Thursday, August 22, 2019

Singles Going Steady 57-Moondog Music Take 2

Moondog Music called and said they found a couple of new boxes of forty fives.  Here's what I found.

1)    Run Run Run-The Gestures (Soma 1417)  #44 1964

In the mist of Beatlemania, came this minor hit single from the teenage band from Mankato recording for the Minneapolis based Soma Records, home of The Fendermen I believe.  A bit more refined than the Chartbusters' She's The One but the collective coolness of Run Run Run does foretell the future of The Castaways Liar Liar.  Nothing special about the B side It Seems To Me.

2)    Armen's Theme-Ross Bagdasarian (Liberty F-55462)  1962

An updated version, the original was made in 1956, this one was more big band and pop.  Ross was trying to take a break from recordings he was doing with The Chipmunks and David Seville.  He was very good arranger and composer as this track suggested.  B Side Russian Roulette is the product of the time all the way down to the jazzy sounds of the chorus.  Silly fun.

3)    Stardust-Nino Tempo & April Stevens  (Atco 45-6256)  #32 1964

One of the early singles I had in my collection but did find a replacement.  A big dust clod on the hit side.  A cool update of the big band standard but I bought it for the B side 1:45, which didn't make the album, nor CD.  Took me fifty years to find a decent replacement.  I also like this one better than Deep Purple.

4)    Give Them My Number-Rick Nelson (Capitol B-8178)  1982

The end of Rick Nelson.  The last Capitol single, which was supposed to be for a new album but since sales of Playing To Win were poor, Capitol cut their losses.  It's more country than rock, but it was too rock for country.  I was one of the few that did buy Playing To Win and I thought it was a pretty good album.   Give Them My Number is no different than any of the country rock songs from his Decca/MCA years but like that label, Capitol didn't promote it.  B side No Fair Falling In Love is more country sounding but probably wouldn't charted over there either.  I have to say that Moondog Music has a lot of Rick Nelson 45's, over 50 different titles from the 50s up to this single.  Perhaps in the future we'll continue to explore Nelson's lesser known songs.  He has plenty of them.

5)   Never Be Lonely-The New Colony Six (MCA-40215)  1974
Long Time To Be Alone Charted at #93 at Twilight 1004

Confusion time.  45 Cat lists this as the A side but the B side Long Time To Be Alone can be found on the Rhino best of, which has been out of print for a while.  It came out in 1971 after Roll On, but MCA reissued it in 1974 and only God knows why.  Long Time To Be Alone is the typical NC6 balladry that they started with I Will Always Think About You and had some success with other like minded singles.  How MCA decided to reissue this remains a mystery upon itself.  A safe pop rock ballad.  And I do like Long Time To Be Alone better.

6)    Love Hurts-Jim Capaldi (Island IS-045)  #97  1975

I prefer this version over Nazareth from the beginning.  While the latter band made it a dark and paranoid ballad, Jim went more toward a pop disco.  That's Gerry Conway trying out his china cymbals on the accent.   I'm disappointed the record sounds a bit scratchy, it's been one of my sought after 45s.  B side Sugar Honey is a rockabilly number not sounding alike Dave Edmunds.  It does sound like Albert Lee playing guitar.  Which is a plus.  Of coure, somebody overdubs some screaming girls at the end of the song.   YAY!

7)    Lamplight-David Essex (Columbia 4-46041)  #71 1974

KLWW played this more in 1975 than in 1974 when it peaked.  One of the more oddball songs in that time, a bit of a departure then Rock On with the novelty horns at the middle and end of the song.  For a jukebox 45 it does play better than I thought it would, especially from a Columbia single.  B side We All Insane, is glam rock I think including drum solo.

8)    Drums-Jon & Robin (Abnak AB-122)  #100 1967

Being the music audiophile I have to find their second of three top 100 singles for Abnak.  Drums is written by Wayne Carson Thompson (Soul Deep, Jon The Medicine Man), and no it didn't do as well as their first hit Do It Again (a little shower), it did cling to the number 100 spot for two weeks.  Perhaps Abnak should have gone with the B side You Don't Care, tho' it does sound like clumsy Byrds.  Still fun to hear.  Jon and Robin did record 12 singles for Abnak.  Perhaps Sundazed should consider putting out a best of?

9)    Respectable-The Outsiders (Capitol 5701)  #15 1966

It's hard to decide who did the best version of this song, The Chants, Isley Brothers and even The Yardbirds but I always like The Outsiders' version since I was more familiar with it. In the final listening, The Chants win out by a hair.  If only oldies radio could play all three versions.  B side Lost In My World is more in tune with Time Won't Let Me, but not as inspired.  But we do miss Tom King, and Sonny Gerasi too.

10)    Let Me Belong To You-Brian Hyland (ABC Paramount 10236)  #20 1961

Well it's been a while since we found any Hyland 45s to take home. Actually I did come across two Dot Singles a couple weeks ago but found them a bit too scratched up to buy.  But what's another ABC Paramount single in the collection?  Brian remains one of the better teen idols of the 60s, he wasn't too sugary sweet as Frankie Avalon or as cornball as Bobby Rydell.  Love the line tie me down and make me your slave, that was kinda testing the censors back in 1961.  B side Let It Die! rocks harder than that pop sound that Stan Applebaum lays on the arrangements.  What's with that tweety bird singing chick singer on the bridge?  Note the Bo Diddley homage at the end.

11)   Tearing Us Apart-Eric Clapton/Tina Turner (Duck/WB  7-28279)  1986

This didn't chart?  Strange how everything Phil Collins touches did turn into top 40 magic, but for Slowhand and Tina on board. Probably didn't help that the song sounded more like a throwaway, with Phil Collins borrowing Gerry Conway's china cymbal.  In typical fashtion this is single edit that fades after the final chorus.  Alas, you get the full 4:55 of Hold On, one of those boring ballads that E.C. is famous for.  Course that 80s dated Collins production doesn't help either.  This record is a bit warped but does play without skips.

12)   I Found Someone Of My Own-Free Movement (Decca 32818)  #5 1971

I think this got mentioned in a previous blog but the record found was scratchy and didn't play worth a shit, so...SURPRISE..I found another copy.  Maybe one of these days I will find Cal Smith's version that charted pretty high on the country charts.  It's a soul ballad from The Free Movement but sounds more at home on the country side with Cal Smith.  A weird note: while this single came out on Decca, the album was issued on Columbia who issued the follow up single The Harder I Try, which made it to number 50.  I Can't Convince My Heart is a bit more uptempo soul.  Second hand soul but like New York City and their I'm Doing Fine Now album, The Free Movement had some inspired moments.  This record played much better than the one I had to donate back to Goodwill.

13)   One Piece Topless Bathing Suit-The Rip Chords (Columbia 4-43093)  #96 1964

The fun thing about going through the Moondog Records box of 45s is how much oddball stuff I have found for a dollar, most have seen better days but once in a while I could find something that still sounds decent despite the age of the record and how many times it's been played. This was the Rip Chords last top 100 single, which peaked at 96.  And it was written by Steve Barri and P F Sloan (with D altfield). but it is Barri/Sloan on B Side  Wah Wahini, basically a Jan and Dean knockoff.  The Rip Chords were Bruce and Terry (Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher) who would go on to bigger and better things, as well as Barri and Sloan.

14)   Long Tall Sally-Little Richard (Specialty 572)  #6 1956

It's a reissue but hey, it's Little Richard.  And that's all right by me.  Usually the original Specialty 45s have their grooves off and very pricey.  Still it's vintage Little Richard, maybe the real king of rock and roll.  B Side is Slippin and Slidin'.  Of course that's Earl Palmer on drums.  The best session drummer ever says Mr. Penniman. He should know.

