Chateau Dietrich

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Vinyl Attic - Bruce Murray - Bruce Murray (1976)

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01 Miracle Man
02 Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
03 Yesterday's Music
04 Belle of the Ball
05 Fly Away
06 Isle of St. Jean
07 Sunshine Song
08 Honey Words
09 Louise Anna Mine
10 Daniel 

The vinyl sounds pretty good.  Not as pure as I would like it but I may have another copy of this - so I will search it out.  The music is pleasant enough but a bit bland.   

Info stolen from This Great Site
The youngest of six kids, Bruce Murray was born into a musical family in Springhill, Nova Scotia, and is the younger brother of Anne Murray.
He took piano lessons as a child, and was the regular organist at church by the time he was 11. Like his famous sister, he initially had dreams of becoming a teacher, and attended St Francis Xavier University. After graduating in 1974, he tried to follow in his sister's footsteps by also auditioning for the TV show, "Singalong Jubilee," which gave Anne her start. When that didn't work out, he attended the University of British Columbia for a year, then moved to Toronto.
There, he signed with Balmur Music, the publishing company that not only handled his sister, but also the careers of Frank Mills and John Allan Cameron. He released his self-titled debut album in '76 on Quality Records, with Anne and Bob Morten co-producing. It spawned two singles - "From Now On" and a tender rendition of Boz Scaggs' ballad, "We're All Alone," complete with a small orchestra. Although things were looking up when his version cracked the top 40, it was quickly knocked off the charts when Rita Coolidge also recorded it.
He toured with Olivia Newton-John, as well as on his own, for the next year or so across Canada and Australia, and returned with his sophomore album in 1979, THERE'S ALWAYS A GOODBYE, produced by Bob Gallo. Attempting to broaden his sound, the first single was a disco version of the doo-wop classic, "In The Still Of The Night," b/w the non-lp song "Who What Where When Why," written by Rupert Holmes. But for all intents and purposes disco was dead and the single went nowhere. Incidentally, his sister Anne also recorded a version of the song a few years later, though not a disco song. He followed it up with "I'll Never Stop Singing My Song," but that too failed to make enough of an impression to keep the label execs happy.
For the next few years, he mostly appeared as a guest musician on others' projects, including doing duets with Anne, and toured as part of her back-up band. His third and final album came in the form of TWO HEARTS in 1984, after signing a new deal with Capitol Records. Produced by John Hug and recorded in Toronto and LA, it featured a bevy of talent as contributing artists, including Anne and Diane Brooks on background vocals, Peter Cardinali (Sass Jordan, Rick James, Teena Marie, Rik Emmett) on bass, and guitarist Richie Zito, whose credits at that point included the likes of Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, and The Cult.
But the only single, "Hiding From Love" tanked when it was released as a single, and Capitol excused themselves from any further obligations. After appearing among the cast of dozens that made up Northern Lights, contributing to the African famine relief song, "Tears Are Not Enough," he upgraded his studies, moved back to Nova Scotia, and and became a high school science teacher.

My Vinyl Attic - Va - KWST Presents - The Best of the Monterey Bay (1983)

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The sound of the vinyl is pretty good.  The music is varied but some nice tunes.  The Medflys is a nice little song.  I can't seem to find anything out about this compilation.  Anyone?

01 Medflys - Belfast
02 The Jon Jiles Band - Terminal Case
03 The Benders - Don't Give My Number to Your Mother
04 Adonai - Break Through the Bariiers
05 Rob Fowler - You're the One
06 High Peaks - Fantasy in the Sky
07 Chris Hamburger - Pilot Light
08 Mighty High - Shifting Sands
09 Seven-14 - No Message
10 F.X. - She KNows What to Say

My Vinyl Attic - Gunhill Road - Gunhill Road (1973)

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The vinyl sounds good.  Small imperfections but over all pretty clean.  This was one of those ubiquitous Cheapies back in the day.  I remember it being a fairly boring affair, but listening to it 35 years later, I've got to say, it's a far better record than I thought. 

01 Sailing
02 42nd Street
03 Mr. Keyboards
04 She Made A Man Out of Me
05 Back When My Hair Was Short
05 Sag Harbor
06 My Antoinette
07 Callin' Atlanta
08 Madness
09 We're Almost Going Home
10 Waiting

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The people who bought the Gunhill Road album for the novelty hit "Back When My Hair Was Short" probably got quite a surprise when they got home and slapped the thing on the turntable. Instead of a collection of comic tunes, they were now the proud owners of a collection of mellow, introspective pop songs -- and of course, one lightly comic number. They probably got their money's worth, because the material and performances here are really good. Lead singer Glenn Leopold had a warm baritone voice and a distinctive singing style, and the rest of the band supported him with tasteful backup vocals. Cuts like "Sag Harbor" and "Callin' Atlanta" have gorgeous harmonies and hook-laden, acoustic-tinged backups. Producer Kenny Rogers brought out crack session musicians for support on this job, and the resulting recording is many-layered and interesting without being overly slick. Those who did buy the album because they liked the single got another kind of surprise: the album version of the song has drug references in the lyrics that were cut out of the single in order to get more radio airplay. The single version of "Back When My Hair Was Short" squeaked into the Top 40 in 1973 and continued to receive occasional rotation on oldies radio stations and on the Dr. Demento show. Two other singles were released, but to no purpose, and the band never followed up the album.