stewart Dace, a member of Deep Joy. It’s one of those electronica songs that is both upbeat and relaxing. Erica and I could totally bump this while entertaining company. It reminds me a lot of Thievery Corporation because of the analog, synthesized blending as well as featuring a singer. In this case, Carol Hall’s raspy, seductively grimy lyrics are wonderfully complimentary to the jazzy musicality. The smooth, snare-heavy drum kit is just chill besides the aquatic keyboard lead later in the arrangement. For 160 beats per minute, I definitely feel the rhythm as I get rocked in the basement.

I certainly won’t forget to look for more selections from Land Of Fun while out and about either.

– Mr. Richard

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The U.N. Resolution On Racism


I grew up in the best of both worlds, when I was young I depended on myself for entertainment, playing outside using an imagination but I was in the first class to work with computers at school. My dad did get a home computer pretty early on, but I was still only in middle school. Facebook was a thing but hadn’t taken off until after my college antics. I escaped pretty unscathed from the digital era but still have the knowledge from growing up at the same time as the technology. Even with my background, I still forget what it was like to not have the news available at my fingertips.

What’s the weather? Click. Done.

What airline went down? Click. Done.

Stream a game while at work? Click. Done.

I forget that people used to need to be home to hear the radio or watch the home B&W TV or wait until the morning paper was out. That’s why albums like this exist. People couldn’t stream political addresses on their Facebook timeline, get the hottest trending news by push alert or just Google it. It’s amazing how far the technology has come in what could’ve been my dad’s lifetime (he was born in 1940) and how that shaped the vinyl industry.

We picked this up because we needed some more spoken word discs, but also because racism has been the large pot in the middle of the room that’s boiling over lately. I can’t even keep up now with the excessive force deaths let alone incidents anymore. It’s gotten to a point where witnesses are too scared to come forward. What is this?

It’s pathetic. We’re supposed to be this great nation where we have freedom and are innocent until proven guilty with a fair justice system. For all. We’re not. I hope that we can start having open and honest discussions with our neighbors and friends to expand our minds and realize at the end of the day, we’re all people trying to survive, pay our damn taxes and live another day. Get out there, try some food, look up some parallels to your own religion or ask somebody something simple like “what’s your favorite holiday and why?” or “what kind of music do you like?”. You’ll never know what kind of awesome and wonderful things you’ll find out!

End Rant (for now).

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Side One

Chaim Herzog: Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

Side Two

Daniel P. Moynihan: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

The Notorious Kim


Growing up, I thought Lil’ Kim was the most inspiring female MC out there and I still give her credit of course, but I don’t know, my love affair with her music has just fallen off for some reason. I don’t know why, but I stopped putting effort into listening to her new music and I should really check out what has been done since her release.

Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975) known by her stage name Lil’ Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. Performing a freestyle rap for The Notorious B.I.G. got her music career start in 1995 with his group Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated three hit singles.

Kimberly Jones’ debut studio album, Hard Core (1996) was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and spawned three consecutive No. 1 rap hits: “No Time”, “Not Tonight (Ladies Night remix)”, and “Crush on You”, a record for a female rapper. Her following albums, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003), were certified Platinum, making her the only female rapper besides Missy Elliott to have at least 3 platinum albums.

She was featured on the single, “Lady Marmalade”, which also had guest vocals by fellow recording artists Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera (a remake of the 1975 hit, which I’ve featured on here before) which went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making her the second female rapper to have a No. 1 on that chart. In addition, the remake won two MTV Video Music Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

In 2005, she served a yearlong prison sentence for lying to a jury about her friends’ involvement in a shooting four years earlier. During her incarceration, her fourth album The Naked Truth was released. She returned to the public eye in 2009 with an appearance on Dancing with the Stars.

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The Notorious Kim

Lil’ Kim

Side One

The Notorious Kim (Clean)
The Notorious Kim (Instrumental)
The Notorious Kim (A Cappella)

Side Two

The Notorious Kim (Dirty)
Big Momma Thang feat. Jay-Z (Dirty)
Big Momma Thang feat. Jay-Z (Clean)