As a followup to my recent post at WFMU's Blog about "The Three Little Pigs", I thought I'd post more of the obscure (and, to varying degrees, wonderful) 78's and 45's that my mother recorded on a reel to reel tape back in 1964, for posterity.
First up, two absolutely wonderful songs from Al Goodman and his Orchestra, in both cases, these are hi-fi era remakes (although these records are admittedly no longer "hi-fi") of orchestral favorites from the dawn of recording, songs originally recorded for Victor in the first decade of the 20th Century.
First up is "A Hunt in the Black Forest":
And the flip side is "In a Clock Store":
From the opposite end of the 'Wonderful' spectrum, come two sides of a children's 45, which apparently were excerpted from an album titled "songs about words". These are genuinely weird, especially the first one, which is titled "Rattlesnake":
The flip side is "Alphabeetle":
Next up are two songs that were favorites of mine in 1964 (when I was four), and which appeared on either the Cricket or Peter Pan labels. First up is a song that I actually used to sing at that age - I have a tape on which I'm singing it, none of which is odd, except that the song is "The Pretty Little Dutch Girl". Here's the record:
And here is a series of little poems, some of them quite odd, and another favorite from my childhood, titled "More Pussy Cat Rhymes":
Here's a wonderul little record from the early 1950's, if not earlier. It's the old song "Polly Wolly Doodle", but I've always been quite taken with just how much is going on during this performance, especially near the end:
Finally, an actually hit group, The Ames Brothers, with a song from the mid 1950's, featuring an extremely clever lyric and great harmony singing, "I Saw Esau":
Special thanks to mom for preserving all of these records while they were still in half-decent condition!