Friday, November 30, 2018

Bonnie Koloc

Bonnie Koloc - Bonnie Koloc I'm beginning to like Bonnie Koloc a folky female songwriter from the 70's. This is my second album. I already recommended the first I bought of her. I think that all of her albums should be available digitally. The best song on this collection My Aunt Edna was available on the Folk is not a Four Letter Word collection which introduced me to her. I also liked Sunday Morning Movies which showed that her voice had a lot of range. There's still a lot of albums from the old days that haven't made their way to cd or digital. It's why I'm glad I started collecting vinyl seventeen years ago.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Many sides of Abbe Lane

Abbe Lane - The Many Sides of Abbe Lane Abbe Lane was a really fun vocalist from the 50's and 60's. She was the vocalist for Xavier Cugat's band. I already recommended two of her albums on this blog. This album, unfortunately, doesn't have Spanish numbers but it is pretty good. The only dud is Thank Heavens for Little Boys as the lyrics are awkward changed to another sex. But that's ok. I never liked the song anyway. "Some of these days" is fun. "I left my heart in San Francisco" surprised me. I didn't know that she could do a ballad so well. She was pretty much a versatile singer. I wish that someone would make a collection of redheaded vocal singers from the past like Ann Margret, Ann Richards, Rhonda Fleming, Gwen Verdon, Ann Gilbert, and Abbe Lane kind of like Music for a Bachelor's Den Vol. 7: Sex Kittens in Hi-Fi - The Blondes - only that was blondes. That would be fun.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Baby Washington

Baby Washington - The Sue Singles Baby Washington was one of Dusty Springfield's favorite singers along with Evie Sands. Dusty had excellent taste. I didn't buy this though it was a present from a friend and it was a treat. Baby Washington was a soulful singer and Dusty covered a number of her songs including "I can't wait until I see my baby's face." There are a number of great songs in this collection. "The Ballad of Bobby Dawn" is a great prison story song. "That's how heartaches are made" is spectacular as well as Doodlin'. She does a magnificent cover of "You and the Night of the Music", breathing new life into a standard. I love it when people take a standard song and turn it into something else kind of like what The Flamingos did with "I only have eyes for you." Definitely recommended.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bernadine Read

Bernadine Read - Bernadine This is a nice obscure jazz album from the 50's. I felt like I was watching a Broadway show listening to it. The arrangements by Nick Perito are perky and nice. The opening song "Rhode Island is famous for you" is the best. It's adorable. I discovered about her in the "Music for a Bachelor's Den Vol. 7: Sex Kittens in Hi-Fi - The Blondes" collection. For some reason "Mean to Me" was chosen. Although she does well on ballads her uptempo numbers are what get your notice. Albums like these are why I collect female jazz vocal albums from the 50's where a person only did an album or two.