Archive for December, 2011

Episode 21: Men Who Could Be Made of Wax

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Men Who Could Be Made of Wax. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

Ferlin Husky “Born To Lose” 1959. Capitol Records.
Jimmy Rodgers “Jimmy Rodgers” 1957. Roulette Record.
Buck Owens “The Best of Buck Owens” 1964. Capitol Records.
Ray Price “For The Good Times” 1971. Columbia Records.
Engelbert Humperdink “A Man Without Love” 1968. London Records.

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Episode 20: Big Heads

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Big Heads. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

Merle Haggard “A Portrait of Merle Haggard” 1969 Capitol Records
Kris Kristofferson “Me and Bobby McGee” 1971. Monument Records
Johnny Cash “Hello I’m Johnny Cash” 1970. Columbia Records
Perez Prado “Mambo Mania” 1955. RCA Victor
Mort Sahl “At The hungry I” 1960. Verve Records

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“Diver Down” – Van Halen (1982)

Van Halen Diver Down

Van Halen Diver Down

It’s pretty amazing when you run across an album that is almost a perfect failure. A document that fairly screams its flaws at you, and you can sit there and watch as it blows it, step by misstep.

So problem number one is also the first song. Van Halen -so recently having released ‘Fair Warning,’ an album most fans agree is one of their best- seems to have suddenly ran out of ideas, so it went back to one of the most successful ideas they ever had: cover a Kinks tune. I mean hell: The Byrds covered what, ten Dylan tunes in their time? Why couldn’t the Biggest Band In The World At The Time do just one more song by The Kinks?

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Episode 19: John F Kennedy

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: John F Kennedy. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

John Fitzgerald Kennedy “Tribute” 1963 Diplomat Records
“A Memorial To John Fitzgerald Kennedy” Crown Records
Vaughn Meader “The First Family” 1962. Cadence Records
Vaughn Meader “The First Family Vol 2” 1963. Cadence Records

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Episode 18: Saul Bass

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Saul Bass. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

Duke Ellington “Anatomy of a Murder” 1959 Columbia Records.
Elmer Bernstein “Man with the Golden Arm” Soundtrack. 1959 Decca Records.
“The Cardinal” original soundtrack composed by Jerome Moross. 1963 RCA Victor.
Ernest Gold “Exodus” soundtrack to the Otto Preminger film. 1961 RCA Victor.

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