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Mother Nature’s son


Mr. Rumple Bumple  “Indestructable Records for Children”   (1948)  Never seen this series of children’s story records before.  It’s a nice package with great graphics and colored vinyl.   Anyone old enough to remember hearing of Mr. Bumple?!

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Yellow bird


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Hey bartender


“Cocktail”  Decca Records  (France)  Different orchestras playing Tangos, Fox-Trots, Rumbas and Boogie-woogie!

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The beach is back


Philips record compilation from France with a cut by Brigitte Bardot.  Nice cheesecake cover with portable turntable from the 1960′s.

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“And a one, and a two …”


Bell Telephone Labs “Music From Mathematics”  (1960)  This is a piece of computer music history, with early examples of music generated by and performed on computers 50 years ago. Composers include Max Mathews, John Robinson Pierce, Newman Guttman, David Lewin, Lejaren Hilller, and S.D. Speeth. Booklet includes extensive notes, diagrams, photos, and score excerpts. NOTE: there is some overlap in content with the Decca records LP “Music from Mathematics,” (also posted here) but the two issues are not identical.

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Blues march


“Music to Chase the Blues Away”  Michel Attenoux and his New Orleans Orchestra  (1956)  Felsted Records (UK)

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What on Eartha?!

Screen shot 2014-02-09 at 11.39.30 AMI met Eartha Kitt in 2003 at a promotional event that I produced for Meow Mix cat food.   We opened the world’s first restaurant for cats –The Meow Mix Cafe — and, we thought,  who’d be more purrrfect to host our grand opening than Eartha Kitt  who famously once pounced on the role of Catwoman on the Batman TV series in the sixties.  She was lovely, game for the fun and playing her role it to the hilt.  She walked the red carpet in a silver fur coat and did her famous coo and purr for the press and tv cameras over and over.  She held cats in her lap and stroked them with a mock evil smile and twinkle in her eyes.   Check out what a life ride she had — from Paris to Hollywood to the White House to the great White Way.    If you think coming out to shill for a cat food was beneath her consider that she also once did a TV commercial to promote the Steely Dan LP Aja.

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On the high C?

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Captain Snorter and the Incredible Christopher  Childcraft Records #28

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Invitation to the Blues


A early David Stone Martin cover (a 1950 reissue of the 1946 original 78 RPM set on DISC Records from 1946).  Norman Granz’ Jazz at the Philharmonic  Volume #4  Mercury Records  From a 1944 concert featuring  Jack McVea, Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxes), J. J. Johnson (trombone), “Shorty” Nadine [Nat King Cole] (piano), Johnny Miller (bass), Les Paul (guitar), Lee Young (drums)

“Blues”, a simply titled three-part jump blues running for over ten minutes, was the highlight of the first “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concert, at Los Angeles’ Philharmonic Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, July 2, 1944, because of Illinois Jacquet’s honking and screaming tenor sax solo on Part 2 and the humorous piano and guitar chase sequence by Nat King Cole (billed “Nadine” Shorty on the record label for obvious contract reasons with Capitol Records) and Les Paul on Part 3.  In addition, it has fine solos by R&B tenor saxist Jack McVea nd a young J.J. Johnson on trombone on Part 1, all driven by an irrestible rhythm section, consisting of Johnny Miller, then bassist of the King Cole Trio, and Lee Young, Lester Young’s drumming brother, besides Nat Cole and Les Paul.

“Lester Leaps In”, although not the definitive JATP version of the tune (Lester Young is missing), is played with a similar attitude, showcasing some excellent solos (another tenor sax outburst of Jacquet among them) in front of the driving rhythm for over nine minutes.   Via.

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Burning love

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Two Cigarettes in the Dark   The M-G-M Strings conducted Leroy Holmes   M-G-M Records

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