Bob Booker & George Foster, The New First Family 1968, Verve 15054, 1966
So the idea for the American political week came from me trying to find one of the all-time great comedy records, Vaughn Meader’s The First Family. It might have been the best selling record of 1963, and became almost unlistenable to everyone who owned it after the events of that year’s November 22. There are a million very good to mint condition copies of it virtually anywhere vintage records are sold. But as we know already from Bobbie Gentry on June 3, you can’t just automatically find the vintage record you’re looking for on any given day. Instead, you have to buy the records you find when you have the chance to buy them.
In looking for that record, however I found the records that will become my first theme week with this blog. Up today is the an almost unimaginable political fantasy. Recorded in 1966 about the outcome of the 1968 election, I can’t really say much more about it.
The reason being is that I found this copy in a bin for $3 in it’s still sealed 1966 shrink wrap. So I can’t really describe this cover beyond the totally outrageous cover. Mia Farrow in a skimpy bikini on Frank Sinatra’s back, Elizabeth taylor’s bust on Groucho Marx’s forehead while Richard Burton looks on in disgust, Dean Martin balancing a drink on his nose in front of Ed Sullivan, all in color, while the politicians of the day are in black and white. It is fairly prophetic that if one had to pick five politicians who would factor the most two years before the election, these producers picked them dead to rights.
Like every other sealed album I’ve ever bought, the one is a cut out. There is a BB hole with a strange + mark that I’ve never seen before. It could be that this record was rejected by two different retailers, which I imagine would always be a risk with something so topical that the whole point becomes irrelevant after a certain period of time. I really am tempted to just crack the seal and hear what this record is all about. It’s just so hard to do to something that has survived intact for 50 years, but I’m not sure I’ll ever find any other way to ever hear whats inside.
Cost: $3, $942 Remaining