Don't ask me--I just work here. "Just Some of Those Songs Mrs. Robinson" may not be the weirdest LP title ever devised, but, then again, maybe it is. If the photo story has you going "Huh?" then join the club. Mrs. Robinson (I assume that's her in the granny glasses) is window-shopping for mod clothes. She sees a young couple and decides to break in. She and the young man share a cigarette--I think. The girl leaves, they end up naked in an alley. Just your everyday slice of 1968 life. Then the cops show up.
No, I have no idea, really. Maybe the U.K. version of this LP gives us some clue:
Well, it was a thought.
I suppose the album art is pretty creepy, though I just see it as period weirdness. Actually, the last word in creepy has to be the Gary Puckett and the Union Gap hit Young Girl (selection 8). We're spared the words, and this is good.
The inside jacket tells us that Richard Behrke was the leader of the Knights. And it isn't joust kidding--he was. I checked. There are ridiculous notes (kindly scanned for you) by Sal Forlenza, who designed the album with Bob Venosa. I know this because of the credit which reads, "Forlenza Venosa Associates" for the album design. Sal and Bob also did a 7-inch 33 and 1/3 record on Columbia called My Fair Salesman, year unknown, and I can't wait to never hear it.
Luckily, in a 2013 entry on the page for a used LP, Amazon reviewer George O' Leary sheds lights on the Knights. I quote: "As an orchestra leader/arranger, Richard Behrke backed lifelong friend Bobby Darin on his 1960/61 hits Artificial Flowers and Lazy River on the Atco label, as well as being instrumental in the music chosen for Beyond the Sea, the 2004 film based upon Darin's life starring Kevin Spacey (Peter Cincotti played Behrke in the film). Before that, however, he recorded (six) albums for MTA with a a group that, featuring a flugelhorn (a brass instrument looking like a bloated trumpet), evoked similarities to the music of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass."
Which is my problem with this record--it sounds like Herb Alpert. The musicianship is superb, and the arrangements are professional as can be, and I like what's done with Burt Bacharach's Trains and Boats and Planes (listed as Trains, Boats and Planes), but I just get tired of the Alpert sound after four or five tracks. However, what matters is what you think, dear reader/listener. And I knew I wouldn't get away with presenting the jacket minus the music, so I didn't even try.
That horrible phrase "generation gap" shows up in Sal's liner essay, and something told me the term must have come from social science. I was right. Wikipedia: "Early sociologists such as Karl Mannheim noted differences across generations in how the youth transits into adulthood and studied the ways in which generations separate themselves from one another, in the home and in social situations and areas (such as churches, clubs, senior centers, and youth centers)." Because no one ever noticed stuff like that before. Might explain why we Boomers didn't listen to Rudy Vallee and wear raccoon coats. Or dance to Kay Kyser. I mean, generally speaking.
New generations, new ways. Someone had to discover this, because how else would we know?
Anyway, highly well-done music, and one of the all-time examples of album design bizarreness to ever turn up in a VOA thrift bin. I'll have to be nicer to the budget LP jackets from now on. Even the tackiest of them are at least sane.
DOWNLOAD: Just Some of Those Songs Mrs. Robinson--King Richard's Fluegel Knights (1968)
Dessert (Al Kessler)
Like to Get to Know You
By the Time I Get to Phoenix (J. Webb)
Do You Know the Way to San Jose (Bacharach-David)
Turnabout (R. Behrke)
Something Classic (R. Behrke)
Train, Boats and Planes (Bacharach-David)
Gentle on My Mind
Mrs. Robinson (P. Simon)
Just Some of Those Songs Mrs. Robinson--King Richard's Fluegel Knights (MTA MTS 5011; 1968)