Sunday, September 30, 2012

Inner Dialogue

Their second album isn't as interesting or eclectic as their original. Still there's some good songs Portrait of Me, Cry Baby Baby, and Chairs are pretty good.

October Country


60's album that contains one amazing track My Girlfriend is a Witch. The girl singer here has an interesting alto and does well on I wish I was a fire.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Love Generation


I bought it for the funny cover. The song "Groovy Summertime" is unintentionally hilarious. It is way over the top. Guilty sunshine pop.

Jackie Lee


Jackie Lee was an underrated singer in Britain from the 60's. There are three great songs here Love is a Gamble, Something borrowed, Something blue, and Everybody needs a little loving. The rest pretty much are children songs which I don't really care for. Maybe when I have kids I'll feel differently.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bossa Rio


This is an album that features Mrs. Sergio Mendes Gracinha Leporace who had a lovely voice. Her solo album should be released. It's a good Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 clone. Old Devil Moon and Do you know the way to San Jose are the highlights.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vinegar Joe


Cool rock band from the 70's before Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks went solo. Robert Palmer's solo on Never met a dog that took to me is awesome. Elkie Brooks' Proud to be a honky tonk woman is great.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Birgit Lystager


Ready to meet you is a Burt Bacharach like easy listening album. I prefer her self titled album which was jazzy and pop but this is good too. This time songs has been written for the Danish artist. You can find this on Ebay.

Judy Roderick


An interesting folksy blues album. Judy Roderick had a good alto and sang with meaning. My favorite numbers are Walking slow behind you, Louisiana Lou, and Someone to talk my troubles to.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Misty June Christy


This is the Amazon review I wrote when I was 18. I love this album still. It's one of my favorite June Christy albums. I've listened to this cd at least a billion times and it's never grown old on me. Although I love Something Cool and Duet, this is my favorite June Christy cd for it has the right mix of slow and cheerful songs. Why is June Christy my favorite singer? Because she is unique. She stamps her identity upon her songs, not only with her sincere singing but also with her music, which I've always have found to be peculiar. I can't think of another singer who uses the oboe so much in her work. There are songs in this cd that still give me shivers like The Wind and Round Midnight, which Christy sings the definite version of. Her songs aren't just songs, they're stories. You can see June pulling up that collar! Also look out for the last track Intrigue, sadly hidden. Sing Something Simple is adorable too.

Orriel Smith A Voice in the Wind


A girl sings folk songs like it's an opera. Not surprisingly she became a opera singer. It's an interesting album.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dana Gillespie


My second worst mistake looking through thrift store records was finding all of Dana Gillespie's albums and not getting them. I thought they looked interesting but I didn't know the artist. My worst mistake was finding all of Pentangle and Fairport Convention's lps in a thrift store and wondering who they were. Of course this was when I was 18. The album she did in the 60's Foolish Seasons is better but I'm taking a look at this one. It's a good folky pop album. I like I was a book, Describing You, and Taffy. I want to look into her 70's stuff but only a collection is available on cd. Hopefully more albums get on cd.

Art Deco Sophisticated Ladies


This cd covers female singers from the 20's-40's. It was a huge introduction to me in discovering jazz singers when I was 18. It has an awesome song from Ruth Etting Needle in a Haystack. I discovered Ginny Simms and Ella Logan here. It contains two of Ginny Simms' best numbers Sweet and slow and I'm out of style. I learned about Annette Hanshaw and Ruth Etting, great jazz singers from the 20's here. Good stuff. I wish someone would make a cd of Nan Wynn.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sarofeen and Smoke


Anne Sarofeen has an interesting voice. This is a bluesy album. My favorite numbers are Witch, It's Love, and Susan Jane. It's Love was featured on the excellent Folk is not a Four Letter Word collection which I recommend.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Teddi King

Teddi King was a wonderful jazz singer. Here she does Unforgettable, Let's Face the music and Dance, Temptation, and April Showers well. This is my favorite version of April Showers. Teddi King is underrated and deserves more fans.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ginny Simms


I discovered Ginny Simms while listening to Art Deco's Sophisticated Ladies. Even though this cd doesn't have the two songs included in that cd, it has a good collection. It's a pity that this wonderful singer is forgotten. She has a distinctive torch voice. There are plenty of good songs on this cd that are in my mind constantly like I'll Never Smile Again and What goes up must come down. She had a great voice. This is retty cheap on Amazon since there are now more collections of her music which I plan to buy.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Left Banke


The Left Banke had two hits Pretty Ballerina and Walk Away Renee. I never heard Pretty Ballerina until here and it is a stunning song like Walk Away Renee. There's also a number of good fillers here like She may call you up tonight, I haven't got the nerve, and Evening Gown. A solid album.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Flesh and Blood


There's more original material here but no song as catchy as It's a Cryin' Shame. I like Take me Back, Near You, and Whoever's thrilling you is killing me. This is more bluesy than her debut.

