Record Machine: “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” by The Royal Guardsmen

Though I am no great Peanuts fan, I find this single in my collection somewhat adorable because it would have been something my dad purchased as an eleven-year-old. It’s bubblegum in the same way The Monkees were around the same time period, with the band capitalizing on the Beatles’ success by picking a British-themed name.

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Record Machine: Auscultation of The Heart by J.B. Barlow and W.A. Pocock

Released in 1966 to assist students in the Medical School Program of Warner-Chilcott Laboratories, Auscultation of The Heart has to be the most unusual record in my collection. With auscultation defined as “the act of listening to sounds arising within organs (as the lungs) as an aid to diagnosis and treatment” by Merriam-Webster, this album is literally the sound of heartbeats paired with medical commentary.

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Record Machine: “I Don’t Wanna Be Around You” by The Innocence

Before flipping through my dad’s box of 45s, acquired mainly in his junior high years, I’d never heard of The Innocence. The “Kama Sutra Music” label is what first caught my attention. Listening to the “There’s Got to be a Word” single and its B-side, “I Don’t Wanna Be Around You,” provided no additional illumination.

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Record Machine: “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan

Like many children born in the 1980s, “Mellow Yellow” makes me think of the soda commercials first and the song second. Donovan has a long history of not being as revered as he might have liked, so I feel compelled to at least give his famous song a better look.

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