March 30, 2024

Popcorn Mania 13: What a Feeling!

A baker's dozen of popcorn comps. Cleo Jons' "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too!)" is a goodie. Wanda Jackson's "Whirlpool" is another fav. I really like Ginny Arnell's "Dumb Head" but I can see the controversy if released today. Apparently, Ginny herself was reluctant about the track, but after hearing the final product, she liked what she heard.

Nella Dodds' "Come See About Me" is another fav with a story. From what I've read/heard, Berry Gordy heard it in the studio and immediately had the Supremes record and release their version before Nella's. I've read inconsistent release dates on the net whether who was first, but I'm sure the exact info for what went down is out there. I suppose it don't really matter much to me. It's all good. And speaking of good, 20 tracks in all. Enjoy!

March 22, 2024

Everything Under the Sun Is in Tune 4: A Prospectus of HPPR! 69-79

Copied intro from first volume... HPPR = Hard, Progressive, & Psychedelic Rock. I wanted to expand the psychedelic rock a wee bit more from the previous mixes by mixing in some progressive and hard rock. And of course, the usual deeper and obscure gems rule the mix. And, to repeat myself over and over, I only include the tunes I really like or love, aka melody-licious! No mediocrity!

Back in '79, I don't think I've heard any of the tracks, let alone the artists (with exception to Steve Hackett, Man, and maybe Apocalypse). It's unfortunate for I'm sure I'd be wearing out the vinyls. Favorites this time around? 18 Karat Gold's "If My Guru Would Know." It's catchy and Gu-roovey (bad joke, haha). Man's "It Is as It Must Be" is really good. Blackjack's "Fallin'" is a great rocker. If you think the singer sounds like Michael Bolton, that's because you're correct. Bruce Kulick (guitarist) was also a member. Avalanche's "Tie Your Laces" is another fav. Roland Kovac New Set's "The Master Said (Part I)" is just the last 10 minutes edited out. The first half (aka Part I) is the best part.

16 tracks and all good. Enjoy!

March 8, 2024

Rockin' Rollin' Doo-Wop 3: Tick ​​Tock A-Woo!

Back in the first volume (find it here), I mentioned "Zoom" by The Starlighters but didn't have a good quality mp3. The tune has to be one of the heaviest, and rockiest doo-wop track I've ever heard. I eventually found one and forgot all about it until Chi-Town sent me the track, after reading aforementioned in the first volume. I decided to use his track for this mix. And speaking of this mix...

It took more than six months to get here but imo, a worthy wait. You'll notice (like the previous volumes) that some tracks don't sound all that doo-wop like. It's all good music to me, regardless of the labels. My favorites? Well, my fav is a toss-up between "Zoom" and George Zimmerman and The Thrills' "Ain't Got the Money to Pay for This Drink." Other favs include The Genies' "Who's That Knocking," The Isley Brothers' "Everybody's Gonna Rock and Roll" and The Hollyhocks' "You for Me." Oops, forgot about Dave Collins & The Scrubs' "Bluesy Me" and Grady Chapman and The Suedes' "Don't Blooper." 20 tracks in all. They're all good. Enjoy!