Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ah go to go!

Dig those jeans! And that entire ensemble on the left! :) I also like the name Elsworth James. Pretty cool. Some interesting facts according to this link; he was a household name in Trinidad and Tobago before coming to Canada, where he was nominated for Juno awards (the Canadian Grammys, basically) in 1989 and 1990 in the soca reggae genre. Not too shabby, as all the kids say!

He also enjoys calypso.

Another shot of him, possibly enjoying calypso.

A nice sponsor for the album, but I had to look it up. BWIA means British West Indian Airways. Pretty interesting story!

Uh oh, he said the A word. ;)

P.S. He also had an album called Tribute to Ben Johnson! I wonder if he later regretted it. :p


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The lovely and talented Jean Marshall

I love covers like this. Simple and lovely. I always hope someone will find these and shed more light on the performers, especially when I can't find anything more on them other than the write-ups from the back covers, such as in Jean's case.

Is it just me, or does she look like she could be Bobby Moynihan's mother? :) (meant in a good way, of course! Love that guy!)

Lemme tell ya, being on Don Messer's Jubilee was a big deal!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

She's got Tammy Faye lashes

Well, the lashes are thick, but I guess comparing them to Tammy Faye's was a bit of a stretch. At least there wouldn't be any fractured toes if one fell off and landed on a foot.

Anyway, these are The Jacob Sisters (for some reason, Google translates 'geschwister' as 'brothers and sisters'), and the title of the album translates to At the Youth A Go Go, apparently. They have A-Go-Gos everywhere! ;)

Friday, January 5, 2018

The latest "vinyl killer"

Maybe some of you have seen one of these cute little things before...

Believe it or not, that is a portable record player! You put it on a record, move that stick, and it proceeds to drive around the grooves in the record, producing sound through a speaker. (you can see the holes for the sound to escape on the top) 

It goes under various brand names, being produced by many companies, but the most common term for them is "vinyl killer." They're low quality and invariably create scratches and scuffs galore on the surface of any record it's put on. Even a perfectly working one is a gamble, so it's always a 'use at your own risk' device. Yes, it can be fun, but you'd only want to use it on a record you don't really care about.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, Techmoan, has recently reviewed a new "vinyl killer" called the RokBlok, which features bluetooth. Is it any good? Of course not, but that's part of the fun. ;) Check out his first RokBlok video below, along with a follow-up.

Yikes.

Still yikes. ;)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wess & Dori

I remember seeing this cover at other blogs and always thinking it looks like he's choking her. :p The way her head is tilted and her hand holding his, it almost looks like she's struggling. Odd choice for a cover pose.

Then as I was looking for more info on them and saw this cover...

Blimey! :p

Anyway, this singing duo did pretty well! Wesley "Wess" Johnson and Dori Ghezzi were on the same label and decided to team up. They were later chosen to represent Italy at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, coming in third. Here's their performance of that song, "Era":

Pretty smooth!

They did well in the San Remo Festival as well and had interesting lives, especially Miss Ghezzi, who was even kidnapped at one point! Worth a read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dori_Ghezzi

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Cha, Cha and/or Cha

Great cover! And now, I was planning to post a picture of Memo himself, but while looking for a picture of him, I found something much, much cooler...
Yes, that's an iPad case! Uses the actual cover and album! :) More info here. (a friend of mine has one of those BookBook cases, and man, I love that first one, the Tree of Life!)


Monday, December 25, 2017

Judy, Judy, Judy!

I was surprised this one was in the bin with the rest of the records rather than in the auction.

I guess when you're that big a star, you don't need a skillfully made cover. :p

Super simple back cover too. Not a lot of thought put into this one, it seems. Oh well, it's all about her singing anyway.

P.S. I hope lots of people get the reference in the title of this post!