I am still sorting out my fathers affairs and estate. His record collection is magnificent. I had no idea he had such exquisite taste in music. Maybe if we could've stood to be in the same room together for more than 20 minutes it would've been more apparent. Then again, a lot of them might have been purloined from my collection. When I unleash this vinyl on you mere mortals, you will be in awe. Your jaws will drop, your eyes will glaze over, and your pockets will be emptied.
My two favorites so far are a Chico Hamilton album, where the man is wearing a red silk lined cape on the cover. Not everybody can get away with this attire. Chico looks like he'd cut you into a thousand pieces for just LOOKING at him funny while he's wearing it. The other is a red, clear vinyl recording from the 50's called Fortissimo "Jets". It is mainly field recordings of the "Century" series of USAF fighter aircraft (F-100, F-101, 102, 104, 105, 106) taking off, and doing low fly-bys. It also has a recording of the General Electric M-61 "Vulcan" 20mm Gatling cannon on full (6,000 rounds per minute) blow. It is also the only record I have ever seen that plays from the inside out. It has some sentimental value. I robbed this off him as a teenager and he obviously grabbed it back at some point. The Vulcan cannon on full blow just sounds like a blast of electricity. 100 rounds a second baby! And they blow up when they hit stuff. My kind of toy.