This is not a new article, but one I just stumbled upon with my Sunday morning coffee. A fantastic, informative read per WFMU's old "Beware of the Blog". My favorite tidbit is that the psych legend 13th Floor Elevators actually had some 45s distributed by Hanna-Barbera Records (after doing some more research, said 45 actually includes their first single and one of their most well-known tracks, "You're Gonna Miss Me").
And if you, like myself, saw the cover of that "Cattanoogacats" LP near the bottom of the article and frantically went searching for a copy ... don't. It is as rare (read: expensive) and you'd imagine.
Something that is an obsession of mine that I'll try to (mostly) keep to myself and infiltrate this blog with is that I'm a huge vinyl record collector. I don't buy quite as many records these days as in the last year or so I have made a conscious decision to be smarter (read: financially) about what I buy since my collection has gotten so large and full of plenty of things that aren't too essential to me but, as a completest, I buy anyway. I was digging at one of my favorite used stores in Cincinnati yesterday and in the basement of the store (where the really obscure stuff is), there was a box full of children's 45s. Although that kind of stuff certainly fits into the aforementioned "non-essential" criteria, it's the kind of stuff that I can't help but dig through. I do keep an eye out for cartoon-related records such as those put out by Hanna-Barbera, jazz LPs featuring the cover art of great artists like Jim Flora and Gene Deitch, etc. But sometimes finding these really obscure old ones such as 45s are the most interesting. This one pictured was one of the most amusing ... "City Mouse - Country Mouse", turned out to be one of Aesop's fables and released as a rare 45 by Scholastic in 1970. Just look at that cover art on the sleeve! (and yes, I took the photo with it alongside the Thelonious Monk LP because I was really proud to find it).