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Date: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 11:39
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 01:35
Yeah, those post numbers were nice while they lasted, hmm? Speaking of numbers, 22: that's how many of those soul 45s I just burned. Some may have to be cleaned and re-burned, but overall, I'm satisfied with the quality. You get what you can on 45s, and it ain't usually much. I have a feeling I got real real lucky with this batch. Moral: covers and proper storage are a great investment.

Here's a sampling of what I put on this disc, the first of a few. And no, these are not my Youtube posts:

Pat Lundi - Party Music
The elegant side of New York disco, from 1975. Worth it just for the strings.

The Peppers - Pepper Box
Not the Red Hot Chili Peppers soundalike from a couple years ago, but a French synth band that apparently was a little bigger in the UK than here.

The Fatback Band - Yum Yum (Give Me Some)
A delicious 1975 party track.

Tony Camillo's Bazuka - Dynomite
Not sure if JJ Evans had anything to do with it, but "good times" are guaranteed once you enjoy this one.

Next up: more morals, and secrets for the perfect burn revealed!
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Date: Friday, 23 Dec 2011 07:23
Well, damn...only 2 days away from Christmas and only 2 songs posted. Including this one, which I'd never forgive myself for if I didn't share it.

Some of you may be old enough to remember the Dean Martin Show from the '60s and '70s. I'm not, but I'm just familiar enough with it to know that there was a group of young women on the show who were called The Golddiggers. More than just eye candy, The Golddiggers were a bona fide group of great singers. They were so great, in fact, that they released a few albums, including a Christmas one called We Need  A Little Christmas. Pretty sure it dates to 1969. I'd post it, since it's an excellent transfer from LP to CD, but it's still available...from The Golddiggers themselves! They're still around, perky as ever, and you can get the album (as well as others) from their store:


Every track will be a favorite, but this one is my favorite of favorites - an original called I Just Want You For Christmas. Enjoy:

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Date: Sunday, 11 Dec 2011 08:15
So I'll bring you someone else's. In the spirit of expanding this blog to being more than just sharity (and yes, I'll get to steppin' on that aspect soon), I just now came up with the idea of posting Christmas videos to make up for the paucity of holiday tunes I can share.

You may remember this song from the first A Very Special Christmas album in 1987. It's the beautiful, haunting Coventry Carol by Alison Moyet. Sorely overlooked as far as I know. But in the company of songs like U2's Baby Please Come Home, Whitney Houston's Do You Hear What I Hear, and Bruce Springsteen's Merry Christmas Baby, it's easy to see why it's been overshadowed all these years. A shame. But I hope that showing you this video rectifies that, even on a small level. Enjoy:

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Date: Wednesday, 07 Dec 2011 21:08
Well, I went on ahead and did it. Last week, I bought out most of what was left of that suitcase at the Savers. I saved some of the more common 45s for the common folk. I'm not gonna bore you like it seems I do and list every damn title, but I will tell you there were:

More Peppers (on a different label)
More Fatback Band (Do The Bus Stop!)
A Vicki Sue Robinson 45 I got because it was in the cover for the Fatback Band's 45
A few more UK records

So all in all, about 70 more added to the 50 I got the first time. I'll have to clean some of them up a little so the best can show up here, but first...


Yes, the box of holiday albums is about to be gone through, and a few lucky residents of that box may find their way to CD pretty soon, and that may mean you could hear them too - if they haven't already been shared, or are commercially on CD. Sadly (for me, at least) lots of what I have is already out there, so you won't get much. But for the mean time, if you need a Christmas fix, I heartily recommend seeing fellow vinylista Ernie (not Bert). He's the prime purveyor of all your holiday music needs, and not only can he hook you up with music, he's got links to other holiday music sharers that have even MORE good tidings. And you may even find a few things on falalalala.com, which is kind of on hiatus this year but the forum is still active with caring, sharing members who keep its tradition alive.

Off to a delightfully unwintery wonderland* as I get the holiday albums ready for popp - uh, burn - no, that doesn't sound right, either, D'ah, I'll just get the box out and see what's in there.

