Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Boxing Day Bonanza at Goodwill

On Boxing Day (December 26th) we took a trip down to Marysville, Washington to partake of the Golden Coral "All You Care to Eat" buffet.  It was amazing as always. If you have never been to a Golden Coral, and you have one within driving distance (our closest one is about 1 1/2 hour drive), you have to check it out. After lunch, we driving around checking out various malls and stores. Along the way we found two Goodwill stores where they are having a 50% everything sale, which meant that 99 cent records were now 50 cents, and 10 cent cassette tapes were now 5 cents... Yippee!

I came home with 29 LPs and 1 cassette tape, with the bulk of them being Disney albums. My favorites are:
1) Walt Disney Presents Ferede Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite
2) Walt Disney Presents Songs From All Around the World
3) Walt Disney Presents Best of Broadway
4) Walt Disney Presents The Story of Treasure Island
5) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
6) Walt Disney Presents Rudyard Kilpling's Just So Stories (Narrated by Sterling Holloway)
7) Walt Disney's Story and Songs from Pinocchio (Narrated by Jiminy Cricket)
8) Walt Disney Presents the Stories of Hans Christian Anderson
9) Walt Disney Presents Acting Out The ABCs.

Although a few of them are in rough condition, they all had the original LPs inside and once I put them into shinny new record sleeves, they all looked great, and are ready to be added to my collection. Total cost for these 9 LPs was $4.50.

If you would like to check out the other non Disney albums I picked up, check them out over at Ronn's Big Pile of Stuff.

Friday, December 23, 2011

TRON Translucence Ltd Edition 10″ Vinyl

I just saw this tonght while surfing the net looking for Disney albums...

Daft Punk – Translucence is a limited edition 4-track vinyl 10" record released on Record Store Day, April 16th 2011. Translucence features 3 tracks from Daft Punk’s soundtrack for Tron: Legacy.  The 4th track, Castor, was previously only available on the special edition bonus CD. The translucent vinyl features the design of the Tron: Legacy Identity Disk and will be available in 3 colours; orange, blue and yellow.

I have contacted a few online record shops in hopes of getting a 'blue' one for my record collection!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pinnocchio... Final Sale

Back in January, the Cloverdale Antique Mall closed for good. I used to stop by on a semi regular basis and always found lots of interesting stuff and came home with some of it.  We made a point of visiting the store before they closed. We were there on the second to last day and there were all kinds of great deals on all remaining items. I found this very cool Walt Disney Pinocchio RCA Victor 3 record set and wondered what the price would be since it did not have a price on it. After looking around and finding most of the shelves were pretty bare at this point (they would close the next day), this was the only item I was interested in and so we headed to the cash to make my purchase. We waiting in a line of about 15 people until it was our turn. The lady took a look and said how about $1? I said, sounds good to me! I pulled some change from my pocket to make my purchase.
Once I got home I had a look though my Disney record price guide and could only find one listing that seemed to match. It was at the beginning of the book in a section titled "Disney records valued at over $150".  The listing says: Victor P-18: "Pinocchio"; recorded January 19, 1940, released in February 1940; MST; three record set; 78 RPM; cover notes: "Recorded from the original sound track of the Walt Disney Production, Pinocchio; this was the first use of the term "original sound track"; individual records numbered 26477, 26478, and 26479
First issue: Light blue, die-cut front cover with eight color picture panels on ten inner jacket and sleeves; internal sleeve artwork is beautiful; initially sold for $2.00....... $150
My copy has slightly different record numbers, 45-5138, 45-5139, and 45-5140. There is also no artwork on the inside sleeves. And although the cover says "printed in the I.S.A.", the 3 records say "Made in Canada by RCA Victor Company Limited Montreal", so it would seem that my copy is pretty much the same thing, but a Canadian pressing from around the same time at the US one listed in the book.
My copy does have an interesting addition, as there is a gold and blue metalic sticker on the inside which says " Everything in Music, Fletcher's, Victoria, BC" which must have been the music store that this record was originally purchased in. I looked up Fletcher's on Google, but it doesn't seem they are still around.
I must say, that I am pretty happy with my $1 purchase.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Limited Edition The Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Album Set

