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.