April 17, 2017 Not All At All

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Bobby Darin, That’s All, Atco 33-104, 1959

This could be my best $1 album purchase ever.  Some of the songs on this record are among the most famous of all time, with Mack The Knife being played somewhere right now.  Yes, this album sold well for an album at Christmas 1959, but it’s fairly easy to find today.  Why I can’t tell you, but get one when you see it.  It’s a heck of an album.  As simple as the cover might seem, if you really look at it, you see someone determined to be a success.  And this record made that happen.

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The back cover kind of shows the age of it.  When was the last time a telegram was featured on a record jacket?  But Sammy Davis Jr. was right.  The record is so good that you almost want to hate Bobby Darin for making it.  One thing about this particular record is the green pen mark in the upper right corner.  I can’t say for sure if it’s genuine, but somebody signed “Bobby Darin 2/14/60” there.

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Atco was the second label of the ATlantic Record COmpany.  Ahmet Ertegun, the jazz crazed founder of Atlantic, let his brother Neshui start the label to feature acts that wouldn’t dilute the purity of the jazz oriented Atlantic label (but would still sell!).   Early Rock & Roll acts certainly were not pure enough to be on Atlantic and Bobby Darin found himself on the new Atco label.  This was Atco’s fourth album release, and the second by Bobby Darin, making the label’s success very much because of the success of this record. Again, if you see one, get it.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $1, $217 Remaining

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February 19, 2017 Yes!…Oh No.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $394 Remaining