Not sure how I missed this one. While surfing the net today, I came across this Limited Edition The Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Vinyl Album & CD Set from the Disney Store Online. Unfortunelty it is already Sold Out on the official Disney Store site, so I'll have to see if I can get one from eBay or some other reseller.
What is it? In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the album The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion comes this deluxe limited edition set featuring a faithful reproduction of the original gatefold album and two CDs. Created especially for Disneyland Resort, Limited Edition of 1000.
Originally released in 1969, this Disneyland Records Storyteller was a promotional album to commemorate the opening of the Haunted Mansions attraction. Long since out of print, this recording has become a cherished childhood memory for many Disneyland guests.
Set Includes:
  • The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion vinyl album featuring a gatefold sleeve and including an 11-page book of color illustrations by Collin Campbell
  • The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion CD
  • The Haunted Mansion CD
  • The album cover and Hat Box Ghost painting are included as separate prints suitable for framing
  • Presentation box
Additional Information:
The CD version of The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion includes a bonus track if the official Disneyland Park Grim Grinning Ghosts.
CD also contains a digital image gallery containing the high qualoty images of the original painiting which are viewable and printable from your computer
The Haunted Mansion CD includes:
An all new ride-through mix showcasing the various musical elements of the Haunted Mansion with never-before-released recordings.
A hauntingly elegant music box version of Grim Grinning Ghosts
The many variations of the organ score assembled from the original recording sessions
The unearthly scrore from the rollicking graveyard scene
The Graveyard Band version of Grim Grinning Ghosts
A special mix of Grim Grinning Ghosts spotlighting each of the graveyard's ghostly duets
The album concludes with the Phantom Manor Suite, a special mux of John Debney's orchestral interpretations of Buddy Baker and X. Atencio's classic score

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Disney Collectors CDs

Here is some pretty cool news from Intrada. Our new CD of Michael Giacchino's Oscar-winning score for Walt Disney/Pixar's animation hit UP headlines a new series of soundtracks on CD, co-branded by Walt Disney Records & Intrada. This title was selected as the debut release with the hopes of reaching a wider audience than we have with our core group of soundtrack collectors. As with the Grammy Award-winning download program, we hope this CD will appeal not only to our soundtrack audience but to listeners who may not share a passion for Alex North, Jerry Fielding, Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith... yet love good music just the same. And Mr. Giacchino's tuneful, soaring and exciting score is just the perfect score to offer such appeal.
For our smaller group of core collectors, we have more great news! Disney is already restoring elements and preparing fully-restored masters for titles we'll be releasing just for you! (Coming next: a digitally-restored, newly-expanded genuine fan favorite!)
And Intrada will continue licensing great scores from other Disney-owned properties such as John Scott's powerhouse score for the Touchstone Pictures outdoor action film SHOOT TO KILL, which also just now makes its debut release on CD.
I truly feel this Walt Disney/Intrada series is great news for all of us who love music from the movies!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Let's Fly with Mary Poppins

After seeing the Disney's Archive Collection ad that I posted a while back, I went on the hunt for the 3 CDs listed in the ad. The first one I have acquired is Let's Fly with Mary Poppins (1965) which I was able to get from Amazon Market Place for $12.48. And after a few listens, I can say it was well worth the effort. It is a great listen from beginning to end filled with a great upbeat retro jazz / lounge sound that I am becoming a big fan of. I will certainly be on the lookout for this one on vinyl.
From the liner notes of the CD:
May I take this opportunity to pay a tribute to the Walt Disney Studio for giving us this great movie Mary Poppins, and may I pay tribute to Richard M. Sharman and Robert B. Sharman for giving us the most wonderful and delightful tunes ever to go into a movie. When I first heard these tunes, I flipped and immediately recorded "Stay Awake" and "Spoonful of Sugar."
We had the pleasure of introducing these two great tunes to our Las Vegas audiences. I then called in Gia Miaone (Mrs. Louis Prima) and together we went ahead and recorded the balance of these tunes to complete this album. We hope you will enjoy our treatments. In all my years of show business, I have never had so much fun. I do hope when you play this album over and over that you will enjoy the same kind of pleasure. Especially listen to Gia's interpretation of "Sister Suffragette"... WOW!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Apollo Music $1 Record Sale!

