January 30, 2017 Nobody Told Me They’d Release This Record

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Milk & Honey, Polydor 817 160-1 Y-1, 1984

I suppose there was never going to be a good time to release this record.  It was always to be the planned follow up to Double Fantasy, and the songs were all recorded at the same time with an eye to them being on two albums.  But hearing a “new” John Lennon album 3 1/2 years after his assassination still felt very raw to people.

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Part of the delay was due to business reasons.  Geffen Records released Double Fantasy, but after John’s death, David Geffen and Yoko Ono had a real falling out.  The inner sleeve of Milk & Honey has some very personal messages from Yoko about John’s last days and a reference to “human wolves disguised as close friends”.  This album originally came out on Polydor.

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Seeing as it was released too late to be a follow-up record, but too soon to be a piece of history, it didn’t do as well as Double Fantasy.  It went top ten around the world, meaning it’s an easy record to find now, but it’s not like this record became anything close to a legendary Lennon album.  Now it is that piece of history, though, and fans can hear the last recordings John Lennon ever made.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $445 Remaining

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August 24, 2016 Shake Your $2 Record

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Peaches & Herb, 2 Hot!, Polydor PD-1-6172, 1979

This fine late 70s product is yet another example of a producer driven record.  They’re only on the record in name only, but this is really a Freddie Perren record with Peaches & Herb on the cover.  If that name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps records like I Want You Back by The Jackson 5, Love Machine by The Miracles, Boogie Fever by The Sylvers, and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor will.  All, and many many more, were written and produced by Freddie Perren.

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The Peaches & Herb record came out just after Perren produced the huge Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.  So to say he was hot was an understatement.  The original Peaches & Herb had a few soul hits in the late 1960s, but the mid 70s, Herb was working as a policeman.  But old habits die hard, and Herb reached out to some old friends who supplied him with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, as well as a contract with Freddie Perren.

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It’s a great record.  It’s certainly a product of it’s time, but there are two all time R&B classics here in Shake Your Groove Thing and Reunited.  It’s safe to say though that virtually anybody would have had a hit with material this good, and it just so happened that Peaches & Herb fit the suit that week.

Today’s Summary:

Cost:$2, $821 Remaining

June 18, 2016 Breaker $1

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C.W. McCall, Rubber Duck, Polydor PD-1-6094, 1976

Breaker One Nine, this here it the bargain bin, you got a copy of me ten-four?

As I mentioned a few days ago when discussing Lulu, an artist known for having just one big hit can have follow-up records with some real merit beyond what they will be remembered for.  Then there are “artists” like C.W.McCall who tend to bleed dry every ounce of their one hit into a never-ending stream more of the same.

This follow-up album to the wildly successful #1 single Convoy is not worthy of searching out unless you have a burning desire to find out more about the antics of the Rubber Duck, Suicide Jockey and Long Haired Friends Of Jesus.  And trust me, the story was fine just where you last heard about them.  The Convoy couldn’t plausibly head to Australia without a serious leap of faith in the abilities of a cab over Pete with a refer on.

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I don’t blame him for trying, because Convoy succeeded beyond all expectations, but the record buying public was maybe more caught up in novelty of the record a whole lot more than the person who made it.  Not to pick on anyone’s talent, but I don’t think people lined up to see The Hurt Locker because it was a Jessica Chastain movie.  Even though she was great in it, the role of the lead actor was superfluous to the story.

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In case you haven’t noticed, Bargain Bin record shoppers have to often take a leap of faith on the kind the records they find.  This album is a great example of this.  There is not way in the world that I or virtually anyone beside’s C.W. McCall’s descendants would ever search out this record, but on the other hand, when you find a Near Mint copy in a bin for $1, you also realize that you’ll never again be presented with this opportunity.  It’s so rare and so quirky, yet so cheap, that you may as well go for it.

As it turns out, I will never get the 33 minutes back that I spent listening to this record, but I never have to spend three seconds looking for it again should the need arise.  And when I need to make room for new records on the shelf, this one can make the trip back to where it came from before you can say Ten-Four Good Buddy.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $1, $971 Remaining