*If you live in the northeast, you know exactly why I say this, and you most likely hope it stays that way.
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100!   New window
Date: Saturday, 26 Nov 2011 08:50
In TV, hitting 100 means your show has enough episodes to go into syndication and be seen on other channels than just the ones affiliated with the show's network. In blogdom...I'm not sure what it exactly means, but it must be some kind of milestone. So to celebrate that milestone, I say to thee earnestly (not Bertly) that yes, there will - that's will as in yes - be more posts here.

Really this time?

Yes, really. I've been dealing with the proverbial loose ends, making sure the blog is absolutely, positively ready for prime time. And they're just about all tied up. In the interest of full disclosure, here's what's been happening:

In equipment news, a new receiver, turntable, and even speakers are all in place. By new, of course, '70s-era. There's also a '90s CD burner to make transfers nice and speedy - no more pesky computer to get in the way of that great, out-in-front soundstage vinyl is so well known for. You'll forgive the few pops and scratches that may surface - I think they're a small price to pay for better overall sound.

On the subject of vinyl, yes. LOADS of new stuff has come in (after all, it's only been 5 years)...but now older stuff has to go out. I'm pruning the hedges, separating the wheat from the chaff, whatever you want to call it. The music I've been finding lately has been better and better - so better that I find some of my old stuff just not worth having around - at least on full albums. Keep your socks on, though - you'll still get to draw lines from the songs to the artists least likely to cover them (hey, maybe I should make that a real game), and the Celebritunes and general weirdo tunes aren't going anywhere. Except maybe to my CD and then here and my iPod.

And as far as the site, I hate to be a tease, but yes, I'll still post acquisition reports (in fact, one is coming up in a few minutes) and if you're new to vinyl, there really will be tips on how to get into it for real. Spoiler: that new USB turntable you want for Christmas is NOT "for real."

So stay tuned. There ARE new things coming up here. Perhaps even more than 100 more posts worth.
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Date: Monday, 21 Nov 2011 06:29
Here's a hint for all you thrift shoppers out there: if you're spotted by someone who sees you going through a pile of stuff they say there's more of in the back...run. Like out the door, and fast-like. "There's more in back" can only mean trouble if you're a collector.

I learned this at my Savers on Saturday. I flipped through the usual crappy albums that have been there for months, but I also decided to hit the 45s they placed in front of them. Hmm, good stuff. Soul Train 1975 theme,  I Love Music...some funky-looking thing I never heard, and so on. Then a worker said, "We have a whole suitcase of 'em back there that we haven't put out yet. I mean, there's like, a shitload of 'em." Her actual word. So, sucker that I am, I agreed to riffle through them. I thought it'd be worth it. Wow. Understatement (and maybe mistake)  of the year.

The case was kind of small, thankfully, but it had to have at least 200 more records in it. And what records. All sleeved up and decent-looking. Soul, disco and R&B the likes of which even I with my well-traveled ears had never seen. And even some records from England! I stopped at 50, knowing full well that if I didn't, I'd be packing that suitcase and walking off with the whole thing. So what did I end up with, you ask me? I'm sorry you asked. Maybe you will be too. I'm separating US and UK discs for convenience, but other than that, no particular order. Side 2 listed if it's different. I hope for a few of these to be heard here soon.

