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Burlesque Music and erotic culture

Burlesque Music and erotic culture

A ''wild'' field of musical styles, books and DVDs - Burlesque

 

What is Burlesque? 

Burlesque was and still is a specific sort of entertainment presented in theatres featuring its main attraction, the striptease. Those Burlesque shows presented female erotic dancers who did not take off all clothes completely but some specific. Just to strip off gloves could have been an erotic attraction. 

 

The first Burlesque shows

Burlesque was originally a humorous stagy presentation with bizarre elements of parody. The name comes from the Italian word 'Burla' which means 'hoax', practical jokes. Variations of Burlesque shows existed all over Europe in the 17th century including the Vaudeville shows in France. The displacement from provocative parodic comedy to salacious erotic shows was carried out in London, England, in the mid-19th century when the original Burlesque show was combined with revue elements to give it an erotic connotation with a rising popularity within Britain's working class. Such a transformation also happened with the French Vaudeville shows at about the same period. 

 

The beginning of American Burlesque

 

The first American Burlesque shows evolved close to the American Vaudeville from guest performances by British and French Travesty showcases in the second half of the 19th century while the modern Burlesque as a stage show is mainly influenced by Paris Vaudeville theatres such as 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Folies Bergère' imitated by the 'Ziegfeld Follies' in the early 20th century.

The popularity of early American Burlesque was rising quickly through its nationwide presentations within 'Carny-Shows' of traveling circusses. The 1920s and 30s saw the first heyday of American Burlesque especially when the Minsky brothers opened up the first legendary Burlesque temple ('Minsky's Burlesque') in New York City, 1925. Interrupted by World War II, Burlesque was tentatively re-animated as a support service for U.S. troops stationed overseas. 

 

The post-war years, late 1940s - early 1960s

 

Since then Burlesque exists in a great variety of different forms which integrates the Pin-Up culture of the 1940s and 1950s. Major Burlesque stars and starlets became immense popular starring not only in theatres but also on celluloid. Hollywood created plenty of now legendary Burlesque movies  aside the beginning of the porn movie industry. There were Bettie Page, Tempest Storm and Lily St. Cyr and even Mamie van Doren and Jayne Mansfield acted burlesque in some movies during the 1950s and early 1960s. 

 

The sexual revolution and Neo Burlesque

 

The sixties saw another heyday of Burlesque popularity. Even Elvis Presley starred in a movie thematizing 'Carny-Shows' and a little Burlesque called 'Roustabout'. The 1960s also brought us Russ Meyer's titty shaker cult movies and the sexual revolution. The result was that Burlesque became less popular due to major distribution of pornography on one hand and the feminist movement on the other. The 1990s saw a great Burlesque comeback that was started in the capital city of Burlesque, Las Vegas, Nevada, under the headline of New Burlesque or Neo Burlesque with such stars as Dita von Teese. Today nostalgic Burlesque shows are existing all over the world.

 

Burlesque culture at Bear Family Records

 

We have a great variety of popular and rare products regarding Burlesque shows and its history in place. We do not only offer books what you might have thought! We also include reproductions of original 1950s Burlesque movies on DVD and of course the music on CD albums and on vinyl as 45rpm singles and vinyl LP albums! We got the legendary 1962 Burlesque smash 'The Stripper' by David Rose & His Orchestra in our program as well as the cult series 'Las Vegas Grind', erotic compilations with female stars like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn and Diana Dors and a striptease classics collection on the compilation 'Take It Off'. You'll find the so-called 1960s 'titty shakers' in our stock and the British compilation 'It's A Scandal! Songs For Soho Blondes'. And there's so much more to be found! So don't hesitate, dive deep into the history of Burlesque and female erotic dance shows! The Swallows vocal group once sang 'It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion' – how true it is!