As always, thanks to the wonderful folks at Moondog Music for continuing to contribute to the Singles Going Steady series of the past couple months.  For all the latest in records, cds and other cool stuff, Please visit Moondog Music at 806 Wacker Drive in Dubuque.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Singles Going Steady 56-More Moondog Records Finds

This summer has been sizzling with amazing finds of forgotten 45s from different places.  While I have yet to frequent Madison this year, I managed to do quite well staying close to home from the St Vincent De Paul and Salvation Army stores.  For the last three weeks, I have been a regular at the CR SA store and sorting through the same scratched up 45s and thinking I can save a few more, but in reality, the majority of the 45s are in poor shape, and no matter how much I try to clean them up, the majority of them are too far gone.  It's sad that I can't clean up Last Night by the Mar Keys, that would have been the find of the week, but then again I can live without Sun Arise by Rolf Harris.

The truth remains, that there's not much turnover for me to continue to hang at the thrift stores since 45s are few and far between, unless they're worn out juke box copies.  Bored with the surroundings, it was time to return to Dubuque and see what the thrift stores and Moondog Music had in store.  The other record store I haven't been much to, they have outpriced themselves for me to really go in there.  In the final overview, chances are that Moondog will retain the number 1 place to go.  Wax Estatic in Marshalltown may finally get to see me there but for now I have remained east of Cedar Rapids and probably will do so for some time.

While hanging at Moondog, I found another record collector really combing through the 45 section. He had a pile about 20 to 30 records of varying degree but he did put a couple of them back, to which I picked up.  To which he gets special thanks for doing that, but he did snag somebody on Modern Records to which I don't know who the artist was.  But I may have overlooked that on my last visit.

With the fifth anniversary of the best 45 finds ever, I'm always compelled to try to find the next batch to be memorable.  There are classics in this one, best ever?  Well, time will tell.

1)    Stormy Weather-The Four Casts (Atlantic 45-2228)  1964

If there's a connection to Ruben And The Jets and The Rivingtons, this would probably be it, tho I doubt Frank Zappa ever heard of The Four Casts.  They were from Philadelphia better known as The Ly-Dells and recorded a few sides for various labels and paired with Freddy Cannon on the song Broadway.  This is their only Atlantic 45 and this was the single that the dude sorting through them at Moondog passed up.  I get a kick out of finding the one off Atlantic singles of the 50s and 60s.  The Lone Twister got props from the last blog and we uncovered him as Murray The K Kaufman.  These guys, somebody managed to do a bio on them.

There was crumbs lodged in the grooves, but a nice bath took care of that and it played without skips.B side Workin' At The Factory is more of a hardcore doo wop number. The Four Casts might have been unknown but these two songs are quite worth seeking out.  Stormy Weather can be found on You Tube.

2)    Mystery Train-Elvis Presley With  Scotty And Bill (RCA 47-6357)  1955

Oh the Sun Sessions, and what begin the rock and roll era.  Good luck trying to find the original Sun single, or for that matter the Preview Copy from RCA.  My copy is the first generation stock copy and is in fairly decent shape.  For a 65 year old Elvis record, I'm impressed that the folks did sell this to me for a dollar. I've seen worse being sold at five to ten dollars.  The booby prize of the last Moondog visit gave us Orion, not the same thing at all.  Nevertheless, the RCA issue of any Sun recordings are a must buy, Blue Moon was the other Sun Sessions 45 that I found and I think that was from the last Madison visit.  I need to go up there soon.  The song itself sounds a bit more polished than the rough and tumble Sun version but then again I didn't have the stereo up too loud.  I didn't want to wake my brother.  This Friday marks the 42 year that Elvis left the world.  Somehow I managed to find a Elvis 45 in the process.

3)   Gypsy Pilot-Rick Nelson (Decca 32906)  1971

The teen idol become a solid country rock and roller in the early 70s but nobody was buying his singles whatsoever.  Rick have a chart placement here and there, beginning with She Belongs To Me (#33) and Easy To Be Free (#48) but this song was ignored.  It's really one of Rick's harder rocking numbers about life on the road, but this record might be autobiographical, especially on the final lyric When they claim my body
They won't have much to say
Except that he lived a good life
He lived every day
The Ending has to be heard to be believed.

4)    Daisy Mae (And Daisy May Not)-Terri Lane (Monument 8565)  1973  #37 Country

A country 45 that my dad had in his collection and I may have gotten it for him after finding a bunch of old jukebox forty fives.  I tend to give the country records to my dad for fear of being ridiculed by my schoolmates, real people don't listen to country, they listen to rock.  Bullshit, I have tend to enjoy the songs that Dad used to play, even tho this song is kinda slight, somewhat a lighter Lynn Anderson number.

5)    Happy To Be Unhappy-Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury 72198)  #54 Country 1964

Written by Bobby Bare, it managed to top some of the local country charts and it's uptempo in the way of Walk On By but it's unremarkable and hasn't stood the test of time.  Not that country radio plays it much if at all.  Leroy's Mercury songs have been on my record player including scratchy ole favorite How Long Must You Keep Me  A Secret.   Like Dave Dudley, I tend to buy the Mercury singles if they're in reasonable shape.  Even without a record sleeve it does play like new.  B side Now I Lay Me Down shows Leroy going toward a more mellower sound. With so so results, tho I give him credit, the song is only 2 minutes long.

6)   You Talk Too Much-Frankie Ford (Imperial X-5686)  1960 #87

Frankie benefited from Huey Piano Smith  and The Crowns backing him up when he was with Ace Records and moving over to Imperial resulted in some fine New Orleans rock and roll.  Once again, Ford lost out to another person in covering songs, this time to Joe Jones who made number 3, while Frankie's toiled down near the bottom.  Some say that Ford had the better version had they heard it.  B Side If You Got Troubles Frankie co wrote with Huey Smith and does rock.

7)   Oh Julie-The Crescendos  (Nasco 45-6005)  #5  1958

Prime choice rockabilly doo wop that has been featured on a couple of Excello best ofs.  In a way reminds me of Gene Vincent's Wear My Ring (don't ask why).

8)   Anti-Protest Protest Song-David Winters (Mercury 72537)  1966

Thanks to Bob Dylan, there were plenty of protest songs and parody protest songs.  This one escapes me tho', Never heard of it before finding a decent copy at the St Vincent De Paul.  Working with Shelby Singleton and Alan Lorber, this is actually a decent pop rock song.  Not much is known about Winters, he did record for a few minor singles for minor labels and this was his only Mercury single.

9)   I Don't Miss You-Shoes (Elektra E-46598)  1979

The third and final single from Present Tense, Zion Illinois' very own Shoes were too power pop for the radio, Single number 2, Too Late went to number 75 on the charts but radio didn't play them much over here.  I'm not sure why I kept passing up on this single over at Moondogs, unless I kept overlooking it, or somebody did bring it in for trade.  I Don't Miss You is a bit more harder rocking complete with fuzz guitar.  When Real Gone issued a best of, this song didn't make the cut but it can be found on Shoes Best.  But Real Gone tacked on B Side In Your Arms Again, which is okay but a bit out of the 3 minute comfort zone. Hmm

10)   Gone Long Gone-Chicago  (Columbia 3-10935)  1978  #73 (79)

After a long night of scouring for 45s and unlike my record hunting buddy, I didn't dig very deep, I decided to grab something on the way home, Kwik Star had nothing of note so I went over to Taco Bell and hung out with the teenagers, and not one of anybody in that place was born before 2000. Including the help.  It begin to dawn on me that perhaps going to Taco Bell at 9 30 at night isn't a good idea if you over 50.  Eventually they all cleared out to go hot rod'ing on JFK Drive in DBQ.  Which really has nothing to do with this song.  The third and final single off Hot Streets, this is Chicago beginning to be taken over by Peter Cetera's vocal work and Donnie Dacus had the tough task of replacing Terry Kath, who lost out to a shotgun.  The beginning of the wilderness years? I still like this song, tho the 45 sounds a bit too scratchy for my liking.

