PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WEEK ~ from the William Thomas Sherman Info Page (

* for books, CDs, and DVDs recommended see, , Barnes and Noble, Tower Records, Yahoo,
Also...since Windows Media Player doesn't play DVDs anymore (without purchasing an appurtenance), and or to watch DVDs intended for outside your own DVD region try VLC Media Player. Later Note. As of May 2008, it's come to my attention that there is a freeware fix-it for Windows Media Player's DVD problem called "K-Lite Mega Codec Pack;" that, among other locations, can be downloaded here.
Finally, there is video downloader that allows you to download videos off of YouTube and similar sites.

"Soul, Rockin' & Obscure": Song hits selected (in .wma) from the 45 rpm collection of Stuart Greene ~ to be periodically added to and updated.

1. Books by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. Benjamin Franklin being my own special favorite. See
2. East Side Kids movies with Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall. See for example "'Neath Brooklyn Bridge" (1942)
3. Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia, Petrae, and the Holy Land by John Lloyd Stevens (1805-1852). To download, courtesy of Google book search, click here.
4. The aria "Deh! Ti piega," from Act II of Vivaldi's "La Fida Ninfa," of which Antonio Constantino's (at 5.5 MBs from Dynamic CDL 145/2) is one very good version.
5. Engravings by Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), see for example his various Vignettes. and check bookfinder and One nice affordable and easy to get a hold of edition of Bewick engravings is 1800 Woodcuts by Thomas Bewick and His School ~ Dover Pictorial Archive (look under "Thomas Bewick" as author.)
6. Phil Pearlman's "Fresh Fire" (music CD) For a sample track (at 5.5 MBs) click here.
7. "La Serva Padrona," by Pergolesi (1710 - 1736)
8. "Fox" PB nautical fiction series, by "Adam Hardy" --- pen name of author Kenneth Bulmer. For a list of titles see (or for a .txt version of the same, click here.) For purchase, see and ebay.
9. Poets and Poetry of America and Female Poets of America by Rufus Wilmot Griswold. See for print versions. To download for free Poets and Poetry of America, in .pdf from Google Books click here, and for Female Poets of America here.
Later Note. Even though Griswold's anthologies are deserving of much of the criticism they, in their day, received; this due in no small part to Griswold himself not being all that very sensitive, feeling, or musical of a person to best appreciate poetry (with respect to prose, however, he was better qualified); still these volumes are very valuable for introducing us to poets most of us never heard of, while serving as an encouragement to look for unknown others from the same time period, 1600-1850, which they cover.
10. "Songs in Red and Gray" by Suzanne Vega (music CD)
11. "Best of Anthony Newley" (music CD, GNP Crescendo label) Click here to see a track listing. Later Note. Another disk also worth mentioning (and of the same title) is "Best of" on the Camden label, and with these songs. Here also, as an extra, from the "Hiernonymous Merkin" soundtrack LP is "Sweet Love Child" (.mp3 at 3 MBs, zipped.)
12. Art of the Ancient Near East by Pierre Amiet. See
13. Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett. For an online downloadable version click here.
14. "Horror Classics Triple Feature, Vol. 12" ("The Amazing Mr. X" / "The Mad Monster" / "The Monster Maker") (1948) DVD
15. George Winston's "Summer" and "Autumn" (music CDs)
16. American Heritage Junior Library, and Horizon-Caravel Books; see or for .txt version of the same, see here.
17. "Raw and Alive"/"Rare Seeds" by the Seeds (music CD) Here, by way of mp3 downloads, is a sample track from "Rare Seeds," "The Wind Blows Your Hair."
18. Father Bombo's Pilgrimage to Mecca (1770) by Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Philip Freneau (also Freneau's poetry; for one edition of which click here.)
19. "The Prince of Homburg" by Heinrich Von Kleist. (See 1977 version with Frank Langella on DVD)
20. Note. Sometime in 2005, "" was evidently taken over by the Goomer people; hence, use now with caution.
21. The Anglo-Dutch Wars of the Seventeenth Century by J.R. Jones. See
22. "Best of the Gipsy Kings" (music CD)
23. Olivia de Havilland films "Strawberry Blonde" (1941) and "To Each His Own" (1946), though not yet formally on DVD unfortunately. Later Note. As of 6/08, I found "To Each His Own" for sale here; while for "Strawberry Blonde" check iOffer
24. The Indians' Book: Songs and Legends of the American Indians recorded and edited by Natalie Curtis. See, etc.
25. Benjamin West's "Death of Wolfe," for a version of which see
26. Violin Sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770), see as performed by E. Wallfisch, among others. For a movement from the "Pastorale in A Major" as done by the Locatelli trio, click here.
27. C. P. E. Bach Flute Concerto, in D minor, 3rd movement Allegro di Molto, with a preference for Jean-Pierre Rampal's rendition.
28. James Kirke Paulding's (1778-1860) various volumes including The Dutchman's Fireside, The Old Continental, or The Price of Liberty, and The Book of St. Nicholas.
29. Miniature Stories of the Saints, vol. I-IV by Rev. Daniel A. Lord, S.J., and (Catholic) Arch Books from the sixties (and not the subsequently done versions and editions.)
30. An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Illustration and Decoration (Dover Pictorial Archive Series) by Clarence Pearson Hornung. For a sample page showing an illustration by Thomas Nast, click here.
31. "[The] Mississippi [Sheiks] & [The] Beale Street Sheiks 1927-1932: Sittin' on Top of the World," Biograph LP, BLP-12041 (1972). Not on CD to my knowledge, but here, at least, at 3 MBs is "The New Sittin' on Top of the World," by the Mississippi Sheiks (recorded, incidentally, in Grafton, Wisconsin in 1932.) This said, there are, however, other collections on CD with not only the Mississippi Sheiks (Lonnie Chatman & Walter Vincson), and the Beale Street Sheiks (Frank Stokes & Dan Sane) but also Skip James, Robert Johnson, Son House, Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, Willie McTell, and other late 1920's to late 1930's Blues and similar artists that are now at present available.
32. Wallace House recordings "Ballads of the American Revolution," "Ballads of the War of 1812," (and more such), which you can find at; see also
Later Note. The same albums are also available as mp3 downloads viz. -- "Ballads of the Revolution," and "Ballads of the War of 1812."
33. Better skits and episodes (you'll have to determine which are which for yourself) in the SCTV comedy DVD collections Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4.
34. Shenstone's Miscellany (1759-1763) by William Shenstone and others, see
35. "The Return of Chandu" (1934) with Bela Lugosi (DVD)
36. "Velikaya bitva na Volge," or "The Great Battle on the Volga" (1962) directed by Maria Slavinskaya (DVD)
37. "The Art of the Oboe" (Naxos: #553991) and "Handel: Oboe Concertos Nos. 1-3," (Naxos: #553430), both with Anthony Camden. For a sample track from the first of these disks, via mp3 downloads, click here. (Don't, of course and however, purchase it if you also seriously consider purchasing the full CD; since you can try out the single track by way of the free sample cut.) Later Note. There is a separate Naxos CD, "Baroque Favourites," that also happens to have included on it the third movement to Handel's oboe concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287; in this case performed by Capella Istropolitana with Richard Edlinger, and which rendition some may, like myself, prefer over the one contained on the first disk. If then you are possibly interested, you can obtain this second version here.
38. Eric Clapton "Unplugged" (music CD)
39. Poems by Thomas Moore (1779-1852); see For one edition of Moore's works, courtesy of Google Books, click here. For a nice illustrated edition of some of Moore's poems there is Dover Publications' Moore's Irish Melodies.
