El Rodeo / USC 1970-71 Audio Yearbook
Here’s a cool record. Side one consists of an audio collage covering a year in the life at the University of Southern California. Some of it is predictable — marching bands, football games, stuff like that. But then you’ve got clashes between student protesters and administrators, a glee club type song (“we will have these moments to remember…”) that gets the experimental tape treatment and comes off as quite sarcastic in this context, and best of all, the record, rather inexplicably starts off with this eerie beauty.
Can anyone identify this singer?
USC Mystery Woman
Side two is forgettable stage band / songfest junk, save for a cute ditty about “pornographic filth / X-rated trash,” but I do like this record quite a bit.
By the way, the cover you see pictured above is the previous owner’s work on the blank back of the actual cover, which I didn’t bother to photograph, because you wouldn’t be able to read it. The front is all white with very small printed text at the top and bottom that reads in part,
“This recording, alas, will never have its chance to compete on the open market; therefore, as one of the chosen few to receive its glad tidings of recorded joy, it is your responsibility, both as a Trojan and as an American, to play it for every other human being that will take time out (like in football… you know) to lend it a responsive ear.”