D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities
I Bring The Funk.

I Bring The Funk.

August 2, 2021

As Bob Burtman would say, "Icksnay on the uck-fay" as the Parliament Funkadelic live version of "Tear The Roof Off" commenced to play. 

Some songs that James Brown made famous and then decided to rerecord. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

 

James Brown - I Feel Good (1975) Not the version you're used to hearing. 

James Brown - Problems (1975) If you Google "James Brown" and "Problems", it will take a LONG time to get to this song. 

James Brown - It’s A New Day (1970) My favorite song by JB

Parliament-Funkadelic - Tear The Roof Off (Live 1976) Do not listen if the swears offend you. 

The Clash - Radio Clash (Remix) (1980)

African Music Machine - Mr. Brown (1974)

Chuck Brown - B.A.D. (1984)

George McCrae - I Get Lifted (1974) From Wikipedia: He was about to return to college to study law enforcement, when Richard Finch and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band invited him to sing the lyrics for a song that they had recorded for the band, but could not reach the high notes that were required for the song. The original intention was that Gwen, his wife, should record it, but she was late for the session and George recorded alone. The rest is history! Finch and Casey began their decade-long chart dominance. People don't recall what a big influence the Miami Sound had on dance floors and AM radios all over the country. You just can't fake those grooves. 

Jimmy “Bo” Horne - Let Me (Be Your Lover) (1978) Sampled by Stereo MC's to fine effect. 

Jimmy “Bo” Horne - Dance Across The Floor (1978) 

Ron Louis Smith - Make Me Know It (1978) Ronald Louis Smith is the original KC and the Sunshine Band trumpet player and the leader of the horn section and choreographer. He created all the dance moves the band was famous for. The Sunshine Band was formerly called the Ocean Liner Band. Ronald Louis Smith wrote/produced the hit disco record "Spank" artist Jimmy Bo Horne.
He arranged and played the trumpet parts in the big reggae record "Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley. He also worked with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine at Miami Sound Studio.

Chicago - What’s This World Coming To (1973) I love Chicago albums V, VI, and VII. As good a trio of records any group recorded in the '70s consecutively, except for Stevie

Bobby Rydell - Sway (1976) This is not the original 1960 hit, but an attempt to modernize through the demon known at the time as Disco. Many, many artists rode the train to sadness. Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Kate Smith, Bobby Hebb, so so many. 

Frank Sinatra - All Or Nothing At All (1977) This is not the original 1939 hit, but an attempt to modernize through the demon known at the time as Disco. Many, many artists rode the train to sadness. Bobby Rydell, Sammy Davis, Kate Smith, Bobby Hebb, so so many. 

The Beach Boys - Here Comes The Night (1979)  This is not the original 1967 song, but an attempt to modernize through the demon known at the time as Disco. Many, many artists rode the train to sadness. Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, The Hollies, so so many.

Osmonds - I, I, I (1979) Produced by Maurice Gibb. No answer from Robin or Barry

Jeff Lynne - Goin’ Down To Rio (1977) From his two-sided dance single. Attendant dance steps on the cover. He was in The Move

Bobby Hebb - Sunny ’76 (1976)

Neil Diamond - Dancing In The Streets (1979)

Elton John - Thunder In The Night (1979)

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs - Kiss and Tell (1979)

Maureen McGovern - I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (1979)

Sammy David Jr. - We’ll Make It This Time (Theme from "Kojak") (1976)

Tom Jones - Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina (1979)

Obscure Beatles Covers - Do You Think I’m Creepy?

Obscure Beatles Covers - Do You Think I’m Creepy?

July 31, 2021

The King's Singers - Strawberry Fields Forever (1978) Scratch and sniff! Produced by the late, great Greg Lake

Bangor Flying Circus - Norwegian Wood (1969) 

The Goodship Lollipop - Maxwell's Silver Hammer (1969)

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) 

Bud Shank - I Am The Walrus (1968)

Charlotte Dada - Don't Let Me Down (1972) The Girl with the Golden Voice, a title she has more than justified since she started her career with the Uhuru Dance Band early in the 1960s. She also sang with Franco and the Walking Shadows before breaking off as a solo artist, recording with Leader of Uhuru Dance Band Stan Plange and his Experimental Group and the Britain-based group Cool Blaze.

Cher - The Long and Winding Road (1973) At 30:50 of this podcast, the bass player makes a pretty big goof. 

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - The Long and Winding Road

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Old Brown Shoe 

Don Randi Trio - Tomorrow Never Knows (1966) Don Randi began his career as a pianist and keyboard player in 1956, gradually establishing a reputation as a leading session musician. In the early 1960s, he was a musician and arranger for record producer Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. He played piano on "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra and on her albums as well as being a member of her touring band for decades. He performed on the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and "God Only Knows". His piano can be heard on the Buffalo Springfield songs "Expecting to Fly" and "Broken Arrow". He claims to have played on over three hundred hit records, working with Linda Ronstadt (the harpsichord on "Different Drum"), Quincy JonesCannonball AdderleyHerb AlpertSarah VaughanLee Hazlewood and Frank Zappa.

Doug Parkinson In Focus - Dear Prudence (1969)

Fickle Pickle - Maybe I'm Amazed (1970)

Ken Ray Wilemon and I - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Ken Ray Wilemon and I - Here, There, and Everywhere

Ken Ray Wilemon and I - I Should Have Known Better 

Franck Pourcel and His Orchestra - Don't Let Me Down (1969)

Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo - The Word (1966)

Ray Conniff - Hey Jude (1978)

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Gimme Some Truth 

The Koppycats - Things We Said Today (1966) Ian & The Zodiacs were a British Rock'n'Roll and Beat band formed in 1958, originally known as The Zodiacs, in Liverpool, England. The band existed in relative obscurity until relocating to Germany in 1964 where they achieved national success. During the band's three-year stint in Germany, they released three albums under their name, exclusive to the country until their re-release. They also released two cover albums featuring material by The Beatles with the name The Koppycats.

The Koppycats - Nowhere Man (1967) Jeesh, get the chords right. And the harmonies. 

Les 409 - Hello Goodbye (1967)

Les 409 - I'm a Man (1967)

Link Wray - Please Please Me (1963)

Mike Quinn - Apple Pie (1969)

Nicky Scott - Honey Pie (1969)

Helen Merrill - Norwegian Wood (1970)

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Beware of Darkness 

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Jet

 

 

If any country’s gonna invade another one, ruin an entire Olympic Games, and make fun of another land’s women, you better believe it’s gonna be the good ol’ USA!!

If any country’s gonna invade another one, ruin an entire Olympic Games, and make fun of another land’s women, you better believe it’s gonna be the good ol’ USA!!

July 29, 2021

Randy Bachman is Canadian royalty for his pop success in the '60s and '70s with various bands. And for his seeming inability to stop rockin'. But first, I have a sincere question for both of you: 

You're not a...commie...are you? 

Hagers - 84 Olympics - The Russian Game (1984) 

The Guess Who - Take The Long Way Home 1970 (The Way They Were)

Chad Allan & the Expressions - Stop Teasing Me (1965) 

Union - Mainstreet USA (1981) You....ARE....going...TO....TOUR.....WITH....THE...OLDIES....we LOVE!!!!!!! Get in the box with Cummings. We can wait. The Canadian government can wait. 

Union - Next Stop London (1981)

Brave Belt - Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes (1971) God help the person with these afflictions. This was the band he formed after he left The Guess Who and before he formed BTO

Here he is with his purse. 

Brave Belt - It's Over (1971)

Brave Belt - Too Far Away (1972)

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Easy Groove (1977) From the album Freeways. Here's a good article on the history of Randy Bachman and BTO in particular. 

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Lookin' Out For #1 (1975) This was their last big-ish hit in the USA. 

Chad Allan & The Expressions - Made In England (1965)

Axe - Take the Long Way Home (1970) The second song in the show, recorded as an instrumental for RB's first post-Guess Who album, Axe. I much prefer Burton Cummings' wailing. 

Chad Allan - Ramona's Hourglass (1968) Written by our boy.

The Guess Who? - Believe Me (1966)

Ironhorse - I'm Hurtin' Inside (1980)

Brave Belt - Never Comin' Home (1972) 

Randy Bachman - I Am A Star (1978)

Randy Bachman - Just A Kid (1978)

Randy Bachman - Maybe Again (1978)

Ironhorse - Sweet Lui-Louise (1979) Trying to tweak the record-buying public by reminding them of the accidental stuttering in "Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"

Axe - Zarahemla (1970)

Iron Horse - One & Only (1979)

The Guess Who - Palmyra (1970)

The Guess Who - Silver Bird (1970)

The Guess Who - The Answer (1970)

Union - Keep the Summer Alive (1981) You know this song as a Beach Boys release, but what you might not know is that it was co-written by Randy Bachman

Union - All Night Long (1981)

 

 

ABC Records’ Answer to Cream. Solo Paul Revere and the Raiders. “The Naked Ape” Soundtrack You’ve Been Asking For.

ABC Records’ Answer to Cream. Solo Paul Revere and the Raiders. “The Naked Ape” Soundtrack You’ve Been Asking For.

July 26, 2021

Australian Playboys - Black Sheep R.I.P. (1967) The "Australian Playboys" was the name given to the Melbourne-spawned rock & roll band The Playboys, for their appearances and record releases outside of Australia, to avoid confusion with Gary Lewis's backing band "The Playboys."

Because if you mess with Jerry's boy, you're gonna have a bad time. Only one person humiliates Gary Lewis, and that's his father. 

