Monday, January 28, 2008

The World Of Junior Samples (CLP-1005, 1967)

Finally posted!!!!

My grandparents absolutely adored this man. Possibly because he reminded them of the common, earthy folks that filled their day-to-day lives in rural Ohio.

And, with the passing of time, I find him to be be funnier and funnier with each passing year....I like to blame my parents and their insane need to watch HEE HAW every time they had a chance.

About a year back, I actually lucked into scoring Samples' complete discography on Chart Records (The World of Junior Samples, which I'm sharing here now, Bull Sessions at Bull's Gap (1968), That's a Hee Haw (1969), and The Best of Junior Samples (1970), on vinyl.

From the liner notes of this album:

"I don’t know whether people read liner notes on the back of albums before or after they play the record that’s inside, but in any case the recording that’s inside this album jacket is the result of one of the most amazing stories I’ve encountered in my sixteen years of covering stories about show business and it’s people. Junior Samples is a North Georgia backwoodsman who backed into show business through an amazing set of circumstances that seem more like a fairy tale than that legendary lady, Cinderella.

I suppose it all started when one of Junior’s young sons found the head of a big fish on the shores of Lake Laneer near his home in Cummings, Ga. He took it to a race track to show his dad, our hero, who had taken a few drinks, and, needless to say, was feeling pretty good. Junior paraded the fish among the racing fans and claimed that he had caught a big bass. A radio announcer covering the races also heard Junior’s story and proceeded to broadcast it to his audience. Thus the story of the big fish spread, and soon came to the attention of the Georgia Game and Fish Commission who, in turn, dispatched Jim Morrison to the home of Junior Samples with a tape recorder to get Junior’s own account of how he caught the big fish.

Today Junior says, “this is one of my stories that got out of hand. I told Mr. Morrison to forget it, but when he kept insisting that he had to get a story, I took a drink and told him one!”

In the Spring of 1966, the original ‘Big Whopper’ interview was broadcasted all over the state of Georgia through the regular Game and Fish Commission program. It was so funny that stations were asked by their listeners to repeat it.

Junior was then forgotten for a while until Spring of 1967, when the program was repeated and the reaction again was fantastic. Slim Williamson, President of Chart Records, was contacted, and he immediately signed Junior to a recording contract and gained the rights to release the interview as a record. The two guitars were dubbed in to provide background music and the interview was shortened to conform with the time of most of today’s records.

The results have been fantastic. Junior, after appearing on my night radio program and on my television show, as well as others, was immediately taken into the hearts of all who heard him. He was asked to, and did, appear before the Legislature at the Tennessee State Capital. Johnny Cash was so favorably impressed with Junior that he asked him to join his radio show this fall. He was written up in newspapers all over the South, and is now being acclaimed as the comedy find of 1967.

I personally think that Junior’s greatest appeal is in his honest approach to any subject, as I’m sure you will be able to tell by listening to this, his first album."

Ralph Emery
WSM Radio and Television

Track Listing:

01- World's Biggest Whopper
(with Jim Morrison)*
02- Truth About the Fish (with Jim Morrison)*

03- The Hunter (with Tommy Dee)
04- The Bird Mule (with Jim Morrison)*
05- Moonshining (with Ralph Emery)
06- It Happened to Junior (with Jim Morrison)*
07- The Disorderly House (with Tommy Dee)
08- Bitten By The Love Bug (with Bob Jennings)
09- The Cook (with Ralph Emery)
10- On Television (with Eddie Hill)
11- Keep On Keeping On (with Bill Powell)

* (note- a Georgia game warden, not who you're thinking of)

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Friday, January 25, 2008

The Rocketeer: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score (1991)

I just absolutely love and adore this film, stemming from my long-time admiration for the comic book work of Dave Stevens, whom I've always considered an amazingly talented artist and all around nice guy...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Plan 9 From Outer Space: A Musical Rhapsody (RR-1001, Retrosonic, 1996)

For this installment of ED WOOD-A-RAMA, the original library music used in the classic Plan 9 From Outer Space

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Bubba Ho-Tep Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Silver Sphere, 2004)

My I love this movie. Not only is it a fairly decent horror comedy, but it's an incredibly telling (and touching, I might add) portrait of how we treat the elderly and those who cannot do for themselves in the our society today.

