Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas With Chimes And Chorus

While putting away some records that were in my office I found this Christmas album that I purchased a few months ago at a thrift shop, and thought I would post it here tonight, with Christmas being just 2 days away!
Its a Disneyland Record (DQ-1239) from 1963 and is called, 30 Favorite Songs of Christmas with Chimes and Chorus. It includes 30 traditional Christmas favorites filled with tons of bells and chimes... a little to many bells and chimes for my liking! Luckily the great looking artwork on the album cover makes up for the music on the vinyl, which looks like it had never been played before.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mickey's Chrismas Carol

Now that it is December, I thought I would share this Disneyland Records version of Mickey's Christmas Carol that I picked up a few months back. This album is from 1982 and as all other Disney records with read along story books, this one is a 7 inch 33 1/3 RPM long playing record.
While working in my office tonight I have turned on my Ion TTUSB10 USB Turntable to listen to a bunch of my Christmas vinyl. There is something so comforting in all those clicks and pops while listening to your old favorites. And who could forget hearing"This is the story of Mickey's Christmas Carol. You can read along with me in your book. You will know it is time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this..."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happiest Songs Presented by Your Gulf Dealer

Yesterday I visited one of my favorite thrift shops for records. To my surprise, they had actually expanded across the street as well, so the store is now actually twice the size. And they didn't disappoint. I came home with a pile of 25 cent records! One of the records I especially liked is this promotional record from Gulf. On the back of this 1967 album it says, "Your Gulf Dealer is happy to make this collector's album available to you."
The quality of the cover and record are pretty trashed, but I really like the cover artwork, and I love promotional items, so this is pretty cool. A quick check in my Disney vinyl collectors price guide lists this album at $15 is near mint condition, so I am guessing this copy is worth about $1.. so, I made out like a bandit, as I only paid 25 cents. woohoo!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Disneyland's Mainstreet Music Shop

While surfing the net the other day, I happened upon this awesome photo from the Wonderland Music Store on Disneyland's Mainstreet. My eyes glazed over as I clicked on the photo to make it full size and I saw racks full of Disney vinyl just waiting to be purchased by happy Disneyland shoppers. I am not sure of the date of the photo but from the albums I can see on display I would guess this photo is from the mid 70's.
Going along with my last post talking about Disney releasing vinyl records again, I have to say that I would LOVE to walk into a shop on Mainstreet today and be greeted with a display like this! And if I had a time machine, I'm sure I'd have to take a trip back to 1979 to visit this shop, with a pocket full of cash!
Thanks to the great blog by amazing Disney designer Kevin Kidney for posting this photo.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Princess and the Frog Soundtrack Vinyl Record

Princess the the Frog vinyl LP soundtrackWhile I was surfing the net tonight I was listening to my iTunes library and on came the soundtrack to the recent Disney animated film Princess and the Frog. As the songs were playing, I happened upon a web site that had some gorgeous images of picture discs of various old Disney films. That got me to thinking. I wonder if Disney has released any of their recent film soundtracks as vinyl records? It is kind of popular for bands to do it these days - release a limited edition vinyl version of their album as a collectible for fans. A lot of record stores now even have a small section devoted to these new vinyl releases. But, alas, after doing a few minutes of Google searching, it would seem that Disney has not jumped on the retro vinyl band wagon. That's too bad, as I am sure they would find that they would have a decent market among Disney collectors. I know I would be buying them!
I put together a quick Photoshop version of the Princess and the Frog LP which may just get you as excited for new Disney vinyl as I am! C'mon Disney, you have never been known to miss a marketing opportunity.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Smokey the Bear

My visit to the local thrift shop this past Monday yielded a large pile of cool records, books and a very cool Fisher-Price Music Box Movie Camera from the late 60's, early 70's.
One of the cooler records I picked up was this Disneyland Record / a Little Golden Book & Record of Smoke the Bear from 1955.
From the first page of the book... Everyone knows that Smokey The Bear is the symbol of forest fire prevention. But, not many people know how Smokey got his name. And how many of you know why he wears a forest ranger's hat and a pair of dungarees? Let's turn the page and find out the whole story about this famous, real-life bear... [skipping to the last page]... And always remember Smokey's motto: "Only you can prevent forest fires."
As for the rest of the story? You will just have to find a copy of this little gem for yourself!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Big Disney Records Score!

Various Disneyland RecordsOn Saturday evening my wife called me at 8:35 to let me know that she was at Talize (a local mega thrift store) and somebody had donated an entire collection of Disney records. I threw Kaden in the car and we headed off to the store before they closed at 9 pm. The store was across town, and we happened to come across a major traffic accident which had closed down one of the major streets we needed to get there. We arrived in the Talize parking lot at 8:55 pm. We ran into the store and headed to the back where the records are and found my wife standing there with a buggy full to capacity of Disney LPs and 45s. Before I even started looking though them, they were announcing over the PA that the store was now closed and for any shoppers left in the store to bring their items up to the cashier. I didn't have much time, so I quickly flipped though all the albums and picked out any I was sure I didn't already have. I came home with 34 LPs and 6 45's. I would have enjoyed having a little more time to look though them all, and I didn't even get to look through the racks to see if she had missed anything.
On my way out of the store, there was an older gentleman and I overheard him talking about seeing some cylinder records in the store - as soon as I heard that, I had to dash back into the home entertainment section to see what he was talking about. I ended up coming home with another very cool item which I will post about on my Big Pile of Stuff blog soon.