We needed to ease into our Saturday with some Sassy, aka Sarah Vaughan, one of our greatest jazz vocalists. We don’t care is she had a three or four octave range, we just know how we feel when listening to her. Check out the videos below, one of her performance of “My Funny Valentine” and a sampling of her extraordinary vocal range.
What happens when “record producers/con men” place ads promising to make you a star for $450 in the 60s and 70s? Well, many in the Baptist churches took the hook and used the vanity label, Designer, looking to their prosperous futures from theses vultures, and while some artists went on to sell all 500-1,000 copies they pressed, a majority ended up with a stack of 45’s.
Luckily, for us fans, the label, Big Legal Mess, has put together some of theses recordings for this album. Check out the Mosby Family Singers, below.
Vashti Bunyan is set to release a new album in October.
‘Heartleap’ will come out on October 6 via FatCat. It follows her 1970 debut ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ and 2005’s comeback album ‘Lookaftering’. The new album was produced by Bunyan herself and was primarily recorded in her own studio.
The Newcastle-born Vashti Bunyan was discovered by The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham. She released her first single, ‘Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind’, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, in 1965. Discouraged by poor sales of her first album, she stopped releasing music, but the album gained a cult following. ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ was re-issued in 2000 and she has since worked with Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective.
We stock the two Bunyan albums: ‘Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind’ and ‘Lookaftering.’ Stream “Train Song” from ‘Lookaftering’ which was used in the great HBO series “True Detective” below.
Yes, there seems to be mucho re-issues this week.
We wanted to hear John Fahey’s version of “Summertime” to help ease us into the day and into the season. Thankfully, we own number 914/1000 of ‘Red Cross.’
My good friend, writer, filmmaker, Gini Sikes, and I connected through music. We knew we had a lasting bond, once we started talking David Bowie (I was a paying member of his fan club). At the beginning of one, hot, dusty, Midwest summer, we listened to Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ everyday. Then, Gini, who I thought would go on to work for ‘Rolling Stone’ or some other once, great music magazine, gushed over her new discovery. Some art students and “intellectuals” (we thought we were smarter than we really were) had released an album, which overtook our love of Bowie. The name of the band is Talking Heads and the album was ‘Talking Heads 77,’ which we played multiple times, daily. We had, what we thought, was our special secret code words: Psycho Killer, and we applied those words to any and everybody and laugh and giggle among ourselves.
In honor of Summer, David Bowie and Talking Heads, we will have a 10% off sale of all Bowie and Talking Heads albums, in stock. Drop by and if you TELL US, your purchase is your favorite Summer album, we will give you 10% off to help celebrate the Winter that never seemed to end.
David Bowie – Drive-In Saturday
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer