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August, 2011

Eat my cake bitch!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  27 Songs for FUN and FROLIC  Includes “Happy Birthday To You”, “Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Casey Jones” (an little known Grateful Dead cover)

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Slow dancers

Rhythm and Blues  Savoy Records (France)  with Paul Williams, Bill Moore and Hal Singer

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Huh?


“Your Mystery Record” from Reader’s Digest  For the discerning listener!

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It’s Greek to me

This just in from LP cover lover Kyr Notis:  DIONYSIS SAVOPOULOS – The garden of the fool (1969)  “Probably the best psychedelic cover in Greece, excellent record too.”

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Where’s “AAAAAAAAAlvin!”?

Wycote Records’ “4 Chipmunks”

Steven Wright writes  … “Your “witch doctor” entry reminded me of this;  this Lp was initially credited to “the 4 chipmunks” before legal pressure forced them to the less plagiaristic “wyncote squirrels”…wyncote was notrious for this — they issued an album called “beatlemania” by the liverpools and “monkey business” by the chimps as blatant ripoffs. Btw, after their first Lp,  david seville allegedly used women to voice his chipmunks”

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“The Finest Name on Record”

Columbia Records sleeve for 78 R-P-M records (ca. 1953)  This drawing was used by The Clash for the cover art of their London Calling single:

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The graveyard shift

“Rock and Roll Your Bones”  Bell Records  (Australia)  Ray Whitaker at the Hammond Organ  (1957)  L.A. based Quartet with Bea Jay, vocalist

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“Uh, yes. I DO like Humperdinck”

“Do You Like Humperdinck?  Engelbert’s 30 Biggest Hits at the Organ with Hans Martens  Able Records

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Outlaw blues

Not to be confused with the Sonny Rollins LP of the same name!  Here’s “Way Out West”  by the Scottish folksinger Alex Campbell  Arc Records (UK)  (1963)  A four-track EP with “Jesse James,” “The Old Chisolm Trail,” “The Streets of Loredo,” and “The Wabash Cannonball” featuring the Gunslingers, Gerry Loughran (guitar), Royd Rivers (harmonica), David Laibman (guitar, 5-string banjo), Ian McCann (mandolo, mandolin, autoharp)  Read more and listen here!  Great cover illustration here by an uncredited designer – reminds me of some great Polish and Czech poster art.

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“Please baby, please, baby baby please!”

“Baby Lover”  (Brazil)

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