Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Boney M

Time for an offering or three from producer Frank Farian, in the form of Boney M. A band name inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte (sort of), and a band composed of two singers and two mutes.

Farian kept Bobby Farrell's and Maizie Williams' vocal chords in a safe deposit box under the terms of their contracts, in the Vokalsbank in Germany.

He then underwent an operation to perfect his falsetto, and the resulting material put into his throat to graft on a second larynx. Afterwards becoming highly skilled in the art of throwing his voice so the band could do live performances..

Due to interest over which versions these are, I have included the catalogue numbers -

Take the Heat Off Me '76 K50314 68Mb
Love For Sale '77 SD19145 78Mb
Nightflight to Venus '78 K50498 84Mb

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Sunday, 13 September 2009

Fairground Fantasia in Stereo

Roll up! Roll up! A little tip for those who don't merely look at the pictures - you need to get this, as this contains 'Over the Waves' which is the one tune most people will think of when they imagine a fairground..

I like to think of them more as 'unfairgrounds', being full of local chavs charged over the odds for low-quality confectionery and weak centrifugal forces, but maybe I'm just an old git.

Fairground Fantasia in Stereo 76Mb

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

The Secret Record of Adrian Mole aged Thirteen and Three Quarters

Sept 12, 2009

Sat around picking my nose and ripping crap records. One of them sounded like the dog had dragged it out of the coal shed, but it sounded lovely on Bert Baxter's gramophone when I tried it, I probably got that idea because I'm an intellectual.

Some of the tracks are truly appalling, and others fill me with such angst - such as 'Sorry, Gotta Do It' with its synth-punches Barry Kent throws (thank goodness I have my poetry). I don't know where the original Ian Dury theme got to, the last I heard it was here.

I'm glad I got the beetroot juice off the cover after bumping into a half-empty jar on Bert's sideboard, I thought some had splashed on my face as well. But just my luck - more spots!

Copyright Sloth Townsend

Adrian Mole - The Musical 70Mb

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Saturday, 5 September 2009

The BBC 1922 - 1972

Now for another 50th anniversary record (and re-up)- this time it's the BBC, the oldest broadcaster in the world. Set up in 1922, its remit under its Royal Charter is to -

'be entirely independent of any private or governmental influence. It is thereby required to be free from both political and commercial influence and answer only to its viewers and listeners.'


Anyway here's the record (with a bit of WWII as well naturally enough), saluting the organisation which brought us Neighbours, The Teletubbies, hours of bloody cricket, Big Break, Andi Peters, Mr Blobby, hours of bloody snooker, The Archers, etc.

The BBC 1922 - 1972 158Mb

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Don Estelle and Windsor Davies - Sing Lofty

Finally in this war of attrition, we have the soothing tones of Lofty/Don Estelle coupled with the harsh tones of Windsor Davies' Sergeant-Major Williams. Windsor Davies doesn't sing that much (or at all- when he does pipe up he tends toward a William Shatner talky style) but is included as nobody would have bought the LP otherwise.

Shame, as Don (who sadly died in 2003) had a singing voice which harks back to the 30s - a lot of songs here sound like they're from the Singing Detective soundtrack, and one or two are. This up includes 'Whispering Grass' which doesn't appear on the record but I've thrown it in because I'm so nice.

More recently Don had a brief role as 'Little Don' in the first series of 'The League of Gentlemen' as a zookeeper looking after the 'Roundabout Zoo' - a zoo on a roundabout island in the road.

Windsor Davies is still around of course, and 80 next year! I used to think he was the hardest man on telly - he was the Phil Mitchell of the 70s.. I could probably deck him now, though.


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Friday, 4 September 2009

Klaus Wunderlich - In The Miller Mood

Don your flight jackets and hand out some stockings and gum! Dere's a pack o' Camels each in it for ya boys, get da stuff from da BBC film crew over dere..

On his Pigeonshit debut, Herr Wunderlich brings us the soothing vibes of Glenn Miller - with a sprinkling of his own style, of course. He sure knows how to knock 'em out on his fancy new Wersi Helios - and can't resist sticking the odd Moogy bit in here and there either, to freshen those old classics for our ears.

What could be more in the spirit of reconciliation? It is indeed a tear-jerking thought that a German should pay tribute to Glenn Miller, who was such a morale boosting inspiration for the Allied forces. But perhaps not surprising, if we remember that many ordinary Germans at that time weren't having that much fun. Klaus may well have seen a liberation, not an invasion.