Eden's Children - Awakening (1968)  "Sham," as ABC wanted the non-existent fans to call Richard Schamach, really was. To be hyped as better than Cream no doubt created expectations this trio could never live up to.  Produced by Bob Theile, who wrote “What a Wonderful World” and produced countless great artists from the '60s. 

Bob Kuban and the In-Men - Drive My Car (1966) Their hit was “The Cheater” (1965). The frontman/singer was Walter Scott.
Scott disappeared on December 27, 1983. In April 1987, his body was found floating face-down in a cistern. He had been hog-tied and shot in the back. Scott's second wife, JoAnn (née Calcaterra), pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution of his murder and received a five-year sentence. Her lover, James H. Williams Sr., whom she married in 1986, was found guilty of two counts of capital murder involving the deaths of his previous wife, Sharon Williams (who died from what was originally thought to be an auto accident in 1983), and of Walter Scott.

That, my friends, is Rock and Roll. 

Briarcliff Strings And Voices - I Want To Hold Your Hand (1966) 

Burt Bacharach - Lisa (1967)

Eden's Children - Just Let Go (1968) Here is an excellent interview with the lead singer Richard Lee ("Sham"). "After Eden’s Children, I went out to play with Edgar Winter when he was putting together White Trash. When Rick Derringer became available to Edgar I made a hop to Boston again and played with Vern Miller’s (The Remains) group Swallow, with George Leh." 

Eden's Children - Invitation (1968)

Eden's Children - Stone Fox (1968)

Freddy Weller - Listen to the Young Folks (1970)

Gary Wilson - Chromium Bitch (1977) Gary Wilson is an experimental musician/performance artist best known for his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me, after which he promptly retired from recording and performing concerts. He slowly gained a strong cult following during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the early 2000s became active again.

Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds - Who Do You Love (1975) On Playboy Records. What's that trivia question I gave you? 

Hot Chocolate - Walking On The Moon (1980) “Baby you make me Feel like Im walkin...” 

Hudson & Pickett - Sky High Market (1976) 

Jim Valley - Try, Try, Try  (1967)

Jim Valley - Go-Go Round (1967)

Jim Valley - I'm Real (1967)

Jimmy Webb - Saturday Suit (1973)

Jimmy Webb - Arnie's Appeasement Signals (Samurai Sequence)(1973)

Jimmy Webb - Gymnast's Ballet (Fingerpainting) (Soundtrack)(1973)

Jimmy Webb - Song Seller (1972)

Mean Mister Mustard - Davy Jr and Guess Who? (1969)

Paul Revere and the Raiders - We Gotta All Get Together (1970 Version) 

Paul Revere and the Raiders - We Gotta All Get Together (1969 Version) Written by Fred Weller. He also recorded a version solo. It's not THAT great a song. 

Raiders - Song Seller (1973) Written by Jimmy Webb. 

Raiders - Just Seventeen (1970) My favorite Raiders track. 

Paul Revere Interviews His Raiders - Free Cardboard Disc from Teen Scoop mag (1967) They had an unbelievable sense of humor. 

Freddy Weller - Sexy Lady (1974)

Daniel J S Lewis was this show’s biggest fan.

Daniel J S Lewis was this show’s biggest fan.

July 26, 2021

He and I were friends for 45 years or so. He was a great man who taught me that all we have to offer is kindness in the end. We recorded music together, influenced each other's taste, did some awful things to each other, as brothers sometimes do. And if you like this show at all, you heard me mention him a few times, as this show was practically his as well as mine. I always knew he was listening, and to be honest, doing more shows (among other things) will be very hard without him. He was also a great singer/songwriter. The only difference between him and me was that I was foolish enough to try. 

I will be talking about him at length once I feel I can. 

 

Carole King seems nice.

Carole King seems nice.

July 22, 2021

Frederik - Se Jokin Minulla On (1975) The Locomotion in Finnish. 

Alice Babs - Been To Canaan (1973)

Pretty Purdie and the Playboys - You've Got A Friend (1971)

Carole King - Child of Mine (1970) 

Design - I Feel The Earth Move (1973)

The City - Now That Everything's Been Said (1968) From the great Light In The Attic website: 

By the mid-‘60s, King’s marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she’d written many of those wonderful hits, had hit the rocks. A divorce loomed, and King all but retired to raise their two daughters. She headed west to Laurel Canyon in ‘67, taking the children with her, and made the previously unlikely move of joining a progressive folk-rock band. King formed The City with future husband Charles Larkey on bass and Danny Kortchmar on guitar and vocals. With King on piano and vocals, they created a folk-rock sound that pre-empted the singer-songwriter boom of the ‘70s.

Produced by Lou Adler and featuring Jimmy Gordon on drums, The City’s sound is deep and soulful, imperfect but passionate. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you’d expect and as widely covered as her factory work. “Now That Everything’s Been Said” was a hit for American Spring [Ed: That was the band that Brian Wilson produced, featuring his wife Marylin and his affair d'couer, his sister-in-law Diane.], “A Man Without A Dream” was tackled by The Monkees, and “Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)” was a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. Central to the album’s appeal is King’s own stirring reading of her track “Wasn’t Born To Follow,” covered masterfully by The Byrds for the Easy Rider soundtrack.

King had been used to a life on the sidelines, and her stage fright left the trio unable to tour the LP which adversely affected their fortunes. That, plus some behind-the-scenes distribution problems, meant the album was quickly deleted, and it remained so for the next thirty years–partly at King’s request. Even so, its failure was a surprise to those concerned. “I was 26 when Now That Everything’s Been Said was released in 1968,” King says of the album. “[We] expected it to zoom to the top of the charts within, at most, a few weeks. Individually and together, we optimistically imagined the album’s success as if it had already happened. Danny and Charlie kept telling each other, ’It’s a great album. The City is gonna be Number 1 with a bullet!’"

Frances Yip - I Feel The Earth Move (1973)

The Isleys - It's Too Late (1972) From one of my favorite pages, Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews: Their review of Brother, Brother, Brother (two stars out of five) This is the kind of thing you can do when you own your record company: the Isleys turn over half the running time to three Carole King covers ("Brother Brother," her then-current hit "Sweet Seasons," and a ten-minute version of "It's Too Late"). All of which are calming and pretty but not particularly moving, similar in style to Givin' It Back but not quite as rough. Those numbers are complemented by some funkier tunes more reminiscent of Get Into Something, including the single "Pop That Thang," "Love Put Me On The Corner," and the propulsive "Work To Do." More than anything, this is transitional, pointing out the direction that was to pay off far better commercially and artistically starting with the next studio album. The younger crop of Isleys played most of the instruments again but still received no producing or arranging credits.

Carol Burnett - It's Too Late (1972) 

Jerry Butler - So Far Away (1972) 

Daffi Von Cramer - Locomotion (1972)

Lone Kellerman - Kom An Baby (1977)

Mike James Kirkland - It's Too Late (1973)

Nora Aunor - Sweet Seasons (1972) Known as "The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema" for her contribution to the Philippine film industry. Aunor has released more than 360 singles and recorded more than 200 songs and over 50 albums. She has notched more than 30 gold singles and with an estimated gross sales of one million units, Nora's cover of "Pearly Shells" (1971) is one of the biggest-selling singles in the Philippines. Due to a botched cosmetic surgery in Japan while endorsing a cosmetic surgery clinic based in Shinagawa and Makati, her vocal cords were damaged and she cannot sing due to paralysis of her left vocal cords.

Peter Nero - Jazzman (1975) 

Rita Coolidge - One Fine Day (1979)

Carole King - Pierre (1975)

Marlena Shaw - So Far Away (1972)

Vikki Carr - So Far Away (1971)

Carpenters - One Fine Day (1973) 

The City - Snow Queen (1968)

The City - I Wasn't Born to Follow (1968)

The Counts - Jazzman (1974)

The Lettermen - You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Man (1970)

Tiiti - Sata Kettaa (1979)

Carole King - Time Gone By (1979)

The Anita Kerr Singers - You've Got A Friend (1973) 

Stanislaw Sojka - You've Got A Friend (1979)

 

A fecund amalgam featuring the lost Associations album, early INXS, and stuff about Hayti, Durham. Amalgams can’t be fecund, can they?

A fecund amalgam featuring the lost Associations album, early INXS, and stuff about Hayti, Durham. Amalgams can’t be fecund, can they?

July 19, 2021

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The Association was a pretty popular late-'60s singing group. Think Three Dog Night. Like that. Pretty similar arc. You know "Cherish", "Along Comes Mary", "Windy", etc. After the hits dried up, members like Jerry Yester fought the inevitable slide into oldies tours with the odd single, tour, and always in a state of flux. In 1975, a cobbled-together version of the band recorded what would be known to fans as "The Association Bites Back". While RCA was the record company of...record...they do not have tapes that they can remaster for a waiting public. But replacement member Larry Brown did put some of the songs on YouTube. Cassette quality, but a nice historical curio of a once-thriving concern. Here are 4. 

And oldies tours are exactly where they ended up. Think Three Dog Night

 

Travelin' Boy

That’s What She Said

Time to Get High

Cherish (a disco remake with a strangely funkified coda.)

 

The Pullice - Can't Get Enough (1966) As seen on the lower right, this is how they spelled their name. 

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McDonald's Commercial (1969)

Grady Tate - Multiplication Rock “6” (1973) Nostalgia for POACA.

