Monday, July 25, 2016

France Gall


France Gall - France Gall When I was 19 and out of high school I listened to France Gall's Baby Pop and 1968 in the car regularly. Over the years I have looked into the work she did with her husband Michel Berger. I found Tout pour la musique at a thrift store and loved it. This album is one of her earliest ones. It's pop but it has a jazzy sound to it. Jazz a Go go is pretty darn catchy. France Gall was easily one of the best ye ye singers. All of her work is worth looking into.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lesley Gore It's my Party The Mercury Anthology


Lesley Gore - It's My Party: The Mercury Anthology The oldies station I live in played It's my Party way too much. I got sick of it as a kid and wrote off Lesley Gore. However I began to get into the girl group sound so I bought her not expecting much. I was definitely wrong. Lesley Gore has a ton of good songs. She is an excellent example of the girl group sound. One of my favorites is Wonder Boy. Maybe he's just not that into you. It's a funny song and catchy too. There's My Town, My guy and me which I can see Petula Clark covering. I don't want to be a loser, Just let me cry, Hello Young Lover, and Brink of Disaster are good as well. I always did like You Don't Own Me though so maybe I was kind of a fan from the get go. That's a neat feminist song. California Nights is probably the best song of the late 60's represented here. It surprised me. It has a different sound than her other recordings. I've owned this collection for ten years now and I treasure it.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Jackie and Roy


Jackie and Roy - Bits and Pieces I am recommending Fresh Sound Records release of Jackie and Roy's Bits and Pieces and Free and Easy. Jackie and Roy were a jazz duo who were really square. That's part of the fun of their music. They're really charming. Say Cheese is really cute. So's it Spring and Who Wants to fall in love are too. I really need to look into their other albums. I own Lovesick where they got a bit into bossa nova. I'm impressed with all the music that Fresh Sound Records have released throughout the years. They pick out some really obscure gems.