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Pearl Bailey Sings for Adults Only

Pearl Bailey Sings for Adults Only
Pearl Bailey
Released 1959
Roulette R-25016
Made in US

Posted by peter on March 22, 2014 at 8.30pm in listening
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jodi: Ah, bawdy songs. That'll wash the religious stuff outta our ears.
2014.03.22 at 8.33pm · link ·
jodi: She Had to go and Lose it at the Astor: link
2014.03.22 at 8.33pm · link ·
peter: I remember Pearly Bailey from her 70s appearances on stuff like Hollywood Squares. But this LP starts with the song "She had to go and lose it at the Astor". Like two different careers.
2014.03.22 at 8.34pm · link ·
jodi: ooh the child dropped it at the Astor
it nearly killed her mum and dad
2014.03.22 at 8.34pm · link ·
jodi: track 2, Josephine: link

Ugh, I remember this song. The chorus speeds up and the verses slow down and I really can't handle that.
2014.03.22 at 8.36pm · link ·
kate: already this child is looking to blame someone else. this is what's wrong with society! damn this pop music!
2014.03.22 at 8.36pm · link ·
peter: Whoa, what a weird chord progression in Josephine, a strange intensity there. Josephine on YouTube
2014.03.22 at 8.37pm · link ·
kate: yeah that link is definitely blocked in my country. somebody get on skype and sing it to me.
2014.03.22 at 8.38pm · link ·
peter: "Agitating eyes, titillating sighs, lubricating lips, undulating hips: She had a figure simply swell, and other points as well." Josephine, hunh.
2014.03.22 at 8.38pm · link ·
jodi: Josephine
commonly called Joe
tripped her way away to France
in her sumpin-sumpin pants (I missed it)

but not to be confused with Francey Pants
2014.03.22 at 8.38pm · link ·
peter:
kate: yeah that link is definitely blocked in my country. somebody get on skype and sing it to me.

Really, the YouTube link?
2014.03.22 at 8.39pm · link ·
jodi:
kate: yeah that link is definitely blocked in my country. somebody get on skype and sing it to me.

Weird, it's usually your country that gets everything and ours that is blocked from everything.
2014.03.22 at 8.39pm · link ·
jodi: Sir Charles my favourite came from a sanatorium
came in and yelled for drinks in MY emporium

[spoiler alert: she killed him]
2014.03.22 at 8.40pm · link ·
kate:
peter: Really, the YouTube link?


jodi: Weird, it's usually your country that gets everything and ours that is blocked from everything.


i know. murica and whatnot. it seems like youtube really doesn't want me to hear this album.
2014.03.22 at 8.41pm · link ·
jodi: To Keep My Love Alive: link
2014.03.22 at 8.41pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Weird, it's usually your country that gets everything and ours that is blocked from everything.

Maybe copyright claims are country-specific. And the American rules around public domain for music materials is different from other formats. I don't remember the details, but that might have something to do with it.
2014.03.22 at 8.42pm · link ·
peter: Pearl Bailey died in 1990, though, so her performances come in to the public domain in 2040 in Canada and in 2060 in the US. So that's not it.
2014.03.22 at 8.44pm · link ·
peter: Zip: "I think that child Schopenhauer was right." Any guesses?
2014.03.22 at 8.45pm · link ·
jodi: I met her at the Yankee Clipper
and she didn't unzip one zipper

I missed who this lady is with the zipper that she is talking to but it's basically just a whole song of name dropping, first of people who've been interviewed by the narrator, then people who maybe tried to unzip the zipper of the lady with the zipper? I can't keep up.
2014.03.22 at 8.45pm · link ·
kate:
jodi: To Keep My Love Alive: link


Can't get this one either. What a pain.
2014.03.22 at 8.45pm · link ·
kate: HA! I can preview them on Amazon.
2014.03.22 at 8.47pm · link ·
jodi: Argentines without means do it
some say in Boston even beans do it

I don't get the beans thing? Anyway everybody knows this song, "Let's do it". It's a fast paced arrangement, these horns don't slow down for a second.
2014.03.22 at 8.47pm · link ·
jodi: Let's Do It: link
2014.03.22 at 8.48pm · link ·
jodi: About to flip over to side two already. We haven't even really talked about the music yet. Next track is The Physician: linky-link
2014.03.22 at 8.49pm · link ·
kate: are we supposed to be talking about music?
2014.03.22 at 8.52pm · link ·
jodi: Side two begins with horns set aside for the first time, in favour of piano. Not a welcome change. Side one was high energy, blasting party sounds and mildly sexual innuendo. The Physician has more of a swingy smooth jazz feel. With that horrible snare drum brush thing I hate so much, and some kooky horn frills.
2014.03.22 at 8.52pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Argentines without means do it some say in Boston even beans do it I don't get the beans thing? Anyway everybody knows this song, "Let's do it". It's a fast paced arrangement, these horns don't slow down for a second.

Boston is sometimes called Bean Town, I don't know why. Probably has something to do with the pungently fragrant harbour.
2014.03.22 at 8.52pm · link ·
jodi:
kate: are we supposed to be talking about music?

