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Chuck Prophet: San Francisco Musical Treasure

Posted by Joe Goldmark, October 27, 2015 01:29pm | Post a Comment

Chuck Prophet

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San Francisco rocker Chuck Prophet cut his musical teeth in the band Green On Red before embarking Chuck Prophet, Night Surferon a solo career in the early 1990s. Since then he’s recorded a dozen of his own unique albums. Although he’s had much critical success, he still flies pretty much under the radar as far as the masses are concerned. Luckily, he’s undeterred, and keeps releasing wonderful albums. He did have some commercial success when he scored a Top 40 hit a few years ago with “Summertime Thing,” a perfect summer anthem from his album No Other Love. His latest album Night Surfer is out now on Yep Roc.

Chuck’s songs are well written and hooky, and his production is clean and interesting. His lyrics are unusual and his “blue-eyed soul” vocals are strong and distinctive. We’re fortunate to have him in the local scene when he’s not touring the world. A shout out to Stephanie Finch, Chuck’s wife, who’s been a mainstay in the band on organ and vocals.
 

"Summertime Thing" – From No Other Love


The Rocking Freddie King

Posted by Joe Goldmark, September 15, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Freddie King

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You didn’t have to be named King to be a blues master…but it helped! The three kings of the blues were Freddie King, Bossa Nova BluesAlbert, B.B., and Freddie King. They were all great, but Freddie King rocked the hardest. He was also the only one to have instrumental hits. And, like the others he could also sing the heck out of the blues.

Freddie roughly had two stages to his career. While with King Records (of Freddie King, Let's Hide Awaycourse!) he started having instrumental hits in the early 1960s. Tunes like “Hideaway,” “The Stumble,” “San-Ho-Zay,” “Sen-Sa-Shun,” and “Side Tracked” put him on the map as a major guitar slinger. Then in 1967 he signed with the Atlantic subsidiary, Cotillion Records, and was able to break out of the chitlin’ circuit and into the rock world. He made a couple of interesting albums, then got his major break by signing with Shelter Records. He then made three wonderful albums, taking the blues to new and exciting places with tunes such as “Going Down,” “Palace of the King,” and “Livin’ on the Highway.”

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Mitty Collier - Unheralded Soul #3

Posted by Joe Goldmark, July 22, 2015 07:32pm | Post a Comment

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Mitty Collier came from the church, had a soul career for 10 years, and went back to the church to stay in 1972. She had the deepest, sexiest voice in soul music, but she still flew under the radar. Although she had many R&B hits, she was just too gritty for Top 40 radio. Mitty’s early career was with Chess Records in Chicago, but her best work was produced by Stax soul legend William Bell for the Peachtree label in Atlanta.  

Mitty Collier

I’d Like To Change Places – (Entrance)



How To Clean Your Records

Posted by Joe Goldmark, June 24, 2015 06:47pm | Post a Comment

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I.  Use 90% proof isopropyl alcohol, which can be bought at any drug store.  Don’t get rubbing alcohol as it contains oil.

A.  Fill a spray bottle with the isopropyl alcohol.

B.  Spray alcohol on a soft washcloth or microfiber cloth.

 
II. View your record under a 100 watt desk lamp in an otherwise dark room to see the vinyl.  
 
You don’t want any ambient light because it masks the true condition.  Hold the record with one hand without touching the grooved surface and use your chest as the anchor.
 
 
III. Wipe the record and don’t be afraid to rub fairly hard to clean off fingerprints and smudges.
 
A. This works for vinyl LPs and 45s.
 
B.  Don’t ever use alcohol on 78s, as they’re made from shellac.  To clean 78s, use a damp soapy wash cloth, then rinse.  Try to keep the water off the labels as much as possible.  Stack in a dish rack to dry.
 
 
IV. What about record cleaning products?
 
A. Amoeba sells them and they’re fine, but not as thorough or as inexpensive as this method.
 
B. Record Washing Machines, such as the VPI, are definitely a step up, but are more for audiophiles.  They are generally expensive, time consuming and cumbersome, but they do a better job of sucking dirt out of the grooves.
 
 
V.  After cleaning, store your records in a plastic outer sleeve.
 
A. Regular sleeves are fine.
 
B. Japanese resealable mylar sleeves not only look great but they seal up.  This protects your vinyl against one of its five natural enemies, which are: 
 
1. Fire
 
2. Water – Resealable sleeves can protect against water
 
3. Parties (scratching)
 
4. Theft
 
5. Sunlight (warping)

Mystery Girl: The Most Romantic Rock Record?

Posted by Joe Goldmark, May 13, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

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Roy OrbisonIMO, Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison is the most romantic rock album ever. I pitched this theory to Diane, my wife, right after “A Love So Beautiful” had played and she had a different take on it. She said, maybe not romantic, but certainly passionate. Her rational was that the song’s relationship doesn’t work out. Semantics aside, we agreed that Jeff Lynne’s gorgeous production coupled with Roy’s amazingly tortured vocals make this album a heart-grabber.

Lynne was at the height of his powers with recent productions for The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, and his own brilliant Armchair Theatre. He succeeds at producing luscious rock music without being overly schmaltzy. We all know Roy Orbison’s early ‘60s rock operettas, which were rivaled only by Phil Spector’s paeans in their angst-filled grandeur. However, some folks haven’t heard his later work with The Traveling Wilburys and this album, Mystery Girl. Unfortunately, Roy Orbison died right before the album was released.

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