Category Archives: Blue Eyed Soul

THE YOUNG RASCALS – Groovin’ – (Atlantic) – 1967

Check out my other Rascals comment for background on this seminal American band. Putting the hit singles to one side, The Young Rascals are sadly underappreciated outside of the US. They were, for a short time, phenomenal, but like many … Continue reading

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JOHNNY RIVERS – In Action! – (Imperial) – 1965

You know the drill. Biographical details and musical stylistic observations on Johnny Rivers are on any number of other entries on this blog. This was Johnny's 3rd album and 3rd album of 1964. It was his first studio album despite … Continue reading

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JOHN WALKER – If You Go Away – (Philips) – 1967

Everyone (well the critics and music tragics anyway) wax lyrical about Scott Walker (and rightly so) of The Walker Brothers but what about his "brother" John? John was one third of 1960s pop sensations The Walker Brothers. The Walker Brothers … Continue reading

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LOU CHRISTIE – Strikes Again – (Roulette) – 1966

I have commented on Christie before though they were earlier comments when this blog was still an email list so they were a little slap dash. To be fair to Lou Christie I should re-vamp what I have said… Allmusic: … Continue reading

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JOHNNY RIVERS – at the Whiskey a Go Go – (Imperial) – 1964

This is Johnny River's influential first album. Influential in that it set the style for him over his next five or six albums and also influential, musically, because a whole little subgenre of rock n roll was created …. the … Continue reading

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THE RASCALS – Search and Nearness – (Atlantic) – 1971

  Where would we be without the internet? Surely richer, maybe wiser, arguably happier but certainly without "obscure-ish" records like this Rascals one. I, like many people outside the US (and probably many within the US), know and love The … Continue reading

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LEN BARRY – 1-2-3 – (Decca) – 1965

I've talked about Len Barry and his former vocal band The Dovells both on this blog before. I love vocal bands and vocalists. At some time around 1962 the musical world changed forever and the age of the musician as, … Continue reading

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JOE SOUTH – A Look Inside – (Capitol) – 1972

South should be regarded as a legend. Popular music is filled with has beens, also rans, marginals and others who couldn't juggle music, fame and business. South, had his hits (he won a Grammy) but then burnt out as quickly … Continue reading

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GENE PITNEY – Golden Greats – (CBS) – 1967

I have commented on a few other Gene Pitney albums in the past so check those out for biographical details. I have said this in the past before: “Gene was a consummate (if occasionally melodramatic) vocalist. What he did do … Continue reading

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GENE PITNEY – She’s a Heartbreaker – (Musicor) – 1968

Check my other comments for biographical details on Gene Pitney. I have said this about him before: “Gene was a consummate (if occasionally melodramatic) vocalist. What he did do was take any song and not always make it his but … Continue reading

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