Welcome folks to the wonderful world of bottom feeding record collecting! The purpose of this blog will be to survey the modest collection of lp records and cassettes that I've been easily able to acquire at local thrift shops and flea markets in my area of Central Pennsylvania, paying an average of fifty cents to a dollar a piece for them. For the most part my posts will focus on obscure and lesser known artists from the fifties all the way through the eighties, as well as bizarre oddities from private press and budget labels and whatever the heck else catches my fancy for one reason or another.

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I'm an artist, film maker and music enthusiast who lives on a secluded wooded compound in Central Pennsylvania.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

HAND CLAPPIN' MUSIC

                                  Star Wars Medley
 

                              Can't Smile Without You


Hand Clappin' Music
U. S. Atlantic Fleet Navy Show Band
Discmakers Inc.
1978


If Star Wars had been part 70s cop show, part Copacabana stage show it may have sounded something like this...anyway, gotta' love that trumpet player at the beginning of the Star Wars medley. Go Get The Galactic Empire!... Charlie's Angels!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

An Organ Moment With : Maria Steed

                                    Small World

Moments To Remember
Maria Steed
1119
Date Unknown



excerpts from the back cover :

 International Concert Organist Maria Steed, whose phenomenal career began at the age of 5, was born in the mountains of Italy, in 1953, and  spent the first years of her life in an orphanage there. In 1958 she was adopted and brought to America by a Chicago doctor and his wife.


But friends did not come easily for the little girl who could not speak English. So Maria's parents bought her a small chord organ to keep her company. It became her dearest friend, filling her life with warmth and music. As time passed, there were more organs, each one larger and more refined than the one before, gifts from Maria's loving parents.


The years have been good to Maria, bringing depth and maturity to the magic she weaves at the keyboard. And for this album she performed on her famous "Disney" organ, selecting nostalgic tunes that are bound to give her fans "Moments To Remember."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Creepy On The Outside, Cool Space Age On The Inside

                             When You Wish Upon A Star
 

                                    You Can Fly

Walt Disney Favorites
Rudolph Statler Orchestra
Wyncote W 9058



from the back cover:

This album contains four of Walt Disney's favorites. All have been popular songs and movie favorites. Rudolph Statler's superb direction of the orchestra and chorus makes this an outstanding album. You will be proud to add this L.P. to your collection.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cruise Ship Cowboy

                                                                                                           Tie A Yellow Ribbon

Rex Looks East and West
Rex Richards
recorded live on the TSS MARDE-GRAS
Date Unknown 


from the back cover:

 Rex first sprang to prominence as a professional high diver when he came to the United States in 1961 to star in a T.V. spectacular with Esther Williams, at Cypres Gardens, a prelude to his later appearance in a Hollywood Palace Show where he left T.V. viewers breathless by diving from a height of ninety feet into a six foot tank of water.


Rex shortly afterwards took the plunge into a somewhat different branch of show business, appearing in T.V. series such as "The Last Of The Mohicans", "Gentle Ben", "Primus", and the film "Tony Rome", which starred Frank Sinatra. And then on to such shows as "The Calgary Stampede", "The Canadian National Exhibition Show", plus the Fontainblau, Diplomat, and Eden Roc Hotels in Miami Beach, Florida.


Today Rex still works a tough schedule, but, as a Welsh international rugby player, (the equivelent of an all American football player). He has what it takes to go on to even greater heights in his chosen profession. He hopes that this album will give you hours of pleasure, and next time you see that famous grin of his come your way you'll walk right up to him, stick out your hand and say, "HOWDY!!!".
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Suppertime

                                                                                                                       Suppertime

Suppertime
The Calvary Chords (The John E. Yoder Family)
recorded at James K. Hodgkins, Reading, Pa. CC5 7129-B
Date Unknown

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TV Themes

                              
                                 Star Trek Theme                
 

Laverne and Shirley Theme
                            
Today's TV Themes
Kings Road
Pickwick SPC-3551
1976

This is another offering from the resident studio musicians over at Pickwick, Kings Road, and this time around they tackle memorable TV themes from the good old days of prime time glory. Like with so many of these collections, some of the renditions are almost note for note copies of the originals, while others are brilliantly re-imagined pieces of discount gold! 

Take for example this tripped out lounge version of the Star Trek theme, followed by the oh so faithful remake of the theme from Laverne and Shirley. 


TV themes from a parallel universe perhaps?


                                            

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Record For All Seasons

                                                                                                                    PeterCottonClaus              


 


                          You Broke My Little Wooden Heart




Here Comes PeterCottonClaus
Alex Houston & Elmer
Willex WLPS 100
1972



Following in the old Dr. John theme of being "In the right place at the wrong time" this cat can't seem to get his act together. Poor old PeterCottonClaus always seems to be too early or late for everything. He's truly a being out of time.

From the back cover :


"I think that Elmer is one of the funniest guys I've ever met. Yes, I know he's a dummy...but I just can't get up the nerve to tell him so." - Charley Pride


Sadly, this is one of those strange musical acts that's from a bygone era. Enjoy! and Happy Holidays!