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Byrds of prayer

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“Jesus is Coming Soon”  The Byrd Evangelistic Singers (with “Little” Kay Roberts)  DIY/Private press out of Soddy, Tennessee.  Kay was just 15 when she posed with sunglasses for this cover shoot (maybe she was eight miles high?!)

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The Breakfast Club

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Thee Muffins “Pop Up!”  (1966) Private pressing; only 200 or so manufactured, “FOR FAN CLUB USE ONLY”.  “10 Hits By One Of The Fastest Rising Groups In America”

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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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I’m A Believer

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“My God Is Real”  Kay Myers from Arlington, Texas.

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Phone home

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“Songs That Mom and Dad Taught Us”   The Friends

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Happiness is a thing call Joel

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Joel Stafford and The Starlighters  on Joel Records!  Looks like Joel ate the Starlighters for lunch.

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Who’s on verse?

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“Walk Through the Bible” with Gene and Deanna Hyde  Vocal background by:  The Gateway Boys & Donna  All originals on this DIY release out of Missouri

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Motley crew

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The Joyful Heirs  “I Found a Treasure”  A custom pressing from Cincinnati circa late sixties (?)  I’ll let you take in the wonderful faces, hairstyles and clothes of this “group”  Who was listening to this when the radio was playing The Stones, Dylan, The Beatles, Janis, The Doors, Creedence, The Band, Motown, James Brown, Otis Redding … you get my point.  Anyway, Tony is the one who found this “treasure”!

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Smoke gets in your eyes

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“Stop Smoking thru Self-Hypnosis”  Baron Von Brenner, Master Hypnotist  From the “Scientific Suggestion Institute”!

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Cover me

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Have you ever found old 45’s without their picture sleeves and wondered what the covers could be if YOU were the art director and artist.  I recently found this handful of homemade jackets that some creative soul designed to replace the originals.  I dig the girl covers!  I can imagine our DIY hero listening and dreaming of each song’s romantic heroine, but I’m most intrigued by what the Hollies “On a Carousel” conjured up!

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