Monday, December 11, 2017

CRAZY guitar!

Or is it? (see below)

Fairly nondescript front cover, though the imagery goes well with the title.

There's his amazing guitar! :o I don't remember having ever seen one like that before I found this album. I'm sure there are people out there that have 20 of them and will say 'everyone knows those!,' of course. ;)

Here's a better shot of it from a Discogs listing. It really is something else! (the suit is pretty impressive, too!)


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Gussying up COMPLETE!

Well, after checking every post here, all the old previously Photobucket and Imageshack pictures have been replaced! It affected nearly every post from the beginning in 2011 up to April 2012. Thanks, morons! (not you, the photo hosting services)

Beyond that, I fixed some formatting issues here and there (it was really messed up for Firefox users for a while), meaning everything is more streamlined and easier to see due to the pictures being slightly larger in many cases (!), and I made sure the links to YouTube videos still work, and have replaced them with new ones accordingly.

And now, I still have to dig up my album by The Karlins to add some bigger versions of the pictures!

Friday, December 8, 2017

K-tel's Wings of Sound

Uh oh, looks like a sappy one.

Some sap, but not bad. ;) "Cruel to Be Kind" and "Dream Police" are great! Funny there are two Cheap Trick songs on here. Guess they got a good distribution deal or something.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Moon Music

Just a nice, simple cover. I guess it's a standard album of various artists doing various songs, because I didn't take a picture of the back. *shrug* (it was a while ago)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fixing old posts

I just realized while doing a search here that in the earliest days of this blog, I was using Photobucket to host pictures. That was a big mistake, as their greed/desperation has caused broken links as far as the eye can see, since they made hotlinking a paid privilege now. If you've seen their prices, you'll understand why very few will ever pay, and are now stuck with the following image in place of everything they ever uploaded through Photobucket...

 
Since June 26, 2017, this has become perhaps the hottest picture on the entire internet! More info here if you're curious.


Aaaaaaaaaanyway, since I still have all the pictures saved to my hard drive, I'm going to try and fix those old posts so that people can actually, you know, see the album that's posted in a particular album blog post. :p

Update, Dec. 9, 2017: Looks like this affected all of the 2011 posts (some were Imageshack too, which is also useless) up to April 2012.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

To the Victor Buono go the spoils

I was happy to come across this one. I still haven't seen Victor Buono in a ton of roles (he was quite prolific in his short life of 43 years, though!), I've enjoyed him as King Tut, of course, in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and as Reverend Jim's father on Taxi.

Thanks for donating this album to my local Salvation Army thrift store, DJ Sample!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Legendary!

WARNING!

Some of the images below are graphic, telling the story, with pictures, of a burn victim.

In the vinyl collecting community, there are many albums considered to have the "worst" covers or content. Today's album is usually in those lists for various reasons, but I would not put it there myself. Yes, it's unusual, but it is what it is because it's necessary and unashamed.

It's one I've wanted for a long time...

It is indeed legendary...

Ladies and germs, I present to you...

Yes, I finally got me a copy of "Happy Again." :) I've posted a Merrill Womach album before (here), but now I have the most famous one of them all, and I'll take you on a little tour of it.

Inside, we have a very informative gatefold, introducing us to Merrill and his ordeals. Let's take a closer look...

As I said, it's pretty graphic at times, but also very interesting. He really took things in stride.

A couple more scenes from the movie. which you can watch below.


And here's the video for "Happy Again" on its own:

Again, not really my style of music necessarily, but there's no denying the power of his voice!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Any requests?

Maybe there's a certain album, genre, whatever you'd like to see featured, or featured more often. I have normal, mainstream albums too. If there's something you'd like to see in more detail, let me know and maybe I'll be able to provide more info. This could include re-scans of old posts as well. (The Karlins are due for a re-scan for sure! Just have to find the album first...)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Attack of the Gwyneth Paltrow Clone

See what you think...

When I first saw this album a couple of years ago, I thought 'wow, she reminds me so much of Gwyneth Paltrow!' Tall, slim build, long blonde hair, nice wide smile...

Then not too long ago, I saw this one...

I had no memory of who the first album was by, but I instantly recognized the woman and thought maybe this was a picture from the session just used on some other compilation. (I've seen that before)

Seriously...


Monday, November 13, 2017

Fasten your safety belts!

I dunno why I said that.

Anyway, I know I haven't been posting a lot lately, but today, I took tons of pictures in preparation for a new wave of posts. Looking forward to preparing them for y'alls! ;)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pinky and Perky

Her are Pinky and Perky, from the BBC children's show of the same name. Not sure what they mean by 'between these and the original sounds.' Perhaps their songs were re-recorded for the album and they're cheekily acknowledging it? (or they're saying that Pinky and Perky are not the original performers of "Yellow Submarine" and such)

Let's take a look at that sticker near the top.

W.H. Smith? Someone must've brought this 'across the pond,' as the kids say. To make sure, I'll consult the assistant.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

10 cents too much!

I guess I should start out by stating that I only got this as a sort of time capsule thing. I thought 'this is too weird/dumb not to grab!' It's probably the most controversial album I have, just because of the cover image. Nowadays, you'd [hopefully] only see blackface for comedic purposes, like some character on a sitcom accidentally gets something on their face that makes it look like blackface, and it's 'oh, you...' *cue laugh track* Anyway...

Not sure where the 10 cent sticker would've been from. Flea market? Anyway, I found this (and a few others similar to it, possibly the same artists) at the local Salvation Army, no doubt from one person's collection.

I think it's the same guys on the other minstrel albums. Definitely some cringe-worthy titles there, mixed in with some great ones. ("Beautiful Dreamer" is especially nice)

Unsurprisingly, as seen in the bottom left corner, this 1961 album is from England. (it says An Oriole of England Recording) While the Civil Rights movement was going strong in America, the BBC series The Black & White Minstrel Show was going strong in the UK, lasting until 1978! :o The first time I saw performers in blackface, or at least really took notice and understood the controversy, was on All in the Family, where Archie blacked up for a show with his Army buddies, much to Edith's dismay. (first time ever was probably seeing clips of Al Jolson)

More info on the history of minstrel shows here

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Standard cheesecakery, plus a bonus

Yep, another nice cover from one of the kings of cheesecakery, Klaus Wunderlich. No complaints. I think this may be the first Wunderlich album I've posted, but I can't remember. I have more!

The sticker on the shrink wrap (can't remember if it was sealed or just slit at the end) is the interesting part...

Just thought it was neat, and slightly weird, including the Doughter part. Father-Mother? Hmm... :p

Saturday, August 26, 2017

More Disneyland fun!

I'm back (no excuses for the lack of posts lately, though), and here's another from Disneyland Records. You know I love 'em!

Y'know, just before I started this post, I thought 'I'm going to look up where they got the name for the Chippendale dancers from,' hoping it wasn't from these two. Thankfully, they're named after Thomas Chippendale, a furniture designer. :p

Monday, July 24, 2017

And now for something [a bit] different...

Thought I'd share today's Dark Side of the Horse comic, as it describes a condition many of us share. ;)


Please check out the strip HERE. (and a little more info here) It's very fun and creative!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Revenge of the Mini Pops

Jump? Hmm, well, they try and make a good likeness of the musicians, but that does not even slightly look like Van Halen.

Anyway, these were all over the place in the 80s, including tons of commercials and videos. They were pretty cute, to be honest, but I never really got into it myself. I would've been more into Chipmunks covers. ;)

Interesting text justification there. Aww, lookit little Sade. :)

And hey hey, it's a gatefold! A Quality record indeed!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

World's Greatest Lover?

Somewhat standard cheesecakey fare here, but man, such beautiful colors! Really a standout for that reason, I reckon.

Decent likeness of Mr. Gleason here, who was described on All in the Family as the world's greatest lover or something like that. Maybe I'll try Googling it to find out for sure...

Hmm, can't find anything, but I'm pretty sure it's in the episode with the swingers, and I'm pretty sure it's Vincent Gardenia who says it. I don't have time to look right now, but if you wanna see for yourself, the episode is easy to find on YouTube and comes highly recommended! ;)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Another Magnificent Machine

Not sure which other magnificent machine I'm thinking of, but here's another...

I wonder if those legs going into the machine are hers. Probably not.

Anyway, very cool drawring! I love all the interesting little touches, like the film at the bottom right pouring out of a tap and into the reels. :)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Non-ambiguous ambiguity

"Open Your Heart to Love" by Sister Gisele Pilon, who is wearing a cross. Must be religiously-themed, right?

Nope! Just her singing standards and whatnot with her students, The Sunflowers of Oshawa (which I will be not from from tomorrow). I suppose a couple of the song titles may indicate religious themes, but I don't think so. "Mets Ta Main Dans Ta Main" was the one that really got me thinking, but it's not quite there ("Put Your Hand in Your Hand" *shrug*).

I like that the code for the record is WRC. I love the World Rally Championship! Heh heh. ;)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vader at home

Vader (Father) Abraham, that is. :p (album title is "That's Life") And he's not at home yet, so sorry about that. Also, notice the lack of Smurfs. Seems he's most known for this album I posted 6 years ago [!], you see.

Father and family, including their dog, which I just noticed. :p Vader is still going strong. More info here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Music to grow plants by

I'm not kidding.

Baroque Bouquet. Heh heh, cute.

Is it too late to take my plants to a Bee Gees concert?

Acid rock is "extremely simple"? Aww, but...well...........yeah, I guess...

Coupla nice puns there.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What's the equivalent of this now?

Such a beautiful cover, but there's more to come...

A beautiful gatefold storybook inside! 

Is there anything like this for kids now? Would they even care if it's not on a tablet or other screen? *sigh*

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This album will make you smurf

A giraffe at school! Not a real one, but pretty amazing in its own right! :) Imagine bringing that home to a kid.

The second paragraph begins by saying 'Eleven new songs that make us laugh, dance or "smurf."' Now, I've heard smurf used as a verb before, as we all have, but I'm not sure what it means in this case. Hadn't seen or thought of the term in a long time. 

What do you think it means in this case? Shrink and turn blue?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Magnificent Mosrite

Yeah, I know the title should be about more than just the guitar, but man, I love them Mosrites! (most famously played by The Ventures and later, The Ramones...playing Ventures Mosrite guitars, haha) I think it's neat that they had such specific lines such as the Gospel guitars as well. Really nice natural-looking one here. I've seen some amazing customized versions, too.

As for the cover, well, it kinda reminds me of those pictures parents would have done where one of their kids is superimposed onto the other one, but hey, it works. The contrast of light and dark is simple and effective.

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