Episode 56: 23 Envelope

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: 23 Envelope. 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).

Cocteau Twins “Echoes In a Shallow Bay” 1985 4AD Records.
Cocteau Twins “Tiny Dynamine” 1985 4AD Records.
Cocteau Twins “Lullabies” 1982 4AD Records.
Pixies “Doolittle” 1989 4AD Records.
Pixies “Surfe Rosa” 1952 4AD Records.
Dead Can Dance “Spleen and Ideal” 1985 4AD Records.

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Episode 55: Toilets

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

Foreigner “Head Games” 1979 Atlantic Records.
Circle Jerks “Golden Shower of Hits” 1983 Allegiance Records.
Jello Biafra “I Blow Minds for a Living” 1991 Alternative Tentacles.
Carey’s Problem “Arena of Shame” 1989.
The Mama’s and the Papa’s “If You Can Believe Your Eyes” 1966 Dunhill Records.
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Episode 54: News

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

“Forecast: Snow Flurries…Accumulation 1-2 inches” Narrated by John Webster 1967 WCFL News Chicago
Associated Press “The World in Sound 1981” 1982 AP
“Politics USA” narrated by Will Rogers Jr. 1957 Columbia Masterworks
Don Adams “Don Adams Meets the Roving Reporter” 1963 Crescendo
Edward R Murrow “I Can Hear It Now Vol 1” 1948 Columbia Masterworks

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Episode 53: Black & White and Color

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

Cheap Trick “In Color And In Black And White” 1977 Epic
Argent “All Together Now” 1972 Epic
Lynyrd Skynryd “Gimme Back My Bullets” 1976 MCA Records
Kwick “Foreplay” 1983 Capitol Records
George Van Eps “Seven-String Guitar” 1967 Capitol Records

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Episode 52: How-To

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: How-To. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most instructed vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually). Taste even more magic at www. coolalbumcovers.com.

Center for Studies of Suicide Prevention: First Training Record In Suicidology 1969 National Institute of Mental Health.
ATC Clears 1960 Aero-Progress Inc. Narrator: Vincent Pelletier.
Frank, Sid & Ralph Stein “Time To Tell Time” 1967 Golden Records.
Jack Burger & Danny Gould “Let’s Play Bongos” 1957 Hi-Fi Records
Brother Int Corp “Hear how to touch type For beginners or refresher course” 1960 Bestway Products.
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Episode 51: Adventures in Sound

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

Popular Photography “Sound For A Picture Evening Vol III” 1969 Ziff Davis.
Enoch Light “Patterns In Sound Vol. 1” 1966 Project 3.
Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc “The Science Of Sound” 1960 Folkways Records.
Various Artist “Sounds in Space” 1958 RCA Victor.
Buddy Cole “Ingenuity In Sound” 1962 Warner Bros.

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Episode 50: Smokes

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Smokes. Hosted by Mark Mager and Rich Bachelor. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s smokiest vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually). Taste even more magic at www. coolalbumcovers.com.

Johnnie Taylor “Best of the Old and the New” 1984 Beverly Glen Music.
Various “Times Square Original Soundtrack” 1980 RSO.
The Art of Noise “In No Sense? Nonsense!” 1987 China Records.
Weather Report “Mr Gone” 1978 Columbia.
Wes Montgomery “A Day in the Life”1967 A&M Records.

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Episode 49: Bowler Hats

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Bowler Hats. Hosted by Mark Mager and Rich Bachelor. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most haberdashed vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually). Taste even more magic at www. coolalbumcovers.com.

Various – “Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” 1971 Warner Bros
Tony Mottola “Mr Big” 1959 Command Records
Men Without Hats “Folk Of The 80’s part III” 1980 Hats Inc
Lou Reed “Coney Island Baby” 1975 RCA Victor
Leo Kottke “Ice Water” 1974 Capitol Records

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Coming this summer – Season 3 of Cool Album Covers

Season 3 Coming This Summer

Season 3 Coming This Summer

Work has begun on another 24 episodes of the Cool Album Covers. And we guarantee the highest quality investigative journalism one has come to associate with our show will continue in our third season.  Which leads us to spoilers.

Upcoming themes may or may not include: Bowler Hats, Cigarettes, Boys In Blue, Adventures in Sound, How-To, and Bathrooms.

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“The One Album” Metallica

Metallica 3 in 1

Ride The Master Justice

This is the 2nd in my Metallica trilogy. The first explored Garage Days, a 4 track recording of 4 guys playing Diamond Head songs. Not really a corporate juggernaut and a weird picture of what might have been. With this installment, I’m going to talk about the Metallica true metal trilogy – Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, And Justice for All, and essentially how they made the same album three times in a row.

In summer of 1984, Metallica released Ride the Lightning, an 8 track follow up to their mediocre debut album Kill Em All.  This album was to be the formula Metallica would use for their next 2 albums and what is today known as classic Metallica.  The formula is as follows: fast, yet short, album opener. The opener must have a faux calm before the storm, neo classic intro tacked on to give the opening more burst.  Second track is the title track, long, slow and tackles an issue.  Mid tempo rocker follows, usually their A-song but not always. To close off the side, the slow ballad. Often with a hint of Pink Floyd.

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