Chateau Dietrich

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Vinyl Attic - Charlie Bleak - Let Me In (1976)



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I got this album out of a 50 cent bin in Pasedena.  Good buy!  Very nice album with a couple of standout songs.  The vinyl is in great shape.   He reminds me a little of Jackson Browne of the first song.

01 Let me in (I'm no stranger)
02 Doesn't Baby Know (Do what you like)
03 Never you mind
04 Love's a easy one
05 The Breath of Life
06 Nobody Knows your number
07 Going back to Julie
08 Love is on the way
09 Part of the scenery
10 New York - summer (take care of your business)

Info stolen from Here:

 In 1976 ex-Hoi' Polloi member Charlie Bleak released a solo album titled "Let Me In" on the Pickwick/PIP label. The title track, which is a catchy countryrocker a la "Take It Easy" by the Eagles, was apparently a hit in the St Louis area. The LP is an eclectic affair but in parts clearly reminiscent of the professional, rural mid-1970s style of Hoi' Polloi, and has a number of good tracks with atmosphere and stylish arrangements. 

The sleeve credits show that Bleak was still playing with friends from the Earlham College days, as both Denny Murry (guitar) and Jeff D'Angelo (bass) from Hoi' Polloi are among the musicians listed. The cast also included noted Hollywood actress Beverly d'Angelo (brother of Jeff) who apparently used to hang around the Earlham scene and provided backing vocals on occasion. Just a couple of years after Bleak's LP she landed a leading role in Milos Forman's "Hair" movie musical, and her star was made.
Anyone who enjoys the 1972 Hoi Polloi album is encouraged to check "Let Me In" out

My Vinyl Attic - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan - Birds of a Feather (1969)



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 01 tennessee bird walk.wav
02 big black bird.wav
03 chapel hill.wav
04 the dum song.wav
05 bethlehem steel.wav
06 poor jody.wav
07 humphrey the camel.wav
08 yellow bellied sapsucker.wav
09 changin' times.wav
10 the clock of st. james.wav
11 you've got you trouble.wav
12 with pen in hand.wav


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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan is an American country music duo from Florida. It is composed of guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Jack Blanchard (born May 8, 1942) and his wife, keyboardist/vocalist Misty Morgan (born May 23, 1945). The duo recorded for several labels in the 1970s, including the charting albums Birds of a Feather and Two Sides of Jack and Misty. Between 1969 and 1976, the duo also released fourteen singles, including "Tennessee Bird Walk", a Number One country hit and No. 23 pop hit in 1970.

By 1967, he and Morgan were married and began playing music together, and in 1969, the duo signed to Wayside Records to release its first single, "Big Black Bird (Spirit of Our Love)", which peaked at No. 59 on the U.S. country singles charts. After it came the novelty song "Tennessee Bird Walk", which went to Number One on the country charts and No. 23 on the pop charts. Following it was another novelty hit in "Humphrey the Camel", at No. 5 country and No. 78 pop.
The duo's second album, Two Sides of Jack and Misty, was released on Mega Records two years later. It produced four more chart singles, including the No. 15 "Somewhere in Virginia in the Rain" and another novelty song, "The Legendary Chicken Fairy". Later in the 1970s, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan released six singles on Epic Records, reaching Top 40 for the last time in 1974 with the No. 23 "Just One More Song". Except for a compilation album called Sweet Memories in 1987, the duo did not release any other material until 1995's Back in Harmony. From there, they began recording on a self-established independent label, "Velvet Saw Records" (named after Jack's nickname). From 2005 through 2008 they released three archival CD albums on Australia's Omni Records label.
Their song 'Yellow Bellied Sapsucker' was used in an episode of the third series of Australian television drama Tangle.

My Vinyl Attic - Arthur Fieldler - Tchaikovsky the Nutcracker (1958)



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I think I bought this off ebay, with literally hundreds of other albums like it.  The sound on this is remarkably good.  I don't hear any distortion through the speakers, even on the orchestral swells. 



A1
Overture; Marche; Christmas Tree Scene

A2
Winter Scent; Waltz Of The Snow Flakes

 Divertissement (Part I)
A3a
Chocolate (Spanish Dance)

A3b
Coffee (Danse Arabe)

 Divertissement (Concluded)
B1c
Tea (Danse Chinoise)

B1d
Trepak

B1e
Pannywhistles

B1f
Mother Gigogne And The Clowns

B2
Waltz Of The Flowers

B3
Pas De Deux; Tarantella; Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy; Coda

B4
Final Waltz

 

My Vinyl Attic - Kathy Smith - Some Songs I've Saved (1970)



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I bought this album from some old guy who had boxes of records on his porch.  There wasn't much there but this looked interesting.  The sound is great.  The music is a little dull.  Topanga is probably the standout song. 

