(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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(June 16, 2018): Iron Butterfly – Scorching Beauty

K-SHE Classic. Title track from the 1975 album, Scorching Beauty.  By this point Ron sweetmeatBushy was the only original member of the Band still left. Erik Braunn did not join until In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Braunn died young at 51 from a heart attack, but the far stranger story relates to the bassist on this outing, Phil Kramer. As Discogs relates:

After [his stint with Iron Butterfly, Kramer] obtained a night school degree in aerospace engineering, worked on the MX missile guidance system for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer industry on fractal compression, facial recognition systems, and advanced communications. His disappearance on February 12, 1995 caused a mystery lasting four years.

On February 12, 1995 he drove to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up an investor. He spent forty-five minutes at the airport but failed to meet the investor. Kramer did make a flurry of cell phone calls, including one to the police during which Kramer said, “I’m going to kill myself. And I want everyone to know O.J. Simpson is innocent. They did it.”

He was never heard from again. This led to a massive search, many news reports, and talk show segments including an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Most Wanted, The Unexplained (“Strange Disappearances,” first aired 5/7/2000) and Unsolved Mysteries some years later. An article in Skeptic reported numerous conspiracy theories about his death.

On May 29, 1999, Kramer’s Ford Aerostar minivan and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence and Kramer’s emergency call to the police, authorities ruled his death as a probable suicide committed on the day on which he was last heard.

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(June 11, 2018): Jerry Lee Lewis – Let A Soldier Drink

From the 1991 album, The Killer’s Private Stash.  Album credits: “Compiled ByDewey, Cheatam & Howe; DesignBubba At Day-Glo Album World.” Notes: “An Unbelievably rare collection of unissued recordings. Includes Jerry Lee’s first recordings, done at a radio station in Louisiana in 1954!”

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(June 9, 2018): Headstones – Devil’s On Fire

From the 2017 ablum, Little Army. Headstones were one of the most commercially successful Canadian bands of the 1990s. From Kingston, the band split in 2003, but reformed in 2011. Little Army was the last long player released.

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