Little Marcy Visits Smokey Bear (Word K-707) 1972?
The buzz among record fans is that this is the Little Marcy album to own, as well as one of the hardest to ﬁnd. With lush strings, dinner club organ and crooning m/f muzak harmonies, this album has found a special place in the hearts of more than one lounge lizard. Not only that, but you’re also gonna have to contend with Smokey Bear collectors (yes, believe it or not there actually is such a thing), Little Marcy Visits Smokey Bear features two sidelong tracks intermixing songs and dialogue, like a Little Marcy musical of sorts. In case you had concerns that Smokey had found religion and was now a pawn for indoctrinating the youth of America, the usual Word spiritual angle is downplayed here in favor of general instruction on behaving responsibly in the forest. There’s one song about Smokey kneeling to pray at bedtime for your safety, but that’s about as heavy as it gets. Smokey gets to rebuke Marcy for a few boners, like when she builds a camp-ﬁre incorrectly or picks some unknown berries for supper. Plenty of classic goofy ditties to go around on topics like woodland critters, not playing with matches, going on a picnic, resting your sleepy little head, etc., all in that distinctive whiny little voice, balanced by Smokey’s gruff tones (voiced by Jackson Weaver). She looks positively diabolical on the back cover illustration, There’s a rare accompanying ﬁlmstrip that’s gone for some huge dollars. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I saved the best for last. I don’t know about anyone else but I think I’m glad to finish the Marcy albums, or at least I think I’m done unless someone knows of any others. diakoneo
I have not acquired this album yet.
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