Gayle McCormick


Gayle McCormick is most known for her rock cover of Baby it's you from the group Smith. It's a great take. Her first solo album had a hit It's a Cryin' Shame which is pretty catchy. The rest are mostly covers but she sings them well.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Age of Electronicus


This is a fun electronic album. There's another one I like. :) Anyway my favorites are his version of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Aquarius. Give It Up, Turn It Loose is fun. I hope that Moon Gas gets on cd again. It's terribly expensive.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Billy Cox's Nitrofunction


After the Luv'd Ones, Char went to this band. Former Jimi Hendrix bassist and her made an album influenced by Hendrix. My favorite numbers are Let me do what I got to do and Not my time.

Luv'd Ones Truth Gotta Stand


This is probably the best girl garage band of the 60's. Char Vinnedge is the lead singer here and the band's pretty polished. There are lot of good numbers like Walking the Dog, Dance Kid Dance, and Yeah I'm feeling fine. I liked their cover of the Shangri-La's He cried a lot. I don't which version I like better.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Magnifique Mireille Mathieu


My dad went on a Mormon mission to France. In his record collection of classical albums I found hidden Francoise Hardy, Mireille Mathieu, and Edith Piaf records. It was my real introduction to music at 12 other than The Beatles. Mireille Mathieu kind of modeled herself after Edith Piaf. Her 60's albums like this should be rereleased. I like The Last Waltz. My favorite track is The Look of Love. It's one of my favorite versions of it with Dusty Springfield's being at the top of the list.

Dave Waite Marianne Segal


This was Dave Waite and Marianne Segal before Jade. The Joni Mitchell like All the reasons and Paper Flowers are the standouts. They sing really good live on Shine a Candle. Good folky music.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Marisol Las 4 bodas


This is one of my favorite Marisol soundtracks. Marisol was a Spanish singer and movie star from the 60's and 70's. Las bodas de Marisol contains her adult voice. Her childhood voice was very different. La mascara and Johnny are fun. The best track is La Boda, a beautiful ballad.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Third Wave


Five teenage girls sing an album of 60's pop. Their cover of Stormy is awesome. Waves Lament, the first track is pretty neat too. They scat throughout Cantaloupe Island.

Doris Duke


The Other Woman is an amazing song about a woman talking about her affair with a married man. Divorcee Decree is pretty catchy. This is awesome soul. Doris Duke was a good discovery.

Marion Hutton


I recommend Marion Hutton with Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Volumes 1 and 2. You could probably find them some place. They're on lp. Marion is most known for being Betty Hutton's sister but she could swing with Glenn Miller's orchestra pretty well. She had a cute voice. It's worth searching for. Betty is more comedic and I love them both. No competition. Marion was also in the movies In Society and Love Happy. She was fun in them. Best track is Boog it.

Susan Maughan


I recommended her Hey Look me Over album earlier. This time I recommend a best of. She's most famous for her cover of Bobby's Girl but I prefer Make him Mine. Susan had a lot of competition from the British girls of the 60's which is why she is not better known. The Verdict is Guilty is kind of a stupid song but I enjoy it a lot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8VhVY861rA Check out her live. Her albums are kind of expensive but of one of these days I'm looking into purchasing more.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Elly and Rikkert


I found out about this couple from Folk is not a Four Letter Word Part 2. The best track here was featured on it Heksenkring. But the rest has a nice folky vibe. Apparently the lyrics are religious. I wish I could understand what they're saying.

Electronic Record for Children

Bruce Haack - The Electronic Record for Children This album is just ok. It's worth it for the track Upside Down which is pretty whimsical. My twin sister is into experimental music and Bruce Haack is about the only person I like.

Electric Lucifer


Bruce Haack made a really fun psychedelic electronic record with this. For some reason the cd player in my car doesn't like it. I love Program Me. I'm not really into electronic music but I love Bruce Haack. Too bad the documentary on him is supposed to not be good.