11)  Brooklyn Roads-Neil Diamond (Uni 55065)  #58 1968

The beginning of Neil's Uni career and a song that managed to pop in the top 60.  The Velvet Gloves And Spit album is strange Uni debut, including the Pot Smoker's Song.  Brooklyn Roads is a sweet ballad that Neil would be famous for later on down the road.  Neil's bizarre Holiday Inn Song shows a more playful side shall we say?  Kudos to arranger Howard Johnson for this one.  *wink*

12)    Hey Little Girl-Del Shannon (Big Top 3091)  #38 1961

Del may have been a walking contradiction, (Geoff Redding says working with Del was a pleasure, local legend musician Timothy said he was a A hole) but his songs are always been paranoid and tortured, Hey Little Girl is something like Runaway but a bit more optimistic on the chorus tho in this PC age anything with Little Girl in it is frowned upon.  Damn republicans anyway. The song isn't as urgent as Runaway was but it's a passable listen. B side I Don't Care Anymore is textbook Shannon songwriting, sounds like it was written for the Everly Brothers. But probably a bit too dark for their liking.

13)    MTA-Kingston Trio (Capitol F-4221) #15  1959

Protest music 1959 style.  In the years of collecting 45s, The Kingston Trio seem to make their way to the Singles Going Steady Series. This was the third single bought at the St Vincent De Paul (3 for 50 cents).  I could have swore I have the Tom Dooley single but have yet to find it, or maybe I donated it back to the thrift store?  Certainly the Kingston Trio did make a few duds, but MTA is not one of them.  B side is All My Sorrows.  Record plays better than the Neil Diamond and Chicago singles.

14)   It's Nothing To Me-Jim Reeves (RCA  PB-10956)  1977  #14 Country

The last song, comes from my dad's collection, I think I gave this to him when I moved out of the house the first time but I could never locate another copy that wasn't chewed up and so I went back home and found this 45 once again.  By then Jim was thirteen years removed from this world, but RCA continued to put out his songs in varied form.  Originally from 1960 thereabouts, Bud Logan overdubbed a rock guitar to update the sound.  It was chart fairly high on the country charts, even beyond the grave, Reeves still made the country charts, his next seven selection made top 40 country. However the writing was on the wall and after a disappointing number 54 pairing with Patsy Cline's I Fall To Pieces, RCA would issue one more single, the number 70 The Image Of Me in 1984.  We're still waiting on a decent best of from RCA on Gentleman Jim.

UPDATE: Five years after the big find, I returned to the Salvation Army Davenport Store and found nothing.  They still have a few of the scratchy juke box records from the last couple visits but I went away empty handed.  One thrift store had 45s but the only one that looked good Sam The Sham' Oh That's Good No That's Bad I didn't buy.  I figured I would get my record player a break from the scratched up wonders I found last month and this month.    I didn't go into Illinois to seek out records, but stayed in Davenport and watch the CR Kernels beat the River Bandits in a 6-2 game that took three and a half hours to complete.  It was so boring that one of the Kernels outfielder asked me what time it was,  I said 9:30.  Turns out I was right for a change.  The game was three hours and thirty six minutes long.

Fact: Both Austin Shaffer and Felipe Tejada started the July 8th game at the QC which Cedar Rapids won 6-5.  On this game, both were relievers  Tejada got rocked for 4 runs in the fifth inning and lasted 2/3 of a inning. Attendance of this game was 3,400, tho' most of them left before the 9th inning, to which Josh Winder pitched 6 stellar innings and striking out 9 River Bandits.  For the first time I didn't see any home runs by either team this year.  In the games I watched of this rivalry, Cedar Rapids won both.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Singles Going Steady 55-St Vincent De Paul Waterloo Finds

I haven't been to Waterloo in over a year.  It's not a go to place for records and usually what is found is crap or cracked or scratched.  There's a new record store called Electric Underground and they're mostly into vinyl, tho they did have new CDs for sale at 7.99 and I thought it would be a good time to check out Slayer's Reign In Blood.   Stuff Etc in Waterloo isn't selling CDs anymore and basically when I did go to check out what they had, they had shit.  Goodwill is hit and miss but I did find the long lost Cactus World News on CD and a couple others.  The Waterloo Salvation Army is no more, they closed in June.  Which meant the St Vincent De Paul Store remains the number one destination.

Over the years the St Vincent De Paul managed to get some interesting old 45s up there but they were so hit and miss that it took me over a year to decide to see if they have enough turnover to make this trip worth going to.  This time out, I managed to find some vintage rock and jazz 45s, tho a few of them needed a good cleaning.

It's hard to tell if some of these singles came from the closing of the Salvation Army.   Since my last visit, the St Vincent De Paul cleaned up the music room.  It was so cluttered and chaotic that it was impossible to locate anything, and most albums were missing their records.  There was more 45s located in a box and of course the jackets and records were not with each other.  I found a Gerry Mulligan Fantasy EP and stuck it back into it's rightful jacket.   There were plenty of EP 45s, from the likes of Jackie Gleason, Nat King Cole and a few others.   Usually, Waterloo is famous for having R and B 45s at St Vincent De Paul and this time I managed to find some cool stuff, tho they were, once again, in need of a record bath.   To which turned the faucet on and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  The problem of cleaning 45's from the 50s is that some of the labels are red and getting them wet would not be a good thing.   This applies to the Charles Brown, Aladdin 45 of Trouble Blues.  This one was the worst looking of the batch.  But I'd never seen a copy of anything from Charles Brown.  I could save that but not Flip Flop and Fly from Johnny Ray.

I do think I found the most R and B and Doo Wop songs this time around.  Despite without record jackets, all forty fives play VG+ to VG-

So here we are, yet another batch of selections you might not hear on radio.  Cuz Spotify doesn't have them.

1)   Only One Love-George Hamilton IV  (ABC Paramount 45-9782)  #33 1957

Lonesome George seemed to be ABC's answer to Ricky Nelson in the teen idol department, they had Paul Anka and Johnny Nash.  George's time with ABC he was groomed as a teen idol, sometimes he had some good songs (A Rose And A Baby Ruth) and some not so great (The Teen Commandments damn near ruined it for all involved)  Only One Love is lackluster, a pale imitation to Ricky Nelson's ballads and the B side If I Had A Printing Press is just as forgettable.   George's best years would come later, when he went to RCA and went country and discovered Gordon Lightfoot in the process. This crappy song doesn't do him justice.

2)   I'll Make Every Day Christmas (for my woman)-Joe Tex (Dial 4068)  1968

A Christmas song that made it to Soul Christmas.  Joe Tex is one of my all time favorite soul singers and most of my 45s got chewed up in the process.  This record is not in the best of shapes either but it actually fairly well.  It's soul good.  B Side Don't Give Up is another slow groove.  Joe is in need of a decent overview, or at least a A and B side of his Dial singles and I pitched the idea to the folks to Real Gone Music.  Hopefully they get compile one up in the future.

3)    Wrapped Tied And Tangled-Lavern Baker  (Brunswick 53311)   1967

Her Atlantic years passed by and she moved over to Brunswick and Carl Davis to update her music to a Chicago R and B sound that Davis had been favoring for those who were on the label. He had good success with Jackie Wilson (higher and higher) but with Lavern, this style didn't fit her well. B side Nothing Like Being In Love is better, Davis goes for a Motown style sound, which works about half way through the song.

4)    Trouble Blues-Charles Brown (Aladdin 45-3342)  #1 R&B 1949

The oldest record of the batch, it charted at the top of the charts in 1949 but it was regulated to a B side to Confidential in 1956, a so so ballad to which Brown was trying to find a suitable style for the R and B crowd.  Trouble Blues is the better of the two.  This is the record after I cleaned it up, still plays a bit rough but I can probably say it's a keeper.

5)    I Adore You-Johnnie And Joe (ABC Paramount 45-10079)  1960

Forever known for Over The Mountain Across The Sea, Johnnie And Joe pingponed between Chess and J & S, to which my guess is Zell Sanders owned the latter label and Chess purchased some of the masters.   This is one of two singles recorded for ABC Paramount, neither did much on the charts.  I Adore You does sound a bit too much like Over The Mountain including Johnnie's rap at the end.  B Side, Rex Garvin gives them the rocking R and B I Want You Beside Me.   A shame Johnnie And Joe didn't do more of this.

6)    I Can't Put My Arms Around A Memory-Al Hibbler (Decca 9-29543)  1955

A side was the MOR They Say You're Laughing At Me (while I was crying for you) but I like the B side better and decided to use that one as the plug side.  It really doesn't matter, This didn't chart except on the R and B side of the charts.

7)   Moonglow and Theme From Picnic-Morris Stoloff (Decca 9-29888) #1  1956

Since I had 9 45's with me, I decided that this song would be the 10th purchase of the day.  It's jazzy muzak, kinda like Beyond The Reef or what Earl Grant was putting down.  The other side George Duning, who wrote Theme From Picnic leaves out the jazz.  I remember this a few times growing up.

8)   Boom Boom Boomerang-The De Castro Sisters (Abbott 3003)  #17 1955

A nice fun novelty pop jumper with Tony Tiger (Thurl Ravenscroft) doing the bass vocals, Thirl could do anything.  B side Let Your Love Walk In, is big band pop without the novelty.

9)  Just Another Face-The Blades Of Grass (Jubilee JB-5590)  1967

They charted with Happy (#87 in 1967) but I have know nothing of this band.  The most psychedelic from this batch of 45s, it owes a bit to Traffic or The Moody Blues.  B side  Baby You're A Real Good Friend Of Mine, with the kiddie choir owes more to 1910 Fruitgum Company.  Take it for what its worth.

10)  Midnight Ride-Red West (Dot 16268)  1961

This one was another 45 that needed a good cleaning.  This single had my interests up to the point that I needed to hear this one.  West patterned this song after Duane Eddy's signature guitar sound and revved up sax and this one is the most fun and rocking of the bunch.  Unforgiven, (Listed as an A Side, but again Midnight Ride is the better version) could pass for a Quentin Tarantino movie background music.  This was the only single Red West recorded for Dot Records, who at that time also was into surf and guitar instrumental music (as well as Lawrence Welk and Billy Vaughn).

11)  Heart Of A Rose-The Charms (Chart 613)  1956

It's hard to tell if these singles are valuable.  I've seen the Chart single start at 28 dollars at bid time but are there any takers?  Perhaps, Otis Williams led the Charms to some hit singles for DeLuxe/King (Hearts Of Stone) but the Chart singles, didn't chart.  Heart Of A Rose is a uptempo R&B number and not so much Doo Wop but the B side I Offer You, hard core Doo Wop.  I don't believe this version of The Charms is the one from Ohio and Williams leading them.  The guess is that Henry Stone produced these guys and they may have come from Florida.  The other guess is that Richard Parker leads this group.  This is the second of two single releases from Chart Records (no relation to the Nashville Chart Records, but that's another story).

Post script:

The original intent was to go to Marshalltown to check out their record store Wax Xtatic since the owner mentioned that they had a good selection of 45s that came in. On Sunday Night, thieves came in and ransacked the place, stealing many video games, players and vinyl. They'll be close for few days while the owner figures out the next step.  In the past year, they had a tornado that ripped through downtown and blacken out alleyway to which the city officials drag their feet of getting lights back to that alley.  We do hope they will reopen and hope that they too get better luck.  It's getting very tiring to have assholes taking away people's hard work to keep a record store open.

Later arrivals:

12)   It's Too Late To Run-Dennis Smith (20th Century Fox 499)  1964

Unknown singer that made a one off single.  Interesting for the Acker Bilk type of lead oboe sax including fart noise at the end.  The best part of the song.  B Side: Maria Elena, more farting around.

13)   Carol Of The Drums-St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir (Roulette R-4204)  1959

Roulette was famous for this type of Christmas tunes.  Better known as The Little Drummer Boy. Not exactly recorded very well. Of course it's a dirty record too, a cleaning didn't help much either.  B side is Carol Of The Bells. Very shrill sounding.  Time to donate this one back to the Salvation Army

14)   You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me-The Dixie Cups (Red Bird RB 10-012)
#39  1964

Another scratchy 45, with a bad needle ruining the start of the record.  You can only do so much cleaning.

15)  Dr. Jon (The Medicine Man) Jon & Robin With The In Crowd (Abnak AB-127)  #87 1968

This one spent a lot of time at The Salvation Army.  There was a write up about this single at another Blogspot site, so this one was yet another cleaning attempt, it had some dirt marks buried in the grooves.  Plays so so.  Dr Jon is some of freaky folk song, kinda corny kinda fun.  B side Love Me Baby is more Psychedelic fun, based on the Gloria riff.  It's the more fun side.  And the keeper of the final four dumpster forty fives from the Salvation Army in CR.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Singles Going Steady 54-Hats Off To Larry

I haven't kept score on how many editions of Singles Going Steady that I have out there but the logical guess is 54, give or take one or two or ten.   In the era of the vinyl revival the finds have been not as plentiful as it was say about five years ago but if I stopped in at Goodwill or The Salvation Army every day I might have better luck getting tabs on who donates forty fives.  But after a while I would get bored with it.  After all, one can only tolerate so much trying to find juke box 45s that don't sound like shit or having their grooves wore off.    But last week, somebody donated a bunch of 45s  and I picked and choose the ones that still looked fairly decent.  To be truthful, only one 45 didn't make the cut after cleaning and trying to buff out the scratches.   I documented them and begin to plan my next Madison bargain hunt trip for next week, but for some reason I decided to go into town to get a bite to eat and perhaps return to our beloved Salvation Army for more surprises.  And dammed if I didn't find a few more of them. 14 to be exact.

There was a Tokens' Laurie single that I was going to see if it was still there but the 45 selection looked much bigger than last week.  Somebody thought highly enough to bag some of the mini vinyl but what caught my eye was a Motown 45 of Henry Lumpkin, that I didn't see before in the new batch of 45s.  Old Motown records of the early 60s are highly sought after collectors items.  If you look hard enough on the internet, there are websites dedicated in the preserving of Motown music, even the lesser known get some attention.  In this decade of record finding, Motown 45s remain hard to find and even if you do find any of them, they're scratched up to oblivion.  There were other Motown sides from The Supremes, Four Tops and Martha and the Vandellas that were beyond repair and even a good cleaning would not help.  Plus a couple were cracked.  But the Henry Lumpkin single looked fairly new despite not having a record jacket.   Further research showed that this record was a promo.  It was easier for somebody to take a magic marker and write PR on the label.  So the guess remains where did this record come from.  It had to come from a radio station.  Certainly not from a casual music consumer, it looks too good for that.  So the guess may be it came from KRNL the college radio station from Mount Vernon.  How they managed to hang on to this for 55 years remains a mystery of its own.   Nevertheless, old Motown singles are special that they give the address of Hitsville USA as well as the telephone number back in 1961, something that nobody would ever do nowadays, certainly not Universal who owns Motown and hopefully somebody kept most of the masters away from the great fire of 2008 that destroyed many many recordings of the past.

