Beat Generation Albums

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The birth of the so called Beat Generation began with a bunch of drop-outs crossing the United States by car in search of true and authentic stories, feelings and of course kicks. Jack Kerouac wrote about them in his novel On The Road, that saw the light in august 1957. He wrote the whole story on a roll of paper that he put into his typewriter and created his continuous stream of consciousness. It was a time when drugs were not already forbidden and getting high was meant to free your mind of the sober postwar 1950’s style of living. You could not only cross worlds by dreaming about life, but you could really search it by leaving your house and explore the world by yourself. So let’s drop out!

Not only writers began to explore other worlds, but also artists and musicians went on searching other images and other sounds. Eden Ahbez was living as a drop out nature boy on the desperate beaches of California and he dreamt of exotic islands in the sun. His music on Eden’s Island, that came out in the very early 1960’s was soft and warm. You could actually feel the sun and hear the soft winds blow. He became the prototype hipster.

Beatniks (analogue to ‘sputnik’) became the voices of the Beat Generation. Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Ken Nordine and Lenny Bruce were some of the people who became the most inspiring voices of the Beat Generation. They could thrill the listener by modern storytelling in a more psychologic sense and the use drugs were the cornerstone to find that form of speech.

Many album sleeves of that time had a true authentic feeling of freedom. You could just sit there in the New York metropolitan playing bongos, shouting some strange words and have your own trip. You could make a photo collage of yourself playing guitar in outer space or picture yourself having lunch on a graveyard. It was hip, it was already far-out. Long before the British designers of Hipgnosis made their collages for bands like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin.

The best examples of Beatnik album sleeve art can be found on Rod McKuen’s Beatsville, Del Close & John Brent’s How To Speak Hip and Katie Lee’s Songs For Cough And Consultation, just to name a few.

Louis Armstrong in the leader of the 1959 movie The Beat Generation:

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Eden Ahbez – Eden’s Island (Del-Fi DFLP-1211) 1960

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Steve Allen – Steve Allen’s Grimm Fairy Tales For Hip Kids (Brunswick 86001) 1953 /(El ACMEM 162 CD) 2008

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Sheldon Allman – Folksongs For The 21st Century (Hi Fi R415) 1960

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Leona Anderson – Music To Suffer By (Sparton LP115) 1958

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Warren Barker – 77 Sunset Strip; Music From This Year’s Hottest New Television Show! (Warner Bros. Vitaphonic 1289) 1959

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Warren Barker – Warren Barker Is In (Warner Bros. 1331) 1959

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John Barry – Beat Girl (Columbia 33SX 1225) 1960

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Ray Bauduc & Nappy Lamare – Two-Berat Generation; Swingin’ Dixie By … (Capitol 1198) 1958

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Les Baxter & His Orchestra – Skins! Bongo Party With Les Baxter (Capitol T 774) 1957

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John Benson Brooks Trio – Avant Slant (One Plus 1 =2?); A Twelve Tone Collage (Decca DL75018) 1964

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Elmer Bernstein – O.S.T. Staccato; A Revue Television Production Starring John Cassavetes (Capitol T1287) 1959

Bianchi & His Jungle Sextet – Music To Play In The Dark (Hi-Standard LP 101) 1959 (see: Bob Romeo)

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Boyd Rice Experience – Hatesville! (Caciocavallo CAL33) 1995/2009

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Lenny Bruce – Lenny Bruce’s Interviews Of Our Times (Fantasy 7001) 1958

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Lenny Bruce – The Sick Humor Of Lenny Bruce (Fantasy 7003) 1959

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Lenny Bruce – American (Fantasy 7011) 1961

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Lenny Bruce – The Best Of Lenny Bruce (Fantasy 7012) 1962

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Lenny Bruce – What I Was Arrested For; The Story Of Lenny Bruce (Casablanca NBLP 7013) 1975

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Lord Buckley – Hipsters, Flipsters And Finger Poppin’ Daddies Knock Me Your Lobes (RCA Victor LPM 3246 10″LP) 1954