 

   
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Marilyn Monroe: 50th Anniversary (Ltd. Picture Disc)
Art-Nr.: LPCLP8202
 

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LP on CLEOPATRA RECORDS by Marilyn Monroe - 50th Anniversary (Ltd. Picture Disc)

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Rosemary Clooney & Perez Prado: A Touch Of Tabasco, plus - The Velvet Lounge
Art-Nr.: BCD17144
 

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 28-page booklet, 17 tracks. Playing time ca. 51 minutes. 'Opposites attract' may be a familiar, worn-out saying but it's often true, even in artistic and professional circumstances. It applies to certain unlikely collaborations in...

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Ann-Margret: And Here She Is Again 1961-1962 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS788
 

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(2014/Jasmine) 49 tracks 1961/62

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Various: Best Of Burlesque (2-CD) 50 Club Classics
Art-Nr.: CDMCDLX101
 

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(2009/MUSIC CLUB) 50 track compilation of 1950s Crooners, R&R, Jazz, R&B and Big Band Swing.

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Various: Bombshells (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFVDD122
 

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(2011/Fantastic Voayage) 40 tracks 2-CD

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Mamie Van Doren: Born Reckless - 1958 (DVD) co-starring Tex Williams and Johnny Olenn
Art-Nr.: DVDWB14253
 

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(Warner Archive) NTSC, Code 1, not rated, english, mono, b&w, 80 minutes.

$32.35 *

Various: Burlesque - The Very Best Of (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT369
 

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(2010/NOT NOW) 50 sleazy stripping songs 1940/50s.

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Various: Burlesque (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBT3067
 

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(2013/Big Three) 60 Tracks, Digipack - Original recordings 1945-62 with a burlesquian flair! The perfect soundtrack for your own private Burlesque Show! MM/Bear Family Records

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Jayne Mansfield: Busts Up Las Vegas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMISS005
 

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(1998/MISS) 18 tracks

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Bonnie Guitar: By The Fireside - The Velvet Lounge
Art-Nr.: BCD16731
 

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 28-page booklet, 15 tracks, playing time 33:02 Minutes. Previous unissued 1959 session with the legendary singer/composer, Bonnie Guitar . Memorable, intimate musical setting featuring solo guitar accompaniment. Features another...

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Various: Cocktail Capers - Ultra Lounge, Vol.8 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP37596
 

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(1996/Capitol) 18 tracks

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Mel Torme: Comin' Home Baby
Art-Nr.: CDCOL6548
 

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(2004/COLLECTABLE) 12 tracks, original 1962; This original 1962 Atlantic Records album features inventive arrangements by immortal Jazz star Shorty Rogers.

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Elvis Presley: Double Features: Love In Las Vegas & Roustabout - The Original Collection #21 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBMG90622
 

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(1996/BMG-NL) 23 Tracks - 1964, soundtrack reissue of 'Love In Las Vegas' aka 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'Roustabout' on one CD!

$17.23 *

Hal Blaine: Drums! Drums! A Go Go (CD
Art-Nr.: CDUICY3366
 

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(1995/MCA) 12 Tracks - stereo live recordings 1965! Rare Japan CD!

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Various Artists: Eat To The Beat - Dirtiest Of Them Dirty Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16816
 

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1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 79-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns.​ An ultra-smutty, ultra fun party with 28 lowdown dirty blues songs. The superb digipac with 92-page-booklet contains many rare photos. An X-rated out-take of Jackie...

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Bill Doggett & His Combo: Fingertips
Art-Nr.: CS8882
 

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(COLUMBIA) 12 tracks, Doggett's 1963 Columbia album, featuring hot, spicy and groovy hammond moods! Recommended for all Instrumental, Soul and R'n'B freaks who don't only look for the classic usual stuff!NF

$16.15 *

Ferlin Husky: Hillbilly Comedy Collection (2-DVD) co-starring Merle Haggard, Jane Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren
Art-Nr.: DVDVCI5309
 

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(VCI) NTSC, Code 1, not rated, english, color and b&w, contains the following complete movies: 'Las Vegas Hillbillys ' (1966) color, 85 minutes., 'Hilbillys In A Haunted House' (1967) color, 88 mins., both Country Music themed comedys starring Ferlin Husky...

