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Rollin’ with my homies

“Jungle Fever”   Joint   Fuentes Records

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High holy daze

Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Vertigo Records UK   (Warner Bros. in US/Canada) 1972.   Features several Sabbath classics, such as “Tomorrow’s Dream,” “Snowblind,” “Supernaut” and “Changes.” Eminem uses “Changes” as the basis for his track “Going Through Changes” from his album Recovery.

Here’s a video of “Changes” from Ozzy’s “end of the road” last concert.

In June 1972, Black Sabbath reconvened in Los Angeles to begin work on their fourth album at the Record Plant Studios.   The recording process was plagued with problems, many due to drug issues. Despite the copious amounts of cocaine, the band produced another first-rate album that pushed the boundaries of heavy metal and would influence countless bands.       As Butler told Guitar World in 2001, “Yeah, the cocaine had set in. We went out to L.A. and got into a totally different lifestyle. Half the budget went on the coke and the other half went to seeing how long we could stay in the studio…We rented a house in Bel-Air and the debauchery up there was just unbelievable.”

The album cover features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert. The album’s original release features a gatefold sleeve.   Each band member is given their own photo page, with the band on-stage (and photographed from behind) in the center.   The album’s cover art has proved iconic and even Converse shoes released a limited edition of a pair of sneakers with the Vol. 4 cover.

Now , just for fun, check out this brief clip from evangelist Michael Mills’ album about Hidden and Satanic Messages in Rock Music:

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Everybody must get Stoner

“Just Call His Name”   Tommy Stoner

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“Dude, your maraca! I’m so high. Is that rain?”

Los Cangaceiros El Super Orquesta   “Bip…Bip…Bip… Cha-Cha-Cha” and “El Marijuano” !!   President Records

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King of the conga

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“Acid”   Ray Barretto Fania Records   (1968)   A classic.   A well-know dance floor firestarter, but also a great cover worthy of another look.   Features “Acid”, “Teacher of Love”, “Mercy, Mercy, Baby”, “Soul Drummers”, “A Deeper Shade of Soul” –   the whole LP is an afro-latin, soul, funk and boogaloo fusion that makes you wanna move your feet.   “Have you heard them cooking / The Soul Drummers / well they play so cool / Soul Drummers / so hard to resist / Soul Drummers / with the African twist.”   A jewel in the amazing Fania catalog.   Drop “Acid” at your next party and see what happens.

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Learn to beat the rap

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“Law, You and NARCOTICS”     Walter E. Hurst   One of a series of do-it-yourself legal topics on Law-U Records.

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Teenage wasteland

“Teen Cop-Out”   By Jay Strack “Youth In A Moral Revolution”

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Busted

“Mickey Sings Ukranian-English Beer Parlour Songs.   Original and Uncensored Party Songs For Boozers and Tall Tales for Tipplers.   Guarenteed to put zip into your party.   Recipe for home brew included.” Mickey Sheppard.   V Records United (From Canada)   Check out the signs on the cover!

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Vice precedents

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“The Sins of Our Hour” A live sermon by Evangelist Richard D. Henton.   Check out the evil limp wrist.

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Smoking jacket

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Big Bamboo.   Cheech and Chong.   (1972)   “Sister Mary Elephant,” etc.

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