December 30, 2022

Rare Gems from the Gravel Pit 6: It's a Sixties Thing!

 I was listening to Nick Garrie's Little Bird and Shy Limbs' Trick or Two and thought why not another comp of rare sixties gems. I figured to do something new before the new year. And that's what I just did. If I don't have another comp by the end of the year - A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

NOTE: For the start of the new year, I'll try to finish up working on previous comps that need to be revised. I also have a request for one of the Halloween comps that I'll get on first thing.

December 23, 2022

Awesome Downtime 15: 'Tis the Christmas Season

It's a Downtime Christmas Special! I never planned at all for a Downtime Christmas mix. It wasn't until I noticed that several of my most listened tracks during this holiday season could fall into the category of  "Downtime." It didn't take long to round up 16 tracks, but I wanted 20. As per my custom, I just don't add tracks for the sake of it and after adding, editing, sequencing, a few nuts & bolts, and a blow-torch, I managed to come up with 18 (imo) awesome tracks.

I absolutely love this mix. What are my favorites? Well, the biggest standouts are Vic's remix of Winter Wonderland, nPc's lo-fi remix of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and Monte La Rue's I Saw Santa Kissing Mommy (A Time for Lovin'). The bass riff/runs in the latter are similar or possibly sampled from the replay background music in Pilotwings 64, the video game. Regardless, I absolutely positively LOVE IT! Anyway, enough of the chit-chat... Enjoy!

December 22, 2022

Joyeux Noël à tous: Volume 4

A continuation from volume 2, but this time all tracks are from the '50s. Standards, traditional & swingin' pop, and as usual, all unsung gems. Enjoy!

December 16, 2022

The '60s Christmas Bachelor Pad

... for all you swingers, lol.

I really like this one. I spent quite a bit of time on it too. I wouldn't say the tracks are rare, but the majority are hardly heard on the radio, from all what I've listened to over the years. Did I say I really like this one?

Big favs are favs are Baja Marimba Band's A Partridge in a Pear Tree (The Twelve Days of Christmas), Percy Faith's Christmas Is (one of my all-time Christmas favs), The Hollywood Pops Orchestra's Caroling, Caroling, Burt Bacharach's The Bell That Couldn't Jingle (the same deal as Percy Faith), and The Hollyridge Strings' Santa's Got a Brand New Bag. They are all good. All sixties space age pop, easy listening, etc. Enjoy!

December 11, 2022

Joyeux Noël à tous: Volume 3

 '50s & '60s rockin' Christmas! The third in the series. 20 tracks of rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, etc, from 1955 to 68. As usual, all unsung tracks and most are rare, when it comes to radio airplay. You're asking for my top three? Hmm, I'll go with track Pam Norton's It's Snowing and It's Christmas Time, Saturday's Children's Deck Five (love it!), and Bobbie & Boobie's Cool, Cool, Xmas. Enjoy!

December 7, 2022

Joyeux Noël à tous: Volume 2

Continuing with the series. This one is all early standards, traditional & swingin' pop, from mid-40s to late-50s. And as usual, all unsung gems. Enjoy!

December 1, 2022

Joyeux Noël à tous: Volume 1

Christmas Mix 2022! I love Christmas music. Most genres too! I was going to start a series of my all-time favs. But wait, they're my favs (or close to it) in the first place! As per custom, I don't use songs just for the sake of it - the tunes are the crème de la crème. The best of the best (or close to it). I know music is subjective so I don't expect everyone to enjoy every single song. I hope you do enjoy them all!

Volume 1 - more modern rock, indie pop, a couple of funky instrumentals, etc. The first track contains an old Christmas ad. A simple edit. The last track is an old edit. It's more of a prototype. I was experimenting with various quips of Cousin Eddie from the hilarious Christmas Vacation film. It's unfinished but after several listens, I decided to leave it alone, warts and all including the drastic ending cut that wasn't deliberate. Again, I like it the way it is. I hope you do too. Enjoy!

November 25, 2022

The Pretty Side of Progressive Rock

The Pretty Side of Progressive Rock

NOTE: Revised Edition!