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Marilyn Monroe: Incomparable (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDEL800134
 

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(2012/IMC) 67 tracks

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Various: Instro Monsters
Art-Nr.: CDET1039
 

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(2011/EL TORO) 22 twangin', growlin', honkin' and reverbin' instros of the Rock & Roll era (48:15) 12 page booklet.

$17.23 *

Various: Instrumental Hits - Premier Collection (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB99742
 

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48 original versions

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Various: It's A Scandal - Songs For Soho Blondes (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFV180
 

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(2013 / Fantastic Voyage) 25 tracks, 1957-64, 8-page booklet. When Edgar Wallace meets Russ Meyer...Burlesque music and Pop from the dark corners of London's Soho with an erotic and criminal touch either. Late fifties-early sixties bunch of British-American strip...

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Louis Prima & Sam Butera: Jump, Jive An' Wail - The Velvet Lounge
Art-Nr.: BCD17203
 

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 36-page booklet, 30 tracksPlaying time approx. 87 minutes. David Lee Roth copied the Louis Prima arrangement of Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody while Brian Setzer won a Grammy for his version of Jump, Jive An' Wail . The...

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Jackie Davis: Jumping Hi-Fi Hammond (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS472
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Jackie Davis - Jumping Hi-Fi Hammond (2-CD)

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Various: Jungle Exotica
Art-Nr.: CDSTRIP005
 

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(STRIP) 32 rare obscuries from the 50/60s

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Various: Jungle Exotica Vol.1 (2xVinyl LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSTRIP005
 

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(2013-Crypt) 32 Tracks - New edition of "Jungle Exotica Vol.1!" - this double LP comes with a super nice deluxe gatefold-cover! This series takes the debauchery of Las Vegas Grind into! Bizarre, obscure and one-shot Rock 'n'Roll (?) combos of the...

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Various: Jungle Exotica Vol.2 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSTRIP076
 

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(Crypt) 17 Tracks - ​This series takes the debauchery of "Las Vegas Grind" into Exotic Asia, the Deserts, and the Jungle! Bongos, ape-noises, fake-oriental chants, and maracas galore. Truly bizarre and ridiculous attempts at "Exotica" by crazed, obscure, one-shot...

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Various: Las Vegas Grind Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSTRIP00752
 

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CD Compilation on DESPO CD RECORDS by Various Artists - Las Vegas Grind Vol.3 (CD)

$16.74 *

Various: Las Vegas Grind Vol.6
Art-Nr.: CDSTRIP078
 

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CD Compilation on STRIP RECORDS by Various Artists - Las Vegas Grind Vol.6

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Various: Las Vegas Grind! Vol.3
Art-Nr.: LPSTRIP003
 

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(CRYPT) 20 Songs - Legendary excotica compilation - tittyshaker madness!

$16.15 *

Perez Prado: Mambo Mania - Havanna 3 A.M.
Art-Nr.: BCD15462
 

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1-CD with 32-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 76 mns. Cuban-born bandleader Perez Prado became the 'Mambo King' of the 1950s, best remembered for his trademark 'Unh!' But there was more to Prado than vocal grunts. A charismatic bandleader, he was among...

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Various: Ouch! Va Va Voom! #4 - 16 Early 60s Instrumental Shakers
Art-Nr.: LPFLOR06
 

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(2014/FLORIDITA) 16 tracks

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Ann-Margret: Personalities
Art-Nr.: BCD17145
 

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1-CD-Album Digipak with 24-page booklet, 15 tracks. Playing time approx. 40 minutes. The 'Velvet Lounge' is a remarkable series of re-releases dedicated to music that is always elegant and entertaining - and sometimes even exotic. The series is a comfortable and...

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Don Schraier: Pigtail - From Now On 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP19043
 

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Tittyshaker with STINGING GUITAR BREAK!

