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March, 2011

Pigging out

More from the best-selling pig duo in recording history, Pinky and Perky!   “Nursery Romp”     A Columbia (U.K.) EP.

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Rhythm notion

Piano Percussion In Rhythm   Arthur Cohen   ACORN Records   Cover design by Frank Parisi

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Chloe’s big love

Chloe Sevingy photographed by Terry Richardson for Vice magazine, 1994 (via Suicide Blonde)

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That 70’s cat

Cat Stevens   “Teaser and the Firecat”   A&M Records   (1971) “Peace Train”   “Morning Has Broken.” “The Wind,” “Moonshadow,” “If I Laugh,” “Rubylove,” “How Can I Tell You,” “Bitterblue,” “Changes IV” and “Tuesday’s Dead”     It is also the title of a children’s book written and illustrated by Cat Stevens.   The story features the title characters from the album cover, top-hatted young Teaser and his pet Firecat, who attempt to put the moon back in its place after it falls from the sky.

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Aaaaww

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Crackin’ up

“Muchacha Traviesa”   Amparito Jimenez   Sonolux Records (Columbia)   A strange choice for the cover of an album.   Even a nice set of legs wouldn’t distract most collectors from the horror of seeing this crack.

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Tween peak

Peggy Lipton Ode Records   (1968)     For me she’ll always be “Julie” from the “Mod Squad” (which was on during my formative, and heavily TV influenced, pre-teen years).   But she’s also been Mrs. Quincy Jones, Norma Jennings on “Twin Peaks” and is the mom of Rashida Jones’ (from “The Office”).   This is the first of two LPs that she made.   Each includes a composition by Laura Nyro:   Stoney End (1968), and Lu (1970) and they both made the Billboard Charts.   (As did many others with Nyro songs – Barbara Streisand, Three Dog Night, The Fifth Dimension, etc.).   It’s not as bad as most of the “golden throats” recordings by TV stars.   And the cover shot of Lipton, a former Ford model isn’t bad either.

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Sugar, sugar

Nina Simone (1933-2003) “Sings the Blues”   RCA Victor Records   (1967)     “Do I Move You?”, “In the Dark,” “Day and Night,” “My Man’s Gone Now,”   “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl,” “Backlash Blues,” (a civil rights song written by her friend the poet Langston Hughes) and “The House of the Rising Sun”   (Nina first recorded this song in 1962.   After The Animals version became a hit she re-recorded this faster version.)   Musicians here include   Eric Gale , Rudy Stevenson (guitar); Buddy Lucas (harmonica, tenor saxophone); Bob Bushnell (6-string bass); Ernie Hayes (Organ), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (drums).     (Editors note: I saw Nina live at Carnegie Hall in 1991 or 92.   You could hear a pin drop.   The place was like a cathedral.   It was magical.)

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Classical ass

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The dog whissssstler

“The Whistler and His Dog”   Golden Crest Records     This was the theme song for a 1960s local TV show in New York , Officer Joe Bolton’s Fun House.   This piece was written in 1905 by ARTHUR PRYOR (1870-1942), who was a trombonist/arranger in John Philip Sousa’s band.

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