40. "Animal Yackers" by Mattel. Some of the most beautiful and funny toys ever made. See EBay, and look for Bernie Bernard, Larry the Lion, Chester O'Chimp, Maurice Monkey (or Jabber Jaws), and Crackers the Parrot.
41. "Autumn Scenes" (watercolor paintings) by Iranian-American artist Guita Monfaredi, at present on the staff at the University of Washington Undergraduate library.
42. "Together In Concert: Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger," (music CD)
43. Atala, and Rene' by Francois-Rene' de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), see
44. "The Devil Rides Out" (1968) with Christopher Lee (DVD)
45. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, edited by Benedicta Ward.
46. "Divisions for two basses in C major" composed by John Jenkins (1592-1678); found on "Jenkins: All in a Green Garden," Rose Consort of Viols, (Naxos:#550687); click here for the single track. Later Note. I subsequently came across a somewhat different version of this piece same but performed by Charivari Agreable. You can get it as an mp3 download here.
47. "Batman and Robin" by Sun Ra and the Blues Project, and with "Dan and Dale" (music CD) Later Note. Here as an extra in .mp3 (right click "Save As..."), and courtesy of, are the original Batman theme from the TV show, and the "Batusi." Click here to see the Bat Logo.
48. A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen by Daniel Blum. See
49. Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) illustrated calendars and books. See, for example, her "Calendar(s) of the Seasons."
50. Bob Dylan's "Planet Waves" with The Band (music CD)
51. "The New 3 Stooges," or Three Stooges Cartoons (1965), 3 DVD set. See EBay. Note, if you find a version of the cartoons other than the 3 DVD set, be sure it includes the short intros or lead-ins to the cartoons and which star the actual Stooges (circa mid 1960's.)
52. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866). Click here to download it in .txt form, courtesy of Project Gutenburg.
53. "Batalia" by Heinrich Biber (1644-1704), Early baroque, and, for its time, avant-garde music with various versions available, but with a preference for that which relased on the Nonesuch classical label sometime in the 70's.
54. "Daphnis and Chloe" of Longus (c. 2nd century A.D.), and "Aethiopica" of Heliodorus of Emesa (c. 3rd century A.D.), two of the earliest extent romances in Western literature (not counting what is found in myths and epic poetry.) More informtion on these and other early European romances can be found at Petronian Society. For an exceptionally fine and beautifully illustrated edition (including authentic Longus text) see Marc Chagall's Daphnis and Chloe; published by Prestel.
55. "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" ("The Young Girls of Rochefort") (1968) with Catherine Deneuve (DVD)
56. Poems by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), see, etc. To download one edition, courtesy of Google book search, click here. Or for a .txt version, see Project Gutenberg.
57. "Symphony of Praise" by Vern Jackson (music CD), see
58. "Violin Showpieces" by Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), and performed by Marat Bisengaliev (Naxos: #8550744)
59. "Airport" (1970) starring Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, et al. (DVD)
60. The Proudest Day: MacDonough on Lake Champlain by Charles Geoffrey Muller. Check
61. The Hermione, "the Frigate of Freedom," see
62. Uncle Wiggily and His Friends, by Howard R. Garis, with illustrations by George Carlson.
63. "She Stoops to Conquer" (1773) by Oliver Goldsmith ~ In particular the 1971 BBC version with Tom Courtenay (but not on DVD however.)
64. "John Denver: the Wildlife Concert" (music CD)
65. "Before the Flood" (1974) and "The Basement Tapes" (1975), by the Band (i.e. Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, and Rick Danko) "with" Bob Dylan -- my own order of credits. (music CDs)
66. Poems from Black Africa, collected and edited by Langston Hughes.
67. W.C. Fields' "It's a Gift" (1934) (DVD), also, if ever they are released on DVD, his "You're Telling Me," "The Old Fashioned Way" and "The Man on the Flying Trapeze." Later Note. Do check ebay as I have since seen these titles come up for sale there. Last, if you don't mind watching feature length films via YouTube, you can catch "Man on the Flying Trapeze" here. See also "You're Telling Me."
68. The Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana as translated by William Buck.
69. "Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass" (music CD)
70. "Electric Light Orchestra: Definitive Collection" and "On the Third Day" (music CDs)
71. Sir John Harington's (1560?-1612) translation of Ludovico Ariosto's (1474-1533) Orlando Furioso See
72. "Half a Sixpence" (1967) with Tommy Steele and Julia Foster (DVD). Here are two sample tracks in the way of the title song (at 4.6 MBs) and "If the Rain's Got to Fall" (at 6 MBs.)
Later Note and addition. To download the full and complete soundtrack album (in .mp3 tracks), click here. (53 MBs -- last updated 10 Sept. 2011)
73. "Sonata-Ciacona" in B flat major by Johann Christoph Pezel (1664-1712), click here (14 MBs), and found on the currently out of print Chaconne with Musica Antiqua of Koln.
74. New England Legends and Folklore, by Samuel Adams Drake, and illustrated by F. T. Merrill. To download, courtesy of Google book search, click here.
75. Dutch naval paintings of the 17th and early 18th centuries, including works of Abraham Storck , Reinier Nooms , and Willem Van de Velde the Younger , found, among other locations, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.
76. Great Sea Battles by Oliver Warner, and Nelson the Commander by Geoffrey Bennett.
77. "Cream Reunion at Royal Albert Hall: London, May 2-3-5-6 2005" with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton. (DVD)
78. "Körkarlen" ("The Phantom Chariot" and "The Phantom Carriage") (1920) directed by Victor Sjostrom (aka Victor Seastrom) (DVD) Check Ebay and also Grapevine Video.
79. The Philosophy of Chrysippus (Philosophia Antiqua) by Josiah B. Gould. See
80. Robert Schumann's "Liederkreis," op. 39, with recommended versions by among others, Peter Schreier, and also Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The songs included in this opus are: 1. In der Fremde, 2. Intermezzo, 3. Waldesgesprach, 4. Die Stille, 5. Mondnacht, 6. Schone Fremde, 7. Auf Einer Burg, 8. In der Fremde, 9. Wehmut, 10. Zwielicht, 11. Im Walde, 12. Fruhlingsnacht. 81. "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale" (1994) with Adam Beach (DVD)
(Note. Versions by Peter Schreier and Hermann Prey of the Schumann leider are also good, indeed arguably better.)
82. The Tale of the Firebird and The Tale of the Tsar Saltan (the latter by Alexander Pushkin); both illustrated by Gennady Spirin. See
83. Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" album, with the Andrews Sisters (music CD)
84. Northwest Gateway: the Story of the Port of Seattle by Archie Binns. See also Murray Morgan's Skid Road, both at
85. "Baroque Masterpieces for Trumpet & Organ (vol. 1)," with Edward Tarr, and George Kent, Helmut Bocker, (Nonesuch Records H-71279, c. 1973) and not presently on CD. Nor is vol. 2. In view of neither being formally available on CD, try in the meantime "Baroque Music for Brass and Organ," Empire Brass with William Kuhlman, Organ (Telarc no. B00009NH8O), and "Trompete & Orgel," Ludwig Guttler (Capriccio no. 10057)
Later Note. As of 6/2008, we are most fortunate to offer the Edward Tarr et al. "Baroque Trumpet and Organ" LP in the way of individual .mp3 tracks (zipped) and as follows: 01. Maurice Greene (1696–1755) & William Boyce (1711–1779) 'A Suite of Trumpet Voluntaries in D' (3.4 MBs), 02. Johannes Prentzl (1639-1694) 'Sonata in C for Trumpet, Bassoon and Continuo' (4.4 MBs), 03. Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) 'Wachet Auf, Ruft Suns Die Stemme, Setting I' (5.2 MBs), 04. Johann Ludwig Krebs 'Wachet Auf, Ruft Suns Die Stemme, Setting II' (8.8 MBs), 05. Johann Christoph Pezel (1664-1712) 'Sonata in C for Trumpet, Bassoon, and Continuo' (8.3 MBs), 06. Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 'Voluntary for Organ in D Minor, Z. 718' (7.6 MBs), 07. John Stanley (1712-1786) 'A Suite of Trumpet Voluntaries in D' (3.9 MBs)
86. "Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya" (music CD)
87. The Grecian Taste: Literature in the Age of Neo-Classicism, 1740-1820 by John Buxton. See
88. "The Harder They Come," with Jimmy Cliff (DVD) See also the original soundtrack CD.
