Madelaine/Sister Adele, Dominique, Diplomat 2303 & 1020, 1963
First of all, who says you can’t buy an Adele record on vinyl for cheap? True, this might not be the first Adele that comes to mind, but still… This was going to be a lesson on label variation, meaning I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw two different labels for the same dopey copy cat album from our friends at Diplomat Records. They’re the schlocky outfit that had a JFK tribute album out in stores within a week of the assassination. Just after that tragedy, with the national mood in a funk similar to the election of Donald Trump, Ed Sullivan dispensed with the usual pop act and featured a film of a Belgian Nun singing some simple Bible themed songs she’d written to children. Well, the record that Nun made was quickly leased to Phillips Records, and both the album and the single of Dominique quickly shot to number one.
Naturally, Diplomat Records needed to grab a hold of that gravy train. They rush released a cheaply recorded version by “Sister Adele” which was somehow “Sung By Madelaine”. Whomever is singing, it’s clear that they sing in French as a second language. Not that I speak French, but I’m familiar enough with the original record to know that Sister Adele isn’t singing the same words. I almost want to study French to solve the mystery, with the hope being that she sings something along the lines of “you fools, you saved Fifty Cents but didn’t get the real record”.
But while I couldn’t believe Diplomat shelled out to print two different covers, the one with the fake nun pretending to sing to some kids out in the woods of New Jersey is actually a Stereo pressing! Why a discount label would even bother with that expense is beyond me, and I can’t find any information about any other Diplomat records coming out in Stereo. Still, I listened to it and sure enough it’s in some kind of Stereo. Madeleine comes out of one speaker and the fake background nuns come out of the other! I’m beginning to realize that I might have just found the Holy Grail of the discount record, pun very much intended.
Cost: $2, $611 Remaining