Cats on Album Covers

You love them or you hate them, there’s not much in-between. Cats are everywhere in this world, like humans. And they live in houses too. But away from home they rule their world like like no others. In Walt Disney’s famous Aristocats they rule the roofs of Paris, an ideal ambiance for a love story. But why should you put cats on records? Do they have a better outlook than if the artists themselves are on the frontcover? Cats are in fact a great substitute or alter ego if you want to see to that way. They always look happy or proud (even if they are not), they are creepy sometimes or just funny or droll or cool. And they form a great combo as well! Everybody Wants To Be A Cat!

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Various – Feline Groovy; 24 Purrfect Tracks For Kool Kats (Ace CD CHD- 1168) 2008

1. Three Cool Cats – The Coasters
2. Cleo – Rene Hall
3. Kitty Kat – Paul Ott
4. El Pussy Cat – Mongo Santamaria
5. Cat Hop – The Dodgers
6. The Siamese Cat Song – Lu Ann Simms
7. Alley Cat – David Thorne
8. Cat Nip – Dave Cortez/Dave “Baby” Cortez
9. Sweet Pussycat – The James Morgan Duo/Morgan James Duo
10. Leave My Kitten Alone – Little Willie John
11. Sneakin’ up on You – Peggy Lee
12. The Cat – Eddie & Ernie/Jimmy Smith
13. The Cat Came Back – Sonny James/Tom Jones
14. Love Kitten – Noreen Corcoran/Norma Tanega
15. House Cat – Jimmy Smith/The Romancers
16. The Kitty Kat Song – Lee Dorsey/Sonny James
17. That Darn Cat – Noreen Corcoran/Buddy Greco
18. Let’s Do the Cat – Jamie Ross/The Romancers
19. If You Play With Cats – Lee Dorsey/Charles Brown
20. Tom Cat – Rooftop Singers/Buddy Greco
21. Top Cat Theme – Kenny Rice & Leo’s Five/Jamie Ross/Top Cat Orchestra & Chorus

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Covercats in the 1940’s:

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Cat Anderson – Swingin’ The Cat (Apollo 78RPM 771) 1947

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Milton Cross – Puss ‘n’ Boots (Caravan 78RPM C-1) 1949

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Albert Grobe With The Gene Lowell Chorus – Pussycats Christmas (The Children’s Record Guild  10″ 78RPM 727) 1949

Covercats in the 1950’s:

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T.S. Elliott / Philharmonia Orchestra – Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats (Angel …) 195.

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Art Hodes – Cat On The Keys (Concert Disc CS-50) 195.

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Bob Crosby & His Bob Cats – South Pacific With … (London …) 195.

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Bob Crosby’s Bobcats – same (Capitol H-293) 1951

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Tom & Jerry – By Rocket Ship To The Moon (MGM S-20) 195.

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Ray Turner – Kitten On The Keys (Capitol 3 x 7″ CCF 306 or 10″ H-306) 1952

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Count Basie – Basie’s Back In Town (Epic LN-3169) 1955

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Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra – Hodge Podge (Epic LG-3105) 1955

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Tom Zurke & His Delta Rhythm Band – Tom Cat On The Keys (RCA Victor LJM-1013) 1955

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Bob Crosby & The Bob Cats – The Bob Cats Ball (Columbia … / Coral CRL 57005) 1955

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Wally Stott & His Orchestra – The Cat (from Coosbay) (Philips 7″ EP 425001 BE) 1955

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Leroy Anderson – Christmas Carols Vol.1 (Decca 7″ EP ED-2313) 1955

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Bob Crosby & His Bob Cats – In Hi-Fi (Coral CRL- 57170) 1956

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Children’s Fun Festival; A Collection Of Kiddy Favorites (Heide Ho HH-5005) 195.