The O'Jays: I Love Music (perhaps the most common of the bunch)
The Ventures: Superstar Revue (2 copies, for some reason)
The Soul Train Gang (actual credit): Soul Train '75
Manu Dibango: Soul Makossa/Weya
Rhythm Heritage: Theme From S.W.A.T./I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)
The Fantastic Puzzles: Come Back (again, 2 copies. I couldn't BELIEVE what this went for on eBay!)
Pat Lundi: Party Music ( I LOVE the strings on this one)
The Disco Sound Of Andre Gagnon: Wow
Black Satin feat. Fred Parris: Everybody Stand And Clap Your Hands (For The Entertainer)/Hey There Pretty Lady
Hot Blood: Soul Dracula/Sin Dracula
Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited: Let's Do The Latin Hustle/Get Down To The Latin Hustle
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters: Hey There Sexy Lady (not to be confused with the pretty lady in Black Satin's song)
The Mystic Moods (not the Mystic Moods Orchestra): Honey Trippin'/Midnight Snack
The Vast Majority: Love For Sale/Ocean's Apart
Max B.: Bananaticoco
Notations: Think Before You Stop/I'm Losing
Fudge Lips: Satan's Triangle/Please Come Home For Christmas (on the same record?!)
The LTG Exchange: Waterbed
Tony Camillo's Bazuka: Dynomite
Spaghetti Head: Funky Axe/Big Noise From Winnetka
Rhythm Makers: Prime Cut/Zone
Boris Gardner: Melting Pot/Let's Stay Together
Cleveland Eaton: Chinatown theme
Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes: I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo
Ronnie Limar: Love Came
Calhoon: (Do You Wanna) Dance Dance Dance/Rain 2000
5000 Volts: I'm On Fire/Still On Fire
The Equals: Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys/Ain't Got Nothing To Give You
The Peppers: Pepper Box/A Pinch Of Salt
The Fatback Band: Yum Yum (Give Me Some)/Let The Drums Speak
The Eleventh Hour: Hollywood Hot
Titanic: Sing Fool Sing/Rain 2000
Jack Ashford & The Sound Of New Detroit: Do The Choo Choo
Lyn Collins: Rock Me (Again & Again...)/Wide Awake In A Dream (James Brown discovered Lyn...and he backs her up on Rock Me)
Clifton Ridgewood: Little Drummer Boy (one side has a disco version - yowza)
Moonlion: Little Drummer Boy (again with the disco version)

UK 45s (recourds?)
The Armada Orchestra: Tell Me What You Want/The Drifter
Jimmy Helms Don't Pull Your Love (imagine what Tom Jones would sound like doing a Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds song)
The Temptations: Law Of The Land/Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (Yes, they're our American Temptations, but they're on Tamla Motown, which in the UK was one label)
Brian Bennett: Chase Side Shoot-up/Pegasus
The Chequers: Undecided Love (this is interesting: I have a US and a UK version. UK is on the Creole label, US is on Scepter)
Zenda Jacks: Earthquake
Binzi: Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course)
Ernie Bush: Breakaway
The Biddu Orchestra: Jump For Joy/I Could Have Danced All Night
Federation: Back To Back/Hoping

And as a bonus, what appears to be an acetate (or lacquer, if you prefer) of MFSB's Love Is The Message. Side 1 has a label with "45 RPM" and "LOVE IS THE MESSAGE" typed in green. Side 2 is part 2 and has no label. It feels different fom the others, and when it's held to light, the edge has a cobalt-colored glow.

I have all I can do to keep from picking up more and really packing up that soulful suitcase. Stay tuned and find out what happens.
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Date: Monday, 26 Sep 2011 04:06
Well...that ain't happen. Turns out Wayne And Marin Foster won't be making an appearance here after all. Seems they've already made the sharity rounds. Won't take much on Google to find them. I pride myself on my made-from-scratch-with-special-ingredients, can't-get-'em-anywhere-else music shares, and since you can get this album "anywhere else," you'll just have to do that. Such is the price of due diligence.

I've done some research...'fact, I'm doing some now as I listen to their album. It turns out Wayne has been blind since he was small. I've known some blind folks who've been incredibly talented musicians, and Wayne seems no exception. He and Marin sound great together, and their sound here on To-Get-It Together is up-to-the-minute mid-'70s. I fell instantly in love with the Bossa Nova treatment on the Show Medley, with Put On A Happy Face, A Lot Of Livin' To Do, and I've Got Love, which highlights Marin's vocal range. Wayne, in the mean time, gives a mellow, heartfelt showcase of his writing skills with the next-to-last last track of side 1, To My Friends. The Fosters' four daughters help round out side 1 with their help on Brotherhood Song.

Side 2 is where that version of satisfaction is that I talked about. It'll throw ya. It's done in half-time and has a little slinkiness to it. It speeds up to double time by the end and has about enough surprises for the whole album. Wayne and Marin team up for a couple more medley duets on side 2, including A Monent Of Nostialgia (a few sweet-band tunes), and the perky blend of Happy Together, More Today Than Yesterday and Sweet Caroline. Good vibes all around. And the best part is...

