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Hurricane SmithDon't Let It Die – The Very Best Of Hurricane Smith ... CD
EMI/Cherry Red (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A great collection of work by one of the most unique voices in early 70s British pop – the enigmatic Norman "Hurricane" Smith, a strange singer whose work fits into a spectrum that lies somewhere between Georgie Fame, Gilbert O'Sullivan, and Ray Davies! Like all three of those artists, Hurricane's got an ear for days gone by – a slight touch of nostalgia that comes through in the subjects of his tunes and the instrumentation that accompanies his voice. And if we were to link his style with anyone, it would probably most directly be Gilbert O'Sullivan – who shares a similarly quirky style of songwriting and arranging, and who gave Smith a hit in the tune "Who Was It?". This set features 16 tracks from Smith's early 70s years on EMI – a well-selected batch of titles that include "Aunti Vi's", "Theme From An Unmade Silent Movie", "Wonderful Lily", "Cherry", "My Mother Was Her Name", "Many Happy Returns", "Back In The Country", "Who Was It", "Take Suki Home", "The Writer Sings His Songs", and "Oh Babe What Would You Say". CD
 
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Al Hibbler/Ornette ColemanMeeting Of The Times/Ornette! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1961/1972. Used ... $9.99
Certainly one of the strangest 2-fer CDs we've ever seen! The release pairs one of Rashaan Roland Kirk's later albums for Atlantic with a classic release by Ornette – and both of the records are quite different from each other. The Ornette's worth the price of the CD alone – as it features some of his best Atlantic work, recorded in a firey session with Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and the great bassist Scott LaFaro! Titles on that one are very long – and include "RPDD", "C & D", and "WRU". The Kirk album isn't nearly as memorable – and features Rashaan backing up vocalist Al Hibbler in a set of mellow Ellingtonian jazz vocal tracks. Titles on that one include "Dream", "Daybreak", and "Carney & Begarnd Place". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Nancy SinatraNancy In London ... LP
Reprise, 1966. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Nancy Sinatra recording in London, but still getting some heavy help from Lee Hazlewood – who wrote about half the tracks on the record, and also guest stars on one number too! The backings are fuller than some of Nancy's other Reprise albums – clearly going for some of the jaunty modes of UK girl pop of the time – but most numbers still have that undeniable Nancy charm, sung in breathy vocals that still seem to have their own space away from the larger orchestrations. Titles include "Friday's Child", "Hutchinson Jail", "Shades", "This Littler Bird", "I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree", "The End", and "Step Aside" – plus "Summer Wine", which features Lee. LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing.)
 
 
 



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