December 18, 2018

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 122: Home for Xmas - Vol 1



        Volume 1

Side 1:

A1 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir*, The Philadelphia Orchestra     Hallelujah Chorus, Conductor – Eugene Ormandy, Directed By – Richard P. Condie
A2 – Johnny Cash - I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day   
A3 – The Brothers Four - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen   
A4 – Jerry Vale - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   
A5 – Percy Faith - Good King Wenceslas   
A6 – Ray Conniff - Jingle Bells   
A7 – Tony Bennett - White Christmas   
A8 – Tammy Wynette - Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep   
A9 – Johnny Mathis - I'll Be Home For Christmas   
A10 – Eileen Farrell - Away In A Manger   
A11 – The London Pops Orchestra - Glory To God In The Highest, Composed by Pergolesi
A12 – John Davidson - What Child Is This (Greensleeves)

Side 2:
B1 – Marty Robbins - O Little Town Of Bethlehem   
B2 – The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble - O Tannenbaum   
B3 – Gene Autry - Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer   
B4 – Burl Ives - The Twelve Days Of Christmas   
B5 – Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra - O Holy Night, Baritone Vocal by Earl Wrightson
B6 – Anita Bryant - Silent Night, Holy Night   
B7 –The  Philadelphia Orchestra, The Temple University Choir - Ave Maria, Composed by Schubert, Conductor – Eugene Ormandy, Directed by Robert Page
B8 – Patti Page - The Little Drummer Boy   
B9 – E. Power Biggs - The Holly And The Ivy   
B10 – Mahalia Jackson - Go, Tell It On The Mountain   
B11 – Charlie Byrd - The First Noel   
B12 – Ray Conniff - Here Comes Santa Claus     

Various ‎– Home For Christmas
Label: Columbia House ‎– R21 6532
Series: A Columbia Musical Treasury –
Format: 2 × Reel-To-Reel, 3 ¾ ips, ¼", 7" Cine Reel, Compilation, Club Edition
Country: US
Released: 1971
Genre: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Vocal, Ballad, Easy Listening
Viewfinder links:      
Anita Bryant       
Johnny Cash          
Eugene Ormandy      
Patti Page     
Marty Robbins      
Tammy Wynette          
YouTube links:      
Eugene Ormandy ~ Hallelujah Chorus         
Johnny Cash - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day          
The Brothers Four - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen         
Jerry Vale - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas         
Percy Faith - Good King Wenceslas          
Ray Conniff - Jingle Bells      
Tony Bennett - White Christmas         
Tammy Wynette - Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep          
Johnny Mathis - I'll Be Home For Christmas         
Eileen Farrell - Away In A Manger         
The London Pops Orchestra - Glory To God In The Highest          
John Davidson - What Child Is This (Greensleeves)      
Marty Robbins - O Little Town Of Bethlehem         
The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble - O Tannenbaum          
Burl Ives - The Twelve Days Of Christmas         
Andre Kostelanetz & Earl Wrightson - O Holy Night          
Anita Bryant - Silent Night, Holy Night    
Eugene Ormandy ~ Hallelujah Chorus             
Patti Page - The Little Drummer Boy   
E. Power Biggs - The Holly And The Ivy     
Mahalia Jackson - Go, Tell It On The Mountain   
Charlie Byrd - The First Noel     
Ray Conniff - Here Comes Santa Claus       
Home for Xmas - Vol 1, Reel-to-Reel tape is for sale on eBay    

Styrous® ~ Tuesday, December 18, 2018    


Anita Bryant articles/mentions

Conan ~ Tell Ol' Anita     
Home for Xmas - Vol 1       
date & photographer unknown

Burl Ives articles/mentions

Home for Xmas - Vol 1        
The Lonesome Train     
Burl Ives - 1927 
photographer unknown

Marty Robbins articles/mentions

Home for Xmas - Vol 1    
This Much a Man   
Marty Robbins - 1966   
publicity photo    

Eugene Ormandy articles/mentions

Home for Xmas - Vol 1    
Carl Orff ~   
        Carmina Burana      
        Carmina Burana á la Manzarek   
        Catulli Carmina     
Tchaikovsky ~ Symphony #6 (Pathétique)