I finally got to Apollo Music today. I heard about them a few months back, but their hours are pretty much the same as the hours I work and they are not usually open on weekends. But I got an email from them this past week saying that they would be open today (Saturday) and that they had over 2500 new $1 albums, so I planned to make the trip to visit the store. I was not disappointed! I came home with 58 new albums, mostly Disney or Disney related.
Among my favorites, are:
  • A mint copy of Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean which still has its $5.98 Disneyland price sticker on it.
  • An RCA Camden album of Roy Rogers tells and sings about Pecos Bill from 1949.
  • Disneyland Records [DQ1296] Mary Martin Sings the Sound of Music from 1966.
  • Disneyland Records [3815] Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club Song Hits with a personal Mousketeer Cast Photo Album from 1975.
  • Buena Vista Records "Let's Get Together with Haley Mills" from 1962.
  • Somerset Records presents Favorite Songs from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins.
  • Columbia Records, The Dave Brubeck Quartet "Dave Digs Disney"
  • Official Mickey Mouse Club 78 R.P.M. Extra Play record of Walt Disney's The Littlest Outlaw from 1955.
  • Walt Disney "Little Gem" Record of The Aristocats.
  • A Pinocchio audio cassette that came with an LP sized booklet. Unfortunately the tape is missing, but I actually think I have an extra Pinocchio cassette somewhere that I can slip into this case.
I also got some more record sleeves to put my new records in. It is amazing how slipping an old beat up record into a glossy record sleeve can make it look so much more impressive!
As well as all the Disney records, I also picked up some other interesting albums incluidng an Art Linkletter album, a Reveen "Stop Smoking" album and a very cool Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker album.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Disney's Archive Collection

I used to be subscribed to the Disney Magazine for years before Disney stopped publishing it back in 2005. Recently while hunting though some local thrift shops, I came across a copy of the Spring 1998 issue of the Disney Magazine. I paid my 25 cent and took it home to have some fun rereading this 13 year old issue. What caught my eye was a full page story on the first 3 Disney Archive Collection CD's, as well as a half page ad for the albums.
Back in 1998, I didn't have much interest in these albums or the Disney Archive Collection, but today, I would love to add these to my collection. I am especially interested in finding a copy of the Lets Fly With Mary Poppins CD, as I downloaded a copy from iTunes and absolutely love it!
When Randy Thornton talks about the long- lost treasures in the Walt Disney Records archives, he
sounds more like a kid in a candy shop than a digital restoration producer. He takes master tapes of out-of- print albums and brings the sound quality up to today's standards. He uses words like "de-noise," "de-crackle," and "re-mix," but the mission is to present the music as it sounded in the studio.
He's done it with Disney's Classic Soundtrack Series, and he's doing it for the Archive Collection, due for its maiden release in March. "As long as I've been here, we've been getting letters from people asking about albums they had while growing up," says the 11 -year Disney veteran. Three albums will
launch the series. Originally released as Hayley Mills basked in the success of The Parent Trap, 1962's Let's Get Together With Hayley Mills contains her first commercial recording, "Jimmie Bean Song"
from Pollyanna. With British accent and spunky innocence, she sings of brave Jimmie, who "ain't afraid of nothing ... except a ghost, maybe."
Equally charming and also originally targeted for kids, 1964's Chim Chim Cheree and Other Children's Choices finds Burl Ives embracing old favorites and selections from Mary Poppins with a grandfatherly warmth that could soothe the wildest hellion. jazz trumpeter- singer-composer Louis Prima's Let's Fly With Mary Poppins from 1965 contains feisty renditions of the film's material. "Chim Cbim Cheree" won him the voice role of King Louie in The Jungle Book. These and subsequent releases will contain original cover art and liner notes.
Partly inspired by the resurgence of lounge music, the Archive Collection is an enthusiastic undertaking at Walt Disney Records. With a schedule calling for 10 releases this year and keepsakes from Fess Parker, Cliff  “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, and even Goofy's Dance Party on the docket, there will be new life for this lost art. "There's tons of stuff," says Thornton, "and it hasn't been available for 30 years. The time is right." (each CD, $16.98) -D. S.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fench Canadian Disneyland Record & Cassette