89. Currier & Ives Chronicles of America by John Lowell Pratt. See
90. Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) (DVD)
91. The Book of Songs: the Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry translated by Arthur Waley. See
92. Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole. See
93. The Monkees' "Live Summer Tour" and "Missing Links, Vol. 2" Also, if you are already into the Monkees, "Live 1967" is great nostalgia.(music CDs)
94. Fernando Sor (1778-1839) Guitar Duets Vol. I (Naxos 8.553302) and Vol. II (8.553418) with Robert Kubica and Wilma van Berkel. (music CDs) Here, by way of mp3 downloads, is "Six Valses" Op. 39, no. 4
95. "Don Giovanni" (1979) with Ruggero Raimondi (DVD)
96. Made Simple Books from Doubleday. For a list of of most of them, click here. Also see
97. "One Body Too Many" (1944) with Jack Haley, Jean Parker (DVD)
98. Jimi Hendrix's "Crash Landing" (music CD), and with the hope that someone someday will do a good "best of" compilation CD created out of this and the other posthumous LPs (namely "Hendrix in the West," "War Heroes," "Loose Ends," "Cry of Love," "Midnight Lightening.") Three tracks from these albums I would, for beginners, espcially commend are: -- "Johnny B. Goode" from "In the West," and "Peter Gunn theme" from "War Heroes," and "The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice."
99. Joe Miller's Jests: or, the Wits Vade-Mecum (1739), by John Motley. See also for printed editions.
100. "Christmas with Dino" i.e. with Dean Martin (music CD)
101. Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris (mid 13th century) and Jeans de Meun (1240?-1305), English trans. Harry W. Robbins. See
102. "Il Grande Duello" ("The Grand Duel") (1972), with Lee Van Cleef (See "Spaghetti Westerns" 3 DVD set put out by St. Clair Entertainment.) To hear the film's theme music, composed by Luis Enrique Bacalov, click here.
103. "Music from the Films of Charlie Chaplin," Michel Villard and his Orchestra (aka "Chaplin: Film Music," music CD) For the theme from "Limelight" click here.
104. Joshua Barney: Hero of the Revolution and 1812 by Louis Arthur Norton. See
105. "Nat King Cole: The Greatest Hits" (music CD, Capitol label)
106. "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924, MGM) and "The Monster" (1925) with Lon Chaney Sr. (Both are not, at leasts formally, on either DVD or VHS, but you might check ebay and iOffer.) Later Note. A book on Chaney that I have treasured for many years is Faces, Forms, Films: The Artistry of Lon Chaney by Robert G. Anderson, published in 1971; for which see
107. English Pastoral Poetry: from the Beginnings to Marvell, An Anthology edited by Frank Kermode. See
108. Harry J. Gensler's "Logic Cola" -- a logic tutorial program (for either PC or MAC) available as a free download at
109. Thomas Hampson's "American Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster." (music CD)
110. "Al Stewart: Best of Musikladen" (DVD)
111. Anthology of Japanese Literature compiled and edited by Donald Keene. See
112. "Classics Illustrated" comics by the Gilberton Company. See Ebay, or online comic collectors who specialize in or stock them. For a list of titles see
113. Sherman Edwards & Peter Stone's "1776" original 1969 Broadway soundtrack with William Daniels (music CD)
To view photographs from the 1969 show (and which also, btw, I happened to see), click here.
114. "The Swing Parade of 1946" (1946) with Gale Storm (DVD) As with "One Body Too Many," this is recommended more for certain performances than the film itself as such which is mostly routine otherwise.
115. "Pièces de Clavecin" by François Couperin (1668-1733), with music CDs available by Blandine Verlet; one with Christophe Rousset; and Alan Cuckston's yet another; and from which latter here, by way of mp3 downloads, is "Les Barricades Mysterieuses" (The Mysterious Barricades.)
116. Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), or for a more accessible abridged version (contained in a volume of de Sales' selected writings) there is Francis de Sales: Finding God Wherever You Are, edited by Joseph Power. See
117. "Popol Vuh: 70's Progressives" (music CD) In the way of a sample track, here (also found on another album of theirs) via mp3 downloads is "Hüter der Schwelle."
118. "McLintock!" (1963) and "Donovan's Reef" (1963) both with John Wayne (DVD)
119. "NASA: 50 Years of Space Exploration!" (1999) (DVD set)
120. "Paganini's Violin: Salvatore Accardo plays Paganini's Guarneri del Gesù 1742" (music CD) Here's a sample in the way of Paganini's Caprice No. 24, (7.1 MBs)
121. Turn-of-the-Century Dolls, Toys and Games: The Complete Illustrated Carl P. Stirn Catalog from 1893, by Carl P. Stirn
122. The Empty House and other Ghost Stories, and Ten Minute Stories both by Algernon Blackwood. See
123. The semi-opera "King Arthur," by Henry Purcell. Here, from mp3 downloads, is the "Frost" Scene, Act III, scene 2, as performed by the Deller Consort. For the full libretto by John Dryden, and which I highly recommend you follow along with while listening to the download, see
124. Robert DeNiro's "A Bronx Tale" (1993) (DVD)
125. "Lili" (1953) with Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer (But not on DVD unfortunately, though if you look around you might be able to find an old copy on VHS.)
126. Illuminations of Heaven and Earth: The Glories of the Tres Riches Heures Du Duc De Berry, by editors Raymond Cazelles and Johannes Rathofer. See Later Note. A related volume also very worth recommending, indeed it's a full and almost exact reproduction of the medieval manuscript in question, is The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry with Introduction and Legends by Jean Longnon and Raymond Cazelles, Wellfleet Press, Secaucus, NJ, 1969.
127. "The Magical Piano of Liberace: 36 All-Time Greatest Hits," 3 CD set, GSC Music/MCA Special product. Check eBay. For a sample track click here.
128. The Winged Serpent: An Anthology of American Indian Prose and Poetry edited by Margot Astrov. See
129. "Stardust" as sung by Bing Crosby (by way of Amazon mp3 downloads), and found (among other B.C. collections) on "Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957" (music CD) As well here's "Getting to Know You"
130. "Gung Ho!" (1943) with Randolph Scott, and "Go For Broke!" (1951) with Van Johnson (DVDs)
131. Sunnyside: A Life of Washington Irving, by James Playsted Wood, and Salmagundi, by Washington Irving, William Irving, and James Kirke Paulding. See
132. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (soundtrack album), with Burl Ives (music CD)
133. "A Peddler's Pack: A Collection of Early Colonial Songs," by Jim Douglas, Folkways Records - FW32319 1979 (music CD) For a sample track, click here.
134. "J.P. Patches: vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, plus J.P. Patches Memories" with Chris Wedes and Bob Newman (DVD) Note. If you are unfamiliar with J.P. Patches it is worth mentioning that (for those of us who remember the show growing up) the outtake selections on this DVD compendium leave something to be desired; otherwise the set is at least adequate for its purpose.
