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Category: Elektra Records

"Asphalt Outlaw Hero"
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Mack: Synonymous with Diesel

Can you believe it’s been 4 months and 20 days since I last featured a truck driving song?  And how perfect is it that Lonnie Mack once wrote and sang a truck driving song for 1971 Elektra album, The Hills of Indiana? “Asphalt Outlaw Hero”     Lonnie Mack     1971 Don Nix

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“Lothario in A”: Red Rhodes on the Elektra Label

It was a bit of a sea change, prestige-wise, for Red Rhodes to go from “lowly” Crown (and I say that with affection) to Jac Holzman’s esteemed Elektra label.  Aside from 1970’s supergroup experiment with Red Rhodes, Buddy Emmons, Sneaky Pete, Jay Dee Maness & Rusty Young – Suite Steel: 

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“The Return”: Folk Opus – No Joke*

For their one and only recording on Elektra Records, The Ship would seamlessly link their group’s name with the album’s title and concept:  A Contemporary Folk Music Journey. The provocative quote on the album’s back cover – “I’m a sailor of the waters & the sun —  I can fight

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“Strange Locomotion”: Perplexingly, the Singer is Not American

The title track of 1971’s Strange Locomotion might easily give one the impression that singer Kevin Coyne and his musical companions are good ol’ boys playing southern soul and boogie — however, Siren is strictly a UK aggregation: “Strange Locomotion”     Siren     1971 Elektra would release “Strange Locomotion” as

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