$11.61 *

Booker T. & The M.G.'s: Play The Hip Hits
Art-Nr.: CDSXD065
 

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all cuts are previously unreleased: Baby Scratch My Back, Harlem Shuffle, Hi-Heel Sneakers, Wade In The Water, Wang Dang Doode, Fannie Mae, etc.

$10.75 *

Various: Saboo!-Va! Vavoom!! Vol.3
Art-Nr.: LPFR05
 

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(FLORIDARECORDS/2013)  16 Tracks - Fantastic early 60's tittyshaker, ryhtm and blues dance floor winners, hot garage combos and scorching instrumental rocker - made for the dance floor!

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Santo & Johnny: Santo & Johnny - Around The World...plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCA1002
 

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​(SCA) 35 tracks

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Mamie Van Doren: Sex Kittens Go To College! (1960) co-starring Conway Twitty (DVD)
Art-Nr.: DVDWB54307
 

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(Warner Archive) NTSC, Code 1, not rated, english, mono, b&w, 103 mins., extended international version. Great fun starring: Tuesday Weld, Mamie Van Doren, Mijanou Bardot (Brigitte's sister), Mickey Shaughnessy, Jackie Coogan, John Carradine, Vampira, Conway...

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Various: Sex Kittens In Hi-Fi - The Blondes (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDZS097
 

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Sex Kittens In Hi-Fi - The Blondes (CD) very rare

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Various: Sex Kittens In Hi-Fi - The Brunettes - Cut Out - (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDZS098
 

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CD Compilation on DUNHILL CO RECORDS by Various Artists - Sex Kittens In Hi-Fi - The Brunettes - Cut Out - (CD)

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Various: Space Age Cocktail Lounge (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGSS5457
 

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(2007/IMC) 48 tracks- original versions - many rarities

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Various: Stringopation - Light Music Classics - Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDVS1954
 

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(2008/VOCALION) 26 tracks, recorded 1954-55

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Molly Moonstone: Summer Bride (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET6080
 

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(2016/El Toro) 14 Tracks - Fantastic debut album of the Burlesque Queen from Helsinki! Amazing mix of Rhythm'n'Blues, Rock'n'Roll and Soul influences with great diversity, it's a joyful listening!

$17.23 *

Various: Swinging Gentlemen - Jazzclub
Art-Nr.: CD9847973
 

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(2007/UNIVERSAL) 16 tracks, original recordings 1951-65

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Various: Take It Off - Striptease Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN72724
 

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Picture CD with 16 page booklet in a beautiful 3-D Jewel Box.

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Various: Tattooed Lady...plus (Skeets McDonald & Friends)
Art-Nr.: CDET1045
 

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(2013/EL Toro) 29 tracks (79:39). The Fortune label cult album plus bonus tracks! A fine selection of 1950s Country, Pre- Rockabilly & Hillbilly Boppers.

$17.23 *

April Stevens: Teach Me Tiger! (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP2011019
 

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(2012/Rumble) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1960 Imperial album!

$19.39 *

Henry Mancini: The Best Of ...
Art-Nr.: CD47676
 

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(1997/BMG) 24 tracks 1960-80 / great compilation of the original recordings!

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Earl Bostic: The E.P. Collection Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDSEE720
 

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(1949-58 'King') (70.43/26)

$19.17 *

Martin Denny: The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREV039
 

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(1996/Rev-Ola) 20 tracks, original Liberty recordings, 1958-59. CD rarity, few copies available!

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Booker T. & The M.G.'s: The Platinum Collection
Art-Nr.: CD799939
 

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(2007/WARNER) 20 tracks, 1962-89

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Bill Doggett: The Very Best Of
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2876
 

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(2004/COL) 25 tracks (74:31)

$20.41 *

David Rose: The Very Best Of David Rose (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTAR1015
 

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CD on TARAGON RECORDS by David Rose - The Very Best Of David Rose (CD)

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Jane Mansfield: Too Hot To Handle (DVD)
Art-Nr.: DVDALP5577
 

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(Alpha) NTSC, Code 0, b&w, not rated, 1959, english, drama, 93 minutes, starring Jane Mansfield, Leo Genn, Christopher Lee and Karl Heinz Böhm.