Wayne's still at it! His company does entertainment for weddings and other special events. Here's his company's website:  http://waynefoster.com/
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Date: Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 00:21
Well-traveled ears deserve music worth traveling for, and I believe this expedition, while it had some disappointments, was ultimately worth it.

First stop was a Salvation Army. I've been going to this one for the past couple of years on the hopes that they'd eventually be able to follow up on the massive pile of awesome new-wave I found there once. They have yet to, but occasionally some gems do show up.

Enoch Light & The Light Brigade: Big Bold & Brassy/Tony Mottola: Roman Guitar
There's just something - maybe a few somethings - that compel people to buy Command records like these. Is it the bold cover art? Is it the fascinating text inside the gatefold that lists every nuance of every song, and the technical details on the back that list evey mic for every instrument? Or is it really for the music, and the top-notch talent used to perform it? I mean, you don't get much better than Tony Mottola, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Byrne, Phil Bodner and Bucky Pizzarelli. And between these two albums, they're all there. And so is everything else that makes for a top-notch evening of listening.

Wayne & Marin Foster: To-Get-It Together
OK, you want mash-up? Here you go. This one album by two people (a wifey-hubby team) contains 28 songs (some in medleys) in almost as many styles. There's Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White, Put On A Happy Face, You Made Me Love You, Little Green Apples, Happy Together, some originals, and the one I'm most looking forward to, Satisfaction. I hope to post a couple tracks from this one soon.

Paul Jabara: The Third Album
The album is two medleys, one a side. The first artfully - wittily? - arranged into segments called Disco Wedding, Honeymoon (In Puerto Rico), and Disco Divorce. And I bet an unbelievable number of the latter happened in the late '70s. On side two, the other medley: A Foggy Day, Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor (with guest Donna Summer), and Just You And Me - not to be confused with Chicago's Just You 'N' Me.

Pseudo Echo: Love An Adventure/Animotion
I do love me some First Wave on the Sirius XM satellite. But for all I listen, there's still so much to learn about it. I think that's what inspired me to try out these minty-nice nuggets of '80s synthiness.

Next stop was another Salvation Army upshore. Like any other thrift store, the selection is hitsy-missy, but when you hit, you can hit it big. Last visit I scored THREE Cruisin' America With Cousin Brucie radio shows - cue sheets and all. This time? Not so much, but I'm still proud.

The Carpenters: Christmas Portrait
"Merry Christmas darlin', happy new year too." I can't believe I've gone so long without this one in my collection! I may not have many Carpenters albums, but if you're like me, you have to have this one if none other.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Maverick
This is the one with I Drink Alone. Looking forward to Willie & The Hand Jive and Memphis, Tennessee.

Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms
If I had to judge a book (or record, in this case) by its cover, this one would get high marks just for its personnel. Gil Evans arranges and conducts "modern interpretations of the classic guitar styles played by Kenny Burrell against a tight and glowing orchestral backdrop." Ron Carter (bass), Roger Kellaway (piano), and Grady Tate (drums) make appearances here on this 1965 album produced by legendary Creed Taylor.

Johnny Jenkins: Ton-Ton Macoute!
He played with Otis Redding. He inspired Jimi Hendrix. And he never let his talents get in the way of working a solid day job. This is his 1971 debut on Capricorn Records. Duane Allman on guitar. Derek Trucks's uncle Butch plays drums. See where this is going?

Television's Greatest Hits
The album that started it all for TVT Records: a must for any TV fan, and probably still available, just not on double-record vinyl. Cover has some ringwear, but the records are decent.

I also hit a Goodwill today, This Goodwill never ceases to fail me. A piddling electronics section, and three - count 'em, THREE - boxes of records. Two of those boxes consisted entirely of Reader's Digest box sets...and those box sets consisted of boredom. I think I'll stick with the few that I already have, thanks.

Next album feature as yet undecided, so hang tight and wonder along with me!
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Date: Friday, 16 Sep 2011 07:35

And finally, another set of tasty tunes has arrived at the Department. Hope you like Chinese, 'cause that's exactly what's on the platter tonight.

