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Category: Various artists compilations

“Seven Deadly Finns”: Roots Rock Rediscovery

Back in the days of vinyl (i.e., “before music was free”), there seemed to be endless time to pore over the contents of a record album.  However, truth is we invested the time, since budgetary restraints (and lack of YouTube) made it incumbent upon the listener to really make the

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“Small Beginnings”: Shorter vs. Longer Version?

Early Yes guitarist, Peter Banks, and vocalist, Colin Carter, formed prog rock ensemble – Flash – in Summer 1971, signing with Capital subsidiary, Sovereign, and recording their first album in November (with early Yes member, Tony Kaye on keyboards).  By 1972 the group had a Billboard Top 40 hit right

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“Always Unknowing”: Roxy Music, Forever Uncertain

Phil Manzanera squeezes off soulful guitar lines, particularly during the instrumental coda, on “Always Unknowing” – the flip side of Roxy Music’s Top-20 hit from 1982, “Avalon“: This languid and forlorn Bryan Ferry composition remained a B-side for 20 years or so until included in a remastered CD mix of

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“The Message”: Nyah Rock from the UK

K-Tel put out a 70s hits package called Super Bad and wisely decided to include Cymande‘s moody and mysterious 1972 hit, “The Message“: “The Message”     Cymande     1972 Says Discogs: “Formed 1971 in London, England, disbanded 1974. Cymande played what they themselves called NyahRock: a mixture of funk, soul, reggae and

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"Adios Aloha"
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“Adios Aloha”: Honky Tonk Internationale

In 1972 Starday-King released a country compilation LP (on their Nashville imprint) entitled, Almost Persuaded, that was strictly a ladies-only affair:  Rose Maddox, Dolly Parton, Jan Howard, Dottie West, Lois Williams, Betty Amos – and Ruby Wright.  Ruby’s playful little rocker, “Adios Aloha” — written by June Carter & Don

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“Guarare”: ¡Viva La Ronco!

PBS’s excellent 4-hour documentary – Latin Music USA – did a wonderful job of pointing out just how little I knew about Latin American music and its history.  Thanks to Will Hermes and his sweeping new history of the NYC music scene during a crucial 5-year period, 1973-1977, I have

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“Western Limited Boogie”: Boogie Woogie Western-Style

Found a hot Texas swing instrumental called “Western Limited Boogie” on a Starday cassette about which little to no information exists.  The front cover indicates this is part of a series called “Best of the Instrumentals,” and the volume that I own is called Texas Style Instruments.  The featured artist

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’20 Solid Gold Hits’: 19 Studio Tracks + 1 Live One

I was about to write that the Crystal Corporation (based out of “Nashville-New York”) was a Ronco/K-Tel predecessor who put out a fairly decent repackaging of hits in 1969 entitled,  20 Solid Gold Hits: But then I noticed that the Peter Max-inspired album design was done by Ely Besalel –

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‘Do It Now’: Ronco’s Licensing Feat of Strength

From what I can tell, this might be Ronco’s first hits compilation – Do It Now – from 1970: When is the last time you’ve seen Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles on the same album?  Not to mention Buffalo Springfield.  And The Byrds. Interesting to note that the Buffalo Springfield

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