Folk, Pops ‘n Jazz Sampler
Country tunes rub shoulders with calypso jazz in this time capsule from the early days of long-playing records, when tracks were known as ‘Bands’ and the previous volume was available for $2 from your dealer. At $17.50 in today’s money, that seems quite expensive. Love the album cover design.
The Roots of America’s Music Volume 1
[Arhoolie Records 2001/2]
Listening notes and recommendations kindly provided by previous owner. On the back cover we are informed that the Arhoolie catalogue can be secured by sending 25¢ to their Californian post-office box. Incidentally, Jesse Fuller’s sparse arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’ for solo guitar is sublime. Don’t know how Mr DeFacer overlooked it.
[EMI EME 1005]
Cliff Richard and Smokie, David Soul and two (2!) from Pussycat. I may have sold this in 1977, but I sure as hell didn’t listen to it. And what are The Saints doing in this MOR company? Nice microphone, though. Capable of destroying planets, I believe.
[Polystar 830 674 -1]
Top Gun was popular in ’87, wasn’t it? This is the point where I confess that this and Explosive Hits ’77 were purchased entirely for blogging purposes. Had the idea of a cover art post on TV Special LPs, then realised they are, almost without exception, shite. With Summer ’87, I rest my case; an LP almost as inspiring as its cover design.
POPTOPIA! Power Pop Classics Of The ’90s
[Rhino R2 72730]
This is a series I love. Everything about them: artwork (Pop Art, Warhol), song selection, hologram turntable on the inner tray of the CDs… just fabulous. Covering the usual suspects (The Rembrandts, Posies, Matthew Sweet) as well as artists new to me (The Grass, Tearaways, P.Hux), this wonderful slice of power pop will delight aficionados and make new converts. Now, if only I can find the ’80s one to complete the set…
Musiques Electroniques en France. 1974 – 1984
[Gazul Records 8689.AR]
Not mainstream electronic music by any stretch of la imagination. Even though I have two of the first three albums sampled here, I bought this for the more obscure material that is really hard to find (in any format). Pascal Comelade, the monumental Lard Free. Sadly, the detailed cover notes are in French only; still, this is what compilations are great for!
There is a 2017 Various Artists item in the VC collection, but as it deserves its own dedicated post, I’ll leave you with this teaser.
Let the VA Voyage continue!