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Instrumental Invasion, 5/27/20 May 28, 2020

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The May 27, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was #9 overall.

The playlist was created on April 12 with annotations on the 14th, 15th, and during the recording session on the 25th.

The “woo! yeah!” excerpt I used while back-selling “Hustlin'” by Eric Marienthal is from the Wikipedia entry.

I had Pat Summerall on my mind when I said “Touchdown.”

The way I talked up Steve Cole‘s “Good News Day” was an homage to Professor Farnsworth’s “good news, everyone!” exclamation on Futurama.

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Instrumental Invasion, 5/20/20 May 21, 2020

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The May 20, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the eighth show to air. It was the first to include liners provided by fellow WCWP alumni Bruce Leonard, Father John Commins, Jay Mirabile, and Pete “The Body” Bellotti.

The playlist was created on April 11 with annotations on the 14th and 15th. The show was recorded on the morning of April 23 with a talk break rerecord in the afternoon. I said “but first” twice while talking up the last two songs of hour 1 and initially missed the mistake.

David Benoit‘s cover of “Eye of the Tiger” marks the first time I’ve played a song off a cassette as his Waves of Raves album only came out on cassette and LP. I was unaware this compilation album even had an original track until last summer. Once I found out, I checked YouTube and found this:

Then, I bought a cassette on eBay. After it arrived, I connected a USB phono preamp to my cassette deck and recorded the track to Adobe Audition, saving as WAV and MP3 files. The WAV file is what you heard on the show, a decision unrelated to originating on Waves of Raves.

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Instrumental Invasion, 5/13/20 May 14, 2020

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The May 13, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the seventh show recorded. By this time, I had eschewed theme weeks in favor of five segment formats:

  • 1984 & earlier
  • 1985-1995
  • 1996-2006
  • 2007-2016
  • 2017-present

The formats can be implemented in any order and one can be used twice. In this show, and most shows going forward, that honor goes to 2017-present.

The playlist was created and annotated on April 5 and the show was recorded on the 6th. The current photo for the blog header and about page was taken after recording the first segment.

After hearing arrangements of Super Mario World music in the Splash Wave retrospective on that game and its sequel, Yoshi’s Island, I just had to seek out the game’s two-CD soundtrack album. The arranged music is on the first disc and Koji Kondo’s in-game music is on the second. My favorite arranged track is “Welcome to Mario World,” based on the title screen song, thanks to Sadao Watanabe on saxophone. Once I got my theme weeks out of the way, I found a spot for the song on Instrumental Invasion.

If you’re interested, here is the Splash Wave video:

“Welcome to Mario World” is heard during the end credits.

I like my regal talk-up for “Proclamation” by Metro at the top of the show and the risque talk-up for Spyro Gyra‘s cover of “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream. It’s also fascinating when I crack myself up as I did back-selling “Katy’s Groove” by Jay Rowe.

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Instrumental Invasion, 5/6/20 May 7, 2020

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The May 6, 2020, Instrumental Invasion show on WCWP was the last of the six shows I recorded between March 25 and 30. During my phone conversation with Jeff Kroll two hours before recording, Jeff told me I should work the legal ID into my hour 2 intro in case it doesn’t run in automation. So, I did. When he spoke to me again via text as the April 1 show began, he clarified that I should do it at the top of both hours, which I started in the May 13 show. As it turns out, the legal ID has run for all but the first segment of that first show.

The playlist was made March 23 with annotations the next day and during the recording session on the 30th. I had to redo talk breaks for the second hour’s first segment on the morning of April 30 due to a factual error in the original record. In a callback to Nelson Rangell‘s “By Light,” which Jay Rowe co-wrote but did not appear on, I noted that he was the keyboardist on Ken Navarro‘s “Walking Each Other Home.” A check of the liner notes last Thursday morning revealed it was really Dan LaMaestra. The redo instead acknowledged Rob Holmes playing three saxophones and Ken and Greg Grainger playing virtual drums. To get the segment to 18 minutes, I also had to shorten the top of the hour intro and back-sell of “Rise” by Ben Tankard. With that complete, I edited the playlist scan to remove my incorrect annotation.

I only cited album release dates in this show and the one on April 22. During the outro, I neglected to mention that Keiko Matsui‘s Echo came out on February 22, 2019.

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