cover art: Pat Lazelle-Sweeney
1978, Artco records #70-1156
“A Message to Disbelievers: The Speeds of Certain Tunes On This Album Are The Speeds They Are Actually Played”
Check out Skip doing the Star Wars theme:
Bob Curlee & Ken Flowers
“Jonah & the Whale”
1970, Jonah Records
“JONAH AND THE WHALE washed up on the Panama City Beach in June of 1970 — and another miracle took place. Armed with nothing but faith and a guitar — the cast set up a stage across from the Miracle Strip Amusement Park and presented the happy-go-lucky musical five nights a week.”
Check his site for the full musical
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.
Michael Quatro Jam Band
“Look Deeply Into the Mirror”
1973, Evolution #3021
Far from being the guy-alone-in-his-room performer that this cover suggests, Michael Quatro was a classical music prodigy (performing with the Detroit Symphony at age 7), a Detroit rock producer, and million-selling recording artist. He’s the brother of Patti & Suzi Quatro, the original female rock stars of the 60′s.
This track features Ted Nugent on guitar. Nowadays, I think it would be more likely to find Ted Nugent chasing hippies like Michael Quatro off his land with a shotgun in one hand and a rack of beef ribs in the other.
Michael recently had his own recording and promotion company, but as the website hasn’t been updated since 2004, I don’t think it went much of anywhere.
“The Last Rainbow”
1981, no label
Larry is one of those “bedroom recording artists”… A guy who seemingly wrote, performed, and recorded his album by himself in his room. As you might imagine, interesting things – both good and bad – often result from having no one to tell you if your ideas are terrible or genius. A BizarreRecord is sure to be the result!
FROM THE LINER NOTES:
“This album was written and recorded in my bedroom in Houston, Texas during the months of September through December of 1980 using Tascam 8-track equipment.
Drum tracks supplied by Drum Drops, Woodland Hills, CA.
All other instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, Alembic bass, Arp Omni, Arp Avatar guitar synthesizer, all vocals, compositions, arrangements, concept, design, and production……. Larry Voltz.”
I can’t find anything current about this guy. I wonder if he’s still around? Probably hanging around at Numbers (Houston people will understand) bitching about how much better the music was 30 years ago.
Rev. Mr. Goodwill Fairley
“Pull Up a Chair and Listen”
read my Houston Press Blog here.
The Bible Institute #BI-785
From the back cover:
“It is difficult for me to write about myself. However, I will say that I am fiercely against Modernism, Communism, or any evil that will threaten my Country. We do not pull any punches in our ministry.
About all I can say in conclusion is, that I want to ba a friend to every sinner, a blessing to every Christian and a terror to all evil.”
I took these pics of records from someone’s great collection at the MSP Music Expo in Minneapolis. I’m just now posting them! Of course I forgot the guy’s name who they belonged to, so if you see this send me an email so I can give you credit!
Ann Guest Moore
“Welcome to the World of Ann Guest Moore”
1986, Wil-Mor Inc.
What The World Needs Now
The Christmas Song