Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Return of The Sounds of Love Lady

I've posted about her before, and now here she is again...

As you can see, this is the top half image of the gatefold in the other post. Big thanks to Pat Corbett for writing his/her name on there twice.

My brother is visiting Paris for the first time soon. I wonder how often this sort of music can even be heard over there nowadays outside of special clubs and whatnot.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Peter Dunn's Vinyl Museum

Following up from the last post, this is the unique sleeve that the Dorothy Lamour album came in...

At first, I thought 'oh cool, something more than the usual brown/white paper sleeve with a cartoon cat on it.' But then I noticed all the text everywhere...

I'll have to add a sticker like that on my record player too. Heh. :)

This post has a nice little history of Peter Dunn and his vinyl history, including links to a couple of videos involving the stores. Another good post here. Given how many are out there, and how many Toronto albums I see here, I'm surpised it took me this long to see one.

Funny/sad how nowadays, a record store like this could thrive in certain locations, especially given their apparent huge selection and low prices, but in the late 90s/early 00s, they were shutting down everywhere. It's possible I saw one of the Museum locations, especially the 355 Yonge St. one, as it was close to Sam's and HMV, but I have no memory of it.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Stay Tuned!

I say stay tuned because, while I almost didn't get this one for some reason, I'm glad I did because of the sleeve the record came in! I'll be posting that soon after this.

Dorothy Lamour was a prolific actress and singer, but mostly known for appearing with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in their series of 'Road to...' movies, hence the title of this album and little dedication on the front cover. :)

This one is from 1957, when her movie career was winding down (1952's Road to Bali having basically been her triumphant swan song), but her nightclub and theater career was revving up.

P.S. Here's a sneaky sneak preview of the sleeve I mentioned...

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Black Hole

Beautiful cover for a beautiful film.

Simple, but nice. You really need to see those images in motion if you haven't. ;)

I decided to watch the movie again the other day and wrote a review about it at my Letterboxd account. Check it out! (and feel free to follow me there and I'll follow you back)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A.K.A. Wixie the Pixie!

Some great info on Detroit legend Marv Welch here, including info on his various careers, all as an entertainer. He was a comedian, an early local TV star on WXYZ as children's show host Wixie the Pixie, and a singer. His lounge career is definitely at odds with that of being a kiddies' hero. If you look here, there's an autograph he wrote on a copy of this album that says 'Mary & John, Live it up & get it up & keep it up.' :p

The cover should not include these double rings. I guess someone thought it would be funny to add them. I...kinda do too. :p

Shame this copy is in bad shape.

Some more thoughts on the album here...

Interesting how it appears the two sides are quite different. I haven't listened yet, but that's some nice praise for side two.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Big Bird and Oscar visit Canada

I was wondering if this 1981 album was a Canada-only release, and apparently it was.

RCMP? So clich├ęd... ;)

Makes sense that CBC was first, though I bet it was quickly translated/remade into many languages for worldwide distribution. The Canadian version is the one I grew up with, though it was still 95% the American version. They basically just inserted a few Canada-specific skits here and there, some in French. We didn't need it, but there's some law about Canadian content, blah blah blah...