Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jaws of the Shark

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Like the Shazam! 45", I never knew this one existed until I saw it on eBay.

How Peter Pan Records escaped a lawsuit from Universal I don't know, I would say the cover art does its best to tie this record in with the hit film, wouldn't you?

Unlike the superhero and monster records, which are really goofy yet a total blast, these stories are, well, just pretty bad. The stories are ridiculously contrived, and the characterizations are silly beyond belief. Pretty much nothing could've lived up to Neal Adams' cover in terms of excitement, but the gulf between cover art and inside contents has never been greater on a Power Record.

The producer is listed as Arvid Knudsen, and the actors are the "Goldstar Repertory Group." Since none of these people are familar names to the rest of the Power Records' line, I wonder, were these stories(and maybe the even the unusual, educational-style back cover) done for some other purpose, years ago, and Power Records grabbed them up, slapped a new cover on it, and called it a day?

By the way--despite what the sleeve says, there is no story called "Worshippers of the Sharks." Sheesh!



9 comments:

TheincredibleshrinkingDamian said...

That's so awesome I don't know what to do with myself.

Wooley said...

A piece of my childhood has been restored. Jaws of the Shark was a daily listen when I was a little kid.

rob! said...

glad i could help!

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog on Jaws of the Shark after a google search. I had this record back when I was in middle school a long time ago. I remembered that the front cover was cool, although the actual record didn't live up to the hype like you said.

Kwame said...

Thank you! I've been trying to remember what the title of this was and find it for years. I'm so happy I get to listen to it now. A million kudos!

FilmFather said...

My younger brother had this LP, and while sharks were cool and all the rage in the post-Jaws '70s, I always thought it was a gyp that there wasn't a book to go with the record.

Jay said...

THis one totally slipped by me when I was a kid. Having only listened to it as a grown-up, I have to agree its pretty snoozy.
The music is a little creepy though.

Mack said...

Cover is cool, the stories are pretty bland though, and the actors don't help much. Usually there are actors are passable or pretty good. The music is pretty good though.

ComicMartUSA Reno said...

I had this when I was a Kid! Would enjoy getting it again for keepsake.

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