Vinyl Dynamite #62

I've pulled four records from my stack o' wax. The first two feature groovy chicks in miniskirts on the cover of less-than-mediocre compilation albums.  The last two are soundtracks featuring the vocal stylings of Michael Winslow and Ned Beatty.  Enjoy!

The Big 13 KCPX Presents 24 All Time Golden Greats

The Big 13 refers to the radio personalities on on Utah's KCPX radio station AM-1320, which included news, sports and these five disc jockeys.  I didn't live in Utah in the 60s or 70s, so I don't have any memories to share, but I do have this record which I picked up for a quarter.

It's your standard set of tunes you can hear anytime on oldies radio, but there's a few oft-forgotten gems in the mix.  The instrumental "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" being a personal favorite...

"Elusive Butterfly" by Bobby Lind is, on the surface, a painfully cheesy love song.  But underneath, I'm convinced, it's a theme song for stalkers and serial killers everywhere.

Life of the Party (1972)

The groovy cover promises a psychedelic freak-out for your next party.  Yet the music is as old and "square" as you could possibly imagine.  The poor sucker who put this on the turntable at his 1972 party was in for a rude awakening.  Instead of fuzz guitars and way-out dance music, you get stuff your great-grandmother would consider fuddy-duddy.  It's not that music itself is bad, it's just packaged wrong.

"Frim Fram Sauce" by Larry Elgart and "Java" by Al Hirt

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol OST

When I saw Michael Winslow had a song on this record, it was a no-brainer - I had to have this record.... and it's every bit as awful as I'd hoped it would be.  The rest of the record is just synth heavy pop garbage, but Winslow's track is a must-listen for fans of vinyl abominations.

W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings (1975) OST

With this film, Burt took one step further away from his gritty, sweaty roots (Deliverance, White Lightnin') toward the smiling, lovable cheeseball that ruled the seventies.

The soundtrack is your typical hixsploitation fare with a couple tracks worthy of note.  First, a song composed by the guy that would write A Coal Miner's Daughter and sung by none other than Ned Beatty!

"Mama Was a Convict"

And we'll end with one by my main man, Mr. Jerry Reed...

"A Friend"


  1. That Dixie Dance Kings movie had Furry Lewis in a small part.

  2. I wondered why 'No Matter What Shape...' sounded so familiar.
    It's from an old Alka-Seltzer ad.

    Here it is.


  3. "Java" was a big hit for Al Hirt, reaching #4 on the Billboard charts in 1963. Bob Lind's song reached #5 in 1966.

  4. Retro HoundMarch 28, 2016

    I've seen the radio station album as a Wichita radio station. Same cover, different call letters. The guy wouldn't sell it to me and I never heard it, so I don't remember what songs were on it.

    Actually, here's the song list, but I can't find the photos. http://www.retrohound.com/witchita-radio-station-album-kleo/

  5. Radio stations use to sell albums of "Top 40" hits ?
    Of course now they don't even have local DJs. It is all centralized somewhere and sold as a package.