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Duke Dunton
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Gabriel in Deutsch
Peter Gabriel left Genesis in early 1975.   He took with him the vision, wit, experimentation, personality,  lyrical proficiency,  etc.  In other words, everything that made the band great in the early days.  Genesis went on to massive success after Gabriel...

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HHH Liner Notes
Liner notes are a funny thing.  It's not often you get therm written by politicians when the artist is striving for hipness.  Sure, rock stars support candidates.   Witness the Obama inaugural galas.   Witness the Trump galas - the best he could get was a r...

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Living Guitars Get Stoned
Living Strings. Living Voices. Living Brass. Living Marimbas.    Such are the released on RCA Camden, RCA's budget line named after the factory town in New Jersey. Their MO was to take low rent orchestras, record them for cheap, rename them Living [somethin...

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Gary US Bonds Twist Up Calypso
The Twist was all the rage.  Calypso was a hit with the cocktail set.  What's an artist to do when his hit singles were drying up?  Combine the two crazes and see if it stick or course. Gary "U.S." Bonds - Twist up Calypso  (Legend 1962) Bonds was responsib...

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When Great Artists are Commissioned to do Album Covers
Over the years, great artists have been commissioned to do album covers.  Warhol, Dali, Rauschenberg, etc have all done it. My favorite artist has done very few.  Here's one commissioned by Adrian Belew's band The Bears. The Bears (PMRC 1987) Cover art by M...

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The Big Ball (45 version)
Order forms for 'Big Ball' type records from Warner Brothers weren't necessarily limited to LP inner sleeves. Here we have a seemingly normal company sleeve for Warner/Reprise. But turn it over and you have an order form.  Cutting out the form would render ...

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The Big Ball - Zappa Does His Own
Frank Zappa ran two labels which were distributed through Warner Brothers.  Bizarre Records for Zappa related content and Straight Records for other artists.    While Warners was releasing The Big Ball series of loss leaders, Zappa did his own with his Biza...

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The Big Ball
Warner Brothers Records started up in 1958 after one of their contract players, Tab Hunter, had a hit single on Dot Records.   Realizing there was big money in records by their stars, they decided to start their own label. The early releases were mostly sou...

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Psychedelic Lollipop
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I couldn't pass up on a record called Psychedelic Lollipop. Blues Magoos - Psychedelic Lollipop  (Mercury 1966) I don't recall where I got this.  Perhaps Red Brontosaurus in San Diego.  I got one of the Blues Magoos al...

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Plugz First 45
As the LA Punk Scene was getting underway in the later '70's, the major labels wouldn't take notice.  This led to bands releasing singles on their own or on local indie labels. One of the earliest - if not the earliest - release was by The Plugz from East L...
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