This was an older mix from a few years back. I still wouldn't mind making the theme into a series. Anyway, plenty of beauts on this comp. The majority of tracks are from the 70s. My biggest favs? Most of 'em! Enjoy!

November 24, 2022

Ooo Yeah! 16 Funky Instro Excursions to Grooveland

NOTE: Revised Edition!

Ooo yeah is right. And this one needed to be revised. It's all good now. Big favs are Harold Alexander's De Black Magician, Julien Covey's Sweet Bacon, and Donald Austin's Side Saddle. A Little over an hours' worth. Enjoy!

November 20, 2022

16 Groovin' & Rockin' Instro Library/Lounge Music from the '70s

NOTE: Revised Edition!

And here we are... this is the comp responsible for revising past editions. And that reason? The most popular! I don't get many visits here (I've contemplated giving up the blog, but if a couple folks are indeed enjoying the comps, that's enough of an incentive... for now, lol) but I do think the reason behind the views is possibly linked on another site or message forum. So anyway, I looked over the original file and several tracks needed to be replaced, and a few other adjustments.

I'm tooting my horn again but I love this comp. There's a lot of funky groovy library/lounge music out there, including this edition. Check out the awesome cover version of Zep's Whole Lotta Love by Chico Arnez. The Mystic Moods Orchestra's Honey Trippin' is a BIG fav. And Hugo Strasser's cover of Purple's Black Night is not to be missed. They're all good! Enjoy!

November 18, 2022

16 Awesome Funky Instrumental Gems from the '60s & '70s

NOTE: Revised Edition!

Over seventy minutes of constant toe-tappin' tunes. Harold Alexander's Raw Root is a big fav. 3 Pieces' Shortnin' Bread would be right up there too. Enjoy them all!

Boob Vision 2: More '70s Funkin' Groovin' Instro Rare Gems

NOTE: Revised Edition!

LOVE the funk! LOVE the groove. Several big favs including The Nite-Liters' Theme for Angela, The Rimshots' In Cold Blood, and Johnny "Hammond" Smith's Johnny Hammond Boogaloo. Enjoy!

November 17, 2022

A Baker's Dozen of Forgotten '70s Prog Rock Gems

The title is a bit of a misnomer (I've used this excuse before, lol). They are not necessarily 'forgotten' but simply a concise way in saying, "Great tunes from great albums but not as talked or played enough among the peers, radio, blah blah blah..."

Close to 80 minutes worth. Enjoy!

November 15, 2022

Get Out the Funk! 20 Down Home Gems

 Get Out the Funk! 20 Down Home Gems

80 minutes worth! Most are from the 70s, with a couple or three 60s, one 90s, and commences with a remix. Now let me tell you about track #20 (the last track) - it blew my mind when first heard many years back. Unfortunately, it was a rough recording. Apparently, that rough recording is the actual recording. Regardless, it smokes ass. The tempo's so fast yet still funks & grooves. And yes, my big fav from this set. Enjoy!

November 14, 2022

'50s Rare Boppin' Stompin' Swingin' Jumpin' Oldies

15 '50s Rare Boppin' Stompin' Swingin' Jumpin' Oldies

NOTE: Revised edition!

Around 40 minutes of awesome jump blues, dancin' r&b, rock 'n' rollin' swingin' tunes. 15 of 'em. Track #11 is a big BIG fav! Enjoy!

November 12, 2022

'70s Funkin' Groovin' Instro Rare Gems

 Boob Vision: 16 '70s Funkin' Groovin' Instro Rare Gems

NOTE: Revised edition!

Just as the title implies, a little over an hours' worth of groovy funkin'. Track #9 a big fav! Enjoy!

November 11, 2022

Popcorn Mania 3: Um Um Um!

 Popcorn Mania 3: Um Um Um!1959-67

Continuing... the well known tracks. I'll probably make a fourth volume as well. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, enjoy!

November 9, 2022

Awesome Downtime 14: More and more...

