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Doing Business As

In 1966, a toy company in Newark, New Jersey released a children’s record called Batman and Robin to cash in on the popular TV series . The music on the LP was credited to “The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale,” but in fact the band was one of the greatest uncredited session combos of all time, including the core of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Al Kooper’s Blues Project. ‘Dan and Dale’ were actually blues guitarist Danny Kalb and Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears) on dueling guitars, while Sun Ra and Al Kooper take over organ duties (a Hammond B-3) and members of Ra’s Arkestra play sax. To keep the music licensing fees to a minimum, all the tracks were based on public domain items like Chopin’s Polonaise Op. 53, the horn theme from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the love theme from Romeo and Juliet, and generic rock riffs. It’s all instrumental, with the exception of the very funky Robin’s Theme, featuring an uncredited vocalist.  Other titles include:  ‘The Batman Theme Song’, ‘The Penguin Chase’, and ‘The Batcave’.  (via WMFU.com)

Members:  Bass – Andy Kulberg, Pat Patrick; Drums – Bob Blumenfeld: Guitar – Danny Kalb, Steve Katz; Hammond Organ – Sun Ra; Organ – Al Kooper; Saxophone – John Gilmore, Marshall Allen; Trumpet – Jimmy Owens, Tom McIntosh; Producer – Tom Wilson

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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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Oldies but hoodies

Danny Boy et ses Penitents  “Twist”  Ricordi Records  (France)

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Girl power

Two by the Travellers and The Stylers

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Shot on location

The Teen Scene  The Hunters Play the Big Hits  Fontana Records (UK)

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When Irish eyes are smiling

An Irish Evening with Willie Brady  (Recorded in Ireland)   Avoca Records

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White as a ghost

Another beautiful nude cover from Japan and Toshiba Records.  Shoichiro Matsumiya  “Haunted Guitar”  And its pressed on ruby red vinyl.

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Guitar pickup

Adriano Celentano   “Stai Lontana Da Me”   Ri-Fi Records (Milan)

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Pick me up on your way down

Sobe e Desce  CBS Records (Brazil)   Hi, My name´s Rafael and I´m from Brazil.   The “LP Cover Lover” is Fantastic.  “Prateado e Belinho” – In English, “Silvered and Handsome – Up and Down”  This is “Sertanejo” music. (a.k.a american country music)

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One funky LP sleeve

Freddie Robinson, Guitar and Vocals   “Off the Cuff” (1973)   Enterprise Records (Stax)   With Wilton Felder (Bass), Monk Higgins (Electric Piano also Producer, Arranger and Conductor), Joe Sample (Keyboards), Harold Mason (Drums), Red Holloway (Tenor Sax) and George Bohannon (Trombone).   Darlene Love adds to the backing vocals.   Art Direction by Ron Gorden, Artwork by Edwin Murrell

After playing blues guitar on Chess studio recordings with Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, Robinson played in Jerry Butler’s band from 1963-67. He also worked with Syl Johnson and then moved to Los Angeles to be part of Ray Charles’ outfit.

(“Off the Cuff” was sampled by Ice T in “Pulse of the Rhyme”)

1. Off the cuff       2. Georgia on my mind       3. Could it be I’m falling in love       4. Smoking       5. Medicine man       6. River’s invitations       7. Changing dreams       8. Try it one time       9. You’re on my mind       10. You never ever miss away       11. I remember

(Also check out “The Coming Atlantis on World Pacific)

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