Jim Anello wrote:Through the kindness of Dan Scarpella, a frequent poster on DCP and a sometimes poster here, I received a mp3 of the original 1976 Madison Scouts show. For those of you who don't know, the show done at finals was a complete re-write. The original show had Shaft as the opener, Mahogony from Diana Ross as the closer, and extended version of Mac Park that had the corps marching for a good portion of the tune, Pick Up the Pieces(I think that was the title - by Average White Band?) and another tune I can't identify. What possessed them to program this show is beyond me. Maybe they were trying to imitate the Next Hot Thing, which back then had to be the Blue Devils. The performance quality is OK, but rough; after all, the recording was probably made in June or early July. But you could hear a lot of talent in that horn line. From what Dan and some other alums said, the complete rewrite of the show was really stressful on the members(I guess that's revealing the obvious), and many kids who could have come back for 1977 opted out.
This is a recording I wanted to have for a while simply for its curiosity value. In a way, it's a case of something being so bad that it is good. It got me thinking about other recordings I wish I had just for history's sake. Here's a partial list:
1975 Muchachos DCI Prelims - as most of you know, Hawthorne was DQed, and the recording was never made commercially available. I know there are mp3s of it floating around, though.
1976 Crossmen - this corps was also DQed after its prelims performance for marching overage members. I've always liked Rick Wakeman, and I think they're the only corps to do Journey to the Center of the Earth. Whether they were good enough to make finals I can't say, but they would have been a very good associate corps.
1976 Kilties - the first of the really bad years for the Kilts - 28th place in prelims. I used to have a GE Brass tape of Dr. Baggs judging this corps at DCI prelims. Basically, he implores the corps to play out and be themselves. Great quote as the corps hits the big push in Don't You Worry About a Thing - "Now the Kilties are being the Kilties!" I also had the GE Percussion tape from Cosmo Barbaro. Quote after Knightsbridge March, the opener - "What can I say? The tune sucks." At any rate, this would be a case of it's so bad it's good.
1977 Bridgemen Prelims - another case of overage members. DCI never released this, but the corps was HOT.
1968 Kilties and Boston Crusaders at Shriner's International - I heard this once. It's the only recording I known of the '68 Kilts BEFORE Mac Park replaced Serenade for Soprano as the concert. Talk about the Missing Puzzle Piece - the Kilts would have finished 5th or 6th that year if they hadn't made the change. Boston won the show, and apparently they would have been a contender at VFW that year, had they made the decision to go(Dan and Cody - why did they choose not to make the trip?).
1972 De La Salle Oaklands - this is one of those urban legends things. I have a recording of them in a concert setting as part of a DCI preview setting, and they were really good. I was told they got a warning during that season to lose their overage members, and a significant part of their talent supposedly went away as a result. I wish I had a recording of that corps before they lost the overage members, if that urban legend is true.
Care to add to the list?
This is not meant to be a shamless plug, but we still sell vinyl albums.
Believe it or not we still sell lots of Vinyl albums. We have tons of people that just want the album, just to say , Hey I was on that when I was a kid. We also frame the albums for people. As far as the 75 Muchachos go, there is guy that sells the "Ken Kobold" recording on ebay. I have talked with one of the top people involved with the DCI Season Pass recordings of the older corps, probably next year, you just might be able to buy the 75 DCI prelims show of the Muchachos on DCI.org, plus a whole lot more of early Ken Kobold stuff from DCI.