Sep 27 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 3
The Photos [mm:ss]
"Do You Have Fun"
Epic NJE 36515 1980
Well, do you? Interested parties can spot Wendy Wu in this BBC doc on The New Romantics (https://youtu.be/Idkdr1s64HA).
Aldo Ciccolini [mm:ss]
"Trois Valses Distinguées Du Précieux Dégoûté"
Piano Music of Erik Satie, Vol. 1
Angel Records S-36482 1968
Some modern waltzes of Erik Satie as performed by Mssr. Ciccolini.
The Decemberists [mm:ss]
"The Sporting Life"
Kill Rock Stars/Jealous Butcher Records JB-053 2005
A great packaging of this album, including some lovely extra bits on side 4 such as a cover of Joanna Newsome's "Bridges and Balloons" (https://youtu.be/6Drbt86VtOw). This tour also featured Petra Haden helping out on violin and tambo (https://youtu.be/3fmMHnPr9XQ). If I recall correctly, she also performed a rendition of "Wuthering Heights" (https://youtu.be/b6JO1iHmTBk).
"Games People Play"
Pick of the Litter
Atlantic SD 18141 1975
A mighty fine album featuring this track which got them to number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles in 1975.
Iron Maiden [mm:ss]
"Die with Your Boots On"
Piece of Mind
EMI 1A 064-07724 1983
I was all in on this album when I was 15 and played the cassette version of this album to dust. Fortunately I was able to pick up the Benelux pressing when I was in Amsterdam a few months ago. And in case you're wondering, this album made it to number 9 on the Dutch charts.
Kowloon Walled City [mm:ss]
Neurot Recordings/Gilead Media NR119/RELIC111 2021
Majestic and heavy album from this Bay Area band. One of my favorites from 2021, on milky white vinyl.
Pinchas Zukerman/Daniel Barenboim/London Philharmonic Orchestra [mm:ss]
"Elgar: Violin Concerto, II-Andante"
Pinchas Zukerman, Violiin/Daniel Barenboim, Conductor Elgar: Violin Concerto, Op. 61
Columbia Masterworks M 34517 1976
Molto relaxo, molto romantico.
Henry Mancini [mm:ss]
"The Pink Panther Theme"
The Pink Panther
RCA Victor LSP-2795 1963
Every day someone is born who has never heard the Pink Panther theme. If you are one of those people, enjoy!
The Monkees [mm:ss]
"What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?"
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
Colgems COS-104 1967
In case you were wondering, Mickey is an Pisces, Peter is an Aquarius, and both Michael and Davy are Capricorns.
Boston Spaceships [mm:ss]
"Canned Food Demons"
The Planets Are Blasted
Guided By Voices Inc. GBVI-5 2009
Robert Pollard, Chris Slusarenko, and John Moen.
Mick Ronson [mm:ss]
"White Light/White Hear"
Play Don't Worry
RCA APL1-0681 1975
Ok, we get it... you can play guitar. Evidently, Mick salvaged the backing track for this VU number from Bowie's Pin Ups session.
George Martin and his Orchestra [mm:ss]
United Artists Records UAS 6448 1965
A very layered jazzy rendtion of the my favorite Beatles' film theme song from the lads' arranger.
The Melachrino Strings [mm:ss]
"It's Not Unusual"
Play the Tom Jones Hits!
Pickwick/33 Records SPC-3242 1970
From the label that famously produced inexpensive soundalike compilations of hit songs comes some easy listening renditions of The Welshman.
L.A. Witch [mm:ss]
Play with Fire
Suicide Squeeze SSQ173 2020
One of the bright spots of peak Covid was this gem by the excellent LA Witch in August of 2020. Not that you can see it, but this record is on beautiful popsicle red and orange vinyl. Delicious!
Xiu Xiu [mm:ss]
Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-312 2016
I can neither confirm nor deny that I had a thing for Audrey Horne.
Music behind the DJ: "The Tiber Twist" by Henry Mancini