Lord Buckley – Euphoria, Volume I (Vaya VLP 101/2 10″LP) 1955

Lord Buckley – Euphoria, Volume II (Vaya VLP 107/8 10″ LP) 1955

Lord Buckley – Way Out Humor (World Pacific WP-1279) 1959

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Lord Buckley – The Best Of Lord Buckley (Elektra EKS 74047) 1963 (1969)

Lord Buckley – In Concert (World Pacific WP-1815) 1964

Lord Buckley – A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat (Straight STS 1054) 1969

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Jack Burger – Let’s Play Bongos (Hi Fi R803) 1957

Jack Burger – The End Of Bongos (Hi Fi R804) 1957

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Jack Burger – Let’s Play Congas (HI FI R809) 1958

Jack Burger – Progressive Bongo Instruction (Phonic JB-1001) 1966

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Edd Byrnes – Kookie; Star Of “77 Sunset Strip” (Warner Bros. 1309) 1959

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Del Close & John Brent – How To Speak Hip (Mercury OCM 2205 / OCS 6205) 1961 (first sleeve)

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Del Close & John Brent – How To Speak Hip (Mercury SR 61245) 1961 (second sleeve)

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Al Jazzbo Collins And The Bandidos (Impulse A9150) 1967

Al Jazzbeau Collins & Slim Gaillard -Steve Allen’s Hip Fables (Doctor Jazz FW 38729) 1983

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Jack Costanzo – Latin Fever (Liberty LRP 3093) 1958

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Jack Costanzo – Bongo Fever (Liberty LRP 3109) 1959

Jack Costanzo – Afro Can-Can (Liberty LST 7137) 1960

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Jack Costanzo – Learn To Play Bongos With Mr. Bongo (Liberty LRP-3177) 1961

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Preston Epps – Bongo, Bongo, Bongo (Original Sound OSR-LPM-8851) 1960

Slim Gaillard – Opera In Vout / Boogie Woogie At The Philharmonic (MGM MGC-506 10″LP)  194.

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Slim Gaillard – Opera In Vout (Verve 2404554) 1946-1956

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Slim Gaillard – Laughing In Rhythm (Verve 8145126512 CD) 1994

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Slim Gaillard & Friends – Jazz Masters, Volume 7: Chicken Rhythm (Polydor Special 545107) 1945-1946

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Slim Gaillard – Slim Gaillard Rides Again (Dot DLP 3190 / P25190 CD) 1959

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Babs Gonzales – Tales Of Manhattan; The Cool Philisophy Of Babs Gonzales (Jaro International JAM 5000) 1959

Babs Gonzales – Sunday Afternoon At Small’s Paradise (Dauntless DM 4311 / DS 6311) 1963

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Googie Rene – Presents Romesville (Class CSLP 5003) 1960

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Jack Hammer – Rebellion; Jack hammer Sings And Reads Songs And Poems Of The Beat Generation (Warwick W 2014) 1960

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Mel Henke – La Dolce Henke; The Mad Musical World Of Mel Henke (Warner Bros. 1472) 1962

Pierre Du Jardin – Jazzville In Percussion (Canadian Musical Industries CMI 111) 196.

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Gordon Jenkins – Seven Dreams (Decca DL 9011) 1953

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Jonah Jones – I Dig Chicks! (Capitol T 1193 / Regal SREG 1005) 1959

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Alex Kallao Trio – An Evening At The Embers (RCA Victor LJM 1011) 1954

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Fred Katz – Zen; The Music Of Fred Katz (Pacific Jazz 1231 / So Far Out OUT5016LP) 1957

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Fred Katz – Soul Cello (Decca DL9202 / So Far Out OUT5013LP) 1958

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Fred Katz – Folk Songs For Far Out Folk (Warner Bros. 1277) 1959

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Fred Katz – O.S.T. The Little Shop Of Horrors (… / Rhino RNSP 304) 1960 / 1984

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Jack Kerouac – Blues And Haikus / Featuring Al Cohn And Zoot Sims (Hanover HM 5006) 1959

