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

CHER – All I Really Want To Do – (Imperial) – 1965

This is Cher’s debut solo album Whilst Sonny & Cher were hitting it big with the "I Got You Babe" single, Sonny arranged a solo deal for Cher. Sonny, having worked for Phil Spector was well used to both the … Continue reading

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DENNIS LINDE – Linde Manor – (Intrepid) – 1970

Dennis Linde (March 18, 1943 – December 22, 2006) … "Songwriter Dennis Linde remained a fixture of the country charts for decades, penning blockbusters for everyone from Elvis Presley to the Dixie Chicks. Born March 18, 1943, in Abilene, TX, … Continue reading

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LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS – Maria Elena – (RCA) – 1963

This is the big one from 1963. The one that propelled Los Indios Tabajaras to the world stage and kick started "Indios Tabajaras Mania". Well not quite. I have commented on this duo of Brazilian Indian exotica guitarists before. Check … Continue reading

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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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