Saturday, September 29, 2007

Oodles Of Doodles CCLXXVI

Well, I was trying to post one last doodle to the blog tonight, but Blogger has decided to quit cooperating. I can't seem to post the picture. Shame, too, because I had some cool musical instruments from an old 78 sleeve by Columbia. Maybe if I keep typing and stalling long enough, I'll be able to post it. Maybe not. Ah, there it goes. So, what do you think, was it worth the wait?

Oodles Of Doodles CCLXXV

I don't know what's gotten into me tonight, I'm just in a doodle posting mood. Here's the fifth doodle of the evening, a great set of musicians and dancers from an artist I haven't seen before, Eutemey, I think. Lots of great action going on here. This comes from the flip side of the various artists LP Just For Dancing (Para Sailar) (RCA Victor LPM-1630, 1958). Artists included are Orquesta Aragon, Belmonte And His Orchestra, Eddie Cano, His Piano And Orchestra, Conjunto Casino, Johnny Conquet, His Piano And Orchestra and Manny Lopez And His Orchestra. The liner notes on the back are in both Spanish and English, but I think this was a release from RCA in the US. Don't forget, you can click on the picture above for a much larger version. I notice that this great image looses a lot of it's impact when it's scaled down for this post.

Oodles Of Doodles CCLXXIV

Just to throw everyone off, here's a fourth doodle for the day, the second one from Mozelle Thompson. I knew about this doodle a long time ago from a CD reissue of this LP I saw online. But it was only recently that I stumbled across this Living Stereo version. (I think I found a mono version a while ago, but threw it back because the cover was in terrible shape.) This is one of those rare doodles that's reproduced in color on the back of the sleeve. In fact, this one is odd in that a similar, thought not identical, doodle is featured on the front of the LP. You have to look close to see that it's not the same, but it's not. The fact that it's in the background and slightly blurry behind Mr. Fiedler doesn't help, either. I wonder if it's actually drawn that large, or if they've composited two pictures together? Either way, I've got a scan of the LP cover for you, but Blogger is giving me a hard time about posting it. Hopefully I'll be able to get it up before I finish typing this post. The LP in question is Boston Pops Orchestra-Arthur Fiedler, Conductor-Marches In Hi-Fi (RCA Victor LSC-2229, 1958), and is my first doodle from an RCA Red Seal record, which was their line for classical releases. Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops did plenty of slightly more popular stuff, but it all came out on the Red Seal line.

Oodles Of Doodles CCLXXIII

What? Three doodles posted in one day? I must be insane! Maybe, maybe not. Just enjoy it while it lasts. I got on a roll tonight and did a bit of scanning. This third installment of the day is by another doodle artist that has shown up here numerous times, but is known only by the initials RR. This seems to be the first time he's shown up on a label other than RCA, though. I guess he wasn't under contract to them. This large sketch is supposed to be in Vienna, but I couldn't tell you where. I think that's supposed to be a clock in the background, but it looks a little odd to me. Either way, this is from Robert Stolz And His Orchestra-The Melodies Of Robert Stolz (MGM E3851, 1960).

Oodles Of Doodles CCLXXII-More Mozelle

While I'm posting doodles, I wanted to get up this great candelabra by Mozelle Thompson. This is an artist that I've posted before, but I still don't know much about him or her. There's got to be some info out there somewhere, but I haven't found it. Not that I've looked real hard. I wouldn't make first cut as a host on History Detectives, I'm afraid. Anyhow, this doodle comes, not from a Liberace LP, but from the back of Emery Deutsch, His Violin And Orchestra-Candlelight Moods (RCA Victor LPM-1094, 1958).

Oodles Of Doodles CCLXXI-Finally A Flora!

It's taken me a while, but I have finally found a Flora doodle all my own! I've been posting doodles now for two and a half years, but this is the first one I've found by Jim Flora, or, if you look closely between the trombonists legs above, James Flora. That's right, it's actually got a name on it, a rarity in the doodle world. But even if the name weren't there, you would be able to tell this was done by Mr. Flora. The odd proportions, the not-quite-right musical instruments, the tribute along the bottom to jazz-age footwear, the only thing missing here is the off-kilter color scheme usually employed by the color-blind Jim Flora. (Oh, and everybody has the right number of arms, legs, eyes and ears.) But it's a doodle, and those are almost always in black and white, so we can't complain about that. I found this record at a Salvation Army store, and I think I let out an audible whoop when I flipped the sleeve over and saw it. I didn't realize until I got home that the wrong record was in the sleeve. No matter though, the art is what's important here. Oh, I guess something else would be important, like the fact that this doodle is from the back side of The Dukes Of Dixieland-At The Jazz Band Ball (RCA Victor LPM-2097, 1959).

Monday, September 24, 2007

Towards The End Of September

How appropriate that last week contained the first day of Autumn, and this week you get some nice fall color. I found this red maple last year behind Stan Hywet near Akron, Ohio. I think there are quite a few pictures like this coming up in the next month or so, so stay tuned!