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Friday, March 9, 2012

The Colors Of My Rainbow - Joe Wayman

Urple Purple
The Colors Of My Rainbow
Joe Wayman
Good Apple MK87-733

Here we have a record that I think was made for the youth market, but yet at times, the recording seems too adult for the kiddies  The track titled Urple Purple takes a journey to the dark side of the color purple.

100 Movie Greats

Casino Royale
Dirty Harry
100 Movie Greats
Springboard Special Markets
TVP Records TVP-1012-KO

From the cheap packaging to the excellent 70s budget vibe this set that features a few real treasures!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mondo Cane #2 - Kai Winding

The Mouldau
Theme From Nowhere
Mondo Cane #2
Kai Winding
Verve V6-8573

I listen to a ton of records up here in The Atomic Attic. I find myself becoming complacent listening to the same old stuff even though most of my finds are great fun. I realize that I'm stuck in a rut because every now and then I'll pop a record onto the turntable that surprises me and makes me smile above and beyond. This is one of those records. From the somewhat spooky cover painting by Al Blaustein to the fact that the album was produced by Creed Taylor (who made two great records I have in the collection, Shock and Panic Son Of Shock) to the outer space sound made by the Ondioline, this is a great space age album.

The Ondioline is played on each track by Winding along with Claus Ogerman, Billy Byers and Charles Calello.

Weird and wonderful.

Gently Swingin' - Earl Grant

Gently Swingin'
Earl Grant
Decca Records DL 74937

This album seems like a rush job for Decca. Many tracks are total lounge in nature and play almost as if Grant and the band didn't have the time to practice as a group.

Other tracks, including the one advertised on the jacket, Alfie, play as if they were recorded for another project.

None-the-less, in the mix, you get a few good Grant covers, the fun cheesecake cover and lounge tracks that dish up a nice 60s vibe.

After Midnight - Ray Stanley Singers

The Magic Of You
After Midnight
Ray Stanley Singers And Orchestra
Power - Apple Honey Vocal Series

Here's an obscure budget album featuring crazy and misleading cover. From the song titles and group name I knew this had to be an easy listening group vocal project... and it is. But the cover suggests some sort of James Bond/Big Game Hunter vibe... There are no secret agent taxidermy tracks on the wax.

New Look At Latin - Los Escudos

Green Eyes
New Look At Latin
Los Escudos
Producer: Tony Clarke
Deram DES 18002
Decca Record Company

Here's an obscure "Latin" album featuring a curious blend of folk, Latin and light pop.

One of the few people who gets a credit on the jacket as Musical Director is Mike Leander. Leander produced Gary Glitter in the 70s.

La Gallopera
In A Little Spanish Town
Besame Mucho
Maria Dolores
Green Eyes

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals - Dave Harris And The Powerhouse Five

Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
Dave Harris And The Powerhouse Five
Decca Records DL 4113

Here's an obscure album sporting a wicked fun cover. The vibe of music and the cover art match nicely.