Serious case of "I Want!"
That album was a feature of my childhood. The record belonged to my parents, but we kids literally played it to death. It was my first introduction to many of these classic poems. Before the record gave up the ghost completely one of my siblings made a tape recording of it. The copy was made by putting a tape player next to the stereo, so you can just imagine the sound quality involved. I duplicated a copy of this tape for myself and I still have it. (...somewhere, I'm sure I wouldn't get rid of it.) Age has fuzzed it, but you can still hear the scrape of the needle across the old record and the skips where the record was scratched. I still treasure that tape and guard it, because I figured there was no other way to have access to that music. Until today. I listened to some of the sound clips online and they made me cry. I've NEVER heard the songs sound so good, by the time I was old enough to listen the record was already scratchy. I stumbled while singing along with "vinegar man" because the mp3 didn't have the skip that I'd learned to adjust for.
Now I want it, but it's $20 I don't need to spend. Sigh. Maybe for christmas.
EDIT: I just poked around at phoneix records. They're LOCAL! The company is run by one of the album's original singers. Now I'm tempted to jump in my car and drive 10 minutes to his house and knock.