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Monday, August 14, 2006

Ballads For The Age Of Science


I can't remember how I found this fine mp3 collection of the 6 LP set Ballads For The Age Of Science, but it's quite a silly treasure trove. These records were produced in the late 1950s/early 1960s and cover space, energy and motion, experiments, weather, and nature in the most ATOMIC AGE! manner possible.

For the nerd rock fans out there, finally a chance to hear the original version of the rousing They Might Be Giants cover of Why Does The Sun Shine, still the only reason I know that:

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heck yeah! I have ALL the albums downloaded to my IPod! I love the songs, they are so kitschy! I wish I had the original albums :(

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god bless archive.org
http://web.archive.org/web/20070308155550/www.acme.com/jef/singing_science/

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous:
I'm very interested in these songs, but the ACME page doesn't exist yet. I try more time in archive.com...
Can you link the right adress, please?
Anycase, can you zip all the songs to this mail: [email protected] ?

thank you

10:59 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

http://wayback.archive.org/web/jsp/Interstitial.jsp?seconds=5&date=1175719837000&url=http%3A%2F%2Facme.com%2Fjef%2Fsinging_science%2F&target=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20070404205037%2Facme.com%2Fjef%2Fsinging_science%2F

7:50 AM  
Blogger rzblog said...

I am pleased to announce that "Space Songs" and "Experiment Songs" are available through iTunes as meticulous digital restorations of the original 1961 recordings. For future announcements, please see the Facebook page of Argosy Music Corporation.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

10:45 AM  

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