I look at record collecting at like digging for gold or looking for something in the pile of music people would overlook. I don't think people would get excited like me if I came across a Fairport Convention 45 or Henry Lumpkin.  I keep a close eye on Atlantic Records of the 50s and 60s, next to Motown or Chess the one label that connects me with my past.  Or ABC Paramount, tho that label might have a few too many pop acts I could do without.   Then again, I tend to be more liberal minded than the rest of the collectors out there.  This collection of 45s found came from somebody named Larry, who had great taste in music but played the hell out of his mini vinyl.  There were some Dave Clark 5 that seen better days.  His copy of Surfin Bird looks fairly beaten up, probably perfect for Peter Griffin of the Family Guy to annoy his family with.  But this looks like somebody might have put it in the microwave and set it to full cook for five seconds.

Five years ago, the finds at the Salvation Army became the reason why I go dumping for old vinyl. At times, it's a hit and miss but this batch of finds might rate right up there with that wonderful day in Davenport.  To which I gleefully document the selections and move on to the next bargain hunt. When ever that might be.

I also included the 45s found at Analog Vault that I found last Saturday.

1)    Live-The Merry Go Round  (A&M 834)  1967  #63

The beloved Emmett Rhodes led this band to one of the more power pop songs of the late 60s.  Of course The Bangles covered this.  I have Emmett's albums over the years and a best of that still gathers dust in my collection.  I wouldn't consider this bubble gum, this feels more at home on the Rhino 1988 collection More Nuggets (followup single You're A Very Lovely Woman is also on that comp).  Judy Schoonover, must love this song, she played a lot and it sounds like it.  B side Time Will Show The Wiser was later covered by Fairport Convention and their version is better.  More about them later on in the blog.

2)    Something's Burning-Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (Reprise 888)  1970 #11

A singles band if there was any, The First Edition made some great singles but their albums were quite boring.  And if Kenny didn't sing the songs, nobody gave them a second thought be it Terry Williams or Mike Settle.  Written by Mac Davis, it's slightly corny but the buildup to the chorus is classic gold.  And Mikey Jones was a damn good drummer.  B Side Momma's Waiting is more country than you can imagine.

3)    Can't Stop Loving You-The Last Word (Atco 45-6498)  1967  #8

Despite it's high chart position, I can't remember hearing this song on the radio.  Somewhat in the style of the Buckinghams.  B side Don't Fight It, is a so so cover of the Wilson Pickett number, however this arrangement reminds me of Elvin Bishop's version, done later on.

4)   Days Gone Down-Gerry Rafferty (United Artists  1298)  1979  #17

One of the mysteries of life is why EMI didn't bother to include this song on the best of that they put out in the early 80s.  Of course Gerry was the driver behind Stealer's Wheel and then went on to a solo career that he wouldn't tour behind the songs, or so it seems.  He was one of the first people to use videos to promote his music,  I wasn't a big fan of this song but it has grown on me over the years and yes it should have been on a best of.  You can still get it...via import that is.  This record I have must have came out of a juke box.  It's sounds quite scratchy.

5)    There Won't Be Anymore-Charlie Rich (RCA APB0-0195)  1974 #18

Recorded in 1965 (originally RCA 47-8536)  RCA took a chance of reissuing this song to capitalize on the success of Behind Closed Doors or number 1 followup The Most Beautiful Girl.  Of course the 1965 release is harder to find, it didn't chart high on the country chart. Out of all the Sun Record Artists, Charlie Rich is the most frustrating, he was too hard core R&B for country but not R&B enough for pop rock radio.  The polished Nashville production of Chet Atkins may have complicated things as is or perhaps Anita Kerr Singers made him too MOR.  The newer mix has the singers a bit further in the background but you can notice them.  This would be Rich's final RCA single before moving on to Smash for a year and then to Hi Records which should have broken him bigger but didn't.  Strange twist of irony:  This song would hit number 1 on the country charts in 1974.  B side It's All Over Now would be reissued as a single of its own in 1975, peaking at number 23. This may have been another jukebox copy, it plays very rough.

The Salvation Army Finds (thanks to Larry and others)

6)    What Is A Man (without a woman)-Henry Lumpkin (Motown M-1013)  1961

Ah, good ole Motown, when it down and dirty?  While Harry was somewhat like Shorty Long, he had a more grittier vocal more like Wilson Pickett.  You can feel the drum beat of Benny Benjamin and the piano of Earl Van Dyke.  It's a bit more rougher than the better known Motown stuff but you can't fault Barry Gordy for trying.  I dig it.  B side Don't Leave Me got raked over the coals from a Motown review site.  They can't decide to go doo wop or early R and B so it sounds more like a demo.  A search for a sound that doesn't quite materialize.  The record plays quite good for 58 year old record without a record sleeve.

7)     You Are The One-Sugar Bears (Big Tree BT-122)  1972  #51

A manufactured pop band based from a commercial (I used to eat Sugar Bears Cereal), but you can get this record from a box, back then the novel idea of putting record grooves on a back of a cereal box,  good ideal but the sound always sucked.  A combination of the drum groove of Shelia with a melody of Be My Baby.  A bubblegum song that nobody remembers much anymore, tho it did make a K Tel Comp.  Written by Baker Knight, and probably a step ahead of the Archies or The Osmonds. B side Someone Like You was written by Mike Settle (The First Edition).  More sunny bubblegum for those who like sunny bubblegum.  Think I'll take a pass.

8)    Another Smile -The Hot Dogs  (Ardent ADA-2905)  1973

Produced by Terry Manning, The Hot Dogs are on the Ardent label, home to Big Star. Greg Reding and Bill Rennie figured into the lineup, but perhaps this record is best known for the Ardent sound and Terry Manning figured greatly into the sound and music.  Another Smile, the single, is country rock tho I hear elements of Wishbone Ash, kinda sleepy tho' .  Way to Get To You the b side, is more country rock, gets the nod for better song.

9)   Surfin Bird-The Trashmen (Garrett 4002)  1963  #4

This is where punk rock begins, even more than Louie Louie.  Unfortunate that this record is too warped to play.  Dammit Larry, take better care of your fucking records.

10)   I'll Always Love You-The Tokens (Laurie L-3810)  1963

Their sole Laurie release, which is straight Doo Wop aka Dion And The Belmonts. This was the record I picked up today after forgetting about it yesterday, Even in 1963 this was five years behind the times   B side Please Write made it to #108 on the charts.  This might have been the inspiration to Cheap Thrills by Ruben And The Jets.  Record was kind of dirty, so I cleaned it up a bit.  A slight improvement tho' it might another bath to make it play better, but then again I'll might file it away, or donate it back to Salvation Army.

11)    Don't Go Home-The Playmates (Roulette R-4072)  1958 #32

I've noticed that I have been getting more Playmates records into this collection.  They remind me of the Four Preps, tho they get a bit more arrangement from Hugo Leigi.  I'm not exactly impressed with this song.  B side, Can't You Get It Through Your Head sounds creepy.  Record didn't clean up either, still fairly scratchy overall.

