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Mister Fantasy

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Music To Read JAMES BOND By  United Artists (UK)  A compilation of hip, spy movie music by the likes of John Barry, Neil (sic) Hefti, Billy May, Al Caiola, Perez Prado, Riz Ortalani.   Cool instrumentals for those wanting to get into James Bond’s shoes for the night.  Songs to set the mood include: “The Coolest Pad”; “Love Goddess”; “Pin Up Girls”;  “Johnny Cool”; “Goldfinger”; “Scene of the Crime”; etc., etc.  Bachelor Pad meets How to Pick Up Girls with a literary premise.  There are many, many of these spy-themed and James Bond inspired LPs from the sixties and seventies.  There are even two volumes from United Artists with the same title released in the US that have a different track listing.  This is a recent discovery and one of our favs!

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Groove me

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“Music for Play Boys”  Volume 5   Richard “Groove” Holmes  Prestige Records (Japan)

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Welcome to the working week

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Tempo Records sooths (sic) you with “Music For The Tired Businessman”   “How GOOD can modern Music Be?”  Really smooth vocals by Francis Farwell with the Edward Kay Ensemble (1952)

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Ain’t no half-steppin’

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Music for Dancing  Bert Weedon does Waltzes and Quicksteps!  Top Rank Records

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Hey Driver!

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Arnold Palmer presents “Music for Swinging Golfers”  Mark 56 Records  (1960)   Songs include:  “Birdies Back in Town”, “Here comes the Bogie Man”, “Eagle Rock” and my favorite “Tee Fore Twosome”  Another great illustrated cover from VIP

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Songs for Swinging Mothers  One of the High In-Fidelity Records  (1962)  A series of comical cover-only “greeting cards”  Just a cardboard disc inside with liner notes to help you make your own mixtape:  “Suggested titles, suitable for enclosure in this Album Cover, are as follows:  “The Things We Did Last Summer”, “What Can I Say After I Say ‘I’m Sorry”, ” Get Me to the Church on Time”, “This Could be the Start of Something Big”, “Careless Love”, “Don’t Blame Me”, “Thou Swell” … get it?!

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For a few dollars more

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I picked this up at the WFMU Record Fair last weekend – for only $4,000!   “Jazz Music for People Who Don’t Care About Money”  A wealth of great jazz by Bethlehem Records artists (who probably made pennies for all of their genius), Charlie Mingus, Howard McGhee, Conte Condoli, Sal Salvador, etc.

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Music to spank by

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“Jugando Con Cleta”  Penaranda y su Acordeon  Span(k)oramic Records  14 Bombas!

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Street Art

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Art Carney “Music for Men Working”  A Columbia Records EP  (1955) Sidekick and neighbor Ed Norton to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden on the Honeymooners.  Seen here popping out of a manhole cover and singing “Song of the Sewer”  (on the Honeymooner’s he worked in the sewers and called himself  “an unground sanitation expert”).  Carney died in 2002.  He won a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in 1974’s “Harry and Tonto”.   Here he is teaching Ralph to dance the “Hucklebuck”!

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Relaxing and thankful on Thanksgiving

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“Music for Relaxing (Vol. 1)”  Enoch Light Orchestra  Belter Records (Spain)   A sweet take on the Woody Herman album cover of the same title that we’ve posted in the past.  There’s something about girl lounging on pillows with records on the floor.  A theme that we see repeatedly on covers from around the world.  A nice cheesecake illustration on this one (Signed by VALTZ)

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