Friday, April 16, 2010

OOPs: Pronouncing The Scientific Names Of Seashells Of North America (not on label, 1969)

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.



Anonymous said...

dude! you're a champ.

sroden said...

this is one darn wonderful wonderful record... mucho thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic share! I never thought I could hear anything like this. Might be the most curious curiosity I have ever heard. I love your blog, by the way. I have one myself- could I humbly ask for the privilege of beeing featured in your list? :)

Jupiter C. Scott said...

I agree with the rest, this is very excellent and such an odd little record in its specificity which of course makes it even more charming. Thanks for sharing! Surely it is doubtful any of us would have found this in our lifetimes?!

Kara Marrs said...

My grandparents collected shells, and I have this album. I do not have a record player, thanks for the zip file. I have some of the author's other books also.