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Vinyl Vic's Rare & Obscure Answer Records, Vol. 6

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Vinyl Vic's Rare & Obscure Answer Records, Vol. 6 Review

by Mark Deming

Collector and archivist Vinyl Vic delivers the sixth in his ongoing series of collections comprising rare "answer records," novelty tunes that offer a variation on the themes of a major hit. On this edition, Arlene Harden's "Lovin' Man" offers the female counterpart to Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," Dash Rip Rock transform Danny & the Juniors' "At the Hop" into "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot," Dottie Cambridge turns the tables on the Sir Douglas Quintet with "He's About a Mover," the R&B classic "Stranded in the Jungle" is filtered through the mania for the British Invasion in Jim Dovall's "Stranded in the Pool," Ramsey Gordon moves "Up on the Roof" to "Down in the Cellar," Four in the Morning pick out a psychedelic Kingston Trio parody with "LSD," and the Tiffanys tell the Olympics what for on "I Don't Dig Western Movies." The audio quality is inconsistent, as most of these track appear to have been sourced from vinyl pressings, but even the worst tracks are at least listenable, and considering how hard most of these tracks are to find, most collectors are unlikely to complain. If you dig rare comedy tunes or the more esoteric examples of popular culture, you're sure to find this set entertaining.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Miss Chuckle Cherry 03:29 Amazon
2
Arlene Harden 02:46 Amazon
3
Linda Manning 02:45 Amazon
4
Sarianna Featherstone 02:44 Amazon
5
Hola Pistola 02:50 Amazon
6
Dash Rip Rock 01:59 Amazon
7
Al Weldon & Northern Gentleman 02:11 Amazon
8
Rockin' Ronnie 01:35 Amazon
9
Louis Gray 02:08 Amazon
10
Four Calquettes 02:05 Amazon
11
The Sweethearts 02:08 Amazon
12
Elsie Mae 02:37 Amazon
13
Gene Chandler 02:33 Amazon
14
Marva Jones 01:58 Amazon
15
Dottie Cambridge 02:00 Amazon
16
Benny Brown 02:40 Amazon
17
Jim Doval 03:07 Amazon
18
Miss Ann & the Nite Hawks 02:14 Amazon
19
Rotunda 03:09 Amazon
20
Ramsey Gorden 02:29 Amazon
21
Ruth Brown 02:18 Amazon
22
Margie Bowes 02:30 Amazon
23
The Brown Brothers 01:58 Amazon
24
Tiffanys 02:52 Amazon
25
LSD
Four In the Morning 02:58 Amazon
26
Adolfus Dulfile 02:59 Amazon
27
Roy English 03:15 Amazon
28
Dick "Ghoulardy" Knight 03:08 Amazon
29
Ace Adams Singers 02:05 Amazon
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