Sunday, December 29, 2013

Josie and the Pussycats


From Wiki: The Josie and the Pussycats recordings were produced by La La Productions, run by Danny Janssen and Bobby Young. They held a talent search to find three girls who would match the three girls in the comic book in both looks and singing ability; early plans, which did not come to fruition, called for a live-action Pussycats segment at the end of each episode. After interviewing over 500 finalists, settled upon casting Kathleen Dougherty (Cathy Dougher) as Josie, Cherie Moor (actress Cheryl Ladd) as Melody, and Patrice Holloway as Valerie. Janssen presented the newly formed band to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera to finalize the production deal, but was in for a surprise. Hanna-Barbera wanted Janssen to recast Patrice Holloway, because they had decided to portray "Josie and the Pussycats" as an all-white trio and had altered Valerie, who had been conceived as African-American and was already appearing as such in Archie's revamped Josie and the Pussycats comic book, to make her white. Janssen refused to recast Holloway and threatened to walk away from the project. After a three-week-long stand-off between Janssen and Hanna-Barbera, Hanna-Barbera finally relented and allowed Janssen to keep Holloway, and changed Valerie back to being African-American. The Valerie character was the first African-American female character on a regular Saturday morning cartoon series. The Hardy Boys drummer Pete Jones had been the first African-American male to appear on Saturday mornings a year earlier.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's All Happening on the Inside


Because so many of you phoned in to express your distaste for my rip of Rippy, I thought I'd post something that might soothe your savage breast.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Jazz in a Penthouse


Nice little comp from my all-time fav boutique label (back when it was such a thing).

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Roger Nichols & Paul Williams


Mondo Exploito slaps together a various artists comp of Roger Nichols and Paul Williams tunes for you. Track list is in the file.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Garvey


From Allmusic: One of many obscure underground rock albums issued by Columbia or its subsidiary Epic in the late ’60s, Pat Victoria Garvey’s "Mr. & Mrs. Garvey" seems to have sold remarkably few copies considering that it came out on a major label. Not only that, it was produced by one of the most successful producers of the time, Bob Johnston (most known for working with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash), and featured top Nashville session dudes like Kenneth Buttrey, Norbert Putnam, Wayne Moss, Charlie McCoy, and a young Charlie Daniels (with keyboards by a young Craig Doerge, who would become one of the top L.A. session men in the 1970s). Like some other obscure albums of the late '60s (like Penny Nichols’ Penny’s Arcade), though it had a folk-rock base, it mixed that with early singer/songwriter influences and dashes of Baroque pop, psychedelia, and country-rock. The married couple wrote all of the songs and sang them with strident, bittersweet harmonies reminiscent of those of Ian Sylvia (though not as good). In fact, the record itself sounded like something that could have happened if Ian Sylvia had gone more determinedly pop-commercial, in a trendy countercultural sort of way. There were slightly whimsical story-songs with some flighty fantasy-tinged lyrics (“Today is the first day of the rest of my life” goes the very first line of the album), occasionally infused with references to circa late-19th century Americana. There were piccolo, horns, violin, French horn, and oboe on top of the straightforward folk-rockish bed. But there weren’t captivating songs, melodically or lyrically, relegating this to the period piece rack.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Burt Bacharach & Friends


Would anyone have this record? If so, please deposit a link in the comments. Thanks.

Bhen Lanzaroni - In Classic Form


Not sure what the lady on the cover has to do with this record. Sex sells, perhaps?

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Music for the Easy Hours


I realize that I'm probably barking into the abyss, but would anyone have this or any of the Capitol Records various artists comps? If so, please deposit a link in the comments. Thanks.