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Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Vinyl Attic - Fat City - Welcome to Fat City (1972)

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Fat City - Welcome to Fat City (1972)

The vinyl sounds good. I've had the other Fat City album for decades. I happened upon this one the other day. It in very nice shape. These guys went on to a lot more success writing for John Denver but there are some enjoyable songs on this record - including the future hit, I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado.



Info stolen from This Great Site
Mary Catherine "Taffy" Nivert Danoff (born October 25, 1944, Washington, D.C.) is an American songwriter and singer. She is best known for being a member of the Starland Vocal Band.
Mary Catherine Nivert was born 25 October 1944. She received her nickname Taffy from her elder brother, who — being unable to pronounce her middle name as a young child — would call her Mary Tafferine. Nivert began singing along with the radio in high school. She was discovered by a bartender in Georgetown after he heard her singing to a jukebox. The bartender asked if she wanted to join a vocal group, and through this she met her future husband Bill Danoff.
Nivert began performing with Danoff as Fat City in the late 1960s. Initially a folk duo, the two later married and recorded four albums, the latter two credited to Bill & Taffy.
In 1970, while traveling to Taffy's family reunion, Bill began writing what would become "Take Me Home, Country Roads". The couple planned to complete the song and sell it to Johnny Cash. However, when Fat City opened for John Denver at The Cellar Door in December 1970, they decided to show it to him. Denver, who had injured his thumb in a car crash hours before, arrived at Bill and Taffy's apartment in the early hours of the morning, where Bill, Taffy, and Denver finished the song. The next night, they performed the completed song, with Taffy holding the lyric sheet, and it went on to become a hit song for Denver on RCA Victor in early 1971, and included on his album Poems, Prayers, and Promises, along with "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado", which Bill and Taffy also wrote. Additionally, Bill and Taffy sang backup on four of the album's tracks.
Bill and Taffy Danoff married in 1972. In 1976, the Danoffs paired with Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman to form the Starland Vocal Band. Signed to John Denver's record labelWindsong Records, they were most famous for the hit song "Afternoon Delight". The group released several albums before breaking up in 1981. Bill and Taffy later divorced.
Nivert lived in Washington, D.C. until 2011, where she occasionally performed with Bill Danoff and the rest of the Starland Vocal Band. She then moved to Safety Harbor, Florida

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William T. "Bill" Danoff is an American songwriter and singer. His best-known song is "Afternoon Delight", which he wrote and performed as a member of the Starland Vocal Band. As a songwriter, he also wrote or co-wrote hits for John Denver (notably "Take Me Home, Country Roads")
Bill Danoff's career began in high school in Springfield when he helped form a group called the Reflections. They were very successful in competing at local band contests. Members of the original Reflections included Don "Skippy" Parent, Ricky Rydell, Jimmy Blanchard and another member who was the drummer. They recorded several 45's during their time together and were very popular throughout the Northeast.
On the strength of their track record as songwriters, Danoff and Nivert recorded several albums before forming the Starland Vocal Band with local musicians Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman. The group recorded "Afternoon Delight" which became a hit in July 1976, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 on July 10th. The Starland Vocal Band Show replaced Rhoda with a half-hour weekly series that same summer. Danoff and Nivert also worked with director Robert Altman and producer Jerry Weintraub on the film Nashville, doing research with screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury 
Danoff and his then-wife, Taffy Nivert wrote "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads," both of which were hits for John Denver. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is an official state song of West Virginia. Danoff has stated he had never been in West Virginia before co-writing the song, having written it in a house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. He had even briefly considered using "Massachusetts" rather than "West Virginia", as both four-syllable state names would have fit the song's meter. Denver recorded about a dozen Danoff compositions from 1972 through the end of his career.
Danoff also worked with Emmylou Harris co-authoring "Boulder to Birmingham" (one of Harris' better-known compositions) with her. This track was recorded by The Walker Brothers in 1975 and The Hollies in 1976, and became a Top 10 hit in New Zealand. In 1982, Danoff and fellow Starland Vocal Band member Jon Carroll wrote "Who Knows How To Make Love Stay", a Top 40 Canadian hit for Doug and the Slugs.
Danoff taught a songwriters course in 2007 and a music industry seminar (with Walter Egan) in 2008 at his alma mater Georgetown University.

My Vinyl Attic - Cruel Frederick - The Birth of Cruel (1988)

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Cruel Frederick - The Birth of Cruel (1988)

 This album certainly lives up to its name. The vinyl is in terrific shape but perhaps this type of album would be more on theme, if it were scratched to shit. Not my cup of tea but I'm glad I have it in the collection.

TracklistHide Credits

A1Jukebox In The East River4:52
A2White Logic3:50
A3That Damned Music4:11
A4Moon River
Composed By – Henry Mancini
A5The East Is Red
Composed By – Traditional
B1Lonely Woman
Composed By – Ornette Coleman
B2Amazing Grace
Composed By – Traditional
Composed By – Albert Ayler
Composed By – Albert Ayler

My Vinyl Attic - Holland - Little Monsters (1985)

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Holland - Little Monsters (1985)

 Even though 80's metal bands are my number one genre of music, this starts off well. The first song has some nice hooks. The rest of the album is not up to its instant catchiness. The vinyl sounds terrific.


A1Love In On Time3:22
A2High Life3:48
A3Middle Of A Dream3:30
A4Border Line3:05
A5Wake Up The Neighborhood3:39
B2Gotta Run3:25
B3Basics Of The Bullet3:22
B4Keep It To Yourself3:17
B5I Want It3:25

 Info stolen from This Great Site

Holland was an American heavy metal band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1984. The short-lived band comprised vocalist Tommy Holland, guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, bassist Joey Cetner and drummer Brad Rohrssen.
Holland was a member of Steppenwolf for a short period between 1979 and 1980, and recruited Batio (then still a session musician) to form his own band in 1984. Shortly after releasing Little Monsters in 1985, the band split up and members concentrated on other projects. Brad Rohrssen went on to play drums and record with Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings.
In 1998 a compilation album, Wake Up the Neighbourhood, was released, which featured songs from the Little Monsters sessions, including five which appeared on the album itself and five other previously unreleased tracks. Shortly after the initial pressing, another track from those sessions, "Nobody Else" was added as a bonus track.

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Vinyl Attic - Isaac Guillory - Self Titled (1974)

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 Isaac Guillory - Self Titled (1974) 

The vinyl is in really good shape. A few minor clicks that will come out, when I process it. Isaac reminds me a little of James Taylor in material and voice (I said a little). A very nice album and well worth a listen. 
You should read the write up below - he was an interesting dude.

TracklistHide Credits

A1St. Peter
Bass – Fred GandyDrums – Pete GavinHarp – Mox*Written-By – Isaac Guillory
A2Staying Awhile
Drums – Jim CareyWritten-By – Klemens*
Written-By – GuilloryGuillory*
Written-By – Guillory*
A5Sidewalks Of America
Acoustic Guitar – Jim FairsBass – Fred GandyDrums – Roger PopeWritten-By – Boyan*
B1Carbondale Strutt
Written-By – Isaac Guillory
B2Movin' On
Bass – Fred GandyHarp – Mox*Tabla – Sam GopalWritten-By – Guillory*
B3Ice Cream Phoenix
Bass – Jim Cole (3)Drums – Jim CareyElectric Guitar – Johnse HoltElectric Guitar, Dulcimer – Jim FairsFlute – Cathy HallTabla – Sam GopalWritten-By – Cockey*, Kaukonen*
B4El Jadida
Tabla – Sam GopalWritten-By – Guillory*
B5Karma Blues
Bass, Vocals – Jim Cole (3)Drums – Jim CareyWritten-By – Carey*

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Isaac Guillory (February 27, 1947 – December 31, 2000) was an American folk guitarist. He wrote over 70 songs during a career that spanned 30 years.

Guillory was born at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, the son of Victoria (Ojalvo) and Easton Joseph Guillory, an American sailor.]His maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Turkey, who met and married by arrangement only 10 days before they sailed for Cuba. His family was Jewish.[2][3]
He attended the Conservatory of Music, Havana, where he studied classical piano at the age of six. Guillory's mother, a professional musician, taught him to play guitar. When he was 11, Guillory moved to Tallahassee, Florida. At age 14, he moved again to Gainesville, then finally settled in Palatka, Florida.
By age 14, after enrolling in University of Florida's swimming program, he became an assistant swimming instructor. He was a student at St. Johns River State College, at the time named St. Johns River Junior College, in Palatka. There, he studied the cello and saxophone.
He married twice, first to the English model Tina Thompson (divorced 1990), mother of Jace and British actress and model Sienna Guillory, then in 1993, to Victoria McMillan, mother of Jacob and Ellie.
Guillory died on New Year's Eve 2000. His death was attributed to complications from cancer that had gone undetected for some time.
Guillory first began performing in 1965, while still attending St. John's River Junior College where he became a member of 'The Illusions', eventually becoming lead guitarist.
While studying music at Roosevelt University in Chicago during 1965 to 1969, he recorded two albums with The Cryan' Shames as bass player.[1]
Towards the end of 1965, Guillory moved to Chicago where he studied guitar at the Chicago School of Music.
He then attended Wright Junior College for three years where he played with 'The Revelles. The group played with Chicago DJ, Art Roberts, of WLS. He then played with The Cryan' Shames.[4]
During 1970 to 1976 Guillory performed at the Shakespeare's Head Folk Club in Carnaby Street, London.
After active resistance to the Vietnam War, Guillory left the USA in November 1970, acquired a Martin D-35 and lived throughout Europe. He worked as an acoustic solo performer and settled in the United Kingdom. Guillory came to earn a reputation as one of the best guitarists ever. Many guitarists today emulate techniques Guillory evolved in the early 70's while living in the south of Spain. A particular signature technique that he developed was 'hybrid picking', where he would sustain a bass line with a plectrum held between his thumb and first finger, whilst picking chord and melody lines with his second and third fingers.
Having studied classical guitar in his younger years, Guillory would often incorporate quasi-classical techniques into his playing and on occasions would even throw in some pure classical guitar pieces, merging them into various songs as a medley.
His soft American accent always went down well with British audiences and Guillory would exploit this with his witty on-stage banter between songs. Throughout his career, Guillory sought to encourage younger musicians at every opportunity and would often allow them to play as a 'floor-act' before he came on stage.
He was widely known for insisting on carrying his own PA sound system with him from gig to gig. This allowed him to reproduce the exact sound he wanted night after night regardless of the venue. This was quite rare at the time with solo singer/guitarists on the folk circuit and certainly helped him to communicate his renowned performing skills to his audiences without having to fear the usual technical blips that can occur using a venue's house PA.
He always concentrated on live solo performances (which put him up-close with more intimate small audiences) and sharing his understanding of music; touring, creating his own online guitar school.[5] After an initial recording deal with Atlantic Records published five more CDs on his own independent label, Personal Records.[6] As a performer he was dedicated to sharing his gift with both audience and fellow musicians, and as a teacher he never hesitated to share in a manner that others could understand.
He performed frequently as a guest artist for recordings and films with, among many others, Al Stewart, Donovan, Mick Jagger, Elkie Brooks, Peter Sarstedt, Buggles, Barbara Dickson, and Nick Heyward. Guillory released Isaac Guillory, a self-titled album in 1974. For a while he delved into jazz fusion and recorded with Pacific Eardrum. Isaac lectured at the Guildhall School of Music in London. His music can be heard on 'A' Net Station,[7] a web radio station that he helped found, where his website continues to be available.[8]
He also wrote The Guitar Hand Book with friend, Ralph Denyer, which became the foundation for the BBC TV series Rock School.
In his later years, he performed on the folk club circuit in Great Britain. His virtuoso guitar playing made him popular with audiences and ensured a steady stream of work as a performer and teacher. His final album, The Days of '49, recorded on tour during late 1999 and released in early 2000, included a number of solo compositions as well as arrangements of some folk standards. His tribute to the British guitarist John Renbourn, "Dear John", is one of the highlights of an outstanding album.