Monday, 6 December 2021

Jacqueline Dolan - The Second Time (1987)

Here's the last of the Doug Wong Music tapes that had a co-release on vinyl, and the second from harpist and singer Jacqueline Dolan. The liner notes that this is a selection of Dolan's personal favourites, and it's a lush selection of covers of folk, pop, and musical numbers. 

Sadly, like the previous tape of Dolan's, there's no file for this one. But the download is here!

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Barry & Lyn Luft - Flower In The Snow (1987)

Here's a second tape from Barry and Lyn Luft on Doug Wong Music; this one was also released on LP. It's another great selection of folk tunes, this time recorded at Richard Harrow's Living Room Studios, rather than the duo's basement.

The contents of Doug Wong's file on this suggest that the tape of theirs that we featured earlier may have been a re-press (so to speak) of the original LP. But it looks like Flower In The Snow was a true double-media release.

Get it here!

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Calgary Glenmore Temple Band Of The Salvation Army - Christmas Praise (1987)

We're really proud of ourselves today; we're managing to post a Christmas tape at the correct time of year! If you're, like us, sticking close to home and avoiding the malls, this might be the thing you need to put you in the Christmas spirit - a selection of seasonal tunes performed by the Calgary Glenmore Temple Band Of The Salvation Army! 

Get these seasonal delights here!

Friday, 3 December 2021

Wild Colonial Boys - Come As A Stranger, Leave As A Friend (1987)

The Wild Colonials are back with another tape! This one didn't have an accompanying LP release, and we kind of blew everything we could tell you about them on our last post... 

So all you get today is the obligatory file shot and the download!

Thursday, 2 December 2021

John Cunningham & The Caledonians - This Land Is Your Land (1987)

We've got another tape full of dance tunes (i.e.: waltzes, polkas, etc) for you, this time from accordionist John Cunningham and the Caledonians. We have an LP by Cunningham kicking around the CCPS offices, so it was fun to get this tape - which also features local country musician Ron Paxton. We tried to find out more about Cunningham, but could only find a news article about another accordionist with the same name whose playing was banned by the town of Comox, BC. So we'll have to be content with the glossy 8x10 of Cunningham - in full Scottish garb - in the file for the project.

Get the tape here!

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Steve Worrall - 10 Emotions (1987)

Alright! Back into the 80's rock! Steve Worrall is the brother of Rick Worrall, who put out a single on Doug Wong Music that we posted a few months back

Where brother Rick skews more a bit more folk, Steve is headed for the big rock sound - well, the big 80's rock sound. The title track, "Ten Emotions" is a pretty great track and a good sample of what this is about - yeah, it's rock, but since it's 80's rock it's guitars are swathed in synthesizer tones and rooted by what we suspect is a drum machine. There's lot of really great, classic synth sounds on here, which led to a game of "guess-the-synthesizer" in the CCPS offices. 

If you want to play along, grab the download here!

Monday, 29 November 2021

Various - Canada, A Land & Its Songs (1987)

DWMC-60 is today's tape and it's a compilation much like Alberta Dreams -  not surprisingly, it was produced by the same folks. The Canada, A Land & Its Songs compilation sees the folks from Canadian Heritage Songs giving us a song-by-song trip across the country. With some odd choices along the way - likely due to licensing issues. 

Like so many things Canadian, we imagine there was a lot of give and take with putting together this one.

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Eun Joo (Esther) Lee and Kyung Chil (Casey) Lee - Have Thine Own Way, Lord (1987)

One of the benefits of having a Gen Z kid nearby in the CCPS offices is that when you're presented with a j-card in Korean, said kid can help you properly transcribe the song titles. So! Today's Doug Wong Music tape is a batch of Korean gospel music - and one which is more in the classical genre than the country/folk that we usually hear here at the CCPS. And - partially because of the nature of this sort of thing - we really can't tell you more about this tape beyond that.

But you can get it here!

Saturday, 27 November 2021

20-20 - 20-20 (1987)

Back in the spring when we were working through Rob Bartlett's archives, we featured a cassette and a pair of singles from singer Karen Cunningham, with the singles attributed to her and 20-20. If we'd been paying more attention to the 20-20 part, we probably would have been more prepared for this tape from the Doug Wong archives, which fills in the blank that we missed. 

20-20 (not to be confused with 20/20 or The 20/20s) was a late 80's rock band fronted by singer and songwriter Jeff Rolheiser, with Cunningham sharing vocal duties. We went searching for more for info on the band; it looks like Rolheiser played guitar with Jameson Booker earlier in the 80's. And may have gone on to a career as a realtor, which shows us where the money really is in Calgary.


Friday, 26 November 2021

Rocky Mountain Auto Tours - Banff to Columbia Icefield (1987), Columbia Icefield to Banff (1987), Jasper to Columbia Ice Field (1987)


This is a fun bunch of tapes, closely related to the 1993 Calgary to Banff auto tour that we posted earlier this month. What's odd is that there was no mention of this more extensive series in that article - clearly an error of omission. The run-up to the 1988 Olympics was clearly a bit of a boom time for local tourism, and Dave Callbeck took full advantage of the influx of visitors to produce a series of six tapes that provided guided tours through the mountains. We only found three of the tapes in Doug Wong's archives - and without j-cards (they were delivered to Callbeck without art - if anyone has a pic of the original packaging, we're super curious to know what it looked like).   

Since we don't have the full series, we can't tell for sure what the starting point is (is it Calgary, like the Ron Lorenz tape?), but from Doug's files it looks like this covers at least highway 93 from Banff to Jasper, with a slight detour out to Field along highway 1. Each tapes starts with the disclaimer, "due to forces beyond our control the reference points that are described by our narrator on this cassette are subject to change," and has the same somewhat stilted start/stop routine as the Ron Lorenz tape. But this one is voiced by broadcaster Liz Palmer (in other news, there's a whole website dedicated to Calgary broadcasters, which is an AMAZING trip down the rabbit hole - and, yes, Ed Whalen is on there, but doesn't have the shrine he deserves).

It's not a great time of the year for road trips, but if you're headed into the mountain parks, you can grab these three audio guides here.