Eugene Ormandy
photographer unknown




James J. Kriegsmann articles/mentions


Fats Domino   




Tammy Wynette articles/mentions


Home for Xmas - Vol 1
Tammy's Greatest Hits      



Tammy Wynette        
photo by James J. Kriegsmann

Patti Page articles/mentions

Home for Xmas - Vol 1           
The Platters ~ My Prayer   

Patti Page - 1958 
CBS file photo


Percy Faith articles/mentions


Home for Xmas - Vol 1     
Latin Themes for Young Lovers      
Themes for Young Lovers   


Percy Faith       
photographer unknown    


December 17, 2018

The 1960's ~ the end of fun flying . . .

                        . . . and elegance!

photos by Styrous®

Viewfinder link:          
YouTube links:          
1960's American Airlines El Paso airport     
What Flying Was Like in the 60's (12 min., 30 sec.)                   

Styrous® ~ Monday, December 17, 2018   

December 16, 2018

Antonín Dvořák ~ New World Symphony (Goin' Home)

December 16th, 1893, was the official world premiere of the Antonín Dvořák Symphony #9, subtitled the "New World Symphony", at Carnegie Hall in New York City.      
The Largo from the second movement, is one of my all-time beautiful melodies with its haunting outpouring of Dvorak's own home-longing, with something of the loneliness of far-off prairie horizons, the faint memory of the red-man's bygone days, and a sense of the tragedy of the black-man as it sings in his "spirituals." Deeper still it is a moving expression of that nostalgia of the soul all human beings feel.     
It's often thought the theme was taken from an American folk song but it is actually the reverse; the Largo was adapted into the spiritual-like song Goin' Home by Dvořák's pupil William Arms Fisher, who wrote the lyrics in 1922.

Goin' Home was sung by Jan Clayton (Lassie's mom) in the 1948 film, Snake Pit, which was directed by Anatole Litvak. It starred Olivia de Havilland as a woman who finds herself in an insane asylum and cannot remember how she got there. For its time it was a pretty horrific tale; some of the scenes are frightening. The scene when Goin' Home is sung is one of the most poignant in the chronicles of film history. The shots of the inmates who join in the singing are heart-rending as you realize most of them will never go home (link below). I was in my twenties when I saw the film and it wrenched the long forgotten memory out of the dark recess of my mind of a visit with my father in an asylum when I was a child.     

Snake Pit movie poster

Goin' Home has been covered by many artists, some of the best are the American bass baritone concert artist, Paul Robeson, the boys chorus, Libra, and the most beautiful version I've ever heard is by the Norwegian soprano, Sissel Kyrkjebø (links below).      

Goin' Home lyrics
(Dvořák / Fisher)

Going home, going home
I'm jus' going home
Quiet like, some still day
I'm jus' going home

It's not far, yes close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Going to fear no more

Mother's there 'specting me
Father's waiting, too
Lots of folk gathered there
All the friends I knew

All the friends I knew

I'm going home

Nothing lost, all's gain
No more fret nor pain
No more stumbling on the way
No more longing for the day
Going to roam no more  

Symphony No. 9 In E Minor, Op. 95 ("From The New World")


A1 Adagio - Allegro Molto 9:04
A2 Largo 12:32
A3 Scherzo (Molto vivace) 7:56
A4 Allegro con fuoco 9:40
Viewfinder links:         
Antonín Dvořák          
Olivia de Havilland       
Paul Robeson           
Net links:         
Antonin Dvořák website ~ symphony no. 9 "from the new world"   
Gramophone ~ Dvořák's Symphony No 9 ~ quick guide to the best recordings   
YouTube links:         
Antonin Dvorak ~   
     New World Symphony # 9 - (complete) (53 min., 9 sec.)     
Jan Clayton ~ Goin’ Home (Snake Pit) 
Paul Robeson ~ Going Home       
Sissel ~ Going Home      
Libra ~ Going Home         
Styrous® ~ Sunday, December 16, 2018       

December 15, 2018

Gray Loft Gallery ~ Exquisite Little Things closing


photos by Styrous®

When the closing of the exhibition, Exquisite Little Things, was postponed last weekend, it was moved to last night. The exhibition at the Gray Loft Gallery featured small works of art for sale by Jingletown and Oakland artists in time for the Christmas season. The closing had a great turn-out!   

