Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sleazy Compilations

Compilations were ostensibly a form of promoting a record label's artists. Sometimes they had  discernible themes, but as often they seemed arbitrarily thrown together. Throughout the 60's and 70's most of these anthologies maintained a level of sleaziness congruent with the "anything for a buck" music industry cliche. Often, they lacked basic information other than performer and title of the piece. The text, if any was usually embarrassingly turgid and irrelevant. The art and design usually embodied the shameless, tawdry lack of care put into the project.

It's difficult to believe that these often abysmal albums  sold well. Masterpieces and vapid ephemera sometimes cheek to jowl. 

Uncharacteristically appealing artwork for this Ellington compilation.

The back is a glorified advertisement for other RCA products.

Quintessential sleaze -- in glorious mono for your listening pleasure. 

"It's the Super Stars. And the Poets. It's the innovators and the Underground. It's the Loners and the Lovers. And it's more. Much more..." Text from Rock Machine, CBS England.

Contemporary British Isle folk music -- almost. Steeleye Span recorded a novelty version of the Buddy Holly song, which is included here and which provides the incongruous title for this motley collection which is an insult to all involved. 

Note: The left side of the front photo wrapped around to the rear  providing an interesting image for the back of the album; A camera fashioned from a large Lipton Tea container. "Rave On!"

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