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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

CLAUDE KING – Meet Claude King – (Columbia) – 1962

I know Claude from his 45, “The Comancheros” which I bought because of its John Wayne tie-in novelty value. I loved the film, which is one the earliest John Wayne films I recall seeing, and the song (released after the … Continue reading

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BOBBY VEE – Live! On Tour – (Liberty) – 1965

A live album. 1965! This would have been the first live rock ‘n’ pop album ever … if it was live. It wasn’t. The audience noise is “canned” "Canned” applause is pre-recorded applause which is usually added to the sound … Continue reading

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TOMMY ROE – Phantasy – (ABC Records ) – 1967

1967. The times were a changing … again. Well, at least the musical times were. Some people that music can change times but I believe that the times create the music. That music may have a profound impact on you, … Continue reading

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THE ROLLERS (Bay City Rollers) – Elevator – (Arista) – 1978

The Rollers were the renamed Bay City Rollers trying to shake off their teen idol past but the only thing they suceeded in shaking off was their popularity. I don’t remember this incarnation of the Bay City Rollers but I … Continue reading

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MICKEY NEWBURY – After All These Years – (Mercury) – 1981

The magnificent Mickey Newbury. One of the greatest of all country singer songwriters. Check out my other comments for biographical detail on him as well as other ramblings. The guy on the cover art could be a salesman or perhaps … Continue reading

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BADFINGER – No Dice – (Apple) – 1970

Badfinger where on the way up at the time of release of this album. This is their first proper album. Their actual first album, the soundtrack album, "Magic Christian Music", was actually a hodgepodge of tracks. Five songs were recorded … Continue reading

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BOBBY RYDELL – Wild (Wood) Days – (Cameo) – 1963

Music critics and enthusiasts often refer to the early 60s of rock and pop as the “Bobby era” due to the amount of singers named Bobby: Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Vee. The reference is pejorative. The inference … Continue reading

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DR HOOK – Sloppy Seconds – (CBS) – 1972

1972. "Sloppy Seconds" All songs written by satirist Shel Silverstein. I know where this album is going, and, I'm pretty sure it would not be released on a major label today. Well, not without a lot of controversy. So, if … Continue reading

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JESSE COLIN YOUNG – The Highway is for Heroes – (Cypress) – 1987

Jesse Colin Young is always welcome on this blog but you have to approach anything released in the mainstream, in the 80s, with trepidation. Yes, yes, I know I whinge about the 80s mainstream but it was, largely, awful. Everything … Continue reading

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TOM T. HALL – Song in a Seashell – (Mercury) – 1985

I love Tom T. Hall but I approach this album with some trepidation. 1985 was not a good aural year for the mainstream country music industry. And, Tom T. Hall was a big seller and definitely mainstream. Between 1969 and … Continue reading

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