Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Gigolos - The Gigolos At Work

You ever have one of those days. I've been mailing records at the post office for about 5 years now. The cleaning lady was always there in the mornings when I would go down. After awhile, she pulled me aside and said she had a box full of albums and would I mind trying to sell them for her. She's the mother of a classmate of mine, so I humored her and said I'd take a look. Been trying to avoid the post office in the mornings since then. Screwed up this week and went down, and she caught me again. I figured I'd take my medicine and go over and look over her collection. Thoughts of Mantovani and Lawrence Welk danced through my head. Well, I finally went over, and after a tour of her house, we got down to looking at the albums. Lawrence Welk and Guy Lombardo LP's, along with country and Xmas compilations were prevalent. You've all seen these collections, you pick up a box or 10 of LP's for cheap just hoping you can mine a little gold out of it. Anyway, I told her, gently, that I didn't think she had anything that I could sell for her. Actually, I thought I couldn't pay people to take these records! But I told her I'd take the box home and go through it. She didn't want it back, so when I got home, I stopped at the dumpster and started dumping! I culled 4 out that looked interesting, and this was one. Pleasant surprise. It's not quite great, but I loved listening the first time. The Gigolos are a duo, Harold Gilbert and Carl Sanders. Harold played the B-3 Hammond with a Kruger String Bass Attachment for the pedals and Carl used a double bass drum set by Rogers. The recording was done with an Ampex AG-350 with Sony & Newmann microphones. I looked at the track list and the first track on side 2 was a Buddy Holly medley, so I started there. Pretty cool, I think they got Buddy's whole catalog in a 9 minute jam. Then the next track was Midnight Hour. Here the boys lit up. It's Midnight Hour with Little Old Man thrown in the mix. Check out the photo from the back cover of these two square-looking white kids and then listen to the track! It'll blow your mind. The rest of the LP is a mixture of lounge, RnB and rock. It's a pretty cool find and I can't find out anything about this group. It was recorded in Kearney, Nebraska in 1968, so I imagine they were students or grads or Kearney State College. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Sound Of Genesis - Journey To The Moon LP

Sorry for the delay in getting to this. Life in the real world keeps me away. I just can't justify the time away from work and family to deal with my blog as often as I'd like to. This post is in response to a couple of requests I got to post the whole album of The Sound Of Genesis - Journey To Moon. I haven't listened to the whole album in a few years, and figured as long as I was, I might as well record it. As I stated in a previous post on the 45, I found this album after I bought the 45. Found it in an antique mall somewhere in Ohio, (Just like the Jayhawks song!) The album jacket states that the music is by Sound Of Genesis with narration by Victor Jay. The album was produced by John Madara and Tom Sellers, except for the song "Journey To Moon", where Len Barry was also involved. Anyway, I've uploaded the album sides and you can hear them below. Enjoy and keep those comments coming. I'm still very new to this, but I love hearing from others with like interests.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Georgie Boy - The Pleasure Of My Woman

This is another one of those deep, southern soul records that I love. Produced by the great Huey P. Meaux on the Shelby Singleton label SSS International, it just oozes soul. I found two of these promo 45's in a box in a little store in Texas. Sold one on ebay and kept this one. Now that I've got it stored on my computer, it's for sale too. Hate to see them go, but I'm running out of room in my office/record room. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And, if anyone knows who Georgie Boy is, please drop me a line.

The Glories - Sing Me A Love Song

This is a great uptempo girl-group Northern Soul 45. I found this one in a Salvation Army thrift store and after a cleaning, it played quite nicely. From what I've gleaned in my research, all of the Glories 45's on Date, except for their first release, are quite scarce. So I feel lucky to have found another nice little jewel for next to nothing to add to my collection. And if you like the girl-group sound, and I do, this is a great addition!

The Four Sportsmen - Git Up Paint

I found this one in a box of 45's in an antique mall in Missouri. A buck apiece and they were mine. I've had them for a year or so and after much digging on the net, I now know as much as when I first got them about the Four Sportsmen. Zilch! The interesting thing about this one, is that is seems to be mis-pressed. Sunnybrook 2 is supposed to be Lucille and Mother-In-Law. Sunnybrook 4 is supposed to be Pitter-Patter and Git Up Paint. Both 45's were pressed in 1961, according to my Goldmine guide. It seems that somehow, the Sunnybrook 4 "B" side was pressed on the reverse of the Sunnybrook 2 record, or the Sunnybrook 2 "A" sides was mis-pressed onto the Sunnybrook 4 single. It's really quite confusing. If anyone has any info, I'd love to hear from you

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kenny Rogers - We'll Always Have Each Other

Got this one on Ebay a couple of weeks ago, just because it was his first recording and, it was pretty cheap. Didn't expect a whole lot and when I played the "A", I got what I expected. Flipped it over and got this pretty cool rockabilly number. Keeps your toes tapping all the way through it. This is a later pressing, the first ones had him as "Kenneth", but still a late '50's 45 that I'm happy to add to my digital collection. Have a listen and see for yourself.

