Thank you Jellyfish fans! We are completely sold out of the first run of colored vinyl of both Spilt Milk and Bellybutton! We hope your turntables are happy! The stock 180-gram black vinyl editions are being manufactured now. These will be unlimited pressings, and we’ll let you know when they are available.
Today is Ernie Kovac’s birthday! And to celebrate, we’re very excited to announce our partnership with Ediad Productions to release all audio material from the archive of the estates of legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs and Tony-Award winning singer/entertainer Edie Adams. This announcement comes as a birthday gift to Kovacs fans as today would have been his 93rd birthday. Post a birthday remembrance via social media and sign off with one of his signature phrases, “It’s Been Real.”
The first album to be released is titled Percy Dovetonsils Thpeaks, a previously unreleased comedy album featuring Kovacs’ best-known and beloved character originally recorded in 1961. Full details and track listing will be announced shortly. Percy Dovetonsils Thpeaks is a collection featuring bits from Kovacs gentle, martini drinking, lisping, fey poet who became ripe fodder for a comedy album in the late 1950s. A fan favorite on his television shows, this album was recorded for an independent record label before legal entanglements shelved the project until the 1970s. The reel had been mislabeled and was discovered recently by archivist Ben Model. After hearing Kovacs discuss the record in a CBC Canada television interview, Model was able to piece together the mislabeled tape and realized its current value.
The album will appeal to Kovacs fans who have demonstrated their continuing interest in the iconic comedian by purchasing large numbers of the recently released 6-DVD box set The Ernie Kovacs Collection.
Additional audio-only material from the archive includes a vast, never-before-heard collection of soundtracks from Ernie Kovacs shows of the early 1950s. This material survives on more than 150 audio airchecks. We are presently working through material from these recordings for release this year and beyond. Additional material in the archive includes audio selections from the career of Edie Adams, who was also Kovacs’ wife up until his passing in 1962.
Why Omnivore, that’s who! Vinyl does rule and you folks are helping us preach the gospel. Thanks to all of you, we saw Jellyfish hit #11 with Spilt Milk and lucky #13 with Bellybutton. The awesome Alex Chilton hit #15 with Free Again: The “1970” Sessions.
Speaking of Alex, dig this awesome NPR piece on good ol’ #15…
Wait, I thought Jellyfish only released two albums.
That is correct, but in Omnivore’s quest for the perfect pressing to honor those releases, we scrapped an entire run of finished goods. They were ready to ship. But, beforehand, we played them and said “No way, can’t do it like this,” and had them redone to be the stellar, beautiful, and audiolicious copies available now.
Did I say we scrapped the entire run? Well, truth be told, we held a handful back for moments just like this. So, Omnivore and the awesome Popdose are giving you a chance to win the two official LPs and sealed copies of the original, rejected run. There are only, literally, a handful of them in existence, so if you’re a Jellyfish fan, you need to visit Popdose and try your luck at scoring them.