Exciting and Wild!

June 3, 2011

A little vinyl collage I made in 2005 from these two records I found at the Goodwill on the same day:



Having finished listening to my 12″ LPs, I’ve moved on to the 10-inchers (make yer jokes).

The 10″ 33 1/3 rpm LP (Long Play) record was introduced in 1948 by Columbia Records. Most 10″ LPs of popular music have 3 or 4 songs per side (compared to 5 or 6 on a 12″ LP). Interestingly, Columbia also introduced the 12″ LP at the same time but reserved the larger format for more expensive classical music releases and Broadway original cast recordings. The 12″ size quickly proved to be more popular with all music consumers and by 1956 Columbia and other major labels had discontinued the 10″ LP (more history here and here).

I don’t have a lot of 10″ LPs – only about 3 dozen all told, most of them jazz. Because they were produced for such a short time they’re much rarer than 12″ LPs. I notice in my Goldmine record price guide that for many artists – if their discography extends back that far – their 10″ records will often be the most valuable items in their catalog (not that I’m intending to sell).

There are some very cool 10″ record covers in my collection – bold and simple mid 20th century graphic design (especially on the jazz titles). Here are a  few of my favourites:

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Too bad about the water damage.

Cool hand-lettering on the Storyville logo on the label.

This last one is a numbered, limited edition release from 1990 – two 10″ LPs in a fancy letterpress cover – demonstrating that obsolete formats never really go away, they just become art.

Record Label of the Week

August 15, 2010

The John Milton Talking Book for the blind



Having finished soundtracks, I’ve moved on to school bands and choirs. Here are half a dozen cuts that have charmed me and will charm you too, I hope:


Tiffany: Beatle Medley (1975)
Not the Tiffany that sang I Think We’re Alone Now, this Tiffany is an all girl group of singers from Spruce Avenue School in Edmonton.


Viscount Bennett Combined Senior Mixed Chorus and “Grad” Choir: This Guy’s In Love With You (1970)

From Viscount Bennett School, Calgary.


The Action Singers: Jesus Christ Superstar (1971)

A group of 14 to 19 year olds from Lang and Milestone, Saskatchewan.


Crossroads: Me and Bobby McGee (1971)

From Holy Cross High School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


The Jug-a-Lugs: I’m Satisfied (1973)

I like the giddy false starts. These kids are from Coronation School, Coronation, Alberta. Besides the Jug-a-Lugs, this album has numbers by The Norfolk Avenue Singers, The Lovin’ Roomful (love that name), The Half Fast Jazz Band and Toot Sweet.


PITCH: That’s The Way God Planned It (ca. 1974)
PITCH (People In The Crowd Harmonists) and SPICE (Spreading Peace In Crowds Everywhere) were young musicians from St. Albert, Alberta. Our House was an “opera” performed by PITCH comprised of pop songs such as Father and Son, The Sound of Silence, I Can See Clearly Now and others.


Listened: 2,922
Loved: 2,438
Lumped: 484

I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since the last Culling update. Sorry. I’ll endeavor to be more conscientious in the future.

I’m nearing the end of the soundtrack section where I have this nice little selection of Sound of Music movie soundtracks in other languages:


French. La mélodie du bonheur translates literally as “the melody of happiness”


German. Meine Lieder, meine Träume means “my song, my dream”


Korean (just the cover, not the music, alas). Perhaps someone who speaks the language can provide a literal translation.

Does anyone have any other language versions of this album? Spanish maybe? Italian?


Curiously, all four of my copies of this version are badly scratched and I’m culling them all.

The Culling XVI

March 29, 2009

I haven’t made a lot of progress since my last update more than a month ago – still in the male vocalists. Just finished listening to almost 20 Barry White albums (including Love Unlimited and Love Unlimited Orchestra which I’ve lumped all together).


I have to say, it was like listening to the same record 20 times over. However, it’s a pretty good record so I’m not complaining.


When Barry gets in a groove he really gets in a groove and sticks with it (more than once I had to check to see if the needle was stuck).


wtf? Barry White on the moon? Venus?

In another one of those crazy juxtapositions my record collection is full of, right after Barry White comes Slim Whitman.


If he’s remembered at all these days, I think it’s mostly for his K-tel type compilations that he used to flog on late night television in the early 80s.


A pity, because Slim is made of awesome. I love his yodeling, his whistling, and his pure, effortless falsetto. I also love that in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks*, Slim’s yodeling was the secret weapon that made the Martians’ heads explode. Cruel, but hilarious.

*I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn’t loathe this movie.



adored: 2060
abandoned: 449
aggregate: 2509

The Culling XV

February 23, 2009

I’m well overdue for an update on my progress culling my record collection. I’m approaching the end of the male vocalists section where René Simard and Frank Sinatra live next to one another.


I have a surprisingly large number of Rene Simard records – 8*. Simard was a child singing sensation in Quebec, sort of a Francophone Donny Osmond, making records from the age of 10. He was also very popular in Japan, recording many sides in Japanese. In English Canada he’s mostly known for his CBC TV musical variety show that ran from 1977 to ’79. In the US he’s known… hardly at all. Simard’s early records were produced by René Angelil who had even greater success later with another precocious pre-teen singer. Simard remains in the entertainment industry – on stage (he was The Phantom of the Opera in a Toronto production in 1999) and tv (apparently he’s the host of a reality tv show).


Frank Sinatra was a singer who also made movies. My Sinatra section consists of 25* albums.

If we’re playing Six Degrees of Separation, the link between the two singers is direct: In 1974 Simard won the Frank Sinatra trophy at the International Festival of Song in Tokyo, which was presented by Sinatra himself.

*not counting Christmas records, which are in another section.


keepers: 1989
kaput: 445
kount: 2434

The Culling XIV: Jonesin’

December 7, 2008


I knew I  liked me some Jack Jones but I had no idea I had so many of his records – 22, not including Christmas LPs (I think I have 2 but they’re in another part of the collection).


Considered: 2148
Culled: 416
Collected: 1732

Birthday Week Day 3

November 27, 2008


Breakfast at Wild Earth Cafe.


Great, I’m probably going to get a ticket.


VV: Nothing.


Cement Moai outside artists’ studio building.



Sally Ann Collectibles: Nothing.


Goodwill: Nothing.


Beacon: Nothing.


Sally Ann: Nothing. I’m starting to get weary and cranky.




Another Goodwill.


Something! At last! I’ve been looking for this soundtrack for awhile. I’ll have more to say about it on Saturday.


VV 2. Back to suckage. And have you noticed how early it gets dark these days?

The Culling XIII: MM

November 11, 2008


I’ve listened to 2,000 records now and culled 20% of them (compared to 25% after the first 1,000). If it doesn’t look like I’m much farther along the shelf than the last time I posted a picture, it’s because I “compacted” the rows because I was running out of room to put the “infill” records that were accumulating on the floor.

I’m now well into the male vocals. Right now I’m listening to Donovan after finally getting through the large C-section (ha) which seemed to take forever: Glen Campbell, Keith Carradine, Wilf Carter, Johnny Cash, Tommy Cash (Johnny’s brother), George Chakiris, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Charlebois, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, Maurice Chevalier, Jimmy Cliff, Bruce Cockburn, Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, Michael Cohen (no relation, as far as I know), Nat King Cole, Jerry Colonna, Perry Como, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Sam Cooke, Bill Cosby (singing, not comedy), Johnny Crawford, and Bobby Curtola.

Grokked: 2002
Groovy: 1605
Gone: 397