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.