The Melachrino Strings, Music To Help You Sleep, RCA Victor LPM-1006, 1958
All dolled up and nowhere to go but dreamland. Days of shopping for satin sheets and sexy lingerie, hours of hair and make up time, yet no one will see beyond the few thousand buyers of this record. Unlike last night’s offering from the Melachrino Strings, I really feel that this record may actually achieve what it’s title promises. I can’t imagine putting this on and staying awake for very long.
The back cover won’t help anyone stay awake either. Starting off with a long citation from none other than William Shakespeare, zzz, more poetry and philosophical quotes and proverbs, Zzz, and ending with a passage from Don Quixote, ZZZ, this record really is one big snooze-fest. Wake me up when September ends.
Record-wise, this is really curious. As you might imagine, there’s very little information online about these records, but discogs.com has a listing of albums released by The Melachrino Strings. Although this record’s catalogue number is LPM-1006, one higher than yesterday’s featured record, it came out five years and several albums later. At first I thought there must be a misprint somewhere in the dates, but the labels are really different. It’s not like this was the kind of record that would ever be reissued, so somebody at RCA misnumbered the Moods In Music catalogue. Still, it’s a small point that only a true collector would notice. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.
Cost: $2, $805 Remaining