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12" 1970s 33 rpm Singalong

Take a shower, lads

From the sublime to … the Shower Room Squad? Tragically, the individual identities of this vocal group is lost to posterity. They seem to have consisted of a piano player and a bunch of men who were either drunken idiots, or sober and trying to sound like drunken idiots. The few seconds of “atmosphere” before […]

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10" 1950s 33 rpm Jazz LP

When scratches are a sign of love

The vinyl microgroove LP was launched in 1949. So when this record was released, late in 1952, the technology was still new, exciting and expensive. One of the many superior features of the vinyl record is hard to appreciate, unless you have handled a shellac gramophone disc. Or, more to the point dropped one. Think […]

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1950s 33 rpm 7" EP

The trouble with opera

I spent many years being prejudiced against opera. It wasn’t really opera’s fault. What happened was that when I was a teenager, my parents divorced. I lived with my Mum and every couple of weeks traveled to stay with Dad. Dad was a loving and kind man but, like many Australian men of his generation, […]

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12" 1960s 33 rpm LP

Wall of fire

A few years ago, I had a book published called Disasters That Changed Australia. As the title suggests it has nothing to do with music or recorded sound, but one chapter discusses fire disasters, something Australians have to live with. Eucalyptus trees dominate the vegetation of Australia to an extent unmatched by any genus of […]

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1940s 45 rpm 7" Blues EP

Snatch and grab it, Baby

Julia Lee was from Kansas City, a blues singer in the famous club scene there. In the 1940s she had great success with what was then called “dirty blues”, but which to modern ears are just a bit risqué. They were, she said, “the songs my mother taught me not to sing”, with lots of […]

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1950s 45 rpm 7" doo wop Pop Single

I Wonder a Lot of Things

Eddie Carl was a doo wop singer. He seems to have had a few hits in the late 1950s, but they can’t have been that big because I can find out nothing about him. On the other hand, he must have made a bit of an impact, because he recorded in America on the Decca […]

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10" 1930s 78 rpm Jazz Single

The Pizza Principle

This is the excerpt for your very first post.