The First Family series of comedy records ran 20 years and four albums, not including its imitators. The first one, released in 1962, had a short run as best selling album, racking up sales of 7.5 million. That’s a lot of folks listening to wacky JFK impersonations on the hi-fi.
The New First Family, 1968 is the third in the series, and it imagines the goings on in the White House of newly elected Cary Grant. Crazy!
Like most political comedy it hasn’t aged very well, but that sleeve is timeless. You are looking at the work of the great Mort Drucker, and if you don’t at least recognize him as “that Mad magazine guy” then I think we’re done here. Drucker hasn’t done a lot of sleeves, but the few he’s illustrated are classics. My favorite bit? The piece of cantilever business happening atop Groucho’s head.
This isn’t a rare record — you can find it for 1-5 bucks easily — but it’s a treasure for fans of Mad, Drucker, and great album cover art. Happy hunting.
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