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January, 2010

Cliff notes

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Jimmy Cliff   “Struggling Man” (1973)   Jimmy’s follow-up to one of the greatest records ever “The Harder They Come”.     Not as celebrated musically, but the cover is pretty damn cool.   Cliff is one of the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

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Do you believe in…

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“Magic”   Peter Pan Records   Thanks Way Back Now.   (See you send me a cover and…presto!…it appears on LPCoverLover)

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Ice, ice baby

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The Skater’s Waltz   Westminster Records     (Ulf sent in this upskirt cover – you be the judge.)

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And the winner gets the kitten

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Claude Bolling Plays Duke Ellington   Fontana Records EP

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Ska’s the limit

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“Space Flight”   Carlos Malcolm and His Afro-Jamaican Rhythms (“The Sound of the Soil”)   Carlos plays Trombone and (little did I know til just now) wrote most of the incidental music to the James Bond movie “Dr. No”     He had a big mid-sixties hit with his version of the “Bonanza” TV Theme called…”Bonanza Ska”   I like his song “No Jestering” a hit in 1974.   And who can forget his other million seller, “Fattie Bum Bum”.

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Dancehall days

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“One the Hardway”   Chuck Turner   Reggae from 1988.   Produced by King Jammie and Lloyd James

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Hush, puppy

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“Ouah, ouah, ouah, ouah”   Errol Parker no. 3   Decca (France)

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One good shot deserves another

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“Tequila”   Carlos Campos   RCA

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Hands touching hands

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“US”   A self-help album for married couples from the “Family Enrichment Bureau”.   Lectures by author (“The Male Mystique”) and Bureau Director Urban Steinmetz

Side 1:   “Married Life”   ( Marriage has five stages.   The honeymoon stage; disillusionment; misery; the time of awakening; and the time of love.)

Side 2:   “The Many Meanings of Sexual Intercourse”   (“Sex is never the problem in a marriage.   It’s just the experience where all our other problems seem to come into focus.”)

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King of the conga

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“Acid”   Ray Barretto Fania Records   (1968)   A classic.   A well-know dance floor firestarter, but also a great cover worthy of another look.   Features “Acid”, “Teacher of Love”, “Mercy, Mercy, Baby”, “Soul Drummers”, “A Deeper Shade of Soul” –   the whole LP is an afro-latin, soul, funk and boogaloo fusion that makes you wanna move your feet.   “Have you heard them cooking / The Soul Drummers / well they play so cool / Soul Drummers / so hard to resist / Soul Drummers / with the African twist.”   A jewel in the amazing Fania catalog.   Drop “Acid” at your next party and see what happens.

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