Anne Keith - Lonely Girl

I got this one a couple of years back, at an estate sale in Aurora, Ne. I bought about 500 that day and had a blast digging for treasures when I got home. I couldn't ever get this one to play on the flip side, so I never did put it up on ebay. The other day I was going through my "project" 45's and decided to look again. I found a tiny little speck that was stuck in the trail-in and when I got rid of it, it played fine. Put it up on Ebay and it lasted all of 24 minutes! Quickest auction sale I've ever had. It went back to it's home in Pittsburg. There's been plenty written about Anna Mae Jackson and how she became a member of the El Venos because she sounded like Frankie Lymon on an amateur contest. There's a great article at 
Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks Check it out if you'd like more info. And enjoy the clip in the mean time.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Today's Special - Krista / Stop And Say You're Sorry

This is another of the 45's I found in the Oklahoma mall. Just a lot of really neat 45's there. This side starts out at a blistering pace and just keeps rockin'! The flip side slows it down a bit, but it's a great 2-sider from Decca. Today's Special was formed by members of London & The Bridges and The Savages.

The Villagers - Laugh It Off / You're Gonna Lose That Girl

This is a great 2-side garage 45 I found in my record store here in Nebraska. I really like Rick Hall's records, and really expected this to be some great Southern Soul. Quite surprised when I got it on the turntable! There has been quite a bit written about this 45. The group included Cliff Ellis, who coached basketball at Auburn, Clemson, South Alabama & Coastal Carolina. Great cover of The Tams classic and the flip is an equally good cover of Lennon & McCartney's classic! This 45 is a little slice of garage heaven, and all this for a buck plus a little digging in an attic! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Boots Walker - They're Here

I don't think this one is especially scarce, but I think it's really cool. One of my favorite ebay finds. Space rock meets Napolean XIV! His real name was Lou Zerato and he worked with Ernie Maresca. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

The Merging Traffic - Bit By Bit

A little slice of Sunshine Pop by a Little Rock, Ar. group. I found this out at The group was originally called The Romans. According to that site, this was their only release on Decca. I found this one in an antique mall in Northeast Oklahoma that had a juke box dealer and he had boxes and boxes of 45's. Can't wait to get back there, 'cause the first time, my funds were rather limited.

Royal American Showmen - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

Great cover of The Tam's beach classic! From what little I could glean, this band was was a 10 piece group from Jackson, MS and was playing colleges until signed by United Artists. I found this little gem in a used record store here in Nebraska.

Suzie-Michael-Angelo - Gimme' That

I found this one in a Goodwill here in Nebraska. Didn't know what to expect but the label looked unusual and figured I could shell out the buck for this one. Recorded on the Walken label from Redondo Beach, CA in 1979. I got home and put it on and got a hard-drivin' funk record. Kind of blew me away. I figured maybe some cool Sunshine Pop or something like that. I couldn't get much info on this. I did find that they recorded an album on this label at RYM, but when I checked, there was no info listed there either. Anyway, I just thought it was cool enough to put it here.

Sharen Clarke & The Product Of Time - Mama Didn't Lie (Sho Come True)

This is another 45 I can't find out anything about. It's a '72 release on ABC Apt with production credits to Gene "Bolegs" Miller and Allan P. Merry. It's pretty cool sister funk record. The flip side, I'm Not Afraid Of Love is the requisite ballad. The only thing on the net about this one is that it's on a rare soul dj list and want list of another. Found this one on ebay and it was pretty reasonable at that.

Sound of Genesis - Journey To The Moon Parts 1 & 2

Here's a cool space-rock-funk 45 I found in a junk store in Nebraska. The label credits Genesis, but that just confuses people. It's not that Genesis. I came across the album after I found this 45 and the music is credited to Sound of Genesis. I found a sold copy of the 45 on Popsike that sold for $169 in 2004 and figured I had hit a small jackpot with this one. No such luck!. Then I found the LP and figured surely it would sell for some serious coin, but it's languished on ebay since I found it. The single has production credits by John Madara, Tom Sellers & Len Barry. Killer instrumental with spoken word.

Count Willie with LRL & The Dukes - I've Got To Tell You

I've had this one for a few years now. Finally sold it to a West Coast collector and figured I'd put it out here. It's on the Brown Dog label. A promo copy with the same song on the flip side. I love soul and this one just oozes great Southern Soul. It was recorded at the Playground in Florida. Finley Duncan made some great soul records down there and this was my favorite for quite awhile. Hope you enjoy it!

The Marquee Revue - Comin' Back

I found this one in a used record/CD store here in Nebraska. Only got it a week ago, made a copy and put it on ebay and it's gone! I picked it up because of the label. Omaha-based Butterick Records. I thought maybe it might be some cool, rare garage 45. More like, 60's garage meets early Chicago. Still a pretty cool tune. The flip side is more of a lounge-psyche-jazz melange called I Had A Dream. Kind of strange, but it grows on you.