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

FABIAN – Hold That Tiger! – (Chancellor) – 1959

I’ve always liked Fabian as a result of watching films he made in the 1960s. Not  just the teen films but  his two films with Jimmy Stewart, “Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation” (1962) and Dear Brigitte (1965), as well as … Continue reading

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JONATHAN EDWARDS – Jonathan Edwards – (Capricorn) – 1971

Jonathan Edwards is one of those overlooked singer songwriters from the 1970s that seems to have a small following. Check out my other comments on him for biographical detail. This was his first solo album and he had a Top10 … Continue reading

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BOBBY RYDELL – The Top Hits of 1963 Sung By Bobby Rydell – (Cameo) – 1964

The music is both streetwise and innocent. Can they exist together? Yes, Cast your mind back to a time when you were a teen. You thought you knew it all and you had all the answers and you tried to … Continue reading

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PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS – A Christmas Present …. And Past – (Columbia) – 1967

It’s Christmas time so …I pulled this Christmas record out. I knew this album wasn’t a selection of traditional Christmas songs but I wasn’t expecting this. A total spinout album. This album comes after a major line-up shuffle in early … Continue reading

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TOMMY ROE – Sweet Pea – (ABC) – 1966

Tommy Roe is another one of those sixties pop stars I like to resurrect. Why. He is, to the wider music public, occasionally derided, rarely discussed, often mistaken, largely forgotten, and greatly undervalued. The mid to late-60s Tommy’s and Bobby’s … Continue reading

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SHAWN PHILLIPS – Faces – (A&M) – 1972

It's hard opening a comment sometimes, especially when it's on someone you have discussed before. Perhaps you need something punchy, something to suck the reader(s) in? That opening line can be crucial, and I've probably just wasted it with my … Continue reading

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PAT BOONE – Days of Wine and Roses – (Dot) – 1963

Whenever I comment on a Pat Boone album I inevitable start off by defending him. Pat Boone isn’t very popular with hard core music fans. Apparently he stole songs from black artists and denied them the charts. Him personally. But … Continue reading

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FRANKIE MILLER – Easy Money – (Chrysalis) – 1980

I've spoken about Frankie Miller before. Check out that comment for biographical detail and what not. Blues rock. A little of this goes a long way with me. Especially the 70s variety where Miller made his name. Well, the later … Continue reading

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BUCK OWENS – Your Tender Loving Care – (Capitol) – 1967

Buck Owens was riding high in the mid-60s. Every single he released (and there were fourteen of them) between 1963 and 1967 went to number one in the country charts. His hit making didn't dissipate until the mid-7os but as … Continue reading

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JACKIE DeSHANNON – You’re the Only Dancer – (Amherst) – 1977

Keeping up with current sounds is normal for a musician. Where I have a problem with it is if the act have totally changed their sound for the sake of jumping on a trend or sound which wasn't there before. … Continue reading

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