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An Item From the CP Shop

Stencil on vinyl

SM0268 ID SM0268 (photo)
Arrived 9/24/07, PM (USPS)
From Ranbir Bains, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Description Stenciled 12" vinyl record
More info email Ranbir
Swapped for TBD
Status at CP

Ranbir's note says "I recycle damaged or crappy records and reuse them as canvasses for my stencils, screenprints, paintings and doodles." Neat idea, and this looks pretty sweet, especially since motorcycles rule, but let's look at Ranbir's assessment of this LP. No obvious scratches or cracks are visible on either side, so we must assume that Ranbir felt that "Midnight Blue," a 1983 album by British vocalist Louise Tucker was, in his words, "crappy." Louise's site asserts that Midnight Blue is "now regarded as the first combination of classical melody in a popular idiom to have enjoyed world-wide success." It sold 3 million copies and reached #1 in France, but is currently out-of-print. Amazon customer reviews award it five stars and gushing praise: "I get chills every time I hear Midnight Blue," "I practically wore through the grooves on two albums." The album is selling from three Amazon vendors at $115, $149, and $199. MusicStack vendors list it at slightly more modest prices, but it does seem to be in demand. Crappy? I have no doubt I'd retch at the very sound of "classical melody in a popular idiom" but let this be your lesson, Ranbir, there are plenty of rich people out there hungry for crappy music. You are the new Robert Rauschenberg, erasing Tucker's DeKooning. Bravo!

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