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Are ya’all experienced?

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The Porter Wagoner Experience  RCA Records

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After one too many drinks!

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Tony pulled this one out from right under my nose at the last WFMU record fair.   What a find!  Wins for most category tags.  Creepy and wonderful.  Best Canadian cover I’ve ever seen.  “Pour Tout Le Monde”  Les Ventrillaires  Montagnard Records   This is a Canadian comedy label that put out lots of “adult” comedy records – like our Dooto or Adam and FAX labels in the states.

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(Look out for) The Cheetah

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Paul Mauriat  Alta Fidelidad Records

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Don’t fear the Reeperbahn

 

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“Vom Hofbrauhaus zur Reeperbahn”  Odeon Records (Germany)

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Keeping Hope alive

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The Elmo Hope Trio with Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond on HIFI Records (1960)  Here’s Barfly.

Pianist and composer Elmo Hope’s music might best be compared with that of Herbie Nichols. Both men shared some of Bud Powell’s intensity, Thelonious Monk’s inventive whimsy and, at times, hints of young Cecil Taylor’s realistic approach to the impossible. Over the years, both Nichols and Hope have achieved posthumous respect from an international jazz community which is itself marginalized. While Herbie Nichols could be said to have been ignored to death, Elmo Hope’s life and work were grievously complicated and ultimately extinguished (in 1967 at the age of 44) by the same narcotic plague that afflicted so many of his contemporaries.

Born in 1923, St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was the son of West Indian immigrants who settled in New York. He grew up with Bud Powell, studying J.S. Bach and dreaming of new concepts in modern music. Hope’s first recordings were with trumpeter Joe Morris, whose little R&B band boasted such innovative young minds as Johnny Griffin, Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones. When in 1953 Alfred Lion gave Hope his first opportunity to record as a leader, he chose Heath and Jones to catalyze the eight tracks issued on New Faces, New Sounds.

Even as some of his music rippled with the restless energy of Herbie Nichols, Hope also made a point of composing and performing ritualistic reveries of profound and breathtaking slowness, sometimes drifting into a trance-like space where the listener may follow in order to contemplate the mysteries of life and death, of creativity and collective improvisation. Like Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope imprinted everything he wrote and played with an indelibly personalized, harmonically advanced language.   (AllMusic)

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Quacks

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That’s Mr. Cannibal to you!

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Andy Fisher  “Mister Cannibal” b/w “Computer Nr. 9″  Vogue Records (France)

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Wax on

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“Music to Sell Bread By”  A promotional record from the Waxed Paper Merchandising Council!  A 5-minute radio show starring Eddy Howard and his Orchestra.  “Each theme closes with a hard-hitting sales message”

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Take another step and I kill the cat!

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From Brazil on the RGE Records Label  “Musica de Maysa”

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A woman’s prerogative

Jo Ann Campbell SWE EP PS A

A rare EP that was only released in Sweden which features the extremely in-demand northern soul / new breed r&b / mod dancer “I Changed My Mind Jack” by Jo Ann Campbell.  One of the hottest floor fillers around.   Another answer song to Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road, Jack”   Juke Box Records (1962)

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