Monthly Archives: June 2011

1945-1947-Pat Flowers

Another pianist who idolized Fats Waller. He even used some of the Waller men on his recordings including Gene Sedric and Al Casey. Twenty-four tracks in this collection. There are some fun tracks on this disc but being a huge … Continue reading

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Other Days, Other Eyes-Bob Shaw (1972)

This is the expanded version of his 1966 short story “Light Of Other Days.” There were two more stories, “Burden Of Proof” in 1967 and “A Dome Of Many-Colored Glass” in 1972. All three are incorporated in the novel as sidelights. It’s … Continue reading

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The Gene Krupa Story 4 CD Box Set

Ninety-nine tracks from 1938-1947. Personnel include Roy “Little Jazz” Eldridge, Anita O’Day, Charlie Ventura, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Lambert and Red Rodney. The first three discs are studio recordings and the fourth one is live. CD #1 highlights include: “Rhythm Jam”, “Do … Continue reading

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Winner Take All-James McKimmey (1959)

McKimmey wrote a number of paperback originals for Dell. I’ve enjoyed them all and that includes this one about gambling and the underworld. Mark Steele is an engineer who drifts from job to job. Right now he’s in San Francisco. … Continue reading

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The Colgate Comedy Hour with Abbott & Costello-November 18,1951

A chance to watch real pros at work. This episode opened with Bud and Lou walking through the audience. Lou throws popcorn at everybody.On stage they trade barbs with a “camera man.” Now it’s time for the show. Bud says … Continue reading

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Rocketship X-M (1950)

I’ve found the cure for insomnia. I’ve also found the worst SF movie of the 50’s. Nothing that came after, no matter how bad, could induce a coma like sensation in a viewer like this snooze fest. Four guys and … Continue reading

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Operation Survival Earth-Stefan Denaerde-Translated From The Dutch by Jim Long

I got this is in a five bucks a bag sale of paperbacks several years ago and finally got around to it. My mistake. This is not a SF novel. It’s a pitch for religion. I don’t have a problem with … Continue reading

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The Complete Victor Releases-Marion Harris

Twenty-two tracks on this album, ninteen from 1916-1920 and some from 1927. One of the top singers of the era that music historians should get familiar with. Highlights include: “They Go Wild, Simply Wild Over Me”, “When Alexander Takes His … Continue reading

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As A Man Falls-Howard Rigsby (1954)

After a slow start things pick up as Henry Scudder starts going over the edge. This is a good read about guilt leading to paranoia. Henry Scudder is from a rich family back East. He likes to go to the … Continue reading

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My Friend Irma (1952-54)

Sitcom based on the hit movie and radio show. Marie Wilson is the ditzy Irma Peterson. She and her roommate Jane Stacy live in a New York apartment. Irma works as a secretary for a lawyer. The second season brought … Continue reading

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