Friday, February 12, 2010

My Grandfather's Record Collection


As I stated previously, my grandfather was a little bit strange when it came to buying/listening to music. Not only did he seem to concentrate on one particular label (RCA Victor, which I'm guessing was the label for country music back in the 60's/early 70's), but he was also concentrating on a reissue label that specialized in doing that particular label to begin with.

I would, on numerous occasions, find the original release of a particular artist and the reissue of that same release. You name any country artist from the late 60's through the early 70's (what I consider to be the golden age of commercial country) and chances are that I would have at least three originals and three reissues for that artist.
Now, for some particular reason that I have only a slight working theme on (and if any of you have parents/grandparents still alive, you might have the same inkling as well), he bought about three to four dozen albums (all original releases) that were put out by MCA back in the late 80's, of which about 75% were in the rock genre, with the remaining 25% in country.
Some examples of artists that he'd acquired:

1} Rossington-Collins; 2} Rox (features the guitar work of Snuffy Walden); 3} Phil Seymour; 4} Blood, Sweat, & Tears;

5} Highway 101; 6} Hank Williams, Jr.; 7} Randy Travis; 8} Emmylou Harris;

9} The Catholic Girls; 10} The Bellamy Brothers; 11} Klique

Now, he never actually listened to theses, as when I acquired them, they were still in their original shrink wrap, but simply kept them in their original shipping container. The working theory I got is that in some kind of perverse way, he enjoyed spending money frivolously. There are other instances of this kind of odd OCD, but we'll save that for another time.

Back to the music collection.

One of the more interesting albums I found, basically confirmed that when he got older, he got stranger. Actually, I wouldn't use the word "stranger", but "enlightened".

Warning: What you are about to read next could be construed in some quarters as offensive/tasteless. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

As I was inventorying his collection, I would pull out each album to see who it was and briefly scan the jacket for liner notes and what not. When I pulled out this particular album, the first thing that popped out (literally) was the cover. The cover featured a hot looking blond, who was wearing only a cowboy hat and a pair of jeans with the top button undone and unzipped.

So after putting my eyes back into my head, I got to reading the liner notes of this fun-filled little album of what was supposed to X-rated material (probably was back in the 70's when this came out), and to tell you the truth, I wasn't impressed. Listening to it impressed me even less, because I've heard it done better elsewhere. Shoot, I even saw it done better on MTV.

This little album, entitled Country Porn, contains 10 tracks of what I would consider to be very high schoolish music. It wasn't particularly good, it didn't certainly didn't make me laugh and to tell you the honest truth, until I started writing this post, I had completely forgotten about it. Yes, it was just that memorable. Seriously, if this kind of stuff is your bag, or if you're just simply curious about this type of music, please check out John Valby. He does it better and has been doing it longer than any other performer that I know of. Warning: his website is graphic. Enter at your own risk.

Thus ends part 2 of My Grandfather's Record Collection. Tune in next time for who knows what I'll talk about as it pertains to my grandfather's record collection. I tell you one thing, I've been remembering some nifty stuff as these posts were being created, and guess what gang, you get to come along for the ride.



  1. Country Porn. Oh my. Your grandfather sounds like quite a character.

  2. He was at that, Lynn, he was at that. I found out quite a bit about that particular title and where it originated from (it was a boutique lable from Penthouse Magazine) while doing the research for this post.

  3. Hmmm, all the more reason for me to start going through my desk drawers and books to make sure I haven't left anything weird in them for family members to discover. I have enough trouble explaining some of the things I do, right now.
    I wonder if somebody told him that some day those unopened albums would be worth a lot more money that opened. I had one son that did that with baseball cards. An entire box of them, unopened. Now, they sit in his basement instead of mine. :)Bea

  4. Bea: A lot of these albums that were unopened, were from artists who were going either going through a significant down period creatively or were brand spanking new.

    Back in the mid to late 80's, MCA was informally known as Music Cemerary of America, much like The Warner Group is known as today.

    Which is to say, they just threw the albums out there for the general public and gave them no marketing/p.r. support whatsoever.

    Sad really.

  5. Country Porn! :D The title says it all. Well I'm not into country music and I'm not into porn either so I think I'll pass on this little collectors item thanks! :D

  6. Joe: What can I say? The title did make me do an about face. I found some interesting info while researching this particularly strange item.

    And I don't think it's that much of a collector's item as I do believe you can actually order this thing from Amazon...but sometimes, certain things are just better left in the 70's, and this is one of them.

    R.K.: I know, I know, I know. The possibilities of where you can actually go with this are truly endless.

    General comment here folks.

    It truly is a sign of the times where the absolutely weirdest thing that you can find in music, often becomes the most talked about item, regardless whether it's good or not.

  7. Is it possible grand Dad knew somebody handing him new LPs free? My mom had a friend dole-ing out free RCA promo LPs to me for years- including the Isley Bros n Springstien's born to run in the '70s before they were known.

    Or maybe he was in a record club where he picked out 10 free n didn't know what he was ordering, or have time to listen!

    Wonder how much the model for Country Porn got paid...

  8. Snaggle: It's quite possible.

    Granddad was a bit strange in his later years and forgetful in his later years, so who knows what was going on inside his head there.

    As for the other album, another good question. Makes me wonder what she looks like now some 35 years later.

  9. Country porn is still making me chuckle. Your grandfather knew how to keep himself and others entertained apparently. Fun post.

  10. Thanks.

    It's funny, but that album is so bad, that it should become a cult classic, and as a matter of fact, I believe you can still buy it on Amazon.

    BTW: The guy who did it, owns his own advertising agency.


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