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Vinyl-a-Day 26: The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out! (Verve, 1966)

Vinyl-a-Day 26: The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out! (Verve, 1966)

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 If you aren’t familiar with Zappa, it all starts here.
Vinyl-a-Day 25: Oliver - Good Morning Starshine (Crewe Records, 1969)

Vinyl-a-Day 25: Oliver - Good Morning Starshine (Crewe Records, 1969)

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William Oliver Swofford is what we could call a two-hit wonder, and both of those hits came from this debut album. His cover of “Good Morning Starshine” from the musical “Hair,” peaked at #3 and the album’s other single “Jean,” from the film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” hit #1.
Vinyl-a-Day 24: Mouse And The Traps ‎- The Fraternity Years: 1965-1978 (Big Beat Records, 2013)

Vinyl-a-Day 24: Mouse And The Traps ‎- The Fraternity Years: 1965-1978 (Big Beat Records, 2013)

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Okay, so you love Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde on Blonde.” You had the “Thing Wild Mercury Music” bootleg and devoured “The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966.” What if there was more Dylan *sound* from the same era? Well, if you don’t already know, tonight I’m going to talk about my favorite Dylan soundalike: Mouse and the Traps. 

Vinyl-a-Day 23: Forever Amber - The Love Cycle (Advance, 1969)

Vinyl-a-Day 23: Forever Amber - The Love Cycle (Advance, 1969)

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Taking its name from the 1944 controversial romance novel of the same name, Forever Amber hailed from Cambridge and after several years on the cover band circuit, recorded this one-off masterpiece for £200.
Vinyl-a-Day 22: The Bee Gees - 1st, Horizontal & Idea (Polydor/Atco, 1967-1968)

Vinyl-a-Day 22: The Bee Gees - 1st, Horizontal & Idea (Polydor/Atco, 1967-1968)

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I think most Bee Gees fans would agree that it is acceptable to include this trio of stellar albums in one fawning entry as there is a certain continuity of sound that differs from the early-70s output and, of course, their late-70s disco sound. 
Vinyl-a-Day 21: *GUEST ENTRY* Weird Al” Yankovic and Wendy Carlos- Peter & The Wolf/Carnival of the Animals- Part II (CBS, 1988)

Vinyl-a-Day 21: *GUEST ENTRY* Weird Al” Yankovic and Wendy Carlos- Peter & The Wolf/Carnival of the Animals- Part II (CBS, 1988)

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Comedian Zac Amico tells us about only Weird Al record not to be reprinted in his career spanning Squeezebox collection, this record is a departure from Al’s pop music mutations as well as a collaboration with Moog synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos.

8-Track-to-Day 21: Steely Dan - Can’t Buy a Thrill (ABC, 1972)

8-Track-to-Day 21: Steely Dan - Can’t Buy a Thrill (ABC, 1972)

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 I later came around to this terrific album which Rolling Stone rightly included in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003. The sounds of the 70s live within this beautiful, and still working 8-track cartridge. 
Vinyl-a-Day 20: The New Vaudeville Band - The World of the New Vaudeville Band (Decca, 1974)

Vinyl-a-Day 20: The New Vaudeville Band - The World of the New Vaudeville Band (Decca, 1974)

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Formed by Geoff Stephens, the British songwriter/producer who discovered Donovan and wrote “There’s a Kind of Hush.” One of his biggest successes was with a group called The New Vaudeville Band. 
Vinyl-a-Day 19: Elton John - Madman Across the Water (Uni, 1971)

Vinyl-a-Day 19: Elton John - Madman Across the Water (Uni, 1971)

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What can be said about Sir Elton John’s output during the late-60s into the early-70s that hasn’t already been said? It’s a tough choice between “Tumbleweed Connection,” this album, and “Honky Chateau,” but ultimately I land here.

Vinyl-a-Day 18: Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin’ Wild (Enterprise & Co., 1979)

Vinyl-a-Day 18: Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin’ Wild (Enterprise & Co., 1979)

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Though most of the original copies sat unplayed in the Emerson family basement, this lost, private press record from 1979 became a cult classic when it was reissued by Light in the Attic records in 2012. 
Vinyl-a-Day 17: The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine & Jungle Marmalade (Buddah, 1968)

Vinyl-a-Day 17: The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine & Jungle Marmalade (Buddah, 1968)

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As we go through this series there are going to be some bands whose output was not prolific enough for me to recommend one album over another. The Lemon Pipers are one of those groups. 
Vinyl-a-Day 16: Tom Northcott - The Best of Tom Northcott (A&M, 1970)

Vinyl-a-Day 16: Tom Northcott - The Best of Tom Northcott (A&M, 1970)

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Pretty cool Canadian folkie from Vancouver. Chart success eluded him in the US, but he had several Canadian hits with his covers of Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country,” Nilsson’s “1941” and “Rainmaker,” as well as Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street.” Check him out!


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