Miss Smith Goes To Nashville
Produced by Bob Ferguson
Connie’s third album (and the first of three released in 1966).
Now we’re talking, all instrumental set, covers and originals, none of it really in that freakout style, instead cool sleepwalking numbers and the others more in a 1950s’ style, the latter with sax, likely not even the same band or recording date. Great stuff!!!
Second set from these inbred Hollywood brats, definitely their best, produced by Hazlewood, arranged by Strange, engineered by Bones Howe. Musicians include Don Randi, Al Casey…
Side one is great, the brats stealing from the Stones, the Beatles and the Beach Boys.
The flipside is a bit disappointing but features some highlights.
Almost-classic bubblegum set.
Mostly known for the title track that opens this sole album from this one-hit St. Louis outfit, the set doesn’t really begin until they get through that number, the album featuring several cuts that put the title track to shame, including some convincing covers of R&B classics, a pair of rocking versions of soundtrack themes (Virginia Wolfe and Batman), and perhaps the first version of Hazlewood’s “These Boots Were Made For Walking” told from the male point of view, all of this punched home with horns, guitar, organ and of course a driving rhythm. The sound is a bit of a throwback, as much R&B as 1966 garage rock, the band sounding like they’re taking their cues from Stax, JB, and Ike.
For the title track and some of the other more low-key cuts, Curtis Mayfield appears to be the main influence.
This is a varied set but it’s a worthwhile listen if you can find it. (Heck, the cover is almost worth the price of admission.)
—Winch (author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s and the two-part novel Junk Like That.)
s e l e c t i v e
“Bobby Is My Baby” (J. Bishop)
Barbara Mason (Philadelphia) Arctic (120B) 1966
“Sweet Talkin’ Guy” (Greenburg/Morris)
The Chiffons (New York) Laurie (3340A) 1966.
“Only When You’re Lonely” (Williams/Irwin/Schuster)
The Royalettes (Baltimore) MGM (13451B) 1966
“My Little Red Book” (Bacharach/David)
“Can’t Explain” (Lee/Echols/Fleckenstein)
“A Message to Pretty” (Arthur Lee)
“My Flash On You” (Lee)
“You I’ll Be Following” (Lee)
“Hey Joe” (Valenti)
“Signed D.C.” (Lee)
Love Elektra 4001 July 1966
cool Love cover:
“Signed D.C.”/”Hey Joe”
Dead Moon (Clackamas, Oregon) Live Evil 1990
“Revelation” (Lee, MacLean, Echols, Forssi)
“Stephanie Knows Who” (Lee)
“Orange Skies” (MacLean)
“Que Vida!” (Lee)
“Seven & Seven Is” (Lee)
“The Castle” (Lee)
“She Comes in Colors” (Lee)
Da Capo Elektra 4005 February 1967
“Alone Again Or” (MacLean)
“A House is Not a Motel” (Lee)
“The Daily Planet” (Lee)
“Maybe the People Would Be The Times or Between
Clark and Hilldale” (Lee)
“Live and Let Live” (Lee)
“Bummer in the Summer” (Lee)
Forever Changes Elektra 4013 January 1968
cool Love cover:
“Alone Again Or”
UFO (London) Light’s Out 1977
compiled by Winch (author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s and the two-part novel Junk Like That)
Just Eto on the Koto but he fills the cuts with plenty of sounds, just the perfect amount actually, lots of sounds but enough space to allow the listener to breathe easy.
Obviously, this blind cat knew what he was doing. Very cool, interesting and enjoyable, highly recommended for fans of Japanese music.
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)