Masters of the Universe

Retro Records: Masters Of The Universe (1983)

Welcome back, friends. For this offering on Retro Records we are going with an absolutely epic LP. The 1983 Masters of the Universe record produced by Kid Stuff. Not only that but this was released in two different versions. The more common album cover you see at the top of the post in addition to a phono picture disc.

Image courtesy of the T3 Universe Blog.

Image courtesy of the T3 Universe Blog.


A very big thanks to the T3 Universe Blog for the personal images of those stunning picture discs.
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Now bear in mind by the end of 1982, the Masters of the Universe toy line had already been hugely popular. So it naturally made sense that the merchandising arm start to spread out. I ask you, what child of the early 80s wouldn’t want to hear the adventures on Eternia? And Kid Stuff certainly ran with the early storylines of the series. In particular I mean the fantasy aspects of Masters of the Universe.

Image courtesy of He-Man.Org

Image courtesy of He-Man.Org

However this record was produced after the vintage DC Comics miniseries and classic Filmation series it seems.
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As He-Man is no mere barbarian in the jungles of Eternia as presented in the minicomics that came with the toys. But the alter-ego of Prince Adam. On the other hand instead of visiting the Cave of Power to transform he holds aloft the Power Sword. Having said that though you won’t hear Cringer or Battle Cat speaking or such on this record. In fact it’s like Kid Stuff combined elements of all three versions for their story.

Did I forget to mention the first record includes a five minute Masters of the Universe theme song?

So pour yourself a bowl of your favorite cereal and join us as we listen to the adventures of the Masters of the Universe!

[Videos Via] Cash Presley

The Incredible Hulk

Retro Records: The Incredible Hulk (The Assassin)

The Incredible Hulk was a pretty big deal in 1978. The first season of the popular CBS television series had already aired. With Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferirgno portraying the Jade Giant. As a matter of fact the live-action show spawned a syndicated newspaper comic strip. In addition the strip was at the beginning of it’s run written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Larry Lieber. Which most of you might know is in fact Lee’s younger brother!

Image courtesy of the Big Glee! Blog.

Image courtesy of the Big Glee! Blog.

With ‘Ol Jade Jaws growing popularity thanks to the TV show it of course made sense to merchandise. In this case the myriad products that The Incredible Hulk spawned included clothing, bedding, toys, and records. More importantly in the case of Retro Records it allowed Peter Pan records to produce this 1978 album. Featuring four short stories of the adventures of everyone’s favorite gamma-irradiated rage monster.

Don’t feel too bad for that particular Ursus arctos, friends. I’m sure it can…bear it. Zing! Don’t forget to tip the wait staff and I look forward to seeing you for the next show.

Ahem.

The four stories on the LP were Black Chasm, Blind Alley, Monster From the Deep, and The Assassin. Which is the story we are sharing today. In it David Banner, using the name David Benson, hitchhikes into the small town of Pine Knot. Where a political rally is underway for Bob Hyatt, a man who promises to eradicated the underhandedness and corruption of the local politician. Someone obviously disagrees with this campaign promise as an assassin tries to silence Hyatt – permanently. David finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and faces the brutality of Chief Dunphy. Can Banner clear his name of the wrongful accusation of being the assassin? Or will Dunphy and the town of Pine Knot face the fury of The Incredible Hulk?
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Find out for yourself as you listen to The Assassin!

[Via] Doctor Del

A big thanks to the Big Glee! blog for the newspaper strip art used at the top of the post.

Now why don’t you listen to Stan Lee talk about The Incredible Hulk TV series?

[Via] TV Legends

You still want more info on that classic television show? You are totally in luck as that is the subject matter of Episode 073 of the Retroist Podcast !
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Monster Shindig

Retro Records: Monster Shindig (1965)

Only three days left until we all get the chance to do the Monster Shindig! With it being the Season I felt it was the right time to share this Retro Record. In the first place the name of the tune is the Monster Shindig. With it being so close to Halloween of course can you pick a better song? Obviously there are quite a few Halloween themed songs to choose from when you get down to it.

However, how many of them were affiliated with Hanna-Barbera characters? This 1965 record in addition to having a “spooky” song also featured Super-Snooper and Blabber Mouse! These two characters were included in The Quick Draw McGraw Show beginning in 1959 until 1961. To get the gist of how an episode might play out, take a moment and watch this Boomerang bumper!

[Via] Viynl S Favorites

As a result of the popularity of these two anthropomorphic sleuths, they appeared in this Halloween-themed LP. While only the song is present in the video below, thanks to Greg Ehrbar’s article on Cartoon Research – we know how the rest of the record played out.

Super-Snooper and Blabber Mouse receive a phone call, a noise complaint from some folks living next to The Gruesomes. Given that the Gruesomes have invited other monsters to have a party – our duo must investigate. Which is how of course they get to hear Monster Shindig and rub elbows with Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Mummy!

[Via] Wicked Little Things
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The Monster Shindig video says this song was done by Danny Hutton?


I couldn’t believe it when I saw this myself. This is in fact the same Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night! Of course the band’s 1970 hit song “Mama Told Me (Not To Come) also makes a great Halloween song!