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Pee Wee Russell And His Dixieland Band – same (Allegre 7″ EP 1745) 1956

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Bill Hitz & His Orchestra – Music For The Swingin’ Age … (Decca DL-8392) 1956

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Wayne King & His Orchestra – Smooth As Sil (Decca DL-8353) 1956

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Liberace – Kiddin’ On The Keys (Columbia 10″ CL-2592) 1956

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Buck Clayton . 25 Star Jazzmen – All The Cats Join In A Buck Clayton Jam Session (Columbia CL-882) 1956

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The Harmonicats – Aragonaise (Mercury 7″ EP EP-1-3237) 1956

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Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats – The Cats Meow (Mercury MG-20136) 1956

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Various – Mambo For Cats (RCA LPM-1063 – also released as a double 7″) 1957

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other Flora art

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Joe Puma – Wild Kitten (Dawn DLP-1118 / Euphoria ELP-195) 1957

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Joe Castro – Mood Jazz (Atlantic SD-1264) 1957

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Maede Lux Lewis – Cat House Piano (Verve MGV-1006) 1957

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Joe Newman – The Happy Cats (Vogue/Coral LVA-9052) 1957

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Shelly Manne & His Men – Volume 5: More Swingin’ Sounds (Contemporary C-3519) 1957

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Various / Fay Richmonde – My Pussy Belongs To Daddy (Beacon BEACON-305) 1957

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Guy Lombardo – Soft And Sweet (Decca DL-8135) 1957

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Ray Connif & His Orchestra – Dance The Bop! (Columbia CL-1004) 1957

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Jack Ary Et Son High Society Cha Cha Cha – same; Volume 4 (Disques Vogue EPL-7610) 1958

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Jack Ary Et Son High Society Cha Cha Cha – same; Volume 5 (Disques Vogue EPL-7628) 1958

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Stanley Black & Gis Orchestra – Sophisticat In Cuba (Decca LK-4234) 1958

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The “Cat” Anderson Orchestra – Cat On A Hot Tin Horn (Mercury MG-36142) 1958

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Various – Music For Swingin’ Cats (Sesac / Repertory Recordings AD-34) 1958

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Frankie Laine – Foreign Affair (Columbia CL-1116) 1958

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Unknown studio group – Kiddies Christmas (Crown CLP-5083) 1958

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Dante & His Orchestra – Serenade For Sex Kittens (Carlton LP-12/101) 1958

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The Harmonicats – same (RLO LP-131) 1958

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Dixie Land All-Stars – Dixiecats (Roulette R-25015) 1958

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Dick Katz – Kool For Katz (Pye Nixa 10″ NPT-19033) 1959

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The Dixie Double-Cats – Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (20th Century Fox FOX 3027) 1959

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Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane & others – The Cats (New Jazz LP NJLP-8217 / OJC CD 079-2) 1959

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OST – Felix The Cat (Peter Pan 45-492) 1959

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Kreisler – Liebesleid And Other Kreisler Favorites (Westminster XWN-18438) 195.

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Bob Allan Et Son Orchestra – Cha Cha Cha (Symphonium SEP-10) 195.

 

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Bob Fleming – Mr. Sax (Foac LPF-10.057) 195.

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Paulo Altran – Romao E Julinha (RCA Victor  GBG-14) 195.

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A Child’s Very Favorite Songbook (Twinkle …) 195.

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Patty Hanley – Cat At The Console (International Records LP-5041) 195.

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Patty Hanley – Kitten Kapers (International Records LP-5043) 195.

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Covercats in the 1960’s:

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Girl With Cat’s Eye (EMI Pathe 7″ PHK-1021) 196.

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Dennie Poole – Cool Cat, Hot Vibes (Vernon VM-501) 196.

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Mario Bua EtSon Orchestre – Cha Cha Chacrileges (Polydor 20939) 196.

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OST – Felix The Cat (Movie Wheels Flexidisc MW-1001) 1960

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Jack Fina & His Orchestra – Kitten On The Keys (Dot DLP-3374) 1960

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Richard Harris Et Ses Dixie Cats – Mon Beau Chapeau (Ricordi 7″ EP 45 S-097)

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Various – Surprise Party: Miam Miam (Barclay 7″ EP 72401) 196.

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Various – Surprise Party: Miaou! (Barclay 7″ EP 72316) 196.

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Claude Bolling – Plays Duke Ellington (Fontana TFL-5115) 1960

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Harry Robinson String Sound -Moody And Magnificent (Top Rank BUY-019) 1960

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Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats – Harmonically Yours (Mercury MG-20485) 1960

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Maysa – Musica De … (RGE XRLP-5.173) 1960

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Fela Sowande & His Quiet Rhythm – Slowly, Slowly (Decca  SKL-4124) 1961

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O.S.T. – La Dolce Vita (RCA FSO-1) 1961

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Different edition (RCA Victor LPC-136) 1961

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John Greenway – The Cat Came Back And Other Fun Songs (Prestige INT-13011) 1961

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Les Chats Sauvages – Je Veux Tout Ce Que Tu Veux (Pathe 7″ EP EA-493) 1961

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The Crazy Cats – Swingin’ Safari (RCA Victor 7″ LC-6004) 1962

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Terry Snyder & His All Stars – Gentle Purr-cussion (United Artists WWR-3521) 1962

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The Harmonicats – same (Design DLP-202) 1962

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Elmer Bernstein – O.S.T. Walk On The Wild Side (Coreo A4ST) 1962

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Peggy Lee – Spice (alternative cover) around 1962

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Les Chats Sauvages – Twist A St. Tropez (Pathe 7″ EP EA-569) 1962

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Various – Music For Pussycats (Design DLP-198) 1962

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The Three Suns – Warm And Tender (RCA Victor LPM-2617) 1962

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Bent Fabric – Alley Cat (Atco 33-148) 1962

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Bent Fabric – Alley Cat (Metronome MLP-15109) 1962

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Sylvie Vartan – Moi Je Pense Encore A Toi (RCA Victor 7″ EP 76.602 S) 1962

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The Yale Alley Cats – Bewitching (self released) 1963

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4 Sax Succes – Volume 1 (Pathe Special Danse 7″ 45 EA 3..) 1963

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4 Sax Succes – Volume 2 (Pathe Special Danse 7″ 45 EA 348) 1963

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4 Sax Succes – Volume 3 (Pathe Special Danse 7″ 45 EA 365) 196

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Marian Anderson – Snoopycat; The Amazing Adventures Of Marian Anderson’s Cat Snoopy (Folkways FC-7770) 1963

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Sylvie Vartan – L’Homme En Noir (RCA Victor 7″ EP 86.071 M) 1964

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Marta Szirmai – MZ With The Qualiton Jazz Group (Qualiton LPX-7276) 1964

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Lucky Blondo – Sur Ton Visage Une Larme (Fontana 7″ EP 460.912 ME) 1964

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Perez Prado & His Orchestra – A Cat In Latin (Parlophone PMC-1226) 1964

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Jimmy Smith – The Cat (Verve V6-8587) 1964

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Dave Van Ronk – Inside … (Prestige FL-14025) 1964

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David Rose – The Velvet Beat; Lush String Interpretations Of Today’s Hits (MGM CS-8002) 1965

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Francois Deguelt – En Italie (EMI/Columbia 7″ EP ESRF-1693) 1965

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Robert F. Brunner / Louis Prima & Bobby Trooup- OST That Darn Cat (Buena Vista STER-3334) 1965

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Robert F. Brunner / Louis Prima – That Darn Cat (Buena Vista 7″ F-445) 1965

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Images from the movie for Penneys, cat -food and others

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OST – What’s New Pussycat? (United Artists UAL-4128 / this is the CD version) 1965

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poster art for “What’s New Pussycat?”

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Quincy Jones & His Orchestra – Quincy Plays For Pussycats (Mercury SR-61050) 1965

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Boston Pops / Arthur Fiedler – Tenderly (RCA LSC-2798)

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Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home / Subterranean Homesick Blues (Columbia CS-9128) 1965

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Catherine Sauvage – Chansons Francaises Du Canada (Philips P 70369 L) 1966

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Stan Reynolds – Plays A Stereo Salute To James Last, Volume 2 (Marble Arch MALS S-1218) 196.

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Ian And Sylvia – Lovin’ Sound (MGM SE-4388) 1967

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The Cats – Cats As Cats Can (Imperial SALI-8002) 1967

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Albert – King – Born Under A Bad Sign (Stax S-723) 1967

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Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians – Alley Cat (Pickwick SPC-3358) 1967

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EP 1967

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Four Cats – same (Scandia HSLP-115) 1969

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Your Cat And You (Columbia Special Products CSP-111) 1969

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Various – The World Of Phase 4 Stereo (Decca SPA-32) 1969

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The Pussy Group – Pussy Plays (Morgan Blue Town B.T. 5002) 1969

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What Makes Your Cat Purr? (…) 196.

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Lena Segovia – Organ Romantico (Maze 054) 197.

Covercats in the 1970’s:

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O.S.T. – The Aristocats (Disney 7″ EP 349) 1970

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O.S.T. – The Aristocats And Other Cat Songs (Disney DQ-1333) 1970

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O.S.T. – Josie & The Pussycats (Capitol ST-665) 1970

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Mc Culley Workshop Inc. – same (Trutone STO 727) 1970

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Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat (A&M SP-4313) 1971

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Carole King – Tapestry (A&M AMLS-2025) 1971

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OST – Felix The Cat (Fantasy F-9406) 1972

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Cher – Dark Lady (MCA 5C 062-95490) 1974

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Buzzy Linhardt – Pussycats Can Go Far (Atco SD-7044) 1974

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Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats – Harmonica Rhapsody (Embassy EMB-31047) 1974

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Harry Nilsson, Produced By John Lennon – Pussycats (RCA CPL1-0570) 1974

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The Duke Of Burlington – The Pressed Piano (Joker SM-3343) 1975

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The Yale Alley Cats – Magic To Do (self released ACLF-77)( 1977

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Squeeze – Cool For Cats (A&M AMS-7426) 1979

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Squeeze – Cool For Cats (A&M SP-4759) 1979

Covercats in the 1980’s:

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Mink Deville – Le Chat Bleu (Capitol 1C 064-11955) 1980

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Bud Powell – A Portrait Of Thelonious (Columbia PC-36805) 1980

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OST – Cats (Polydor CATX 001) 1981

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Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough (Mute 7″ 7 MUTE-016) 1981

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Lucky Pierre – Divorce In The USA (Watsongs Inc. 7″ WS-100) 1982

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The Cure – The Lovecats (Fiction FICSX-19) 1983

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Beat Happening – same (K Records …) 1985

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Patti Austin – Gettin’ Away With Murder (Qwest 7599-25276-2) 1985

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Washington Dead Cats – Ghost Can’t Talk (Bondage 7″ BR 001) 1986

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L’Attentat – The King Of The Neighborhood (Circo RE CR-8508) 1986

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Frank Zappa / London Philharmonic Orchestra – Volume II (Zappa ZAPPA-5) 1987

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Frank Potenza – Soft & Warm (TBA TB-222) 1987

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Nino Buonocore – Una Citta Tra Lo Mani (EMI 090-7902042) 1988

Covercats in the 1990’s:

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The Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness (4.A.D. CAD-0002) 1990

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The Jesus Lizard – Liar (Touch & Go TG-100) 1992

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The Hepcats – Christmas With … (…) 1993

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Tindersticks – City Sickness (This Way Up 7″ WAY-1811) 1993

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Tinderstick -Kathleen (This Way Up 7″ / 12″ WAY-2811) 1994

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Television Personalities – Far Away & Lost In Joy (Vinyl Japan 12″ TASK-28) 1994

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Heavenly – The Decline And Fall Of … (Sarah SARAH-623) 1994

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Lisa Loeb – Tails (Geffen GEFD-24734) 1995

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Tindersticks – The Bloomsbury Theatre 12-3-95 (This Way Up 528 597-2) 1995

