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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

CLEAR LIGHT – Clear Light – (Elektra) – 1967

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I will give anything on the Elektra label from the 60s and early 70s a go. Clear light seem to have some musical credibility (or collectability) despite their small output … Continue reading

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LEN BARRY – Ups and Downs – (Buddah) – 1972

Len Barry is one of the great forgotten blue eyed soul singers of the 60s. Check out my other posts for biographical detail on him. Barry’s strength comes from his voice and his ability to find the pop and soul … Continue reading

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CONNIE FRANCIS – Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s – (MGM) – 1968

Connie could do anything. She put out albums in (or partially in) Italian, Jewish, Spanish and German. She sang rock, pop, Broadway standards, film songs, country, vocal jazz, R&B, vocal jazz, children's music, spiritual music, schlager music, waltzes, traditionals from … Continue reading

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THE FOUR ACES – Hits from Hollywood – (Decca) – 1958

I like my trad pop. What is trad pop? Loosely described, mainstream music from the 1930s though to the rise of rock n roll. Though, it existed before the 30s and continued into the 1970s. For more see the link … Continue reading

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JERRY REED – Georgia Sunshine – (RCA) – 1970

Check out my other comments for details on Jerry. Jerry had started his assault on the Top 40 of the US country charts in 1967 but this was his breakthrough album with four Top 20 country singles which pushed the … Continue reading

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JOHN HIATT – All of a Sudden – (Geffen) – 1982

When reading about John HIatt you will often read something like  "John Hiatt's sales have never quite matched his reputation". There is truth in that. But, there is a reason for that. His albums, and (disclaimer) I have not heard … Continue reading

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MELANIE – Born to Be – (Buddah)- 1968

… or '"My First Album" (1970). Apparently, "following Melanie's success at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 Buddha repackaged and reissued the album as My First Album". Most sources seem to date "My First Album" as 1969 though the copyright … Continue reading

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BREWER & SHIPLEY – Tarkio – (Kama Sutra) – 1970

I like Brewer & Shipley. They are largely forgotten apart from one song, the notorious “One Toke over the Line”, which is on this album. This was their third album. Their first album, the patchy though endearing “Down in L.A.” … Continue reading

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DANNY O’KEEFE – Danny O’Keefe – (Cotillion Records) – 1970

Check out other posts on this blog for detail on, the great, Danny O’Keefe. This is Danny O’Keefe’s first solo album, or, at least first proper solo album. In the mid-60s O’Keefe tread the solo folk rock path created by … Continue reading

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LITTLE VILLAGE – Little Village – (Reprise) – 1992

A one-off by a group of musicians with similar interests. Allmusic say this in their review of this album: “In 1987, guitarist Ry Cooder, bassist Nick Lowe, and drummer Jim Keltner backed up singer and songwriter John Hiatt on his … Continue reading

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