12)   Loddy Lo-Chubby Checker (Parkway P-890)  1963 #12

I was more familiar with Leroy Jones' cover on Hit Records.  But we did have a Chubby Checker record in the house (The Twist) and Popeye The Hitch hiker.  More of a sing a long rather than Limbo Rock or The Twist, tho this song is more to the former.  Larry took better care of this record than of the Trashmen's Surfin Bird.   B side Hooka Tooka My Soda Kracker is too silly for my liking.

13)   Java-Al Hirt  (RCA Gold Standard 447-0712)  1964 #4

Al takes on Chet Atkins and the Nashville sound for this sax classic.  Record is a bit too scratchy, sad to say.

14)   Adios Adios-The Blue Chips (RCA 47-7935)  1961

Their first single I had gotten for an inflated price and got donated back due to it sounding like crap, this is The Blue Chips second and final RCA Offering with  Hugo & Luigi producing and another Chuck Sagle arrangement.  Uh huh, I can tell you their inspiration was The Hi Los.  Let It Ride, is white guy jive, something you probably seen on Dean Martin or Ted Mack's Amateur Hour   A perverse charm to it, but not as creepy as Don't Go Home.  Adios Adios indeed.  UGH

15)   The Things You Do To Me-Wynona Carr (Specialty 628)  1958

I don't see much of Specialty Records out and about, they're usually Little Richard 45's all scratched up but this one is rare sight to see  Carr is a pure soul singer, in the style of Lavern Baker.  She recorded a few sides for Art Rupe before moving on to Reprise and then into obscurity.  Sonny Bono wrote this and the B side. Touch And Go and probably produced the sessions as well.  Touch And Go is more uptempo and more fun.  Record was kind of dirty but it cleaned up great. Sounds like a new record.

16)  The Lone Twister-The Lone Twister (Atlantic 2130)  1961

I love finding odd ball sides from Atlantic Records. A few of them got away but this one stood out in the crowd. So who was the Lone Twister?  Some say it was Murray the K (Murray Kaufman, legendary DJ) but it was Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote this song.  Yeah, it's a novelty song and if you like that song, you might tolerate Twisting Up A Storm.  But if you haven't heard it, you're not missing much.

17)    Buchanan And Ancell Meet The Creature (Flying Saucer 501)  1958 #85

This record seen better days, but I thought if I cleaned it up it might play.  It's a novelty record to which Buchanan would play certain songs to the story line.   Bill Buchanan did work with Dickie Goodman and had a better story line  (Flying Saucer From Outer Space) in that time frame but this was a one off with Bob Ancell and to sum it all up, the last song is from Wake Up Little Susie by the Everly Brothers (The movie wasn't so hot, it didn't have much of a plot)  Which basically sums up The Creature.  Record looks rough, plays VG-.

18)   It Ain't Me Babe-Johnny Cash (Columbia 4-43145)   1964 #58

There were two sun copies of There You Go but both were chewed up so I took this one over Orange Blossom Special which had seen better days.  June Carter adds vocals too but it's Johnny's single.  Usually Columbia singles of the 60s always sound rough and it's a judgement call to even purchase them.  B side Time And Time Again, is a Johnny and June song, rarely heard.  Larry didn't play it much, plays like a VG Plus record.

19)   Dottie-Danny And The Juniors (ABC Paramount 9926) 1958  #38

Their last chart showing for ABC Paramount tho they would continue with four more releases that only stayed under number 100.  They were very good at the uptempo doo wop numbers, not so much with the slower number such as In The Meantime.  It's passable.

20)   Hippy Hippy Shake-The Swinging Blue Jeans (Imperial 66021)  1964 #21

The last offering from Larry comes this Beatles like rock and roller and does  a better version than the original by Chan Romero. And then The Georgia Satellites come out of nowhere and blows both versions out of the water.  B side Now I Must Go, pays tribute to Freddy And The Dreamers better than the Fab Four, or Gerry And The Pacemakers (ha ha ha)

21)   The Journeyman's Grace-Fairport Convention (A&M  1333)  1972

By then Richard Thompson had left them and they moved on with Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol taking over the vocals and songs.  By then they were getting more into folk songs and adding arrangements to them to varying degree.  This song was written by Richard and that's him guest starring on guitar.  Dave Mattacks on drums too.  This was Fairport's wilderness year before Sandy Denny would return with new members tho the results weren't not that exciting.  B side The World Has Surely Lost Its Head is mellower but didn't attract much interest to include on the 2 CD Best of, that A&M issued in the 1990's Meet On The Ledge.  Further research showed that The World was the A side but FM stations preferred The Journeyman's Grace instead. A&M would try again with John Lee for the next single but that too bombed.  The copy that I found is fairly rough even after cleaning it up.  I know my record player is going to rebel if I continue to find rough scratchy forty fives that have seen better days, but I remain convinced that this record is a keeper.  I doubt if I'll find another copy in this lifetime.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Singles Going Steady-Mini Vinyl Finds

It's been a fast three weeks away from my place of employment and I haven't achieved a Goddamn thing.  My piece of shit Lenovo continues to hang and drag (five years of this shit and I'm surprised I haven't taken a hammer to it, it's very tempting) my chair's bolt continues to loosen and fall off the chair and I spend countless hours trying to fix the thing.   While I'm supposed to down size, I ended up buying a bunch of CDs from Stuff Etc for a dollar and this week, somebody dropped a bunch of scratchy mini vinyl (45's) and I found about six worth getting, and going back to my archives of 45s, and decided to try to bring them back to life by cleaning them.  Basically, I have some of these for over 50 years and they have enough boogers, crater scratches and smudges from years of no sleeve and abuse.  So I turned on the faucet and washed it down good.  Not a good idea since the label gets ruined but finally Call On Me can be played.  I also managed to save a couple more singles.  There was a compilation of USA soul singles that omitted Call On Me but added the more pedestrian  Power Of Love.  I probably should have called it a night sooner but I was on a roll and therefore decided it was worth blogging about.  Only God knows why.  Or record collecting fanatics.

I think in the past 15 years my Mini Vinyl (45s) collection has doubled in size.  The kindness of strangers giving up their collection so I can bring some of them in and make them part of the family of records and CDs here at Hoarders Are Us.  Alas, nobody had Call On Me, tho' Ragged Records did have Cruel World (Don Hollinger) for the price of a new CD.  Get it before it's gone.  At the moment, Ragged Records is still cleaning up from the flood mess of 2019 and it will be another three months before they open up that place.  Their second location in Rock Island is open for business.

After a quiet five months, I have been finding some 45s at the usual locations.  This week was the Salvation Army having a cart full of 45s, mostly in sad shape but I did buy six of them and five did play, the sole exception: Free Movement's I Found Somebody Of My Own which despite looking fair, the grooves were muddled and sounded bad.   I resisted for years of buying scratchy records, but when I got a decent turntable and needle, I decided to experiment.  And it turned out that records are slightly more tougher than originally thought.  Some of my most played vinyl from years ago, sounds pretty good, especially after a good  cleaning.   But if there's deep scratches, then that defeats the sense of purpose.  A shame that I couldn't save the two Freddie King Federal 45s, and while the Willie Maborn USA single did worked, that too have a lot of surface scratches that could still be heard.   Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl, a prized 45 from the The Barbarians simply had dirt buildup that managed to get scrubbed away and sounded like new.   Which then gave me the bright idea of why not clean more records?  The success rate I'd say about 75 percent.  I still would love to find a better version of Call On Me, but the last time I bid on one from EBAY, the final price was 40 dollars and I finished runner up.  Since then, I have yet to see another one listed.

So we have to make due what we got.  But I still remain hopeful that in my next vinyl adventure, I'll find that, and a few more to boot.  I have not been disappointed in my adventures when I did strike it.  
What I did find was.