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Blink 182 – Chesshire Cat (Grilled Cheese CD GRL-001) 1995

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Catherine Wheel – Like Cats And Dogs (Mercury CD P2 32456) 1996

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Television Personalities – Now That I’m A Junkie (Little Teddy 7″ LITE-741) 1996

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Eels – Novocaine For The Soul (Dream Works CD Single DRMS-22174) 1996

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Renaud – Chante Brassens (Virgin 7243 8 40770 2 0) 1996

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Cevin Key / Subconscious Electronic Orchestra – Music For Cats (Metropolis MET 075) 1998

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Mark Lanegan – Scraps At Midnight (Sup Pop SPCD-419) 1998

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April March – Mignonette (Mammoth CD-single 0107226 MAM) 1999

Covercats in the 2000’s:

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Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (Nonesuch 36076-1) 2000

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Venetian Snares – Songs About My Cats (Planet Mu ZIQ-032) 2001

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Camille – Le Sac Des Filles (Source 7243 8 12782 2 2) 2002

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Frank Black & The Catholics – Show Me Your Tears (Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 262) 2003

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Cali – L’Amour Parfait (Labels 724358 206425) 2003

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The Montesas – Midnight Beat (Kamikaze KK-LP-012) 2003

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We Are Scientists – With Love And Squalor (Virgin 0946 3 51218 2 7) 2005

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The Milkees – same (Sazanami SZNM-1016) 2006

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Bonnie Prince Billy – Cold & Wet (Drag City CD single DC318CD) 2006

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Ry Cooder – My Name Is Buddy (Nonesuch 79961-2) 2007

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Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks PAW-14) 2007

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Cocoon – My Friends All Died In A Car Crash (Sober & Gentle …) 2007

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James Yorkston – When The Haar Rolls In (Domino 2 X 10″ WIGCD221X) 2008

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Mark Steyn – Feline Groovy; Songs For Swingin’ Cats (Independent CD) 2008

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Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Jazz Band – .Cats On A Hot Tin Roof (…) 2008

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Linda Dachtyl – For Hep Cats (Summit …) 2008

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Chris Garneau – El Radio (Fargo FR-21177) 2009

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Cardiff’s Cats Band – The Big Band Alley Shufflers 1925-1934 (…) 200.

Covercats in the 2010’s:

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Best Coast – Crazy For You (Mexican Summer MEX-053) 2010

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Various – Please Give Me Something; The Roots Of The Straycats (El Toro BE-112) 2010

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Chichonera’s Cat – Ia-Batiste (Wow Wow LPS075) 2010

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The Klaxons – Surfin’ The Void (Polydor RINSELP2) 2010

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Dana Gillespie – Cats Meow (Ace CD CHD-1404) 2011

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James Yorkson – I Was A Cat From A Book (Domino 2 X 10″ WIGLP290) 2012

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Various – Foals;  Tapes (Studio K7 CD !K7296CD) 2012

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Poemss – same (Planet Mu ZIQ-345CD) 2014

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Various – Music For Cats (… CD) 2014

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Alle Farben, feat. Graham Candy – She Moves Far Away (B1 Recordings) 2014

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Alle Farben – Synesthesia; I Think In Colours (B1 Recordings …) 2015

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OST – Josie And The Pussycats (Siglandia 7″ SGL 45 031) 2015

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The X-Ray Cat Trio – Out For Blood (Gin House XRAY 002) 2015

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Wilco – Star Wars (Anti 87438-2) 2015

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A.J. Holmes – Soft Power And The Hackney Empire (Singing Dune …) 2015

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Hindi Zahra – Homeland (Parlophone 0825646136797) 2015

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The Milkees – Best (Sazanami SZDW-1019) 2016

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YMTK Ft. GLC – Smooth Ass Cat (Single) 2016

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David Teie – Music For Cats (Teies Music ..) 2016

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A Streetcat Named Bob, O.S.T. (…) 20..

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Feline Hungarian Cat Dances (Meow Productions …) …

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