Banjos in Spaaaaaaaaaaccccce!

Skip DeVol
“Ultrabanjo”
cover art: Pat Lazelle-Sweeney
1978, Artco records #70-1156

“A Message to Disbelievers:  The Speeds of Certain Tunes On This Album Are The Speeds They Are Actually Played”

Check out Skip doing the Star Wars theme:

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Died 2011

Buy  Skip DeVol at MusicStack

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Before PSY there was…

PY
“CABOOM presents a Saturday Night With PY”
Clark Air Force Base Officers Club
Victor Japan #SPEC-007

From the liner notes:  “That’s what you’ll find in this album; many memories of pleasant and relaxed evenings you spent at CABOOM, listening and dancing to “PY ” and his band.  There are many clubs in the Air Force, all offering their own brand of entertainment.  Very few however can offer oustanding quality of music available to Clark Air Base Officers Open Mess members and their guests.  The reason….. Pacifico Young and his 17-piece “Big Band” sound, including those forever delightful vocalists, Connie Lopez and Cil Castro.  These three headliners are the best to be found anywhere.

A word about the music on this album…..  It combines that infectious local rhythm with a true American sound.  The songs ring of happiness, sadness, and vivaciousness.  Most of all they ring of the unique “PY” styling that will once again bring you back to the CABOOM.  Who can forget “Yellow Bird” or “The Cure” as Connie and Cil do it.  “On Top Of Old Angeles” will sound a familiar cord [sic] to those who will dare to remember.”

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Uh oh… Better get Maaco.

Tommy Ellison
“Let This Be a Lesson To You (Drunk Driver)”
1985, Atlanta International Record Co., #AIR-10086

Died 2009

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The Demon Possessed Boy

T. L. Osborn
“The Demon Possessed Boy”
Osborn Foundation #R33-HT

The Demon Possessed Boy (edit/excerpt)


Died in February.

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2 from Just Us 2

Just Us 2
(Phyllis & Bryan Barnes)
s/t
Lost Creek # 74-7

Jive Talkin

Help Me Rhonda

Just Us 2
“Live”
Lost Creek # JU2

“RECORDED LIVE AT THE LAPIROGUE LOUNGE, THIBODAUX, LA & STEAK & ALE, HOUSTON TX”

Ahab the Arab

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Need Lithium, stat.

Kaye Ballard
“Boo Hoo – Ha Ha”
United Artists UAL 3165


kayeballard.com

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Jonah, the Whale, and some Dirty Hippies

Bob Curlee & Ken Flowers
“Jonah & the Whale”
1970, Jonah Records

“JONAH AND THE WHALE washed up on the Panama City Beach in June of 1970 — and another miracle took place.  Armed with nothing but faith and a guitar — the cast set up a stage across from the Miracle Strip Amusement Park and presented the happy-go-lucky musical five nights a week.”

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Swaller Song

Check his site for the full musical

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new vibrations


Tedd Smith with Ralph Carmichael & the Young People
“New Vibrations: a QUEST in folk rock”
Light/Word #LS-5561-LP

From the liner notes:

“I have written NEW VIBRATIONS with the intention of having it presented as a staged musical in churches, concert halls, high school auditoriums, etc.  The work presents two singers, a boy and a girl, asking each other questions, and sometimes offering possible answers, to the meaning of life.  The quest takes place through the medium of music and poetry.  The musical portion uses the two singers plus a chorus and folk-rock oriented instrumental group.  I have written the poetry as a sort of reflective introduction to each piece of music.

The work begins with the two characters hearing the sounds of life today and wondering what it’s all about.  Why is life?  A conversational quest develops through youth, marriage, parenthood, old age and comes full circle to the couple’s son who has the same questions.

It is my hope that NEW VIBRATIONS offers some shafts of light to the timeless quest that each has for the meaning of life.”

Slices of Today

New Vibrations

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Tripping Jesus


Pastor John Rydgren
“Silhouette Segments”
1968, The American Lutheran Church #8531

So it’s not a Christian musical, but it is possibly the greatest psychedelic beat-hippy jesus-freak records ever recorded.  The tracks are bits taken from the radio show of pastor John Rydgren, whose narrates and acts out strange skits in a Joe Frank meets Ken Nordine voice, often over a mashup of popular song clips and found sounds.  Amazing stuff.

WFMU fills in some info about Rydgren here.

John Rydgren & Peter Tork (The Monkees)

 Search It Out

“This Silhouette montage of music, voice, and sounds was actually inspired by the thousands of teens who have talked to John or written to him expressing their search for a personal, everyday “experiencing” of Christ.  The production dramatizes where they are, where they search… cars, a Monkee concert, the surf, problems… represented by the train, elephants (ala Bill Cosby’s “Little Old Man”) a trip, and in the middle of all this… the answers they have found.”

Music to Watch Girls By

“A natural phenomenon… watching girls.  A special attention… girls… designed for man by God.  The beautiful girls today, the colorful music provided by the Bob Crewe Generation, along with the fact that God did design a most special creature to keep man company… provided the inspiration for the Silhouette production, “Music to Watch Girls By”

Personality Doll of the Week

“A Creation by John dramatizing with humor the near tragedy, or at least unfortunate, condition of shallow opinions.  The Silhouette production portrays the almost mechanical responses given by many people regarding what they believe about God, social concerns, or what they expect from life.”

Hippie Version of the 23rd Psalm

“At John’s request, kind of a hippie D.J. wrote his version of the 23rd psalm.  The purpose of the Silhouette production was to help prove that something as ancient as a psalm from the Old Testament could fit right in the middle of today.”

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The Christian Hippy Musical in its Purest Form


Ralph Carmichael & Kurt Kaiser
“Tell It Like It Is: A Folk Musical About God”
1970, Light (Word) # LS-5512-LP

From the liner notes: 
” I don’t pretend to know where it’s all going or where it will end.  I don’t have to know.  It’s not my responsibility to second guess trends, much less create them and propagate them.  But I do have a feeling that we have to stay relevant.  We’ve been told straight out to do that and Christ Himself set the example.  In TELL IT, we have assembled a conglomerate of sounds (rhythmic, chordal, melodic) that kids are accepting at the moment.  Who cares about “pure folk forms”?  If this album is pointed to in years to come as a pure form of anything we will have goofed pretty badly.”
  — Ralph Carmichael

Brother, Let Me Take Your Hand

Ralph Carmichael is one of the best known composers of contemporary Christian music, as well as an arranger and writer for everyone from Nat King Cole to Elvis.  He now has a “big band gospel” group.

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