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Dark end of the street

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Jovita Luna in “Marcela’s Other Me” a Spanish film soundtrack picture sleeve from 1961.  RCA Records (Spain)

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Pretty baby

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Carroll Baker  “Baby Doll”  P hilips Records (France)  Music from the Warner Bros. film by Tennessee Williams.  Directed by Elia Kazan.

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Play time

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The Modern Jazz Quartet  Soundtrack to “Sait-On Jamais”  Atlantic Records (France)

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Three wise guys

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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.   Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and Keely Smith.  A rare EP and picture sleeve from Reprise Records in the UK from the album of the same name.   Cover photo from the Warner Bros. film “Robin and the Seven Hoods”.  In addition to Frank singing the title song, Sammy swings “Jingle Bells”, Dean croons “Peace on Earth and Silent Night” and Keely Smith (one of my faves with or without Louis Prima) serves up “The First Noel”.

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Crewe cuts

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The Bob Crewe Generation  Songs from Barbarella “An Angel is Love” and “The Black Queen’s Beads”.  Cool cover with two shots of Jane Fonda in full space fashion from the Roger Vadim film.  This on Dot Records (Italy) import.

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“Match me Sidney”

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Chico Hamilton Quintet Music from the Film “Sweet Smell of Success”   Vogue EP (France) .

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I spy a 45

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CBS Special Products (UK)  Specially created for Carr’s “Sports” biscuits (?)  “Themes from James Bond Films”

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Young and restless

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The Japanese made beautiful record covers in the fifties and sixties.  Japan reproduced American art, music and culture with care, affection, and detail.  These Japanese pressings looked and sounded great.  Here’s a Japanese Decca release with a vibrant cover shot of James Dean.  James Dean only made three movies, but his image graced many records around the world.  Like this one often the music was just a compilation of Hollywood movie music.   This one, “The Glory of Victor Young”, starts off with the theme from “East of Eden,” but (thanks to LP cover lover, Roy, this shot is from his first film “Rebel Without a Cause”).

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Martian and Lewis

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Les Chakachas  “Un Marziano Sulla Terra”  (“Visit to a Small Planet”)  RCA Italiana (Italy)  Jerry Lewis is Kreton, a childish alien who, against his teacher’s will leaves his planet to visit the Earth.  From 1960, this is the film version of Gore Vidal’s stage hit.  Later re-made as TV’s Mork and Mindy.

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Flubber soul

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Walt Disney’s “Flubber” b/w “Son of Flubber”  Disney Records (1963)  Sung by Fred MacMurray (I bet he was on “My Three Sons” at the time)  This is one of my earliest movie memories – but haven’t seen it since!

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