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Chinese characters

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T.B. Blues

The Mad-Hatters  From the Greene County Tuberculosis Society of Springfield, Missouri.  Here’s a rarity – a simple DIY paste-on front cover with these simple, odd paper “creations” representing some of the songs inside.  All having to do with the ill effects and respiratory problems of having Tuberculosis.  This is incredibly strange.  (Thanks to Will and Show and Tell Music, who might have more to add…)

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Os Velhinhos in the flesh

Above, just three of the many comic illustrations that grace the covers of Os Velhinhos records, a Brazillian group that I know little about.  (Perhaps one of our readers can help shed light on what must have been a popular band.)  After seeing their caricatures on Brazilian sleeves for so long, it was fun to see the real guys on the record that Tony found below>

Post Script:  The band “Os Velhinhos Transviados” (The misled elderly) was formed by José Menezes de França, a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and composer that decided to compose with other experienced musicians parodies of old and new songs.  It was a satire: they played old music in a modern way and modern music in an old way, just for fun.  (Thanks to Eric and his friend from Brazil)

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C’est Sheik

“The Sheik of Scrubby Creek”  Chad Morgan  Columbia Records  (Australia)

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Birdbrain

Dance Party with the Hank Haller Ensemble   Haller Records (Ohio)

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Special Kaye

Columbia Records presents Danny Kaye   An album of four 78 RPM 10″ records   in a gatefold jacket.   (Circa 1953)   Includes eight songs:   C91-6The Fairy Pipers and The Babbitt and The Bromide. C91-2 Minnie the Moocher and Let’s Not Talk About Love C91-7 Eileen and Dinah C91-4 Anatole of Paris and Farming

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Smile

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Cu-bop Japan

More Echoes of Japan (1961)   (King Records Japan)   Tadaaki Misago And His Tokyo Cuban Boys   The Japanese are masters at recreating and imitating foreign art forms and cultures.   Formed in 1949, The Tokyo Cuban Boys were the first Japanese group to seriously play Latin music. They were all outstanding musicians with a tight brass section backed up by some funky percussion.   Here’s a taste of “Yagi Bushi” —

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Express yourself

This is from a neat new site called “Deface Value” Make ART any way, anywhere and any time you can.

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A mau mau in a muu muu

Romao Felix   “Parafuso in England” Fontana Records     Portugese singer Romão Félix as his black-faced alter-ego, Parafuso.     You can find more Parafuso covers here.   (Thanks to Lp cover lover, Paulo in Portugal)

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