Friday, July 21, 2017

Barbara Russell

Barbara Russell - Swing With Me 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

Lynn Anderson Definitive Collection

Lynn Anderson - The Definitive Collection 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

Country Hill Parade Goldie Hill

Goldie Hill - Country Hit Parade 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.