135. "Songs Of WWI: From original recordings 1914-1926," with John McCormack, Nora Bayes, Al Jolson, et al., by Take Two Records (2 CD set)
Here are two sample tracks, "Till Clouds Roll By" by Jerome Kern, and "Till We Meet Again" by Raymond B. Egan and Richard Whiting. For a complete track listing, click here.
136. "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't" (1966), with Rossano Brazzi (DVD) For a .mp3 track of the film's theme song written and sung by Paul Tripp click here.
137. Eugenie Grandet, and Droll Stories both by Honore' de Balzac. See
138. "Legends of St. Nicholas: Medieval Chant & Polyphony" by Anonymous 4 (music CD)
139. "Gloria Patri" from the Magnificat of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary;" and as performed by the Scholars Baroque Ensemble (Naxos 8.550662-3) (music CD) If you happen to be new to Monteverdi and are possibly interested in exploring his music further, another good place to start is his opera "L'Orfeo" (of which my personal favorite version, having had it for a very long time, is the one with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien.)
140. "Dream Sequence: Best of Tangerine Dream" by Tangerine Dream (music CD)
141. Kartes Video's "Origins of Cinema" (1898-1912), Vols. I-VI, and "The Original Keystone Comedies" (1914-1915), Vols. 1-8. If you are fortunate, you may be able to find individual VHS copies of any, some or all of these volumes on ebay. Otherwise, they are being recommended with the hope that someone, in a position to do so, will seriously consider putting them out someday (and for the first time) on DVD -- and with the original accompanying organ music (and which is part of what makes the Kartes video presentation so particularly nice.) [Later Note. It has come to my attention that there are or may be hoax versions of these tapes going out, a la Phil Tucker and O'Dale Ireland. Any interested in obtaining "Origins," if possible, try to get original copies (i.e. that came out in the 80's) and avoid "dupes" (i.e. transfer copies), particularly such as which you don't really know who or where they came from.]
142. An Encyclopedia of the Violin by Alberto Bachmann. See
143. "Lord Jim" (1965) with Peter O'Toole (DVD)
144. George Washington's Indispensable Men: The 32 Aides-de-Camp Who Helped Win American Independence by Arthur S. Lefkowitz. Note. For those who, due to time constraints, prefer a shorter read, they might start at chapter 5. See
145. "History" [15 CD Box Set] with Django Reinhardt. Here's a sample track in the way of "Seul Ce Soir" For a great Django single CD try "Swing Manouche."
146. "Jesus Christ Superstar: The 20th Anniversary London Cast Recording" (1992), and "Songs From Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera," with Claire Moore (music CDs) You can see Ms. Moore on here ("When a Child is Born"), and here ("All I Ask of You".) Finally, there is "When a Child is Born", audio only, at 3.5 MBs.
147. Andrzej Wajda's "Danton" (1982) (DVD, but also check VHS)
148. "Mozart: A Childhood Chronicle" (1974), directed by Klaus Kirschner. At one time this film was on VHS, but at present is no longer available (to my knowledge) except in the way of hard to find old copies. Check ebay possibly.
149. "The Room in the Dragon Volant" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873). See, or for an online version click here.
150. "Chuck Berry Gold" (2 disk set), and "The Ultimate Coasters" with Carl Gardner and the Coasters (music CDs)
151. "Between Time and Timbuktu" (1972) with William Hickey. Originally produced by NET and WGBH Boston. This film, previously unavailable, can now be obtained on DVD at Alternatively, to watch "Between Time and Timbuktu" on YouTube, clickhere.
152. The American Heritage Book of Indians by William Brandon and the Editors of American Heritage, and with an introduction by John F. Kennedy.
153. Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 132, in A minor, third movement, click here (16 MBs) to hear it performed by the Suske Quartett (and found on the "Berlin Classics" label #0091632BC.)
154. Sarah Brightman's "Diva" (DVD) Here's a YouTube sample in the way of "Whiter Shade of Pale."
155. "Hypnotic Underworld" by Ghost (music CD)
156. "Rowdy Ann" (1918) with Fay Tincher. See (combined) Vols. 3-4 of the "Slapstick Encyclopedia." (DVD) Check ebay for individual "Encyclopedia" volumes in DVD or VHS.
157. Halley's Bible Handbook: An Abbreviated Bible Commentary by Henry H. Halley.
158. "Will Rogers Collection, Vol. 1" ("Life Begins at Forty" /"Steamboat Round the Bend"/ "Doubting Thomas"/ "In Old Kentucky") "Steambot" being easily the best of the lot. (DVD)
159. "Dillinger" (1973) with Warren Oates (DVD)
160. "His Greatest Hits: Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks," Sony special products A-19215, Good Music Record Co. (music CD) Not, by the way, to be confused with "Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks Greatest Hits." Click here to see a list of songs on "His Greatest." Check ebay. Although not on this particular CD, here's the even harder to find "When You Wore a Tulip."
161. Petrarch Selected Sonnets, Odes and Letters Thomas G. Bergin, editor. See
162. Waterloo by Commandant Henry Lachouque, with an introduction by David G. Chandler. See
163. Ace Utilities by Acelogix Software, X-Cleaner by X Block, and Pest Patrol by eTrust -- all of which are Windows utilities. For antivirus software by the way, I use Avast! which is also very good.
164. "The Doors, Live at the Matrix (in San Francisco), 1967." Currently available "unofficially," though hopefully the Doors themselves will finally get around to putting out their own version and release. Meanwhile, you can search the internet to possibly find copies and versions. The following are some tracks taken from an old "Kornyfone" vinyl: (1) People Are Strange, 2.0 MBs; (2) Crytsal Ship, 2.8 MBs; (3) Unhappy Girl, 3.8 MBs; (4) Summer's Almost Gone, 3.5 MBs; (5) Get Off My Life, Woman,, 3.9 MBs; (6) Crawling King Snake, 4.6 MBs; (7) My Eyes Have Seen You, 2.7 MBs.
Later Note. At least as of Jan. 2010 (and evidently somewhat earlier), the Doors have indeed relased the 1967 Matrix show on CDs and which you can order at This URL may change overtime; so if that link doesn't work check their shop at
Also the same CDs, and where you can get them both as an immediate download and a more affordable price, at
165. The Collected Poems, 1952-1990: Yevgeny Yevtushenko See
166. "Thursday's Child" (1943), and "Nicholas Nickleby" (1947) both with Sally Ann Howes (of the two only "Nickleby," however, is presently on DVD.)
Later Note. The Sally Ann Howes "Summer Song" (1956)album is an download here.
167. "Songs of Two Rebellions: Jacobite Wars of 1715 and 1745 in Scotland" with Ewan MacColl, Folkways Records, F-8756 (music CD) See;; see also
Later Note. This album is also available as an mp3 download here.
168. "Daniel Boone" television series with Fess Parker (DVD) For more see
Note. Many of the scripts for Daniel Boone are among the worst ever written for a television drama series (too unrealistic, manipulative, amateurish, propogandistic (in a demonistic and subtly cynical vein), obnoxious, etc.) Yet not all of them are so; and this allowed, the show is more interesting as a beautifully mounted television time-piece of essentially well meaning, but sometimes warped and confused, 60's culture.
169. Irwin Allen's "Land of the Giants" (DVD) To hear both theme musics by John Williams and Alexander Courage, click here.
170. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray. Check, etc.; or, courtesy of Project Gutenburg, you can download it in .txt form here. For a good .pdf version, with Thackeray's original illustrations, click here.
