BOBBY DARIN'S second album

Oh the thrill of a thrift store when you find something that really makes you smile. This happened last Friday when I found two old vinyl albums, each 8o cents.

Bobby Darin's second album featuring "Mack the Knife" and "Beyond the Sea" came out in 1959. The cover and LP are in remarkable condition. Virtually no wear, meaning no hisses or pops. Though I have the recordings in a box set of Darin, it was still really nice to hear them on warm vinyl. When this album came out I was too young to get it. I was about a year away from when I had enough of an allowance to buy 45s.

Listening to the music takes me back and I wonder about the first person that owned this. Taking the album out of the cover the first time and putting it on their turntable. Note that it is not in stereo. This was Hi-Fidelity.

My folks didn't get a stereo until the next year, 1960, and they bought it at the submarine base exchange at Pearl Harbor. They then gave me their old record player/radio which was a big piece of furniture. Until then I had a little red and white box with a handle, turntable inside. Before that, when I was very little, I had a blue metal turntable on which I would play "Big Rock Candy Mountain" over and over again. The big piece of furniture was a big step up for me.

And no, the type on the cover is not warped as shown in the images. I took this with my little Nikon instead of scanning and piecing it together.

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  1. I had this at one time and have a couple others of his and others from this time period on Atlantic and they are ALL on VERY stiff cardboard and the covers have held up remarkably well being 50 years old = or - a year or two. These ARE classic Pop recordings. I never pass up a chqance to get old LPs like this. Quite a price you picked them up at; I would guess if the condition is as you say, this one is easily a $30-$50 item.

  2. Wow, that's a nice chunk of change compared to the 80 cents. But I love it simply because it "is" and not for monetary value. I'm getting a kick out of imagining myself a teenager in 1959.