Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Power pop recordings

"Spaceship Races"
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Battle of the “Spaceship Races”

How interesting that Carole King, the musical part of the Goffin-King songwriting partnership, had been writing hits since the very beginning of the 1960s and yet had not released her first solo album until 1970.  The ad campaign that accompanied King’s debut album – an impressive and endless roll call

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"Swanee River"
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The Great American Songbook – Southern California Style

Last year in Philadelphia I picked up a 2-LP various artists compilation (of “previously released material”) called California U.S.A. – originally issued in 1981 on Columbia: Surprisingly, my buddy, Tom Avazian – a gifted record collector – had never heard of it.  This hodgepodge of 60s and 70s singles/rarities that

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