1)   Open Up Your Heart-Buck Owens  (Capitol 5705)
2)   Where Does The Good Times Go-Buck Owens (Capitol 5811) 
3)   Dumb Blonde-Dolly Parton (Monument MN-982)
4)   Saturday Night At The Movies-The Drifters (Atlantic 2260)
5)   Ruby Duby Du-Tobin Matthews Orchestra (Chief 7022)

In this collection there was actual record sleeves available, and I took the six best sleeves.  Four of them were Hit Records sleeves, to which there was a few Hit Records in the cart, most were scratched up, or probably needed a bath.  I'd go back to check if there's still in the cart or some that i could save but that would be a waste of time.  But I have been known for a followup,   The Buck Owens 45's were the best in shape, The Drifters needed a bath and sounded better afterward.  The Tobin Matthews record a curio since I rarely see anything from Chief Records.  The Dolly Parton was found inside a trashed Buck Owens picture sleeve and it plays VG-. Tobin Matthews would later have ambitions of being the next Buddy Holly and his sides for USA shows some promise, but later efforts for Columbia and Warner Brothers, it sounds like them trying to turn him from Buddy to Steve Lawrence, with ridiculous arrangements this side of Mitch Miller.   And so it goes.

Of course you knew this but I had to make a return trip back to pick up more records but this time taking them home to clean them up.  Alas, the third Buck Owens single Before You Go had a scratch that kept skipping over and over so that one will have to go back to the donation pile.   The rest of the batch.

6)   Guitar Country-Anita Kerr/Chet Atkins (RCA 47-8246)
7)   So Long Dearie-Louis Armstrong (Mercury 72338)
8)   Things In This House-Bobby Darin (Capitol 5257)
9)   What A Price-Fats Domino (Imperial X-5723)
10) Wheels-The String A Longs (Warwick  M-603)
11)  That's How You Treat A Cheater-Dobie Gray (Cordak C-1605)
12)  8 Great Hits On Gilmar (G-242)  1960

These 6 singles, had to be cleaned up.  I had reservations about the String A Longs and Louis Armstrong but after a good clean, the playback was much better, tho. Wheels had a bit of wear on the grooves,   The Louis Armstrong single was quite dirty, but played much better after its bath.   Louis had a nice hit with Hello Dolly, Dearie made number 56 in 1964.  As a child, I did have Mame, which sounds lot like Hello Dolly, So Long Dearie, but of course Jerry Herman wrote all them songs.  Not a lot of thought on the banjo, Marti Gras like arrangements and the b side Pretty Little Missy, Louie writes his own Hello Dolly.   Both Wheels/Dearie were on hard plastic, to which with a paper label I had to be careful not to wet that down unlike the soft plastic of the Capitol/RCA singles.

The ones that needed to be cleaned the most was the Fats Domino/Bobby Darin singles.  The latter I wanted for Wait By The Water, which a few dirt clots in the grooves but they washed out well and there was no major cuts or scratches on that record.  Better was the What A Price 45 with Ain't That Just Like A Woman that played just about like new.  Usually, Fats Domino forty fives are chewed up and people played them on a regular basis.  There was some Ricky Nelson sides but I came to the conclusion that they were beyond repair.  You can only wash out the dirt and dust but mold is another story.  The Dobie Gray single was warped a bit but played VG-.  I had to buy the Anita Kerr single just because I wondered if it was the muzak inspired Nashville sound that purists frowned upon back in the early 60s.  Anita Kerr did polished up most of the RCA acts with her vocal group sounds and the Chet Atkins song is polished Nashville. For better or for worse.  But then again I was brought up on RCA and the Nashville sound.  So I tend to listen to just about everything.

The curio was the Gilmar 8 song EP, to which we heard faceless singers sing the hits of Tall Oak Tree, Baby You Got What It Takes, El Matador, Midnight Special and Puppy Love.  Not as polished as say, the artists that recorded for Hit/Giant/Country Western Hits out of Nashville. But back in those days, you can send 89 cents to a PO BOX number in Encino California for the record of the month.  If the record was damaged you can send a postcard for a replacement but you could keep the defective record.  Kind of a nice set up from a minor label specializing in covering songs made famous.  It's hard to know how long Gilmar Records stayed in business. The internet has been vague about that.  There were some key HIT Single covers of Beatles numbers but once again it was deemed that the records weren't not savable due to mold, mildew and worn out grooves.  They would have paled next to the originals but if you look hard on You Tube you can find those covers.  The Gilmar stuff, not so much.

With that, I managed to open up my can of old records that I have had all these years but couldn't play and decided to clean up Desert March from Jorgen Ingmann (Atco 6305).  This record has been a part of my collection for over 55 years and where it came from, I'm not sure.  It may have been bought at a Lincoln Illinois liquor and smoke store around 1964, or it might have been part of a box of 10 singles bought by my folks in Waterloo a year later, but my guess remains it's more from Lincoln. I've found multiple copies of Cherokee and Apache, but never Desert March.

Which out of all these forty fives that have been cleaned, Call On Me and Desert March are the two that reconnect me from the childhood years of playing them on VF record players on a plastic record arm. To which I am surprised the sound quality of these beaten classics are still good. I also cleaned up Mexico by Bob Moore.  The jury is still out if this will be kept in the collection or sent down the road.  

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Rock And Roll And Neil Young

I continue to write of my latest adventures in my band's blogspot site to document the songs and the feeling of how I felt.  While The Record World Blog hasn't completely shut down, I haven't found much time to really comment on the things out there.  Somehow people think this is a porn site, judging by the 12 views of a certain blogspot that promotes getting popped in the pooper.  To which I don't not approve of that so called site that shall remain nameless.  Despite the lack of recent content except the forty five finds, this still averages about 2200 per month per views.    It seems the porn crowd are getting their singles sites mixed up.  This is about records  and not find a fuck buddy dot com.  The Singles Going Steady name was taken from the Buzzcocks 1979 best of.  To which I'm sure the porn faithful are going to be disappointed by their results that's it's not a place to hook up, unless they have a record collection you can pore through, and maybe if there's a connection, go from there.

I didn't participate in the World Naked Bike Ride of last month.  Three times was enough for me.  Judging by what I've heard the turnout was less than last year but the St Louis, Chicago had 2,000 of them running through the city butt naked on bikes.   Problem with the WNBR is that it falls on our busy week at work and then Father's day is the next day.  I'm sure the 11th installment of WNBR Madison will take place on the same weekend.  For clean family fun, you could do worse.

Confederate Railroad has been around for 3 decades.  Their classic years was on Atlantic and while their Greatest Hits is the route to go, their first remains my go to album.  All of a sudden, in this P.C. world, the Duqoin County Fair in Illinois announced that The Railroad will not be playing since Confederate is now a dirty word and even this liberal minded person finds that to be ridiculous.  It's bad enough that Illinois folks now have to dig deeper into their pocket to pay the 19 cent gas tax increase and cigarette tax as well.  You can quit smoking but you can't stop driving.  I'm due to return to that state on the next Quad Cities River Bandits trip to see the aftermath, but outside of that, unless I want to pick up some marijuana or cannibus oil.  But I find it dumb for them to forbid a country band with the same damn name for years to play at their local county fair.

