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VariousMartians, Demons, & Fools Like Me – The MCI Records Story 1954 to 1961 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 27.98
A cool little record label from the Arizona scene of the late 50s – one that worked in a cool variety of styles that's perfectly summed up by the title! MCI was an early home of Lee Hazlewood's studio efforts, and also handled the output of some other inventive talents too – artists who were more than willing to try something new in the pursuit of the fresh styles of the time – including offbeat pop, raw rock, and even some slight hilllbilly styles too – but almost always with a sweet echoey guitar in the lead! A good portion of the music comes from the years right before Arizona took off as a hotbed of rockers, and that quality almost gives the whole thing a fresher feel than some of the more familiar work from the scene – especially Lee's later hits with Duane Eddy and others. CD features 32 tracks, plus 7 more bonus studio selections that were used as commercials – and the booklet's got over 40 pages of notes, and a style that's as nice as the cover. Titles include the original version of "The Fool" by Sanford Clark, plus "Buying On Time" by Lee Hazlewood with Al Casey, "Money Oldsmobile" by Ken Noble, "Mrs Arizona Home Owner" by Jimmy Wilcox, "Boogie Billy" by Spence Bare, "The Boppin Martian" by Dick Robinson & His Makebelievers, "The Woo" by Bobby & The Demons, "I'm No Good Without You" by The Newton Brothers, "The Pink Panther" by Al Casey, "I Need Your Love" by Joe Tanner, "Come To Phoenix" by Red McIlvaine, "Quarter After Eight" by Patti LaSalle, and "Don't You Just Know It" by Jim Fleming & The Casuals. CD

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