Jeanette


The Spanish singer Jeanette has a one of a kind voice. It first it sounds like just a teenaged girl but it's too unique to be just that. She first did work with the group Pic-nic and then went solo. This features a few tracks from Pic-nic and her solo work. Por Que Te Vas is the best track. But there are other good numbers like Te Esperare and Oye Papa, Oye Mama. She's my favorite Spanish singer, next would be Marisol and then Karina. They are were really good.

Triste Janero


This is a Sergio Mendes like effort with one exceptional track Rene de Marie. It's so pretty, one of my favorite bossa nova tunes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

India Adams Comfort me with Apples


India Adams dubbed for The Band Wagon and Torch Song. This album is pretty good. The song Comfort me with Apples is great. Tabasco is awesome. This is worth searching for. Great cover art.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Marisol Grandes exitos


This covers some of Marisol's children years and adult years. I bought this on an impulse on Ebay back in the day when I had money, not knowing anything about the artist. She was a Spanish child prodigy and was in movies as well. I even watched one once Marisol rumbo a Rio not knowing Spanish but I could still sense it wasn't a very good movie although I bought the soundtrack and it was pretty cool. She later grew up and her voice matured. So it basically sounds like two different artists on this cd. With her childhood years Tombola and Estando Contigo are pretty good. Corazan Contento is my favorite of her adult years. I'm curious about her adult albums. She was in two of Carlos Saura's movies. She later changed her name to her original name Pepa Flores.

Sylvie Vartan's I don't want the night to end


This was Sylvie Vartan's English disco crossover. I found it at a thrift store and I thought why not. It's a guilty pleasure. Pure Love gets in my mind a bit. I would buy it if it got on cd.

Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies of the Canyon


I really liked this cd from the excellent label Numerogroup of Joni Mitchell inspired singers of the 60's. After I bought this I found a Marj Snyder record Content in You in a thrift store and I grabbed it at once. I never would known about her if it wasn't for this. (I now own three of the independent Christian artist.) Rain is the best track I've heard from her. Mary Perrin's Dedication is haunting, beautiful voice. She made some great albums with her brother Chuck. I reviewed Life is a Stream earlier on this blog. Collie Ryan has an unusual voice. Not every song is a winner but overall it inspired me to search for a lot of obscure singers from the 60's.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Betty Johnson


This is a nice album. I like the first track The Touch a lot. Someone should take it upon themselves to put her albums on cd. Betty Johnson was a fine 50's singer good with novelty and ballads. Unfortunately with the move to Mesa, I had to put half of 1,500 records in storage with my older sister and this was one of them. I miss it and a number of records a lot.

Loretta Lynn Singin' with Feelin'

Loretta Lynn - Singin' With Feelin' Someone like Bear Family should put all of Loretta Lynn's early material together. I like her more than her hits. Her version of Dark moon here is really good. Sure it's just a cover but I like it more than Bonnie Guitar and Gale Storm's versions. Update 8/25/2017 This is by a long shot the most looked at record on my blog which shows Loretta Lynn's continuing popularity. Raven Records has reissued some of her early material and I hope they continue to do so. Listening to this album again I was struck by what a solid album it is. It begins with Bargain Basement Dress which is a pretty sassy number. This album is mostly covers but she does them well songs like It's such a pretty world today, Secret Love, and Walk through this world with me. Although it doesn't have one of her major hits it's a goody.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Helen Merrill


Helen Merrill had a lovely breathy dreamy voice and is one of my favorite jazz singers. This contains two of my favorite songs from her Comes Love and Lilac Wine. I don't which version of Lilac Wine is my favorite hers or Jeff Buckley but they're both really good. This album is one of the underrated ones in her catalog.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Little Marcy


Little Marcy was a freaky Christian puppet and she did many albums. I've collected many of them from thrift stores. This is easily Little Marcy's best album. They really went all out for this one. They added a score, wrote words. A professional singer (Smokey) was even hired. (Who is the better singer is debatable? They're both pretty bad.) But the central question of why they're even together in the first place is never raised. For a picture of the puppet. Marcy Tigner, the woman did the child like voice for the puppet Little Marcy to clarify.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Patti Page In the land of hi-fi


This is Patti Page's jazz album. She gets a lot of crap but I like her voice. This was arranged by Pete Rugolo, the guy who arranged June Christy's albums. I've got my eyes on you is the highlight, it's kind of a creepy song. Nevertheless is good too. It's nice to hear Patti Page do something different. I hope The East Side, arranged by Pete Rugolo gets on cd some day. I'm looking forward to giving that a spin.