My record store (which I'll post about soon enough) got a nice box of Asian music in one day, mostly from Japan and China. My grasp of Asian languages is probably as good as yours, so I had no idea what most of the music was. But of the 5 or 6 albums I got, one stood out. It's this one: Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Apparently, Enjoy was a popular variety show with a very long run. It got its start in the late '60s, and was based pretty heavily on Australia's In Melbourne Tonight. I know this because of the English on the back cover.

There's not a whole lot I actually can tell you about this album. Google doesn't help much. It seems to be a soundtrack-type album: I hear hosts, a little banter, and even an open and close. And yeah, there's some music. It's SOME MUSIC, too. The singer is Betty Chung, and she runs the gamut of styles. You'll be hearing two of her peppier cuts.

First, Kowloon Hong Kong. This swinger seems to also have been called The Ding Dong Song. There's something mentioned about The Reynettes, but it's in Chinese so I don't know exactly what.

The second one amazed me. I could have sworn in Cantonese that some American or British band did it first, but apparently not. I can't find the first thing about it. It's called I Want Action, and it's superbly rockin'. Betty's all-talk-and-no-action lover is making her just a leeeeeeetle impatient. Something must be done, and Betty's just about ready to do it herself if she has to. In perfect English to boot. Look out, boys.

Your two tracks are presented, as just about all of them will be, as 256K MP3s and shared through MediaFire. We've included a little of the hosts' banter (don't you love that word?) in front of I Want Action just for fun. And if you're good and you finish your Lo Mein noodles, I just might post another track or two.

Pathe/EMI, c. 1968

1. Kowloon Hong Kong (4.74 MB)
2. I Want Action (5.59 MB)
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Date: Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 09:42
For the first time, I might also have some 45s to share? There are over 500 in my collection, and a select number of them could possibly show up here, depending on condition and appeal. I'll share the story of how most of them were acquired in a little. (I know, I'm such a tease. But I promise.)

PS: The first album's been picked out and is almost ready for processing. It's a knockout.
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Date: Monday, 12 Sep 2011 07:23
Man, things sure have changed around here. Blogger's grown into a thing I don't even recognize, Google's grown into an all-consuming information monster, and I've...grown five years older. Yes, things have changed.

That new job I got five years ago? Still got it. The new place? Replaced since by a couple of other places, one of which could warrant a blog by itself. And there've been a couple of interesting health things.

And oh, those records. Some have come, others have gone; either by attrition or, um, other means (see "new place," above).

So you're asking: are you gonna post records again? Probably. You may not get every track on an album every time, and it there may be a good stretch between one post and the next...but a new technique will make it much easier to give you music when the need arises - and the copyright gods allow. Will I repost old albums? Might not be a bad idea, actually. If nothing else, they'll sound better this time, thanks in part to that new technique.

To keep you occupied between albums, I plan on posting about other stuff: new records I come across, haunts and hangouts where those records pop up, how-tos for you new collectors...and I might even get down-n-nerdy with my setup for all y'all to show you how I DO it.

If you're just joining us, welcome. If you've been away for a while, welcome back. Let's reconnect and share the joys that only vinyl can give us.
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Jul 2006 07:28
Me here...the Keeper Of Records. My apologies for not keeping up with my keeping. You're asking me, "What in the name of hell happened?! Why has it been more than 6 months since I've seen any updates?" Well, lots has happened. A new job in a new area has taken up a lot of time. The move to the new area has left my collection of almost 3,000 records shuffled seemingly beyond organization (but fortunately undamaged). Plus, I'm adding new stuff to the library, most of which comes from flea market runs to the old area. And to top things off, there's about to be yet another equipment upgrade...involving the switch from a PC to a Mac, which I'm using to post this message.

Since I've been gone, I've noticed several great blogs and sharity sites that have either been taken down entirely or stopped offering new material. It was a tough decision for them, I'm sure. I thought about going that route myself with all that's been going on in the past few months. But as I re-shelved my records and explored the web I realized just how much sites like this mean to some people. I owe it to them not to bow out entirely. And the music is too interesting not to share. Not always good, but almost always interesting. And otherwise unobtainable in many cases.