 Awesome Downtime 14: Wish

What's going on here... more downtime!?! Why not! And here's the kicker - I still listen to every single tune, regardless if it's during my downtime or not. I also listen to downtime on occasion during my walks (I'm old school - still using a little digital walkman instead of phone - okay, not quite old school). Enough with the chitchat - tracks 1, 2 & 8 were played often during bath time. Enjoy!

November 7, 2022

Twistin' & Grumblin' & Moanin' & Rumblin' - 20 Groovin' Classics

 Twistin' & Grumblin' & Moanin' & Rumblin' - 20 Groovin' Dance Gems

The first half of this title was not inspired by noisy bodily functions, lol. It's a title I've floated around for the longest time. It also goes back to the blog's moniker - groove. While working away on the comp, I kept thinking back to an old memory from over 40 years ago, to partially base the comp's theme. She was beautiful, sexy, and absolutely fun to be with, albeit our relation was very short lived.

One evening, we got together with a few friends and while listening to Alex Harvey Band's "Snake Bite," she got up and did this dance, similar to Selma Hayek's scenes in From Dusk to Dawn (a film released years later). Actually, she had a similar body to Selma's. Let that sink in your daydreaming minds, lol. Anyway, she gets up and does this dance and at that time, it was a first for me. I've never been that close to witness such an engaging & mesmerizing dance just mere inches away.

Another source was from scenes in beatnik films or shows with the dancers grooving as opposed to bouncing up and down. Enough of explaining - All tunes from 1965 to '78. Enjoy! - btw, I included "Snake Bite" (the last track).

November 4, 2022

Awesome Downtime 13 - Wait, there's more?!?

 Awesome Downtime 13: Afterhours

I worked on this comp a couple of months back and for some reason or another, it sat dormant. I'm not sure if the original intention was for the downtime series, but lo and behold, here we are with another goodie! Actually, and sure I'll admit I'm tooting my own horn here, the tracks are all solid, hence the "goodie" reference. As I've mentioned before, I still listen to the tunes from all editions.

Tracks #2 and #9 were mainstays during bath time. Enjoy!

November 1, 2022

Popcorn Mania 2 - More Rare Classics Cha Cha Cha!

 Popcorn Mania 2: Cha Cha Cha!1958-65

I worked on this comp shortly after the first one. I went over the tracks studiously, making sure (trying to lol) to one-up the previous comp. I think I succeeded. I'm not saying the tracks on previous comp were sub-par to average. Nope, I'm just saying I like this one better! As like the previous comp, this one should all be rare aka to the best of my knowledge, lol. I'm planning the third to include all well known tracks. Meanwhile, enjoy!

Note: Track 4 Baby Washington's Hey Lonely is sometimes listed as Hey Lonely One. I prefer this order (precedence) when establishing track, artist, and album titles: back cover>front cover>spine>label

October 31, 2022

Popcorn Mania! 20 Rarities from 1959-69

 Popcorn Mania 1: Gonzo 1959-69!

As requested, popcorn music. I had to read up on what is popcorn music (it's not a genre but a style). In the most condensed version for explanation: Late 50s to mid 60s pop, r&b, and/or just about any genre, normally American and British music with a slow to medium yet danceable tempo.

From the various sources I've read, and countless compilations, many tracks are well known. For this first comp, I went with rare tracks aka I don't recall at all, lol (actually, I know a few of them but still haven't heard in years). Track #6 would probably be my fav. And 20 tracks this time, as opposed to the usual 16. Enjoy!

October 28, 2022

Halloween Haunts 7: Home Is Where the Ghost Is

- Updated 10/31/23

20 More Spooky Tracks! This will probably be the last Halloween comp for this year. I like this comp. I kept it more straightforward and not as eclectic as the others. All tracks from 1955 to '66. My favorites? Hmm, Charles Sheffield's "It's Your Voodoo Working" would be one. Frank Comstock's "On the Dark Side of the Moon" would be another. And Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's "Graveyard Shift" would round out my top three. Enjoy, and have a Happy Halloween!