This could however just be the result of a guilty conscience - we still don't know what happened to that plane, do we Klaus?

Klaus Wunderlich - In The Miller Mood 71Mb

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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Clive Dunn - Permission to Sing Sir

And this is an opportune moment for another Dad's Army addition(re-up), my original blurb-

I didn't expect much from this record, but some of these tracks are very good! The first track, 'Permission to Sing Sir' ends up like the theme to 'the Red Hand gang', with lots of kids singing 'la la la'. Dunn tries his best with the 'la la' stuff but fails and improvises instead.'Simone' is a track which could have been lifted from a Small Faces album- on looking at the credits for this song, I spy the name Hawkshaw! He gets everywhere..

If that doesn't grab you, try Corporal Jones's rendition of 'What the World Needs Now is Love', by Bacharach - played by John Nettles of course.

Dunn is still keen on dressing up as someone 30 years his senior in his spare time, which unfortunately means that he pretends to be dead. 'He spends all day lying in a shallow ditch at the bottom of the garden after rubbing putrifying offal into his clothes' said his long-suffering wife. 'It's a good job he's a butcher, meat can be so expensive' she added.

And the LP cover? They don't like it up 'em.

Clive Dunn - Permission to Sing Sir 62Mb

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Dad's Army - The Radio Shows

Don't tell him, Pike!

Continuing the war theme, here's all three series of the Dad's Army radio shows - adapted from telly. I thought I'd add it as it was made with money extorted from us Brits (much like war itself!), but keep it quiet - loose lips and all that.

After this well-loved sit-com had finished, the characters had mixed fortunes. Private Walker did well selling his crisps of course, Sergeant Wilson built a sporting goods empire and Mrs Fox made a fortune from her biscuits, as well as having chart success with the hit 'Imagine Me, Imagine You'.

Alas, Captain Mainwaring fell on hard times - and still works in Walmington-on-Sea, for one of the larger supermarket chains.

Not ripped by me, bitrates vary but each half hour show is about 5Mb - 7Mb. Sound quality is just fine. Archives can be extracted independently.

Series 1 + 'The Story of..' 166Mb
Series 2 143Mb
Series 3 178Mb

Shine on Harvey Moon

As we celebrate the anniversary now of Hitler and Stalin carving up Poland between them (since we ended up on the same side as Stalin, this detail is forgotten along with the ten million-odd Ukrainians he killed off in the 30s, but anyway!), here's a nice mix of 40s bits and bobs along with the theme tune to the show, all recorded in the early 80s, marvellous!


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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Salute in Sound - 50th Anniversary of the RAF

Alright you chaps, listen to me.

Group Capt. Douglas Bader, the man with the tin legs, celebrates the (then) 50th anniversary of the RAF by putt-putt-putting out this record describing a few of the old pre-war planes, as well as hurricanes, spitfires and more recent jet-propelled planes.

Listen to that voice - there's the grit and determination there which helped defeat the menace of the Luftwaffe, and helped him end up in Colditz, along with David McCallum and John Mills.

After he left the RAF he starred as that indispensable butler in 'The Admirable Crichton', and after he died he had his whole body made out of tin - and went on to more success in 'Red Dwarf'.

A statue of him was recently unveiled at Goodwood, near Chichester. The sculptor thought it fitting that since the statue was metal, then it should have real legs, and there seems to be no shortage of replacements from the nearby St Richard's Hospital. Good thing too - as the legs start to smell before long - if they aren't first dragged away by stray dogs.

Salute in Sound - 50th Anniversary of the RAF 75Mb

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The Singing Detective

Before I go any further, this isn't the 2003 Hollywood version of 'The Singing Detective' - that soundtrack has probably got 'New Kids on the Block' on it or some rapping.

This is mostly pre-war stuff, but who cares? There's some very laid-back music here.

There are also two of the most famous songs from WWII - Lili Marlene (sung here in both English and German no less!) and Vera Lynn's crowning glory, with another tedious yarn..
During the early years of the war, things were tough for everyone - including Vera Lynn. Like most, she would suppliment her rations by eating any hedgehogs or rabbits she found run over by cars in the road. But even this food source became scarce, and prompted the line 'Wheel meat again, don't know where, don't know when..'

I joke about rapping, but there seems to be a mid-song talky bit in The Ink Spots' 'Do I Worry?' - do they think they're 2Unlimited or what?

The Singing Detective

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