Info stolen from All Music

 Originally released in 1970 on the miniscule Stormy Forrest label, Kathy Smith's Some Songs I've Saved is no lost treasure on the level of, say, Linda Perhacs' Parallelograms, no matter how much obscurantist collectors may want it to be. Stormy Forrest was Richie Havens' label, and Havens' signature blend of folk and jazz influences is all over this album musically, with flutes and upright bass alongside the acoustic guitars, strings, and Indian instruments. ButSmith is not a particularly soulful or jazzy singer: indeed, if anything, she's oddly stiff and proper, over-enunciating her lyrics in songs like "Same Old Lady" like a much more mannered version of the early Judy Collins, when a looser, more rhythmically freewheeling approach would have worked better. Similarly, the songs are fine examples of the whole chamber folk school of female singer/songwriters from this era, but the arrangements are neither trippily psychedelic nor old-school Elizabethan enough to attract the full attention of the Judee Sill and Vashti Bunyandevotees one would assume to be the target audience for this reissue. At its worst, Some Songs I've Saved is merely drearily competent, and at its best (the opening "Topanga," the delicate ballad "If I Could Touch You"), it's a solid L.A. folk-rock album in the early Joni Mitchell school. Don't approach it expecting a magical lost treasure and you likely won't be disappointed, but Some Songs I've Saved is a fairly slight curio overall.

My Vinyl Attic - Seventh Wave - Things to Come (1974)



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 The vinyl sounds great on this one.  The music is just what I like.  (Early to mid 70's prog.)  Some of the songs run into one another, so I have left them whole rather than try to divide them up arbitrarily.  


  1. Sky Scraper
  2. Metropolis
  3. Intercity Water Rat
  4. Escalator
  5. Old Dog Song
  6. Smog, Fog and Sunset
  7. Fail To See
  8. Premonition
  9. Festival
  10. Eversolightly
  11. Communications Skyways
  12. Things to Come
  13. 1999 ½
  14. Dance of the Eloi


Info stolen from here:  - There are CD's available of this band (if there still in print) mine is the original vinyl.


"Two men from Britain sounding like twenty..."
that's how America greeted this visionary British ‘70s synth/progressive fusion act and the quote still evinces today the potency and scale of their output.
Formerly in Second Hand and Chillum, multiinstrumentalist and keyboards wizard Ken Elliott and percussionist Kieran O'Connor reached to every corner of music in a quest to build in 1974's 'Things To Come', a sweeping titan of overdub.
Riding on its success, the two recruited
the likes of Hugh Banton (Van Der Graaf Generator), jazz fusion singer Pepe Lemer and husband Pete and Steve Cook (the latter two in Gilgamesh) to record the equally towering if more traditionally progressive 'Psi-Fi' the following year.
This collector's 2CD digipack reissue with a 16-page story/photo booklet brings both albums, re-mastered from the original studio tapes, and in the process exposing new dimensions to the innovatory genius of Seventh Wave.

My Vinyl Attic - Jack Bonus - Extra Added Bonus (1972)



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I have no idea where I got this record.  My guess it could have been one of the old parking lot sales at Record Surplus on Pico.   The sounds of the vinyl is very good and the music has a loose but heartfelt charm.

 01 The Hobo Song
02 st. louis missouri boy
03 cold chicago wind
04 aphro-kay
05 pecan pie (extract)
06 sweet mahidabelle
07 let the children be
08 little boy who flew away
09 mother dear
10 ay que lyn

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Jack Bonus is a SF Bay Area session musician, who played the 'Dead' scene in the late sixties early seventies.

His only solo album (to date) came out on Grunt Records - a Jefferson Airplane project to release choice recordings, that the big recording companies wouldn't take. 
The album contains a number of very heartfelt, heartbreaking tunes as well as joyous toetappin' diddies.  Unfortunately the beautiful 'The Hobo Song' has become famous as an Old & In The Way tune in a bluegrass version and is therefore always covered that way. It is an grand emotional song worthy of Curtis Mayfield -- and I'd rather hear tearjerk par excelance Aron Neville cover it!  
Jefferson Airplane
 seem to be the only band to have covered any of the other songs from the album, namely 'Sweet Mahidabelle'.
Diligent fans have tried to trace Jack for years at no avail - and then lo and behold, word has it on the mailinglist, that Jack is still seen riding his bicycle in his old stomping grounds.
...one expert tracker Steve Anthony atoldies.about.com. 
Steve told me, '...Jack also played on The Rowan Brothers lps and also appeared on a Tom Paxton lp. I have been trying to locate old Jack for several years now, with no success, but I will keep trying. You can also read a review of Jack's album atBillboard [can't get that link to work any longer]. The place to get a complete listing of Jack Bonus contributions to other artists' works is atwww.allmusic.com. '


My Vinyl Attic - Harlequin - Love Crimes (1980)



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I bought this album at the old Moby Disc on Ventura Blvd. for 25 cents.  The sound is great.  The rock is pretty good for its time. 

01 innocence
02 love on the rocks
03 thinking of you
04 it's all over now
05 heaven (dial 999)
06 sayin' goodbye to the boys
07 wait for the night
08 crime of passion
09 can't hold back
10 midnight magic

Info stolen from All Music.

Winnipeg's Harlequin snuck up on rock radio with their debut album Love Crimes (at least in Canada, anyway), thanks to the strength of the synth-driven single "Innocence." With a short stint north of the border, Harlequin's first release is composed of typical guitar and keyboard-oriented rock & roll. Lead vocalist George Belanger's sharp, enthusiastic vocal styling is truly this bands greatest asset. "Thinking of You," a second single from the album, was a minor hit on Canadian airwaves, but it faded even faster than the first. Nestled somewhere between choppy and blustering, all the music from this album is symbolic of early-'80s radio. While songs like "Wait for the Night" and "It's All Over Now" try hard to gain attention, the result is bland and balmy. Even though there are some attractive riffs by way of guitarist Glen Willows, the only real highlight on this album remains in the semi-passionate debut song.