Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lonely and Blue Beverly Kenney

From my review. This is material released before Beverly Kenney's albums. While it is not as good as the six albums she made, I still recommend it. First of all she had a sweet lovely vulnerable voice and that shows through on these recordings. My favorite numbers are Pyramid Jazz and Tall, Lean, and Lanky. She shows that she can swing and sing a ballad well. I think that given the small output Kenney put out, any unreleased recordings are treasures. She's one of my favorite artists. Her album "Come swing with me" is one of my top five albums. 3.5 rounded to 4

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mary McCaslin Old Friends

This is a good record by Mary McCaslin. It takes unexpected songs like My world is empty without you and Pinball Wizard and turns them into folk treasures. It's a good solid listen.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Take it and smile Eve

This is the second album of Honey Ltd., Lee Hazlewood's girl group only they went by Eve at this point. It's more of a gospel oriented album. I like their cover of Fred Neil's I've got a secret and Hello L.A./Bye Bye Birmingham. Unlike Honey Ltd.,this can be found reasonably priced.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Leory Van Dyke Walk on By

This is a solid country album. It's a straight through listen. It features the fine song Walk on By (not the Dionne Warwick version although that's great too.) Unfortunately it doesn't have the hit Auctioneer. I really like the song My World is Caving in, melancholy and catchy. Vocally Leroy kind of sounded like Hank Snow.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Marj Snyder Content in You

I found out about Marj Snyder from the Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies From the Canyon collection which featured Joni Mitchell like unknown singers from the 70's. Marj had a lovely voice. She did independent Christian records in the 70's. Content in You is a solid record. I liked I'm in a well and her cover of Pack up your sorrows.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hard to get Gisele Mackenzie

To me Gisele Mackenzie kind of sounds like Rosemary Clooney. That's a good thing. I didn't care for her biggest hit Hard to get, it was too much of a novelty, but I like this cd. It has good singing on it. I love The Star you wished upon last night. Her cover of Hey There is good too. She was on Your Hit Parade for years. I had a fun time watching episodes of it and watching her appearances.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tammy Wynette The First Lady

This is worth it alone for the song Sally Trash. As far as I know it's not a song on cd and it's really fun. I think it's one of her best songs.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tammy Wynette Take me to your world

Tammy Wynette had a couple of amazing songs in the 70's like Womanhood and He Loves me all the way but her albums weren't very good then. It seemed like there was a solid song on the first track and the rest were fillers. Her 60's albums are a different story. They are worth searching for. In this album, Take me to your world and the old fashioned I don't wanna play house are the hits here. They're well sung and memorable. She does good covers of Jackson ain't a very big town and Cry.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Evie Sands Suspended Animation

Evie Sands' disco album that was made towards the end of the disco era. It's her worst album but it still has its moments like Lady of the Night and You Sho' Look good to me. It would take her over twenty years to make another album. Evie Sands is one of my favorite singers. She has a rich soulful voice.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Lesley Duncan

Lesley Duncan was a talented British singer-songwriter of the 70's. Elton John covered her terrific song "Love Song." Her best albums are currently out of print on cd Sing Children Sing and the superb Earth Mother. Moonbathing and Maybe it's lost aren't on cd but worth checking out too. She had a lovely alto, fine songwriting.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Liz Damon's Orient Express

The second album of this band was my first post ever. This is a guilty pleasure. Liz Damon and her lounge band scored a hit with the lovely song 1900 Yesterday. It's cheesy lounge music but it grows on you. Revola's issue has an extra track Wave, which is my favorite rendition of the song.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Valerie and her week of Wonders

I love the book and the movie Valerie and her week of wonders. It's a surreal poetic experience. Finders Keepers is a great company. They released the amazing Sarolta Zaltnay cd. She's a wonderful Hungarian rocker. Anyway when I found they released Valerie I bought it. I'm not much into classical music but Valerie in an exception, a wonderful mood piece. I play it all the time. Great music

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Simon Sisters Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod

This is an excellent collection of the Simon Sisters years released by Hip-o-select records. It's the group that Carly was in before her solo career. This is folky completely different from her solo work. Her sister Lucy who later wrote the score for The Secret Garden musical sings with her. I'm curious about her solo 70's album. I love Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod. It's a whimsical track. So Glad I'm here has a catchy uptempo beat. This is an interesting look at Carly's career before You're so Vain.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ski Trails

I don't really care for Christmas albums. They irritate me mostly. So when I find one I like it's amazing. I think the exceptions are June Christy's album, Brenda Lee, and this. Jo Stafford has a lovely relaxing voice in this. I really like her version of Moonlight in Vermont.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Life is a Stream Chuck and Mary Perrin

Lovely brother and sister 70's duo that were an inspiration to Karen Carpenter. Rev-ola did right by releasing this. It's catchy folkie stuff. Bye Bye Billy and the country like Pickin' up the Pieces are my favorites. I play this in my car regularly. It's good car music. I also like Mary's solo on Dedication. She had one beautiful voice. Mildred Metz a bonus is also good.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Melba Montgomery Don't Keep me Lonely Too Long

