Savoury Dream Cake

The image above is key. Some time in the last year, I had a dream (or dreamy nearly-asleep thought, I can’t remember) about a cake made of potatoes with spears of asparagus coming vertically out of the top of it like birthday candles. What you see above isn’t that cake exactly, but rather a first draft at it. The cake itself is larger and not quite so deep. And the asparagus spears were perfectly vertical. I must remember not to cook them so much next time. Do you think it would make a good record cover?

101 Strings: 'The Exotic Sounds of Love' (LP; Astor; 1970)
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This one is quite hard to get hold of, so I jumped at the chance to buy it recently. Why am I obsessed with porno records? I don't think I really am. But they do amuse me, so I tend to pick them up when I see them.

It's great to have this LP as a companion to The Sounds of Love. The cover designs are obviously done as a series, but while the cover star of The Sounds of Love has a kind of soft-focus 60s Playboy look to her, the cover star here looks like she's ready to get right down to it.

The music has stepped up a gear from The Sounds of Love as well. There are a couple of tracks from Les Baxter's great Que Mango album, but the standouts are 'Karma Sitar' and 'Whiplash', which appeared as bonus tracks on the 101 Strings Astro sounds from beyond the year 2000 CD. There also some other entertaining tracks that don't appear on any other records I have, such as 'I believe' and 'don't leave me like this'. Perhaps these are also on their Sounds of today LP; I'm not sure.

Overall, I enjoyed the LP quite a bit, mainly because the string sound is smooth in that great late 60s/early 70s way, with a nice groove to the rhythms in the background.

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