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Programs run 55-80 minutes. Downloads: US$ 1.98 ea.  Audio CDs: US$ 3.98 ea. + shipping.

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Show #17 - "Gutsy, Ballsy, Sexy ... and Sad!" (Jan. 16, 2011)

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A very different version of the Ian Whitcomb Show. "Race records", "party records" ... some called them "indecent records". Ian discusses and plays records that weren't allowed in polite society. Of course, it's all in the interest of historical accuracy!

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Show #18 - "Real Rock 'n Roll" (Jan. 23, 2011)

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Ian promises (and delivers) "Real, right, royal Rock 'n Roll". A look at the popular music of the 1950s, including Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley, Little Richard ... and even Mae West! Plus, the influence of rhythm and blues and the gospel!

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*also on Special Set #2

Show #19 - "Manufactured Pop" (Jan. 30, 2011)

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"Manufactured" pop - the Brill Building sound. Multi-tracking on audio tape leads to a sound that can only be created in a studio - led by Patti Page and Les Paul, and generations of musicians and singers to come.

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Show #20 - "Our Animal Friends" (Feb. 6, 2011)

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To the strains of "The Whistler and His Dog", Ian introduces songs that celebrate our animal friends in all types, shapes, colors, and guises. As Ian says, animals are always on the soundtrack of our lives.

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Show #21 - "Songs of Love" (Feb 13, 2011)

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Songs of love, peace, courtship, passion, and preparation for marriage. Calm and collected, Ian offers a musical salute to Valentine's Day and tells the romantic (and occasionally violent) stories behind well-known songs of love.

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Show #22 - "One-Hit Wonder and the Promo Man" (Feb. 13, 2011)

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A special tribute to "Jumpin'" George Sherlock, Ian's promotion man in the 1960s at Tower Records - a subsidiary of Capital Records to handle the acts Capital didn't want. Reminiscences of deodorant, velour, and lines of radio DJs at the Martoni's Bar.

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Show #23 - "One-Hit Wonder: pt.2" (Feb. 27, 2011)

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A follow-on to Show #22, as Ian remembers the period in 1965-1966 when he became a "one-hit wonder". Readings from his book, "Rock Odyssey", on the further misadventures in the music industry in Southern California and San Francisco.

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Show #24 - "Faraway Places" (Mar. 6, 2011)

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Songs about "faraway places with strange-sounding names". Hosted by not-politically-correct Roger St. Roger, a friend (?) of Mr. Whitcomb. France, Holland, Germany, Istanbul are musical stops along the way to South Africa, Japan, and Bali.

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Show #25 - "Ukesters and Jazz Men" (Mar. 13, 2011)

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A two-part program about (what else?) ukuleles and jazz. Recordings by ukulele virtuosos from Hawaii and the mainland. In contrast, Ian presents classic jazz (known as "traditional" in Britain, "Dixieland" in America) with lots of examples of both.

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Show #26 - "The King's English" (Mar. 20, 2011)

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A "theme" show about English accents. Ian posits that today's singers, wherever they may be, sing in America accents. But it wasn't always so. Ian plays a number of records that sum up "British English" singers prior to the 1950s.

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Show #27 - "Mixed Bag" (Mar. 27, 2011)

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Beginning with the raucous opening theme to his early radio shows, Ian presents a truly "mixed bag" of music. In the second half, he offers "two of a kind" records - the same song recorded by different artists, with often very different results.

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Show #28 - "Parade of the Faves" (Apr. 3, 2011)

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A self-confessed bewildered, older host (previously a young, sexy, rock 'n roll star) exercises his prerogative to play the music he loves - including his own. The goal: to present Ian's favorites, which he hopes will be yours. A jolly show, he hopes. (It is!)

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*also on Special Set #5

Show #29 - "Popping the Classics" (Apr. 10, 2011)

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Ian presents the "modernization" of classical themes, performed by popular performers, including many from the 1940s. Were they travesties? Or were they improvements? Ian has his opinion. You make up your own mind.

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*also on Special Set #5

Show #30 - "Steel Guitars" (Apr. 17, 2011)

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Classic steel guitar virtuosos, as well as a few electric guitar pickers. Ian includes a retrospective on Ralph Mooney, who did much to create the classic "Bakersfield" country sound of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and others.

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Show #31 - "Letters from LotusLand: pt.1" (Apr. 24, 2011)

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Less music, but a fascinating look back at Ian's life and career, as he reads extended excerpts from his book Letters from LotusLand: An Englishman in Exile. Punctuated by songs that reflect his adventures in "LotusLand" (aka Southern California).

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Show #32 - "Letters from LotusLand: pt.2" (May 1, 2011)

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Ian continues his blatant attempt to sell copies of his book Letters from LotusLand, with more narrated excerpts about his years in Southern California and the music industry in the 1960s. With lots of musical examples.

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