What's All This Then
The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
A name synonymous with New Year's Eve. The baton gets raised to a 30 degree angle and stays there. Guy stares at you from the bandstand with an unwavering facial expression.
And you dance away the night. You'll hate yourself in the morning and probably won't be able to get that sound out of your head.
All the songs on this medley have the same tempo - which ain't upbeat. They all sound the same to me as well. In fact, you could probably put this album on repeat and nobody would be the wiser.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Holier than thou record people be damned. I always thought this was a great record. The descending bass line. The horn groove. The female empowering lyrics. So what if she didn't write and/or produce the record. So what if she used the best session players daddy could buy. So what if she had to release it on daddy's record company.
I dig it! The hipsters have since embraced it years after I was scoffed at!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) wishes you a Merry Christmas
Tom got a new set of drums. Joey got a stand up bass. Big Al got a short scale guitar. Terry got an accordion.
All kidding aside, they were a great band. Whole lotta fun to see at a club. Beer and NRBQ mix like scotch and water. Used to see the at the Palomino in North Hollywood. They had a small, but rabid following.
When their first drummer left the band, Tom Ardolino, one of those rabid fans, lobbied for the position. He fell right in with them and was their drummer for a good 25 years.
Big Al Anderson left to become a session guy/songwriter in Nashville.
Joey Spaminato was on the short list to replace Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones. He's the bass player in the Chuck Berry doc Hail Hail Rock and Roll.
Terry Adams is continuing to gig under the name NRBQ with a set of new musicians.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Next up, Bruce throws in a Christmas song as the B-Side to a cover of Edwin Starr's 'War' from the massive 5 record live album.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band - War b/w Merry Christmas Baby (Columbia 1986)
Merry Christmas Baby was originally performed by Chuck Berry.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Connie Francis Sings Jewish Favorites
Here Connie Francis delights us with Jewish folk songs complete with English lyrics that have little or nothing to do with the original songs. The blue and white outfit and lettering! She even went so far as to include a representation of the Israeli flag on the cover - although they removed the Star of David.
What business does and Italian American teen sweetheart have singing Jewish favorites? Well, as she explained the documentary 'Hava Nagilah,' she's 10% Jewish on her manager's side.
A must for any hipster retro Jewish wedding. I bought this long before there were hipsters to play at mine.
Just so other groups don't feel left out, there are others.....
Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites
Looking very Italian in front of a photo of Venice.
Connie Francis Sings Spanish and Latin American Favorites
Looking very Hispanic on the back patio of some Mexican restaurant.
My particular ethnic group remains unrepresented in the Connie Francis catalog. Alas, there is no Connie Francis sings WASPY Bland Midwestern Favorites.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Solo albums by these musicians sometimes can leave a lot to be desired. Not so with Phil Manzanera. His first solo album is presented here....
Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head (Island 1975)
I picked this one up when the UK EG records catalog was switched from Island to Polydor. Island pressings of the EG catalog items began showing up in US bargain bins.
The albums features contributions from all members of Roxy Music save for Bryan Ferry. Eno contributes two great tunes - Big Day and Miss Shapiro. In addition, contributions also come from Phil's prior band, Quiet Sun. We also get John Wetton from King Crimson and Robert Wyatt from Soft Machine.
The basic lineup of Eno and Quiet Sun set out for a series of shows in the UK which resulted in the live album 801 Live
Phil doesn't sing on this one. Vocals are provided by Eno and John Wettton, among others.
This is one my favorite solo albums from the Roxy Music cannon. It gets more turntable time that all the Bryan Ferry ones combined. Highly recommended.