Lipps Inc., Mouth To Mouth, Casablanca 9128-042, 1979
Sometimes when I find a stash of cheap records, I don’t have the time to flip through them and really know exactly what I’m getting. I just kind of grab and go and see what I bought after. I’d been looking for a nice copy of this Lipps Inc. record for a while. It has the 7:20 version of Funkytown and who wouldn’t want that?
It wasn’t until I went to go and play it that I noticed how flimsy and oddly shiny the cover felt. It did’t take long to see that somehow I found a German pressing of the US album. There’s nothing really different, it’s the same music, but records made in other countries usually are of a lesser quality than US made ones. I’m sure the only way to make an album affordable in a 1979 West Germany still waging a Cold War was to use thinner vinyl and laminated paper covers.
The record’s label gives it’s Bavarian roots away. There’s a stern looking warning at the bottom edge, some strange trademarks like GEMA added to a standard Casablanca label, and “Made In West Germany” printed under the catalogue number. The actual vinyl is really flimsy too. It plays well, but my search will continue for a nice US version.
Cost: $2, $831 Remaining