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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…)
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)
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” —