Sunday, May 24, 2009

Inner Dialogue

T Inner Dialogue - Inner Dialogue This just recently got on cd I'm happy to say. This is a great album of the 60's of a group that emulated The Free Design. This is pop at its finest. There are a great number of tracks like I got to life, The Touch, Little Children, and Look at me. Worth a look.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Gloria DeHaven

This came out a couple of years ago from Hitland. It collects Pier Angeli's album and songs from Gloria DeHaven's movies. Pier Angeli's album is just ok. I think that as an actress though she was underrated. The reason to get this is for Gloria DeHaven. She had a rich alto. It's delightful to hear her sing these musical tunes especially Dearly Beloved where she particularly shines. I also recommend the cd Sweet and Lovely which features radio transcriptions from Gloria DeHaven.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Patsy Sledd

Patsy Sledd - Yours Sincerely A good forgotten country album from the 70's. It kind of sounds like Connie Smith doing Billy Sherrill material. Patsy Sledd only made two albums. It's too bad she didn't do more. You get a recommendation from Tammy Wynette on the back of this record. The highlights are the upbeat We gotta lot of love and Thunderclouds of Love.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

For the Love of Him Bonnie Dobson

Rev-Ola released Bonnie's later pop albums on cd and while I like them For the Love of Him is a better example of her work. This is my favorite album of hers. Allmusic called her an unexceptional folk singer. I thoroughly disagree. She had her own unique shy presence. This is a wonderful album, moody, folky and poppy at the same time.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Orchids

Sorry for the bad scan. After The Runaways Kim Fowley made this girl band. The only member from The Runaways on this album is the bass guitarist Laurie McAllister. It doesn't sound like The Runaways but it's fun. It has an early 80's sound to it. My favorite songs are Bad Guys and The Boy Can't Dance.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue - Dynamite! Peggy Sue was Loretta Lynn's sister. She had a very similar voice to her. But there's an enthusiasm to Peggy's recordings that make them worth looking for. Here she scored two hits, I'm Dynamite and I'm Gettin Tired of Babyin You. Interesting to note Loretta Lynn covered her self penned I'm Dynamite in 1970's Wings Upon Your Horns album and the version doesn't compared to Peggy's.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Good News Jody Miller

My favorite later Jody Miller album. This holds up well as an almost straight through listen. Jody Miller was a pop singer in the 60's with hits like Queen of the House and Home of the Brave. With the producer Billy Sherrill Jody Miller became a country singer in the 70's. Jody was mostly a cover artist but she took them to a new level, not just singing them but suiting the songs to her own personality. Aside from the title song, there are good takes on this album like Soul Song and Hallelujah I Love Him So.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jim and Jean

Now that Changes/People World are on cd, I think their debut should be as well. Although Changes and People World were much better albums I still like this one. It's pretty much a standard folk album but it's a good one. Jim and Jean were a duo from the 60's who were influenced by Ian and Sylvia. Since they didn't have the success of the later I kind of have a soft spot for them. Plus I like their cover of Relax your mind.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sammi Smith

my rateyourmusic review

Originally issued as "He's Everywhere", when "Help me Make it Through the Night" became a hit the title of the album was changed. For a song that's been done millions of times it's hard to remember where it originated from. When country books mention artists that should have become bigger Sammi is always mentioned. She wasn't easy to market, a country singer with a soulful voice. Although there are some exceptions like "Don't Blow No Smoke on Me", this overall is one good moody album.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Make the Man Love Me Joy Bryan

I was impressed by Joy Bryan's debut Joy Bryan Sings arranged by Marty Paich, so I seeked out her second effort. This is even better than her first. Joy Bryan, though unknown, had a style of her own. You can recognize her instantly. This goes through a number of standards. There are a few songs here that are sung memorably, her take of My Romance, East of the Sun and Aren't you glad you're you? are remarkable. This should be on cd.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kay Adams Wheels and Tears

From my rate your music review

Kay Adams was the best at the gimmick she did in the late 60's. She sang songs about truck driving, the best of which here was the Little Pink Mack. It's a shame that she was only part of a gimmick because she had talent. She's very energetic and her voice reminds me of Reba. This album is pretty fun. It has some answer songs to other truck driving songs at the time, one of which is Six Days A-Waiting, which was repeated on her other album Make Mine Country. Sundazed put this album on cd but it sadly didn't last long.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jean Ritchie Riddle me This

An interesting album not on cd. This is Jean Ritchie and Oscar Brand, best known for his drinking songs dueting. I believe this wasn't their only work together. It's pleasant and has a nice folky feel.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams made her start with Mitch Miller. In her first two albums Leslie Uggams on TV and More Leslie Uggams on TV, the chorus was dominant. In here Leslie is accompanied by strings. It's a lovely albums of standards. It's amazing that she was twenty and could understand the lyrics so well. This should be on cd.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Liz Anderson

Liz Anderson is most known for being Lynn Anderson's mom but she was also an exceptional songwriter, writing early hits for Merle Haggard such as My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers. She had a sweet voice. I own a number of records by her but this is my favorite. There are a number of good songs here like The Chiseler and Come walk in my Shoes. It's interesting to hear her sing I'm a Lonesome Fugitive compared to the dark Merle Haggard version. I also love the cover. Her daughter later covered Ride, Ride, Ride and If I Kiss You just as well.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lisa Kindred

Lisa Kindred - I Like It This Way Lisa Kindred's voice kind of reminds me of Judy Henske with the theatre presence. It's deep and bluesy. This folk album was made in the mid 60's and just has traditional material which was coming out of the style. Erik Darling and her share three duets here. The best songs though are the ones she sings alone like I like it this way and If you live your time will come. If you are looking for more obscure folk efforts from the 60's than Joan Baez this fits the bill.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Janis Martin

From my Amazon review

That's what I thought when I got this cd, went beyond my expectations. While a lot of oldies sound outdated, Janis sounds really fresh. Hearing her you'd think she was a person of today trying to revive the rockabilly era. But she was in the original era making it more wonderful.
It's amusing she was called the female Elvis. The linear notes pointed out that she didn't even hear Elvis until two years into her career. When hearing him her reaction was I like Carl Perkins more.
Songs that are recommended Bang Bang, Will you Willyum, and a great cover of Ooby Dooby

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Anna Maria Alberghetti

Anna was most famous for her broadway role in Carnival, a musical of the movie Lili. Also she had a supporting role in the filmed opera The Medium. She has a lovely breathy soprano. Her "I only have eyes for you" here is gorgeous. I would love to see the movie Rosemary Clooney and her made together The Stars are Singing.