Fresh Sound Records releases jazz albums from the 50's and 60's. Often I haven't heard of the singers as in this case. Marge Dodson has nice diction and a lovely voice. The best of the two albums is In the still of the night. It has a lovely version of Someone to watch over me. The second album The New Voice in Town has background singers which got on nerves. Still it had its moments.
This is more recent than my other musical tastes on this site. This came out when I was 13 when I wasn't interested in country music. Lila McCann was a teenaged country singer who lasted a couple of years. I wanna fall in love is cute. Down came a Blackbird is the song really to look into. It's a gothic song that kind of reminds me of the stuff Tanya Tucker sang in the 70's.
Lately I've been getting into disco. High Energy was the hit from this album and it's good. I've always dealt with shyness so my favorite song was "Shy Guy". There's few songs about the subject. It's pretty catchy too. This is on cd with another one of her albums.
This is Thelma Houston's first album. It's different from her more famous albums. (She's mostly known for her disco albums.) Most of the songs are written by Jimmy Webb. It comes across as easy listening. Her cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash is fun. Dusty Springfield would later cover Mixed up Girl.
This is a fun disco album. I got it for my birthday. Gordon Lightfoot's If you could read my mind is fun set to a disco beat. However it kind of takes away the seriousness of the song. Viola also does Gonna get along with you now, the Patience and Prudence song. It takes away the childishness of the song. There's also other covers on this cd. This is the only album of Viola's in print. The rest are best of's. I hope that her albums will all eventually get released again.
Obscure folk album from the 70's. The girl kind of has a voice like Marianne Faithfull. It's a nice mood piece. The song that sticks out the most is Black Girl. It's worth looking for. It reminds me of records like Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan.
Jaye P. Morgan is one of my favorite vocalists. For some reason this album hasn't been released on cd. I don't know why for it's pretty good. The problem with vocalists doing country standard albums is that too often they fake a twang. Jaye only does that on one song here. Otherwise it's a genuine attempt at singing country standards at the time. You can tell she understands the words. She does Cold, Cold Heart pretty good and That's what it's like to be Lonesome well.
I heard people on the internet dismiss her as a pop singer so I avoided Sylvia. However I watched some Youtube videos of her recently. The Matador was really fun. She is more pop than country but then so was Crystal Gayle. I enjoyed this cd. I don't really like country music from the 80's so this is one of the exceptions. It makes me wish I had picked up her albums all the years I went thrift store shopping. Best songs: Nobody, her biggest hit, Matador, and Drifter.
I can't stand her beach movies but I like Annette Funicello. (I liked the The Misadventures of Merlin Jones though.) This cd collection issued by Jasmine Records collects her Dance Annette album with some singles. Dance Annette is pretty fun going through dances like the Hokey Pokey. I liked the Disney stars like Hayley Mills and her more than the stars today.
This 1965 album is good. I discovered Margie Singleton in the movie Road to Nashville. It wasn't a good movie but it had plenty of country stars like Connie Smith and Dottie West. I recommend it if you like 60's country music. Margie Singleton is a pretty much forgotten country singer but she's good. This album has covers like Crying Time and Here comes my baby. (They're done well.) Also Margie wrote a couple of tunes here. Bear Family, an excellent German label, put out a cd of her earlier work than this. It's called Pledging my Love. I also recommend it.
Norma Jean did a tribute album to Porter Wagoner. It's pretty good. She sings songs that Porter sang. I love his version of I Thought I heard you Calling my name more. (That's my favorite song of his.) However this is a solid album. Her version of Dooley and Company's Comin' are fun. Norma Jean was one of the best country singers of the 60's. Bear Family should make a box set. I would buy it. Norma Jean had a laid back way of singing. She's amazing.
This is Charly McCalin's first album. None of her famous hits are here. It's an enjoyable laid back album. Her sound got more distinctive as her career went on. The catchiest song is Leanin' on the Bottle and slowly falling down.
This is an excellent collection of the 70's country singer. She had a cute pleasant voice. There are many wonderful songs like Men, Sleepin' with the Radio on, Paradise Tonight, and Who's Cheating Who. I wish more of her work was on cd. I originally bought the budget cd Pure Country but I decided that I wanted more. I'll probably end up buying a couple of her albums.
This is a pretty good collection of Italian girl singers from the 60's. I'm a bit disappointed by the Mina songs. She's made better. However it's a good introduction with people like Isabella Ianetti, Nada, and Patty Pravo. Un amore inutile and Baluba Shake are my favorites. I feel that Italian girl singers aren't given enough credit. A number of them had cds out a couple of years like Wilma Goich but are out of print. I hope this collection makes companies realize they should released their music again.
Although I did a post about Lesley Duncan years ago I've decided to review another one of her albums. Lesley Duncan was a talented singer songwriter with an unique alto voice. This got on cd a few years back and if you can I recommend getting a copy. It's a solid album to listen to the whole way through. The songs I really like are Queen to your King and Thunder.
Twenty Feet from Stardom was a great documentary about back up singers. Some of them even had solo careers but they weren't successful. Claudia Lennear was one of the more intriguing characters from the movie. She was a backup singer for The Ikettes. She made one album but it didn't receive good reviews. Because of the movie it was released on cd. It's a pretty good effort. Not at All is my favorite song. It has a nice funky sound.
I first learned about P.P. Arnold from the One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found collection. The song they featured there is The First Cut is the Deepest. It's my favorite version of the song. P.P. Arnold was an Ikette. Ike Turner always chose excellent background singers. I love Would you Believe and Treat me like a Lady. Also Rod Stewart who also covered The First Cut is the Deepest. He did a duet with her Come home Baby. It's awesome. P.P. Arnold should be better known. She has a soulful voice.
She was also the background singer in Nick Drake's Bryter Layter for Poor Boy. Some say the song is overproduced by I like it. I instantly recognized her voice.
This covers the two albums that this duo did in the 70's. It's pretty catchy Spanish folk/pop. Alegria the opening number is really catchy. Vamprisoul is an interesting Spanish label. I see they've released some Spanish female music of the 60's and 70's which makes me happy. I love Jeanette and Marisol. I'm definitely going to buy more cds from them.
My email buddy calls her the Italian Skeeter Davis. They both had good voices and shared pop tastes although Skeeter is country music. I really liked the first disc of this box set. It's Orietta covering the likes of Lesley Gore and Dusty Springfield. It's enjoyable fluff. The other cds contain more original material and it ends in a folk album called Zingari. Orietta is rarely talked about when it comes to Italian divas. She's overlooked.
This is a collection of songs from Czech singer Marta Kubisova. She was banned to sing by a communist regime until 1989. It's pretty good. She has a nice rock voice and it fits well with the bands she performs with. I like Tak dej se k nam a prodjam svec, Ja tu s tvari nemennou, and Ne the most.
I was watching X-Men: Days of Future Past when I heard Time in a Bottle in the background. I've always thought this song was pretty but I was curious who sang it? I bought a Jim Croce best of immediately. No he's not obscure like most of the people from my blog. When I was 18-25 I used to go to thrift stores every Saturday and buy records. (This stopped once I moved into my apartment. There's simply no room for more records.) I found a lot of Jim Croce records but ignored them not knowing what he sang. I've found having a lot of records in a thrift store doesn't mean people wanted to give you away. It means you were popular in the time It also means people threw away their records and went digital. Anyway I enjoyed the album a lot. There were so many songs I knew like Operator, Big Bad Leroy Brown, I've got a Name, and I have to say I love you in a song. He died at 30. I'm 31 so I think that's young. He He accomplished a lot in a short period of time. He had an unique sound.
Marisol was a child prodigy and she made a couple of movies. I was such a fan at 20 that I purchased one of her films when she was a kid. I don't know Spanish but I could tell it was silly. Her voice changed as an adult and became deeper. Anyway her 1976 album Hablame del mar Marinero album impressed me. The title song is the best. It's a solid Spanish album. Marisol was an intriguing Spanish artist. I wish that she was known in the states.
This is another album of Elly and Rikkert. I own three of their albums. They were featured on the Folk is not a four letter word volume 2 cd. They sang about fairy tales and later Christian music. This is good folk album and kind of trippy.
Nada was a teenager in the 60's. She made this album in 1969. She has an interesting raw voice. In recent years she's made indie records which I need to check out. I thought the Yellow Submarine cover was weak but otherwise it was a solid album. She's my second favorite Italian singer of that time with Mina being the first.