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Volume II

by Bluegrass Student Union

One of the most exciting International Champion quartets of the Barbershop Harmony Society shows off its connection with the listener through a wide variety of traditional repertoire. Cover-art by Greg Pappas & Miller Photography.
Genre: Easy Listening: Barbershop Quartet
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1. Hi Neighbor
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2. The Old Songs Medley - Everything Old is New Again - In the Good Old Summertime - Sweet Adeline (Medley)
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3. Biff, the Friendly Purple Bear (The Little Boy)
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4. Java Jive
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5. The Chordbusters' March
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6. I'm Confessin' That I Love You
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7. Sixteen Tons
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8. Here's to the Winners
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9. My Honey's Lovn' Arms
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10. Bluegrass Gospel Medley - How Great Thou Art - In the By and By - I'll Fly Away - When the Roll is Called up Yonder (Medley)
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11. Coney Island Baby - We All Fall For (Medley)
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Album Notes
1. HI NEIGHBOR: Inspired by the "Citations" version of this "Buffalo Bills" barbershop hit, we unknowingly sang our first Walter Latzko arrangement. m/w-Jack Owens, a-WL, p-Owens-Kemp Music Co.

2. THE OLD SONGS MEDLEY: We tied three Society "Polecat" songs together with Ed Waesche's adaptation of a 1970's Anne Murray pop hit, to illustrate the timelessness of this theme. We borrowed Ed Gentry's beautiful tag for the otherwise traditional SWEET ADELINE, and parody lyrics from the "4 Preps" for the second chorus of IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME. THE OLD SONGS: m/w-G. O'Hara, a-SPEBSQSA, INC., p-Boston Music Co. EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: m-P. Allen, w-Carole Bayer Sager, a-EW, p-Warner Brothers YOU'RE THE FLOWER OF MY HEART, SWEET ADELINE: w/m-Harry Armstrong, a-Traditional, Ed Gentry, p-Witmark & Sons IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (PARODY): m-George Evans, w-Ren Shields, a-EW, p-Edward B. Marks Music.

3. BIFF THE FRIENDLY PURPLE BEAR: The "Club House 4" performed this piece for a short time before they retired, and quickly offered it to their favorite kids quartet (us), because they knew its value. Accompanied by THE LITTLE BOY, hummed lightly in the background, there was never a dry eye in the house. a-Club House 4 BIFF THE FRIENDLY PURPLE BEAR, w-Dick Feller, p-Sony-ATV Songs THE LITTLE BOY, w/m-Al Stillman, p-Edwin H. Morris Co.

4. JAVA JIVE: We first heard this song at a Society Mid-Winter convention in 1978, by a Florida quartet which included our friend Todd Wilson, who later became an International Champion tenor with "Acoustix." Like good barbershoppers, we woodshedded our own acapella arrangement, based on the "Manhattan Transfer's" rendition of the great "Ink Spots" hit. This was our first real experience with adaptation of a "swing" tune to the barbershop style. It became a popular BSU show number, and is still one of our favorite songs to sing. m-Ben Oakland, w-Milton Drake, a-BSU, et al, p-Sony Tunes Inc./Advanced Music Corp.

5. THE CHORDBUSTERS' MARCH: Inspired by the "Suntones" version of the "Chordbusters" quartet theme song, we made a few subtle changes to leave our mark on this rousing barbershop number. m/w/a/p-W.A. Wyatt

6. I'M CONFESSIN' THAT I LOVE YOU: Through this tenor solo, also inspired by a recorded version by the great "Suntones," our audience discovered that Allen had a great feel for a love song, and an appealing lead vocal quality. m-Al J. Newburg/Doc Daugherty, w-Ellis Reynolds, a-Suntones, p-Bourne Co.

7. SIXTEEN TONS: Our rendition of the country tune made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford showcases our bass, Rick. m/w-Merle Travis, a-John Hohl, p-American Music Inc.

8. HERE'S TO THE WINNERS: Frank Sinatra's rendition of this song was popular just as we finished our year as the current International Champion. We thought its message was suitable to wish success to all the competitors in the upcoming quartet contest. As luck would have it, Renee Craig had already written a fine Sweet Adeline arrangement of it. m/w-Joe Raposo, a-Renee Craig, p-Sergeant Music Co./Jonica Music Co.

9. MY HONEY'S LOVIN' ARMS: Inspired by the version recorded on their famous "Barbershop With Banjo" album, we added some "bum-bums" to Don Gray's arrangement to emulate the style of the great "Buffalo Bills." m-Joseph Meyer, w-Herman Ruby, a-Don Gray, p-Warner Brothers

10. THE BLUEGRASS GOSPEL MEDLEY: To give thanks to the Man Upstairs, this piece was often sung by the BSU as an encore. It was inspired by the Christian faith passed on to us by our families. a-EW HOW GREAT THOU ART: w/m-Stuart K. Hine, p-Manna Music IN THE BY AND BY: Public Domain I'LL FLY AWAY: Public Domain WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER: Public Domain

11. CONEY ISLAND BABY: This Barbershop Quartet Society "Polecat" arrangement served the BSU well in our early show days. The challenge was to sing it with enthusiasm, so that our performance was fun for barbershop audiences, even though they already knew each chord by heart. We edited this cut from our first album in 1978, because we wanted to feature more "original" arrangements. But, when listening to the archives with this project in mind, it brought back some fond memories. Hope you like it. m/w-Les Applegate, a/p-SPEBSQSA, INC.


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