June 1, 2017 Epilogue

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What 365 albums look like.

That is 2 full shelves of a Billy Bookshelf by IKEA, plus 62 album improperly stored on the top shelf, plus the first, last and a personal favorite from the past year.  I promise that I only set the 62 albums down on their sides for a minute for the photograph and then properly stored them on the lower shelf.  I just spent a year creating this collection, there is no way I want them to start getting ring wear now!

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I know virtually everyone in the record world today is talking about the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but I went record shopping and spent my last dollar on Mrs. Miller’s Greatest Hits.  Very few people celebrated the 51st anniversary of this record last month, and I wanted this blog to be more about the Mrs. Millers of the world.  If you’ve never heard this record, please know that your $1 copy is out there somewhere, and it will make a nice warm up to a Florence Foster Jenkins watch party.

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I never got to do a theme week of classic soul albums that used stock photos of white people to sell records.

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I never got to show the lengths some people went to sell records, even when they had no business being in the record business.

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I never got to do a side by side comparison of two records and poll my readers on which record was scarier.  The answer would have interesting.

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I do the warning label on the Falwell record though.  Keep away from Excessive Heat like molten rivers of lava, swarms of locusts and plagues.

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But I think I did manage to avoid a cheesy ending.  Record collecting is a lifetime pursuit for me, and a lifetime pursuit doesn’t end after one year.  I still have the first records I bought with my own money 40 years ago, and I hope I’ll be collecting for 40 more.  From time to time, I’ll be blogging about my finds, so, please stay tuned.

May 31, 2017 The Whistle Finally Blows

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The Soul Survivors, When The Whistle Blows Anything Goes, Crimson CR-502, 1967

For record #365, I’ve chosen a semi-rare album from a semi-on hit wonder.  The Soul Survivors were a New York band fronted by a pair of brothers, Charles and Richard Ingui.  According to the liner notes on their one Crimson release, on March 19, 1966 two cars had an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.  Both were bands on their way to gigs, and they decided to form a Soul band together.  Clever as they were, The Soul Survivors were born.

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Frankly, the charts in the Spring of 1966 were dominated by two records, The Righteous Brothers (You’re My) Soul & Inspiration, and The Young Rascals Good Lovin’.  This album sounds like it was performed by both of those groups.  The #4 smash Expressway To Your Heart is absolutely the best Rascals song not performed by The Rascals.  They do a note for note cover of The Rascals cover of The Marvelttes’ Too Many Fish In The Sea.  The Album closes with The Rydle, a/k/a I Gave My Love A Cherry, done with a clear nod to the the Righteous way Bobby Hatfield sang standards like Unchained Melody and Ebb Tide.

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Crimson is also a one hit wonder of sorts.  This record represents half of their entire output as a label, with Crimson 501 being a bizarre DJ concept album with no artist or song credits that was designed as a quiz for people curious enough to buy.  Needless to say, this was the only Crimson album to chart.  Despite the bizarre Philadelphia based company background,  The Soul Survivors project was the first hit for the production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.  They went on to start Philadelphia International Records which surpassed Motown as the premiere creative Black label in the 70s.  Not a bad way to end a blog…

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $10, $1 Remaining

May Summary:
$191 Spent, $6.16 per record