Category Archives: Rock & Pop

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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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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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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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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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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STEPHEN STILLS – Right By You – (Atlantic) – 1984

If you read this blog enough you will hear me say, and, yes, I'm saying it again, the 80s were awful for mainstream music. New mainstream sounded awful and "in the charts" mainstream was rubbish but the hardest hit by … Continue reading

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