Saturday, February 17, 2018

Vid Kids!

I was happy to have found this. I had forgotten about it.

Definite Mini-Pops vibe to this, despite the lack of costumes, and that may explain the lack of Bob Schneider (precious little info on him, but here's a lengthy old article), who was a huge force in this show.

A mix of current and classic songs was typical of these albums. Learn more about Vid Kids here.

And here's a full episode!

Computerman was my favorite segment. :)


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Non-veterinarians need not apply

Really no reason why I should have this, which is all the more reason I should have it...

This is easily my favorite kind of thrift store find! Not sure how many of these would be floating around in the wild these days. (there are currently 9 for sale at discogs.com, though, and 2 on ebay) I figure most would've been thrown away decades ago when they were cleaning up their offices, or are still just rotting away in closets, long forgotten. Glad I found one. :)

Evsco Pharmaceutical is still around, specializing in products for dogs and cats, including carpet stain and odor remover. I could've used some of that more than once.

Murmurs galore.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Original Conniff Cutie Strikes Back

I refer, of course, to this stunner. And now she's back!

"The Most Beautiful Girl"? Maybe not quite, but one of the more fetching lasses in my collection.

Oh, let's not leave Ray out. I suppose he's cute too. Haha.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sonny Crockett's in the studio

Nice simple cover with good contrasts. Distinctly non-pastel.

I'm kinda surprised they didn't use this for the front cover. Guess using an artsy cover looks more serious...but they still have this for the ladies anyway.

The fold is gated.

Here's his cover of "Lost in Your Eyes":

He does a good job, but it's not my favorite version. And though it was written by Tom Petty, his isn't my fave either. It's Jeff Healey's, easily.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dr. Music

Sounds like the name of a used record store, but no, it's this...

The group name and title almost sound like a children's group, but no, obviously not. I haven't listened to it yet, but in getting these pics ready for this post, there's something on the back that really makes me want to look into it...

A track called "Gandalf"? Normal people don't name tracks after Lord of the Rings! Prog rockers or psychadelic folk rockers do! So...yeah, I really need to look into this. (P.S. Love that font! Look at the way they put the Ls together in Mallory, Jollimore and Tallman! Anyone know what it's called?)

*looking into this* (seriously, I'm going to Google right now)

Ok, here's some interesting info on Dr. Music from their wiki page: "Bedtime Story consisted of jazz compositions by Riley and his band members, Claude Ranger and Don Thompson, and belonged to the genre of progressive jazz rock." And from that link in their name: "The album was generally more progressive than his previous outings, with a heavier guitar-oriented sound. The songs were longer, and more complex..." :o

Here's the track "Gandalf":

Not quite what I was hoping for (I listened to some others as well), but great musicianship and energy!

And now I'm looking into the drummer on this album, Claude Ranger. Legendary, it turns out, not only because of his playing, but because he disappeared in 2000! Read about it here!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pure exotica

Because that's what it's called.

Vol. III, even! This one's for you, RetroHound! Heh. ;)

Can't think of any other Spectra-Sonic-Sound albums in my collection. I'll take their word for it that it's the ultimate.

Martin and the boys, with a special guest.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mother's Body Beat

Saw another copy of this at the same thrift store recently. Currently trying to find out more info on Dr. Murooka, because while Hajime is most definitely Japanese, Murooka is...I dunno! *later on...* Well, I guess it's legit. I found a few more Murookas. I'm guessing it's fairly rare, though. It almost seems like a Westernized spelling or something.

Anyway, in searching, I found this little article from the May 22, 1975 issue of Jet magazine from a Google Books scan:

I guess this is pre-album? Or maybe that track was sold as a single?

Body Beat sounds like an old K-tel album title or something. ;)

There's something disconcerting about the crying picture. Maybe because the composition is kinda harsh? *shrug* (or it's just sad seeing a crying baby?)

Sorry for such a picture-heavy post, but I think this is pretty interesting! Certainly not something you'd see every day. :) I haven't given it a spin yet, but I should. I'm expecting some heavy metal snuck in there somewhere. In the meantime, here's a demonstration: