Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Claudia Lennear

Claudia Lennear - Phew 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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

P.P. Arnold

P.P. Arnold - Angel of the Morning 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.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

La onda de Elia y Elizabeth

Elia y Elizabeth - La onda de Elia y Elizabeth 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.