Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss - Aces / Voices in the Wind / Something up My Sleeve 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

Madeline Bell

Madeline Bell - Bell's a Poppin' When I first got into British girl singers of the 60's I thought that this collection was from a Brit. RPM Records is a British label that reissues past music mostly from UK artists. Then I learned that Madeline Bell was an American who went to Britain and made it there. She even sang back up to Dusty Springfield. Anyway, I love this collection. It is mostly from her 1967 album Bell's a Poppin' with some bonus tracks. There are a number of tracks that stick out like Picture me Gone, Beat the Clock, and You don't love me no more, which was featured on the Girl Group Sounds: One Kiss Can Lead to Another boxset. That was one of the best collection of girl group sounds ever put out. Not that many of Madeline Bell's old albums have been reissued. In fact, this collection is regrettably out of print but it is a nice cd of soul mixed with the girl group sound.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Heaven's Just a Prayer Away Norma Jean

Norma Jean - Heaven's Just a Prayer Away This is one of my favorite Norma Jean albums. It's a gospel one. It has uptempo numbers too like I'm Gonna Walk and Talk With My Lord. My favorite number though is Precious Memories. It has a personal meaning to me. I had been listening to this album a bit years ago then my mother died of breast cancer. Precious Memories stuck with me. So when I was asked to sing a song for my mother's funeral I chose this one. Norma Jean, of course, has a better voice than me but I think I did all right. Years later I also sang it in a voice class at community college. I love the song because it reminds me of my mother. Norma Jean has turned into a footnote in country books. She's the girl singer on The Porter Wagoner Show before Dolly. However, she is much more than that. She is a sincere country singer, traditional, not flashy. There's a digital best of Norma Jean collection on Amazon. I recommend it. This is one of her albums that deserve to be restored.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Crystal Gayle I've cried the blue right out of my eyes

Crystal Gayle - I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes Loretta Lynn had two sisters who tried to make it in the music business, Peggy Sue and Crystal Gayle. Peggy Sue did two fabulous albums but faded into obscurity. Crystal would have done the same thing if it had not been for changing to United Artists. This is a collection of the material she recorded for the Decca label. She sounds a bit like Loretta Lynn here and that was the problem with Peggy Sue. Loretta wrote the lead track which was a hit and it is a very good song. I think my mother owned this album because I remember Everybody Oughta Cry which is a good song as well. Crystal was fortunate to get on another label and come up with a sound of her own. I love her Somebody Loves you album which she would make a few years later. This is worthwhile for curiosity factor and also it has a few good songs.