$8.59 *

Yma Sumac: Ultimate Collection (EU)
Art-Nr.: CD5214342
 

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(2000/CAPITOL) 21 tracks from various Capitol albums with 20 page booklet;

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Various: Ultra Lounge - Bachelor Pad Royale Vol.3
Art-Nr.: CDP35177
 

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​18 tracks

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Various: Ultra Lounge - Christmas Cocktail
Art-Nr.: CDP52559
 

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CD Compilation on EMI RECORDS by Various Artists - Ultra Lounge - Christmas Cocktail

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Various: Ultra Lounge - TV Town Vol.13 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP53409
 

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CD Compilation on EMI RECORDS by Various Artists - Ultra Lounge - TV Town Vol.13 (CD)

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Various: Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin' Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP35972
 

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​(1996/Capitol) 18 tracks.

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Various: Ultra Lounge Sampler - Leopard Sampler
Art-Nr.: CDP38376
 

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Limited Digipack Edition with Leopard Skin Package Deluxe Digipac mit Leopardenfell. (1996/CAPITOL) 24 masters 1950/60s. Limited!

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Various: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 - Mondo Exotica (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP32563
 

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​18 tracks

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Various: Ultra Lounge Vol.3 - Space-Capades
Art-Nr.: CDP35176
 

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​(1996/Capitol) 18 tracks from the vaults of Capitol Records, atomic age audities and hi-fi jinks! Last copies!

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Mamie Van Doren: Untamed Youth (1957) co-starring Eddie Cochran (DVD-R)
Art-Nr.: DVD22586
 

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(2009/WARNER) NTSC, not rated, Code 0, English, 1957 (Rmst.1985), b&w, 80 Min. Starring: Mamie Van Doren, Eddie Cochran, Lori Nelson, John Russell a.o. Teenage Drama with music by Lex Baxter. Eddie Cochran performing 'Cotton Picker' and Mamie Van Doren :'Ooh Ba...

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Mamie Van Doren: Untamed Youth (EP, 7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45PREPM11
 

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Limited pink vinyl reproduction of this very rare 45 extended play album from 1957.

$13.50 *

Various: Va Va Voom, Vol.5 - Oops! 16 Early 60's Instrumental Shakers
Art-Nr.: LPFLOR07
 

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(2015/Floridita) 16 tracks - Volume 5 of the great 'Va Va Voom' Tittyshaker series including many obscure and hard-to-find goodies!

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Various: Va-Va-Voom - Screen Sirens Sing (Vinyl 2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRNTA1999
 

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(Rhino) 24 tracks, original 1950s and 1960s bombshell Pop vocal with a touch of Jazz! Original RCA Victor, Original Sound, Columbia, Coral, MGM, and Capitol recordings! Pink vinyl custom pressing, gatefold cover with LP-sized 8-page photo and picture booklet!...

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Various: Vol.1 (LP) Las Vegas Grind
Art-Nr.: LPSTRIP001
 

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(Crypt) 16 tracks 1950/60s - Exotic deluxe gatefold cover - remastered! Stone-cold classic nutso comp and pretty much the birth of the entire retro-burlesque movement.

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Various: Vol.10, Ultra Lounge - Bachelor In Paris (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP36130
 

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CD Compilation on EMI RECORDS by Various Artists - Vol.10, Ultra Lounge - Bachelor In Paris (CD)

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Various: Vol.12, Ultra Lounge - Saxophobia (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP37598
 

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​18 tracks

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Various: Vol.15, Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP53411
 

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CD Compilation on EMI RECORDS by Various Artists - Vol.15, Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin' (CD)

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Various: Vol.2 (LP) Las Vegas Grind - Louie's Limbo Lounge (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSTRIP002
 

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(Crypt) 17 tracks - Gatefold Cover, second pressing, re-mastered for super-sound! Legendary excotica compilations - tittyshaker madness!

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