Norma (She Said Red) & Jan Watten 

Susan Tuttle, Dorie Meister, Barbara Nussel & Neo Serafimidis


Norma (She Said Red) & Marat

Eleonore Hockabout & Jude Pittman
with Cuong Ta (left) & John Wood (right) behind

Viewfinder links:         
Susan Brady            
Eben Ostby         
Jude Pittman    
Jan Watten      
Exquisite Little Things articles     
Styrous® ~ Saturday, December 15, 2018    

Antonín Dvořák articles/mentions

New World Symphony (Goin' Home) 
Gunther Schuller & Third Stream jazz   
photographer unknown

Olivia de Havilland articles/mentions

Antonin Dvořák ~ Symphony #9 (Goin' Home)  
William Hopper ~ The Suave Gumshoe  
Howard Hughes in Hollywood    

Olivia de Havilland - 1940     
Santa Fe Trail publicity photo  


Fats Domino articles/mentions


Bill Haley ~ See You Later Alligator     

Antoine "Fats" Domino
photo by James J. Kriegsmann    


December 14, 2018

20,000 Vinyl LPs 160: Jobriath


Jobriath ~ vinyl LP front cover
cover photo by Shig Ikeda
photo of album cover by Styrous®  

Bruce Wayne Campbell was born on December 14, 1946, and was known by his stage name Jobriath. He was an American actor, the first openly gay rock musician to be signed to a major record label, and one of the first internationally famous musicians to die of AIDS on August 4, 1983.     

photographer unknown

He was one of rock 'n’ roll’s most tragic casualties. Initially hyped as the “American David Bowie” via a massive marketing campaign spearheaded by Elektra Records and infamous Svengali Jerry Brandt, Jobriath instead faced a swift and vicious backlash — no doubt at least partially because he was openly gay, which was basically unheard-of in 1974. Less than a decade after the spectacular commercial failure of his debut album, Jobriath died of AIDS in obscurity and alone at the Chelsea Hotel.            
Jobriath was born in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Houston, Texas. He played organ in his local church and it was during this time he was introduced to Eugene Ormandy as a child prodigy. While he was a high school student, he became further interested in classical music, and favored composers such as Sergei Prokofiev, and he wrote the first two movements of his first symphony by his senior year in high school, but for reasons unknown chose not to complete it. In 1964, he took an interest in folk music and formed the trio, The Last Three.     

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP front cover detail cover photo by Shig Ikeda
detail photo of album cover by Styrous® 

He was drafted into the military in the mid-1960 but went AWOL within months. Renaming himself Jobriath Salisbury, he relocated to Los Angeles. He auditioned for the musical Hair as a piano player but impressed producer and director, Tom O'Horgan, with his singing and talents on the piano and was cast into a leading role as 'Woof', a gay teenager; however, in 1969 he was fired from the production for "upstaging" the other actors.   

When he left Hair he joined the folk-rock band Pidgeon as their lead singer and guitarist; the group was signed to Decca Records. The band recorded a debut album originally titled First Flight From the Forest which was re-titled by their label as the self-titled Pigeon. and shortly after the album's release the group disbanded. At this time he was traced by the military police and arrested, spending nearly six months in a military psychiatric hospital after suffering a breakdown. During this period he began writing the songs that would lead to his next musical incarnation.  

album cover with embossed title detail
detail photo by Styrous®

In mid-December 1972 Jerry Brandt overheard a demo tape made by Jobriath. Brandt located him in California, where he was living in an unfurnished apartment and working as a prostitute. Brandt: "In walked this beautiful creature dressed in white. I said, Why don't you come out to Malibu and hang out?" Brandt signed Jobriath, now calling himself Jobriath Boone, to Elektra Records for a reported $500,000, in what was allegedly the most lucrative recording contract of its time.   