171. Rarities -- and not so rarities -- from old 45's.
The following are some of the same from a 6 CD collection privately put together by an old friend of mine, Stuart Greene; and which he has titled "Soul, Rockin' and Obscure." Of course, if you are interested, don't, by any means, assume this to be all; as there are a lot more 45 collections out there to be mined like those where these came from.
[1] "A Place in the Sun," performed by Jack Rainwater (2.9 MBs), [2] "Don't Turn It Off" by Hot Chocolate (3.8 MBs), [3] "Night Owl" by Bobby Loveless (2.7 MBs), [4] "Don't Be Cruel" by Barbara Lynn (2.3 MBs), [5]"Dreaming Room" by Don Fardon, [6]"Stranger Blues" by Elmore James, [7]"Hang Your Soul On Me" by Landy McNeil (2.7 MBs), [8]"Am I Grooving You" by Freddie Scott (2.8 MBs), [9]"I'm the Lover Man" by Little Jerry Williams, [10] [Japanese Pop Rock] by Soulful Pearl Sisters (2.3 MBs), [11] [Instrumental Jam] by Lalo Schifrin (2.3 MBs)
172. "Kidnapped" (1971) with Michael Caine (not on DVD), and "Wuthering Heights" (1970) with Timothy Dalton (the latter is on DVD, but of the two films "Kidnapped" is more my favorite so hopefully it won't be too far into the future before its on DVD also.) Later Note. For "Kidnapped" see iOffer.
173. "Childhood of Famous Americans" series by Bobbs-Merrill. See, ebay, etc. To see a list of titles, click here.
174. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' "Classics, Vol. I" (music CD) Click here to see a track listing.
175. "A Small Town Idol" (1921) with Ben Turpin and Marie Prevost. Not (as far as I know personally) on DVD, but possibly on VHS -- if you can find it. Though I haven't ordered from them before myself, you might however try (search down the page "T" for Turpin.) My own copy of "Small Town Idol," a very good 1950's reissue with appropriate narration by Jim Backus (in VHS), I obtained back in the early nineties from Videobrary; but which I haven't seen there or anywhere else since. You might check the net, however.
176. "Celestia," a space simulator for PC and Mac, designed by Chris Laurel, and which can be downloaded for free at If interested further you might also try the "Apollo Simulator" at; and also, should it ever return to production, "Exoflight," another Apollo Simulator, at Later Note. "Exoflight," so I learned myself as of Oct. 2008, is available as a free download at
177. (Some) Handel "Rarities." "With Darkness, Deep," from "Theodora" as sung by Lorraine Hunt, and Sonata in D major for violin, Op. 1, No. 13 (HWV 371), performed by Gyorgy Pauk, (11.5 MBs); also, in case you missed it earlier among the "Oracle" postings, Extract from the Overture to "Berenice" by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta under Kenneth Montgomery, (3.1 MBs.)
178. "Six Concerti Armonici" by Dutch composer & diplomat Unico Wilhelm Graf van Wassenaer (1692-1766); available in various CD versions. Here, however, in the way of samples are the 3rd movement to Concertino No. 1, (4.1 MBs), and 1st movement to Concertino No. 5, (4 MBs) as performed by Ross Pople, London Festival Orchestra.
179. Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius (c. 200-250 A.D.) To download C.D. Yonge's translation in .pdf form, courtesy of Google book search, click here. Otherwise you can check, etc for printed versions.
180. "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" (1965), "Tales from the Crypt" (1972), and "From Beyond the Grave" (1975) with Peter Cushing. (DVD)
181. Gheorghe Zamfir's "A Return to Romance" (music CD) For a track listing, click here.
182. American Ephemera by Janet S. Byrne, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here (or right click "Save as...") to view a sample page.
183. Dances from "Terpsichore" by Michael Praetorius (1571–1621) (-- pronounced "Terp-sic-or-ee," one of the Nine Muses. (See various versions on CD, including one with Philip Pickett and the New London Consort.)
184. "Buster Keaton Collection" and "Charlie Chaplin: 57 Classics;" being recommended here particularly as great bargain items. "The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Vols. 1-3" is priced considerably higher, but, if you can afford it, worth having as well. (DVD)
185. Secret Stories in the Art of the Northwest Indian by Oscar Newman, aka Bounding Warrior. The Native American mask seen at the top of this page is from the same. See and for additional books on the same topic --
186. "Crystal Carols" and "Glass Angels" by Dean Shostak (music CDs)
187. "The Mikado" (1967) with John Reed and the D'Oyley Carte Opera Company (DVD)
188. A Paul Winchell Miscellany: Being an online amalgam of just some of the many facets of the many talented and brilliant Paul Winchell: "Winchell-Mahoney Time" on You Tube (Note. The original YouTube clip for Winchell-Mahoney Time I posted has since been taken down unfortunately (click here for the lyrics to the theme song); so what is presently available at this link is offered in lieu of that), then, and, finally, a theological & historical work authored by Winchell entitled "Defamation of God."
Later Note. To make up for the now defunct YouTube version we once had posted, here in .mp3, courtesy of April Winchell herself at, is the Winchell Mahoney Time Theme Song (2.91 MBs).
189. Prince Street Players' CBS production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" (1966) with songs and lyrics by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. (not on VHS, DVD or CD unfortunately) In lieu of "Jack's" continued absence, I would mention, in passing and with reference to something similar, Rogers and Hammerstein's much more well-known "Cinderella:" there being the 1965 version with Lesley Ann Warren and the 1957 production with Julie Andrews -- and both are available on DVD, as well as CD. Although I grew up with the 1965 program and which I prefer as a telecast, I like the 1957 show better as a musical recording. Here then from the latter, and by way of mp3 downloads, is the memorable "Ten Minutes Ago" sung by Ms. Andrews and Jon Cypher.
190. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" from "Christmas with Kiri Te Kanawa: Carols from Coventry Cathedral" (music CD)
191. Medieval Mystery (or Miracle) Plays. There are a number of such from England, France and Germany, and consequently there are many different versions and editions of these plays which might be recommended, but for starters, one can try the following (made available courtesy of Google Book Search): The Chester Plays, edited by Matthews and Deimling and A Rosary of Mystery Plays: Fifteen Plays Selected from the York Cycle, by Margaret Sullivan. Otherwise, check and for additional anthologies.
192. "The Marx Brothers Sing & Play" with the Marx Brothers, and "At the Ball" with Laurel and Hardy. (music CDs) Neither the Marx Brothers 3 CD set or Laurel & Hardy CD are any longer available unless you can find them used or as left-over stock. Here, however, courtesy of some YouTube contributors, are Harpo Plays "Everyone Says I Love You," and "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" with L&H.
193. 1774 Paris version of "Orphée et Eurydice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) See various versions on CD. Here, however, are an aria and chorus -- "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" ("Che faro senza Euridice" in Italian) ("I have lost my Eurydice") from Act III, scene I (3.8 MBs), and "L'amour triomph" from the Finale (3.2 MBs) -- as heard on a 1956 recording with with Leopold Simoneau, Suzanne Danco, and orchestre Des Concerts Lamourex with Hans Rosbaud.
194. "Live at the Monterey Festival (1967)" and "The Worst of Jefferson Airplane" by Jefferson Airplane (music CDs) For samples of some of the songs, see the 60's era selections (including videos) at Grace Slick's My Space page.
195. Arthur Mervyn, or Memoirs of the Year 1793 by Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810). To download, courtesy of Project Gutenberg, click here. For printed versions, check etc.
