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.

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!

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


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.

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.

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

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Retro Records: Are You Afraid Of The Dark (1990s)

Welcome back to another installment of Retro Records! This time we are cheating a little bit with this offering, submitted by the Midnight Society for your listening pleasure we have something of a rare audio treat.

Apparently Nickelodeon in the 1990s during their Nick or Treat events…

[Via] Kids Video Library
…awarded some audio cassettes and flip book for their hit Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV series. Thankfully for all of us that enjoy some nice “spooky” audio drama that cassette has been uploaded on SoundCloud!

The two tales from Side A of the cassette include Tale of the Virtual Nightmare – In which a young horror fan named Jay finds himself getting his hands on a very special VHS tape…one that brings the young cinephile face to face with a monstrous evil.

The second story entitled Tale of the Lonely Doll finds Janine and her younger Sister and their Mother in danger from Talking Teri, a disheveled doll that has very peculiar ideas on what kind of games are fun.

So take a good handful of midnight dust and throw it on the fire as we listen to Side A of Are You Afraid of the Dark: Tales from the Midnight Society!
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Retro Records: Conan The Barbarian – Shadow Of The Stolen City (1976)

Welcome back friends to another installment of Retro Records! This time for your listening pleasure we have a Power Records story from 1976, one that involves Robert E. Howard’s famous Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth…entitled Shadow of the Stolen City!

The story concerns when Conan finds himself traveling across a desert wasteland, during his travel he encounters what at first he believes to be a lost elder, but this in fact is a wizened man whose beard has turned white…a Sorcerer named Sarkov who has managed to lose his own city. Whisked away from underneath the practitioner of magic as he lay sleeping…or so he believes.

With a promise of providing a throne to a whole city if Conan helps track down the evil Wizard, the two set out in search for the city, braving the dangers of giant bats the duo find themselves in a battle against the Sorcerer’s foe…his own Son!

So join us on Retro Records as we visit find ourselves “Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of…”

[Via] JR Todd

That awesome LP album cover was provided Neal Adams (Batman, Green Arrow) and the record was produced by Cornel Tanassy who also was responsible for the 1975 releases of Batman and the Flintstones for the Power Records label to name a few.

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Retro Records: Let’s “Hear” It For Robin Hood (1974)

Welcome back to another edition of Retro Records, where we would normally share the likes of various Power Records and other storybook and record offerings. This time though we’ve got something a little bit different in 1974’s Let’s “Hear” It For Robin Hood featuring Louis Prima with Sam Butera and the Witnesses.

While the story of Walt Disney’s 1973 animated classic gets told…more or less…this wonderful LP also features the rare tale of how King Louie (Prima) from the Jungle Book and Robin Hood used to pal around!

[Via] Nahuel Meza

This track entitled Robin Hood pretty much tells you what you need to know about the movie itself…though King Louie can’t help but make an appearance there at the end.

[Via] Nahuel Meza

There are also covers by Louie Prima of some of the more popular songs from the film like The Phony King of England.

[Via] Nahuel Meza

This is actually the first I’ve heard of this album but I’ve already hit Amazon and ordered a copy for my library. I’ll try not to keep the neighbors up with my dancing to Robin Hood.