If you're still out there, tell me something: are you interested in becoming a vinyl collector? Would you like to know more about turntables and the art of playing vinyl? I'm considering doing monthly column-type things to maybe inspire people to start their own collections, or help people bring their collections back to life and make them sound better than ever. If you have any other suggestions, e-mail them to me and I'll consider them for the re-launch.

Hope to be back sharing again soon.

The Keeper of Records
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Date: Wednesday, 04 Jan 2006 00:37
For those of you still reeling from your new year celebrations, we offer an unusual remedy. In 1978, Miles Laboratories, the makers of Alka Seltzer, released a special collection of hits. What made it special was not so much the hits themselves. In fact, other than two tracks, the entire album was the same greatest hits collection you could get anywhere else. But the two special tracks are indeed truly special. They're rare versions of the Plop Plop Fizz Fizz song as performed by...Sammy Davis, Jr. And they're here for you to enjoy:

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz: Rock version (2.5 MB)
Plop Plop Fizz Fizz: Big Band (2.4 MB)

Happy New Year from thedepartmentofrecords.com!
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Date: Sunday, 18 Dec 2005 15:00
Here's probably one of the oddest double bills since Jimi Hendrix was on tour with the Monkees.

Would you sell your soul to have a shot at the spotlight? In 1977, an NBC TV show chronicled the tale of two guys from Boise who did just that. They were looking for their break, and found an agent who had an unusual clause in his contract: "In exchange for their fame, Greg and Paul must sign away their souls to me, the son of the devil." Interestingly enough, A Year At The Top was co-produced by none other than Don Kirshner - the man who gave us The Monkees and The Archies. Coinciidence? Maybe that's why NBC pulled the show after 4 episodes.

A Year At The Top was an unholy alliance between Kirshner and another famous producer: Norman Lear, who by this point had clearly lost the magic touch that put All In The Family (and all its many spinoffs) and Sanford And Son
on the air a few years before. As for Greg and Paul, well, they didn't too too badly after this. Greg was played by Greg Evigan, who went on to BJ And The Bear the next year, and My Two Dads in the '80s. Paul? That's David Letterman's right hand musical man Paul Shaffer. You get to hear them play and sing on this album (that's Paul doing the falsettos), which is impressive simply because it was released for such a short-lived TV show.

Paul Shaffer & Greg Evigan A Year At The Top Casablanca Records, 1977

She's A Rebel
Like A Rising Star
Give Me More
We've Come So Far
A Year At The Top

We're Lovers After All
Good Time Girl
Sweet Love
Love Just Comes And Goes
You Are The One

ZIP FILE if you dare - contains the entire album, front cover and bonus photos! (23 MB)

Here's a soundtrack to a show that lasted much longer than A Year At The Top - 12 years, in fact. Hawaii Five-0 was one of the longest-running crime dramas on TV, thanks to the beautiful Hawaiian settings and Jack Lord in his role of Steve McGarrett. Also getting some credit is the unforgettable theme to Five-0, which you can hear in its full original form. It's in stereo, if that's a bonus for you. This album contains the theme and incidental music used on the show for the first couple of seasons, all composed by Morton Stevens. Track 2, Call To Danger, is the basis for music of the CBS Special Presentation intro used in the '70s.

Morton Stevens
Original Hawaii Five-0 Soundtrack
Capitol Records, 1969

Hawaii Five-0
Call To Danger
McGarrett's Theme
Front Street
The Long Wait
Blues Trip

The Floater
Operation Smash
Beach Trip
Up Tight
The Chase/Hawaii Five-0

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- all tracks plus front cover (27.8 MB)
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Date: Tuesday, 13 Dec 2005 23:40
In September we gave you a bunch of great educational albums to listen to. These two are the Keeper's favorites. They were produced in 1974 and 1975, respectively. Learning About Me is a nice, acoustic/soft-rock flavored way to teach kids about their growing bodies. It's About Time teaches about, well, time, and cranks things up a notch with musical varieties ranging from swing to country to plain ol' rock. The standout has to be Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow with its totally rockin' guitar intro.

Both albums feature Gail Contini and Steve Clayton on vocals. The great arrangements were done by Jamie Glaser, who at the time was about 20 years old. His parents, Hy and Lynn, wrote the songs and produced the albums.

