Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Peggy March's first album is classic girl group sound. The uptempo numbers are really catchy and make up for the slower ones. I wish I were a princess should have been a hit. Other numbers that I like are Teasin' and Oh Oh I'm falling in love again, along with the hit I will follow him. I actually got to know Peggy March first from her German material. (She moved to Germany when she became popular there.) I didn't know Oh Oh I'm falling in love again was covered first in English as I have heard the German version a number of times. I need to investigate her Japanese material.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
This is my favorite Helen Merrill album. The word "dream" is used in the title and it definitely implies to the album as the whole thing just has a dreamy atmosphere to it. I was indifferent to Helen Merrill until I heard this album. The song Dream of You has a lovely atmosphere and is just simply gorgeous. The best song on here is Troubled Waters. Wow does she do a good job with this song. It's the best song she recorded and she belts it out meaning every word of the song. This is perfect for night driving which is when I usually listen to jazz. It doesn't work as well during the daytime especially in 110 degree Arizona weather. Gil Evans arranged this album.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
I've treasured this cd for years. It's an excellent collection of The Shangri-Las, my favorite girl group. Growing up the only track I heard from them on the oldies station was Leader of the Pack which I got sick of real fast. I love the girl group sound but I was always putting them off. When I finally got it I was surprised by how talented they were and how many good songs they performed. There are a number of melodramatic songs like Leader of the Pack, for example, my favorite I can never go home anymore and Give us your blessings. (The mama outburst in I can never go home anymore made me laugh the first few times I heard it. It's very over the top and melodramatic.) There are also other good tracks that aren't dramatic like Right Now and Not Later and Sophisticated Boom Boom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01YePzk29Mc They could sing live real good too. Mary Weiss was a beautiful talented lead vocalist, one of the best singers the 60's had to offer.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
This is the collection of Reparata and the Delrons to get. It gets in 30 tracks. The other collections for around the same price have less. Allmusic gives this an indifferent review stating that they weren't one of the girl group greats but I disagree. Saturday Night didn't Happen and Weather Forecast are classics, songs that have a bit of a late 60's vibe to them, more than just the typical girl group sound. I also liked Captain of your ship, Panic, and Boys and Girls. I lost this cd and just bought it again last week. It was like revisiting an old friend. I completely forgot about Panic and the overall quality of their material. I just listened to Shoes for the first time, a song Reparata released on her own in the 70's, and it was pretty cool.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
I discovered a youtube of them the other day. I was shocked. I was surprised that this female rock band had footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDiEfwXRNiM I was so happy. I bought the Birtha cd that had this album and Can't Stop the Madness years ago when it was in print. I recommend both. This one though has their best song Free Spirit. I made a female band mix once for my older sister and she said this song rocked which made me happy. Too Much Woman for a Hen Pecked Man is also catchy. This features Rosemary Lane (aka Rosemary Butler) who was also part of Daisy Chain, whose Straight or Lame I recommended years ago. She was a good singer. If you like Fanny (another cool 70's female band) you might like this.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
This collection was done by Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne who has made many excellent compilations. This cd which I bought years ago introduced me to Samantha Jones and Jackie Lee. Years afterward Jackie Lee would get on cd. The Jackie Lee song featured here The Town I live in is an amazing song about the drudge of Suburbia. Patsy Ann Nobles' Sour Grapes and Peanut's I didn't love him anyway are great too. It's too bad that Peanut didn't have a big recording career as I like her voice. Alma Cogan's Snakes and Snails is really fun. I also liked the Lesley Duncan inclusion. She would become an awesome singer-songwriter in the 70's. If you are into the 60's British girl sound this is a good cd to pick up.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Bonnie Dobson was a folk singer in the 60's and by the end of the 60's she was doing more of a folk pop sound. (I like the albums I own of her especially For the Love of Him which is collected on Bear Family's Vive La Canadienne cd.) She wrote a couple of songs here. (She's most famous for composing Morning Dew.) There are some catchy songs here like Light of Love, Sweet Man, and Factory Girl. I used to own the out of print cd of this that came out in 2007 but unfortunately damaged it. That's ok. I got it on vinyl now. Her folk albums were her best but I found Bonnie Dobson and Good Morning Rain grew on me.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
