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Engine, Engine Number 9 - Dang Me & Other County & Western Favorites Crown CLP-5453

Engine, Engine Number 9 and Dang Me, both mega hits for Roger Miller in 1964, were covered by various budget record labels looking to make a fast buck. The record label or its jacket does not identify any of the artists that appear on this album, but luckily some kind persons have identified most of the artists on the album. The source material varies in quality, and some of it was obviously very old even in 1964. Some of the tracks are barely country and or western, more rockabilly than anything. The most out of place track is likely the final track, Lovable One, which sounds an awful lot like an easy listening early 50's pop hit. Apparently the group "The Lucky Pennies" was a Western & Country group according to one source I found for them, so it appears that this track is not that out of place after all.

Regardless, this album is an interesting grab bag of Country & Western tracks that you may have never heard of

Engine, Engine Number 9
Dang Me
Hilo March-Jenks Carman
Please Daddy, Let's Go
Walkin' By Myself-Al Muniz
Hey Baby-Harely Gabbard and Aubrey Halt

Side B

I'm Not Schuckin' - Jimmy Patton
Everybody's Rockin' - Whitey Pullen
It's Too Late For Cryin'-Sterling Blythe
Like the Dickins I Do- Wayne West
O.K. Doll, It's a Deal-Joannie King
Lovable One- The Lucky Pennies


Cocktails In Manhattan: The Julian Gould Trio (Grand Prix K149)

Piano and light rhythm music, the kind of music one would expect to hear playing the background of a fancy restaurant or fine formal party.

This album of Cocktail music by the Julian Gould Trio contains a number of standards, the number of which is shocking. Rather typical for budget label album, the jacket's track listings do not quite match up with the actual records, so if one interested in hearing Intermezzo and Time Goes By, you will be disappointed. However, if you are interested in hearing "Manhattan" and "P. S. I Love You", you may not be so disappointed, or even care that the jacket lied to you.

The only downside to this album is that is less than 30 minutes long, I wish it was longer.

The Julian Gould Trio appears to be a made-up group, as this is their only album.

Side A

1. Manhattan
2. These Foolish Things
3. Nocturne
4. P. S. I Love You
5. Cliffs of Capri

Side B

1. Deep Purple
2. Sunrise Serenade
3. Tiara
4. Once In A While
5. Etude


Almost all the Crown Record Discography is on Youtube for free listening! If You Use The Right Search Terms That is....

It has been a really long time since I have posted on this blog... and that is not likely to change, but I felt that I have found something that would concern an interested reader of this blog.

I spent a lot of time talking about the Bihari Brother's budget record labels when I was active in writing posts for this blog, back then Orchard music had many recording under a solid paywall of around nine dollars an album (for recordings which as contained on original vinyl releases that are in the realm of the dollar or less bins of any given record store one visits)... Which seemed silly to me since one could easily get an original vinyl copy off of Ebay for five dollars [including shipping] if one really wanted to have the full album... you would have the cover art (of which are still not present on most of the reissued recordings online) at least.

Using the artist names listed in the following discography of the original Crown Records catalog releases: Go to Youtube and put it in like this [artist name] Orchard [music/enterpries]. If you are lucky, you will start seeing videos with the crown record label in them, or even original cover art (rare). It will say they were provided by Orchard Enterprises or Music to Youtube. These are the same recordings you can find on Itunes or Amazon Music, and you can now listen to essentially every Crown release ever issued for free. For complete albums, go to advanced search settings and select playlists, or if the artist was certainly budget, click on the “user” which is in the format of [artist name]-topic...

Remember to remove and modify the generic attributions like “& his orchestra” because that can be listed as [Artist Names] Orchestra, [Artist Names], or if vocals are involved [Artist Name] chorus...

Orchard music enterprises do not stay true to the original release’s artist attribution names a lot of the time, particularly if they are really no name group. A lot of background music is grouped under the 1000 Strings artist name for example.

Often times the name of the attributed artist is the same as the original Crown release... maybe slightly modified, but Youtube's search algorithms are smart enough to sort through minor differences in the way the name was composed.

Once you have found the name Orchard uses to identify the artist, plug back the name into the search function with Orchard music or enterprises, and the rest of the tracks on youtube for that artist should appear in the top results.

Sometimes the original album’s track listings are not grouped exactly like the original crown release, they may be scattered in compilations that Orchard has a habit of making from these tracks, particularly when the tracks sound similar or have the same theme.

Special Cases: Where finding the recordings on youtube is  not be so straight forward and I had to do some digging to find the recordings and here I will either tell you how to find them, or suggest alternative means in getting hold of a copy legally and ethically (i.e I am not directing you to file sharing sites when there is someone who is legitimately charging for a digital copy of the recording). Advising you to seek out a vintage vinyl copy will only be suggested as a last resort, but that is required still, because the original used such a generic name, or no name at all, that Orchard music enterprises may well have it up online, but who knows what artist attribution they issued it under.

To conclude: If you don’t see the release in the list below, I found the original recordings very quickly and easily, and so I will not bother to write up a description of how to find them.

I will publish a list of special cases as separate posts as I feel like making them.


