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Ice Ice Baby!

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Martin Böttcher  … Weils Freude Macht!   “Langnese Romantic Places” / “Greensleeves”  Released by Langnese Eiskrem  (Germany)  Flexi Disc  (1965)

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Let’s make a record!

Denon Makes a Happy Family  (Singapore)  This promotional 45 from Denon came with an entry form for a contest to find the best home Karaoke recording!

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No more ripping pages from phone books

Our friends at the rad record site The Vinyl District have developed this awesome app to help record hounds sniff out record stores whereever we go!  Check it out here:  RECORD STORE LOCATOR

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Hollywood slingin’

“Philco Thinks of You First….In Hollywood”   One of a series of promotional records released by Columbia Records Special Products for the consumer electronics manufacturer Philco (a division of Ford) each spotlighting one of their stereo and TV consoles coupled with a groovy cover girl (this one curled up in a mod, fur sling chair).  Contains cheesy-listening tunes from movies of the day like “Funny Girl” by Barbra Streisand, “Exodus” by Percy Faith and “Days of Wine and Roses” by Ray Conniff Singers.

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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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Feel the burn

Personal Power through Creative Selling   Elmer G. Letterman, World’s Best-known Insurance Salesman     Released by the Success Motivation Institute!   But holy shit!   That’s an atomic bomb!   I don’t think any insurance policy will cover that.

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Record Sale – Sat. April 30th!

We’ll be selling boxes and boxes of LP COVER LOVER records tomorrow SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH at the world famous Billy’s Antiques on Houston Street (just off Bowery) in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Come on down between 1PM and 6PM and say hi to me and Tony and pick up some great records (and covers!) for cheap.

Tiffany and Courtney, above, both scored at the last sale.

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Ain’t nothing like the real thing

“Music to Sell the Real Thing By … and Other Hits from Ken-L Foods!”     A 1961 “industrial” record put out by advertising agency giant J. Walter Thompson for the K-L Ration dog food manufacturer to get their sales force pumped up to sell, sell, sell.     Here are original songs written to inspire company tail draggers and motivate those who made their living one can of dog food at a time.     Promotional tools and brand prosthelytizing to a bouncy beat.

This is FALSE ADVERTISING.   After listening to this, there’s very little bounce here or any music at all!   The hushed, sexy female voice (“Miss Monologue”?) with her sexual innuendo and double-entendres is very strange in counterpoint to the all-business marketing exec trying to get his dry message across.     (Her: “You’re a big boy now” – Him: “A figure of speech honey”)   This is just terrible.   Like eating dog food!

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“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you…”

“Music For Those Who Think Young”   Startime Records for Pepsi

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Take me to the pilot

“JET SCRAMBLE”   Sounds of an Air Defence Command Mission   (from General Electric)   “Dedicated to America’s Defense”   Recorded by Emory Cook (The Cook label produced many sound effect and documentary records)

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