Thursday, August 25, 2016

Joan Regan

Joan Regan - Just Joan/The Girl Next Door This Vocalion release collects two of Joan Regan's albums The Girl Next Door and Just Joan. It's dreamy music covering standards. I recommended her best of some time ago which had some novelty material. I like this cd more. Joan was a British vocalist of the 50's. In this in some numbers she sounds like Doris Day. The arrangements kind of reminded me of Joni James' albums.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Carol Stromme

Carol Stromme - The Soft Sound of This obscure 1970's album has a nice 60's vibe about it. It has a gentle sound to it. The best track Inside Out is on youtube. Unfortunately my copy has a skip on that track even though I still listen to it. The girl has a nice voice. She wrote two of the songs here. There are two covers In my Life and Until it's time for you to go. They're ok. I bought mine for around $30 on Ebay. I saw it on my large rateyourmusic wish list which is strictly for vinyl. I don't remember adding it. I was intrigued by the cover. I'm surprised this hasn't been on cd as it is a nice 60's mood piece.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Montage - Montage This cd has had bad luck in my car. My sister has stepped on it three times. We've both agreed that we can only use a copy now since it's out of print. Michael Brown helped make this album. He made The Left Banke's first album and that is one I dearly love. Montage opens with a winner I shall call her Mary which was apparently about the lead singer of The Shangri-Las. The number that really steals the show is The Song is Love. It's incredibly catchy. Tinsel and Ivy and Grand Pianist are good too. This is an all male band which is something different in my musical collection but it's a goodie.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Four Jacks and a Jill

Four Jacks and a Jill - Master Jack My sister Shelley went to ASU and it turned out they had a record collection. She would ask for them to fish out these old records. It was how I found out about singers like Chris Connor. The librarians were surprised that someone still wanted to listen to them. Anyway my sister and I had fun with the records. Four Jacks and a Jill were one of the records. It's a South African folk group from the 60's. Their song Master Jack was an American hit. The girl has an interesting optimistic pleasant voice. It kind of reminds me of The Seekers.