By the time I got to the third of the three bins of LPs that were on the floor down at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (SVDPTS) in Chamblee, USA, I was getting discouraged; but low and behold, there it was!

It’s unfortunate that Ferrante and Teicher tend to get discounted by many TSV collectors.  F&T brought that situation upon themselves in their later career by churning out album after album of piano-duo pablum. You can’t sift through the record bins of a thrift store without finding one or more of their dozens of Lps that catered to the suburban comatose set (their cover of the original Ernest Gold theme to Exodus is a good example).

But if you’re lucky enough to find and listen to one of their earlier LPs, those on the Winchester or the ABC-Paramount labels, you will recognize how F&T were one of the more progressive and fearless piano duos of the post-war period (eat your heart out Ronnie Aldrich):

These two F&T Lps remain TSV gold for any collector…

The reason why early F&T is the shit is the way they “played” their pianos. The liner notes from the LP I found at the SVDPTS  notes how F&T used “…self-designed mutes, picks, mallets and other assorted paraphernalia -all constructed by themselves.”  F&T were DIY innovaters.  Luckily, there is ONE Intar-Tube that shows them in action:


And here is a less frantic piece from the LP I scored: 


F&T are both dead now, but they still have a Web site.

Finding a Paul Mauriat LP at a thrift store is not exactly a big deal; he ranks among the most popular easy listening artists in the global easy listening catalog. I say “global” because, outside of his monster smash version of Love is Blue, France’s Mauriat sold way more LPs overseas than he did in the USA. That’s why you often find foreign pressings like the one I recently found at my Buford Highway Goodwill.


The mint condition, stereo version of Mauriat’s Vol. 4 that I picked up (71 cents) is a Chilean pressing, a tribute to Mauriat’s global reach, with the Japanese audience being unusually enthusiastic.


So, for your listening and visual pleasure, here is a YouTubes of a track from this thrift store LP. One could say that the title is a truism: Black is Black. What else could it be?