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"Before Dolly Parton and Nancy Sinatra, there was Norma Jean. Sassy, forthright, melancholic and acerbic, she shone brightly for a while but history has been unkind, relegating Norma to the status of country music footnote. Perhaps her on-stage and off-stage ...
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"Henson Cargill burst into the international spotlight with his controversial crossover hit Skip A Rope in late 1967. By 1971 (after further hits and a slew of great material) the wells at Monument Records had run dry and Henson moved to the Nashville independent Mega ...
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"When Louis Marshall Jones first adopted the stage persona "Grandpa" in the 1930s he was not a grandfather at all, in fact he was barely twenty years of age. "Grandpa Jones" soon became a renowned and respected performer of 'old-timey' and traditional songs, his ...
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"In the early 1970s Porter Wagoner was at an artistic peak and a personal trough. With hit recordings and a popular T.V show his career was in full bloom yet dark clouds were gathering over his relationship with Dolly Parton and his private life. Presented here for the ...
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"Conventional wisdom holds that in the era of the late '60s and early '70s Waylon Jennings was a tethered beast, shackled in the straightjacket of the Nashville Machine's conformity. But we beg to differ. Indulge us for a moment and really listen to the brooding, ...
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"Anita Carter is the great "lost" voice of Nashville. The Appalachian siren, who once heard, will break your heart and mend your soul. Daughter of the legendary Mother Maybelle Carter and sister to the exalted June Carter Cash, Anita sang, played (a mean upright bass) ...
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"Biff Rose is well known as a wordsmith, satirist and vivid prankster. A "flower-power" Tom Lehrer exploding across rollicking canvases of song best illustrated on his 1968 album The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side and 1969's Children Of Light. What is far less well known is ...
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"Here it is. The Honky Tonk "Holy Grail". Coveted, rare and brilliant, Johnny Paycheck's 1960s recordings for the Little Darlin' label are sometimes dangerous, sometimes stunningly beautiful, oftentimes both. Paycheck was the real deal, life and the recording studio ...
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"Out of the ashes of World War II, post-war Corporate U.S.A would sully its hands with anything in search of a buck. Heck, even Hillbilly music... Here, for the first time, are 32 of the grimiest, most delicious slabs of Hillbilly misery and mayhem to grace the Columbia ...
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"In the tumultuous 1960s the powerful voices of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and others shaped the political and musical landscape for many. Less known, but no less strident and artful, were the folk singers from the other side of town. For the very first time the ...
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"Percussionist extraordinaire (and member of the infamous "Wrecking Crew") Emil Richards was at the crucible of '60s pop and film music, playing on everything from the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" to Jerry Goldsmith's "Planet Of The Apes". Less known, but utterly ...
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"Rumoured to be an Incan Princess (or a Jewish housewife from Brooklyn) there is one thing about Yma Sumac of which there is no doubt: her voice - an astounding instrument both emotive and playful that captured the imagination of millions during the height of her 1950s ...
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"Nashville. 1967. Something was in the air and things were about to get weird. Enter Shelby S. Singleton Jr., already a music industry veteran, he went independent with his own Plantation label. Singleton wanted to call the shots and follow his own smarts...he did and ...
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"A Psycho-Satirical Masterpiece! First Time On CD! Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...the cults of psychoanalysis and psycho-babble were just a gleam in some twitching misfits eye. Here, those lucrative pseudo-sciences are lampooned to delirious effect. The teaming ...
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"Anvils smash, whips crack and husky voices wail across the lonesome prairie... or to be more precise, RCA Victor's Studio A, Hollywood, California. Here are the virile, invigorating Hollywood Western tales of screen icon Lorne Greene. Recorded in the mid-1960s, at the ...
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"Imagine if the flying-saucer that dropped legendary producer Joe Meek in London had instead taken a left turn and landed in Nashville U.S.A. The result might have sounded something like this. Almost. Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan will forever be remembered for the ...
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"Bruce Haack's "Haackula" is the record you've dreamt of and the stuff of nightmares. Deemed to be too dark and too offensive for release when it was recorded in 1978 it has languished unheard in the vault ever since. With its premiere release here it will soon be ...
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"In 1971 academic and experimental music composer Gil Trythall was commissioned by Athena Records and Studio boss Rick Powell to record a Switched On Bach for "country folk". Trythall dutifully ran country and bluegrass standards, and the hits of the day, through the ...
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"At the very zenith of Psychedelia and Christianity stands the imposing figure of Brother John Rydgren. An ordained pastor of the American Lutheran Church, Rydgren laid out a heady trip of lysergic spiritual philosophy. Sincere, profound and yet deeply playful, Brother ...
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"With a legacy that spans 3 centuries (!) The Stonemans are both puzzling and compelling. Founded around 1920s Hillbilly recording star 'Pop' Stoneman, by the mid-1960s the group comprised Pop and 5 of his 13 children. With a dizzying sound that melded old-timey ...
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"Stellar songs, heartfelt performances, the finest Nashville players and the greatest set of tonsils to ever wrap themselves around activist country-pop! Here are the almost forgotten masterpieces of Henson Cargill, sourced directly from the Monument Records vault and ...
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"It is the great forgotten Bobby Bare album. Recorded at a time of intense fracture with RCA Victor (Bare would indeed leave the label and sign with Mercury before these recordings saw release) 'The Real Thing' limped briefly onto the market in 1970 before vanishing for ...
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"German born, Chilean resident AtomT is the maverick wunderkind of 21st century electronic music - a blazing one-man Technicolor factory of outlandish and fastidiously crafted arresting productions. Stealthily operating under a head-spinning number of pseudonyms and ...
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"Electro-plated antipodean-chameleon Ash Wednesday's deep catalogue of minimal-wave and early-electro compositions form an incredibly impressive and desperately under-acknowledged body of work. From the deliriously bouncy new wave pop of 1980's "Love By Numbers" to the ...
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"Avant-Primitivism and baroque lyricism collide on Patrice Sciortino's unknown and underappreciated "Percupulsions". Recorded late 1969 and released on the French 'Neuilly' library imprint in 1970, the album is delightful, mysterious and strangely accessible - jarring ...
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