Archive for the 'Records (LPs) and Cassettes' Category
Published March 22, 2016 '60s Decor/Design/Fashion , Album Covers , Psychedelic Art , Records (LPs) and Cassettes Leave a Comment
Published January 8, 2016 Demonstration Centers/Stations , Home Consoles , Intellivision , Record Stores , Records (LPs) and Cassettes , Video Games 1 Comment
Two more from the Tower Records Project. The location is Mountain View, California. I don’t recall many of these demo centers inside record stores at the time; Tower certainly had the floor space. There’s a list of games on the Entertainment Sale sign, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, released in 1982.
Published January 7, 2016 Record Stores , Records (LPs) and Cassettes Leave a Comment
All photos are from the very worthy Tower Records Project. Locations are, from top to bottom, Seattle, Mountain View (CA), La Mesa (CA), Greenwich Village, and New York City. My Tower was in West Covina, California, and I miss it a lot.
Love the interactive “Wall” in the first shot. That album changed my life in about ’86, the first time I heard it all the way through.
Check out my record store archive here.
Published December 10, 2015 Christmas , Records (LPs) and Cassettes , Six Million Dollar Man, The Leave a Comment
Published October 23, 2015 Music from Outer Space , Records (LPs) and Cassettes , Sound Effects 3 Comments
There were three horror-themed LPs in the BBC’s long-running sound effects series: Sound Effects: Death & Horror (Vol. 13, 1977), More Death and Horror (Vol. 21, 1978), and Even More Death and Horror (Vol. 27, 1982). Some editions of the second title (Vol. 21) were released “in blood red vinyl,” as advertised on the LP cover. These are not, you may have guessed, your standard “chilling sounds,” including tracks such as “Arm Chopped Off,” “Red Hot Poker Into Eye,” “Death By Garrotting,” “Body Put Into the Acid Bath,” and “Self Immolation,” to name just a few. The gruesome cover art on the first two records is by Andrew Prewitt, who talks about the project at Horrorpedia, where you’ll find a good write-up. Many of the sound effects on the albums are available on iTunes.
There are lots of other interesting volumes in the BBC sound effects series, including Disasters (Vol. 16, 1977)—“Erupting Volcano With Lava Whooses,” “Radioactive Burn,” “Reprisal Air Strike,” etc.—and the extraordinary Out of This World (1976), a compendium of sci-fi, fantasy, and “supernatural” atmospherics. Hewitt did the covers (below) for those volumes as well.
Published October 1, 2015 '70s Music , Disco , Halloween , Records (LPs) and Cassettes 2 Comments
The cover is a bit of a misnomer, since the album isn’t space disco and has nothing to do with Halloween, but who cares? Dr. Mime N Time is coming out of a goddamn wormhole and Captain K-9 has laser claws! What we have here are pretty standard disco tunes wrapped in a deceitful yet irresistibly kitschy package. All of the songs were written by Jerry Marcellino, who wrote and produced for The Jackson 5 (and solo M.J.), Diana Ross, The Supremes, and lots of others. I made a playlist of all of the songs on the album but two. Listen here.
Published September 29, 2015 '70s Movies/TV , Record Stores 3 Comments
Published September 29, 2015 Record Stores , Records (LPs) and Cassettes 1 Comment
Published September 28, 2015 '80s Decor/Design/Fashion , Record Stores , Records (LPs) and Cassettes , Shopping Malls 10 Comments
All of the photos are via MLive, where you can see more, including the original floor plan. Jackson, Michigan’s Westwood Mall is still around.
Can anyone see what the poster is on the record store wall—just to the right of mom’s head? I have another shot of a mall Gap store here.
UPDATE: Thanks to all who identified the Cyndi Lauper poster. The Welsh Piper found the actual item (below).
Published September 22, 2015 Counterculture (1960s) , Lord of the Rings, The , Record Stores , Records (LPs) and Cassettes 1 Comment