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“I’ve told you this 100 times, never, never put daddy’s records in the EZ-Bake Oven!”


ExSqueeze me?!?     Our Send in the Caption Contest Winner is….drumroll please….is Calzone!   (Calzone! also contributed a runner-up caption – “Baby’s First Broken Sternum LP”)     There are some sick, but very funny, (or funny, but very sick), people out there.   Good to know.     Thanks to everyone who played along.

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Pain or pleasure?


Luis Alberto del Parana and His Trio Los Paraguayos   “Mood for Romance”   Philips Records   She’s either in a state of pure ecstasy or can’t believe this guy won’t go to another table!

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Jenny never ate the last wing again


“Panic   The Son of Shock”   The Creed Taylor Orchestra (1959)   The follow up to “Shock” (1958) also by big screen composer Kenyon Hopkins.   A series of short stories with weird music, scarey sound effects and a jazzy beat including “Out of this World”, “The Prison Break,” “Rain,” “The Operation.”

According to an interview with record collector Mickey McGowan for Re/Search Magazine’s Incredibly Strange Music issue, Volume 1, “The Creed Taylor Orchestra made SHOCK Music in Hi-Fi, which bore a warning, “Don’t dare listen to his music alone!” It’s a masterpiece from the beginning, starting with loud heartbeats. “The Crank” effectively conveys the fear which a crank phone call can inspire. “The Secret” features a man and a woman laughing conspiratorily, and raises the question: “Is a secret still a secret once it’s told.” Creed Taylor’s follow-up album was Panic: the Son of Shock. Both of these LPs should also be credited to the film composer KENYON HOPKINS….You hear heavy breathing, whispering, clapping, heartbeats, shudders, screams – a whole gamut of effects. – From a neat site called Movie Morlocks.

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Separated at birth

Mija Aleksic (Courtesy of Lp cover lover Way Back Now! Lets Go…)

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Check the label

Renato de Oliveira e sua Orquestra Copacabana Hi-Fi

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Up in arms

“Calypso Gene On the Scene”   Dore Records

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Best price – hands down!

“El Mas Aplaudido”   Disc Jockey Records

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The Smiths

Dale and Billie Smith “Let My God Love You”

T-SHIRT CONTEST!! This seems so ripe for someone to photoshop SOMETHING into their hands. I know a lot of designers and artists are out there. We’ll send an LPCoverLover shirt to the best one and post the winner here.   Our winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day.

Contest Winner!   Congratulations to Lpcoverlover SpaceMonkey!

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Snap your fingers

“Mr. Swing”   Harry “Sweets” Edison   Verve Records     I admit it.   I love Sweets!   Can’t get enough.   Illustration by David Stone Martin.   Here’s a classic Sweets Edison.   This and the Verve album “The Swinger”, both recorded during the same 1958 session has tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest joining Edison in the quintet’s frontline while pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Joe Benjamin, drummer Charlie Persip, and rhythm guitarist Freddie Greene make up the rhythm section. (You can get both LP’s on a single Verve CD.)   Edison (who died of prostate cancer on July 27, 1999, at 83 years of age) was one of the acknowledged masters of swing trumpet.   His trumpet was a recognizable voice in the Count Basie Orchestra from 1938 until it broke up in 1950.   During that period, he was featured on many records, appeared in the 1944 short “Jammin’ the Blues” and gained his nickname “Sweets” (due to his tone) from Lester Young.   In the 1950s, Edison toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic, settled in Los Angeles, and was well-featured both as a studio musician (most noticeably on Frank Sinatra records) and on jazz dates. He had several reunions with Count Basie in the 1960s and by the ’70s was often teamed with Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis; Edison also recorded an excellent duet album for Pablo with Oscar Peterson. One of the few swing trumpeters to be influenced by Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets led sessions through the years for Pacific Jazz, Verve, Roulette, Riverside, Vee-Jay, Liberty, Sue, Black Blue, Pablo, Storyville, and Candid among others. Although his playing faded during the 1980s and ’90s, Edison could still say more with one note than nearly anyone.

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Tropic thunder

Thurston Knudson “Rouses you with the Rhythm of Tropic Drums”   Tempo Records.

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