I picked up this 1974 French "Winnie the Pooh" read along book recently at a local thrift shop. It didn't have a record or tape with it, but being that it was in French, it seemed like an interesting item to add to my collection. I had noticed the cassette tape icon on the cover when I purchased it and had assumed it originally came with a tape, not a record. When I tossed it on the scanner tonight, I noticed that along with the cassette logo, it also has the record logo which had a slash though it. After scanning it, I looked closer at the slash though the record logo and thought that perhaps someone had made the slash with a felt pen when they passed it along to the thrift. I tried to erase it with a pencil eraser and to my surprise I was able to remove it completely. Now I am a little confused as to weather this came with a cassette tape, a record, or both? The inside back cover does have a fold where a record could be stored, but it is not like the usual ones that hold records which are more like a pocket.
I had a quick look though my collection and did not find another one with both the cassette AND record logo, I also did a quick look on Google and also did not see any like this, so now I am confused as to what this was. Perhaps it did come with both a cassette and a record to go along with the booklet shown here. I'll never know, as sadly my copy came with neither.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Story of Rapunzel

I picked up this 1970, 33 1/3 Long Playing Record with 24 page book of the Story of Rapunzel. Ironically, I found it the same week I purchased the Little Golden Book of Tangled.
If you don't know, the new Disney film Tangled is based on the story of Rapunzel, and was even supposed to be called Rapunzel, before a last minute panic set in, and Disney decided it needed to change the title to something a little more appealing to boys.
As well as the story on Side A, we also get "Lonely For My Love" Rapunzel's Song, by Katie Briggs (Camarata) on Side B.
If you want to check out more Little Golden Books, be sure to stop by my other blog Ronn's Big Pile of Stuff.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Disneyland Records Thrift Shop Finds

I decided today to check out some of my local thrift shops... something I don't usually do. I am always checking out thrift shops in other cities, but very rarely do I actually check out the ones right in my own back yard. So, today I made an effort to visit three of them. The first one turned out to be the best, as records were just 25 cents each and there were tons to go though. I ended up coming home with 32 albums from that store alone.
While I was looking though the records at the store, I knew they were just 25 cents each, so I was pulling out anything that looked interesting - even stuff I knew I had multiple copies of already. One of the last albums I found was the 1972 Vista album Walt Disney World Band, a record I have been hoping to find for some time now. I was really excited until I found that the album inside the cover was not the correct one. Once I knew I had the cover but no album, I started looking at all the loose albums without covers, hoping to find the album that went with this cover, but had no luck finding it. It didn't really matter, though, as I was still pretty happy with finding just the cover.
Fast forward a few hours when I got home and started going though my new pile of albums. As I went though the pile, I pulled out each album to see if it actually matched the cover. All was well until I got to the album Most Beloved Songs, which didn't seem to have the right album inside. But to my excitement, it was the Walt Disney World Band album that I was missing, and as it turned out, the Most Beloved Songs album was inside the Walt Disney World Band cover. I'm so glad that records were just 25 cents, as I probably would not have bought the Most Beloved Songs record as I knew I had a number of copies at home already. But as it turns out, I am extremely happy that I picked up this one as well!
Another strange thing was the All About Dragons record, Inside the cover were two albums, but unlike usual, when I find an extra odd ball album stuffed inside a cover, this time, both albums were All About Dragons. The only difference being that one is labeled 1301 and the other is DQ-1301.
Then there was Pete's Dragon which again, I knew I had, but I was surprised to see that this one has a sleeve inside with artwork on it which I do not remember ever seeing in any of my previous copies.
There was also a very cool 101 Dalmatiens album from Un Disque Disneyland. It is a 1965 release by Walt Disney Music of Canada Limited, and is in French. This is the first Disney album in French that I have ever come across. Now I am hoping to find other albums in French, as this one has different artwork from any I had previously, which makes me wonder if they were always different, of I just haven't found the English version of this one yet?
As well as records, I came home with some cool Disney pins, lots of old magazines filled with old Disney ads and a few other odds and ends. All in all I would say I had a pretty good day!