Born in Durham, NC, in a district called “Hayti”, the historic African-American community that is now part of the city of Durham, North Carolina. It was founded as an independent black community shortly after the American Civil War on the southern edge of Durham by freedmen coming to work in tobacco warehouses and related jobs in the city. By the early decades of the 20th century, African Americans owned and operated more than 200 businesses, which were located along Fayetteville, Pettigrew, and Pine Streets, the boundaries of Hayti.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the neighborhood continued to develop through years of racial segregation imposed by white Democrats in the state legislature, following the Reconstruction era in the South. With black-owned businesses and services, a library, a hotel, a theatre, and a hospital, the community became self-sufficient. It declined in the late 20th century, due to suburbanization, which drew some residents to newer housing outside the area. A 1958 urban renewal and freeway project took down houses and businesses in 200 acres of the community and split it with a freeway. St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church (1891) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; its congregation was founded in 1868. The church has been used since 1975 as a community and cultural center. Hayti's residents have included African Americans who achieved national reputations for their successes.

From Wikipedia:

There is a similar district (well, there was) called “Soul City” near Hendersonville, NC. Friends of mine say they can't find much that's left. 

21 Years of Rock n Roll (1977) 
"The record that launched the Rock 'n' Roll era became a hit in Australia in July 1956. It proved to be one of the most fantastic hits of all time with collective sales estimated at over 22 million. 'Rock around the Clock' has been waxed in thirty-five different languages with over 140 versions globally.
2SM/3XY/4IP with the ANZ Bank commissioned the cream of Australian rock talent to record this limited-edition tribute to 21 years of Rock 'n' Roll. Hope you enjoy it."

The artists:
Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band
Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan & Frankie J. Holden 
John Paul Young who had one big US hit with "Love Is In The Air". 
Daryl Braithwaite
Renee Geyer 

Aurora Toy Sales Film hosted by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble (1969) Originally seen at the 1969 New York Toy Fair.

Bev Bevan - Heavy Head (1976)

Cat (Bob Chance) - Slap Dance (1979)

Colours - Bad Day At Black Rock, Baby (1968)  Colours was signed to Dot Records in 1967 and released their first single later that year. In 1968, they issued their self-titled debut LP. In 1969, they issued a follow-up LP titled ‘Atmosphere’, but only Dalton and Montgomery are credited on the record. After the band broke up in late 1969, Radle went on to play in Delaney & Bonnie and, shortly afterward, Derek & the Dominoes and J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton. Chuck Blackwell also achieved some renown in the early 70s by playing with Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, Freddie King, and other artists.

Doris Duke - Feet Start Walking (1971)

Harmon Bethea The Maskman - Prices and Crisis (1974) A World War II veteran, he recorded and performed gospel and rhythm and blues with the Progressive Four and the Corinthian Singers for Lillian Claiborne’s D.C. label in 1947 and ’48. In late 1949, Claiborne paired Bethea with another of her local acts, The Cap-Tans.

In the midst of the British Invasion and the surge of Motown Records, Bethea took on the persona of “The Maskman", first donning the mask in 1968. His backing group evolved from the Cap-Tans to The Agents. The Bethea continued recording and performing well into his 60s.

Helen Reddy - Baby, I'm A Star (1977) The only track on her Ear Candy album produced by Kim Fowley.

INXS - Doctor (1980)

INXS - Jumping (1980)

The Vegetables (INXS) - We Are The Vegetables (1980)

Jerry Lawler - Heart Of Stone (197?) 

John Sebastian - Face Of Appalachia (1974) A beautiful song co-written by Lowell George

Don Walker and Michael Hutchence - Speed Kills (1981) From the movie of the same name. 

Michel Legrand - Wonder Where I'll Be Tomorrow (1974) 

Skafish - We’ll See a Psychiatrist (1978)

The Osmond Brothers - Takin' on a Big Thing (1970)

The Family Dogg - Advice To Smokey Robinson (1972)

 

Two Songs. 18 Versions of “Age of Aquarius” and 15 of “Light My Fire”. A unique ecstasy or a very exacting torture. You know me!!

Two Songs. 18 Versions of “Age of Aquarius” and 15 of “Light My Fire”. A unique ecstasy or a very exacting torture. You know me!!

July 14, 2021

The Age of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (Also known as The Flesh Failures)

Music by Galt MacDermot; lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado

From Peter Lawford to Georgio Moroder, just about every singer had taken this anthem of flower power and tried to make it their own. From the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "Hair", you couldn't swing a love bead without bumping into a version of this song when it came out. It summed up the era succinctly, simply, and inoffensively. If you're of a certain age, it will send chills down your spine as you recall a very brief time where The Man was on his heels for once. It made #1 for The 5th Dimension and has been covered over 70 times, which isn't much compared to Yesterday or Summertime, but you have to understand that all those versions were grouped into two years, basically. 

 

Bert Tenzer (with Kings Road) (1969) VERY bad voice-overs of actors pretending to belong to that generation. Old voice-over pros either paying tribute or making fun. We shall never know. 

Andy Williams/The Osmonds (1969) Andy Williams was old showbiz but I love the fact that he tried everything. Including Claudine Longet. I really love Andy Williams. He was daring and cool. 

Diana Ross and the Supremes (1969)

Englebert Humperdinck (1969)

Donna Gaines, AKA Donna Summer/Original German Cast of “Hair” - Wassermann (Aquarius) (1968)

Johnny Mathis (1969) You hear him most during the holiday season. Then he goes away!

Melba Moore (1970) My second-favorite version. God damn, she sings it. One of the few versions here that tried to reinvent and recontextualize. 

Peter Lawford (1969) Yes, the designated driver in the Rat Pack. 

Raphael (Live) (1980)

Ray Conniff And The Singers (1969)

The Ventures (Instrumental) (1969)

Tony Martin (1969) My favorite version. Discogs: Tony Martin (Alvin Morris) had enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a star of stage, screen, and shellac (his first national hits for Decca came before the Second World War!), scoring international Top Ten singles in the Forties and Fifties along the lines of his rendition of Stranger in Paradise, overshadowed in the wake of Tony Bennett’s competing version. But by the time Tony pitched up at Motown, he had had no hits for eight years, and his film career had long since hit the skids.

Ethel y Los Drakers - Siempre Brilla El Sol (Spanish) (1971)

Jennifer (Warnes) (1969) Yes, the same gal that sang "Right Time of the Night" and "I Had the Time of My Life" with Bill Medley. If you look close, she's singing backing vocals during the Roy Orbison "Black and White" concert

Galt MacDermot (1968)

Julien Clerc (French) (1969)


Light My Fire 

The Doors 

Again, a ubiquitous cover song which appeared in every singer's set-list at that time. Provocative enough for the young, melodic and simple enough for the more seasoned entertainer. One more thing: The Doors were an amazing band when it came to producing singles. Their albums are sometimes embarrassingly naive and treacly, sort of like The Moody Blues or Three Dog Night. But those singles, whew boy, they were good. 

Stevie Wonder (1969) This is a great version. Listen to the king of soul bassists, James Jamerson, eviscerate all that came before him. 

The Free Design (1971) This album is in my hall of fame for GREAT albums I could listen to over and over and find new things. Albums I discovered since I started this old show. Everything, from the production to the harmonies to the amazing upside-down covers. I am trying to get my hands on Chris Dedrick's solo record "Be Free". Soon. Maybe my birthday? Come on, now. Anyhow, this I put up there with Syreeta's records with Stevie, The United States of America, The Seeds of Love, all of them. The peak of the concept, along with There Is A Song (1972). And no one bought them!! If you like Sunshine Pop, this is the stuff. Better than The Mamas and the Papas. To my ears, by far. Listen to how low the Dedrick sisters are asked to sing. I love women in the lower register. I am a huge fan of all the Dedricks

And that's Billy Cobham on drums! 

Bob Thiele and his New Happy Times Orchestra with Gabor Szabo (1967)

Clarence Carter (w/Duane Allman) (1967)

Rhetta Hughes (1968)

Shirley Bassey (1970) Also extremely very good. She is perhaps best known for having done the vocals on the theme tunes to three films in the popular British espionage film franchise James Bond.

Woody Herman Orchestra (1969) Another cool version, this one by the Woody Herman Orchestra. Herman had been recording since the Big Band era. Fans of Frank Zappa will recognize the name Sal Marquez, who played trumpet solo #1. 

Amii Stewart (1979)

Chet Atkins (1968) Even though he made his bones as a session player/producer, Chet was surprisingly open to doing modern songs by pop artists, to his credit. Like my friend Andy Williams

Minnie Ripperton/Jose Feliciano (1979)

Os Baobas (AKA The Bubbles) (1968)

The Soul Merchants (1968)

The Lettermen (1968) This album made it to #43 on Billboard

The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (1969)

Al Green (1971)

Some good Andy Williams, some bad Chicago, some wretched Beach Boys, and some Freddie and the Dreamers way past their expiration date.

Some good Andy Williams, some bad Chicago, some wretched Beach Boys, and some Freddie and the Dreamers way past their expiration date.

June 3, 2021

Andy Williams - Theme From "Love Story" (12" Version) (1979) Normally, I have a deep disdain for old show business icons trying to ride the ol' disco train, but Andy Williams gives it all in this updated version of his big hit from 1972. Jeesh, say what you want about the guy, but on this, he BRINGS it. I believe this is the "short" version. The long version is 10 minutes. After doing this show for almost 6 years, Andy Williams has become one of my favorite vocalists. 

Ann Peebles - Come to Mama (1975) Bob Seger covered this on his break-thru album Night Moves. I like this version much more. Al Green's producer produced this as well. Discerning ears will hear it right away. 

Freddie Garrity and the New Dreamers - I’m Telling You Now (1976) Freddie and the Dreamers were an English beat band that had some hits between May 1963 and November 1965. The band's stage act was enlivened by the comic antics of the 5-foot-3-inch-tall Freddie Garrity, who would bounce around the stage with arms and legs flying. This album was about 10 years after their heyday. I can only imagine in 1976, arms and legs flying to keep the blunt from burning the studio rug. IYKWIM. 

Freddie and the Dreamers - Tin Pan Alley (1978) 

Charlie Dore - Fear Of Flying (1979) Charlie Dore had a fair-to-middling hit with "Pilot of the Airwaves" in 1979. I think they were grooming her to be a sort of Ricki Lee Jones. Hey, George Harrison sang one of her songs!! 

Chicago - Street Player (12" Version) (1978) Look at that Donnie Dacus laughing in the middle of the shot. He seems so happy. They were already planning on kicking him to the curb. Of course, it made not one fricking bit of difference in the end.

Wikipedia: His work in the starring role of Woof in Hair, with Annie GoldenTreat WilliamsBeverly D'AngeloJohn Savage was directed by Academy Award winner Miloš FormanHair was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. The movie opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1979.

Dacus' debut with Chicago followed the death of founding member Terry Kath. The first album Dacus appeared on (Hot Streets) went to No. 12 and platinum. Dacus also was in the lineup for Chicago 13. After the 1979 tour in support of Chicago 13, Dacus was released from the band without an announcement. Someone didn't put into the cocaine kitty. 

In 1982, Dacus joined Badfinger

Danny Livingstone - Rudy, A Message To You (1967)

Dion - Daddy Rollin' (1968) B-side of "Abraham, Martin, and John".

Trailer for the film Dr. Frankenstein on Campus (1970) 

Eli Culbertson - I Need Your Love Tonight (1974) I thought this was a good example of an Elvis impersonation before Elvis died. But at the time, the artist insisted it was not an impersonation. 

Eli Culbertson - Boogie Queen (1974)

George Harrison - Fear Of Flying (1979)

George Harrison - Lay His Head (1987)

The Beach Boys - Here Comes The Night (12" Version) (1978)

Jack Lee - Come Back And Stay (1976) Jack Lee also wrote "Hangin' on the Telephone". 

Little Richard   Hurry Sundown (1967)

Mars Bonfire - Born To Be Wild (1968) 

Moby Grape - Never (1968)

Niela Miller - Baby, Please Don't Go to Town (1961)

John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (1966)

Polaroid Swinger Commercial (1965) Barry Manilow on vocals.

Renaldo & The Loaf - Ow! Stew The Red Shoe (1981)

Terri Gibbs - Same Old Mop (1975) Terri Gibbs had a big hit with "Somebody's Knocking". This single predated that one by 6 years. 

Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa (1971)

Wikipedia: "Soul Makossa" is a song released as a single in 1972 by Cameroon saxophonist and songwriter Manu Dibango. It was originally recorded as the B-side for "Hymne de la 8e Coupe d'Afrique des Nations", a song celebrating the Cameroon national football team's accession to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, as well as Cameroon's hosting the games for the first time; the lyrics were written by Cameroonian poet and musicologist S.M. Eno Belinga. Except for some words in English, it was written in Duala, a native dialect continuum from Cameroon. 

In 1972, David Mancuso found a copy in a Brooklyn West Indian record store and often played it at his parties at The Loft. The response was so positive that the few copies of "Soul Makossa" in New York City were quickly purchased. The song was subsequently played heavily by Frankie Crocker, who deejayed at WBLS, then New York's most popular black radio station. Since the original release was so obscure, at least 23 groups quickly released cover versions to capitalize on the demand for the record.

Later in 1972, American-based Atlantic Records licensed the original Manu Dibango version from French record label Fiesta, and released it as a single. The single peaked at number 35 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973; Dibango's original version of the song and a cover by Afrique was on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time. The song also became an international hit leading to even more cover versions by various groups around the world. 

The song is probably best known for the chanted vocal refrain "ma-ma-ko, ma-ma-sa, ma-ko ma-ko-sa", which was adapted and used in songs by many prominent artists such as Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" from his album Thriller (1982). The refrain is a play on the word makossa, Dibango's main music genre.

Roy Hawkins - The Thrill Is Gone (1951) No, B.B. King did not write this tune, but he certainly made it famous. I thought you might like to hear the original. 

Tony Orlando & Dawn - Happy Man (1976)

Queen

Queen

June 2, 2021

Do you like the band Queen? 

 

I do: 

  1. For good or bad, they maximized the potential of the modern recording studio with repeated vocal passes until the magnetic tape was almost transparent, pushing the envelope literally to the breaking point.
  2. They never EVER limited themselves to one style. One need only listen to the first four tracks of “A Night at the Opera”. From almost prog changes in “Death on Two Legs” to the underrated, brave, funny, and effortless whimsy of “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” to Roger Taylor’s best Queen song, “I’m In Love With My Car” to the light, breezy but taut pop masterpiece “You’re My Best Friend”. I didn’t even mention what would come on Side Two. 
  3. No Band Rocked Harder. Go back and listen to “Tie Your Mother Down” or “Killer Queen” (my first Queen record) and they effortlessly mastered style after style. And surprisingly, in the time of Glam, they weren’t Glam. Sure, they looked it. But looks were part of the contradiction. 
  4. Freddie Mercury never took himself too seriously. We all knew he was gay, but we didn’t care. In 1975, Elton John was flamboyant, but Freddie was gay. And the reason it never hurt him was because he didn’t care, at all, about what we thought of that. Think about how many gay pop singers had come out before that. Besides John Lennon, I mean. 
  5. Hits, hits, more hits. All styles. You just never knew what was going to come out of that radio. Every member wrote and every member wrote hits (in England, anyhow). And those hits were big, never cheap, never gimmicky. 
  6. They had a joy and a sense of daring that no one since The Beatles had tried. I cannot emphasise enough how many chances they took. Some, like “Mustapha”, didn’t land, but some most assuredly did. 
  7. I will also add that no member released anything remotely approaching solo success or artistic transcendance. I think this speaks to an overall undefinable chemistry. For a band, this is a GOOD THING. 

I don’t: 

  1. Queen had the pretension to put the words, “No synths!” in their liner notes. Isn’t multi-tracking guitars until you gag pretty much the same thing? And making your vocal arrangements dense and multi-tracked to the point of sounding like a chorale, to me, was the same cheat. 
  2. I said no band rocked harder. But they were severely limited by their drummer. They couldn’t swing. Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles...they could swing. I never heard a Hammond organ on a Queen record or soul of any kind. Or real emotion except for rage, lust, and occasional whimsy. There was nothing...whiter...than a Queen album. 
  3. Roger Taylor should not have been allowed to put his own songs on Queen albums. Those songs were all pretty much dreck, sounding like the opposite of the good things about Queen. They sounded like studio jam sessions. I never liked a single one. His boring solo records bear this out. 
  4. Queen is the bonafide best example of “live album as placeholder”. By no means were they the only ones. But if you’re the hottest band in the world (and would continue your run) why break your momentum with one of the worst, most lifeless live albums of the ‘70? It could only be as a money grab. This is a theme with Queen. In fact, by the end, Queen, like Journey, became a money-making Queen tribute band.
  5. I HATED HATED HATED that movie. We’ll never truly know how it went down since Roger Taylor and Brian May had control of the way the story was told. But as an amateur movie critic, I would have really liked a bio that discussed the band less and just focused on Freddie’s amazing life, warts and all. That IS the remaining member’s fault. Reinventing the history, even of a band, does a disservice to Freddie Mercury. I think by now we can handle the dissonance and contradictions. Since the remaining members were portrayed so facelessly, why bother?
  6. “The Game”, from 1980 was their only #1 album in the US. None of their subsequent albums reached even the Top 20. Sales don’t necessarily reflect quality, but I can assure you, young reader, in this case, the dearth of subsequent sales tells the story. Queen was decidedly on the downswing in America. Queen had 2 #1 songs in the US. Both from “The Game”. And “The Game” was their sole #1 album on Billboard. Ironically, it was the first album on which they DID use synths. “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” were both departures. Almost parodies of styles derived from Black music. 

This podcast is all Queen but very little...QUEEN. Every member is represented (including Paul Rodgers, but only one Bad Company song) but like I said, Queen was an unidentifiable mix of talents, and not only that, their chemistry was never duplicated...by them, anyhow. Queen’s trajectory was closer to The Doors than The Beatles in that every one of their albums had some pretty bad songs to go with the ringers. 

I saw them for the “Jazz” tour, Buffalo, NY. 1979. They were ok. 

So...I like Queen. For their constant bravery, which cannot be faked. For their daring use of harmony. For their very underrated bassist John Deacon. And because, like The Doors, those singles were like nothing before or since. Who would dare? 

Man Friday & Jive Junior - Picking Up Sounds (1983) Man Friday is a former member of Funkapolitan who did this one 45 with John Deacon, which was produced by Wham! guitarist Robert Ahwai.

Queen - Fun It (1979) A precursor to "Another One Bites The Dust", no?

Freddie Mercury - In My Defence (1986) From Wikipedia: Dave Clark...wrote a science fiction stage musicalTime, which debuted in 1986. It played for two years in London's West End, starring Cliff Richard (replaced later by David Cassidy). The musical also launched a concept album called Time which featured RichardFreddie MercuryLeo SayerStevie Wonder, and Dionne Warwick. Two million copies were sold and it spun off several hit singles. In the UK. Not so much in the US. Clark was by Mercury's bedside when he died on 24 November 1991. 

The Opposition (John Deacon) - Sunny (1970) Deacon's pre-Queen band. 

Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury - State of Shock (1983) A terrible, horrible, dumb song. Before Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury tried to infuse some...er... jazz into the proceedings. I don't think the other Jacksons were in a position to argue too much when this was Side One, Track One of the Victory album. POACA might recall that MJ could have recorded himself punching a puppy in the face and it would have gone Top 40. 

Brian May & Friends - Star Fleet (1983) I speak about the all-star (if you consider Alan Gratzer and Phil Chen "stars") jam session that lasted an afternoon or so, but produced some fun, un-self-aware jamming. This is an EP of sorts. 

Larry Lurex - I Can Hear Music (1973) Discogs: In the summer of 1972, Trident Studios' in-house engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable instigated an experimental project in an effort to emulate the "wall-of-sound" style made famous by Phil Spector. Our boys happened to be recording their debut album in the studios at the time, so he invited FM to lay down the lead vocals who, in turn, roped in Brian May and Roger Taylor to provide percussion, guitar, and backing vocals - as paid session musicians.

Free - Heavy Load (1970)

Queen - Tenement Funster (1974) 

Roger Taylor - Fun in Space (1981)

Roger Taylor - Future Management (1981)

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky (1976) "Naw, naw, mate. It's my new look. The kimono and headband." I love this song, and this album is ok. Look at Boz trying to make himself look small, subconsciously. 

Roger Taylor - Killing Time (1984) 

Larry Lurex - Goin Back (1973)

John Deacon & The Immortals - No Turning Back (1986) From the OST to the movie..."Biggles: Adventures in Time"? Hey, are either of you Yes completists? There are two incredibly bad Jon Anderson songs on this soundtrack. There's a video of this Immortals song that feels a little thrown together but not that bad. They're wearing flying helmets because that's what the movie is about. Not the Monty Python throw-away gag. Or maybe it is? It isn't. I wish it were. 

Roger Taylor - I Wanna Testify (1977) Sucking to soul out of everything he touches. "Bohemian Rhapsody" paints the three guys who weren't FM as bland, personality-less school teachers. Maybe they were. 

Freddie Mercury - Time Waits For No One (1986)

Queen - Mother Love (1991) This was the last song FM recorded with Queen, and it is a visceral experience. It really is too bad they were fading in the US by that time. 

Queen - The Loser in the End (1974) We continue the Roger Taylor "one track per album in return for being able to use your van" discography. In gatefold: "...and nobody played synthesizer...again." 

Roger Taylor - Masters of War (1984) For some reason, RT penned some mighty profound lyrics, exponentially better than wh....oh....this is the Bob Dylan song. 

Brian May and Friends - Let Me Out (1984) 

 

D-Sides Diary: A 45 that nobody in their right mind would spend money to get.

D-Sides Diary: A 45 that nobody in their right mind would spend money to get.

May 29, 2021

Look at this unboxing

Who the frig would buy a Hagars single from 1984 that talks about being butthurt that the Russians boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics just because Americans did the same thing in 1980? You know better than to ask that question. Both of you. The Hagar Twins (on this record the brand was truncated to just "Hagers") were mainstays on a televised slice of American "culture" known as Hee Haw. Like Sha Na Na later, the show was syndicated and usually shown on Sundays after the Bills got their asses kicked by the Dolphins. It was presented as a light, fun portrayal of the hillbilly lifestyle. Also, some incredible musical performances. George Jones, Merle Haggard, the Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Glen Campbell, Garth Brooks, and our own Dan Lewis (who was known then as Junior Samples). 

I connected with the guy who wrote this song, Bill Baker. 

"I am performing 5 nights a week in La Quinta CA (Palm Springs area) playing guitar and piano and singing. I do an Oldie show at Cunard’s Sandbar every night and play music trivia with the audience. I know a lot of obscure songs."
 
Oh yeah!?!? Do you know "Prisencolinensinainciusol"?
 

Here's a video of Bill Baker singing on Hee Haw in 1985 about a painful divorce. Roy Clark seems to present him as a newcomer to the show. If you notice, he has the same hairstyle as a certain creepy tycoon/flimflam man/miscreant who came to prominence about that same time. It was the style at the time.

Caravan, Family, and…Sri Darwin Gross?

Caravan, Family, and…Sri Darwin Gross?

May 20, 2021

King Crimson - Cadence And Cascade (1970) There are versions with Greg Lake and Gordon Haskell singing lead floating around. Now the rarely heard version with Boz Burrell, who I think was being groomed as a kind of heartthrob in mid-60s England but ended up learning bass from Bob Fripp of King Crimson. Then he joined Bad Company and didn't sing a note. KC must have really believed in this song. Their second album was a virtual carbon copy of their first. 

Don Potter - Unchain My Heart (1978) 

Caravan - The Love in Your Eye (Live) (1974) A more energetic Moody Blues, a far better band than Barclay James Harvest, Caravan never reached any sort of appreciable sales, but they were pretty interesting. Using a full orchestra in the studio and live before even Renaissance, listening to them reminded me of that same old pop vs. prog de-evolution that so many prog bands ended up suffering. 

Elizabeth C. Farrell for New York State Assembly (1968) Anti-hippie political campaign flexi-disc. Elizabeth C. (Betty) Farrell was a New York State Assembly candidate for the 138th district in 1968.

Embryo - Wajang Woman (1976)

Family - In My Own Time (1971)

Family - The Weavers Answer (1970) 

Sri Darwin Gross - With Eckankar(1972) Religion ruins everything. It's a constant scam with willing, gullible fools who keep pumping money and mindpower into what they hope is salvation of a permanent kind. But it's all a big grift. All of it. 

And so it was with a fellow named Paul Twitchell, who started a loony off-shoot of Scientology called Eckankar. This was around 1964. When he died in 1971, his wife chose Darwin Gross as his successor. And this album was released. It's pretty high-quality backing for such a mediocre singer. Judge for yourself! 

Family - Burlesque (1972) The bass player is our own prog god John Wetton! This was what he was doing between Mogul Thrash and King Crimson. I wonder if HE sang "Cadence and Cascade" at one time. This is a combination of boogie and prog if there ever was one. Wetton's playing style is instantly recognizable. 

Frank Pellico - Shaft (1976) Pellico played the stadium organs for both the Chicago Cubs (Wrigley) and the Blackhawks (United Center).

Funny Bone – Ride On Bones (1977) I love this record. Calvin Arnold recorded singles until the '80s. Worked with Fats Domino in 1970. I owe Fats a show. 

Chatham - Hump Up (197?)

Johnny Watson - Unchain My Heart (1967) Before recording his own hits in the '70s and doing stuff with early acolyte Frank Zappa, he was sort of like James Brown on this release, an instrumental album without the "Guitar" part in his name. 

Lennie Macdonald - Sad City Woman (1975) Featuring Mike Giles on drums. You know. MICHAEL Giles, the first drummer for....King Crimson. The violin solo features Wilf Gibson, who played with Electric Light Orchestra on their first two albums. Wilf played on LOTS of stuff in the decade. Including CARAVAN, and, most notably, on Kiki Dee's most popular album, I've Got The Music In Me. That was released on Elton John's label. 

The singer sounds just like Gerry Rafferty. Or vice-versa. 

De Maskers - Unchain My Heart (1967) I should have played this, their 1965 collaboration with what must have been an increasingly desperate Chubby Checker. Next time. I just love this cover. De Maskers (The Masks) was a Dutch pop group. The mask gimmick lasted a year, maybe? 

Streetwalkers - Me and Me Horse and Me Rum (1976) From Discogs: In 1974 Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney formed a band with a fluid line up including Family and King Crimson members. They released an album "Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers" the same year. In 1975 guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench from The Jeff Beck Group. They released three studio albums as Streetwalkers, before disbanding in 1977. 

Also on this record: Wilf Gibson

Boz - Isn't That So  (1966)

Neoton Familia - California Dreamin' (1978) Hungarian disco for you. 

NGC-4594 - Skipping Through the Night (1968) The name refers to the designation for the Sombrero Galaxy in the New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars or NGC. I hate The Doors and their influence on bands that tried the same thing they were trying to do. 

Painted Faces - Lost You In My Mind (1967)

Chapman-Whitney - Parisienne High Heels (1974) Another collaboration featuring John Wetton and Michael Giles who played in different iterations of King Crimson. Great song. Roger Chapman's voice is a little offputting at first, but these songs are uniformly interesting. 

Roger Chapman and The Shortlist - Prisoner (1981) More good stuff despite the cheesy '80s synth, and more John Wetton on bass. 

Sakura (櫻花) - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (1971)

Shankar Ganesh - Coca Cola (198?) From the liner notes of the compilation: "Play That Beat Mr. Raja" is the very first compilation dedicated to Tamil recordings in the West. It explores the wild shores of these late 80's Kollywood music productions. With an avalanche of cinematic strings, analog synths, mind-blowing vocal punchlines, and drumkit earthquakes mixed with folkloric percussive elements, it reveals the audacity of composers such as Ilayaraja, Shankar Ganesh, or Hamsalekha.

Covering an impressive range of styles, it features Kamal Hassan's vocoded rap "Vikram Vikram", Shankar Ganesh's disco stomper "Coca Cola", and the irresistible Bontempi instrumental "Love Theme", among many other hits. Straddling boundaries between traditional southern Indian identity and digested western influences, these selected oddities remain a lesson of creativity and freedom in the world of soundtracks, with their stunning incorporation of the most typical of 80s tools in a classical context, and constant love for daring structures and demented arrangements.

Sri Darwin Gross - At The Grassroots (1972)

You are Soul, an eternal, creative being. Unlimited. Divine.

Does something inside you long to know life’s purpose? To make sense of the world around you?

