Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dream Babes: Am I dreaming?

Various Artists - Dream Babes, Vol. 1: Am I Dreaming? 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

Bonnie Dobson - Good Morning Rain 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

Flo Bennett Half Past Lonely

Obscure jazz album from the 60's. Flo has nice phrasing and goes through a series of standards well. I like Out of Town and her covers of Don't get around much anymore and Saturday Night the best.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Johnny Paycheck Nowhere to Run

Johnny Paycheck - Nowhere to Run: The Little Darlin' Years 1966-1970 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.