Timi Yuro (1963) Make the World Go Away (LP) Liberty 3319

Timi Yuro

Make the World Go Away

Liberty 3319


**** (recommended)

When an Italian-American from Chicago sings an album full of hillbilly songs, probably the last thing you’d expect is a set of soul music, but that’s what you get.

Not only is this a soul album, it’s a good one, likely coming out of Ray Charles’ albums from a few years earlier.  Like with Ray’s country albums, sometimes the arrangements are a bit much, but fortunately Yuro’s voice shines through.

If you’re looking for an intro to this talented singer, this is a good place to start.

— winch

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Antonio Carlos Jobim (LP) The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (1963) Verve V6-8547

Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Composer of Desafinado, Plays
Verve V6-8547
Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged by Claus Ogerman 


Recommended ****

Jobim’s first U.S. album, every cut a Jobim original, every one on its way to becoming a standard, quite the feat for the man from Rio, here backed with breezy Ogerman arrangements, produced by Creed with his signature swatches of flute and such, Jobim on piano and guitar, some improvisation but mostly just simple presentations of some beautiful tunes from Brazil.

— winch

Mississippi John Hurt (LP) Folk Songs and Blues (1963) Piedmont (PLP13157)

Mississippi John Hurt
Folk Songs and Blues
Piedmont (PLP13157) 
Rating: ***** (Good Shit)
Hurt had recorded a few sides for Okey in the 1920s (not big sellers), and then returned to share cropping.  In 1963, two D.C. musicians heard the old sides and managed to find him in Mississippi, brought him back to D.C. to record this debut album.  He’d record a few more sets and then passed away in Mississippi.

Classic country blues.  While I’ve heard sides that can stand next to these, I can’t say I’ve heard anything better in this style.

— winch

The Scramblers: Cycle Psychos (Album) 1963

The Scramblers
Cycle Psychos
Crown CST 384
Good Shit *****



With the wave of surf music cresting, the Southern California kids jumped in their hot rods and revved off to explore other sports (Duane Eddy offering a set of waterski songs and in Colorado the Astronauts were downhill skiing), most of the California kids who stuck around for the party focusing on hot-rod rock.  And of course we had to have cycle rock which motored along very much in the same style.



This is perhaps the only album dedicated completely to this silly genre, half of the album featuring silly vocals, the other half coming out of the surf instrumental, here with motorcycle sound effects.



This was complete nonsense of course. what rock and roll is all about, what the Beatles killed with their watered-down version of American R&B.  Apparently, this is another Jerry Cole outing, simple as a two-stroke, one of the greatest album to ever come out of California.

— Winch (author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s and the two-part novel Junk Like That)



Girl Group 1963

girl group
Classic sides

s e l e c t i v e

(selected by winch)


“My Block” (Jimmy Radcliffe/Carl Spencer/Bert Berns)
The Chiffons (New York)     Laurie (2018)     1963

“Has Anyone Seen My Boyfriend?” 
The Angels (New Jersey)     Smash (67309)     1963

“(Love Me) Now” (Feldman/Goldstein/Gottehrer)
The Angels (New Jersey)     Smash (1854B)     1963

“Our Day Will Come” (Hillard/Garson)
Ruby & The Romantics     Kapp (501A)     1963

“It’s No Big Thing” (Mann/Appel)
The Orlons (Philadelphia)     Cameo (273B)     1963 

“He’s Sure The Boy I Love” (Mann/Weil)
The Crystals (Brooklyn)     Phillies     1963

“Then He Kissed Me” (Spector/Greenwich/Barry)
The Crystals (Brooklyn)     Phillies     1963

“All The King’s Horses” (Diane Coleman)
Diane Coleman     Coed (578)     1963

“Here Comes the Boy” (Eddie Rambeau/Bud Rehak)
Tracey Dey     Amy (8948)     1963

“Chained To Your Love” (Staunton/James Jones)
“You’re No Good” (C. Ballard Jr.)
Betty Everett (Mississippi)     Vee-Jay (566)     1963

“Don’t Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye” (Partee/DiAngelis)
The Shirelles (New Jersey)     Scepter (1255A)     1963

“Foolish Little Girl” (Helen Miller/Howard Greenfield)
The Shirelles (New Jersey)     Scepter (1248A)     1963

“Heatwave” (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
Martha & The Vandellas (Michigan)     Gordy (7022A)     1963

“Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)” (Goffin/King)
The Cookies (Brooklyn)     Dimension (1008)     1963

“Sally Go ‘Round The Roses” (E.Sanders/L. Stevens)
“Sally Go ‘Round The Roses” (instrumental)
The Jaynettes (New York)     Tuff (369)     1963

“Be My Baby” (Spector/Greenwich/J. Barry)
The Ronettes (New York)     Phillies (116)     1963

“Cha Linde” (S. Schlaks, H. Farber)
“He’s Mine (I Love Him, I Love Him, I Love Him)”
(S. Schlaks, C. Weiss)
Alice Wonder Land     Bardell (774)     1963


Les McCann & the Jazz Crusaders: Jazz Waltz (1963) LP

Les McCann 
& the Jazz Crusaders

Jazz Waltz

Pacific Jazz (81) 


Rating: ****(Recommended)
McCann teams up with the newly formed Jazz Crusaders for this set.  While the group provides a bigger sound than on some of McCann’s offerings, there’s an intimate small-combo feel to it.  The horn players get some room to show their stuff, but all the cuts are served up short order, all clocking in at under five minutes. McCann and Sample alternate between piano and organ, and the churning Hammond really helps fatten up the sound.  With the band cooking, the set sizzles.  Worthwhile grab for fans of soul jazz.
— winch
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)