Sunday, 26 September 2021

Randy Andrus and Cal Kellett - Red Hot

MORE HOCKEY STUFF! And this is one we've really had a hard time sitting on since we pulled it out of the OH&S nightmare that is the Recordland 7" room. A few years ago, we were reminded of a terrible video from the mid-80's that featured members of the Calgary Flames badly lip synching to a tune celebrating their team:

Apparently this was part of a fundraiser for the Canadian Hemophilia Society - there are VHS tapes out there somewhere. 

We're guessing this record was sent out to radio stations and wasn't part of the fundraiser (at least not directly?). But we have it in our collection, and that's all that matters

Saturday, 25 September 2021

R. Harlan Smith & The Royalty Singers - Go, Go Calgary/Fan The Flames (1981)

The newscaster tells us that it's almost hockey time again, which means it's a good time to post this record from R. Harlan Smith, the founder of Edmonton's Royalty Records. What's amazing about this record's two sides is they basically the same song - we're pretty sure that's the same bed track, just with different vocals, each track celebrating the Calgary Flames (although the B side is, despite the title, slightly more generic). 

We have a very important question about this, though - noting that Smith put out a single in the same year titled "Go Gretzky Go," did they manage to recycle the same music and bed track for FOUR songs? 

You can hear at least half of them here!

Friday, 24 September 2021

Spirit of '87 - 88/Theme From 88 (1987)

We're not sure how we missed this record back when we were digging through our Calgary-themed singles. We're assuming this was a by-product of the Song For Calgary contest, and it's a really weird one, for two reasons: first, the Francophone-themed "Feuille d'Erable" label and, second, well - how do we put this lightly? The WHITE REGGAE. 

Most notably, this was before the whole Jamaican bobsleigh team craze, which makes it extra perplexing.

But there it is.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Keen Kraft - Cardboard Lathe

Here's something pretty random, but we're already down this rabbit hole, so let's keep going. This is a - we assume - one-off cardboard lathe that we stumbled across in our travels. Keen Kraft was a local (Albertan?) music shop from the 1950's through to the 1980's when they were bought out by Long & McQuade. We're mostly posting this because of the ad that was nestled in a clipping from an article a few days ago:

Keen Kraft moved around (or had multiple locations? one of the two) over its history - looking at the address in that ad, we're pretty sure that space eventually became Coconut Joe's. And after a quick fact-check (why did we fact-check the location of Coconut Joe's vs all the band details we've glossed over? PARALYZERS.), we can confirm this to be true:

Oh, right. The record for today. As a cardboard lathe, this thing is pretty rough - it sounds like an accordion (or chord organ?) lesson, with the student running through "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and another piece we don't recognize. 

It's maybe not as interesting as, say, reminiscing about Electric Avenue, but... it's what you get today.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Lenny Siebert and Sons of the Saddle - Cowpoke/In The City (1961)

Whoops! We're digging back into the 1960's with today's single, a pair of great country songs from Lenny Siebert, one of the three Calgarian siblings that made up the Siebert Brothers.

We haven't been able to locate any episodes/clips of the TV show referenced above...  but at least we've got the download!

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Heart Records: Wood Sisters (1978), Time Machine (1978, 1979), Mary Lu Zahalan (1981)

This last set of singles from Heart Records is a bit of a weird mix. The Wood Sisters' single is super scratchy (sorry!) and we can't really tell you much about it's country tunes (other than it's in TERRIBLE shape). Mary Lu Zahalan was a former beauty queen turned singer and actress - her single is a slice of AOR and evidence of Heart's interest in out-of-town performers.

But Time Machine were local, and apparently quite a thing, a seven member band with a suitably big pop/rock sound. It's very late 70's, right down to the appearances at Lucifer's:

Get 'em here!

Monday, 20 September 2021

Heart Records: Bonnie James (1979), Weather (1979), Vacationers (1979), Pat Hatherly (1980)

We're going to blast thru the rest of the Heart Records singles that are laying around the CCPS offices... this first batch are all (kind of) name-checked in the article below, and seem to be out-of-town (Vancouver!) artists. 

We're kind of curious about the second Bonnie James single: the A side of the Pat Hatherly single appears to be the one mentioned in the article. Did James change her name? Do we care enough to find out?


Sunday, 19 September 2021

Rick Morgenstern - That Lady of Mine (1978), Lovin', Lovin' (1979), Be My Dream Maker (1979), I'm Taking Care Of The Babies (1981), Nashville's Lonely Out Tonight (1982)

Today's stack of singles is from country singer/keyboardist Rick Morgenstern. Two are on his own Meadow-Morgen Records (named in part for his hometown of Meadowlake, Saskatchewan) and the other three are on Heart Records. These are all polished little slabs of vinyl (not literally - as you've probably noticed by now, some of our records are in TERRIBLE condition), which is probably why Morgenstern piqued the interest of Heart founder Ron Mahonin:

At last sighting Morgenstern was still active, living in Edmonton and playing with the legendary Emeralds

Get these singles here!

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Ian Tyson - Beverly (1977), Alberta's Child (1980), Ol' Alberta Moon (1981), Alberta's Child (1983)

So, here's that other Highwood single - from the legendary Ian Tyson! We had to go back a revisit the timeline of his career to figure out how he ended up releasing this piece of vinyl (along with another) on such a small label. The duo of Ian & Sylvia called it quits in 1975, around the same time The Ian Tyson Show - and in 1980 Tyson signed on with a new manager that helped to reinvigorate his career. 

In that interim period between 1975 and 1980, he put out a few recordings on smaller labels (Gary Buck's Broadland imprint, the Hitchner's Highwood, and Stompin' Tom's Boot Records). We've got a selection of singles (mostly) from that era of his career, including three singles that are Alberta-themed. Oh, and two of which are the same song. That second, major-label version of "Alberta's Child" is in here also because it was mixed by Richard Harrow in his Living Room Studios.

Get 'em here!

Friday, 17 September 2021

Highwood Records - James Lee Hitchner (1975, 1976, 1977, 1981), Keith Hitchner (1975, 1981)

Today's seven singles come to us via siblings James Lee Hitchner and Keith Hitchner, and (mostly) the Highwood label. James got his start in music in the early 60's, playing in a country/pop outfit called the Cavaliers before going full country. We suspect that the Highwood label - which most of these singles are on - was a family business, as all the label seems to have put out are records by the brothers Hitchner. With one big exception, which we'll get to tomorrow. But for now, you can enjoy this ripper of a review of an early James Lee Hitchner show:

Ouch! Suffice to say, these singles are far more polished.