First of all it has a wonderful title track. Half the songs are written by her brother Earl and herself. The album cover even suggests something different as she's not wearing a gingham dress but pants. I liked The Day your memory came to town and the upbeat Great Big Hurtin' Heart. This is a solid country album. I wish that Melba Montgomery was more on cd. Like Norma Jean, she's a neglected country singer from the past worth another look.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Heaven help the Working Girl Norma Jean

I recommend another record from this fine overlooked country girl who really should have more cd releases. I like the title song about the struggles of a working girl. I also like her covers of A Little Bitty Tear and Pick me up on your way down. A solid country record.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Billie Jo Spears

From my Amazon review

Before Billie Jo Spears became a countrypolitan singer in the 70's, she was a traditional country singer. Her Capitol material was similar to Jeannie C. Riley's Plantation work. This starts off with her great sexual harrassment hit Mr. Walker it's all Over. Three of the songs on the "Mr. Walker's it's all Over" album were written by Jack Rhodes, who wrote Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys, her first song at 13. Musically speaking it would have made more sense to combine her debut "The Voice of Billie Jo Spears", which I also recommend, since they're more similar in tone. But "Just Singin'" is more rare to find. There are covers on both of these, though "Just Singin" is devoted to them completely. But that's okay since I like covers. Besides her versions of Goin' Steady (Faron Young) and The Price I Pay to Stay (Jeannie C. Riley) are fantastic. Billie Jo Spears is more popular in the UK so it's not surprising that a British label Hux released this. I hope they release more of her early material. 3.5 rounded to 4.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dinah Shore War Years

From my Amazon review. This cd doesn't contain Dinah Shore's famous hits. It doesn't have Buttons and Bows and Blues in the Night. But it's still an interesting collection, some recordings are from her radio show and others are from V discs. The majority of the songs on this cd are sentimental ballads. The two standouts are her takes on Coax me a Little Bit and Along the Navajo Trail, tunes that are good enough to get in your mind. My only real complaint is the linear notes are only two pages. I would have liked a few more pictures.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Claudine Longet Look of Love

The first time I heard Claudine I thought that she couldn't sing. Then one night a year later when I couldn't get to sleep I pulled out an album of her and that breathy voice got to me. Since then I've got all her albums including Sugar Me. This is of her best albums. I love her cover of Margo Guryan's Think of Rain. I also like the mysterious Man in a Raincoat. I recommend her A & M work before looking into her other work. The A & M records work better with her voice. You should also watch The Party with Peter Sellers as she is one of the main actors. She is charming there.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Kitty Wells Dust on the Bible

I'm not really into gospel music but this was an exception. It's a solid country gospel album. This is one of Kitty's best. Along with a best of my collection is complete. Kitty is sincere here. I dreamed I searched heaven for you, Dust on the Bible, and I've got my one-way ticket to the sky are great. If you're into this I also recommend Fern Jones, another gospel singer with a superb album.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mimi Farina Solo

From my Amazon review

In 1985 Mimi Farina made the Solo album. It was quite a gap between her excellent duo work with Richard Farina. She had been offered to do an album during this time but didn't like the financial principles of the music business. This led to her creation of the Bread and Roses organization which brought music shows to prisons and such.
It's a good folk album but also suffers from being a product of its time. The synthesizer in the background makes it sound dated. Mimi wrote most of the songs in this album and proves to be a talented songwriter. Her sister Joan Baez even covered two of the songs Mary Call and Best of Friends on her Where are you now my Son album. But Mimi does them much better here. She has more enthusiasm. Mary Call was written for the movie "Where the Lillies Bloom" and was rejected. It's a shame for it's a very lovely song, worth buying this album alone for.
Now if only Mimi Farina's Take Heart album with Tom Jans can get on cd. It was the album she was supposed to be most proud of.

Friday, April 29, 2011

June Christy Duet

June Christy was my favorite singer when I was 18, a senior in high school. Her moody music spoke to me. (Though she did do a few light albums.) Her and Ruth Etting got me through my last year of high school. I love this minimalistic album. It's just her and Stan Kenton playing piano. Lonely Woman and Baby, all the Time are my favorites. This is one of her best albums.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Single Girl Sandy Posey

Born a Woman and the song Single Girl are outdated songs. But Sandy Posey still should get a second look. She had a moody unique voice. I remember a person approached me in the thrift store when I had an album of her in my hands. She remarked on how strange it was seeing a person of my age listening to her music. (I was in my early 20's.)
My favorite song here is her take of I'm your Puppet. She reads the words to it and it makes out to be a tragedy, not an obnoxious pop tune. See ya' Round on the Rebound is cute. But if you're only a cd person I recommend Single Girl: Very Best of Mgm Years.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Evie Sands Anyway that you want me

This is one of my top five albums of all time. Evie Sands is a soulful fabulous singer. I guess my favorite song is the story song Close your eyes, Cross your Fingers. The singer talks about how she lost her grandmother and father and how she has to move on. Take me for a little while, I'll never be alone again, and But you know I love you are winners too. This deserves another reissue. I wish someone would collect Evie's 45's before she made this album. I'm too poor to collect them. I would love to hear them. Chip Taylor of Wild Thing wrote most of the songs here. Great songwriting. Evie Sands wrote It's this I am. Estate of Mind, her second album is worth a look too.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rita Coolidge's Nice Feelin

