Monday, January 7, 2008

The Widespread Depression Orchestra

You may recall I won this LP recently on e-pay after hearing it on one of the 'HFS tapes I was ripping for for this blog. The LP came in today and it immediately was plopped on the turntable and ripped in glorious MP3 at 320kbps for your listening pleasure. If you like Asleep At The Wheel, Cowboy Jazz or maybe even Squirrel Nut Zippers you should like this one. That tune "Barnyard Boogie" will get you going fer sure!

The Widespread Depression Orchestra
"Boogie In The Barnyard"

Stash Records LP ST206 1980

"Back Room Stomp"
"Tulip Or Turnip"
"Bye Bye Blues"
"You Can Depend On Me"
"Barnyard Boogie"
"Zaza" by
"You Took Advantage Of Me"
"Little Rabbit Blues"
"Louisiana Swing"

Michael Hashim- Alto
David Lillie- Baritone
Tim Atherton- Trombone
Dean Nicyper- Tenor
Jordan Sandke- Trumpet
Michael Le Donne- Piano
Johnny Holtzman- Vibes, Vocals
Bill Conway- Bass

A note about the arrangements:
WDO plays a large number of transcriptions of compositions recorded by the swing masters as well as original arrangements. On this record, transcriptions of Cavernism, little Rabbit and Barnyard Boogie are by John Ellis. Azure by Mike le Donne. Bye Bye Blues and Tulip or Turnip by Dean Nicyper. Louisiana Swing and You Can Depend On Me by Jordan Sandke. Za-za by Ted Shull. Back Room Romp by WDO. You Took Adavantage Of Me is an original arrangement by Bill Conway.

Producer: Bernard Brightman
Asscociate Producer: Frank Driggs
A & R: Richard Ables
Engineering: Les Paul Jr. at the Dick Charles Studios

82MB, MP3 @320, 39 Minutes


Anonymous said...

Kayaker, Holy s&^%t! Thanks for this vinyl rip in 320! D/L right now.
I will comment again after listening....

WVKayaker said...

Now hush yo' mouth!

Anonymous said...

I recall this group for some reason and can't wait to listen to it. More applause for this wonderful blog.

WVKayaker said...

Thanks for the kind words anonymous...whoever you are.....

DaBoss said...

Hi Kayaker:

Wondferful post -- this is the stuff that reminds me of WHFS. You and I have pretty similar backgrounds, I,too, really miss the old HFS -- I started listening to it in 1969 and kept up until the end. Even helped engineer a few of the live concerts from the Cellar Door - Fatboy Slim was one of them.

Check out my blog and my profile and you'll see what I mean.

For those of you who enjoy this come to and get the hard to find Robert Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders. A fave. Also posted Danny Gatton's last performance --for those in the know.

Love that your blog is named after one of my favorite Zappa cuts.

Hope to talk to you in the future --Best

WVKayaker said...

I checked out you blog and it is the stuff! Thanks for posting a link here!

Anonymous said...

Johnny Holtzman (then playing as Johhny Holtzman and the Swingbeams after the WDO broke up) played at my wedding reception in 1985. Most excellent voice. I hope he's doing well.

WVKayaker said...

Awesome Feedback!

John said...

been searching this album for sometime so very glad to find it in ur blog.
thanks for sharing this.

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Camarillo Brillo said...

glad you found it!

Robb Ware said...

This was one of my father's favorite neo-swing bands and treasured his vinyl copy. I grew up hearing it and was a big fan of the song "boogie in the barnyard." I had "tulip or turnip" in my head for some reason today and after searching for the name of the song, I realised I had no idea who sang the version I knew the best.... a search on AMG points to this record. Downloading now to verify, but I'm pretty sure it's the WDO version that I have in my head. I'm excited to have it and revel in the nostalgia of it.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Thanks for the feedback Robb Ware. Glad you were able to get it. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I really like that. Do you also have "Downtown uproar"?
I'm totally into swing and blues now. And while I bought at least 400 CDs the last 2 years, there is still so much missing in my collection. I just can't afford to get everything I'd like to have.
raycast AT hotmail com

Camarillo Brillo said...

raycast...sorry don't have "Downtown uproar"
Hope you find something else in here...enjoy and thanks for the feedback

topcat1484 said... truly do only publish that which is NOT on other sites. I watched "waitress! '1982" heard tulip or turnip in the background and HAD to find info on this amazing voice and talented band! getting a chance to see who wrote the songs, who played what part as well as the album cover...your blog is a godsend! thank you so much. I have found a copy of the LP for myself (it was a must for my collection have after your help). keep up the good work. Dont stop groovin!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Glad you found it topcat..enjoy and hope you dig around here for more...

Anonymous said...

Hi - Dear anonymous. Where was your wedding?

and yes - I am doing well!

Jonny Holtzman

Pat Sheehan said...

Hi Jonny.

My wedding was in New Haven, you played "You Took Advantage of Me" as our "first dance" song. We still play it every anniversary... about to be #27.

I'm in Silver Spring, MD... drop me a line at if you have a chance.

Stay well,


What This Is All About

I've been collecting live music from various sources since the mid to late 70's. Radio shows, TV broadcasts, radio show pre-FM CD's and vinyl LP's and some trades. Most of the shows posted here, I recorded and ripped myself. I always had top of the line stereo equipment and cassette and open reel recorders for those on air broadcasts.

I've downloaded plenty of bootlegged concerts from various blogs. As a rule I will only post stuff from my collection and not what is already available out there.

I also post out of print CDs and LPs from my collection.
I will repost from my readers anything someone sends me as long as it is either out of print or something that's not from someone else's blog. If you want to share a link for a cool item on your blog, or someone else's, please feel free to post it in the comments........

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