Twas the day before Christmas, with nothing to do,

so I went to the Goodwill, to waste an hour or two.

The used crap was stocked on the shelves with care,

And, as per usual, I hoped that some good thrift store vinyl would also be there.

 

The records were stacked all snug in their place,

while a look of hope enveloped my face.

And while the little Hispanic kids around me played with used toys,

I perused the vinyl with determined poise.

 

When up on the top shelf, what did I see?

A friggin 3-record Terry Baxter box set, starin’ right at me!

I could not fathom my luck at this find,

For several weeks Baxter’s “The Best of 71“ had been on my mind.

 

And in the midst of the joy that good thrifting brings,

I espied a near mint LP of Ruben Rodriguez and his Guadalajara Kings!!

 

 

“How could this be? What miracles are these?”

But my good feelings departed, when I saw a record by Rick Dees.

 

 I continued to look. I was in no hurry,

“Why did so many people listen to Anne Murray?”

Country, Praise, and some bad Helen Reddy,

“Wait! Look at that! I think it’s Duane Eddy!”

 

 

And wouldn’t you know, on this Christmas Eve day,

More Christmas miracles were coming my way.

For within a few minutes, as I sifted through the pile,

I uncovered a 3-LP box that would make anyone smile.

 

The London Sound 70, Orchestra and Chorus,

The vinyl thrifters’ Christmas dream, one made just for us.

30 songs of yuletide bliss on the Decca label,

A welcome addition to any Christmas LP stable.

 

So if you don’t think miracles are true,

I’ve got something to say to you.

I’ve proved that they’re real, and my word is final.

The proof is right here, at Thrift Store Vinyl.

 

Goodwill To All!!

A Lot of LeFevres Lately

December 3, 2010

I found another White Gospel Group Tour Bus (WGGTB) LP when I scrambled to catch the last half-our of business at one of the country’s more pitiable Goodwill stores in Middlesboro (Middlesborough), Kentucky. More on the store in a later post; lets get on to the prolific LeFevres and their WGGTB!

 

I would have appreciated a larger photo of The LeFevres and their tour bus on the cover (talk about bad cover design), but it meets the criteria for a WGGTB LP. It will take some Intar-Webs sleuthing to confirm the year, make, and model of the bus, so stay tuned.

 

The LeFevres may seem obscure to some, but they were a HUGE success in The South and commanded their own gospel music empire with a big recording studio in Atlanta. You can see the latter behind them and their bus on the cover above. Talk about your large, modern curtain wall!

 

The bus on this LP was just the most recent bus for The LeFevres; they had others in their long career:

The above bus was brand-spanking new in 1959. The bus on the featured LP is from 1964.

 

OK. Now it’s time to give The LeFevres a look and listen with two of dozens of YouTubes that feature the group. White Gospel Music is much more tolerable than, say, Christian Rock, and at times it’s even enjoyable.

 

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Wouldn’t you know it.  Right before I was gonna post the above piece about The LeFevres, I took a ten-minute stroll through my local ATL Goodwill and picked up this:

Raymond LeFevre provides a nice, more secular antidote to the overt Christianity of the gospel LeFevres.

 

Raymond LeFevre created one of my favorite easy listening “sounds,” a thoughtful fusion of orchestra with now sounds. Lush strings mixed with solid beats and gentle chorus. This sound tends to divide people, with many declaring it schlock while others, like myself, close their eyes and let the LeFevre music wash over them like a comforting and warm waterfall. He can also produce some dramatic, Morricione-inspired movie music. And it’s always well-recorded.  You probably have heard one of his most famous arrangements, but in case you missed it, here it is:

 

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