Ira Wright & Orchestra: The Music Man & My Fair Lady (Rondo-Lette)

Rondo-lette was one of the better labels Eli Oberstien ran in the late 50's. These albums featured stereo releases complete with full color jackets and liner notes, but no inner sleeve for some reason… Many of these releases were cheaply recorded instrumental albums, such as this split album. This album features 4 selections from "The Music Man" and 5 selections of "My Fair Lady", on sides A and B respectfully. My copy came to me without it's original jacket, and like all the Rondo releases I have ran a crossed, it's really beat up. If you see a NM copy of any Rondo or Rondo-lette release you have a real rarity! 

I rushed through the transfer process, basically removing the largest pops, and running it through DeClick and DeNoise to remove a good majority of the artifacts plaguing this copy. It's not a perfect transfer, however it's still very listenable.

Tracks are as follows

Side A

76 Trombones
Goodnight My Someone
Lida Rose
Till There Was You [Not sure if the track on this album is actually this song, sounds more like a Jazzy filler track to me. See my "Till There Was You (Halo Records)" video for the correct recording]

Side B

I Could Have Danced All Night
Get Me To The Church On Time
With A Little Bit of Luck
On The Street Where You Live
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face


Ira Wright Orchestra and Singers: Memories Are Made Of These (Rondo-lette)

An interesting album which features a collection of tracks which either feature a famous musician or composer's music or playing style played by an no name studio group. The mass credit of Ira Wright Orchestra is merely a pseudonym and that was a standard practice for budget labels. Often they made recordings with a bunch of low wage session musicians and pay them a flat fee with no royalties as a condition of employment. This allowed them to reissue material without having to pay anyone other then music copyright companies, but they only had to do this when the used non-public domain music.

Tracks are as follows:

(Artists and composers listed bellow are listed only to demonstrate who they were "tributing", with the expection of the Ken Griffin track, which is actually a recording of that artist)

Side A

Tommy Dorsey- Dark Eyes
Glenn Miller- Anvil Chorus
Dave Rose- Spanish Serenade
Leroy Anderson- Blue Tango
Ken Griffin- After The Ball

Side B

Al Jolson- Swanee
George M. Cohan- Yankee Doodle Dandy
John Philip Sousa- King Cotton
Stephen Foster- O Susanna
VIctor Herbert- Because You're You


Varsity Operetta Singers and Orchestra: Songs from Oklahoma (Varsity Records)

This Varsity record's release from 1952 contains just four songs from the Broadway musical "Oklahoma". These four songs are crammed into three tracks.

The second side contains four filler tracks from a variety of sources. The second side makes for great background background listening.


Side A

1.Oklahoma-People Will Say We're In Love
2. People Will Say We're In Love (Piano and Rhythm)
3. I Can't Say No-Out Of My Dreams

Side B

1.Waiting For You
3.Waiting A Fire
4. My Heart Is Waiting

National Concert Dance Orchestra: Selections from Porgy and Bess and others (Halo Records)

This one of those Halo Record releases that screams low budget. The cover is perhaps the only real reason you would want a copy of this record. After all, there are only five Porgy and Bess tunes on the whole record! The cover art is wonderful to say the least. Oberstien, for his Halo record line, got the New York Graphic Society to let him use prints of top grade paintings for his label's record jackets. As you can see, this cover is worthy of framing.... too bad the content of the enclosed record doesn't reach the expectations set by the jacket art. Also, the artist attribution is pretty... generic to say the least. I think that the staff at Record Corporation Of America (The company that Eli Oberstein used to release these budget records) got in a heated argument on what generic name they were going to use for the artist credit on this release. I imagine it must have been a stalemate between "National Dance Orchestra" and "National Concert Orchestra", and somebody stepped in and made a compromise with "National Concert Dance Orchestra" so everyone could move on with their lives.

The music on this record is very disappointing as there are only three Porgy and Bess tracks. The rest of the album comprised of mainly cheap classical recordings. The last filler track on side A is the only filler track that breaks the cheap canned classical music mood. It is a track from the Royale record album "Strictly Instrumental: Broadway Hits, arranged by Russel Bannett" (catalog number 1241). I happen to have the complete album uploaded here on Youtube. The track "Hoops" is not the only recording on this album taken from that album. "Summertime" on this Halo release is also the before mentioned Royale album.

The copy I had was rather worn, which is makes for noisy vinyl rips when combined with fact it's a styrene pressing. The A side is extremely noisy, however DeNoise, my noise reduction program I use for cleaning up my transfers pushed the noise under the desired audio. The first track on side A had some serious problems with needle jumps throughout the first minute of the track. The track is still worth listening too, as the unknown vocalist has an almost operatic style that makes for interesting listening. The rest of the album suffers from surface noise and related artifacts that are just impossible to remove with software. The album is still quite listenable, however you will need to be able to tolerate some noise to enjoy this album.

I'm just going to give the times of the interesting tracks

I Got Plenty O' Nottin' & Bess You Is My Women (0:11)
It Ain't Necessary So & Woman Is A Sometime Thing (3:47)
Summertime (6:37)
Minute In G
Hoops (18:04)

Side B

The label on side B lists "American In Paris", "Rhapsody In Blue", and a bunch of Show tunes that would have make this record worth every penny. However the label is a complete misrepresentation of the actual content, as it is all just cheap canned classical music.

Side B

None But The Lonely Heart
Minute In G
To A Wild Rose
Andante Cantabile