I originally planned to post this album as a Saturday Odds & Sods closer. The cover, however, is too OTT not to make the ACAW cut. Holy acronym soup, Batman.
The Atomic Mr. Basie was released in 1958 and was a move in a more modern musical direction by the Count and his big band. What was more modern than having a mushroom cloud on the cover?
The cover seems to have been too much for folks in the UK so it was changed:
Here’s the whole damn album. It’s smoking hot, one might even say radioactive: