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"Lament of the Astral Cowboy"
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“Astral Cowboy”: Not Enough Echo

Yesterday’s piece about Sagittarius (et al.) brought to mind one particular Curt Boettcher song that too few people have heard, 1969’s (demo only) “Lament of the Astral Cowboy” — one hundred forty mesmerizing seconds, each one of them echo-filled: Could this be what Gram Parsons had envisioned when he came

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"Mustang"
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Jerry Cole: The Neil Young of L.A. Session Players

How funny it struck me the moment I discovered that the guitarist known for cranking out low-down and dirty hot rod, surf & twang instrumentals for beloved budget label, Crown, is the same highly-sought after session musician who did considerably more polished work for such A-list talent as The Byrds

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"Sweets for My Sweet"
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“Sweets for My Sweet”: Unattributed Artist

Imagine browsing through a bunch of old records and finding a cover whose only text was a title – “Bubble Rock is Here to Stay” – and an encircled statement that whimsically declared, “There is no artiste on this album – the songs are the stars.” Only when you pull

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"Good Vibrations"
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Paul Tanner: Musician-of-All-Trades & Oddball Instrumentalist

Paul Tanner, who just recently passed, lived to the ripe old age of 95.  I was delighted to learn that this one-time trombonist for The Glenn Miller Orchestra went on to play the pivotal theremin part on the Beach Boys’ worldwide 1966 hit, “Good Vibrations” – as well as on

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