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He always looks so dramatic on album covers.




Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


peter-nero-alpert-salute clam-dip-lp



gandalf-hymiesDisney’s Buena Vista label released a double LP of dialogue and songs from the 1977 animated adaptation of The Hobbit in a nice box set. Copies came with several iron-on images from the film.

We put the Smaug and Bilbo Baggins images from our copy onto t-shirts for our kids, but sadly the forty-year-old iron-ons didn’t survive their first trip through the wash. After that we put Gandalf on the breaker box here in the record shop where, along with Igor Stravinsky, he keeps watch over the classical section.



We came across this Jack Starr LP while organizing records in our storage space. It’s solid early 80s metal, with former members of Riot¬†and Rainbow joining the band.

jack-starr-lp-2Anyway, there’s a picture of Starr and lead singer Rhett Forrester on the back of the jacket and they’re hanging out in a DeLoreon! Now you’re probably thinking that’s pretty cool, because that’s the time machine car and all — but it gets better. This album was released in 1984. That’s a full year before Back to the Future! This guy was so freakin’ awesome that he just drove a DeLoreon because a car with brushed stainless steel paneling and gull doors was his style.

We’ll bet he had to get rid of it after all those sci fi nerds started asking about his “flux capacitor” the next year.


So the other reason we’re so excited to post this is that there’s been a DeLoreon parked on East Lake Street. You might have even driven past it on your way to the record store! It’s the repair shop next to the Arby’s. If you’re interested in building your own time machine, you might want to think twice since these guys recently¬†trashed a customer’s $80,000 Lamborghini. We’re holding out to see if we can get the one which belonged to Jack Starr!

Some of the most interesting album covers are in the classical section.


flute and harpsicord sonatas best known overtures 2




Collectors are quick to dismiss the Musical Heritage Society LPs (and sometimes pull the sweet inner sleeves before selling them) but they are often really remarkable recordings. Sometimes featuring world class performers — we were surprised to find a Rostropovich recording of —– recently. The spartan aesthetic of MHS jackets leaves little room for artwork, but this release of Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique features a pretty sweet image.




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