Hah! Nope. We do try to talk about the music a bit but we really just aim to use the music as a springboard for talking about whatever.
2014.03.22 at 8.53pm · link ·
peter:
kate: are we supposed to be talking about music?

Aren't we? :)
2014.03.22 at 8.54pm · link ·
jodi: Legalize My Name: link
2014.03.22 at 8.55pm · link ·
peter: also, @kate, I grabbed your avatar from Facebook, hope that's ok
2014.03.22 at 8.55pm · link ·
jodi: Liner notes: "Stick to the script" was the order of the day so Pearl had to shelve the innuendo and double entendre that made her so popular with the night club crowds.

Hard to imagine this stuff being too shocking for a record company.
2014.03.22 at 8.56pm · link ·
kate:
peter: also, @kate, I grabbed your avatar from Facebook, hope that's ok


oh sure, the NSA already knows what I look like, one more thumbnail on the web won't kill me.
2014.03.22 at 8.56pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Legalize My Name: link

She has this great spoken-word style where she just slurs everything together, at then end of this song, and elsewhere on the album. Really charismatic! And fun!
2014.03.22 at 8.58pm · link ·
jodi: More liner notes: This album is Pearl Bailey's night club performance come to life on a record. That's why it is labeled "For Adults Only" and that's why it is restricted from air play. It's a precaution that Roulette has taken to protect the innocent from her earthy wisdom.

Restricted from air play! I mean, okay, kids didn't all have tee vee to take them away from radio but sheesh, 1959, you uptight!
2014.03.22 at 8.58pm · link ·
jodi: Lemme tell you 'bout Frings! Frings are wonderful things.
2014.03.22 at 8.58pm · link ·
kate: I'm enjoying this album a lot. I know we have several clubs in the city that often have this style of live music. Lots of jazzy lady singers down here.
2014.03.22 at 8.59pm · link ·
peter:
kate: oh sure, the NSA already knows what I look like, one more thumbnail on the web won't kill me.

I imagine they've sequenced your DNA. Jodi's too, she still technically has a social security number. I'm still unknown to them, except for those two times I've been pulled over (KY and NC). But I got off with a warning both times!
2014.03.22 at 9.00pm · link ·
jodi: Nice to have someone to yak with
sit around with
scratch a back with

any hand which makes your sandwich you can love

I picture two people side by side scratching a third person's back. A really hairy back. Also, the sandwich thing is pretty much one of those rules of modern life, right?
2014.03.22 at 9.00pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Lemme tell you 'bout Frings! Frings are wonderful things.

No! No they aren't!
2014.03.22 at 9.00pm · link ·
jodi:
kate: I'm enjoying this album a lot. I know we have several clubs in the city that often have this style of live music. Lots of jazzy lady singers down here.

Okay, that seals the deal, lady! New Orleans here we come!
2014.03.22 at 9.01pm · link ·
jodi: Flings though, apparently, need to be flung by the young.

So perhaps I am too old for New Orleans, too old for flings.

Too bad because I can make a fucking good sandwich.
2014.03.22 at 9.02pm · link ·
peter:
kate: I'm enjoying this album a lot. I know we have several clubs in the city that often have this style of live music. Lots of jazzy lady singers down here.

Yes, I like it too. Some day we must visit you and check out your music scene. And if you ever come here, Canada's Motor City has one noteworthy music venue. And Phog.
2014.03.22 at 9.03pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: I imagine they've sequenced your DNA. Jodi's too, she still technically has a social security number. I'm still unknown to them, except for those two times I've been pulled over (KY and NC). But I got off with a warning both times!

I found my social security card the other day while I was cleaning up the front room. It's still undetached from the paper it came on, "here is your social security card". Not that I will ever need it again.
2014.03.22 at 9.04pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Flings though, apparently, need to be flung by the young. So perhaps I am too old for New Orleans, too old for flings. Too bad because I can make a fucking good sandwich.

I have no evidence to back up your claim. Perhaps you should prove it. By making me a sandwich.
2014.03.22 at 9.06pm · link ·
jodi: Aw, Pearly. She's all bawdy and raucous and killing guys with shivs and unzippin' zippers and then the very last song is called "I Wanna Get Married". Oh, girl, no.
2014.03.22 at 9.07pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: I found my social security card the other day while I was cleaning up the front room. It's still undetached from the paper it came on, "here is your social security card". Not that I will ever need it again.

Hey, that thing is golden. Next best thing to a Lorne Greene card!
2014.03.22 at 9.07pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: I have no evidence to back up your claim. Perhaps you should prove it. By making me a sandwich.

You and I are not sandwich-compatible, my dear. My best sandwich has tofu in it, or avocado, or sauerkraut, or all of those things, ideally. Either that or hummus on toast.
2014.03.22 at 9.08pm · link ·
peter: Ok, I need to get my power cord and cue up the next record. And powder my nose.
2014.03.22 at 9.09pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Hey, that thing is golden. Next best thing to a Lorne Greene card!

Funny thing about Lorne Greene. Everyone I know who has a green card. . . knows Lorne Greene!
2014.03.22 at 9.09pm · link ·
jodi: Break time, g'night Pearly. Moving on to, well, we haven't decided yet. But there will be a new post in about 5 minutes, so come join us there!
2014.03.22 at 9.10pm · link ·

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