Wednesday, March 20, 2019

[Mother] Teresa!

It's Teresa Brewer, of course! Looks like they airbrushed her teeth and eyes a bit. Not bad, though. A very simple cut and paste job overall, but it works.

Same simple formula on the back.

Look at the end of the first picture. See? Mother Teresa! ;)


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wrabit!

"We hated the name but it was forced on us. What a mistake." - Lead vocalist Lou Nadeau

But don't let that throw you off! This is a hard rockin' album, featuring great vocals and harmonies, and nice musicianship overall, including some impressive guitar work!

This is the debut album of Canadian hard rockers Wrabit, re-release version when they signed with MCA (who convinced them to change their name from Telemann). And yes, the logo and cover were drawn by THE Chuck Jones, of Bugs Bunny fame. Quite a coup there! Very eye-catching.

More info on the band here.

I don't know which song to highlight, as they're all good, so I think I'll just go with the opener, which features a strong 70s classic rock sound...





Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Aloha? Hawaii?

I dunno, nothing exactly screams Hawaii on this cover.

I guess the plants are what do it, cuz the girl with the artificially (I suspect) color boosted eyes doesn't scream Hawaii either. *shrug* What I'm gettng at is, this is one of the least stereotypically Hawaiian album covers I have. In that sense, it's a bit of a failure, because it doesn't make much of an impression on its own among the plethora of Hawaiian albums. Moving on...

The back cover wasn't too interesting either, but I always like these self-aggrandization boxes that were on most records. Never really saw this with CDs, probably in part because there was just no room, but also because people eventually realized that you get what you pay for and such things were unnecessary. Buy a junky stereo, you get junky sound. But I figure there's much more real variation in vinyl and needle quality than in CD players as well.

Speaking of needles, I was checking a record yesterday and the arm slipped and the needle broke. Yay. I have ordered a replacement, but I wish I had a better player in general. I'm always a little wary of playing good quality records on it. It's an ION Profile LP with USB, seen below. The USB was the draw for me, but I've never actually used that feature. Maybe someday...

Looks nice, sounds decent (feels like it's too quiet, though), but the cover design is just plain bad. Way too much of a gap, especially on the sides. I ended up adding strips of clear tape to block those stupid holes because SO MUCH DUST gets in. I suspect they left those gaps so people could slip a finger in there to lift it up, but come on, it's not like it's heavy or something. I wish I could add a little strip of rubber or silicone along the edge to seal it better. But at least the record area itself is mostly dust-free.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Myles & Lenny

I'll admit it, I had no idea who these guys were, which is the case with many of the albums I pick up. I just liked the cover. Turns out Myles & Lenny were once kind of a big deal, earning a Juno Award in 1976 for "Most Promising Group." But seems it didn't really work out sales-wise and they only released this and another album in the same year before calling it quits.

"Can You Give It All To Me" was a Canadian Top 20 single, so let's check it out below...

Awesome song! The way the violin is used is especially cool. Reminds me of Kansas, actually, which is great!

Update: Just two days after I posted this, look what I saw!

I hate the stupid giant stickers they put on everything there! (plus, they charge too much)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Chile Con Cugie

Sometimes the post titles write themselves...as in this case, obviously.

A rare combination of cheesecake and beefcake on the same cover! ;)

Oops, kinda small. The recording engineer was Ed Begley! Not the same one, but still!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Claude "Jazzbones" LaBrecque

Another album for the kiddies, including grown up kiddies. :)

I post these hoping someone will recognize it and share a story or two. I realize they have limited appeal...even to me, I must admit. The kiddie albums are not among my favorites usually, but I can appreciate the craft, and they often have nice art, as this one does.

They're often personalized as well. A shame this one is pretty faded.

There is a bit of a surprise to this one, which we will see more clearly below...

Luba Goy is on this! You don't hear about her too much nowadays (unless you try to, I guess), but she was kind of a big deal for a long time as a member of Royal Canadian Air Farce, a group who had a long-running sketch TV show. I has never been my thing, as it's political humor (strike one) and Canadian political humor at that (strikes tow and three), but I've known who Luba is for decades.

Interesting presentation by his daughter Sarah here, but otherwise, I can't find much of anything about him. Sarah, if you see this, we'd love to hear some more info about your dad! ;)