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Can you name the album?

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Golden Years

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My friend Tony and I went to see David Bowie in Cleveland at the Public Theatre in 1976 on his tour to promote Station to Station.  We sat in the fifth row – center.  Or stood on our chairs that is.  Right there – face to face with the thin white duke.  What a great night.  At one point he sang “I’m Waiting for the Man” and when he got to the words “Hey white boy, what you doin’ uptown” I know he pointed right at me.  (Of course, Tony might say it was to him.)  Never did see him live in concert again, but I can’t imagine ever topping that first experience as a 15 year old fan.  And then fan for life.  RIP Ziggy.

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7,004 LP cover lovers can’t be wrong!

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Whip it good

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Stirring the Cream  CREAM   Polydor Medium Records  (Holland)

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Santa Claus is a black man

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Louis Armstrong  “White Christmas” / “Winter Wonderland”  Decca Records  (UK)

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Yuck the police

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The Adventures of the Laughing Policeman   Charles Penrose   Columbia Records (UK)   This song is credited to Mabel Anderson under the pseudonym Billie Grey, but the music and melody come from The Laughing Song, recorded by George W. Johnson in 1898.  The song was first recorded as The Laughing Policeman by Charles Penrose under the pseudonym Charles Jolly in 1922. That version was released on Regal Records. A second version, the most common of the two, was recorded in 1926 and released on Columbia Records.  In 1957 it was released on the EP The Adventures of The Laughing Policeman. Ringo Starr bought a copy of the single in 1955 which was most likely the 1935 re-release with Laughter And Lemons on the B-side.

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So many knobs!

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“La Sabrosura del Ano”  Various Artists (1984)   AS International Records (Venezuela)

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Toulouse booty

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“Paris Swings”  Elmer Bernstein and the Swinging Bon Vivants  Capitol Records  (1960)  Ted Nash: reeds, Andre Previn: piano, Barney Kessel: guitar, Red Mitchell: bass, Shelly Manne: drums, Larry Bunker: vibraphone.

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Smokin’ in bed

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Mann In the Morning  Herbie Mann on Flute and Tenor Sax  Prestige Records (1958)  Recorded in Stockholm in 1956 with a group of the top Swedish players of the day.  (More notes from the prolific Mr. Gitler)

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Burt offering

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“Great Scott”  The Bobby Scott Trio featuring Whitey Mitchell, bass and Bill Bradley, drums  Bethlehem Records (1954)  Design and illustration (in the style of David Stone Martin) by the legendary Burt Goldblatt.  Liner notes by the great Ira Gitler ,(whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet and spend time with over the past 25 years).  I love that after looking at records for more than 40 years (daily), that I can still find one like this that I’ve never seen!

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