While Woodstock 50 continues to spin its wheel on where to play, other venues are prepping up the 50th anniversary at the local areas.  My good friend Jim Jacobmeyer decided to put together one at Lowe Park in Marion on Aug 20 to which local acts Zoot And Newt, The Beaker Brothers, Winterland and the band that I sat in with in January-March The Boy Scout Hippies will be the acts that will play a 40 minute set.  Like Woodstock a chance of rain will be in the air. Last week, Jim announced that Neil Young would finish up the evening after talking to somebody from MoTown Records that said Neil would be there. A big red flag since 1)  Lookout Management is Neil's management team (Eliot Roberts recently passed away but Lookout Management keeps an eye on things) and 2) Neil never recorded for MoTown nor Motown tho' the Myna Birds, recorded a demo for them (Rick James was leader, Neil might have had something to do with that).   After the Sanctuary announced that, I had to look up Neil's website to see if Neil was really coming, I had doubts right off the bat and they were confirm when there was nothing mentioned of the Lowe Park show.  Finally, Lookout management confirmed what we all knew, Neil wasn't coming and he wasn't going to play for a bunch of well respected musicians for 20 dollars.  Add another zero and they'll talk.  By no means, that Neil should be blamed from the acts of a scammer, who has now disappeared into the night and probably will surface somewhere down the line to take advantage of another naive non profit place with more bullshit.  The way life has become in the age of social media.  Hell, I would have gone if Neil was coming but even when Jim told me about this, I couldn't believe it.  Alas, he had to take on criticism which I hope doesn't come back and bite him on the ass.

To those who just wanted to see Neil and not the other bands, you are the blame of not supporting the local acts.  These folks worked long and hard to get to even play at this venue. I took exception at one person who didn't want to waste his time and money on the others and told him to stay home and listen to Live Rust then.  Even if he did make it, he probably would stare at his smart phone all night and not pay attention.  In the meantime, Neil's latest archive release Tuscaloosa is his 1973 show with the Stray Gators and Neil has always had a profound hatred of Time Fades Away, a better album then he might expect.

Woodstock Revisited will be held on August 20 at Lowe Park in Marion.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Singles Going Steady: More Dubuque And Davenport Finds

For the most part. What was left behind on my Dubuque trip were still there.  St Vincent De Paul forty fives are 10 cents apiece when you go to the one in Asbury.  The turnover of records is either they have them or they don't.  Plus where else can you buy E Power Biggs Greatest Hits for 50 cents on record..  Moondog Music I didn't buy 45s but new albums from The Ocean Blue and the third installment of Buck Owens Capitol Singles, already the first two volumes are already out of print.

Remind me not to eat at Pizza Ranch during the 6 PM rush.  I don't do crowds very well.

1)   Scotch And Soda-Ray Price (Viva 7-29543)  1983  #70 Country

Snuff Garrett, bless his heart, started up Viva after the successful Every Which Way But Loose soundtrack and started signing up old country singers from the past, Porter Wagoner was one, Ray Price was the other.Ray's album Master Of The Art shows Price doing what he does best, MOR country with an honest voice.  He turns the Kingston Trio cover into a track that could have fit on a Clint Eastwood soundtrack.  Very professional sounding.  The Nashville guys hardly break a sweat on this number.  I Love You Eyes was the B side.  One of three singles still waiting to be picked up at the St. Vincent De Paul.  Still in playable shape go figure.

2)   Still Hurting Me-The Charlie Daniels Band (Epic 34-05699)  1985  #33 Country

Can't recall hearing this on country radio at all, nor on rock radio to which Charlie's last pop chart was Still In Saigon  (#22 in 1982).  The 80's production dates Charlie's voice, he sounds a lot different here or maybe somebody else is singing it?  It doesn't sound any different than the Max Carl led 38 Special, it might have been Charlie's last attempt to hit the rock market.  The melody sounded quite familiar to what The Questionnaires put out for EMI later on.  In the crap that was 1985, this would have worked well on the pop charts better than We Built This City or (fuck me running) Broken Wings.   One of two promos that was up at St Vincent De Paul, the other copy was cracked.

3)   Everybody's Young-Sandra Bernhard (Mercury 880-950-7)  1985

That Sandra Bernhard the comedian that actually put out a decent single from the I'm Your Woman album.  What makes this record listenable is that Barry Reynolds (Marianne Faithful) wrote this song and Barry made Marianne Faithful worth listening again.   Bernhard would straddle the line between comedy and rock from here on out, with uneven results.

4)   Still Waters (Love)-The Four Tops (Motown M-1170) 1970  #11

By 1970 the Four Tops were becoming more going to the back of the line with their music, not that they took chances, who else can you think of that actually worked with the Moody Blues on a song. Smokey co wrote this with Frank Wilson and this number has more of a reggae beat than your average Motown song.  This would be their final top 11 song for Motown, however, Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter would give them a new start with Keeper Of The Castle when The Four Tops relocated to ABC Dunhill.

5)   Jesus Was A Capricorn-Kris Kristofferson (Monument 8558)  1972 #91

It's interesting to see his greatest hits omitted this forgotten song written with John Prine in mind.  Kris actually does a cool Prine soundalike.  Produced by Dennis (Burning Love) Linde

6)   Cowboy's Sweetheart-Patsy Montana (Gusto GT4-2204)  1983

This one escapes the folks at 45 Cat.  This might have been a reissue of  Surf  5037 that came out in 1959, the one that legend has it that Waylon Jennings played guitar on it. King Gusto did issue a CD with this being the lead off track but outside of that and b side He Taught Me To Yodel, which does sound like Waylon playing guitar.  Regardless, Patsy could yodel with the best of them.

7)   One-Eddy Arnold & Jaye P. Morgan  (RCA 47-6842)  1956

Probably charted on the country chart, Eddy and Jaye did hit the top 50 with Mutual Appreciation Society, but this nod to Les Paul and Mary Ford  made the bubbling under top 100 I suspect.  Later covered by George Jones and Tammy Wynette.   The second 45 of jukebox records that the Salvation Army in Davenport that I bought.  You have to be careful with jukebox records, most are scratched up.  They would have better luck with the B side Do You Love Me which would have might up on the top 100.  Or maybe not.  Sounds a lot like Baby You Got What It Takes from Diana Washington and Brook Benton.   It's a silly song but it's a fun song.

8)  Working Class Hero-Tommy Roe (MGM South S-7013)  1973  #97

This made the top 10 on the local radio here, but on the Billboard, this would be Tommy's last top 100 chart placement. It would show Tommy going more toward Country as well.  After a decade on ABC, Tommy moved over to MGM to which the odious Mike Curb stuck him on the lesser priority MGM South label.  Don Costa, a step up from Micheal Lloyd did the arrangement.  Another record that spent a lot of time at Goodwill that had a few grubby hands on it.  Still plays better than it looks.

9)  Missing On A Mountain-Tommy Dee (Pike 5917) 1963

I'm sure I put this song in a SGS blog but can't find it so it makes it's official debut then.  Bonnie Owens helps sing the melody as Tommy laments the loss of Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline.  Dee also did the same thing to Three Stars for Crest records about Buddy, Big Bopper and Richie which hit number 11 in 1959.  This charted on the country side of charts.  B side is Look Homeward Dead Angel, which is a misprint, it should be Look Homeward Dear Angel.  Would have been much more fun hearing the former title than latter.  One of the coolest looking labels in music history.

10)  Can't Get Enough-Bad Company (Swan Song SS-70100) 1974  #5

Bad Company was the first band to get a song issued on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label.  In typical 45 fashion this is a single edit, which fades out.  B side Little Miss Fortune should have been on the Bad Company album as well as Easy On My Soul, B side to Movin On, but somebody thought the drab and dull The Way I Choose was good enough to be on the album.  As you all know Can't Get Enough is played by just about every bar band in the world.  I spent many a jam session backing Russ Glackin up at Rumors when he sings this or Feel Like Making Love is his only song to sing. Envy Me.