I was introduced to Johnny Paycheck through his early years. Although Take this job and shove it is fun, this is his best material. His Little Darlin' stuff was dark and excellent. Johnny sang a bit like George Jones. He has a great voice and really gets to the meaning behind the words, which some country stars just gloss over. Sadly his song A-11 is not here. However, there's enough good stuff that can be overlooked. Don't Monkey With Another Monkey's Monkey is a really funny stupid song. Pardon me I've got someone to kill and If I'm Gonna Sink (I Might as Well Go to the Bottom) are my favorite songs here, disturbing and beautiful. Unfortunately, this is out of print but worth looking for.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Susan Raye just has some best of cds on the market so I decided to review an album of hers. This was her first. I didn't care for the title song but the other songs were all right. Susan was Buck Owens' protege in the 70's. They even did some duet albums together. He wrote some of the songs on this album. Susan usually got perky material. Although this album does have some perky songs like an ok cover of Put a little love in your heart what surprised me most about this album was how rural Susan sounds. She kind of sounds like Kay Adams, a Bakersfield artist as well, who recorded in the 60's. Kay was on The Buck Owens show sometimes so this comparison is not too surprising. Susan would make more of a sound for herself as the albums went by but this is a pretty good debut.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
This is one of Lynn Anderson's best albums from the 70's. The title song was the hit but Don't say Things you don't mean is just as catchy. I bought a best of recently and expected to find that song on the cd. It wasn't a hit which surprised me. It's pretty catchy. All Day Sucker was written by her mom Liz Anderson and it reminds me of Lynn's Chart material. There's actually a good cover of "You've got a friend" too.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Obscure 50's jazz vocal singer. This is arranged by Don Costa, who did Eydie Gorme's early albums. He's one of my favorite arrangers so I knew I would like this album. The woman has a brassy voice. Her phrasing is very good. My favorite song is Misty which I like to play in my car during the night time. It gives a cool mood. There is a nice mixture of uptempo numbers and slow songs. Fresh Sound Records combined both of the two albums she did. It's too bad jazz isn't what it used to be.
Friday, July 14, 2017
This replaces the Chart years cd that I recommended years ago. This collects Lynn Anderson's best material from the Chart and Columbia labels. I thought that Lynn only had one hit with Rose Garden. The liner notes informed me that she also made the country charts a number of times. So I'm glad I learned this. I think Lynn is better than one hit. My twin sister likes her Columbia material more which was slick and geared more towards the pop market than the country one. How can I unlove you? and You're my man are indeed slick but catchy. I like the early stuff she did in the 60's with the Chart material more. It's more country and there's charm to them. A number of her songs were written by her mother Liz Anderson, who has yet to have an anthology available. I own a couple of her LPs. In fact, she sings a duet with her daughter on Mother May I? This collection made me regret the albums I threw away of Lynn. I told myself that all I needed was a best of which it turns out isn't true. There are a few songs that I liked from Lynn's albums that turned out not to be hits. So I guess that's what eBay is for.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Goldie Hill was a successful 50's country girl singer. She was a pioneer in that she was the second female to have a hit which was "I let the stars get in my eyes", an answer song. In the 60's she stopped touring which may be the reason why she is forgotten today. She continued to make records in the 60's though. Jasmine Records put out a collection recently where they put two of her 60's albums on cd. This one isn't on cd which is why I'm recommending it. It's mostly covers. It was a common practice in the 50's and 60's for female country singers to sing covers of other country songs on their albums at the time. I like to hear covers sometimes but I'm glad that artists today pretty much sing new material. She co-wrote Say Big Boy though. The songs I like the most are Talk back Trembling Lips and her husband Carl Smith's Hey Joe.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Beat Goes on Records released this collection of three of Suzy Bogguss' albums. I'm not really a fan of modern country. I like Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe but there's not a whole lot more. So I was surprised when watching the Drive South video on youtube and how much I liked it. This is 90's country which I rarely listen to. Suzy had a way of getting a traditional and contemporary sound down though. Her voice is gorgeous especially on Someday Soon, originally an Ian and Sylvia song. That was a hit. There are also other good songs here like Aces, Eat at Joe's, and of course Drive South. I'm curious about the albums earlier in her career especially her take on I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
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Friday, May 26, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
My late mom used to play this all the time growing up. Lately, I've bought artists like Johnny Mathis that my mom loved that I never thought I would purchase. I like this album of Linda Ronstadt doing standards. My favorites are What'll I do and I don't stand a ghost of a chance. Some people are snooty to this album online saying that she's not a jazz artist like Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. But then who is? For a rock artist who decided to do a standards album, Ronstadt does this very well. It brings back good memories of my old home. There are good arrangements by Nelson Riddle too.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The title song is just meant to shock. Actually, it is a vocal album with some tunes from then recent Broadway shows. "Sex and the single girl" and "Anniversary song" were sung by Fran in the Natalie Wood movie "Sex and the single girl." Fran has an interesting voice and the arrangements have a 60's vibe. My favorite song is "What are we waiting for."
