1: Big Joe Turner – Boogie Woogie Country Girl ~ RockingMitch
Joe had found himself cast as an unlikely rock and roller, thanks largely to his “Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll” being covered successfully by Bill Haley and his appearance in a couple of knock-off movies. This track, with Pete Johnson on piano, really rocks. I have a vinyl 45 of it which I picked up in 1968 for £1 and is now valued at over £750 (and I ain’t selling!).
2: Crabby Appleton – Go Back ~ Treefrogdemon
This toe-tapping number is the one hit of LA one-hit-wonders Crabby Appleton (called after a cartoon character I gather), from 1970. Rather good lead guitar from Michael Fennelly, but they’re another case of rave reviews, rubbish sales, I’m afraid.
3: Frazier Chorus – Dream Kitchen ~ Zalamanda
And if you make a wish in this dream kitchen
It won’t get you anywhere
Make a wish.
Chilled out, subdued, surreal, rooted in a version of mundane reality that knows there is no such thing as a dream kitchen. But there is this: great pop music without the usual trappings.
4: Ike and Tina Turner – Ya Ya ~ SpottedRichard
Among the various (and variable) covers of Lee Dorsey’s great song was this one made in the 70s but only released by Ike Turner on an album of previously unreleased Ike & Tina material in 2002.
5: Gangstagrass – Long Hard Times To Come [From Justified] ~ Shoegazer
Why not take some Bluegrass & mix it with Hip Hop (Hipgrass? Bluehop?)? This got picked up as the theme tune for Justified; Timothy Oliphant as an old school US Marshall returned to his home state of Kentucky, now in 3rd season & well worth a watch. If you want more, Gangstagrass have a couple of albums out & a new one due soon.
6: Vera Queen – Small Balloons ~ HoshinoSakura
Vera Queen is an ex-Indie rocker from Taiwan, but when she went solo she surprised every one by releasing an album which was just her and her acoustic guitar. The songs are simple but somehow really honest. She really proves for me that less is more ! ! ! This is called Small Balloons. I hope you like it ! ! !
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