Tuesday, April 12, 2011

VINYL-PALOOZA #3: The Complete Cockatiel Training Album

As we continue our all-month thrift-store record binge......Today's album was supposed to be played for your pet bird. It would listen to the repetitious tracks and start to imitate them, whistling and talking just like the record. Side one is nothing but unaccompanied whistling of short song fragments, repeated for three minutes apiece. Side two is great if you want your bird to talk like a bored, unimaginative phone-sex operator. The most annoying album ever made??!?!?!?

Actually, the whistling is well done - it is, after all, by Muzzy Marcellino, one of the biggest whistling stars of his day, back when there was such a thing as a "whistling star." The guy even did the bird calls at Disneyland's "Enchanted Tiki Room."

Did anyone ever buy one of these records for the purpose for which it was created, and not just as a source of goofy samples? Do they actually work?

The Complete Cockatiel Training Album

    Whistled Tunes
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Charge - Wolf Whistle
  • Dixie
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Oh Susanna
  • Race Track Call
  • Beautiful Dreamer

  • Spoken Word
  • Hello Baby
  • I Love You
  • Hello Baby, I Love You
  • Hey, Good Lookin’
  • Want to Play With Me?
  • Hey, Good Lookin’, Want to Play With Me?
  • Hey, Good Lookin’, I Love You, Want to Play With Me?
Thanks to windbag!


Maestro said...

I was searching for albums by ICL Label by Colin Potter on the NET.

Mutant Sounds had most of them but nothing by Carl Matthews.

Then I noticed your comments here on the album "Flowmotion (Various Artists)".

I thought that you might be able to share some more by Carl Matthews here.

CAM - Quid Rides (1987)
Carl Matthews - Old & New (1988)


The Zodiac Suite (1988)
Nuance (1988)

Please note that "Aspiration" and "CAM" are the aliases of Carl Matthews.

Thanks in advance.

Mr Fab said...

Don't have those, sorry.

Anonymous said...

picked up yesterday at thrift store.

musique said...

Doesn't really fit here but it's also about birds so what the funk: Have you ever heard of this record: Wolfgang Müller – Stare Aus Hjertøya Singen Kurt Schwitters ?

It's a field recording of birds, performing Kurt Schwitter's Ursonate. Most information I could find about it is in German but here's a short text in english if you're interested: http://radia.fm/?p=727

btw, Wolfgang Müller is a German artist and was member of the amazing art/punk/NDW group Die Tödliche Doris.

Ever heard of the record or maybe even have heard it itself or even own it? Prettyplease?

Anonymous said...

I have a couple from this series!
They're great! Especially for mixing with stuff.
I like how they are targeted to particular bird species. I guess that's important.
I also find it weird how they oscillate between speakers, so that you hear "Good morning. Wanna eat?" ping ponging between your ears.

emailsyucky said...

Thank you.