PUT RECORD COLLECTORS TOGETHER and we talk about all sorts of vinyl-related topics. One conversation led to a discussion about the perfect album for an evening of sexy slow dancing. Sinatra and Mathis were mentioned—of course!—but my choice has been Julie London’s About The Blues album since I discovered the record decades ago.
So, I just posted “The Sexiest Slow-Dancing-in-the-Dark-With-a-Candle Album Ever Made” on another blog. It is partly a suggestion—what to play when you want the mood “just right”—and a brief look at the London album.
To read that article, click here.
Sexy slow dancing
My choice for the sexiest slow dance album is Julie London’s ABOUT THE BLUES (1957). Runner-up is the first side of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Al Hibbler’s A MEETING OF THE TIMES (1972). On side 1, Hibbler belts five bluesy, sexy, swinging songs from the Ellington songbook in a style so eccentric it defies description.
Mystically liberal Virgo enjoys long walks alone in the city at night in the rain with an umbrella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig who strives to live by the maxim, “It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble; it’s what you know that just ain’t so.
I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a college dropout (twice!). Occupationally, I have been a bartender, jewelry engraver, bouncer, landscape artist, and FEMA crew chief following the Great Flood of ’72 (and that was a job that I should never, ever have left).
I am also the final author of the original O’Sullivan Woodside price guides for record collectors and the original author of the Goldmine price guides for record collectors. As such, I was often referred to as the Price Guide Guru, and—as everyone should know—it behooves one to heed the words of a guru. (Unless, of course, you’re the Beatles.)