Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Columbia

60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Smokey And His Sister: Goodbye Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati might want to consider a lawsuit – what is the statute of limitations on liner notes from an album released 54 years ago? I understand that Hal Halverstadt was merely playing up the difference between “small town” provincialism and “big city” sophistication for dramatic emphasis, but

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"Devil's Dream"
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The Cherokee Cowboys: Proven Band

Thanks to the late, great Charlie Coleman for singling out Ray Price’s redoubtable backing band, The Cherokee Cowboys and their 1965 Columbia debut (and sole) release — check out Buddy Emmons’ hot jazz steel guitar solo on “Devil’s Dream,” the kick-off tune from Western Strings: “Devil’s Dream” The Cherokee Cowboys

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"Ham 'N Grits"
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“Ham ‘N Grits”: LP Track Only

Check out the opening fuzz bass lines on this tasty album selection – “Ham ‘N Grits” – that never got singled out for release on a Les Paul 45: “Ham ‘n Grits” Les Paul & Mary Ford (1963) Issued on 1963 Columbia album, Swingin’ South – and nowhere else.  Recorded in

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"Maria Magenta"
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Donovan’s Color-Your-Own Cover

Artsy-craftsy types might find connect-the-dot album covers to be a bit stultifying — where’s the creativity?  Connect these dots – and in this precise order, commands the album cover.  Sorry, I prefer to make my own decisions. One Donovan album I have had a hard time finding in second-hand shops

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"The Name Game"
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Bob Johnston’s Moldy Goldies

Bob Johnston – who famously produced Bob Dylan‘s Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde and Johnny Cash‘s Folsom Prison, among many other classic albums – left us last August.  How startling to discover that Johnston used Nashville’s finest session musicians in 1966 to record a “dazzling anti-masterpiece” (as notes

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"The Perfect Girl"
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New Lime’s Mod Organ and Soulful Vibraphone

The mod organ and soulful vibraphone make a winning combination in 1967’s “Perfect Girl” by The New Lime from Campbell County, Kentucky: “The Perfect Girl“ The New Lime (1967) Written by Mickey Foellger [The organ+vibes immediately brings to mind seminal single “Space Walk” by The Astros] It is 2015, and

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"Since My Baby Hit the Numbers"
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Guitar Crusher: Baby Hit the #’s

Guitar Crusher, I’m happy to report, is still very vital* and, judging from his Facebook posts, appears to be based in Germany, where he performs much of the time. [*Facebook post from September 2020 informs us, sadly, that “Sidney ‘Guitar Crusher‘ Selby didn’t recover after an operation on his spine

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"Rise"
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“Rise”: The Spirit of Sahm

It was hard not to get swept up in Ed Ward‘s enthusiasm in his October 1, 1970 Rolling Stone review of an up-and-coming Texan band (by way of Prunedale, California) that had been “discovered” and mentored by Doug Sahm.  The band’s debut, a masterpiece in Ward’s estimation, had been released

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"Stomp"
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“Stomp”: First Recording of a Clavinet?

Someone posted a short list of “clavinet-fueled songs” that, of course, included “Up on Cripple Creek” by The Band.  One commenter quibbled that the song should have been #1 on the list, “not only because it is better but because it was first” – but was it? The Clavinet is

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"Whatever Happened to Us"
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“Whatever Happened to Us”: You Broke My Proverbial Heart

While Loudon Wainwright III may not be known as a “rocker,” this track from his 1975 album, Unrequited, rocks along most satisfyingly and contains a lyric with enough comical force for it to officially merit the designation “Humor & Satire“: “Whatever Happened to Us“ Loudon Wainwright III (1975) So many

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