Note: Track #18 is often credited to the writer (Milton DeLugg)

October 24, 2022

Stop this madness! Halloween Haunts 6

 Halloween Haunts 6: Nope! Ain't Goin' There

And yet, another Halloween mix. I thought I was going to be too pressed for time this year to get out just one comp, let alone six. AND, I may have another one yet before Allhallows Eve. Anyway, this one's another goodie. Track #11 is awesome and my fav. Enjoy!

October 19, 2022

I Forgot to Shave! 20 More Horrifying Tracks!

 Halloween Haunts 5: Nocturnal Fright!

Well, what do you know. I've found the time to do more Halloween comps. A bit of background for this compilation...

- I didn't bother to thoroughly research for track #9 (who or when it was created, probably fan made). All I know is that it's (supposedly) Christopher Lee quoted from a film added to music.

- Many years ago, someone asked about favorite tunes for Halloween. Someone mentioned trk #16 and explained when they were a kid, while sitting in the backseat of the car listening to the radio, the song was played and the imagery (from lyrics) haunted him.

- For the last track; horror films take liberties with genial tracks and turn them (unintentionally) unpleasant for some listeners (ie Tiptoes Thru the Tulips, Jeepers Creepers, etc) by association. I thought maybe "The Laughing Policeman" an innocent, jovial ditty, could possibly achieve the same effect. Try to keep that in mind while listening.

That's about it. 20 more tracks to munch on. Enjoy!

October 17, 2022

20 Tracks of Monster Madness! Let me get that itch!

 Halloween Haunts 4: Monster Madness!

And another one yet for all you Halloween lovers. There's a few (or just a couple) rare film score/tracks included, notably track #15 - a bit freaky. As for my fav, probably track #17. Enjoy them all!

CORRECTION: Track #4 artist should be Jan August.

October 12, 2022

Halloween Haunts 3: Kooky Spooky!

NOTE: Revised Edition!

Help!!! 20 Spooky Kooky Tracks! I like this one better than the previous two. Several rare tunes including A Pair of Kings' The Monster, The Creeps' The Whip, and The Poindexter Bros.' The Booga Man. 20 tracks in all. Enjoy!

October 10, 2022

You Suck at Dancing! 20 Frightening Oldies from the Golden Years

 Halloween Haunts 2: I Scream U Scream!

More Halloween tunes for all you good freaks 😁 Lots of rare tracks. Enjoy!

October 5, 2022

Halloween Haunts 1: It's Creepy Out Here!

NOTE: Revised Edition! The original file had a missing track (Les Elgart and His Orchestra's "Voo Doo Drums"). Also, you are not seeing things. There are two tracks with the same name and band (well, one of the titles has a definite article) = The Voodoos'  "Voodoo Walk." I'm still unsure if the same band or not (different year of release for each track). I like both tracks, especially the slower more creepy one. Anyway...

It Was He Who Farted! 20 Frightening Oldies from the '50s & '60s!

It's that time of year once again. With this spooky compilation, I'm familiar with a few tracks while the rest are as rare as rocking horse poop. Favs? Along with aforementioned (under "NOTE"), Electro-Tones' "Ghost Train" for one. Carole Bennett's "Haunted Lover" would be another. And George Morgan's "Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost" another fav. Enjoy you trick and treaters!

September 21, 2022

Sunshine, Rainbows & Popsicle Farts 2: More Gems from the '60s & '70s

Continuing with popsicle farts, lol. Lots of favs in this mix. My favorites? Hmm, Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers' 1968's "Does Your Mama Know About Me" is a big fav. Thomas Chong (yep, Cheech & Chong fame) was not only a member, but also the co-writer. The Doobie Brothers' "Neal's Fandango" is another big fav. The Lemon Dips' "Unpack Your Bags" another big fav. They're all good. Enjoy!

Note (Nov 5/23): Revised. I replaced a few tracks (now all @320) and fixed a few tags.

September 17, 2022

Sunshine, Rainbows & Popsicle Farts! '60s & '70s Unsung Gems!

 Sunshine, Rainbows & Popsicle Farts: Unsung Gems from the '60s & '70s

Huh? Popsicle Farts?!? Just a play on words. It also means that (maybe) a track or three may not all be sunshine-y and rainbow-y. Otherwise, as the title implies - unsung gems. Track #7 received a lot of Canadian AM (radio) airplay throughout the years. Enjoy!

