Record Cover of the Week


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.

Record Covers of The Week: A. A. Allen

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:



The Culling TNG: No Beer



For Octoberfest, two versions of “In Heaven There Is No Beer” (sometimes known as “No Beer In Heaven”) from records I’ve culled. For a time I bought any record that had this song in it in an attempt to find a particularly loopy version I heard more than a decade ago on tourist radio as I was driving through Drumheller, Alberta. It was a spirited version with interjections in several languages (“Ja ja ja ja”, “Oui oui oui oui”) between the choruses. I still wish I could find that version.


The Culling: 45 RPM

This is my first time sorting my 7″ 45 rpm records – I never got around to it during the first record cull a few years back. It’s not a large collection – only a few hunded after I culled this lot:


I didn’t try to impose too much order – most records I classified under the broad heading of “pop/rock” unless they clearly weren’t. I also created a few oddball categories that don’t exist in my album collection – “advertising/promotional” (which I’ll post about later), “Beatles tributes recorded in 1964”, “the worst Canadian singles of all time” and so on. Here are some oddities from my collection of 45s:


The Firm: Star Trekkin’ picture disc


The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour


Two 7″ EPs in a gatefold sleeve with booklet – like a miniature version of the album.



It’s A Small World picture disc


Introduction To Manned Mercury Spaceflight

This opaque yellow plastic record came with Hasbro’s G.I. Joe astronaut and space capsule toy in 1966.  The flipside of the record is “actual Mercury spaceflight communications”.


Yma Sumac: Voice of the Xtabay


Four 7″ singles in box.


T. Rex: Jeepster b/w Life’s A Gas picture label

The Culling TNG, part 2

Some record covers I scanned before I packed them off to Goodwill:


I’m fascinated by that portable record player – I’ve never seen one like it. It looks like it has a slot on the side to insert records. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last very long if those girls play their 45s that have been sitting in the sand.

Vespa covers:




Swank cowboy threads:





The Fernwood Trio were snappy dressers too. And get a load of that babe with the cone on her head.


A positively subdued outfit by Liberace standards.


This album by one of Liberace’s “protégés” didn’t sell at my garage sale and I put it back in the collection. Why on earth would I try to sell it in the first place? I don’t know what I was thinking.