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Category: 8-track releases

Larry Fast: Digital, Experimental

Tip of the hat to my old tennis partner and high school music rival. Ed Goldstein [he was in The Head Band with future “Smooth” songwriter, Itaal Shur, and one-time-bassist-for-Sleepy-Labeef-turned-sociology-professor, Adam Moskowitz, while I was in The Max, formerly Max & the Bluegills], who recently paid tribute to Peter Gabriel and

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Subverting Depression in Song

NoBullying.com, in their April, 2015 piece entitled “Songs About Depression,” reminds us Beatles fans that the song “Every Night” from Paul McCartney’s debut solo album — recorded while still legally a Beatle — was created while the bassist was battling depression. How nice to see Richie Havens take this song

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Perrey & Kingsley’s Secret Ondioline

Jean Jacques Perrey & Gershon Kingsley – originators of funny & futuristic-sounding 60s instrumental music with massive kid appeal – found common cause intermittently as a recording act that produced a total of three full-length albums and two single releases.  Perrey & Kingsley’s appearance on an episode of I’ve Got

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“Little Boy Blue”: Name That Opening Instrument

YouTube contributor, RoswellReptilian, tells us that Tim Dawe‘s “Little Boy Blue” was “used as bumper music for WMMS’s Cleveland Buzzard Morning Zoo in the 1970-80s.”  Can you name the electronic musical instrument that you hear at the opening of the song, as well as during each repeated instrumental passage leading

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“Truckin'”: Charlie Jackson on the Spar Label

A huge tip of the hat to the late, great Charlie Coleman for playing the righteous sounds on his Coleman’s Classic Country radio show in the greater Annapolis/DC area — a part of the nation that desperately needs help with the quality of its radio programming.  Charlie was gracious enough

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“Hello L.A., Bye-Bye Birmingham”: The Other John(ny) Marr

Love the soulful harpsichord that opens this track from the only album ever recorded by John Randolph Marr: “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham”     John Randolph Marr     1970 Such a memorable title for a tune few people have ever heard of – and yet this song has been recorded

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Only on 8-Track

Believe it or not, there are pieces of music that can be found on no other audio format but 8-track tape.  One example of something that exists only on 8-track:  this brief instrumental passage from Lou Reed‘s 1973 album, Berlin, that appears between the first two songs, “Berlin” and  “Lady

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