September 15, 2022

SHAG Metal! Crazy Nites

 SHAG Metal! Crazy Nites

Welcome to volume 2, or 4. For the explanation of "SHAG," see this post  - The condensed story of SHAG Metal or SHAG Rock. Enjoy!

September 9, 2022

SHAG Rock! Volume 1 (or 3, read on...)

 SHAG Rock! Set the Night on Rock 'n' Roll

The condensed story of SHAG Metal or SHAG Rock

Back in the late 80s or early 90s, I've seen a film named "Shag: The Movie." I don't recall much of the film now (if any of it) but the title must've stuck in my subconscious. Years later while creating my zillionth cdr compilation, the music was all hair and heavy metal, some hard rock, and AOR (Album or Arena-Oriented Rock). Hmmm I thought, wondering what to call all those styles into one. A-HA! I went for an acronym and once put together, "S" (Sleeze Rock/Metal), "H" (Hair or Heavy Metal), "A" (AOR), and "G" (Glam Metal/Rock) = SHAG Metal, or SHAG Rock. It's interchangeable because I mix both rock and metal in the mixes. And that's the story.

As usual, the songs in all the SHAG comps are melody-licious, according to me!

NOTE: The comps are not named volume 1, 2, etc. Although this is the first comp with the SHAG title, it's not the first created. The first two were released under different titles. At the time, I didn't want to bother using my personal "SHAG" titles. You can find the first two volumes here:

The Hard Rock/Hair Metal/AOR Years: Unsung Melodylicious!

The Hard Rock/Hair Metal/AOR Years: Luxuriant Power Ballads!

- a couple of tracks from the latter also appear in this volume.

September 6, 2022

Awesome Downtime 12 - Possibly the Best So Far

 Awesome Downtime 12: Skylights

This one is soooo good. Several big-time favorites (tracks 4, 6, 10, 13). I worked on the track sequence a little longer than usual. Enjoy!

September 4, 2022

Garage Rockers 1965-69 (Rare Gems from the Gravel Pit 5)

 Rare Gems from the Gravel Pit 5: Rear Rockin' 60s

Rare garage rockers from 1965 to 1969. Tracks 3, 11, & 15 are probably my top favs from the bunch, but they're all good. Enjoy!

August 31, 2022

Back to the FUNK! ... Uh-huh, Uh-huh

 Funk's the Way, uh-huh uh-huh, I Like It!

I've put together a great funky compilation. Other than a couple of tracks, the rest are from the 60s and 70s. I've also submitted it to Butterboy's next compilation series. Enjoy!

August 16, 2022

Awesome Downtime 11 - More and More

 Awesome Downtime 11: Pursue the Wind

I don't think I could make just one comp of definite favs. Every single volume is full of favs. Enjoy!

August 14, 2022

Awesome Non-Hits from the 70s! Part 2

 Awesome Non-Hits from the 70s! Part II

The second in the series (Part I Here). Continuing... I've come across so many tracks that could, would and should have been singles, or at least on a greatest hits compilation. And that's what we have here - a collection of could've, would've, and should've been hits. I may have stretched a few tracks thinking they'd be worthwhile but I still love 'em. Enjoy!

August 13, 2022

Awesome Non-Hits from the 70s! Part I

NOTE: Revised Edition!

I loved playing record producer growing up. Wait, I still love playing it! I've come across so many tracks that could, would and should have been singles, or at least on a greatest hits compilation. And that's what we have here - a collection of could've, would've, and should've been hits.

Favorites? All of 'em. Seriously, but if I had to pick only 4 out of the 16, hmm, Boston's "Hitch a Ride." It's still my favorite by the band. Blue Öyster Cult's "The Great Sun Jester" is another biggie. Druid's "Razor Truth" is sooo good. And Canada's own Prism with "Mirror Man" is another worthy track. Enjoy!

