Record Covers of the Week

January 6, 2008

Swingin’ Nutcracker 1

Shorty Rogers: The Swingin’ Nutcracker

Like nutty! I love the cartoony illustrations on the front and back covers. The artist isn’t credited but the signature appears to be F. Page. Anyone know who this is? (I haven’t had any luck googling). A nice companion to this record.

Swingin’ Nutcracker 2

I also love the way RCA used to have short descriptive phrases above the “Nipper” logo, I guess to hip you to what kind of musical experience to expect:

Swingin’ Nutcracker 3

Also:

The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood

The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood

Another fun cartoony cover (by “Bentz”). Soundtrack from a 1965 TV musical version of Red Riding Hood by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl) with Liza Minnelli, Cyril Ritchard, Vic Damone and The Animals (with Eric Burdon) as “The Wolf Pack”!

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6 Responses to “Record Covers of the Week”

  1. SLH Says:

    I picked up a DVD of the Dangerous Christmas of RRH at the 99 Cent Store the other day. Cyril Ritchard was a fabulous actor, but this thing is pretty much a turkey. Fabbo cover for the album though!

  2. Chris Says:

    Do you have an actual copy of the Shorty Rogers record? I’m trying to track down the track listing but have had no luck.

  3. swankola Says:

    Side one:

    Like Nutty Overture (Finale)
    A Nutty Marche (Marche)
    Blue Reeds (Reed Flute Blues)
    The Swingin’ Plum Fairy (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
    Snowball (Waltz of the Snowflakes)

    Side two:

    Six Pak (Trépak)
    Flowers For The Cats (Waltz of the Flowers)
    Dance Espresso (Coffee)
    Pass The Duke (Pas de deux)
    China Where? (Tea Dance)
    Overture For Shorty (Overture in Miniature).

  4. Chris Says:

    Awesome – thanks!

  5. Monica Says:

    That cover is amazing!


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