Track Listing:

01. Prologue
02. Bubba
03. The King
04. Let's Go, Man
05. The King's Highway
06. A-C-T-I-O-N
07. Bubba's Lament
08. The Ancient Curse
09. Ghost of the Scarab
10. Trailer Park
11. One Bad Bo-Tep
12. The Mask of Kemosabe
13. The Shady Rest
14. PBBS
15. Baby
16. The Elder's Hallway
17. Hero Hole
18. Flashback Baby
19. Body Bag of Fun
20. Regret
21. The Mummy's Eye
22. Smokin' Nurse
23. Decision
24. Death of a President
25. The Sebastian Haff Show
26. Haff Rising
27. Investigation
28. Thank You Very Much
29. All Is Well
30. Bubba Ho-Tep End Title Theme

And, now for a picture of a completely hilarious piece of promotional material I own from the film:

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fastway - Trick or Treat Soundtrack (Columbia, 1987)

Trick or Treat used to be a pay-cable staple for me....much like the Charlie Sheen "epic", The Wraith, or 1982's Wes Craven directed adaptation of Swamp Thing, every time the damn thing came on TV, I found my teenage self glued to the set.

I still cannot figure out why. It's not a terribly good musta been all that speed metal and punk music destroying my brain cells.

From Wikipedia:

In 1983 both players had been disgruntled with their own bands and decided to work together in a new outfit. They recruited drummer, Jerry Shirley, formerly of Humble Pie, and the then unknown vocalist, Dave King. They took their name from a combination of the founding members' names. However, Way then discovered that he could not escape from his recording contract with Chrysalis Records, and then received a tempting offer to play for Ozzy Osbourne, so abandoned the project. Bringing in session bassist, Mick Feat, the band then recorded their debut album, Fastway. They are often incorrectly considered to be a NWOBHM band. NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden and Motörhead started in 1975, whilst Fastway did not commence until 1983.

A critical and commercial success, the band toured to promote the album (with Alfie Agius[1] as their session bass player). The band then recruited Charlie McCracken, formerly of Taste as "permanent" bassist, and released another success in the form of All Fired Up the following year. After the hardships of touring, Shirley and McCracken subsequently left. In 1986 Clarke and King reformed Fastway with a new line-up. Recruiting Shane Carroll (second guitar), Paul Reid (bass), and Alan Connor (drums) from Dave King's first band Stillwood, this line-up released Waiting for the Roar. The record took an album-oriented rock approach instead of the driving bluesy-metal of the previous albums. The success of the record was limited, and it disappointed many fans. In 1987 Fastway was approached to make the soundtrack for the heavy metal horror film, Trick or Treat. The film flopped, but the soundtrack re-established Fastway as a hard hitting metal band. The soundtrack was a moderate success, and stayed on the Billboard Hot 200 chart for eleven months. The success of the soundtrack, and the very little money the band received, caused in-fighting and the band disbanded. King took most of the band with him and started Q.E.D., a more AOR styled outfit. They released a two-track single.

Track Listing

1. Trick or Treat
2. After Midnight
3. Don't Stop the Fight
4. Stand Up
5. Tear Down the Walls
6. Get Tough
7. Hold On to the Night
8. Heft
9. If You Could See

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Adam West- "Miranda" (Fox 627) 1966

Sadly, my vinyl copy of this is in sad shape, with multiple scratches on the B side, so I was only able to create get an mp3 of "Miranda" up and going....

Anyone out there that has an mp3 copy of "You Only See Her", drop me a line....I'd surely appreciate it...