August 9, 2022

22 More Awesome Oldies (1952-1965)

 Tickle Me More Baby! 22 Tracks of Awesome Oldies 1952-1965

I got a bit lazy on the title for this one. I borrowed from one of my other comps (You Tickle Me Baby! 20 Tracks of Awesome Oldies 1951-1964). Nonetheless, the music is oh so good. Enjoy!

August 8, 2022

Rare 70s Melodic Prog and the Like

 A Date for Rare 70s Melodic Prog and the Like

The genre tag in title is a bit of a misnomer. There is prog amongst the comp but several are not. However, the bands for the latter are normally progressive driven. I know, blah, blah, blah, but the tracks are melodic, and the prog leans more on the softer side. It doesn't matter, as long as it's good. Enjoy!

Note: Track #12 would have made great AM (or FM) radio fodder.

July 25, 2022

Awesome Downtime 10 - Beauty & the Beach

 Awesome Downtime 10: Beauty & the Beach

I didn't plan on making this a series, and yet here we are with volume 10. Enjoy!

July 21, 2022

Cruisin' Under Starlit Desert Skies 2

Note: Revised Edition

Do you feel like headin' out for a ride cruisin' through a warm, summer evening to the sounds of an awesome soundtrack? "Cruisin' Under Starlit Desert Skies 2" is just the ticket. It's broken down into four parts: 1) It's full throttle from the get go, and it doesn't let up... 2) You're just cruisin' now, top down feelin' the breeze... 3) You're headin' back now, winding down, settlin' into the comfortable stage... 4) and you're home and relaxed. And what a rush!

If you thought volume 1 was good, wait 'till you listen to volume 2. And once again, all favs and lots of unsung gems. Sunbirds, Dhidalah, Faraquet, Solar Corona, Trion, Tenebre, Rare Bird, etc. Enjoy!

July 20, 2022

A Little Spidey Gift

 Hey folks, sorry I haven't been around. The weather has been gorgeous. So anyway, here is a little gift. You all remember the original 60s cartoon of Spider-Man? We grew up on those cartoons. And the music, theme and incidentals, were favs too. Here is a collection of tracks from that series. It's all in 192-256 but still sounds good. Enjoy!

July 11, 2022

Awesome Downtime 9 - Love & Beauty

 Awesome Downtime 9: Love & Beauty

First off, a gigantic thank-you to Pol Inate for posting several of my Downtime comps over on his site (What's the Connection?). I'm honored by his adoration not only for the comps, but the scope of genres that downtime encompasses. Please visit Pol's site - he has a lot more comps & genres to share. Well diversified! ------

Anyway, here's volume 9 of Downtime. The first track is a big, big fav. I absolutely love it! Actually, I love all the tracks. Enjoy!

July 2, 2022

Summer Beats on the Beach 6 - Trip the Night Fantastic!

 Summer Beats on the Beach 6: Trip the Night Fantastic

The name of this series goes back about a year or two ago. Also, this was the first title of the series and at that time, I didn't want it to be the first, hence #6. It took a long time to get here, lol. As for the word play on "Trip the light fantastic," I think it came to me back in the 80s, and (probably) named on an old mixtape.

Anyway, I hope you're a fan of remixes/edits. The good ones that is. Enjoy!

June 19, 2022

Awesome Downtime 8 Is Great!

 Awesome Downtime 8: Is Great!

The weather here has been fantastic! And so is this edition of downtime. Enjoy!

June 9, 2022

Awesome Downtime 7

 Awesome Downtime 7: ...Waiting

What can I say? Enjoy!

June 4, 2022

70s Funk Yeah!

 Never Turn Your Back on a Charging Turtle! 70s Funk Yeah!

A funky contribution for Butterboy's compilation series, all in 320 except track 11 (192). Enjoy first dibs!

June 2, 2022

Feel the Heat! (Drive Baby Drive, Vol. 7)

 Drive Baby Drive, Vol. 7: Feel the Heat!

This may be my favorite (yet) from the drive baby series. A cruisin' mix indeed, with the top down for good measure. And speaking of mix, the majority of tracks are not all that well known. A bit of covers, remixes, mashups, extended edits, samples galore, etc. Please enjoy!