The label's president David Geffen signed Jobriath for a two-album deal. A huge marketing campaign and media blitz ensued, including full-page advertisements in Vogue, Penthouse, and Rolling Stone magazines, full-length posters on over 250 New York City buses and a huge 41' by 43' billboard in Times Square. All featured the forthcoming debut album sleeve design by noted photographer Shig Ikeda, which featured a nude Jobriath, made to resemble an ancient Roman statue.      

cover photo by Shig Ikeda 
photo of album cover by Styrous®

Plans were announced for a lavish three night live debut at the Paris Opera in France that December, at a cost of $200,000 and a subsequent tour of European opera houses. Jobriath informed the press that the show would feature him dressed as "King Kong being projected upwards on a mini Empire State Building. This will turn into a giant spurting penis and I will have transformed into Marlene Dietrich." Elektra, concerned about spiraling production costs, postponed the Paris Opera shows until February, later canceling them due to expense.     
The debut album Jobriath was released, garnering mostly positive reviews. Rolling Stone stated that Jobriath had "talent to burn", Cashbox called it "truly one of the most interesting albums of the year" and Record World hailed it as "brilliantly incisive", referring to Jobriath as "a true Renaissance man who will gain a tremendous following". Esquire disagreed, calling it "the hype of the year".       

photo by Styrous®

The album was co-produced by Eddie Kramer and Jobriath, featuring string arrangements by Jobriath, recorded at Olympic Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra. Kramer described Jobriath in Mojo as "a romantic soul, really. He wanted orchestrations like old film music, though he knew nothing about scoring. So he bought a book on orchestration and within a week he'd come up with scores of a haunting quality". Peter Frampton is also credited on the album. 
Brandt continued making extravagant statements such as "Elvis, the Beatles, and Jobriath" and declaring that both he and Jobriath had booked flights on the first Pan American passenger flight to the moon. Meanwhile, Jobriath declared himself "rock's truest fairy", a comment that did little to increase his popularity at the time but has since confirmed his status as the first openly gay rock singer to be signed to a major record label.    


Jobriath ~ vinyl LP gatefold interior detail
detail photo by Styrous® 

The debut public performance by Jobriath was made on television, when Brandt secured him an appearance on the popular show The Midnight Special. The costumes were designed by Jobriath and the choreography was by Joyce Trisler, of the Joffrey Ballet. Two songs were performed: I'maman and Rock of Ages, the latter substituting for Take Me I'm Yours which was pulled after the producer objected to its overtly sado-masochistic theme. The long-awaited live performance finally came in July 1974 with two sold-out shows at the New York The Bottom Line club. Sales for the album however, were poor and it failed to secure a chart placing.      

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP gatefold interior detail
detail photo by Styrous®  

In 1974 Jobriath and his backing-band (called 'The Creatures') did several residencies around the US in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles & Memphis. Despite the tour having several well-attended shows and/or several sold-out nights, both Brandt and Elektra stopped financing the tour midway through. Despite this, Jobriath and the band completed the tour, continuing to bill Elektra for expenses. A final show, at the University of Alabama, ended in five encores and the fire department being summoned when the excited audience set off the alarm.   
In January 1975 he announced his retirement from the music industry and moved into a pyramid topped rooftop apartment at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. He attempted to resume his acting career, and was invited to audition for the role of Al Pacino's lover in the film Dog Day Afternoon. According to keyboard player Hayden Wayne, Jobriath had the script for Dog Day backstage at a concert at Nassau Coliseum, and claimed he didn't want to do the film due to the character's wearing of a dress. Calling himself "Cole Berlin" (a play on both Cole Porter and Irving Berlin), he worked as a cabaret singer at a restaurant called The Covent Gardens, as well as clubs and cabarets, augmenting his income with occasional prostitution. 