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Captain America & The Falcon: "...And A Phoenix Shall Arise" (Power Records PR-12, 1974)

This particular Power Records attempt at bringing Marvel Superheroes to the audio realm holds a soft spot in my heart, for it was the first of these releases I ever owned. I believe an older relative purchased it for me, and over the years the comic lost it's cover and the record became warped and broken...a few years back I was able to find another copy at a local dirt mall.

Pay close attention to the vocal talent they used for the Falcon. I cannot help but giggle whenever I hear this incredibly white-bread sounding voice attempting "jive-talk" Captain Melodramatic....I mean, "America", does the audio equivalent of chewing scenery...

"The Big War.....just claimed another victim, Sam....."

Track Listing:

01 Captain America and The Falcon - And A Phoenix Shall Arise

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Reefer Madness Promo

This is a soundtrack you you talk to your children with....because it's problem that could become a tradgedy for you...or, you.....or YOU!!!
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Batman: The Musical (Unproduced): The Demos (2002)

Yes, Dear Reader....this travesty actually exists....well...kinda...

Take it away, Wikipedia:

While a parody of a Batman musical was featured in one of the most recent series' comics, in 2002, Jim Steinman, David Ives, and Tim Burton had worked on a theatre production called Batman: The Musical although it was ultimately cancelled. Steinman has recently revealed five songs from the musical. The first is the opening theme for "Gotham City" and the entry of Batman with his tortured solo "The Graveyard Shift"; followed by "The Joker's Song (Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?)", "The Catwoman's Song (I Need All The Love I Can Get)", "We're Still The Children We Once Were" (the climactic sequence) and "In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King", sung by the corrupt blood-suckers ruling Gotham, recently covered on the Meat Loaf album Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. These songs can be heard at the Batman: The Musical memorial site, Dark Knight of the Soul

Just the thought of Batman getting the "Phantom of the Opera" treatment makes me smile for all the wrong reasons. It's too bad that this'll never see the light of day, because it could be an unintentional humor value goldmine...

For download tonight....the entire demo session....

Track Listing:

04 Not Allowed (Pop Version)
05 Not Allowed (Dance Version)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cleopatra Jones: Music From The Motion Picture- J.J. Johnson (1973)

Blaxploitation Awareness continues at the Hong Kong Cavalier household.

Track Listing:

1. Theme From Cleopatra Jones (03:51)
2. The Wrecking Yard (03:38)
3. Love Doctor (02:54)
4. Airport Flight (02:17)
5. Emdee (02:33)
6. Desert Sunrise (02:58)
7. It Hurts So Good (03:33)
8. Going To The Chase (00:30)
9. Go Chase Cleo (03:28)
10. Cleo And Reuben (02:07)
11. Wrap Up (03:06)
12. Theme From Cleopatra Jones (Instrumental) (04:26)

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Herschell Gordon Lewis & The Amazing Pink Holes (Smog Veil, 2004)

As a fan of H.G. Lewis' films, I found this 2004 release most amusing. Containing two of the cult director's self-penned bluegrass tunes, "The South's Gonna Rise Again" from 1964's gory hillbilly revenge flick 2000 Maniacs, and "Moonshine Mountain" , the title theme from an earlier hayseed "comedy" Gordon had a hand in, it's alot of fun. Lewis performs the vocals, and he's backed by Cleveland punk pioneers, Les Black and The Amazing Pink Holes.

Track Listing:
01 The South's Gonna Rise Again
02 Moonshine Mountain

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Monday, January 7, 2008

The Wrestling Album (Epic, 1985)

Y'know what I miss from my childhood?

Wrestling "Kayfabe". By definition:

In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced [ˈkeɪfeɪb] KAY-fayb) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is, the portrayal of professional wrestling as unstaged or worked. Referring to events or interviews as being a "work" means that the event/interview has been "kayfabed" or staged, and/or is part of a wrestling storyline while being passed off as legitimate. In relative terms, a wrestler breaking kayfabe during a show would be likened to an actor breaking character on camera.