Eckankar is an active, individual, creative spiritual practice. A companion and road map for your journey home—to the heights of Self-Discovery and God-Discovery, and beyond.

Come along and discover the most secret part of yourself.

The key to spiritual freedom lies within you.

Shigeko Toya - Unchain My Heart (1973) 

Mell Martin - Space Oddity (1980)

Sri Darwin Gross - It Just Is! (1972)

The obscure of the obscure.

The obscure of the obscure.

May 7, 2021

Some of these songs...I can't even find the years they were released. 

 

Drink Your Wine - Free Reign (1968?) Pop/Rock group from Evansville, Indiana. Originally known as The Corvettes.

Josef Laufer and the Golem Group - Ďábel diskoték (Disco Duck) (1977) A Czech version of the Rick Dees American hit

Frantz - Exhibition Tonight (1983)

Freddy Cannon with Ron Dante - Down On Beale Street (2019) I have featured both of these guys from time to time. Not always in a flattering light. So it goes. 

Ennio Morricone - Here's To You (1971) (feat. Joan Baez) This song, from the movie Sacco and Vanzetti, has its own Wikipedia page. You should read about Sacco and Vanzetti.

James Luther Dickinson - John Brown (1972)

Linda Sexton - Unborn (197?)

Lyn Todd - Devil Woman (1980)

Claude Peloquin/Jean Sauvageau - Monsieur l'Indien (Quebec 1974) "Recorded in one take, “Monsieur L’Indien’s” haunting loops were created using an analog/mechanical hybrid: small motors rotated an arm equipped with magnets which triggered pre-programmed sensors featuring snares and bass sounds, like the Wurlitzer Sound Man. Péloquin’s contribution was a haunting spoken-word piece about civilization slowly taking over First Nations by building high voltage electric lines around Monsieur l’Indien’s house. It was a slap in the face of Québec’s government, which had nationalized hydroelectricity some ten years earlier. “Frontiers are the hemorrhoids around a nationalist rash,” says Péloquin." The instrument was called a "Sauvageau machine". 

The Emporium - I'm So Glad/Rain/I Dig Rock and Roll Music (1970)

The Tremeloes - Yellow River (1970)

Traffic - Paper Sun (1967) I love this song. Always did. Steve Winwood was and is amazing. This was Traffic's first single. 

Waiting For The Sun - Waiting For the Sun (1978)

Golden Half (ゴールデン・ハーフ) - 24,000 Kisses (1972) Wikipedia: Golden Half (Gōruden Hāfu) was an early 1970s J-pop band made up of 5 hafu members including Maria MoriEva Mary and Luna Takamura. Golden Half was promoted by Watanabe Productions and was composed in September 1970 to sing and go-go dance on the Fuji TV show BEAT POP. They often sang western pop songs in Japanese and split in 1974. The band appeared in the nightclub scenes in Yasuharu Hasebe's Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter where they performed their hit song Kiiroi Sakuranbo ("Yellow Cherry"). WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THEIR PERFORMANCE????

As my son would say, this song slaps. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE TRAILER???? Trust me. You both do. 

Coalkitchen - Keep On Pushin (1977) Listen to the "pushin'" and you'll know it instantly as the hook in the Salt-n-Pepa song to come out years later. Those rap producers were no fools. Thieves. But not fools. 

Love - Walk Right In (1974) Yes, this is the same Arthur Lee band from psychedelia's heyday. Well, the same brand. Just totally different musicians. 

Charles Wilp - Werbung als Kunst - Afri Cola Werbung (1968) Another video you HAVE to see. 

"Sexy-mini-super-flower-pop-op-cola - everything is in Afri-Cola... "

Famous models from the 1960s such as Marianne Faithfull, Amanda Lear, Donna Summer, Marsha Hunt [Ed: whom I have featured on this show many times - she had Mick Jagger's baby...] were depicted behind a pane of glass with ice crystals on advertising motifs for the rap-like slogan. According to Wilps, the idea for this arose during a visit to the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville (Alabama), where the Saturn V rocket was built at the time: The frozen, liquid oxygen stored in the workshop led to the formation of ice flowers on the windows of the moving cabins, behind the employees had hung pin-up photos of the 1960s beauties.

Project 122 Featuring Charlie Green - Bus Stop (Electric Slide) (1990) 

Odyssey 5 ‎– Everybody's Complaining (1974)

Speed Glue Shinki - Calm Down (1972)

Springbok - Night Fever (1978) A South African recording in the spirit of "Now That's What I Call Music", but it predated it. Except none of these recordings are by the original artists. They're cheap knockoffs. 

The Christopher Hayes Movement - Tribute To Jimi (1970)

Marsha Hunt's 22 - Medusa (1973)

The Equals - Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (1970) Written by Eddie Grant, who, as POACA recall, had a hit with "Electric Avenue". 

The Piglets - Johnny Reggae (1971) Written, produced, and directed by Jonathan King, a relatively big deal in the UK (he came up with the "Ooga Chacka" intro to "Hooked On A Feeling" which was the hook for the US hit by Blue Swede) but in the US his only hit was "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" in 1967. He was another version of Kim Fowley, ever-teetering on the edge of an entire era without actually making any sort of big artistic difference. 

The Surfers - Windsurfin' (1978) It takes about 16 years for a trend to make it from the US to Sweden, I guess. 

The Wildweeds - I'm Dreaming (1968) Cadet Concept was the same label that featured Rotary Connection

Tony Fabbri - Tony The Cool Casanova (197?) I can find very little information on this guy, but I like this song for some reason. 

C.W. McCall - Kidnap America (1980) C.W. McCall was a character created by musician Billy Dale, for his advertising agency. The character was created for and first appeared in a commercial for Old Home Bread. Then, with producer Chip Davis, later to be famous for Mannheim Steamroller, he recorded a smash hit in the '70s with their CB/Trucker song, Convoy. This particular song was recorded in response to the hostage crisis in Iran from the previous year. Its effect remains to be fully measured. 

Moon Blood - Come Out Of Her (1970)

Patrice Manget/Blue Gene Tyranny - Condom Sense (1981) Title song to a safe sex education film from 1981.

The Residents - Loss of Innocence (1980) My second favorite Residents song. This album featured 40 minute-long songs. The album featured guest singers like Andy Partridge of XTC, Lene Lovich, and David Byrne of Talking Heads. Yes, THAT David Byrne

Amusement parks are caked with sounds
A solid hunk of meat
A barker's sweat flings from his tongue
His tattoo shines with heat
A wary stranger stands and sways
Enraptured by his stance
Two-headed goats come stumbling by
And give a troubled glance
The barker looks into the eyes
The stranger tries to bend
The barker swears to more delights
For all who seek within
The stranger enters canvas doors
And smells the fresh-cut hay
The barker points to Siamese twins
The stranger looks away
The eyes of horse-faced women
Watch the few who wander through
They sense the tension in the air
And smell the sweet taboo

A heart beats fast against a chest
The stranger leaves the tent
The waves of people drown the sounds
Of loss of innocence

 

A Fun, Free-Wheelin’ Potpourri.

A Fun, Free-Wheelin’ Potpourri.

April 11, 2021

Nick Lowe And His Sound - [What's So Funny 'Bout] Peace Love and Understanding (1974) Nick Lowe And His Sound was Nick Lowe backed by Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

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Art Reynold Singers - Jesus Is Just Alright (1966) This is the first version of the song that went to #35 for The Doobie Brothers

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As the first gospel group to record for Capitol Records, they soon became pioneers in the development of “gospel rock”. Many considered their music too secular for the time. Their first album Tellin’ It Like It Is went on to become one of the biggest selling albums for a new gospel group. “Jesus Is Just Alright” was also covered by The Byrds.

Arthur Prysock - Here's To Good Friends (1978) POACA will recall this as being the foundation for the Lowenbrau commercials. But Arthur Prysock's first single came out 20 years before this. 

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Burton Cummings - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (1976) 

Buzz and Joey - The Willing Conscript (1965) Written by Gary Paxton. Joey Putzer changed his last name to Edmonds and formed a duo with comic Thom Curley. They appeared on Johnny Carson's "Tonight" show and many others. Edmonds later formed a talent agency in Chicago.

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Chicago Climax Blues Band - Seventh Son (1971) 

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Emmanuel Lewis - City Connection (Japanese Version ) (1981)

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Emmanuel Lewis was the little scamp that starred in Webster, opposite Alex Karras. Karras played for the Detroit Lions of the NFL.

He (Karras, not Lewis) made four Pro Bowls and was a three-time first-team All-Pro player, but he also missed the 1963 season while serving a suspension for gambling. Many believe that suspension is what kept Karras (again, not the diminutive Lewis) from Canton while he was alive, though Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung, who also was suspended for gambling, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. Emmanuel Lewis was not. 

After his playing career, Karras spent time as a professional wrestler and later became a popular actor. In his biggest role, he played Mongo in the 1974 film "Blazing Saddles". He played in the playoffs once, losing to Dallas 5-0. Emmanuel Lewis, as of this entry, has not been nominated for the NFL HOF. For more information on Alex Karras, also known in wrestling circles as "Dick The Bruiser", consult your local library. Or just click this

Ella Fitzgerald - "Sanford and Son" Theme (Street Beater) (1972) 

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Vik Venus, Alias: Your Main Moon Man - Everybody's On Strike (1969) This was the B-side of "Moonlight", a space-based cut-in novelty record (ala Dickie Goodman). "Vic Venus" was a pseudonym for Jack Spector, a famous DJ known for his stint at WCMA, the New York City radio station that attached itself to the arrival of The Beatles in America. In fact, WCMA was the first station in the US to play "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Spector hosted the first American performance of the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1964.

