The Staple Singers: The Staple Swingers
Cleotha’s outfit (above left) is awesome.
Playground maze? Kiddie pen?
Mel Tormé: A Time For Us
Mel’s cheeky expression reminded me of someone. Didn’t take me long to figure out who.
The Laurie Bower Singers: Look What We’ve Done To These Songs, Ma….
The Canadian Talent Library could have really used a good art director.
Alfred Newman/Ken Darby: Ports of Paradise
It’s hard to find a copy of this record cover that isn’t wrecked because of the large die-cut hole in the thin cardboard sleeve, but this one was in perfect condition. The cutout reveals the cover of a lush 16 page booklet of Hawaiian tourist scenes.
The record is a promotional item for the Matson steamship line which used to offer passenger cruises from the U.S. mainland to south seas destinations including New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii.
Various: The Tartan Album
The cutout in the record cover reveals:
Original London Cast: Anne of Green Gables
Design by Russell/James Associates who created many eye-catching poster designs for the London theatre:
Images from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Jo Basile: Moscow With Love
Johnny Mandel: The Russians Are Coming… The Russians Are Coming…
Mae West: Great Balls of Fire
Al Boliska: The World’s Worst Jokes
I bought four A.A. Allen records at Goodwill last week, not for their covers, but for something I’ll show you later.
A. A. Allen was an old-school tent preacher who cast out demons and made the lame walk. He died in 1970 after a heavy drinking binge.
That is one seriously enlarged heart.
I have a few albums of tent preachers recorded in action and they’re all pretty awesome. On this one, Allen isn’t railing against Satan so much as boring church music.
Side two features some pretty awesome black gospel singing.
Here’s the back cover (click to enlarge):
Note the thumbnails of other A. A. Allen records. There’s a few I wouldn’t mind finding, especially this one:
The next two have really boring covers, and long, boring sermons (45 minutes per side because they’re at 16 rpm!)
I bought them anyway. Here’s why: