Showing posts with label LPs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LPs. Show all posts

Friday, April 27, 2012

The awesomest record collection I ever did score

So I have my kids to thank for this adorable vinyl LP case, believe it or not. When I saw the $75 price tag, I didn't even want to haggle with the amateur estate saler who'd dreamed up that exorbitant figure. I never pay that much for anything except furniture, and how far down was she going to come if we were starting at $75? All the way to $25 it turned out, after the kids begged me to buy it, and it also turned out the case had been undervalued from the get-go because it contained a veritable time capsule of late ’70s/early ’80s kid music, almost all with nary a scratch or warp. If I were to sell off these records individually I would definitely recoup my investment and then some. But what kind of heel would break up such a fabulous collection, so lovingly curated by some kid who easily could've been me? Perish the thought.

Herewith, a complete list of the contents (I was too lazy to photograph them all):

Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album (1980)
Richard Scarry's What do people do all day? read by Carol Channing
Pac-Man Christmas Album (1982)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1981)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other Christmas Favorites (1974)
Sesame Disco! (1979)
Walt Disney's Peter Pan and Alice and Wonderland
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A musical adventure: The original motion picture soundtrack (1977)
Disney's Christmas Favorites
Chipmunk Rock (1982)
John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979)
Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982)
Cargo, Men at Work (1982)
Sesame Street: Help your child learn about numbers! (1977)
C is for Cookie (1974)
Sesame Street 1: Original Cast Record (1974)
Sesame Street 2: Original Cast Record (1977)
Walt Disney's Treasury of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, The Caroleer Singers and Orchestra
The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording (1979)
Christmas Songs that tickle your funny bone, The Golden Orchestra and singers (1972)
The Chipmunk Song sung by The Grasshoppers
Rocky's Book of Sportsmanship
ET Speaks, official Fan Club record (1982)
Walt Disney's Story of Bambi

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sprechen sie anything?

I've already voiced my regret about never having mastered a language for which it's necessary to memorize such phrases as "Where's the bathroom?" and "How much for the beer?" So the promise of learning French, Spanish and German in just 18 weeks and for only a few bucks (don't be misled by the pricetags—I did not pay $4 for any of these box sets) is an appealing notion. Take that, Rosetta Stone! Actually, what is Rosetta Stone, precisely? For quite a few years, I passed those airport kiosks, assuming it was some sort of spiritual guide—something about the graphics suggested Dianetics to me. I've since learned that it's a pricey language instruction system, geared toward multitasking, self-improving types who listen to audiobooks instead of an endless loop of Howard Stern repeats on Sirius. In other words, not me. (Right now I'm struggling to finish this post because I'm distracted by "This Week in Howard History." But does the fact that I'm drinking my daily iced nonfat latte while laundry spins in the next room make me a multitasker?)

Anyway. The Living Language Course records—published by Crown in the 1950s and allegedly developed by WWII experts who employed a special "speed-method" to teach languages to soldiers heading overseas—make regular appearances at estate sales here in San Antonio, presumably because this is such a military town. I can't help buying them because (a) the boxes are pretty, and (b) because I have a plan to make my kids listen to them, especially my sponge-like multitasking five-year-old, who'd probably be happy to spin a few language-instruction platters if she could just stop listening to the audiobooks of D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Matthew Broderick, Vincent Price and Kathleen Turner. But she can't stop.

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