Jim's Old Records

March 8th, 2014 by jim

This is where I post transfers I’ve made of old 78rpm and cylinder records. You can use the search function or click on the tags to the left to find particular artists. This is just my personal collection. The records are of varied quality and time periods, and by no means is this a comprehensive collection. Enjoy and feel free to listen online or download the tracks. Enjoy! -Jim

Oh hey. By the way. I’m looking for a couple rare Sol Hoopii records? I’m trying to complete my collection of some of the records not available online. Even just mp3 transfers of 78s (although I might be interested in  buying original 78s too). here is my list of songs I haven’t found yet. You can contact me at jim@angryjim.com.

You can download mp3s in these posts by right-clicking (PC) or control-clicking (mac) the song titles.

Disclaimer: Many of these tracks may still be under copyright, but my goal here is to share music that is unavailable elsewhere.. If you are a copyright owner or know of an official release, let me know and I’ll remove the post. Thanks!

Al Perry’s Favorite Chants & Hulas (from vinyl LP)

March 1st, 2016 by jim

Al Kealoha Perry and the Singing Surfriders “Al Perry’s Hawaiian Chants & Hulas”

Here’s a pdf of a booklet that came with the record!

It looks like that booklet was for a 78 10 inch record album with the same songs as side A. The “Chants”. I’m guessing there is also a 78 album of the “hulas” on side B..

Side One: Chants

  1. Pua Hau O Maleka
  2. Pele
  3. Kalanianaole
  4. Kalakaua
  5. Lanakila
  6. Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai

Side Two: Hulas

  1. Poki
  2. The Hula Oni Oni E
  3. Hawaiian Cowboy Polynesian Love Song
  4. Twilight In Hawaii
  5. Under A Spreading Cocoanut Tree

mp3s uploaded here as 2 sides here:

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Lani McIntire “Hawaiian Festival” House Party LP

February 23rd, 2016 by jim

Straying a little from my usual era to the 1950s. Here is a microgoove hi-fi 10″ LP I found up last weekend. Pretty common hapa-haole tunes, but fun anyway.

Lani McIntire “Hawaiian Festival” Columbia House Party LP (CL 2526)

Uploaded as 2 sides:

Side A: Song of the Islands, O-K0-Le Ma-Lu-Na, Sweet Leilani

Side B: Hawaiian War Chant, Little Brown Gal, To You Sweetheart, Aloha

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Guest post: Sol Ho’opi’i sacred music on Haven Of Rest label

September 30th, 2015 by Chris Ruppenthal

The greater 78rpm record collecting world is sparsely populated with its largest worldwide Facebook collectors group just recently surpassing the 4000 mark.  Those of us passionate weirdos who devote huge chunks of our money and collection space specifically to Hawaiian steel guitar are a thin sliver of that elite group.  But this is what initially brought Jim and I together.  When I first met “Angry Jim” (virtually via Facebook Messenger) this is what he wrote. “Hi Christo! I have a feeling you may be my eBay nemesis!! I see on Instagram you have been collecting Sol Hoopii.”  He had seen a post of mine about finding the records we share with you below.

Sol Hoopii is the undisputed “King of Hawaiian Steel Guitar”.  Anyone who is even slightly familiar with the instrument and style undoubtedly brings his name up first.  It’s with good reason!  His hot jazz steel playing has cross genre appeal. He was both an amazing technical player and a passionate emotional improviser.  Sol was one of the first to really blend Jazz improvisation with traditional Hawaiian repertoire.  After traveling from Honolulu as a cruise ship stowaway he arrived in San Francisco and then moved to Los Angeles by 1924.  This happened during the “Hawaiian Craze”, a time period when there were more Hawaiian records sold than any other style of music across America.  Sol quickly got swept up in record deals and cameos in movies. He became a star and a hero for the native Hawaiian people!

Over the course of his spectacular career, life in the fast lane began to wear on Sol.  He went through a personal and religious transformation and eventually converted to Christianity.  By 1938 he had totally abandoned his secular career to join Foursquare Church founder, Aimee Semple McPherson as a part of her evangelical tours. After this conversion Sol signed contracts to record with various Christian record labels including Eldee, Sacred Records, and Campus Christians.  It was during this time that Sol met and began regularly collaborating with organist and vibraphone player, Loren Whitney.  Many of these sacred recordings still featured amazing traditional Hawaiian song interpretations on the B sides of the 78 releases. But the days of fiery jazz and pop recordings were gone.

According to a contact I made who was a church member, these extremely rare circa 1941, Haven Of Rest 78s were not sold in stores.  They were distributed for “Singspiration” nights in the Foursquare Church. The main Foursquare church was in LA, but at its peak it was one of the largest church denominations with congregations scattered all over the US.  Many of them were too poor to afford a professional musician to lead music.  At ”Singspiration” events church members would get up to sing “specials”, a song they had chosen to sing solo for the congregation. Sometimes members would provide their own instrumentation, but often these church issued Haven Of Rest 78s were played as their accompaniment. It is obvious when listening to the recordings that there is ample space for singing over the music. Please enjoy these extremely rare Sol Hoopii recordings.  And if the spirit moves you…sing along!

