Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Crusaders

Make a Joyful Noise with Drums and Guitars 1966. Sole upbeat Christian rock album. It's pretty consistent and fun to listen to. It also includes charming lame lyrics "we think of him when we're playing, it's just as though we were praying". The group later reformed as The Love Exchange with the inclusion of a female singer.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Candy Coated Goodees

Most known for their minor hit "Condition Red", a death threat like Leader of the Pack song, this album is worth discovering too. They have an awesome cover of Double Shot. I never understood that it was about a hangover until their version. Jilted is a cool song where a girl is stood up at her wedding. Their covers of He's a rebel and My Boyfriend's Back are weak though. Their turn on Worst that could happen is interesting. I don't know a girl singing this song? Anyway this should be reissued.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dale Evans

Most remembered for her western movies with Roy Rogers, Dale also was a singer. Her voice wasn't really country. It was more like Jo Stafford than Patsy Montana. Her songs were western themed but I'm sure a jazz listener could like this. This cd released by the British Archive of Country Music releases these singles. You can tell she is having fun with "His hat cost more than Mine". She can also sing a pretty good ballad such as in "When the white roses bloom". Collector's Choice Music also released a cd of her radio broadcasts with Ray Noble Sweetheart of the West which I also recommend.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nightly Yours on the Steve Allen Show Jennie Smith

A very nice vocal album from the 1950's. Jennie Smith's voice sounds like a combination of Eydie Gorme and Joni James. She knew how to belt out a song but to leave some vulnerability behind. Her version of "In other words" on this album is pure magic, sincere. The album starts out great on both sides with upbeat numbers like "This could be the start of something". Jennie made a few records and although I also recommend "Love among the Young", this is the one to go for. Great arrangements and keeps your interest throughout.