Sunday, July 1, 2018

Canada Day post?

Since it's Canada Day (which is supposed to be about commemorating the joining of several provinces to some blah blah whatever, but it's really just copying July 4th, I figure, just like they copied Thanksgiving, right...?), why not a Canada-centric post? Gotta find something really Canadian...

*searching*

Ok, here!

Ok, not the most fascinating subject, but certainly Canadian! ;) Nice simple, well-designed cover.

A sad note at the end about caller Ernie Levesque. And now I'm wondering if my old friend (and boss) Des, who himself was a caller for square and ballroom line dancing for decades, would've known of Ernie, but I can't ask him, as he died quite a few years ago himself. :/ I'll have to ask his wife sometime. I'm sure they met many people in the field over the years.

I wouldn't say that square dancing is really my thing, but there's no denying the skill and cooperation involved! When you so real pros doing it, it's almost as good as any other form of synchronized dancing and fun to watch. I'd even liken it to my favorite form of motorsport, rally racing, where the driver is the dancer and the co-driver is the caller. ;) When they're really in sync, good things happen.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sesame Street 2

You know it's old when Mr. Hooper is featured. Took a long time before I ran across this one.

Did anyone else view the Muppets as an entirely different entity? I mean, I always knew they were the same thing made by the same person/people, but since we didn't really see the Sesame Street and Muppets characters together... I dunno, I was little, leave me alone. ;)

More of that nice art style in the gatefold.

Punch-out signs, "Monster"? (no Cookie?) I don't think I have those.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Still a woman?

I presume she still is one.

Always interesting to see these non-compilation K-tel records. Pre-research, I figured Sandy was a Canadian singer getting her break on the major-label-but-not-really-major-label K-tel, but nope, way off! She's an accomplished American songer and her first album was "Born a Woman"...in 1966! I'm guessing K-tel got the rights to it and released it in 1982 with a current picture and some newer songs. More info on this album here.

And here's her hit, Born a Woman:

Seems very familiar! It's like a Women's Lib anthem! :o

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nice back!

The title is an inside joke. Pay it no mind. On with the post!

You've done it again, George old boy! She reminds me of someone, but I'm not sure who. As nice as this cover is, I don't think any will beat George's "Black Satin", which is just perfect.

I'll have to look up Latin Escapade.

A nice Latin-styled drawing from the back cover. I like it a lot!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Faster?

No, just a regular Pussycat.

The three girls are sisters, of the Kowalczyk variety.

Here's their hit "Mississippi", which went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart in October 1976! (it also went to #1 in 7 other areas/countries)

Really nice song! I was expecting more of a disco/pop vibe from them, judging by the front cover, but here we have some...how would you say it?...smooth country? :)


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mmm...rock sandwich

Looks like a promo copy or something, which is kind of a shame, but oh well. I think I saw the back cover first, but the front would've been an eye-catcher too! :) An AllMusic reviewer thinks the bacon is raw, but...isn't it just thick, or a type they're not familiar with? Looks like maybe it's back bacon or peameal, which is lighter anyway,  so...? I dunno, I'm no bacon expert. What say ye?

Looks like caraway rye, which is an excellent choice!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Get fit, Canada!

Necessarily eye-catching cover for horrendously torturous activities (kidding).

ParticipACTION was/is a big thing here. There were ParticipACTION (that's how they like to write it online) ads on TV all the time. Now that I think about it, I don't think I've seen one in a long, long time! Seems like maybe it started dying off TV-wise in the 90s, but I could be wrong.

Nice gatefold, and hey, a free calculator! ;)

There's a nice vibrant booklet, too, outlining the various suggested activities for people to try.

I got these patches for participation in the [mandatory for students] Canada Fitness Award Program in the mid-80s. I don't think it was affiliated with ParticipACTION, but just a similar thing at the same time. Thinking back to how I wasn't into sports whatsoever at the time, and thus had no technique and whatnot, getting two silvers was pretty decent. I was in fairly good shape back then, and I rode my bike a ton, but running and jumping stuff wasn't my bag. Always felt pointless, like dancing. Haha. There were four medal/patch levels; bronze, silver, gold and a red one for excellence. Not many kids got a red one.

The Results section from the above link is tellingly negative, and I can see why. Most kids were active to some degree, especially 30 years ago, but to do a ton of fitness activities in the span of a day was tough, probably discouraging for many, and I don't believe one day of extra exertion would really show overall fitness level. It's kinda like when I was in high school and the gym teacher would make us do one day of weighlifting a week. (or less, on average) That's fine for people that do it on a regular basis, but it was just miserable for those who didn't. *shrug*

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kari Byron-like

I see some Didi Conn (and maybe a lil' Nana Visitor) in this beautiful lady as well...

Well done, Mike Simpson! (actually, he probably didn't pick the model or even meet her)

Well, some of that is percussion, anyway.

I miss Mythbusters... (yeah, I know it's back, but after watching a few episodes, it's fairly rehashy and I gave up)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mini bikin' again

I've posted about Showdown before. I shall now do so again.

Amusing cover again, though not quite as interesting as the other one, I reckon.

They must really be proud of The Rodeo Song, because there it is again.

Classic. :)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Abbe Lane is in my ears again!

Not the variation of the album I posted before that I was thinking of, but it is a [very slight] variation, so why not gaze upon the majesticness of Abbe Lane again?

The color is a little more natural on this one and there is slighty different wording on the banner, which is on top rather than at the bottom on this version. It's a more traditional look for sure, but the banner at the bottom version shows more of Abbe in the left and middle images.

See above comments.


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...