**Special thanks goes out to Jim for giving me my copy of HR530, helping me with research for this post, and being more of a collaborator than a nemesis!  Thanks also to Keith Cordell for giving me insight into how these rare recordings were used at Foursquare from an insiders perspective.**

1941 Haven Of Rest Records, Loren Whitney – Organ and Vibraharp. Sol Hoopii – Steel Guitar

Yma Sumac with Leslie Baxter

June 22nd, 2015 by jim

Here is some fun exotica music for your next jungle cruise. A 1951 Capitol records 78 album set:  Voice of the Xtabay by Yma Sumac with composition and orchestration by Leslie Baxter and Moises Vivanco.

I think Yma might have Mariah Carey beat for vocal range. She hits some amazingly high notes here.

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Ray Kinney on Pilotone

June 15th, 2015 by jim

Here’s a playlist of some Ray Kinney 78s I just got that were pressed on a sort of transluscent red “vinylite”on the Pilotone record label.

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Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders

June 12th, 2015 by jim

Here’s a few British records by Felix Mendelssohn. It was hard to find good discographical info online about these but I believe they were made between 1940 and 1943. I’m sure if you were living in Britain at that time a bit of Hawaiian escapism would have been a welcome distraction.

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Ray Kinney “Songs of Hawaii”

June 9th, 2015 by jim

Decca Presents “Songs of Hawaii” Played by Ray Kinney and His Hawaiians. (1938)

I bought this album in Honolulu. These were the only 78s I found there on a trip in December. The cover and records were dusty and water dammaged, but the records actually cleaned up nice and sound pretty good. It was missing one record of the 5 and I recently found a replacement. So here is the complete album set!

As you can see I have rather sloppily stop the cover from decomposing completely with some packing tape… I know.. not the most archival way to save something, but at least the dust and mold wont be getting all over the records anymore..

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Let’s test some playback methods..

June 5th, 2015 by jim

There’s been some debate on facebook forums I follow about what the best playback methods are for 78s. Some people love acoustic machines. Some swear by vintage tube amps and electric turntables. Some want the most modern hi-fi equipment and computer processing. I think all of these ways have some benefits, but I suppose it’s subjective. It depends on what you think sounds good. But in the interest in science, I have recorded the same record with several methods for you to compare. This is not fully comprehensive. I am sure if you are really into this you may have some other players with better tone.. (Victor Credenzas are probably top of the line for acoustic playback for instance. I don’t have one of those) But in any case this may give you a general idea of the difference in sound of different playback methods.

First is a good old acoustic phonograph. This was made probably in the 30s. It’s my RCA Victor suitcase phonograph. I have recorded it with a decent stage microphone (you can see it on the left in the video) pointed directly into the “speaker” (technically there is a sort of horn under there)

Here’s an mp3 of that same acoustic playback:

Next let’s hear a 1950’s Wilcox Gay Recordio tube based analog electric phonograph playing it. This particular record player can actually make records too. But here it is outfitted with a medium tone steel needle for playback:

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Now this is a modern turntable (a Numark TT200):

First with a regular 33rpm stylus:

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Then with a Shure M78S stylus:

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Then with a special order 3.5 mil stylus (wider than the m78s to pick up less of the surface noise at the bottom of the groove):

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Now let’s hear that last version again but with soundsoap cleanup (soundsoap lets you adjust the levels of noise and click removal.. it’s something that you have to fiddle with to get the best results..):

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Lastly, just one little thing. Some people worry about the wear on a 78 when played with a steel needle. I won’t deny that technically there IS wear. But I think one or two playbacks won’t hurt. (The important point is that you use a NEW steel needle with EVERY play. A worn needle WILL damage a record.) Here is a short clip with 2 samples. First is the 3.5 stylus before I played it with teh steel needle on the wilcox-gay machine. and the second is after. I don’t think you can hear a difference:

here is a playlist of all those so it’s easier to compare:

 

A Royal Blue Sol Ho’opi’i

May 27th, 2015 by jim

Isn’t it pretty.
Sol Hoopii and His Novelty Trio Lepe Ulaula B/W Honolulu Harbor
1928 Royal Blue Columbia 1339-D (145901/145903)

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Sol Ho’opi’i Decca sessions

May 21st, 2015 by jim

Here is a complete set of the Songs Sol Ho’opi’i and His Novelty Five recorded on Decca. These were his last recordings before he started focusing on sacred music, all played on electric lap steel. These are from Australian pressings but they were released in The U.S. on Decca as well.

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