"Moonlight" made it into the Billboard Top 40, barely. The record used cut-ins of Buddah Records songs exclusively. 

James Brown ‎– Fight Against Drug Abuse (1971)

Jeannie Piersol - Gladys (1968) Produced by Darby Slick.

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Watch this video! 

Darby was Grace Slick's brother-in-law. His song "Somebody to Love" is still heard around the world. 

Julie Ege -  Love (1971)

Lou Christie - Love In A Limousine (1997)

Pluto - Dat (1976) Went to #6 in the UK.

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Daughters of Eve - Social Tragedy (1968) This all-female band out of Chicago opened for groups such as The Buckinghams ("Kind of a Drag" ) and was featured as a backing band during local TV programming with Janis Ian to support the release of her song "Society's Child". They released 4 singles. This was their last, a more psychedelic affair than the others. Then they broke up because of...men. 

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Lou Christie - The One and Only Original Sunshine Kid (1975) Written by the same fellow that wrote: "I Think I Love You". On Elektra Records!? The music business was funny back then. 

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These next two tracks are from "The Spectrum of Music Level 6" released in 1974 to a world of restless children being forced to sing songs they did not like did not KNOW and would forget as soon as class was over. BUT SOME OF US REMEMBER.

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Here is a video of the unboxing. 

Fender Bender (1974)

The Cowboy (1974) 

This collection (should you want me to make MP3s) contains "Sakura", "Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier", and a tight little medley from "The H.M.S. Pinafore". 

Tartan Horde - Bay City Rollers We Love You (1975) More Contractual Obligation chicanery. 

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The Beach Boys - My Solution (1970) "My Solution" was written by Brian Wilson and recorded on October 31, 1970, shortly before the sessions for the group's album Surf's Up

In a 1976 interview, Brian said: "We have a song called 'My Solution' which is a very odd song that has chromatic – strange chords, not regular triad chords. The notes are bunched up. It tells the story about how a guy found an old damsel outside his castle and decided to make her part of an experiment. ... It's about a guy who found his solution. It's a very odd, Boris Karloff eerie type of thing, so it's one of our more far-out, left-field things that we've done." 

4 years before this, he composed "God Only Knows". I know I mentioned that a lot, but goddamn, drugs will wreck you. STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS!

The Groop - A Famous Myth (1969) Midnight Cowboy is one of my favorite soundtracks. I really love this song, especially. The Groop was a harmony-based psychedelic pop and soul vocal quartet, active at the end of the 1960s and releasing one self-titled album. Not to be confused with the other Groop, based in Australia around that time. I know you were going to. Don't. 

The Hello People - Jelly Jam (1969) Gotta collect all the records by The Hello People

Vos Voisins- Ya just de t'ça (1971) Good Montreal prog. 

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Wallace Collection - My Way Of Loving You (1970)

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XTC - You're The Wish You Are I Had (Live) (1984) The best group of the '80s and '90s. Lyrics alone, they would be Top 3. 

Gino Vannelli - People Gotta Move (1974) Sometimes I sneak in top 40 songs because I love them. 

I wanted to share a review of ‘D-Sides’.

I wanted to share a review of ‘D-Sides’.

April 8, 2021
This is from a gal that does reviews of podcasts hardcore. Would you look at this here!!
 
 
"Story time: While listening to this pod in the car, I heard a song that sampled music and dialogue from The Twilight Zone. Thinking, “I love this! What’s this song called?” I glanced at the screen on my dash, expecting to see the radio display the band name and song. That was when I remembered I was listening to a podcast. It was so good, I forgot I wasn’t listening to a cool radio station that plays forgotten and unknown hits from the 60s and 70s. (The song was “The Twilight Zone” by The Manhattan Transfer, by the way, and yes I have downloaded it since.) Not only is this a great show to listen to during boring work days or long car rides, it’s the perfect way to discover new music. I'm always looking for my next favorite song, and now I have a couple from a bygone era! Plus, some of the episodes are just music, according to Mr. Neal. I didn't mind the talking, though. Far from it. He had some fantastic stories and industry knowledge! But the option is there, and more choice is always better. This is a fun time capsule of a podcast. Go listen!
 
Rating: 5/5 Potatoes, Orphans, and Oddities
 
 
 
 
Jesse Jackson of Set Lusting Bruce interviews yours truly!

Jesse Jackson of Set Lusting Bruce interviews yours truly!

April 8, 2021

"For the past 5 years, Jesse Jackson has been talking to Bruce Springsteen fans from around the world. He believes that every Springsteen fan has a story to tell and it's his job to record as many as possible. At 600 episodes and counting, fans of Bruce (as well as fans of other musicians) have shared how the magic and power of music has helped them celebrate successes and mourn losses. Music has been part of births, deaths, birthdays, weddings, and other major events in their lives."

Now you know I'm not a big fan, relatively speaking, but there are two times I teared up on my show. One was when I played the studio version of Scheherezade by Rennaissance, and the other was when I read aloud the lyrics to The River. 

And you also know I don't really like talking to people all that much. But Mr. Jackson's style, grace, and intellect make it easy for an old codger like me to feel comfortable dishing the distant dirt dealing with the dissonance of disco, the derelict and derivative dumpiness of dead drummers, and, delightfully describing the derring-do of decidedly driven debutantes and dandies.  He interviewed me last month and this is it! 

Click here for joy

 

 

 

https://setlustingbruce.libsyn.com/gilbert-neal

Hello People and the TEAC 400S. A match made in hopeful heck.

Hello People and the TEAC 400S. A match made in hopeful heck.

April 8, 2021

Amon Düül II - Kismet (1978)

From Wikipedia:

Amon Düül began in 1967 as a radical political art commune of Munich-based artists calling themselves, in part, after the Egyptian Sun God Amon. The word Düül originally had no intended meaning. 

The commune attained underground popularity for its free-form musical improvisations, performed around the happenings and demonstrations of the youth movement at the time. The commune had a liberal attitude to artistic freedom, valuing enthusiasm and attitude over artistic ability, and as a result, band membership was fluid; anyone who was part of the commune could be part of the group. They issued a declaration: "We are eleven adults and two children which are gathered to make all kinds of expressions, also musical."[5] A faction within the commune was more ambitious, conventional, and musically structured than the commune society overall. This led to a split within the collective, and in September 1968 they performed at the International Essen Song Days—Germany's first underground festival—as two groups, "Amon Düül" and "Amon Düül II", at the suggestion of drummer Peter Leopold.

Amon Düül engaged in exuberant open-ended experimentation that at times equaled their psychedelic rock equivalents in countries such as the USA or Brazil (e.g. [Ed: The vastly better] Os Mutantes), with a focus on political activities. The members were close to Kommune 1 in Berlin and boasted, for a time, a prominent member in the model and activist Uschi Obermaier. Amon Düül signed a contract with the firm "Metronome Records", and continued for seven years with varying degrees of success and in various guises. They wound down in 1973 after releasing four official albums (and a posthumous fifth), though all except one were recorded at the 1968 sessions for their debut. Apparently, the man responsible was producer Peter Meisel, who released the albums without the band's approval in an attempt to capitalize on the success of Amon Düül II. The LPs are these days regarded as unique, if unessential, records in the history of German rock. In contrast, their Paradieswärts Düül album featured a pastoral, folk-influenced sound. The name 'Amon Düül' was trademarked by Chris Karrer and Peter Leopold of Amon Düül II, meaning that re-issues of Amon Düül's albums required to license the name from them.

Like so so so so so many acts of the day, Amon Düül started out with a pure, sincere (if unlistenable) concept and ended up doing disco.

Carole King - Disco Tech (1978)

And ended up doing disco! During the nadir of her career, Carole King recorded with a band named Navarro, which co-wrote this dreck. They themselves put out two albums in the later '70s and faded away. Carole King returned in the video era with a song called "City Streets" which, to my ears, sounds so trite and overproduced that it literally means nothing. Her fella at the time died shortly after this was recorded. That's him on the cover. 

Hello People - Future Shock (1974)

Hello People - Destiny (1974)

Hello People - Creego (1974) Two versions. One produced by Rundgren, and the other (somehow...better) recorded at home with fine TEAC equipment. 

With the rock-steady guidance of Todd Rundgren and the big break of being asked to team up with TEAC to show off the possibilities of new reel-to-reel home recording technology, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Bowie. Alice Cooper. Peter Gabriel. Mime Rock was due. Alas, it was not to be. I am the proud owner of both of these records, and I feel very, very alone. And yes, they cover "Just One Victory". 

From Discogs: 

"Recording demonstration; from microphone placing, editing, balancing, channeling, terminology, sound recording & effects.

One full-length song in this recording, it was not recorded inside a Studio; instead, it was fully recorded in someone's house to demonstrate the flexibility of the TEAC multi-track tape record. Many clear examples of what it takes to record a song, all the potential obstacles that come with making a song using all analog instruments.

Home recording tips; recording at home with the 3340-S multi-track tape recorder can offer many of the important elements of the studio experience without the bill. No experience required; you have the opportunity to work ideas in private and to experiment with your own sounds, and learn what you need to know at your own pace.

Recording music, like making music, is fun as it is challenging."

Daddy Dewdrop - Nanu Nanu  (I Wanna Get Funky Wich You) (1978) His big hit was "Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)". This is a mawkish attempt at a cash-in.  Deftly combining the Mork and Mindy zeitgeist with the Disco zeitgeist, he somehow creates something unlistenable and cheap. His website claims he wrote a song for Ringo Starr. Or that Ringo covered a song of his. That song, "I Wanna Be Santa Claus", was co-written by Mark Hudson, who was the lead singer of The Hudson Brothers, who POACA will remember as the bearded fellow on The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, which aired on Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1974, to August 30, 1975. Chuckie Margolis!!! Ahahahah.....   