These albums were uploaded to upload.sc, and alternative to yousendit that allows more downloads per file and keeps files for a minimum of 30 days. Files are deleted after 30 days without a download.


Learning About Me And The Way I Move
Ultrasound Records, 1974

The Walking Song
The Jumping Song
The Skipping Song
The Hopping Song
The Running Song

The School Parade
I Can
The Parts Of Me
What I Can Do With Me
Look At Me

.ZIP File (19.3 MB)
All songs and front cover

It's About Time
Ultrasound Records, 1975

Seven Days In A Week
Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
Twelve Months
Thirty Days In September
The Clock Song

The Season Is Fall
When Winter Comes
Spring Is Here!
A Time For Everything We Do

ZIP file (21 MB)
All songs and front cover
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Date: Monday, 05 Dec 2005 23:58
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Date: Sunday, 04 Dec 2005 01:36
Here's the winner of the voting that took place in November. Safari's a great kids' album from 1979. It takes listeners on a jungle tour of sorts, with lots of interesting locals to meet. The arrangements are witty, with instruments mimicking the sounds of the animals themselves on many tracks. Kids' music maven Steve Clayton is one of the two male singers here, and on the next 2 albums you'll hear. Check back next week for those.

The Safari
Clarus Records, 1979

The Safari
Chitter Chatter Monkeys
Herbivorous Hippopotamus
Nocturnal Animals
The Lion Is The King

The Long Necked Giraffe
Watch Your Step
Birds In The Wild Are So Free
The Safari (Reprise)

The Entire Album
as a ZIP file. Figure on about 27 MB - the file includes all songs plus the front cover art.
Author: "Child Of The Media (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Saturday, 03 Dec 2005 03:11
In television, some stations like to take some time during the holidays to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the things and people that make your favorite shows possible. We've decided to do the same thing here at thedepartmentofrecords.com by introducing you to the team that makes the albums happen.

On the left is the most important part of the team: the Pioneer PL-518 turntable. It's a direct-drive unit made in the late '70s. This is not one of those $90 toys you get at Best Buy. No siree, ma'am. This one cost a whole $14.98 at a thrift store. It's direct drive with a pitch control and automatic return, and it weighs about 30 pounds. To find one with feet that haven't rotted off is rare, and this one stands on all fours. It works just fine, but it's been upgraded with a wonderful Audio-Technica AT440ML cartridge. Most of the albums you've heard since summer have been spun from this table.

On the stack on the right sits an hp Pavilion laptop. This trusty steed is outfitted with Creative Wave Studio, which is a nice quick way to get the albums out to you. The Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 NX sound card is next door to its right. This little card does the trick, and more. It even has 7.1 channel surround sound and optical in and out.

Below, another thrift find: a Tascam 133 cassette deck. This is a professional model with XLR connectors, and DBX noise reduction with an outboard box. It records at 2 speeds, which is just dandy for slowing down Chipmunk voices or speeding up those godawfully slow Christmas choir performances.

Underneath it all, a Harman Kardon PM645 amp. No tuner here, just good solid sound for cheap. You guessed it, another thrift find. It came from the same lot as the cassette deck. This mid '80s piece is good for 40 watts per channel.

This team is currently looking for a more civilized home, such as a rack. But for now they're happy to stay where they are and provide you with the music you hear on thedepartmentofrecords.com. Enjoy!
Author: "Child Of The Media (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Saturday, 03 Dec 2005 00:48
Here's a special Thanksgiving treat for you all, especially those of you like your Keeper who are not big turkey fans. In 1982, Bill Cullen, the King Of Game Show Hosts, was commissioned by the National Goose Board to do a series of 5 radio spots to air the week before Thanksgiving. Each is a 2-minute nugget of historical info with some fun facts: did you know that on the first Thanksgiving, there were such delicacies as eels and popcorn? Or that geese can be used as guard animals? They get pretty fierce sometimes. Each spot ends with some info on making goose the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of which, enjoy your feast, and the holiday that goes with it. And check back on Sunday for another Bill Cullen surprise, plus some unfinished business from a few weeks ago.

Goose Who's Coming To Dinner
Narrated By Bill Cullen for David J. Clark Productions, 1982
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