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Jack Kerouac – Poetry For The Beat Generation (Dot Records DLP 3154) 1959

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Jack Kerouac – On The Beat Generation; Readings By Jack Kerouac (Verve MGV 15005) 1960

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Jack Kerouac – Legends Of The 20th Century (EMI 5201882 CD) 1999

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Jack Kerouac – The Beat Generation According To Jack Kerouac (Doxy DOY 006 4LP) 2011

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Jack Kerouac – The Beat Generation; The Complete Albums (Hoodoo 263535 3CD) 2016

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Eddie Lawrence – The Old Philosopher (Coral CRL 57103) 1957

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Katie Lee – Sings Spicy Songs For Cool Knoghts (Speciality SP 5000) 1956

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Katie Lee – Songs Of Couch And Consultation (Commentary CNT 01) 1957

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Kate Lee – Songs Of Couch And Consultation (Realm RM-102) 1958 version

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Katie Lee – Songs Of Couch And Consultation (Reprise RS-6025) 1962 version

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Katie Lee – Life Is Just A Bed Of Neuroses (RCA Victor LPM 2214) 1960

Tobie Lurie – The Poetry Of Toby Lurie (CMS 615) 196.

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Bab McFadden And Dor – Songs Our Mummy Taught Us (Brunswick BL 54056) 1959

Note: Dor = Rod McKuen

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Rod McKuen – Songs For A Lazy Afternoon (Liberty LRP 3011) 1956

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Rod McKuen – Time Of Desire (Hi Fi R407) 1958

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Rod McKuen – Beatsville (Hi Fi R419) 1959

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Rod McKuen – In Search Of Eros; Loneliness And Love In The Age Of Eroticism (Epic BN 26370) 1968

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Rod McKuen – Listen To The Warm (RCA Victor LSP 3863) 1967

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Rod McKuen With The San Sebastian Strings  – The Sea (Warner Bros. 1670) 1967

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Rod McKuen – Greatest Hits Of Rod McKuen (Warner Bros. WS2772) 1969

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Rod McKuen – Love’s Been Good To Me (Pickwick SPC 3248) 1970

Rudy Ray Moore – The Beatnik Scene (Kent 3006) 1962

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Don Morrow – Grimm’s Hip Fairy Tales, As Dug By Don Morrow (Roulette SR 25146) 1961

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Ken Nordine & The Fred Katz Group – Word Jazz (Dot DLP 3075) 1957

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Ken Nordine & The Fred Katz Group – Son Of Word Jazz (Dot DLP 3096) 1957

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Ken Nordine – Love Words; Ken Nordine Spoeaks Lyrically Of Love (Dot DLP 3115) 1958

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Ken Nordine – (Word Jazz) Next! (Dot DLP3196) 1959

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Ken Nordine – Word Jazz, Vol. II (Dot DLP 3301) 1960

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Ken Nordine – Colors; A Sensuous Listening Experience (Philips 652101BL / BL 7785) 1966

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Ken Nordine – Twink; Ken Nordine Does Robert Shure’s …(Philips PHM 600 258 / PHS 600 258) 1967

The Nutty Squirrels – same (Hanover HM 8014 / Pye …) 1959

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The Nutty Squirrels – Bird Watching (Sascha Burland & Don Elliott) (Columbia CS 8389) 1959

Mike Pacheco – Bongo Skins (Tampa TP 10) 1954

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Mike Pacheco – Bongo Session (Tampa TP 21) 1955

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Mike Pacheco – Bongo Date (Tampa TP 30) 1957

Mike Pacheco – Mucho Calor (Andex A 3002) 1958

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Short Petterstein – The Whole Weird World Of Shorty Petterstein; More Interviews Of Our Time (World Pacific WPM 412) 1958

Sidney Poitier – Jackie Barnett Presents Poitier Meets Plato (Warner Bros. 1561) 1964

Joe Puma And The Audiobon All-Stars – Like Tweet (Columbia CS8418) 1961

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Don Ralke – But You’ve Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos ((Warner Bros. 1360) 1960

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Don Ralke – Introspection IV (Warner Bros. 1372) 1960

Willie Restum – At The Dream Lounge (Gone GLP 5011) 1959

Bobby Richards Sextet – Cool Variations (Mount Vernon Music MVS133) 1961

Art Roberts – Hip Fables (Quill LP-2000) 196?

