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The Best of (insert least favorite artist)


“Torture”  Kris Jensen Sings  Hickory Records (1962).  A one-hit wonder, this inaugural release went to No. 20 on the charts on November 3, 1962

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Khan artists


Khan Bandhu “Offer Their First Record” EMI Records (India)  Harmonium – Ustad Rahman Quresh; Tabla – Ustad Nizamuddin Khan; Vocals – Mohammad Sayeed KhanMohammad Rashid Khan  Classical Indian Vocals (1976)

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Bound for glory


Gospel According to Nina Simone  Trip Gospel Records  (1973)…

A1 Anytime, Anywhere
A2 Sunday In Savannah
A3 You Can’t Hide
A4 Nobody’s Fault But Mine
A5 To Be Young, Gifted & Black
B1 Brown Baby
B2 Sinnerman

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Love Jones



Tom Jones  Daughter of Darkness b/w Tupelo Mississippi Flash  Decca Records (Spain).  And here’s one suitable for framing!  …


IMG_8666Tom Jones  Love Me Tonight b/w Hide and Seek  Decca Records (Spain)

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Señores Roboto

IMG_8427The Gay Crooners with the Pablo Beltran Ruz and Gustavo Pimentel Orquestas. RCA Records (Mexico).  Featuring “El Robot” on Side A and “El Robot X” on Side B.

(And let me send out a personal appreciation to LP cover lover, Elizabeth Bowles, for her long time support!)

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Carr crashes


Cookie Carr  Melodias Inolvidables N. 4  Belter Records (Spain) .

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Smooth operator


“Smooth Sarah” Sarah Vaughan  Mercury Records EP (UK)  A cool 1959 EP of the divine Sarah Vaughan in a moment of repose – maybe listening to the playback at a recording session or backstage at at club gig .  Smoking and cigarette smoke are a recurring image in the history of jazz photography and therefore found on many classic record covers.  (Check our out “smoking section” for more!).

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Sophisticated Sassy

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Another pretty EP from a recent score of Jazz picture sleeves from the fifties.  Sarah Vaughan  “Imagination” on Mercury Records (1955)  From the liner notes:  “A pretty melody to Sarah Vaughan is a plaything to color, to add to, to take from, to twist into graceful new shapes.  It is her creativity and delightful musical imagination that sets her apart for the ordinary merchants of words and music”

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Dream Baby


“Dream with Frank Sinatra”  Fontana Records (UK)  A 1959 EP with “Some Enchanted Evening”, “You’re My Girl”, “The Things We Did Last Summer” and “Dream”

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Gone but not forgotten



Laura Nyro died twenty years ago today.  This is her first record released in 1966.  She was just 19 years old.  After this, she moved to Columbia Records and released the influential Eli and Thirteenth Confession, New York Tenderberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat and Gonna Take a Miracle – an album of soul covers with Labelle.  She was the first artist to be managed by a young David Geffen.  She came back after a short hiatus away from the business in 1976 and released Smile, Nested, Mother’s Spiritual and other LPs in the 80’s and 90’s including a few live albums.  She succumbed to ovarian cancer in 1997 at the age of 49.

Her avid fanbase includes Elton John, Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, Ricky Lee Jones and many performers like Barbara Streisand, Three Dog Night and The Fifth Dimension that had hits with her songs.  At one point in 1969, she had three of her songs covered by others in the Billboard top ten.  But it’s her own versions that really show her emotional depth.  Though Laura Nyro was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, she still remains largely unfamiliar to many.  I urge anyone with a heart and soul to check out her music for themselves.  She was a rare artist and poet.

More Than A New Discovery / Laura Nyro (Verve Folkways FT/FTS 3020 : FT-3020-S-1 MG-780 / FT-3020-S-2 MG-781)

1. Goodbye Joe
2. Billy’s Blues
3. And When I Die (Hit play)
4. Stoney End
5. Lazy Susan
6. Hands Off The Man

1. Wedding Bell Blues
2. Buy And Sell
3. He’s A Runner
4. Blowin’ Away
5. I Never Meant To Hurt You
6. California Shoe-Shine Boys

All of the above compositions written by Laura Nyro (BMI)
Arranged and Conducted: Herb Bernstein
Produced by: MILT OKUN
Production Supervisor: Jerry Schoenbaum
Production Assistant: Jean Goldhirsch
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Engineer: Harry Yarmark
Cover Design: Michael Malatak
Cover Photo: Murray Laden

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