196. "The First Churchills" (1969) with John Neville, Susan Hampshire (DVD set)
197. Suite from Jean-Philippe Rameau's (1683-1764) "Les Indes galantes" (1735) as heard on "The Sensuous Baroque" (the Allegretto label.) To download the individual track (at 2.6 MBs), click here.
198. "Starships Unlimited," a galactic based computer game-sim, designed by Andrew P. Ewanchyna. See Here's a screenshot. Note. Although recommending this as a computer game, I by no means endorse all the futuristic ideas and interpretations of "progress" it incorporates.
199. "Viva Zapata!" (1952) with Marlon Brando (DVD) Check ebay.
200. The Advancement of Learning and Novum Organum by Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626) To download a .pdf copy, courtesy of Google books, click here. Later Note. Be wary using the Project Gutenberg version of Advancement of Learnng as the text used (as of Nov. 2008) is abridged.
201. "The Essential Willie Nelson" and "Spirit" by Willie Nelson (music CDs)
202. Mozart: "Symphony No. 40," 1st mov., Molto Allegro; (10 MBs) Rachmaninoff: "Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini;" ( mp3 download), "Anchors Aweigh" ( mp3 download), and Tchaikovsky: "Francesca da Rimini," Op. 32: Symphonic Fantasy after Dante ( mp3 download)
--- as performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic (with Gary Graffman piano on Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody.")
203. "The Three Musketeers," (1974), "Four Musketeers" (1974) (DVDs), and "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989) (VHS only) -- with Oliver Reed, et al.
204. Eugene O'Neil's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" on DVD. There is, in my opinion, simply no definitive production on DVD of this famous play; each one of those currently available having its particular strengths and weaknesses. If, however, I had to choose that with Laurence Olivier from 1973 would be my present preference. For those unfamiliar with the work and as a sample extra, here by way of YouTube is actor Kent Giltz of the Crane Theatre, N.Y.C. performing in rehearsal one of the play's monologues.
205. "I've Gotta Be Me: The Best Of Sammy Davis Jr.," and "Here's......Sammy Davis Jr." with Sammy Davis, Jr. (music CDs) Worth mentioning also is "For Once in My Life" ( mp3 download) from "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Sammy Davis Jr." Hopefully also and one of these days, someone will get around to putting together a thorough and reasonably comprehensive collection of the best of his dynamite Live performances.
Later Note. Speaking of, here's Sammy live singng a Bricusse-Newley Medley circa 1968 (mp3 zipped at 9.9 MBs), or watch/listen to the same at
P.P.S. Also, don't forget the studio version of "The Joker."
206. Greenfield Hill by Timothy Dwight (1752-1817). See or for an online version of this work, see:
207. "Old Time Radio" online archives. Browse "Old Time Radio" section at "Internet Archive," and General "Internet Archive" search, using as an example, "short stories." Less comprehensive than the Internet Archive, but with nonetheless a very good collection made all the more agreeable by its easier-to-use interface is "Old Time Radio" Lastly, here's a ready .mp3 sample in the way of "Sherlock Holmes' Night Before Christmas" with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that aired 24 December 1945 (6.3 MBs. and 28.5 min. in length -- right click "Save As...")
208. "Stump the Panel of 'Name That Tune,'" or Memorable Classical Music You (Probably) Can't Remember the Composer of. * "Violin Concerto No. 2, in C minor," 1st mov. (4.7 MBs) by Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764) as performed by Elizabeth Wallfisch & The Raglan Baroque Players, as found on "Locatelli: L'Arte del Violino." * "Serenade" from String Quartet in F major, Op.3, No.5 (amazon mp3 download), formerly attributed to Franz Josef Haydn but apparently now understood to have been written by Roman Hoffstetter (1742-1815), as presented by Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. * "Los Manolos," 4th mov. of "La Musica Notturna delle strade di Madrid" ("The Night Music of the Streets of Madrid"), String Quintet No. 60, C min., op. 30 Nr. 6, G. 324 (2 MBs) by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) rendered by Howard Penny, Richard Lester, Diemut Poppen, Mayumi Seiler, Silvia Walch on "Boccherini: Opera con titoli." * "Minuet from String Quintet in E major, Op.13, No.5" (amazon mp3 download) also by Boccherini, here played by I Musici.
209. Disney Live-Action Double Feature: "Johnny Tremain" (1957) with Hal Stalmaster, and "Darby O'Gill & the Little People" (1959) with Sean Connery and Janet Munro (DVDs)
210. La Chartreuse De Parme, i.e. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1783-1842) See Otherwise, for an online English translation, go to
211. "An Evening With Diana Ross" -- Live double LP (and out of print music CD) Click here to see a track listing. Here's a sample track transferred from LP to .mp3 of "Do You Know?" (Theme from Mahogany) (1.9 MBs)
Later Note. The 1979 Caesar's Palace version of "Do You Know? and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" on YouTube.
212. Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project -- Dept.of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara at
The following .mp3 files are some samples of what can be found at this site. As always, right click "Save as...," or if there is a problem then try left click: (1) Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 speaking on "The Right of the People to Rule and Govern" (2.9 MBs), (2) "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" played by the Edison Concert Band (recorded in 1902) (2.1 MBs), (3) Scott Joplin's "The Maple Leaf Rag" with Fred Van Eps (1908) (2.1 MBs) (4) "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" with the Carol Singers (1915) (3.3 MBs), (5) "Over There" performed by the Peerless Quartet(1917) (2.2 MBs), (6) "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" sung by Ada Jones (1912) (3.6 MBs)
213. "The Dan Curtis Macabre Collection" (DVD set) that includes "Dracula" (1973) with Jack Palance, "The Turn of the Screw" (1974) with Lynn Redgrave, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1968) with Jack Palance, and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1973). Also worthy of mention is Curtis' "House of Dark Shadows" (1970) with Jonathan Frid (VHS or Amazon unbox download) and, as well, if your budget in addition to the above permits it, another horror-film-style TV production, "Count Dracula" (1977) with Louis Jourdan. (DVD)
214. Edie: An American Girl by Jean Stein with George Plimpton. See Here via YouTube is a very brief, yet informative and perhaps wryly apt, introduction to the subject.
215. "Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop" original soundtrack. (music CD) Click here to see a track listing.
216. Gerry Anderson's "Stingray" (1964) TV series (DVD)
217. Gettysburg: The Long Encampment by Jack McLaughlin. See Click here to view a sample photograph included in this picture rich volume.
218. "The Adventures of Frank Merriwell" (1936) with Donald Briggs and Carla Laemmle (DVD) See
219. "Fiesta Macarena" by Los Del Rio (music CD) Note. This is mostly, a good solid 4 star CD. However, unless you are someone who is Macarena crazy and or can't get enough Macarena, you will more than likely find it easy to dispense with the last four tracks which, aside from a nice acoustic version of the famous dance song, are fairly redundant. Last, to see the "New version" video go to Yahoo Music (scroll down to about mid-page.)
220. "Cathy's Theme" from the film "Wuthering Heights" (1939) composed by Alfred Newman, and as performed by Itzhak Perlman with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams. As well as an mp3 download, this track can also be found on the CD "Cinema Serenade 2." 221. "Penelope" (1966) starring Natalie Wood (DVD). Not as yet formally out on DVD, but check iOffer. Warning: The script and much of the humor in this film are often (though not always) pitifully bad. However, as a vehicle to showcase a comedic Natalie Wood and a mid-60's New York City -- both stunningly photographed -- the film is otherwise well worth it.
222. "Night Key" (1937) with Boris Karloff. At the moment this film is only available as part of "The Boris Karloff Collection" put out by Universal Studios Home Video. Although the other films are only fair to middling, the set is a must have for "Night Key" alone.
