Here are a few shiny trinkets I've picked up over the years. Most of this music is either out of print or not available out there anywhere, but it is well worth sharing. Just click on the set you want and a zip file should be downloaded to your computer. You can then double click on that zip file and it should unpack itself into a folder with the booty inside. Good luck, and happy treasure hunting! JB
Back in 1959 Pete Fountain recorded "The Blues", a dozen tracks of swingin' New Orleans style jazz. The LP was reissued in 1972, but in all these years "The Blues" has never been released on CD. Pete Fountain went on to re-record at least 7 of these songs with other ensembles and new arrangements, but in my opinion he never recaptured the magic of this original 12 song set. One of my all time favorites.
Those of us who were children of the 70's will likely remember Bonnie Koloc, a fixture of the early 70's folk music scene in Chicago. For some unknown reason none of her early recordings have ever been reissued on CD. Simply criminal. Here are her first three LP's for any and all who miss the sound of her voice. And here's hoping the recordings someday get the proper CD release they deserve!
The complete LP original "Jeremiah Johnson" soundtrack. I searched for this one for years before finally getting lucky. Thanks again, James! The great news though is that there is now an official CD release of the complete soundtrack! They did it right too with music only tracks, as well as the original LP music with dialogue tracks. Get yourself a copy of the CD while it's still available, you will love it!
"The Grey Fox" complete soundtrack. Another musical treasure from another long neglected film. Why this movie has never been released on DVD is a complete mystery.
In the 1920's Harold Fraser-Simson set to music a number of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh verses and published the songs in a set of 6 music books. This is the complete "Three Cheers For Pooh" Robert Tear & Philip Ledger 1981 recording of 27 of these tiny gems. I love these songs!
The complete LP soundtrack of the 1977 Rankin & Bass cartoon "The Hobbit". This has the music and the spoken dialogue and makes for a nice there and back again experience.
The complete (and elusive) "Green Cover" LP soundtrack of the 1977 Rankin & Bass cartoon "The Hobbit". This recording has the music tracks only, no dialogue. A nice find.
Just a fun set of Middle Earth inspired songs from different artists which when put together creates an interesting listening experience. Thanks, Sandra, for the Glass Hammer and Colin Rudd tips!
In 1968 Franco Zeffirelli gave us his adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. It was lovely, nearly Perfect, as was the amazing musical score composed by Nino Rota. This is the Silva Records complete score recording conducted by Nino Rota himself. Simply beautiful and long out of print. There have been re-recordings of this score, but this is the original and by far the most lovely. The recording has 19 tracks. Track #20 here is an addition of the "Palm To Palm" scene from the film itself, music and dialogue. Such dialogue. Enjoy!
An old favorite, madrigal music I grabbed from an Austin radio program back in 1983. I think these performances are by the Julian Bream Consort. If anybody out there recognizes the pieces, please let me know!
Two very hard to find recordings by Noah Greenberg and New York Pro Musica. Recorded in 1958 and 1964, The Play Of Daniel and The Play of Herod were fixtures of the New York holiday music scene until Greenberg's death in the early 70's. This recording of The Play Of Daniel has been included in the National Recording Registry as an important hallmark of early music performance. I hunted for these for many years. ;o)
For Christmas! The hard to find soundtrack to my favorite Christmas movie, the 1970 made for TV film "Scrooge" starring Albert Finney & Co. Wonderful music worthy of a CD release some day. Merry Christmas, Everybody!
For my fellow TFC Tenor Tribe alums, a few of the Carter pieces we did with John and a rehearsal track of Ode To Joy, my favorite.
For my fellow Purdue Varisty Glee Club alums, a collection of Saturday night material mostly from the 1979-1983 years.
For my fellow Purdue Varisty Glee Club alums, a collection of Sunday morning material mostly from the 1979-1983 years.
A really nice set of Van Gogh digital images. They're wonderful to look at and make a great screen saver if you are so inclined.