Bobby Darin, Twist With Bobby Darin, Atco 33-138, 1961
Josh White, The Josh White Stories, ABC Paramount ABC-124, 1956
Bobby Darin released a ton of albums, and they’re all great. There’s just hard to find in great shape. So I didn’t think twice about picking this one up for $2, I just added this to my pile and kept on flipping thought the bins. A month later, I was in the mood to twist (not really, but, memo to all aspiring bands out there, don’t ever name your album after a dance craze) and I got this record out.
This is sort of a compilation album, with a mix of old hits, new hits and Darin originals. I’m not sure if it ever got a CD release, although it is available on iTunes. Albums of this era rarely had a cohesive theme beyond what the title implied. Still, Bobby Darin is one of my favorite singers, and I was really looking forward to this record.
So imagine my surprise/disappointment/curiosity/acceptance when I pulled out this record. The Josh White Stories is among the least twistable records imaginable, beginning with the nearly five minute version of The Boll Weevil Song. My bad for breaking my Rule Number One: always look at the record you’re about to buy before you buy it! It just so happens that The Josh White Stories is a really amazing record by an incredible performer that I had never heard of. So it’s really a win win for me. I’m now a Josh White fan too.
Cost: $2, $394 Remaining