223. Lenin in Zurich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. See
224. The 2nd movement (Largo e cantabile) to String Quartet No. 29 in G major, Op. 33 by Franz Josef Haydn, performed by the Kodaly Quartet (from Naxos 8.550788)
225. MORE "Soul, Rockin' & Obscure" (from old 45 rpms) provided as previously courtesy of Stuart Greene (see Recommendation #171.) In .wma format, zipped. The volume on a couple individual songs may need adjustment for some.
[1] "Rock Steady" by Hot Bush [Bobby Bushe] (3.2 MBs), [2] "Someday" by The Linnettes (1.9 MBs), [3] "Louie Hoo Hoo" by The Rays (2.8 MBs), [4] "Keep to Yourself" by The Original Royal Kings (2 MBs), [5]"Don't You Hear Me Calling, Baby" by Ronnie Haig (2.6 MBs), [6]"Lonely Rain" by The Mascots (2.4 MBs), [7]"Foolish Heart" by The Roomates (2.5 MBs) [8]"Baby I Gotta Know" by The Crests (2.2 MBs), [9]"Born to Be Your Baby" by The Linneas (2.3 MBs), [10]"One More Time (Come On)" by The Clovers (2.2 MBs), [11]"Space Walk" by The Astros (1.2 MBs)
226. "Open All Hours" (1976), BBC TV series, starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason -- in four separate DVD volumes or sets. Note. At present, the series version available plays only in Regions 2 or 4 DVD format. Make sure then your DVD player is Region 2 or 4 capable before you possibly consider purchasing.
227. Satanstoe, or the Little Page manuscripts: A Tale of the Colony (1845) by James Fenimore Cooper. This book is available in .pdf as a free download via Google Books, or in .txt form at Project Gutenberg, otherwise check
228."The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series" (1964-1968) with Robert Vaughn, David McCallum (DVD)
Acronyms: U.N.C.L.E.: United Network Command for Law and Enforcement; T.H.R.U.S.H.: The Technological Hierarcy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity
229. "Sacred Spirit: Chants and Dances of the Native Americans" by Sacred Spirit with Claus Zundel. (music CD) Click here to see the track listing. Also, if interested in further exploring modern Native American and Native American inspired music by other musicians and groups, see CDs by Robbie Robertson, Deep Forest, tatanka-manantial, Atahualpa, and R. Carlos Nakai.
Later Note. Here's a sample, via YouTube, from the Claus Zundel "Sacred Spirit" disk.
230. "Recercadas primer a y segunda" by Diego Ortiz (1525-1579) as found on "Pleasures of the Royal Courts" with David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London (music CD) You can, however and as a sample of the full album, download the single edited track in question here (.mp3 zipped at 1.7 MBs) or else in immediate .mp3 here.
231. The Blackhawk Films Collection. Originally based in Davenport, Iowa, the Blackhawk Films collection is the greatest archive of silent and early sound films for home viewing ever assembled, including some titles and clips that are extremely rare and not to be found anywhere else. At one time the collection was gathered under one company, but then sometime in the late 1980's that company and its holdings were broken up and sold. Although respected film preservationist David Shepard now reportedly owns or is at least formal caretaker of the films, where they are exactly otherwise and what will or won't be done with them is not (to my knowledge) entirely clear. However, individual titles will occasionally appear or are available through outfits such as Grapevine Video, Unknown Video, and (which latter specializes in 16mm prints) -- in addition, scattered and sundry films in Super 8 and 8mm format frequently come up on ebay. I myself still have many VHS tapes which Blackhawk put out when they were still doing business. The collection then, in spite of its otherwise general disappearance, is being included here as a recommendation with the hope that someone will someday make something-like the complete film catalog once more readily available on DVD. Until then, certainly an exhaustive listing of all it includes would be most welcome.
232. The Persian Expedition (or Anabasis, the original Greek title) by Xenophon (c.430-355 B.C.) For a .txt version, courtesy of Project Gutenberg, see
233. "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" (1979) dir. by Vladimir Menshov.
234. "Happens" by David Hemmings [with the Byrds] (music CD)
235. "Autumn Leaves" and "Love is Blue" as performed by 101 Strings. Of course, some other Easy Listening artists of this same brand and era also deserving of mention are: Montavani, Percy Faith, Henry Mancini, Jackie Gleason, Paul Mauriat, James Last, and Enoch Light.
236. Lois Lenski (1893-1974) Illustrated Children's Books; of which just some of the many volumes worth mentioning are: Spring is Here, On a Summer Day, Now It's Fall, I Like Winter -- and -- Cowboy Small, The Little Airplane; there being a number more Mr. Small and "Little" volumes accompanying these last two titles.
237. "Orphans of the Storm" (1921) with Lillian and Dorothy Gish -- plus as bonus, as well as a seminal bargain, check out the "Mary Pickford Signature Collection" which includes "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917), "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (1917), "Pollyanna" (1920), and "Little Annie Rooney" (1925) (DVDs)
238. "The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli & Frescobaldi," The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, The Cleveland Brass Ensemble, The Chicago Brass Ensemble and E. Power Biggs -- or for purists (and or else would-be purists) seeking a disc of Gabrieli's music with a more conscious focus on historical authenticity, they might want to also try "Gabrieli and St Mark's -- Venetian Brass Music" by The Wallace Collection, Simon Wright, director (music CDs)
239. The Grateful Dead -- Live at Oakland 1976 (in .wma) Note. This recommendation is not intended as implying the ultimate or very best Grateful Dead recording ever, but certainly it is a better than good to decent one. To download, at 65 MBs, click here, and here for a .txt file of the track listing. In case the full download is too large for the connection you use, here are "U.S. Blues" (5.8 MBs) and "Franklin's Tower" (11.7 MBs).
240. In Ghostly Japan, and Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, and Some Chinese Ghosts by Lafcadio Hearn. For free .txt download versions of Hearn's anthologies, see Project Gutenberg (search under specific title); otherwise, check
241. "The Greatest & The Latest: Buddy Holly" and "Buddy Holly: The Famous Apartment Tapes and Rarities" -- Unissued tapes from the collection of Maria Holly (music CDs) Check ebay. Click here to see track listings for both CDs.
242. Richard Williams' "A Christmas Carol" (1971) An animated television special; produced by Chuck Jones, and starring the voices of Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, and Michael Hordern. This film is unfortunately not (as of this writing) formally on DVD. However, you can watch it for free at Google Video.
243. "The Desperate Hours" (1955) with Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March (DVD)
244. Mitch Leigh's "Man of La Mancha" Original Broadway Soundtrack with Richard Kiley (music CD)
245. Egypt of the Pharaohs by Sir Alan Gardiner. Check
246. "Greenfields & Other Gold" by the Brothers Four (music CD)
247. "Feudal," a 1967 board game by 3M -- recommended here with the hope that someone someday will get around to making a PC version (check ebay)
248. "Legend of the Sea Wolf" (1975) with Chuck Connors (DVD)
249. Jean Cocteau's "Orphic Trilogy" -- "Le Sang d'un poète" (i.e. "The Blood of a Poet" 1930), "Orphee" ("Orpheus" 1949), "Testament d'Orphée" ("The Testament of Orpheus" 1960) (DVDs) The Criterion Collection of these three films, though attractively packaged, is very pricey (50.00-70.00); most then will probably prefer buying the individual films on separate DVDs at markedly lower cost.