[Via] Fritz51300

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Retro Records: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (1969)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was originally released back in 1969. I can’t think of a better way to help get you in the spirit of the Season than listening to this offering.

This particular LP is a bit different than others that Walt Disney produced and released. For one thing it doesn’t feature Bing Crosby’s narration or singing from the 1949 animated short film. This record is narrated by Billy Bletcher and contains two songs. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, the latter sounds like it is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story for this record is an abbreviated version used in the 1949 theatrical short. While I do wish it ran a little longer, I am glad it manages to hit all of the beats of the animated offering. Also while sadly not included on the video below – the LP came with a booklet featuring 11 pages of story and art. For kids to follow along with the record of course.
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On the second side of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was another Washington Irving story. Rip Van Winkle. This too was narrated by Billy Bletcher and featured two songs but sadly I’ve not been able to find it online.

So join us on Retro Records as we gather around to hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs!
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Disney Audio Archive

Now that you’ve enjoyed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow how about we give a listen to Rip Van Winkle?


I already told you that I wasn’t able to locate the second side of the 1969 album. But since we are in the mood for more Washington Irving stories, why not enjoy this Mercury Records version instead?

[Via] Kiddie Records Weekly

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Retro Records: Man-Thing – Power Records (1974)

Take it from me, friends. The 1970s were a different time. One only have to look at this 1974 Man-Thing Power Record offering for proof of that statement. I mean taking the May 1974 issue Man-Thing and adapting it for a kids record label is a bold choice.

Why? Well I would direct you to the image below of a clown contemplating suicide.
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That really is kind of just the tip of the iceberg on the mature subject matters in this particular Power Record. Like when we see the abuse towards Ayla Prentiss, the girlfriend of that sad clown.
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Why did Man-Thing get his own Power Record?


I can tell you the easy answer. Because it is the freaking Man-Thing is why!
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For those of you that might not be in the know, Man-Thing debuted in 1971. In Savage Tales #1, which was an anthology magazine printed in black and white. The character was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, with the art chores handled by Gray Morrow.

It was in December of 1973 that after a few attempts the character received a solo title. Appropriately entitled The Man-Thing. Stever Gerber became the writer for the series with artwork provided by Mike Ploog, Val Mayerik, Jim Mooney, and John Buscema. Artwork by Mike Ploog is seen throughout this Power Records presentation.

The character’s backstory is that of Dr. Theodore Sallis, a biochemist attempting to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum. Yes, indeed. The same serum that created the likes of Captain America. Sallis is betrayed by his lover who is working for A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and tries to flee with the serum. Injecting himself with the serum he crashes his vehicle into the swamp…and thanks to the serum and magical properties of the water rises as the Man-Thing.

A mute plant man now – it can read emotions. Truly feeling the pain of those that are hurting, etc. Fear though…“Whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch!”. A type of acid is secreted when the strange hero encounters ‘fear’ and will horribly burn or destroy whatever it might touch.

So join us on Retro Records as we watch and listen to 1974’s Man-Thing: Night of the Laughing Dead!

[Via] Secret Cavern

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Retro Records: Plastic Man – The Invasion Of The Plastic Men (1975)

Welcome back friends to another installment of Retro Records. This week we are listening to a 1975 Power Records story featuring none other than Plastic Man! If you think that giving the likes of Ol’ Plaz his own record is a kooky idea then check out who was featured on the B side – none other than Metamorpho: The Element Man!

Of course considering that Plastic Man, that criminal turned malleable and wacky hero was given his own Saturday morning cartoon series four years later starting in 1979 and lasting until 1981 – maybe I was just too young to realize how popular he was back in the day in the then current DC Comics line of books?

[Via] Hewey1972’s Cartoon Extravaganza

Our story today is entitled “The Invasion of the Plastic Men” and finds Plastic Man being falsely accused for returning to a life of crime when numerous citizens began to report they are eyewitnesses to Plaz stealing countless valuables. The question is can Plastic Man clear his name of these heinous deeds? Let’s find out together on Retro Records!

[Via] Georgemiser

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Retro Records: Superman – Weatherspoon’s Catalyst (1975)

Great Krypton! Welcome back friends to another installment of Retro Records! This week we have a 1975 Power Records’ Superman LP story for your listening enjoyment entitled “Weatherspoon’s Catalyst”!

The story concerns a young biophysicist named D. Allison Weatherspoon who has just completed the creation that he is sure will absolutely change the world for the better, he calls it Voila – and it will provide an affordable and limitless power supply. Wanting to get the word out about his discovery he phones WGBS where a very interested Clark Kent makes the young man promise not to reveal his discovery until it can be handed over to Superman who will make sure that it will be used for the betterment of humanity.

Too bad for Weatherspoon that his phone call has been monitored and a group of evil-minded individuals abduct him before Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen can get to the young’s man home. So the question is…can even Superman rescue Weatherspoon before the formula for his catalyst is stolen through the use of a truth serum?

Find out the answer for yourself on Retro Records as we give a listen to Superman: Weatherspoon’s Catalyst!

[Via] Retroguy 1985