Friday, April 16, 2010
Seashells Of North America Side A
I know a lot of you that follow me on Twitter were really excited about this when I mentioned it the other day. Probably about as excited as I was when I found this at Todd Farm in Rowley for FOUR DOLLARS. I nearly shit my pants when I saw this heaped in with the Asia and Humperdinck LPs.
Apparently this Pronouncing The Scientific Names Of Seashells Of North America LP was a companion to a book that was more in depth, with illustrations and descriptions and such. I don't have that book, though. Just the record.
Unlike a lot of the other weird old records I find and post on AGB, there's nothing I can say to pretend like this one has any musical qualities to it. Usually with vintage field recordings, I can hear similarities to legit music. But this isn't a field recording. This is a scientific/educational record with a highly specific audience. This is literally a dude reading, in the most straightforward way possible, seashell names of Latin origin. Unless you want to compare this to some crazy performance art, there's nothing else to it.
I wish I had something witty or insightful to say about this but I got nothing. It is what it is. It is just AWESOME.
2 technical notes: The B side has a couple of spots where it sounds like it skips, but it doesn't miss any of the seashell names. It's just a little hiccup. Also, included in the zip file is a stitched together scan of the back of the jacket which has a list of all the seashell names, in case you want to, you know, follow along with him or something.