250. Random Shots from a Rifleman (1847) by Captain Sir John Kincaid. For a .pdf versions from Google Books, click here. Another interesting Napoleonic era memoir written from the British perspective worth mention also is Journal of a Soldier of the 71st, Or Glasgow Regiment, Highland Light Infantry Regiment from 1806-1815 (1819, also Soldier of the 71st, short title, for search purposes) by Thomas Pococke. See, etc. for printed versions of either volume.
251. "Farinelli: La musique du film" by Les Talens Lyriques with Christophe Rousset, Ewa Mallas-Godlewska and Derek Lee Ragin (music CD)
252. Three selections from the "[Leopold] Auer Legacy, Vol. I" (music CD set): (1) Mischa Elman (1891–1967), from the Ukraine, performing Chopin's "Nocturne No. 2" (.wma zipped 3.6 MBs); (2) Cecilia Hansen (1897-1989), of Sweden, playing Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No 4" (.wma zipped 3.6 MBs); (3) Kathleen Parlow (1890-1963), from Canada, with J.S. Bach's "Air on a G String" (.wma zipped 2.5 MBs)
253. Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht" (1979) (DVD)
254. Will (and later also Ariel) Durant's The Story of Civilization For a list of titles, click here. See ebay or for either a complete set or individual volumes in the series.
Later Note. As a sample, here, in terms of brevity, is a readable extract from The Life of Greece, ch. X (.txt) in which Durant vividly recounts the Greco-Persian wars of the 5th century B.C.
255. "Oxygene" by Jean Michel Jarre (music CD)
256. Rick Wakeman's "Catherine Of Aragon", "Catherine Howard", and "Jane Seymour" from the album "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"; plus "Pharos of Alexandria" from "The Seven Wonders of the World" (CD music tracks)
257. "Insight" television series -- a Catholic tv drama program (1960-1984) produced by the Paulist Fathers, and starring (to name a few): Marriete Hartley, Della Reese, Patty Duke, John Astin, William Marshall, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Emilio Estevez, James Farentino, Cindy Williams, Harold Gould, Beau Bridges, Kenneth Mars, Anne Francis, Andrew Duggan, Steve Forrest, Ann Sothern, Raymond Massey, etc., etc., etc. Although some episodes are to be had on VHS, this series is not yet, so far as I know, available on DVD.
258. Gemstone, Rock & Mineral, and Fossil specimen collections for amateur or beginning geologists and paleontologists.
These sets come in prices as low as ten dollars to up fifty and more depending on how much you are wiling to shell out. Click here for a sample of how one such collection, on the lower price range, looks. Most any local natural history and or science museum usually has them for sale in their gift shop; otherwise, you can find such institutions on line; internet rock and gem shops (see, for example, "The Gem Shop"); or else, and of course, ebay. Finally worth noting, one can save money spending extra time looking around to check and compare what's available.
259. "The Best of" Sergei Bondarchuk's "War and Peace" (1968) (DVD)
260. Medieval and Renaissance Poets: Langland to Spenser (Viking Portable Poets of the English Language) edited by by W. H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson. See
261. "Elizabeth's Music" by "various artists" [Dorian Recordings label] (music CD)
262. The best version of "Try To Remember" (from the musical "The Fantasticks"? -- You decide. For more on what this recommendation is about, click here.
263. "O. Henry's Full House" (1952) with Jean Peters, Marilyn Monroe, et al. (DVD)
264. Ghost Towns of the Old West (1971) by Lambert Florin. Check and ebay.
265. Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy St. John westerns (DVDs); for a .txt list of which click here. While there is no single definitive "Billy Carson" (or else "Billy the Kid") and "Fuzzy Q. Jones") film, one good one to start with is "Sheriff of Sage Valley" (1942). For it and others in the series, check, ebay, iOffer, etc.
266. "Rags to Riches: The Essential Hits of Scott Joplin" by Robert Strickland (music CD)
267. "Marooned" (1969) with Gregory Peck (DVD)
268. The Spirit Of Seventy-Six: The Story Of The American Revolution (1958) edited by Henry Steele Commager and Richard B. Morris. Check For an online version, and which has the book divided into two volumes, see Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
269. "Johann Sebastian Bach: 'Hunting Cantata,' BWV 208" -- performed by Helmuth Rilling with the German Bach Soloists and the Stuttgart Bach Collegium (music CD)
270. "Water From the Well" by The Chieftains (music CD)
271. Looking at Chinese Painting: A Comprehensive Guide to the Philosophy, Technique, and History of Chinese Painting by Wang Yao-T'Ing. See, etc.
272. "Hormonally Yours" by Shakespear's Sister; plus "True Confessions" by Bananarama (music CDs)
273. "Wings" (1927) with Clara Bow (Gaylord Carter organ version, DVD and VHS, at least where you can find them.)
274. "The Magic Christian" (1969) with Peters Sellers, Ringo Starr (DVD)
275. Romantic Fairy Tales by Goethe-Tieck-Fouque'-Brentano, translated with introduction by Carol Tully.
Regrettably, Tully's Romantic Fairy Tales is much too brief and incomplete, and hence is in part being recommended as a sampler for early 19th century German (and Continental) romantic-gothic short stories and novellas generally; in which genre, incidentally, can also be included the authors Heinrich Von Kleist, and E.T.A, Hoffman (the Brothers Grimm are already well enough represented in print.) Indeed, what's much needed is a more thorough and comprehensive edition translated in English of such imaginative tales by these and similar (and lesser known) writers -- which perhaps someone one day will get around to doing.
In addition to this collection should be added Goethe's "Novelle" and "New Melusina" -- and which last can be found without great difficulty in various editions and anthologies of Goethe's work. See, etc. Of course, and for those who don't already know or at least don't know of him all that well, such imaginative allegorical tales and fanciful vignettes are but a very small portion of the literary adventure that is Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; so that for a beginner's further exploration of his wide-ranging, panoramic, and richly imaginative output, Great Writings of Goethe edited by Stephen Spender, and The Poems of Goethe (in English), from Project Gutenberg, and similar anthologies are very much worth the read and or perusal.
276. "Tender is the Night" (1962) with Jennifer Jones. Not formally on DVD, but check iOffer; otherwise it's available as a viewable video download at
Later Note. Here also incidentally, by way of mp3 downloads, is Tony Bennett singing the film's title song.
277. Musical compositions "LaFolia." For an explanation of what this means please see
In the meantime and otherwise, for two sample "La Folia" pieces see: Archangelo Corelli's version arranged by Francesco Geminiani and as performed by I Musici (.wma zipped at 12.6 MBs)and Fritz Kreisler's take on Corelli as rendered by Itzhak Perlman ( MP3 download).
278. "Far From the Madding Crowd" (1967) with Julie Christie (DVD)


Note. If anyone with the rights to an item uploaded above ever objects, I will of course be more than happy and obliged to remove it -- that is, when and if I ever hear from the given owner or someone lawfully representing them. It might be asked why I don't have samples for all the CD recommendations. Originally, I didn't include samples at all partly because (at that time) I simply didn't have much spare disk space. However, because this disk space problem has since been remedied, I am now in a much better position to incorporate downloads; and in future and as time goes on may add or be adding a sample track to accompany a given recommendation I posted some years back (we'll see.) Later Note. Where possible, I have now replaced uploads of a given track from this site with a link to mp3 downloads or some place similar (and where you can now obtain the same given music track), and will continue to do so as and when I am apprised that an earlier upload of mine here is now available there.

Additional Note. As of 30 August 2009, the weekly recommendations have been discontinued -- yet with the possibility of their resuming when and if I ever receive any feedback and or money to make it possible to again continue; money, incidentally, being necesary to explore and go through new items; in turn in order to maintain and keep up the variety of selections.

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