The brothers released "serious" albums throughout the '70s. 

Donny and Marie - I Want It Back (1978) From the movie Goin' Coconuts, which is a graphic retelling of the Dresden bombing. Graphic. 

Franki Vallli - Save Me, Save Me (1978) From the album titled, "...Is The Word". Let there be no mistake. He had lots of momentum. Pretty good shelf-life for a '60s singer. His career was revitalized in 1975 with "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" and "Who Loves You". I like Frankie Valli very much. You hear his voice and you know. I think of all the crooners from back then, he deserves his revivals. It didn't hurt to have Barry Gibb behind you in 1978. In a sense, they were contemporaries from different places. 

And he was in "The Sopranos".  

If after one listen you can't tell who wrote this, you are in the wrong place. Off with you!!! 

Gnidrolog - Snails (1972) No one mentions Gnidrolog when they are listing good prog bands. Believe me. I was swimming in the prog for a good decade, and not one soul mentioned them. If I were to compare their two albums to any other artists, it would be Octopus-era Gentle Giant or Gong. I really like them. They didn't last long, but I think their productions were nice. Especially...

Gnidrolog - Social Embarrassment (1972) Members Colin Goldring (vocals / guitar) and Stewart Goldring (guitar / vocals) went on to form Pork Dukes, and either ironically or to satisfy a hunger for, you know, the Zeitgeist, made the lyrics base and the music basic. One album and no one cared. 

Jay Traynor - Love Is In The Air (1978) Jay Traynor of Jay and the Americans tries to jump onto the Disco train by covering the 1977 hit by John Paul Young. Look carefully at the composers. 

Kitty and the Haywoods - Disco FairyLand (1978) Kitty had a long recording history as a background vocalist for such acts as Curtis Mayfield. She was also a member of The New Rotary Connection after Minnie Riperton departed Rotary Connection.

Kristie and Jimmy McNichol - Hot Tunes (1978) It was "Little Darlings". 

Little Nell - Fever (1978) Too much cocaine will make the dancers dance to everything. 

Lenny McDowell - Locomotive Breath (1978) And what better way to bring another award-wanting episode to a close than to play a flute version of "Locomotive Breath". 

D-Sides Diary: “Turn-On” Paraphernalia!

D-Sides Diary: “Turn-On” Paraphernalia!

March 26, 2021

ABC tried to mine the hippy culture ethos and also offer up a rival to "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" but the body was already dead. It just took a couple of years for the body to hit the ground.

Here is my vid about some stuff pertaining to "Turn-On" that I got from Ebay. 

"Turn-On"!

D-Sides Diary: The Solo Sha Na Na that no one asked for.

D-Sides Diary: The Solo Sha Na Na that no one asked for.

March 18, 2021

Here is my new video about my solo Sha Na Na album haul. 

The Beatles “1″ In Its Entirety, Without The Beatles.

The Beatles “1″ In Its Entirety, Without The Beatles.

March 15, 2021

What would The Beatles' 1 album sound like if The Beatles never existed? What? That makes no sense. I did this show as a tribute to how every song they wrote (almost) was enduring and solid enough to be covered by their contemporaries as well as artists of the future. 

 

The Kids From The Brady Bunch - Love Me Do (1972) This was the album on which "It's A Sunshine Day", "Keep On", and "Drummer Man" appeared. I guess you could call this album their Rubber Soul

The Crickets - From Me To You (1964) At this point, The Crickets consisted of Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Glen Hardin, and Jerry Naylor. Arranged by Leon Russell. Curtis would later write and sing the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "Love Is All Around". He wrote two other songs POACA know. "I Fought The Law", originally recorded by Bobby Vee (who replaced The Crickets on the bill the night Buddy Holly died), and "More Than I Can Say" which was a huge hit years later for Leo Sayer

Brenda Lee - She Loves You (1965) The Beatles had acted as a support act for Brenda Lee when she headlined a gig at the Star Club in Hamburg, West Germany, in 1962. For any other artist of the time, that must have seemed like the toppermost of the poppermost. The year before this, she recorded "Is It True" featuring Jimmy Page on guitar. 

Sparks - I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1975) Produced by Tony Visconti, who also produced Bowie's Berlin trilogy. I cannot listen to Sparks for very long. I think the people who love them have some sort of soul deficiency. But for completion's sake, here. 

David Clayton-Thomas - Can't Buy Me Love (1975) I think this was his last solo album before rejoining Blood, Sweat and Tears. Whew. Hard to believe this was never issued on CD.  After he rejoined, or maybe BECAUSE he rejoined, but more likely due to those old contractual obligations, their next two albums with him would be credited to Blood Sweat and Tears - Featuring David Clayton-Thomas. Did it make one damned bit of difference? It did not. 

John Mayall - A Hard Day's Night (1976) The Beatles were deceptively excellent singers. This comes into evidence when others try to ape their recordings. Produced by Allen Toussaint, who wrote the entire record except for this one track. This album charted nowhere. 

The Runaways - Eight Days a Week (1978) The Runaways were pretty limited instrumentalists. This is another deceptively difficult song to carry off. I don't think it's very good. 

Alma Cogen - I Feel Fine (1967) "I'm so glad...he's got me in a whirl..." This recording was released posthumously a year after her death from leukemia. It is speculated that she had an affair with John Lennon, who shagged everything not tied down or named Cynthia at that point. Because he could. 

Bee Gees - Ticket To Ride (1965) Released in 1970 without the consent of the group... but only in Germany, France, and Japan. The brothers didn't even know about it until they found it in a Swiss record store after the fact. They should have waited 7 more years. They would have made a mint. 

Dolly Parton - Help! (1979) The bassist, Abe Laboriel, saw his son become Paul McCartney's drummer. 

Marvin Gaye - Yesterday (1969) His next album was What's Going On. 

Yellow Magic Orchestra - Day Tripper (1979) 

Progress Organization - We Can Work It Out (1971) A Czech rock group. A little like Vanilla Fudge. They released exactly one album. This was on it. Aren't you happy I am here to do this stuff? 

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Paperback Writer (1973) "If you really like it, you can help me write..." I imagine after this Kenny Rogers asked for his deposit on the practice room returned. This album was a soundtrack of their TV show of the time. I cannot tell if Thelma Camacho is on this record. I played a set of her solo stuff on one of my shows. It's awful. 

Revelation - Yellow Submarine (1980) Sounds like Chic. Almost a carbon copy. 

The Singers Unlimited - Eleanor Rigby (1977) A pretty cool reinvention of this excellent song. From Wikipedia:

Gene Puerling took advantage of cutting-edge, multi-tracking techniques of German studio engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer to create his harmonic concepts and the group's signature sound. In the overdubbing process, baritone Puerling and tenor Shelton would often add two additional middle parts, after which all parts were "doubled" and "tripled." Creating these extra tracks created the fuller, richer sound of the group's recordings. The group would record their songs by having Bonnie Herman record a simplified version of the melody, after which, Len, Gene, and Don would fill in the remaining parts. Once this process had been completed, Bonnie Herman's original melodic line would be replaced with a new one, in which she could add melodic embellishments and add "color" to the group's sound.

Bass singer Len Dresslar was known as the voice of the Jolly Green Giant ("Ho, Ho, Ho!") for over 40 years, as well as the voice behind other jingles. 

Bonnie Herman was the singer of the original "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There" commercial jingle, which ran for several years. She is the daughter of Lawrence Welk's original Champagne Lady Lois Best and Jules Herman, who was a trumpeter in the Welk orchestra. She is the niece of big band leader Woody Herman.

Amen Corner - Penny Lane (1969) Amen Corner was a Welsh R&B-tinged pop band of the late '60s featuring singer Andy Fairweather-Low, organist Blue Weaver, guitarist Neil Jones, bassist Clive Taylor, saxophonists Allen Jones and Mike Smith, and drummer Dennis Bryon. You remember Dennis and Blue as two rock-steady members of that wonderful Bee Gees incarnation of the mid-to-late '70s. 

The Anita Kerr Singers - All You Need is Love (1967) Another song that seems very simple, but without the dotted eight notes, it sounds like your rich Aunt is reading you a book. I like the touches of electric guitar. 

François Glorieux - Hello, Goodbye (1977) This song translates unexpectedly well to slow classical piano...That caveman in the lower-left corner was a hidden member of The Beatles named Oook

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Buck Owens - Lady Madonna (1976) 

Brothers Johnson - Hey Jude (1976) You should know, if you do not, about an album released in 1976 called "All This and World War II". The soundtrack made money but the movie tanked. 

Get Back - Clarence Reid (1969) Reid had the talent and chops to be as big as Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett, but he became more popular doing dirty parodies of soul hits (“S–ting off the Dock of the Bay,” “What a Difference a Lay Makes?”) with his XXX-rated alter-ego Blowfly

The Percy Faith Strings - The Ballad of John and Yoko (1970) Squaresville!

Isaac Hayes - Something (1970) All 11 minutes of it. 

Willie Bobo and The Bo Gents - Come Together (1971)

Aretha Franklin - Let It Be (1970) Maybe the best of all of these. Aretha made some shitty choices, but she was an angel in front of a mic. 

Peter Frampton - The Long and Winding Road (1978) This happened. We all traipsed down to the theater in anticipation of some connection, some meaningful validation of what looked like a miracle about to happen. I cannot lie. When Billy Preston popped out of that statue or whatever, I felt pretty let down. 

The Hollies - Draggin' My Heels (1977)

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