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Bob Romeo & His Flute & The Jungle Sextet – Aphrodisia (Sunset LP 304) 1956

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Bob Rosengarden & Phil Kraus – Like Bongos! (Time S 2025) 1960

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Saroff And The Cool Ones – Like Beat Man (Kapp KL 1173) 1959

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Tony Schwartz – The New York Taxi Driver; Spontaneous, In The Cab Recordings Of … (Columbia Masterworks ML 5309) 1959

W. Cleon Skousen – Instant Insanity Drugs (Key KLP 1101) 1968

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Creed Taylor Orchestra / Kenyon Hopkins – Shock Music In Hi-Fi; Don’t Dare Listen To This Music Alone (ABC-Paramount ABCS 259) 1958

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Creed Taylor Orchestra / Kenyon Hopkins – Panic; Son Of Shock (Music In Hi-Fi) (ABS ABC 314) 1960

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Kenyon Hopkins – Nightmare!! (MGM E 4104) 1962

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Irving Taylor – The Whimsical World Of Irving Taylor (Warner Bros. 1352) 1959

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Gerald Wiggins Trio – Wiggin The Wig (Dig LPJ 102) 1955

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Paul Winter – A Winter’s Tale; Songs To Make You Thimk (Offbeat 4010) 1958

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Various – Beat, Beat, Beatsville; Beatnik Rock’n’Roll (Bongo 001 CD) 1996

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Various – The Beat Generation (Rhino R2/R4 70281 3CD Box) 1992

Various – The Beat Experience (Red Hot / Voyager CDRom) 1998

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Various – Beat Generation Jazz Poetry Folk Lyrics (Musitron) 196.

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Various Artists – Beat Jazz; Pictures From The Gone World (Pesky Serpent PS 1001 LP/CD) 2005

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Various Artists – Beat Jazz; Pictures From The Gone World, Volume 2 (Pesky Serpent PS 1002 LP/CD) 2009

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Various – Beat Scene; Jack Kerouac, His Contemporaries And Influences (El ACMEM 184 CD) 2010

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Various – The Best Of The Beat Generation (Rhino R2 78302 CD) 2002

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Various – Coffee House (Dorian 1001) 1959

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Various – The Cool Scene; Twelve New Ways To Fly (Warner Bros. 1328) 1959

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Various – The Cool Scene; Twelve New Ways To Fly (Righteous PSALM23:28 CD) 2010

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Greenwich Village’s Cafe Bizarre Presents Assorted Madness (Musitron) 1959?

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Original Soundtrack / Jack Nitzsche – Heart Beat (Capitol 500 12029) 1979

Various – Howls, Raps & Roars; Recordings From The San Fransisco Poetry Renaissance (Fantasy 4FCD 4410 4CD Box) 1993

Various – Jazz Canto; An Anthology Of Poetry And Jazz, Vol. 1 (World Pacific WP-1244) 1958

Various – Jazz Canto; An Anthology Of Poetry And Jazz (Righteous PSALM 23:4 CD) 2009

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Various – Jazz Of The Beat Generation (Jazz FM CD41 2CD) 2003

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Various – Mambo For Cats (RCA LPM 1063) 1954

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Original Broadway Cast – The Nervous Set (Columbia Masterworks OL 5430) 1959

Various – Night At The Hootenanny Coffee House (Yale …) 1963

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Various Artists – Swing For A Crime (GMG Venus In Furs 75031) 1988

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Various Artists – Welcome To The Beat Generation (Beat 002) 1991

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Various Artists – The Yellow Unicorn (Imperial IR LP 9092) 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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