Author Archives: Franko

About Franko

Hi, I'm just a person with a love of music, a lot of records and some spare time. My opinions are comments not reviews and are mine so don't be offended if I have slighted your favourite artist. I have listened to a lot of music and I don't pretend to be impartial. You can contact me on though I would rather you left a comment. I also sell music at Cheers

DELANEY & BONNIE – D & B Together – (CBS) – 1972

See my earlier comment for biographical detail on the joy that is Delaney & Bonnie. Inconsistent they may be but there are tangible benefits from their music. This album comes at the dawn of Southern white soul and the rise … Continue reading

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CHIP TAYLOR – This Side Of The Big River – (Warner Brothers) – 1975

Chip Taylor is one of the weirdest of all country singers. He isn’t quite country though country musicians and audiences have warmed up to him. He was at the forefront of the country meets Americana meets alt country. A native … Continue reading

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LEON REDBONE – On the Track – (Warner Brothers) – 1975

Leon Redbone is a mystery, perhaps not as much as The Residents or writer B. Traven but he is indulging in the same quest for anonymity. But, he isn’t obscure and he doesn’t avoid exposure. He tends, rather, to hide … Continue reading

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JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER CASH – Johnny Cash and His Woman – (CBS) – 1973

Yes, of course, the title to this album would nowadays be denounced as misogynist or sexist. “… and His Woman” Perhaps, even in 1973 the title was a little old fashioned, but then again Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash … Continue reading

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THE RADIATORS – Scream of the Real – (EMI) – 1983

Between 1980 – 1981 The Radiators had established themselves as one of Australia’s best pub rock bands. They had released the magnificent mini album (and favourite of every high school boy) “You Have The Right To Remain Silent” (1980) and … Continue reading

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CONNIE FRANCIS – Connie Francis Sings “Never on Sunday” – (MGM) – 1961

The full title of this album (as on the cover) is “Connie Francis sings "Never on Sunday" and Other Title Songs from Motion Pictures”. Now, this is a treat for me because, as you may know, I love my film … Continue reading

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DON NIX – Living By Days – (Elektra) – 1971

Many years ago I got an album "Hobos, Heroes and Street Corner Clowns" in 1986 on a sale and I loved it, well, not all of it, but a lot of it. I bought it because it was from the … Continue reading

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THE NOW – The Now – (RCA) – 1979

There is very little information on this band out there. They seem to be one of the many power pop bands signed during the New Wave rush of the late1970s. The Now were: Jeff Lennon – (Geoff "Lip" Danielik) Mamie … Continue reading

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JERRY REED – Ko-Ko Joe – (RCA) – 1971

I love Jerry Reed. His voice and guitar are distinctive and even iconic. He, though, unfairly gets stereotyped as a loud good ol’ boy singer mainly because his big hits (Amos Moses, When You’re Hot You’re Hot etc), were, errr, … Continue reading

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TRINI LOPEZ – Viva – (Capitol) – 1972

This was Trini’s last album during his hit making period or the first album of his non-hit making period. Trini released more albums on a variety of (minor) labels between 1972 and today but his time as a force on … Continue reading

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