This is Rita Coolidge's second album not on cd. It has a nice bluesy folk feeling. It starts off great with Family full of soul. I also like Only you know and I know and Most likely you go your way and I'll go mine. A great album.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Born to Sing Connie Smith

This is one of the few box sets that I own. It covers Connie Smith's RCA 60's material. Connie Smith is my favorite country singer. She has a rich voice. The best stuff on here is the Bill Anderson material. She even did an album where she covered his material solely and it's here too. Tiny Blue Transistor Radio and Once a Day are regular listens of mine. Otherwise her first gospel album is included and her version of Satisfied is amazing. Connie Smith does wonders with covers of country songs. I love her version of I'll be There. Most artists make you sigh when you hear a cover but Connie makes them just as good. Many goodies here. I'll have to save my money for the next box set coming out.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Seely Style

Jeannie Seely, a forgotten country singer of the 60's is worth another look. This is one of her first albums. The Seely Style contains her hit Don't Touch Me, a heart wrenching ballad. The others like It Just Takes Practice and It's Only Love are good as well. Her voice kind of sounds like Tammy Wynette. There has been a collection of her monument work. I wish someone would put her later work together in a package. Her husband at the time Hank Cochran wrote some of the songs here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wanda Sa Softly

This is definitely on my top 50 album list, a great pretty bossa nova album. There are several stand outs Sweet Happy Life, the catchy Jazz n' Samba, and my favorite Aruanda. She sings it in a dreamy voice. This could easily be afternoon or night listening. She sings half the songs in English. Her first album Vagamente is out of print but good as well. Wanda Sa, Sonia Rosa, and Sylvia Telles are my three favorite bossa nova singers of the 60's. Wanda Sa was married to Edu Lobo for a time and his Sergio Mendes self titled album is superb.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Birgit Lystager

Birgit was a Danish vocal artist. I like this album. It has a nice easy listening feel. It has just covers but she has fun with it. I love her versions of Pretty World, Sunny, and Gimme little sign. It reminded me of the bossa nova sound just in a different language.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Mary Hopkin's Postcard

I love Mary Hopkin's first record produced by Paul McCartney. My favorite song would have to be Lord of the Reedy River, a mysterious Donovan song. The most famous song here though is Those were the days, which is a magnificent song. The Puppy Song is also cute. The only song that doesn't quite work here is There's no business like show business, throwing a show tune in what is a lovely folk album. I also recommend her second album Earth Song Ocean Song, which was her favorite. She had a lovely voice.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Please Don't Hurt Me Norma Jean

This is one of my favorite Norma Jean albums. She was the girl singer on The Porter Wagoner Show before Dolly Parton. I like them both. But Norma Jean is my favorite since she's the underdog. She's the most laid back country singer I've ever heard. She sings very simply. She's one of my favorite country artists.
There are a number of upbeat songs here, "You're Driving me out of my mind" and "A woman's gotta make a stand". The song that stands out the most is "The Shirt", a silly melodramatic song about a breakup and her ex's shirt.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kay Adams Alcohol and Tears

I chose her album Wheels and Tears for an earlier post. That was a fun album about truck driving. Now I choose her alcohol themed album. There are a number of upbeat songs here like Bottle Baby and Husband Stealer. But the best numbers are I let a stranger buy the wine and Til' Temptation Gets the Better of Me. Overall this is a melancholy country album sung beautifully by Kay Adams. Kay is a forgotten country singer of the 60's like Melba. Both deserved another look.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

George Jones and Melba Montgomery

I love George Jones and Melba Montgomery records. They had similar voices that worked well with each other. (Melba does sound like a female George Jones with her deep voice.) I actually prefer them to Tammy and George. Melba and George records were more upbeat.
There's the classic We must have been out of our minds here. I also liked their version of the Louvin Brothers' song She's my Mother. I feel that Melba Montgomery is a sadly overlooked country artist. There should be releases of more George/Melba albums, also a Melba collection on her own. She was one of the best female country singers of the 60's.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Carol Lawrence Tonight at 8:30

This is a good album of broadway standards done by the original Maria of West Side Story. Indeed she covers Tonight and Something's Coming here. But the best part of this album are her versions of Do it again and especially her take of It's good to be alive. She had a lovely voice. Her other album This Heart of Mine is on my wish list.

Connie Stevens Hank Williams Song Book

I haven't been on this blog for a year and a half. Due to the fact that I just got a scanner again I decided to give it another try.
Connie Stevens is one of the few people like Ann-Margret and Annette Funicello who I can say can sing and act. She was great in The Grissom Gang.
This album of hers is my favorite. Usually country standard albums don't work because the person adds a bad exaggerated twang. Connie doesn't do this. She has fun with Honky Tonkin' and Settin' the Woods on Fire. I also like You Win Again.