Barroom Encounters #1: Cowboy edition


Gentle Ben featuring Sonja
“Barroom Stories”
Jewel #81063

This cover has it all.  Literally.  Rainbow suspenders, fringe vests covered in feathers, light beer, cheap cowboy hats, and a giant freaking head of hair.

It does fondly remind me of one of the BizarreRecords classics, however:

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Turn the lights back out

Vision
s/t
1985, Heartland Records

I’ve never seen a record with such a difference in the band’s look between the front and back covers.  The front cover looks like a band that might have opened up for The Fixx on their “One Thing Leads to Another” tour.  The back cover looks like the band that played your weird drunk uncle’s second wedding.

  Facebook, like everyone else.

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Tears of a Rodeo Clown

The Eastham Band
“Texas Prison Rodeo Presents: Behind the Walls”
1977, HER-A-IV

From the liner notes:

The colorful history of the Texas Prison Rodeo dates from 1931.  The Rodeo has been held each year, except during the 1943, when no Rodeo was held because of the war.  Each year it gets bigger and better. 

Dr. Harley Rex has been directing the Rodeo Band since 1964, and since that time, the music program has been incorporated into the Wyndham School District.  This year, Dr. Rex’s music directors on the various units have won national honors in several contests….  The Eastham Band and Choir, directed by Gene Ronsonette, received the Sweepstakes Award.  The Louisiana Pacific Corporation sponsored this Nation-wide contest and the judges stated that “our presentation showed the epic struggle of the Blacks and Spanish in an attempt to find their place in American Society.”

  Torn down.

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Come with me if you want to rock.

Rogue Male “First Visit”
cover art: Peter Gudynas
1985, Elektra/Asylum

A relic of the days when metal was a lot like punk, only with longer hair, more leather, and wider-legged guitar stances.

Peter Gudynas is actually a very talented Sci-Fi book cover artist.  Some of his work is beautiful.  All I can think of is maybe the band ASKED for the “retarded Terminator” look.

Still rockin it, sans the band & mullet.

 

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He flew too close to the Meatloaf

Jim Steinman
“Bad For Good”
cover art:  Richard Corben
cover concept: Jim Steinman
1981, Epic

Jim Steinman is primarily known as the co-creator and composer for Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell”.

According to wikipedia, “In January 2012, it was announced that Steinman is working with Terry Jones of Monty Python fame on a heavy metal version of The Nutcracker.” Yow.

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Lame of Thrones

Wenchin
“Wenchin”
1975, Buddah #BDS 5642

WE’RE THE BAND

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By The Power of Grayskull

Thor
“Keep The Dogs Away”
1978, Midsong #MCA-2337

Jon Mikl Thor was a former Mr. USA & Mr. Canada who turned to heavy metal in the mid-70s.  This was his band’s first album.  In recent years the band has reformed and still tours.

 

Poster that came with the record

Still rocking

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Don’t Get Too Close to My Fantasy

various artists
“Rock Fantasy”
1981, Columbia House #1P7230
Illustration:  Richard Fuggetta

Stay tuned this week for more crappy rock & roll album covers!

Cover artist Richard Fuggetta is a talented creator of pinup-style art.

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This time you’ve Crossed The Line

Doug Hullum
“Crossed the Separating Line”
1980, Rainbow Sound

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Music and Fragrance Become One

Various Artists
“Aromance ™ Aroma Disc™ presents: Romance is in the Air”
CBS Special Products/Environmental Fragrance Technologies

In 1982, a perfume company called Charles of the Ritz released a product that, after long years, finally bridged the gap between the music and air-freshener industries:  The Aromance ™ Aroma Disc™ player.

The Aroma Disc™ player did not play records, but small plastic discs injected with individually-themed scents, with such names as “Passion”, “Ocean Breeze”, “A Dozen Roses”, “Holding Hands”, “After Dinner Mints”, and even “Movie Time”, which smelled of buttered popcorn.

This LP was, at some point, sold along with the aroma player.  It appears to be a generic CBS Special Products sampler branded with an Aroma Disc™ cover.  The vinyl itself doesn’t even mention Aroma Disc™, and bears the title, “To My Love”.

From the back cover:
Romance is in the air! It takes hold of your heart…  sends your spirits soaring… and now, it tantalizes your senses as never before– as music and fragrance become one.

Experience evenings you will remember with the songs of  “ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR” and your favorite mood setting Aroma Disc fragrance records.  Discover the alluring scent of SEDUCTION, the perfect compliment to Peter Nero’s “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.”  Enjoy the fragrant serenade of MOONLIGHT… a soft haunting background to the poignant “Theme From Love Story.”  Or, listen to Ray Conniff’s “Laughter in the Rain” with the delicate whisper of an ENGLISH GARDEN.  Andy Williams singing “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and the sweet aroma of HONEYSUCKLE & ROSE.  Or, add an exciting new dimension to any selection with the enticing fragrance of PASSION.

Let your imagination and mood be your guide.  Experiment with your fragrance and musical combinations for a uniquely special evening.  It’s an enchanting world of fragrance, music, and emotion– a total sensory experience which you create.  Simply turn down the lights… turn on the music… and let the fragrance play.

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