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What I’m Listening To: This is Music ’92

September 08th, 2009 | Category: Historical,Music

thisismusic92This album was purchased from Camelot Music’s discount bin in late 1992 early 1993 on a visit to America’s largest symbol of capitalism:  The Dreaded Mall of America.

It was there Matt Sparby and I used to float between Camelot Music store on the first floor and Spectrum Music on the 3rd floor. (Spectrum had the distinction at the time of only carrying laser based media–CDs and Laserdiscs.)

Camelot Music always had a large bin of Canadian imports.  The compilation I listen to as I write, “This is Music ’92” from “Quality Music“,  contains gems from the early 90s.

Many of the tunes are instantly recognizable.  From Jesus Jones’ “Right Here, Right Now” to Amy Grant’s saccharine pop effort: “Baby Baby.” Some of these tunes are more rare since they didn’t receive airplay in the U.S.  Oh, not all of it’s quality! For instance, there is the abhorrent “More Than Words” by the band Extreme.  A love anthem adopted by adolescent, angst-driven boys and girls as a beautiful love ballad when in fact the song was really a satire on all ballads of the period:

“Sayin’, “I Love You…” is not the words I want to hear from you.  It’s not that I want to, not to say–but if you only knew… how easy, it would be to show me how you feel… More than words is all you have to do to make it real.  Then you wouldn’t have to say–that you loved me.  ‘Cuz I’d already know.

In other words, “Just shutup and show me baby.  I don’t want to hear you talk.”

Of course, some are very good.  I’m particularly fond of My Town from Glass Tiger with Rod Stewart, Everybody Get’s a Second Chance by Mike + The Mechanics, Walking in Memphis by Mark Cohn and Joyride by the effervescent pop group of the 80s-90s-and-still-terribly-popular-in-europe-today: Roxette.

If you can, dig this gem up or download some of the tracks from iTunes–they’re a blast.

  1. Joyride (Album Version) – Roxette
  2. My Town – Glass Tiger with Rod Stewart
  3. Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones
  4. Just Like You – Robbie Nevil
  5. Say You’ll Be Mine – West End Girls
  6. Everybody Gets A Second Chance – Mike + The Mechanics
  7. Baby Baby – Amy Grant
  8. More Than Words – Extreme
  9. Unbelievable – EMF
  10. Standing Push And Fall – World On Edge
  11. Street Of Dreams – Nia Peeples
  12. Show me the Way – Styx
  13. Twist My Arm – The Tragically Hip
  14. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn
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Darth Vader reads John Henry

June 08th, 2008 | Category: Fiction,Historical,LPs Records and Tapes

Another good record I stumbled upon: Scholastic Records presents James Earl Jones reading the story of John Henry ‘An American Legend’ by Ezra Jack Keats. The recording date reads 1975, Pantheon Books. The story was written 10 years earlier in 1965. Produced by Robert Mack and directed by Bernice Chardiet.

John Henry

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James Earl Jones is an actor with an outstanding reputation. His performance in THE GREAT WHITE HOPE received the Tony award on Broadway, and later he was nominated for an Oscar for his recreation of the role on film. Mr. Jones has appeared in numerous other stage, film, and TV productions and is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Council of the Arts.

A Powerful speaker, Mr. Jones narrates this story of the legendary John Henry with and eloquence that will hold children spellbound.

Enjoy.

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“But why,” some say, “the moon?”

May 03rd, 2008 | Category: Historical,LPs Records and Tapes

I went shopping for records about a month ago and stumbled upon this old 45 from 1969 entitled: Commemmorative Record of Apollo 11 Flight – First Man on the Moon July 1969. It is narrated by Hugh Downs and contains excerpts of actual audio from the moon landing including, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!” as well as John F. Kennedy’s speech which exclaims, “We choose to go to the moon!”. I scanned the cover and managed to get the audio cleanly imported. I then converted it to high quality AAC for my audio collection. I also converted it to a lower quality MP3 for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

First Man on the Moon.

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