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"Have You Dug His Scene"
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It’s Yaphet Kotto’s Scene, Ya Dig?

Yesterday’s piece about Gary Usher and his work on indie label, Vault, led to a discovery:  veteran stage and screen actor, Yaphet Kotto (Lt. Al Giardello in TV’s Homicide:  Life on the Street), once cut a record for a label, Chisa, that was at one time distributed by Vault. That’s

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"Competition Coupe"
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“Competition Coupe”: The Many Faces of Gary Usher

My friend — the gifted record collector, Tom Avazian — found this fairly obscure hot rod album, 1963’s Hot Rod City on the Vault label – for sale on the streets of Washington, DC: “Competition Coupe” by The Customs was one track that particularly tickled my ear: Gary Usher —

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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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"Sister Marie"
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“Sister Marie”: Not Meant for LP

“Sister Marie” – a great song that slipped between the cracks – found belated release as a bonus instrumental on the CD release of Sagittarius anthology Present Tense (1968 Columbia LP, originally): “Sister Marie” [demo] Sagitttarius (1968) According to the liner notes, Gary Usher recorded this backing track with Sagitarrius in mind

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