Record Cover of the Week

March 29, 2008


Johnny Williams: Checkmate

The hand-altered cover reads in part “YAA! YAA! YAA! 1 2 3 CHA-CHA. Exiting? 1902.6 seconds of the greatest listening pleasure!” I haven’t checked the math but I agree with the conclusion. This is a great early 60s crime jazz score by John (Star Wars, Jaws, ET, etc.) Williams. Checkmate was a TV detective series starring Anthony George, Doug McClure and Sebastian Cabot that ran for two seasons. The record is a little the worse for wear and would sound so much better in stereo, but it’s still a great find.

Here’s another artfully altered record I saw at Goodwill, possibly from the hand of the same artist:


The same Goodwill store also had nearly a hundred RCA SelectaVision VideoDiscs:


Essentially movies on record, RCA released VideoDiscs from 1981 to 1986. They had many of the same limitations of vinyl records – skipping, short playback times (1 hour per side, so for a feature you’d have to flip the disc; movies longer than 2 hours were on multiple discs), and because the technology was analogue needle-in-groove, video and audio quality degraded as they wore out with repeating playing. The players never sold as well as RCA anticipated and the medium went the way of the 8-track tape. I can’t recall ever seeing a player at a thrift store but I find the movies fairly often in the record section.

Wikipedia entry

VideoDisc FAQ


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