Sunday, October 25, 2009

Let's Bacardi Party (1964)

Here's a real treasure that belonged to my mother. I don't remember her playing this one, but I love the cover (picture courtesy of the internet - my cover is very worn and scribbled over by my mother) and the fact that it's a promotion for Bacardi rum! According to the notes in the back, the album was supposed to come with "several" recipe booklets. Well, I still have one of them! I don't know what happened to the rest (I don't know how many "several" were), but they probably just got worn out and thrown away over the years. The one recipe booklet that survived is really cool - has recipes for drinks, desserts (my mom made rum balls every Christmas), and party foods. I haven't tried to make any of the recipes, but I think I might try to make the Bacardi party chili now that chillier weather is coming. Oh, and although the album itself doesn't show a date anywhere (at least, I couldn't find one), my mother wrote "1964" on the back (as she used to always date her albums), so that's the year I'm assuming this came out. All in all, it's a fun album - good artists and good songs - and definitely one to play at your next Bacardi party. Hmmm.... I'm having a hard time picturing my mother going to a liquor store and buying a bottle of rum (she probably sent my dad).

Track listing for Let's Bacardi Party:

Side 1:
1. This Could Be the Start of Something Big - Jack Jones
2. Fly Me to the Moon - Laurindo Almeida
3. Charade - Ray Anthony
4. On the Street Where You Live - Jonah Jones
5. Woodchopper's Ball - Woody Herman

Side 2:
1. The Girl from Ipanema - Four Freshmen
2. September Song - George Shearing
3. Painted, Tainted Rose - Al Martino
4. End of a Love Affair - Stan Kenton
5. Fools Rush In - Keely Smith
6. Cherry - Harry James

By popular demand, here are some scans of the one Bacardi recipe booklet that has survived the years:

The booklet cover

Some drink recipes

Some appetizer recipes


RecordCollector said...

Love this one Esther, thanks!

ChildsPlay said...

What a fun album. Thanks.

Admin said...

This is so great to find, just as I was looking at the article released today saying that the Bacardi family of spirits was named official sponsor of the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I had no idea that Bacardi's history mirrors the music industry the way it has. It would be great to see a timeline of their contributions to rock, you know?
here is the article by the way: Bacardi Family of Spirits and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Press Release

PS - The girl from ipanema is probably one of my favorite all time songs.

HarveyMidnight said...

Hey, so why you holdin' out on us... scan some of those swingin' party recipe pages for attractive display on your web-blog!!

MattCoon said...

Great album! Any chance you would be willing to add a scan of the recipe booklet (please)?

Esther said...

Hi, Harvey and Matt!

I'll scan some pics in in a few days. I'm swamped right now but I'll do it for the wknd (Nov.14-15).

Thanks for visiting!

MattCoon said...

And to think that all these years I've been making my Bacon Nuts with no Bacardi. Thanks for the scans!

wayne3burk said...

I just got this album today from the Lutheran Mission Thrift store down on
West street. :)

cover is nearly as good as the on in your pic - looking forward to spinning it