Friday, October 18, 2013
DON CARSON AND THE CASUALS - YES MASTER! bw/ JUNGLE BUNGALOW (Bertram International Records, 1958)
As a certain kind of record creep, YES MASTER! IS just exactly the kind of record you hope to come across as you travel the spaceways. It's got the songwriting pedigree from cave living, cross country walking exotica king Eden Ahbez, it's on an obscure Hawaiian rock and roll label, and the sounds carved into the wax are equally delicious and hilarious.
My favourite things about this record:
- The pulsing bass line
- The super hi fi reverby sound of the woman summoning double claps
- the way the "master" sounds so weedy and short and bald
- the perky, breathy way the slave girls ham up their delivery of "yes master!"
- the way they wave out the word "hour" in the line "...or does the master feel like love - this very hour"
The b side is pretty damn cute too, in a Gilligans Island sort of way...
So far as i can tell, Bertram International was a Hawaiian label that put out records like "Hula Rock and Roll" and "A Christmas Aloha for You" from about 1958 to 1960, a few more in 1964, and a compilation of earlier singles and unreleased cuts in 1979 called "Rockabilly 1958".
Bob Bertram himself released some numbers as an artist and co-wrote todays selection with Eden Ahbez, who it seems wrote a bunch of things for the label. Was he living in Hawaii for a time? Anybody know?
I'd love to hear some more stuff on this label if anybody has some too...
Don Carson & the Casuals - Yes Master!
Don Carson & the Casuals - Jungle Bungalow