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February, 2008

Koi’s interuptus

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Cover image by the great photographer Paul Huf (1924- 2002) of Holland. Design by Van Borssum. Phillips Favourite Series. The woman is Huf’s muse and singular model for all the covers in the series – British model Ann Pickford.

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Cue the music

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Par-dee Records.   These records came with, and were meant to be played as the soundtrack to, some 8mm movies from the National Films company (in Toledo, Ohio, don’t cha know).   We can only imagine what those films were since I only have the records.   Of course, the attraction for me are the vintage 1950’s graphics here.     Par-dee!!

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Dancing and romancing

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Dionisio e seu quinteto “Sax & Ritmo”   Brazil’s Internacional Records.

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Supermarionation at its best

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SUPERCAR The Original TV Cast Recording. Golden Guinea Records. From the UK. (1962) Music by Barry Gray.

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Too shy

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“Songs for Bashful Lovers” Composed and Sung by Carl Eugster with Orchestra. MGM records.

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Lucia Pamela, Spaced Outsider

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“Into Outer Space” with Lucia Pamela Gulfstream Records (1969). Read the liner notes here. Read Lucia’s NY Times Obit for more.

Lucia insists Into Outer Space was recorded on the moon. Not only that, she’s not entirely happy with lunar acoustics. “The air is so thin everything sounds different up there”, she once noted in an annoyed tone.

How to explain the sound of Into Outer Space? For starters, one critic called Lucia the “missing link between Sun Ra and the Shaggs”. That’s a start, but it’s nowhere near the complete story. Lucia isn’t nearly derivative enough to be neatly pigeonholed between other artists, no matter how out-there they may be.

Approximate the following and come to your own conclusions. Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela is the sound of a ragtime band lost in another galaxy, hopelessly whacked out on alien hallucinogens, desperately trying to pull together history’s strangest concept album.

Which is exactly what Into Outer Space is — a startlingly weird concept album.

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Stiff little figures

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Robots Music.   French.   Corbra Records.

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Fool moon

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The Monte Carlo Strings Play “Music for Moonlight Madness” Stereophonic Grand Award Records.

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Spy diving

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A French ep of early James Bond soundtrack music. Pye Records.

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Paying under the counter

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“Take It Out Of This” Auntie Tina Dixon on Laff Records.

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