“EVANGELIST A. A, ALLEN heard daily under the AQUA AND WHITE BIG TOP tent, the largest gospel tent in the world, is known to multitudes as ‘GOD’S MAN OF FAITH AND POWER.’
A network of powerful radio and TV stations carry a daily broadcast of gospel programs and a Sunday telecast to this entire continent and many parts of the world. These programs are televised and recorded while actually in progress under the AQUA AND WHITE GOSPEL BIG TOP TENT.
Likewise the long play albums are more than canned music and singing. They are actually Holy Ghost services as they transpired under the tent. The Spirit of the Living God can be felt in your own home as these services come to bless you on record.”
“Bring Out the Jazz”
1985, Earring Records
When I found this I honestly thought it was going to be a recording of a high school jazz band. I have to admit being a bit disappointed to find out Personal Effects is actually a nerdy synth-pop group from Rochester, NY. Not sure what look they were going for on this cover. The mid-80′s were a weird, confused time…
All Sports Band
Radio Records / Atlantic #RR19321
Finally, here’s a record that reminds me of why I got into collecting bizarre records to begin with! A completely fabricated, major-label group specifically designed to cash in on the 80′s teen fad of… sports.
All Sports Band
All the top American sports of the day are represented. Car racing, from before car racers were rednecks. Baseball, from the days when baseball players were skinny and doing coke instead of steroids. Football, because he’s the black guy. Boxing, because he’s not wearing a shirt. And of course, karate, the king of all 1980′s sports.
Here’s a vid of Dick Clark talking with the band on American Bandstand. Apparently the actual musical performance was just too valuable to post on Youtube.
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.
The Eastham Band
“Texas Prison Rodeo Presents: Behind the Walls”
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.”