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP gatefold interior detail
detail photo by Styrous®  

When his 10-year contract with Brandt was finally up, Jobriath was sick with AIDS. He began to feel ill in late 1981 but still managed to contribute to the Chelsea Hotel 100th birthday celebration in November 1982. He died on August 4, 1983, one week after the end of his original 10-year contract with Jerry Brandt expired. Jobriath was found at his piano, three days after he died.      
In November 2004, long-time fan Morrissey oversaw Jobriath's first CD re-issue, a compilation called Lonely Planet Boy. It was produced by Eddie Kramer. Morrissey had previously attempted to secure Jobriath as a support act for the tour in support of his Your Arsenal album, having been unaware that the singer had died some years previously.     

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP gatefold interior detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Both Jobriath's original studio albums were officially reissued on CD in Japan in late 2007, remastered and issued in mini-vinyl replica sleeves. They were released in the U.S. in standard jewel-box packaging in 2008 by Collectors' Choice Music.  

The group Balcony released a semi-tribute track entitled Jobriath as a free MP3 anonymously on the internet in 2000 that was later included on their second album Before Needs. He is referenced using his legal name by the indie-folk band Okkervil River on the final song of their 2008 album The Stand Ins, entitled "Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979".     

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP gatefold interior detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Filmmaker Kieran Turner (24 Nights) has created a feature documentary about the late singer called Jobriath A.D. (link below).  

Jobriath A.D poster 

Def Leppard released a cover of Heartbeat on some versions of their 2006 album Yeah!. Morning Starship was sampled by hip-hop artist Ill Bill on the title track to his 2007 mixtape album Black Metal. Ann Magnuson is working on an EP featuring four Jobriath songs and a spoken-word narrative.   

On October 29, 2013, Eschatone Records released three 1971 Jobriath tracks digitally and on 10" vinyl as the EP Amazing Dope Tales.      
On May 6, 2014, Eschatone Records released the full-length As the River Flows album of never-before released Jobriath recordings from 1971–72 on CD, limited edition vinyl and in digital format.  

detail photo by Styrous®

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP, side 1
photo by Styrous®

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP label, side 1
photo by Styrous®

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP, side 2
photo by Styrous®

Jobriath ~ vinyl LP label, side 2
photo by Styrous®


Side 1:

A1 - Take Me I'm Yours     4:14
A2 - Be Still     3:40
A3 - World Without End     3:43
A4 - Space Clown     2:57
A5 - Earthling     3:53
A6 - Movie Queen     1:50

Side 2:

B1 - I'maman     3:35
B2 - Inside     3:52
B3 - Morning Star Ship     3:30
B4 - Rock Of Ages     2:21
B5 - Blown Away     4:59

Companies, etc.

    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Records
    Lacquer Cut At – Sterling Sound


    Lacquer Cut By – RL*
    Mixed By, Producer – Edwin H. Kramer*
    Musician – Andy Muson, Billy Schwartz, Carl Hall, Heather MacRae, John Syomis, Ken Bichel, Peter Frampton, Rhetta Hughes, Steve Love, Tasha Thomas, Zenobia (5)
    Written-By, Producer – Jobriath


Housed in a gatefold cover with embossed title on the front.

1st catalog number as printed on center labels.
2nd catalog number as printed on cover spine.

Runout info: STERLING is machine-stamped, everything else is hand written.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): EKS-75070-A-1 STERLING RL B
    Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): EKS-75070-B-3 STERLING RL
    Other (On spine of the cover): 0598

Jobriath ‎– Jobriath
Label: Elektra ‎– EKS-75070, Elektra ‎– 75070
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1973
Genre: Rock
Style: Glam
Viewfinder links:
Marlene Dietrich        
Gay Gaze 'n Daze           
Sergei Rachmaninoff             
Net links:
NY Times ~ A Life Story of Glitter and Tragedy review      
The Guardian ~ Jobriath: the man who fell to earth
                       ~ Jobriath A.D. review        
Hollywood Reporter ~ "American Bowie" gets his due   
Film Journal ~ Jobriath A.D. review       
YouTube links:
Jobriath ~            
       Rock of Ages            
       Take Me I'm Yours   
       Morning Star Ship 
       Gone Tomorrow       
       Space Clown        
       World Without End   
       Be Still  
       Jobriath A.D. - Glam Rock's Lost God      
photograph: Factory 25
Styrous® ~ Friday, December 14, 2018