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Never Can Say Goodbye

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Benny Mussolini’s Genoa speech from May 1938 on this two-sided hit single from Italy.  Learn from history.

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Step kids

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“Papa Aime Maman” (Papa loves Mama) Les Scarlet / “Dumollet Trip” Andre Girard.   Panorama Records (France)

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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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Ain’t We Telefunken Now

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A French stereo demonstration record from Telefunken.  Promoting the 2002 model.

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Old friends

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Grandpa’s Juke Box!  Vega Records (France)  Moldy fig music for the hard of hearing.

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Nico friendly

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Moon Beams  The Bill Evans Trio  Riverside Records (1962) Nico in her early days as a model graces the cover here.  The debut recording of Bill Evans “Second Trio” with Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, who died at 25 in an automobile accident on July 6, 1961 (just 10 days after the Bill Evans Trio’s triumphant Village Vanguard engagement).  The death of LaFaro was a devastating personal and musical, loss to the pianist, after which he took nearly a year off from recording or playing in public.  Moon Beams collects the ballads recorded during May and June 1962 sessions. Moonbeams is perhaps the most exquisitely romantic of Evan’s Riverside releases, much like Coltrane’s BALLADS in this respect.  (The more uptempo tunes from these sessions were put on How My Heart Sings!)  Fun fact:  Included here  is the Evan’s original “Re: Person I Knew” which is an anagram of producer Orrin Keepnews’s name.

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Tango and Castro

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Attilio and His Tangos Orchestra  “Dracula Tango”  Vogue Records  (France)  Bernard Monie illustration (1974)

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Collage Daze

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“Advance Promotion” by Pato C.  Rowt Records (Uraquay).  According to Discogs, Pato C was an Argentine DJ, pioneer in Argentina in the edition of mixed discs and musical selector of rock & roll, funk, Latin and electronic music through his own label and other distributors in the 1970s to early 1990s.  So this is a vinyl mixtape with some cool soul and funk cuts.  We love the artsy, primitive collage cover!

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Two silhouettes

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Guitare  Les Teen Guitares  “Teen Twist”  Crylor Records (France)  Cool one side flexi-disc

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Another one bites the disc

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Johnny Kraaykamp  “OM IN TE BIJTEN”  Romance Records (Holland)

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