Kayfabe is often seen as the suspension of disbelief that is used to create the non-wrestling aspects of promotions, such as feuds, storylines, and gimmicks, in a similar manner with other forms of entertainment such as soap opera or film. In the past, virtually all wrestlers adhered to kayfabe in public, even when outside the ring and off-camera, in order to preserve the illusion that the competition in pro wrestling was not staged. With the advent of the Internet Wrestling Community and the sports entertainment movement in pro wrestling, the maintenance of pro wrestling's backstage secrets are more difficult to keep than they were in earlier decades. Today, kayfabe is sometimes broken to advance storylines, to explain prolonged absences due to legitimate injury, as a tribute to a wrestler, or even for comedic effect"

When the major attractions abandoned the concept of "kayfabe", they lost the interest of this fan. Oh, there is an element of the concept that still exists, but it's all about posturing now, facading an image of toughness that all wrestlers do now. With the loss of kayfabe (caused primarily because of fans finding the behind the scenes info more accessible due to newer outlets such as the internet) and the popularity of the "heel" mentality (everyone wants to be or seems to be heels these days, IMO due to the popularity of acts such as Steve Austin), some of the things that endeared me to the "sport" have gone MIA.

No more are the days of "fun" gimmicks, or (and I'll freely admit finding joy in these) "stereotype" ludicrous they are more laughable than offensive. "Hillbilly" gimmicks, "wildman" gimmicks (like Moon Dog Spot or George "the Animal" Steele), and terrible stereotypes (like the many "head-hunters" and "Red Scare" gimmicks of the 1980s) are the staple of small indy organizations these days, mosty from the south, where many of these ideas had their start years ago....

Two of my favorite "wrasslers" of all time appear on this album, The Junk Yard Dog and Hillbilly Jim. And both of their contributions, "Grab Dem Cakes" and "Don't Go Messin' With a Country Boy", are incredibly terrible....yet, extremely catchy and....well, just plain fun.

From Wikipedia:

The Wrestling Album was an album released by the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. It featured mostly recent theme tunes of wrestlers on the roster at the time. The Derringer song "Real American" was originally intended for Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham, then known as The U.S. Express, but is best known as Hulk Hogan's theme song. Most of the songs were produced by Rick Derringer and David Wolff. Jim Steinman composed and produced "Hulk Hogan's Theme", which was used on the Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling cartoon. Cyndi Lauper participated on the album as a backing vocalist on "Real American" and as producer of "Captain" Lou Albano's track under the pseudonym of "Mona Flambé".

The album was briefly reissued on CD by Koch Records, who briefly licensed the master rights from Epic/Sony in 1998.

