What would fit the holiday season better than a compilation featuring a blind whistler, zombie calypso, and elk calling instructions? You don't care about elk calling, you say? I am sure you will reconsider after listening to Glenn Mittelsteadt, World's Greatest Elk Caller! And apart from that you'll hear (and learn to play) bongos, theremin, a singing saw, and people brushing their teeth, or something like that. Now without further ado, here is Phonoanomalies for Hi-Fi Bugs, originally compiled by Keith Lo Bue. My personal favorites besides the World's Greatest Elk Caller are the incredible performances by the Eloise Trio (tracks 9 and 32, they have to be heard to be believed) and the always great Fred Lowery. Alright, the real fun (with 33 MP3 files and accompanying artwork) starts after the jump.
01 Danny Gould & Jack Burger - Introduction (excerpt)
02 Ferrante and Teicher - Oye Negra
03 Yma Sumac - Let Me Hear You
04 Jack Fascinato - An Old Saw
05 Perez Prado and his Orchestra - Maria
06 Jenks "Tex" Carman - Dixie Cannon Ball
07 Electrified People - One Thousand Dimension in Blue
08 Fred Lowery (The Blind Whistler) - Abide With Me
09 The Eloise Trio - Chi Chi Merengue
10 Lou Monte - Sixteen Tons (in Italian)
11 Glen Mittelsteadt, World’s Greatest Elk Caller - Elk Calling (excerpt)
12 The Dick Hyman Trio - Sweet Georgia Brown
13 Eddie Bond - Buford Pusser Goes Bear Hunting With a Switch
14 Pete Rugolo and his Orchestra - For Hi-Fi Bugs
15 Wes “Mr. Sound Effects” Harrison - The Big Duck Hunt (excerpt)
16 Ethel Smith - Tico-Tico
17 The Carnaby Street Runners - Dom's Frantic Pandemonium
18 Ferrante and Teicher - The Lady Is A Tramp
19 Esquivel and His Orchestra - Besame Mucho
20 Danny Gould & Jack Burger - Review (excerpt)
21 Johan Dalgas Frisch - The Old Folk At Home (Swanee River)
22 Fred Lowery - Indian Love Call
23 Carlos Rubio & His Orchestra - Anae Atoa
24 The Creed Taylor Orchestra (plays the music of Kenyon Hopkins) - The Crank
25 Lord Jellicoe and His Calypso Monarchs - Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back)
26 Electrified People - Electrified People
27 Perez Prado and his Orchestra - Julie Is Her Name
28 Ferrante & Teicher - The Nearness Of You
29 Grade 1-2 Song & Tap - Come On, Baby, Rock (4/4)
30 Dean Elliott and His Swinging Big, Big Band - You Do Something To Me (removed)
31 The First Theremin Era - The Barnabas Theme From "Dark Shadows"
32 The Eloise Trio - Cocoanut Woman
33 Danny Gould & Jack Burger - Breaks & Mambo Accompaniment (excerpt)
A little more info (mainly sources and recording dates) is here. The tracks run into each other, so you should really download all of them and burn a CD. Here is the artwork to go with it: CD Label | Cover Booklet and Tray. And if you are a real hi-fi snob with a BitTorrent client and a fast connection, you can even get the (higher quality, but I don't hear a difference) FLAC files. You only have to download this torrent file and perform some elementary magic spells.
These are all Phonoanomalies for this week, but there are more on the way for the next two Sundays.
Thanks a lot to Otis Fodder and the nice folks from the Exotica mailing list for pointing me in the right direction when I tried to find out who was responsible for these strange compilations. Most of all, thanks to Keith for putting all this together and providing me with the audio, artwork, and track info. And I guess we should also mention Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh, PA, who had a major, albeit indirect, role in this whole project.