Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Show 42: Blast Off!

It's been almost 35 years since the last time... ain't it time we went back?

Come along on a quick round trip as we venture out of the familiar confines of the Mauna Loa Lounge and go up... way up!

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Song 1 : : Destination Moon
Artist : : The Ames Brothers
Album : : Destination Moon

Played one by these guys last week (see the last post for a link to some info)... From a whole album of moon-themed tunes... in Living Stereo, no less!

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Song 2 : : Old Devil Moon
Artist : : Eddy Manson
Album : : Percussion Sounds and the Harmonica

Recently read that this album may not, in fact, be by Eddy Manson. Nevertheless, here is some info on Manson, who was at one time one of Borrah Minevitch's Harmonica Rascals (which also gave us the great Johnny Puleo).

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Song 3 : : Fly Me To The Moon
Artist : : Ten Tuff Guitars
Album : : Ten Tuff Guitars

One of the Ten Tuff Guitars was Tony Mottola... I hope to put together a show on Mottola in the coming weeks, sometime around his birthday in mid-April.

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Song 4 : : By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Artist : : The Three Suns
Album : : Swingin' on a Star

Yeah, yeah, yeah... another Three Suns track. I just can't help myself! As I mentioned on the show a few weeks back, during the RCA period, The Three Suns were actually split up into recording and touring entities. This album cover doesn't even feature a picture of all three actual Suns... check out the Sun on the right side of the swing (that's Don Kirshner!).

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Song 5 : : Everyone's Gone To the Moon
Artist : : Percy Faith
Album : : Themes for the "In" Crowd

The easiest of E-Z listening... Percy Faith (who happens to be a fellow Canadian). Actually, this is from a not-bad album. This song makes for a good return to earth as we ready ourselves for splashdown in a great big Mai Tai that awaits us in the Mauna Loa Lounge...

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Song 6 : : When You Wish Upon a Star
Artist : : Frank Comstock
Album : : Music from Outer Space

Great looking cover on this classic theremin record. Here is a long interview with Frank Comstock.

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