Vintage Spinster (check out her kick ass blog) and I went on a trip to sunny Sacramento. An epic 3 day airport debacle later we arrived and sat by the pool for a day or two, but neither of us could resist the temptations of the thrift stores of California.
I happened upon Red Simpson at a Salvation Army and there were probably 12 different truck drivin' records by Red to choose from. If I knew then what i knew now I would have grabbed them all. Trouble is I already had around 60 LP's to carry back to the east coast and 12 albums about Truck Driving just didn't seem like a wise buy. I chose Truck Drivin' Fool because of the catchy song titles, my favorite (the track above) has to be Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves, all about a trucker who encounters a woman with curves that are in fact...dangerous.
It turns out I love Red Simpson. I totally dig this kind of old school honky tonk, Johnney Cash, country sound. It's also educational, I know a lot more about long haul trucking than I ever did before and that is important too. Just Listen to Jackknife.,
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Good Records in New York City and he says to me from the dollar bin across the way "Isn't this your High School?" I actually went to Sprague High School (GO OLYS) but South Salem High was our rival school. So this record has survived since 1961 and somehow made it from the west to the east only to wind up in a dollar bin and then back into the hands of another Oregonian. Pretty cool I think.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The James Bond franchise hits it's stride in the film Goldfinger. The first 2 Bond movies, though great, seemed a little like they were finding their footing especially when it came to the score. Here John Barry finds his horns. That brassy sound that you hear and immediately think BOND.
This is the music that has become the standard sound for the 60's in general, especially espionage spy thrillers. The horns, the lush orchestrations, the sweeping way the music takes you into the thick of the action, John Barry was a freaking genius. This was also a milestone because it was the first Bond movie to really use the title song over the credits, and the first to use the glorious British songstress Shirley Bassey.
Whats not to love? This belttastic number written by Barry and Anthony Newley is my personal favorite Bond theme song of all time. Bassey hits it outta the gosh dang park, her vocals are electric and thrilling, and come outta her with such ease and class. Anthony Newley was an actor, writer, singer most famous for the score to the Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd. He did the lyrics for Goldfinger, but listen to this song from Greasepaint called The Joker.
It is a tad suspicious that it has the same pattern of sound as Goldfinger, and the exact same ending, and both were released in 1964. And it's no surprise that I also love the song The Joker. It's right up my brassey alley. Side Note the song Feeling Good also came from Roar....
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Ann Margret is one of the world's most respected and gorgeous stars ever to grace the silver screen, and god love her she is a red head. It's always nice to see people with red hair or people with glasses making it in the world even with their obvious deficiencies.
Back in the 60's she was a regular chanteuse, recording many, many albums (which, rightfully so, are usually very expensive) as well as staring in several movie musicals. I mean who deosn't love watching Ann rolling around in chocolate and baked beans as the spew from her tv in Tommy?? I am pretty sure it's the only watchable part of the entire film.
Most of Margret's music tend to be classic songs, standards, and some camptastic originals like my personal favorite 13 Men (And Me the Only Gal in Town). Here she pulls out all the stops for her self titled album and decided to go disco. Look at how she is throwing her head back on the front cover, you can almost hear her snorting up lines of cocaine while Diana Ross and Liza entertain the masses at Studio 54. Magic.
Friday, February 4, 2011
John Barry did for the Bond franchise. It's Barry who really created that James Bond film sound you are used to, it was also apparently he who wrote the famous Bond Theme. John Barry passed away January of this year...sad bunny.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
|Who wants pancakes?|
I added the whole album in one track, lets see if you have the wherewithal to sit through the whole thing.