Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ernie Kovacs: The Ernie Kovacs Album

From 1976 comes this Columbia album compiled by Ted Joyce with notes by Mort Goode. You diggers have no doubt seen it in a million used record bins but never bought it – because every copy had terrible ring-wear! Well, maybe it wasn’t THAT terrible, but ring-wear sure stands out when your artwork has a black background (vinyl revival art directors, that’s a tip). It hit store shelves 14 years after the man’s untimely death and 16 years after he recorded the LP Percy Dovetonsils…thpeaks (which was never released in his lifetime, and which finally debuted on the Omnivore imprint in 2012). Except for the Dovetonsils tracks (which were recorded for the 1960 LP), none of this material was made with the intent of putting it on a record album; that said, the selections hold up pretty well, and if this is your primer into the world of the most workaholic, maddest creative spirit from the Golden Age of Television it will no doubt spark you to check out Shout! Factory’s indispensible 2011 multi-DVD box set of the great man’s work. 

DO NOT miss listening to cut 14, “Uncle Buddy”, a genius skit where the beleaguered host of a travelogue show has to take two precocious, insufferable children on ferry ride to Staten Island.

Tom Swift
J. Walter Puppybreath
Albert Gridley
World’s Strongest Man
Man’s Best Friend
Percy Dovetonsils: Stanley’s Pussycat / Ode to an Emotional Italian Knight
Mack the Knife
Percy Dovetonsils: Ode to Mona Lisa / Happy Birthday to a Bookworm / Cowboy
Strangely Believe It
Pierre Ragout
Question Man
Uncle Buddy
Oddities in the News
Closing: I’ve Had It / Arrivederci

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.


  1. Oh, brilliant! Magnificent! Gee, but I've missed this record... Many thanks to you, again! And again...

  2. Outstanding material! Thank you, kind sir, for the offering. Do you have any Proctor and Bergman perhaps? I ask because I see the Firesign Theatre archivist designation title up top and would like some of that, being the better half of FT.
    I'd like to see you expound on that, sounds very interesting!


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