September 1, 2016 I’m So Tired

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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.

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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.

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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.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $805 Remaining

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August 31, 2016 I Think I Can!

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The Melachrino Strings, Music For Courage And Confidence, RCA Victor LPM-1005, 1953

If only it were this simple.  Long before the pharmaceutical industry took control of our moods, the record companies gave it a try.  This record doesn’t have much of an online footprint, so I can’t really speak to it’s effectiveness as a therapeutic device (I had zero courage to listen to this, combined with really high confidence that the appalling condition would ruin my modern turntable).  But I am perplexed why somebody needing to find the way forward should go to the edge of a cliff to ponder it.

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Rather than show our doubtful model heading back into town, the back cover leaves the listener with that open question.  It does however add some inspirational quotes from Thoreau, Seneca, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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As I said, I doubt I’ll ever have the confidence to play this record.  But I’m so glad I have the courage to admit it.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $807 Remaining

August Summary:

$60 Spent ($1.94 Per Record)