  • The album's tracks are bridged with commentary from Vince McMahon, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, and Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
  • Three singles were issued from the album: "Land of 1,000 Dances" in a shortened version with overdubbed saxophones, "Grab Them Cakes", and "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy". All three singles were issued in picture sleeves and used "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou" as the B-side.
  • "Captain Lou" is a cover of a song originally recorded by NRBQ; Albano had made an appearance on the original recording.
  • Albano was credited with playing all of the instruments (kayfabe) on "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou". However, he is actually heard playing the main leitmotif from Grieg's "Morning" (from Peer Gynt Suite) on the "History of Music" portion of his track. (Albano had played some deliberately amateurish piano on an episode of Tuesday Night Titans a year earlier.)
  • The "WWF All Stars" band credited with playing on "Hulk Hogan's Theme" are most of the same musicians that have recorded for Jim Steinman (the song's producer and composer) during the Bat out of Hell and Bad for Good sessions.
  • As a possible nod to Steinam's involvement, Meat Loaf guest starred as a drummer in the "Land of 1,000 Dances" music video.[1]
  • Hulk Hogan claimed, as part of a 1985 WWF Magazine article on The Wrestling Album, to have played bass guitar on "Hulk Hogan's Theme" (Hogan had played bass in several bands prior to becoming a professional wrestler), but he is not actually credited as doing so in the album's liner notes.
  • In the same WWF Magazine article, The Iron Sheik is quoted as being genuinely upset with the fact that, because of the Ayatollah Khomeni's ban on music in Iran, no one in the Sheik's country of birth would be able to hear his contribution on "Land of 1,000 Dances".
  • Disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson is a guest vocalist on "Grab Them Cakes".
  • "Grab Them Cakes" made Junkyard Dog the only professional wrestler ever to appear on American Bandstand.
  • Roddy Piper's contribution to the album, "For Everybody", was credited as being produced solely by Derringer (kayfabe), in order to conform to the ongoing angle in the WWF between Piper on one side and anyone directly associated with Cyndi Lauper (including Dave Wolff) on the other. In actuality, Wolff was present for Piper's session.
  • Similarly, Cyndi Lauper's pseudonymous production credit as "Mona Flambé" may also be a Derringer/Wolff production with a kayfabe credit, although Lauper has produced most of her own albums under her own name. Lauper also appeared under the Mona Flambé guise on The Wrestling Album's cover, in the video for "Land of 1,000 Dances", and at the original Slammy Awards.
  • "For Everybody"'s original title, as may have been apparent to many older listeners, is "Fuck Everybody"[2]. The title and some of the lyrics had to be changed for Piper's version since the album was being marketed to the WWF's younger audience.
  • "Mean Gene" Okerlund had previously done an impromptu version of "Tutti Frutti" on Tuesday Night Titans with the show's house band, with Hulk Hogan sitting in on bass guitar.
  • Jimmy Hart's "Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield" can be heard on the WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 videogame as the track serves as his theme music.
  • Despite being closely associated with Hulk Hogan for over twenty years, Real American was actually intended to be the theme song for the tag team of Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham, the US Express).
  • The March 2007 issue of WWE Magazine contained a list of "101 Things Every WWE Fan Should Do Before He Dies" and #63 is "Identify every WWE superstar on the cover of The Wrestling Album, WWE's original record release from 1985.
Track Listing:

  1. The Wrestlers - "Land of a Thousand Dances"
  2. Junkyard Dog - "Grab Them Cakes"
  3. Derringer - "Real American"
  4. Jimmy Hart - "Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield"
  5. "Captain" Lou Albano and George "The Animal" Steele - "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou"
  6. WWF All Stars - "Hulk Hogan's Theme"
  7. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper - "For Everybody"
  8. "Mean" Gene Okerlund - "Tutti Frutti"
  9. Hillbilly Jim - "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy"
  10. Nikolai Volkoff - "Cara Mia"
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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Petey Wheatstraw Soundtrack- Nat Dove and the Devils (Magic Disc / MD 112 , 1977 )

For some reason, the last few days have put me in a blaxploitation mood, hence yesterday's post involving the soundtrack Black Belt Jones.

God Bless Rudy Ray Moore....his work as Dolemite is hilarious, but Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-In-Law is just as surreal as it is hysterical.

From Wikipedia:

Petey Wheatstraw (1978) aka Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-In-Law. Is a movie in which the Devil offers a man the chance to return to earth if he agrees to be the Anti-Christ and marry the ugliest woman on Earth--the Devil's daughter. The film stars comedian Rudy Ray Moore as the title character.

Track Listing:

1. Petey Wheatstraw (Vocal)
Nat Dove & The Devils
2. Ghetto St. USA
Nat Dove & The Devils
3. Zombie March (Instrumental)
Nat Dove & The Devils
4. Loving You (Vocal)
Nat Dove & The Devils
5. Walking Theme (Instrumental)
Nat Dove & The Devils
6. Ghetto St. USA (Vocal)
Nat Dove & The Devils
7. Joy (Vocal)
Nat Dove & The Devils
8. Steve's Den (Instrumental)
Nat Dove & The Devils
9. Loving You (Instrumental)
Nat Dove & The Devils
10. Petey Wheatstraw (Instrumental)
Nat Dove & The Devils
11. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)
Nat Dove & The Devils

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