(April 19, 2017): The American Group – Stay Off The Grass

From the 1969 single, Room 222 / Stay Off The Grass.  The American Group (aka The Memphis Boys) appear to have been studio musicians that released two singles as The American Group in 1969 and a promo in 1968.  Both singles include this song as the b-side.  The A-side is a cover of Jerry Goldsmith’s theme for the TV series.

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(April 7, 2017): Chet Baker – The Thrill Is Gone

From the 1956 album reissue of the 1954 10″, Chet Baker Sings.  The 1954 10″ is side B on this album. Side A is new material that was recorded in July 1956 at the Forum Theatre in LA.  Baker’s pure talent in his early 20s was recognised by Parker, Getz and Mulligan, who all asked Baker to play with them in the 1950s.

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(April 4, 2017): The Angels of Light – I Pity The Poor Immigrant

From the 2005 album, Akron/Family & Angels Of Light. As the album title indicates, the album is a promo of two different bands, playing apart from each other. This is a cover of Dylan’s 1967 tune off the John Wesley Harding LP,  by The Angels of Light.

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(April 3, 2017): Basics – What Ever Happened To The Working Class?

From the 2015 album, The Age of Enlightenment.  Basics is an Australian trio with Kris Schroeder, Tim Heath, and Wally De Backer.  They started recording in 2002, but took a break in 2010 when De Backer’s solo career as Goyte took off and Schroeder went to work in Kenya with the Red Cross.  They recorded this LP in 2014.

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(April 2, 2017): Bad Livers – Six Feet Down

From the 1992 album, Delusions of Banjer.  An Austin, TX trio (Danny Barnes, Mark Rubin & Ralph White) that was a bit bluegrass, a bit country, and a bit roots, but proudly covered all genres – from Captain Beefheart to Iggy Pop to  Motorhead to Mississippi John Hurt.  The mostly original tunes they recorded, including this one, were mostly written by Danny Barnes who still releases solo material. This album was produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers.


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(April 1, 2017): Baby Lloyd – I Need Love

From the 1960 single, I Need Love / Wait And See.  Baby Lloyd is Lloyd Stallworth, who was part of James Brown and the Famous Flames in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  The label indicates that the music was written by Dessie Roszier, the writing pseudonym used by James Brown at the time.

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(March 31, 2017): Aztec Camera – Good Morning Britain

From the 1990 album, StrayThinking about Brexit this morning. Mick Jones is obviously providing the pipes here. Other guests including Paul Carrack and Mickey Gallagher.

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