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Specs, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

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I loved this song as a kid in 1967.  John Fred and His Playboys  “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)”  This puke-green psycho-billy, titty shaker sleeve from Denmark is misleading as the song is a kind of bubblegum knock-off of  “Lucy in the Skies with Diamonds”.  The California Records label also a bit odd!

Judy in disguise, well that’s what you are
Lemonade pie with a brand new car.
Cantalope eyes come to me tonight
Judy in disguise with glasses.
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Soul searching

aHyNHMV3ll7omfm3s12FnymXo1_500 copyWe’re looking for a series of French LP compilations of classic Atlantic soul acts doing rock and pop covers.  Like Wilson Pickett doing Love is a Beautiful Thing, and a soul/horns version of Sunshine of Your Love, that kind of stuff.   The covers were illustrated, no photographs.  Can any of our French “cover lovers” help us find any of these?  Perhaps even send a photo?  Thanks for any info!

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Homeland Vintage Jazz Record Covers

We love this!  To celebrate the television series Homeland and its season 2 finale on December 16th, Californian designer Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative created an excellent series of 12 Homeland inspired vintage jazz record covers.  “Last night was the finale of the second season of Homeland. To say that I am a huge fan would be an understatement! As a personal project, I set out to create a series of designs to celebrate the award-winning show. Playing off of the subtle theme of jazz that appears the storyline, I designed 12 vintage record covers inspired by the TV series.”

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This is dedicated to the one I love!

“It Takes Two”  Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston  Tamla Motown Records

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The name game

Captain Kangaroo  My Name Records (1977)

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Work it

A mis-printed sleeve for this French Vogue single of Dionne Warwick’s big hit – “WALK on By”.

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In another land

An alternate cover of the Rolling Stones “High Tides and Green Grass” from Israel!  PAX Records (1966).  Happy Rosh Hashanah.

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Parlor dames

“Old Standards”  Dick Hayman  Busted Records  What is this?  A real oddity.  Anybody heard of Busted Records?

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Surfer Girl

“Surfer Girl”  The Sentinals  “12 Swingin’ Tunes for the Tuffest of Bunnies”  Del-Fi Records  (1963)   The second Sentinals long-player, Surfer Girl (1963), followed their debut Big Surf! (1963) by only a few scant months. The five-member unit featured future Turtles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young percussionist Johnny Barbata (drums), alongside Tommy Nunes (guitar), Bobby Holmquist (sax), Harry Sackrider (guitar), and Kenny Hinkle (vocals/bass). Their sound is comparable to that of their first collection, blending a handful of originals — primarily by Hinkle this time rather than Nunes — with some adeptly chosen covers. The platter kicks off on the upbeat and clap-happy “Surf ‘n Soul,” sporting a built-in party atmosphere and the occasional whistle and shout thrown in for maximum effect. Although the Holmquist-penned “Sentinal” is presumably the band’s theme song, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Royaltones’ second-tier hit “Flamingo Express,” while Hinkle’s “Nite Shuffle” is based on “Night Theme” by the Preps, according to Bryan Thomas’ liner notes in the 2004 Big Surf!/Surfer Girl CD reissue. Other standouts of note are the redux of Jessie Hill’s Crescent City R&B classic “Ooh Poh Pa Doo” and Freddie King’s “Sensation,” both of which are admittedly lightweight but thoroughly enjoyable. One of the more fascinating remakes is the comparatively up-tempo rendering of the Beach Boys’ title track “Surfer Girl.” Should keen-eared listeners detect something slightly different about the performance, it may well be because the combo in question is actually the Lively Ones rather than the Sentinals — again, based on Thomas’ essay. This brings up the inevitable conclusion that even though they are undeniably accomplished, the arguably ersatz West Coast style could have easily been mistaken for any number of similar groups such as the Routers, Centurians, Challengers, or Impacts.

Good eye Steve!

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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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