(March 29, 2018): Farm – Zan Ho Zay

From the 1968 album, The Innermost Limits Of Pure Fun. This LP is the soundtrack to George Greenough’s film about surfing isolated spots in California and New South Wales. As discogs recounts, “Farm composed and performed the music, released in 1968 a limited edition of 1000 copies of this film score on a private label with picture sleeve only on the front”. A different Australian version was subsequently released and Sundazed put out a reissue of the original in 2015. It’s tough to find out much about Farm except band members: Dennis Dragon (who played with The Byrds at one point), Denny Aaberg, Doug Dragon, Ernie Knapp, Phill Pritchard.

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(March 24, 2018): Jimmy Cliff – Black Queen

From the 1973 album, Unlimited. An album as fresh today as the early 1970s and just as incisive in speaking truth to power. For some reason, the album was was released as The King of Reggae in Sweden and The Netherlands.

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(March 17, 2018): Rex Allen – (The Wreck Of The) The Sloop “John B”

From the a-side of the 1951 single, (The Wreck Of The) The John B / The Roving Kind.  One of the many covers of the Bahamian traditional folk song, “The John B. Salis”. The earliest recording, according to Wikipedia, was by the Cleveland Simmons Group as “Histe Up the John B. Sail” in 1935 (even though it was transcribed in 1916). Everyone, of course, knows the Beach Boys cover.  Interestingly, this cover by Rex Allen is not listed on Wikipedia. Rex Allen was the voice behind dozens of Walt Disney films in the 1950s and 1960s.

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(March 11, 2018): Ramones – Bonzo Goes To Bitburg

From the 1985 UK single, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg / Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love).  Trump’s upcoming ‘engagement’ with North Korea puts me in mind of this ditty (even though negotiations will take place in Singapore and not North Korea).  Not wanting to be too ‘political’, Sire released the tune as a promo in the in the US with the title “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down” in 1986.

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(March 8, 2018): Aretha Franklin – Satisfaction

From the 1967 album, Areatha Arrives.  Almost tune on this LP is a cover. This has to be one of the best covers of Satisfaction ever. An apropos song for International Women’s Day 2018 #IWD2018.

 

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(February 28, 2018): The Fraternity of Man – Don’t Bogart Me

K-SHE Classic. From the 1968 self-titled album, The Fraternity of Man. A two LP band, but sweetmeatone remembered for its contribution to the Easy Rider soundtrack with this tune.  Three of the members – Richie Hayward, Warren Klein, and Martin Kibbee – went on to play with Lowell George’s first band, The Factory. Elliot Ingber, after being fired from the Mothers of Invention (which Lowell George then joined), plays guitar here.

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(February 27, 2018): Carl Mann – Burnin’ Holes in the Eyes of Abraham Lincoln

From the 1974 a-side of Burnin’ Holes In The Eyes Of Abraham Lincoln / The Ballad Of Johnny Clyde. Mann started out as a late 1950’s as a rockabilly artist. There was a hiatus in recording from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s when he came back more of a country musician. Gotta love these lyrics.

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