(October 10, 2018): Gladys Knight & The Pips – Imagination

From the title track of 1973 album, Imagination. One of three hit singles off this long player. Reviews at the time panned Jim Weatherly’s writing (although this tune was composed by Barry Goldberg and Gerry Goffin). The momentum Knight builds here is excellent, though, and a lot of people today need motivation to keep on keeping on.

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(October 4, 2018) – The Sneed Family – Big, Big Love

From the 1962 7″ 45rpm a-side, Big, Big Love / Is It Any Wonder (Cascade Recording Company – 45-106). The Sneed Family were a quartet of brother out of Spanaway, Washington. This is one of the first covers of Wynn Stewart’s 1961 hit. Nick Lowe and K.D. Lang did the more well known covers of the late 1980s.

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(August 18, 2018): Sea Level – Midnight Pass

From the 1977 album, Cats on the Coast. On this tune written by Neil Larsen, Randall Bramlett cooks on the alto and Chuck Leavell is, well, Chuck Leavell.

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(August 10, 2018): Fellowship – Muthafunker

From the a-side of the 1999 single Muthafunker / Interchange. Fellowship (Darren Hickey) was an early Drum & Bass producer, going back to 1993. For the next decaded, Hickey released well over 100 singles, covering a musical genres ranging from Drum & Bass through to Deep House and Techno.

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(August 4, 2018): Chris Volpe – Dusty Bibles

From the 2009 album, Shipwrecked!  From the album notes: “‘Shipwrecked!’ is Nashville-based Chris Volpe’s First full-length release with a live band. The 12—songs produced by Volpe and Grammy Award-winner Phil Harris—range from Americana to folk-jazz to country noir. The band is composed of Nashville’s finest: Jeff Coffin (Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band), Bryn Davies (Tony Rice, Patti Griffin), Donnie Herron (Bob Dylan, BR549) and Kenny Malone (Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash).”

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(July 7, 2018): Crawler – Stone Cold Sober

From the 1977 self-titled album, Crawler.  The band changed its name from Back Street Crawler to Crawler after its leader, Paul Kossoff (ex-Free guitarist) died in 1976. It put out this debut and a sophmore release before calling it quits. This tune got a lot of airplay in St. Louis back in the day and it is certainly worthy of considering a K-SHE Classic.

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(June 24, 2014): Al Jolson with 4 Hits & A Miss and Matty Malneck & His Orchestra – After You’ve Gone

From the 1950 a-side single, After You’ve Gone / Chinatown, My ChinatownBoth tunes were featured in the 1949 movie “Jolson Sings Again” sans Al Jolson (Larry Parks plays Jolson), but with Jolson dubbing the soundtrack.  Jolson died in 1950, shortly after this Decca single was released.  Decca was responsible for releasing five 4×10″ 78 rpm collections from 1946-1951 that updated a number of the Jolson hits from the teens and twenties: In Songs He Made FamousSouvenir Album, Volume Three, Souvenir Album Volume 4, and Souvenir Album – Volume 5, which I still have from my Grandpa.

 

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