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May, 2009

Don’t shoot the guitar player

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Bruce Murdoch “33 1/3 Revolutions Per Minute”   Stormy Forest Records (1971)   Canadian folky.   Here’s a nice post about this record.   Thanks again to Joe in Maine!

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Duet to me one more time

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The Gorden Jenkins Voices & Orchestra   “Let*s Duet”   Warner Bros. Records   Courtesy of lp cover lover Joe Harrington.

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Pate forward

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Subtle Sounds   The Johnny Pate Trio with Ron Bright, piano and Charles Walton, drums.   Gwen Stevens does vocal duties.   Johnny Pate’s very rare first album on the Chicago label Gig courtesy of lp cover lover, Michel in France!   Read here about Johnnie’s work arranging on landmark Chicago soul recordings for Major Lance and The Impressions.

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Childers’ play

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Buddy Childers Quartet   With Arnold Ross, piano; Harry Babasin, bass; Boone Stines, drums.   Recorded in 1956   Liberty Records   LIH-6013   Here’s a rare record offered up by lp cover lover, Michel in France who writes, “Buddy Childers’s first (of two) liberty albums : a fine session, with a guy that could have been the missing link between Chet and Miles.”

TRACKS:   Buffy; You Call It Madness; Holiday House Take 1; Holiday House Take 2; It’s Gotta Be Happy;   You Go To My Head; Indiana; Bernie’s Tune

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Nobody loves you when you’re…

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“Down and Out Blues”   Sonny Boy Willamson sings   (1959) Checker Records   Cover by Don Bronstein   (No that’s not Rice Miller – aka Sonny Boy – on the cover!)

Sonny’s debut album, he was 60 years old when this was released by Chess Records.   “Down and Out Blues” is full of songs that have become blues staples, including “Don’t Start Me to Talkin’,” “

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and “Your Funeral and My Trial.” Chess Records’ crack regulars, spearheaded by Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Fred Below, Otis Spann and Robert Jr. Lockwood provide suitably gritty support to Sonny Boy’s blues harp, helping to make this 12-song, 34 minute set some of the best electric blues ever recorded.

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From Haight Street to Sesame Street

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Check this out from designer, artist and LP cover lover, Marc “swellzombie” Palm:   “I was just apart of an art show in Seattle  where the artists involved had to take  existing record cover images and recreate them with  a  Muppet theme.   The show looks great and if you’re interested check out information about the show at http://ouchmyeye.com/2009/muppettrawk/ Thanks and your site is awesome.”

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Gunn swinger

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Shelly Manne & His Men Play More Music From Peter Gunn – Son Of Gunn !!   Contemporary Records (1959)

Joe Gordon (tp) Richie Kamuca (ts) Victor Feldman (vib,mar) Russ Freeman (p) Monty Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d)

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Don’t go breakin’ my heart

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Bobby “Blue” Bland   “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do”   Duke Records (1964)   Cover art by Rene

When you got a heartache, there ain’t nothing you can do

When you meet a friend, you smile because you’re glad

When a friend deceives you, it makes you feel so bad

When you lose your loved one, it make you feel so blue

And then you got a heartache, and there ain’t nothing you can do

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Jamming with Edwards

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The Singing Edwards

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A naval canon?

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“Western Music”   Musik die sich jeder leisten kann

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