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I admit Dottie West's traditional country is her best. Yet I like her later country pop period too. It's cheesy and flashy but it's fun. I lost this album and bought it recently again. I remembered most of the songs. "I'm gonna put you back on the rack" is very catchy and my favorite here. I even like the Kenny Rogers' duet "What are we doin' in Love". Dottie West made a ton of albums but barely any of them are available now. I think this one should be available as it one of her better later albums.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wanda Jackson's best and most remembered material is her rockabilly period. Yet her country music in the 60's was pretty good too. The problem is there were a lot of female country artists at the time like Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn for example. Wanda's country music gets overlooked because of this. Yet it's this period was where she hit the charts more often. There are a lot of good songs like Memory Mountain, Tears will be the chaser for your wine, and This Gun don't care who it shoots. A Girl don't have to drink to have fun is pretty fun. I love this cd so much that I bought the Bear Family box set of her country years. Yet this cd really gets the best out of this period.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I'm a huge Evie Sands fan. All I knew about Jackie Ross was that Chess records stole Take me for a little while from Evie. Evie Sands went through this experience more than once. I wrote off Jackie because of this. (Wikipedia says that Jackie wasn't aware of the duplicity though.) My twin sister got Jackie Ross from the library and I was surprised. I liked it enough to buy it. It includes her Full Bloom album, A and B sides, and unreleased material. My favorite songs are Selfish One and Take me for a little while. It's a different approach. It's more subtle than Evie Sands version. I like both versions. It's just a good song. The back of "Jerk and Twine The complete Chess Recordings" describes Jackie as "honey-voiced". That is an excellent description.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I love Beverly Kenney. She's one of my favorite vocalists. She would make one more album after this before her suicide. It's tragic because I imagine that her voice really would have suited the bossa nova craze. I've said that before on the blog but she would have sung The Boy from Ipanema very well. There is one amazing song on this album, "A Woman's Intuition". It's incredibly dreamy. Her voice was really interesting. It was vulnerable but she could swing pretty well. Real Gone Music has been all of her albums together making it inexpensive.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
I'm so glad that someone has finally put a collection of this Dutch singer's two albums and A and B sides. A person from rateyourmusic.com described Bojoura as an exotic Marianne Faithfull. She had a lovely voice. She had two hits Everybody's Day and Frank Mills (from the musical Hair.) Earlier I reviewed her Nightflight Nightsight album which I really loved. I bought this collection right when I heard about it. Bojoura made music that was a unique combination of folk and pop. This collection is affordable. I was afraid I was going to have to buy her singles and her second album The Beauty of Bojoura. If you like music from the 60's and 70's give it a try.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Susan Jacks was a member of The Poppy Family, a band from the late 60's and early 70's. It was a neat mix of folk and pop also featuring her husband at the time Terry Jacks. Terry Jacks would later sing a great song popular on oldies station Seasons in the Sun. This was her first album. It was arranged and produced by Terry. I don't know if this was after their separation or before. He wrote a couple of songs here. They're the best on the album with the title song being the best. Susan Jacks' voice is in great form here.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
My soul collection is rather pitiful. I saw this on Amazon and listened to "Who are you gonna love (your woman or your wife)" on youtube. (There's a few songs about that topic.) That song is fantastic. So I knew I had to get it. The other really great song is "Mama was a bad seed." This is a solid cd. It's definitely a good cd to listen from the beginning to the end. It's a good beginning for a soul collection
Saturday, February 11, 2017
I bought this more than ten years ago and had to replace it this month. It was one of my introductions to the girl group sound. There are many gems on this. First you get artists like Diane Renay and Ginny Arnell who only did one album. Then there's two songs of Connie Francis doing the girl group sound. She does them pretty well. Leader of the Pack and It's my Party play too often so I wasn't a Shangri-Las or Lesley Gore fan until I got this collection. I realized they made much more music, pretty amazing music as well. This also shows The Pixies Three, a really talented group that needed a producer like Phil Spector to make them big. 442 Glenwood Avenue is so catchy. If you're looking for an introduction to the girl group sound I recommend this collection.
Monday, January 30, 2017
This is an obscure jazz vocal album from the 60's. The person is obviously influenced by June Christy but it's cool to listen to "I feel pretty" and "I enjoy being a girl". You can imagine them as if June Christy had covered those songs. Wanda made some other albums many decades later. This album's neat and worth looking for.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
After Debbie's recent death I decided to try another one of her albums. I own the cd that has Debbie and Am I that easy to forget? albums. However I like this album more. She has more fun in this one. The arrangements are joyful and there's a lot of perky songs such as Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, I want to be happy, and Ain't we got fun. She sings in a very lighthearted manner.
Friday, January 6, 2017
I don't know much about Edie Adams other than she was Ernie Kovacs' wife. I'm not familiar with his tv show either as it was before my time. Still I've been curious about her and was happy to buy this off Ebay. The album is full of standards, the usual ones like Bill Bailey and Frankie and Johnny, then the not so typical ones. Don't let the sun catch you cryin' is not the pop song on the oldies station. It's sad because I imagine she would have sang that well. The best song here is her rendition of Good for Nothin' Joe. She sings it sincere.